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  • Oct 16th, 2013 @ 2:23pm

    Re: Re: "available to stream for free for the next 27 days on AMC's website"?

    Well of course you can't stream it to Android, who knows what those pirates would do to it with their free pirate OS.

  • Sep 23rd, 2013 @ 8:03am

    Re: Yeah...

    I think it needs to go a bit further than the Amash amendment at this point, we need to do more than just defund certain parts of the NSA and do away with the whole thing.

    Of course the cockroaches involved will scurry around and find nice hiding places in the DHS, CIA, FBI, etc and just rebuild these programs there...

  • Sep 12th, 2013 @ 11:47am

    Re:

    I'm starting to wonder if one of the reasons why he has not been impeached is our wonderful friend Joe Biden. As much as everyone hates Obama at this point in time can anyone really say he would be an improvement?

  • Sep 11th, 2013 @ 9:15am

    Re: Re:

    This right here. We have a chance to effectively put them back to the time when even collecting this information on this scale was impossible. Suddenly collecting it all won't do them any good as they can't read it all.

    Plus once we get in the habit of of using encryption for everything then switching out current encryption for stronger types should be easier because its no longer an afterthought only some people worry about.

  • Aug 20th, 2013 @ 2:55pm

    Re: Re: One message sent, another received...

    I have a feeling a torrent will come out eventually and I look forward to seeding that as much as I can.

  • Jul 29th, 2013 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Words change meaning

    One of my favorite examples of this was on 4chan when "nigger" became an instaban word it almost instantly got replaced with "redguard" (yes, as in the ones from the Elder Scrolls games).

    And I had not heard of "Canadians" as a euphemism for black people before, that would be incredibly confusing to me if I heard it in conversation.

  • Jul 4th, 2013 @ 10:44pm

    Re: Contact your AG and complain

    Good idea. I just let mine know that I do not at all agree with these shenanigans.

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, welcome to the wall of shame.

  • Jan 26th, 2013 @ 7:07pm

    Re:

    If you have HTTPS Everywhere then it does not matter that somebody uses a HTTP link so send you there, you will still get the HTTPS version.

    Granted it would be nice if everyone transitioned to using HTTPS by default but at least you can take advantage of it where it exists by yourself.

  • Jan 18th, 2013 @ 11:24am

    Re:

    Huh, this was supposed to be in reply to Gazaro above.

  • Jan 18th, 2013 @ 11:23am

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    Funny, I brought this up just yesterday when we were talking about the uselessness of the administrations We the People petitions.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-a rticles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ
    This one got over double the required signatures over half a year ago and yet there has been no response.

    There really is no reason that publicly funded researched should not be accessible to the general public.

  • Jan 17th, 2013 @ 1:07pm

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    Speaking of ignored petitions, this one was featured on Techdirt a while back (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120521/12463519005/) and while it got over double the required signatures it never got a response. I guess they didn't have a press release/talking points memo handy that quite covered the issue well enough so they just ignored it.

  • Jan 3rd, 2013 @ 3:11pm

    Re: What!!!

    This confuses me as well. Does this mean I'm in the wrong every time I tell somebody that our company has a product or solution for them first instead of telling them that Bob across the street can do it? Last I checked pretty much every company on earth promotes their own products and services above their competitors even if they are not as good, but Google doing this is somehow wrong?

  • Nov 30th, 2012 @ 9:25am

    Re:

    Excellent idea. Because the word torrent is so long and hard to type we need to start using the acronym BPI for Bittorrent Payload Indicator instead. Think of all the time saved by not typing the 4 extra letters!

    BPI helps improve pirates lives again.

  • Aug 31st, 2012 @ 6:11pm

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    E. Why are you penalizing the 95% for the 5%? You donít do this in other areas of discipline at school. Even though you know some students will use their voices or bodies inappropriately in school, you donít ban everyone from speaking or moving. You know some students may show up drunk to the prom, yet you donít cancel the prom because of a few rule breakers. Instead, you assume that most students will act appropriately most of the time and then you enforce reasonable expectations and policies for the occasional few that donít. To use a historical analogy, itís the difference between DUI-style policies and flat-out Prohibition (which, if you recall, failed miserably). Just as you donít put entire schools on lockdown every time thereís a fight in the cafeteria, you need to stop penalizing entire student bodies because of statistically-infrequent, worst-case scenarios.

