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  • Mar 31st, 2014 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Re: Copyright?

    Given how the copyright maximalists normally think, the thought process was probably more like "It's a video, we make videos, so we own this!"

  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 3:43pm

    Re:

    They can't, customs won't release them as-is, so the only way to change them would be to ship them back to the plant in China to have it done, then ship them back to the US. But as the article notes, import taxes into China are so high as to make that option more expensive than just destroying them.

    Not to mention that even if customs themselves could be persuaded to do this, they'd still charge $150 an hour to do it (same labor costs as for destroying them) and $150 a day for warehousing them during the change.

  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 1:09pm

    Re: That won't stop the bullying and may make it worse

    Gah, "you're" should be "your", how did I miss that?

  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 1:00pm

    That won't stop the bullying and may make it worse

    There's no way leaving it at home will actually stop the bullying. He took it to school before, was bullied about it, so you'll get bullies saying "Where's your sissy backpack loser?" (Actually the real bullies will probably say worse stuff.)

    And add in that if he tells them the truth, now he'll get bullied for being forced to leave it at home! "So even the teachers/principal/etc. think you're backpack's too sissy for a boy!"

    How stupid are these school officials to not realize this? Are they trying to drive the poor victim to suicide or something?

  • Mar 10th, 2014 @ 2:29pm

    Blame the advertisers and the hackers, not users

    I can sympathize with site owners, I run a site myself and struggle to get enough ad income for it. But I also won't compromise my principles by running intrusive ads, and I don't get all bent out of shape when people use ad blocking, because they have very good reasons to do so.

    First up, as you mention in this article, the advertisers are partly to blame. They want more obnoxious ads that people hate so people start blocking them. Secondly, and more important I think, is the fact that ads have repeatedly been used to inject malware to people. Even reputable ad networks have had problems with the occasional malware-laden ad getting through. Why wouldn't people block ads after several incidents of that?

    Personally I not only use AdBlock, I'm also using NoScript simply to protect my own computer from attack. If any site wants to get mad at the lost income from this, get mad at the hackers and advertisers, since they drove me to this.

  • Feb 5th, 2014 @ 12:55am

    Re: Lessons learnt

    Did you read the article? The cops hid all that information from the judge. To the judge it appeared that her apartment was controlled by the drug dealer Stink. Especially since all the other apartments had resident information and details about surveillance included.

    I agree judges should ask more questions before issuing warrants, but here the judge would have had to read the cops' minds to even know what to ask And given how carefully the cops hid her existence to get their warrant, do you really think they would have answered truthfully?

  • Jan 18th, 2014 @ 1:22am

    Re:

    No, they do deserve some blame for being gullible, but being gullible generally isn't a criminal act. Conning people out of their money is. So the con artist gets the biggest share of the blame.

  • Jan 18th, 2014 @ 1:20am

    Re:

    Ever single "job" you mentioned are, at best, controversial ones and some are considered flat-out criminal in the whole world. Others toe the line, but there's a big difference between being, say, an astrologer who makes a living charging people for readings and one that causes/talks a person into mortgaging their house to pay them. The latter one is a con artist, the former is just preying on gullible people, but not putting them into poverty.

    The same applies to all of those things actually, you can make money by charging gullible people, but if you start literally putting people into poverty you have crossed a line. And yes, I do include big pharma in that.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 10:01pm

    Re: Re:

    Say what you will about fraud, at least it is pacifistic.

    But fraud isn't pacifistic actually. Just because the fraudster doesn't directly beat the victim or kill them doesn't make it that way. What happens when the victim was bilked out of the life savings and loses their house? What about when they can't afford food because they lost all their retirement savings? Victims can easily end up dying cold, alone and homeless because of that "pacifistic" fraud.

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, if you scam someone out of money, they no longer have it, and they will suffer in proportion to their loss. I don't care how bad the poverty is there. Putting someone else into poverty to get yourself out of it is not acceptable behavior anywhere in the world.

  • Jan 8th, 2014 @ 9:34am

    Re:

    Sometimes there's not much choice. My choices for senator next election will be Lamar Alexander, who's not great but compared to the crazy, extreme-right-wing crazy primarying him looks like Ghandi in comparison. There's not going to be an Democrat running who's got a chance in hell of winning here either.

