..one of their techniques, whenever some do-gooder published their advance and expensive books on the 'Net, they would: 1) drag the do-gooder to court, charging them with copyright violations; 2) claims that those weren't the real books anyway.
Scummy, unprincipled, and dishonest tactics then. Scummy, unprincipled, and dishonest tactics now.
It's a particularly American thing to view the whole world as if it's the 'States. And, at the same time, to view the rest of the world as too foreign, too bizarre, so as to be unliveable...
A long time ago, as a kid, I recall the figurative slap in the face I got when Amnesty International called out the Canadian Government for the pre-trial jailing of some of the SÚparatistes during the 'October Crisis' in 1970. The Government had to release them. I've never looked at my country the same since.
Hopefully, Mr. Weiwei's comments will have the same effect on enough American citizens, so as to effect change for the better.
I used to GM (gamemaster) Paranoia every once in a while.
The poor, hapless clones (the other people role-playhing) always thought that if they phrase the question just the right way, they'll get the information they need to, er, survive to the end of the game.
One of my main jobs as GM was to invent, usually on the fly, all sorts of reasons why "that information is above your security clearance".
That Prenda Hearing dialogue sounded like half the games I ran... Good times.
Voice-activated? Fingerprint? Er...haven't these been fooled by work-arounds? Besides, by displaying the password, aren't you:
1) forcing the user to use easy-to-type-in passwords?
2) exposing yourself to "over-the-shoulder" cryptanalysis attacks?