    F. You never can promise 100% safety. For instance, you never would promise a parent that her child would never, ever be in a fight at school. So quit trying to guarantee 100% safety when it comes to technology. Provide reasonable supervision, implement reasonable procedures and policies, and move on.

    Seems to me these points extend to well beyond education and should be taught to Congress as well. If they understood that punishing the vast majority for the acts of a few was silly then they would not try to pass new gun regulations every time there is a shooting that makes the national news when 99.999999% of gun owners never do anything wrong with their firearms.

    If they understood that 100% safety is impossible they might be less likely to take away our rights and abuse us with the TSA, constitution free zones, etc.

    M. ĎWalled gardení online environments prevent the occurrence of serendipitous learning connections with the outside world.

    For some reason that reminds me of this article. I know Serendipity is a major part of how I find and learn about new things online. Few things are as great as finding some random thing you never knew about and wanting to know everything about it.

  • Aug 30th, 2012 @ 10:49am

    Re: Re: Security as tight as a sieve...

    I believe his point is that if they can't even catch something as minor yet obvious as an expired passport how can we expect them to do anything about something as threatening yet nebulous as terrorism? Its been shown time and again that they are ineffective but the solutions seem to be to get even more intrusive and overbearing without being more effective, mostly just to look like they are doing something to justify their existence.

    I think at this point in time we have to accept that violating even more of peoples rights is not effective and that terrorism as a threat is overblown. But between the fact that people fail to understand risk and the government is good at keeping people scared we continue to march in the direction of the US becoming more and more of a police state with no benefits to show from it.

  • Aug 27th, 2012 @ 10:01am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'm not sure why format shifting would magically be wrong with books but fine with the many ways its been done in the past with audio. The only holdup I know with format shifting is having to get around DRM. This is what makes ripping a MP3 off your CD just fine and dandy but ripping a video file off a DVD or BluRay illegal.

    Thankfully there is no DRM on all my old paperbacks.

  • Aug 27th, 2012 @ 9:23am

    Re: Re:

    Very much this. Once you understand how they "license" things this argument falls apart.

    See, people don't come to IV and say "that's some awesome tech you have, can we get a license to use it?". Its more like they go out to people who might be doing something that infringes on a patent they hold and say "that's a nice product there, it would be a shame if something happened to it..." and either get people to license patents from them, buy into their patent pool, or they get taken to court (normally through some sort of shell company so their hands stay clean).

    Understanding this makes it impossible to look at IV in a good light. They are truly a tollbooth on innovation.

  • Aug 21st, 2012 @ 10:25am

    Re: Re:

    Uh, but was he really in violation of anything? They dropped the trumped up immigration fraud charges that they were only using to try to strongarm him into becoming some sort of informant. Seems to me he did nothing wrong at all.

  • Aug 20th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re:

    In my head I kinda meant the monetizing or protecting patents bit more in a general sense than just this Google/Motorola and Apple case. I know that is not what Google is going for here.

    I still think that no matter what the ITC injunctions are a low blow. Even the ITC is starting to realize that these injunctions are really anti-consumer actions by the companies involved and often the wrong way to deal with this whole mess.

    Also, as proved by HTC and Samsung, ITC injunctions tend to often be trivial to work around. A little tweak to a feature and you can sell your device again, the only people harmed are consumers who have to deal with reduced functionality. This is of course much harder if you can stick them with a hardware patent instead of a software one.

    The only way I see to end this is to manage to make something giant stick that will hit Apple for tens of billions of dollars so they are either bankrupted or forced into a huge cross-licensing agreement that makes all these lawsuits impossible. Sadly I''m not sure either one is very likely.

  • Aug 20th, 2012 @ 11:31am

    Re: Re:

    I still think the proper way to do this and not look evil would be to leave the ITC out of it and either try to hit Apple's pocketbook or even better come up with some kind of cross licensing agreement with Apple, Google, Motorola, and other smartphone manufacturers so Apple has to stop their nonsense.

    I understand that "everyone else is doing it" but I think they could have taken the high road on this and left the ITC and their injunctions out of this. They may be trying to hit Apple hard and to force a settlement but Apple has previously shown no interest in such a thing so I don't think they are any more likely to settle this time.

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