    So what do we do? I could (and probably will) write in a candidate that won't win, but this will not stop the incumbent from winning. (Or worse, if Alexander loses the primary, the crazy right-wing guy from winning.)

    What we need are some decent candidates, period. Ones that are both sane and can win.

  • Jan 1st, 2014 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: Re: This is Repugant

    Apparently he has PTSD, that doesn't start out as full blown crazy usually, it gets progressively worse over time. Plus he may have married before he was shipped out and got PTSD. So he may have been perfectly normal/sane (or close to it) when they got married and has gone insane since then.

  • Jan 1st, 2014 @ 7:50am

    Re: This is Repugant

    While he seems to be pretty obviously mentally ill, and has a diagnosis of PTSD already, the fact of the matter is most mentally ill people manage to refrain from making such public spectacles of themselves. Mentally ill or not, if he's going to do something so ridiculously over-the-top he's going to get lots of negative attention. Ignoring him will not make him get help.

    The best thing to hope for here is that he has crossed the line that will make a court order him into treatment. He obviously needs some. He also sounds potentially dangerous, if you read that one link he's also getting into stalking of people in real life and has already had the courts require him to wear a GPS tracking bracelet due to that.

  • Dec 31st, 2013 @ 9:47am

    Re:

    There may be another Snowden, although the evidence is a bit slim at the moment. The article by Der Speigel about the NSA interdicting hardware very carefully does not say the info came from the files Snowden leaked. And Glenn Grenwald has stated emphatically that he had nothing to do with that article and also points out they didn't say they were Snowden docs (see here). He says:

    I had no involvement in that Spiegel article, ask them - and they don't say those are Snowden docs.
    So this opens up the possibility that there's another leaker now.

  • Dec 20th, 2013 @ 10:40pm

    Re: Re:

    You realize the short story was written in 1956? I wasn't even alive then personally.

  • Dec 20th, 2013 @ 11:17am

    Re:

    He meant Dickian, as in Philip K. Dick, the science fiction writer who wrote the short story The Minority Report (the movie is based off the short story). In the story people are arrested for crimes before the commit them thanks to some mutants who can see the future.

  • Oct 19th, 2013 @ 1:24am

    Re: Re:

    If the account really was hacked, then... maybe. They've stated in public now that they closely monitored the account activity. So if it was hacked and these messages were being sent over a long period of time, why didn't they notice them?

    Either they lied about monitoring it (which would probably mean it's more likely they know their daughter really sent them) or they monitored it and failed to stop it. Saying that in public was insanely stupid.

  • Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:18pm

    Re:

    I think it's less shit hitting the fan at this point and more like "raw sewage stream from New York City being blasted through a jet engine".

  • Oct 17th, 2013 @ 3:50pm

    He's already punished the parents

    The sheriff's a total idiot. He's already punished the parents, simply by arresting their daughter, causing them national shame. If that's not enough he needs to simply focus on making sure the daughter is convicted, by building the case against her till it's rock-solid. Something he should be doing anyway.

    The parents may be vile human beings (likely are, the girl had to learn it somewhere), but do this correctly. If you don't, you risk the case falling apart entirely and no one being punished. Punish the girl and parent's punishment follows. They obviously believe she's a perfect angel, so seeing her convicted of a crime like this is going to hurt them BAD.

  • Sep 4th, 2013 @ 9:28pm

    Re:

    Well since he's posted the video and said he did the speed run, that probably wouldn't be much of a problem. They'll just use his online posts/brags against him to prove it was really him in the car.

  • Aug 16th, 2013 @ 5:26pm

    Re:

    Or Lavabit sent hashed passwords and the US government wanted to install a device to do a man-in-the-middle attack, pretending to be Lavabit's authentication server, but really just saving all information typed and passing it along to the real authentication server to authenticate the user. They could have done a perfect one, demanding Lavabit provide their SSL certificates for the MITM device to use so no one would notice.

    I think that's more likely, Lavabit focused enough on security it's unlikely they were sending cleartext passwords over the wire.

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