Identity theft (badly impersonating a person with a brain?)
Endangered Species (people with brains?)
Civil Liberties/Civil Rights (not discriminating against people without brains?)
Ethanol (sniffing it?)
What about just giving me information about the products that are actually in the store? Start simple. Reviews are great but they do not help me at all if the item is not in the store.
Business at large seems to be focused on how much money will I spend. In my life, that is not necessarily the first question I ask. My first question is how long is this going to take? How long am I going to have to wander through a store, find out they don't have what I need and then wander through the endless succession of other stores (only to find out that I'm apparently very weird or so untrendy that no one has it).
Clue to business - I pay 1 cent more for gas because the cheaper place has the slowest pumps imaginable. I might pay a little bit more for groceries but the store I go to doesn't have food on one side of a giant store and paper and pet products all the way on the other. Convenience.
honestly, i don't have any major issues with my self-imposed boycott of the movie, publishing and music industries because, let's face it, most of what they produce is complete crap. on a day-to-day basis, it is not a hardship for me to not subscribe to starz.
i have no issues with *content producers* going after infringing *content*.
but this, this is something that i love. i love hockey. i am a season ticket holder for the stars. season 18, 205 days, 82 games. my life goes on hold when hockey season starts. i want to support my team. i buy their merchandise, support the arena and drag non-hockey folks to games.
this is disgusting in the very sense of the ideals that made this country great. made even more so when you take into account the horrendous efforts of the dallas stars organization in particular and the nhl in general to sell their product in a market that was just named as one of the top sports cities in the country. "connect with your fans" is not even in their vocabulary. their radio partner's afternoon drive time duo thinks that joe lewis arena is in st. louis and their mid-day broadcasting team can't be bothered to talk hockey while broadcasting at a stars event while talking to a stars hockey player. they want people in the seats. so do i. (it is freaking cold in the aac when only 2000 people show up!) but the folks on defending big d, you morons, are not the people you are trying to bring into the arena because they are all ready there if they can be (they are in my section).
so, it is time. put up or shut up. and i hate that it was the nhl that made that time come.
As a former resident of Rochester (who misses Abbott's terribly), I can tell you that Thomas lives on a desert island. I know this for a fact because he is unaware that nitwits infect every level of the public and private sector and the only way he could not know that is if he lived on a desert island.
I read an article on Monday and despite a rabid search for the past two days, cannot find it again but the particular journalist's take was that breaches are on the rise because companies are so busy jumping through the hoops of SOx, PCI and the like. Those that understand the technology understand that most of the requirements of those ... things are really best practices that should have been being done in the first place and may have nothing to do with the current threats. People who do not understand the technology are yelling at their IT people with, "But I thought we were compliant?!".
Probably an unreported factor in these breaches is the lack of understanding that if your employees are on Facebook or can actually figure out how to send an email, then they are technically savvy. That is a huge assumption. And it is wrong. I have fielded complaints from a user that they cannot input their password because there are x's over it and they can't see what they are typing. Having 2 million friends on Facebook means nothing.
I don't personally know if breaches are up or not. April of 2010 was a pretty rough month if I remember correctly. I would bet a pretty dollar that while some high value targets have been very, very public, it is still the tip of the iceberg. There are too many detriments to reporting a breach unless you absolutely have to.
btw - I am an (employed) (overworked) application security engineer.
Question: Who has determined that "almost everyone" who uses files posted in a "public, easily-discoverable area (e.g. a public forum)" are unauthorized? (citation please)
Considering that even the copyright holders can't determine in most reported cases whether or not the file is itself authorized or not, I think the generalization regarding users of public files needs to be nipped in the bud.
Now that we've got people actually looking at the RIAA and MPAA's numbers, maybe the next thing to combat is the idea that every single person out there is using publically available files for nefarious reasons.
Most of the folks that are trying out these new business models and having success with them are not the old corporate behemoths. They are usually driven by the content creators themselves or groups of them or inventors or ... you get where I'm going. They are offered up by the folks that I want to support.
I don't want to buy a CD for ... how much are CDs these days? ... $25 and have a dime go to the musician or group and $24.90 go to the fat cats. I'm sorry. I don't want to finance you. Suck it up.
I have no problems, however, supporting, even by way of $, those folks that actually did something besides sit in a corporate meeting and decide that lobster was on the menu for lunch.
Is there going to be fallout? Right now, the only source I found easily was this TD article and I still had to search for it. In order to get Mike's source article, I had to search "Nike, UK Border Agency". I'm thinking not a lot of people are randomly searching that particular word set.
If people don't know, then there isn't any fallout.
I actually went down this mental route but I came up with ...a paper trail and some 22 year old FBI agent will turn over all the documented evidence of wide spread surveillence on innocent civilians over to Wiki...er, Open...er,
...and, well, we just can't have that, now can we?