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  • Apr 18th, 2014 @ 7:53pm

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    The reason why the MPAA hasn't filed an amicus brief? They're still fighting court battles which haven't lead to payouts yet.

    Give it time. Once these cases are "settled" or "won", they'll be back when the law isn't in their favor.

  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 4:45am

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    "It's unarguable..."
    Brain... temporarily... broken. I know it's in the dictionary, but damn, does it look ugly in the real world.

    Not criticizing, just wasn't prepared to see anyone actually use this version.

    ***

    Don't be too surprised this kind of thing grows in popularity.

    The first step to making a police state is to pretend people aren't in one.

    This program is going to get huge support because people just can't see 3 steps in front of them, until it's too late.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 9:36am

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    A witch leading a witch hunt.

    How charming.

    Run, children! Run! The government is out of control and you are next!

  • Apr 14th, 2014 @ 11:08am

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    Let's hope for Australia Brandis was there only to placate these idiots and is now laughing his ass off on the plane, telling the pilot "Can you believe these idiots want us to force our ISPs to play police and upset our taxes we generate from them? The audacity Dodd and company believe we'll fall for their numbers games. By the way, did you check out last night's episode of Game of Thrones? I paid $50 for that episode!"

  • Apr 14th, 2014 @ 6:20am

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    "Would You Pay $50 Per Episode To See Game Of Thrones?"
    Not only would I not give them $50 per episode, I wouldn't give them one red cent.

    Why give them money they'll use to funnel into Congress to draft more draconian copyright laws?

    The content industry isn't the problem. It's people who can't seem to live their lives without the over-inflated markup of the content.

    Until the audience changes its behavior, these articles remain pointless because we all know the content industry will never change.

  • Apr 10th, 2014 @ 12:00pm

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    Content is advertising. Advertising is content.

    Copyright hates content when someone isn't being paid.

    So, king of America, here's a piece of advice: when you take the throne, do us all a favor and abolish copyright and patent laws completely.

    Because even one sentence is bound to be twisted into stupidity such as this twitter ad, er, content.

  • Apr 9th, 2014 @ 4:40am

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    "Videos on this site were taken down by our own copyright system. There's nothing to see here. Sorry about that. :\"

    One day, this will greet everyone visiting YouTube.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 @ 9:09am

    Re: lack of understanding

    It's not a lack of understanding. Read my post again. I said "start due process", which means this:
    "We, the members of Congress, were lied to by Clapper and other members of the NSA. We believe these individuals should be arrested for their actions."

    Sounds like a start to me. ;)

  • Apr 8th, 2014 @ 6:24am

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    I'm agreeing with Hayden on this one, but not for the argument he's position.

    If our Congress can't get together and start due process to have Hayden arrested for betraying the American people, then yes, Congress is filled with sissies.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 @ 3:43am

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    I wonder if anyone sells a sticker of Calvin pissing on the Constitution. I'd like to alter the design a bit, changing his recognized striped shirt and update it with SCOTUS Judge on the back.

    Checks and Balances, my ass.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 @ 3:37am

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    Huh. You'd think they'd just tweet this news instead of writing a report about it.

  • Apr 7th, 2014 @ 12:12pm

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    To realize Microsoft released this console without closing the security hole is...

    ...

    ... ah, who the hell am I kidding. Been using Microsoft products for decades. There's always a way to break security until it's "patched".

    It wouldn't surprise me if the next hack, er exploit, comes from UUDDLRLRBA while playing Netflix while Kinect sits "idly" by.

  • Apr 7th, 2014 @ 6:47am

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    To state senator Feinstein is capable of human emotion is blatantly false and inaccurate reporting.

    Otherwise, she'd have been angry and crying to realize her own government has been spying on its citizens.

    Everyone knows she's Bender's sister. The only thing missing from her mouth is "America can kiss my shiny metal ass."

  • Apr 4th, 2014 @ 9:26am

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    "If that doesn't strike you as absurd, you're likely missing some significant sections of your brain."
    It is never a good idea to insult the reader when the goal is to educate.

    Remember who the real target is with these articles, TG. It's not for us, who already know the story's subject is absurd.

  • Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 7:27am

    Re: Re:

    I don't disagree with some of this, but Android does not give me the option to disallow permissions I believe it shouldn't need, and that's why I find it a risk.

    Not that I'd be downloading malware. Google's pretty good at removing risky apps, but it seems to shrug its shoulders on given app creators significant leeway in what can, and can not, be used for app building.

    As for the Microsoft holes, can't agree there. The majority of exploits are done via memory access, and it's impossible to protect against every possible threat, much in the same way it's impossible to determine every copyright is infringing.

    Because many process remain in memory, especially those critical to OS operation, they're subject to attacks. Though there are individual processes, most still share memory address space.

    Computers wouldn't work well without this sharing, unless every app takes minutes to load.

    Most exploits take advantage of improper memory clearing, and this is not solely due to Microsoft's code.

    If it were, then it truly would be a closed system.

  • Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 5:01am

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    "After all, free software is even cheaper than pirated software, and yet rarely has any of the problems identified in the new report."

    This is a dangerous and disingenuous statement. Anyone who programs will tell you this isn't true, and worse, it assumes the habits of people will change when installing software.

    All we need to do is look at Android, which now has an exponential growth on malware installs because both the user and exploits are easy to take advantage of.

    I'm more terrified of using an Android device than I am of a Windows system, unprotected. Even without anti-virus software, there are built-in options I can set that prevents unauthorized installs on my computer (which most people argued Microsoft's UAC was too intrusive, which is a problem of users).

    In addition to the malware threats are the oft-used "single sign on" systems, such as Facebook and Google, which allows a breach of multiple accounts because of one nefarious install/visit of an application.

    Another study showed that the majority of users who download Android apps do not read the permissions, instead sacrificing understanding for the app. This is a problem, not the software.

    Linux is also seeing a growth of exploits, as well as Java (which is used on most non-computer systems, just as DVR, phones, etc).

    I'm not advocating Microsoft is untouched here, but most of the problems (often wrongly attributed to the company) is actually the fault of third party software, improperly written to allow the exploit. Adobe Flash, anyone?

    Open source software will not remove the problem, which will always be the burden of the user.

    Even Enterprise is finding "open source" to be a problem, since they're chasing profits and allowing uneducated IT people to install software they are not familiar with. Since it's open source, there's no licenses to be concerned with, meaning problems will get worse before they get better.

    Education is key, but if Microsoft wants to turn things around, the first order of business would be to make its flagship OS easier to obtain financially.

    Oh, wait. They are. Microsoft jut announced anything with a 7" screen or less has a zero cost to its OS.

    That's a start, but it doesn't include the PC, the most targeted device at the moment.

    When PC sales continue to decline for the tablet-based system, in 10 years from now, the tablet will be the new target.

    Unless we can educate billions of people by then.

  • Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 3:26am

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    "It's a nice idea."

    I don't believe my cynicism need be added. This one sentence says it all.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014 @ 4:31am

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    I can get behind this article quite easily.

    Every time I see out_of_the_blue post, I want to punch someone, but mostly him.

  • Apr 1st, 2014 @ 8:25am

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    I'm still shocked people believe this new "law" (should it become one) will actually stop the NSA from collecting bulk data.

    I don't think they're going to casually throw away a $3 billion building anytime soon.

    Just get used to the government and Corporate America spying on everything you do.

    They've been doing it for years.

  • Mar 27th, 2014 @ 3:45am

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    I am so glad my name is John Deos.

    Though, with one typo...

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