It is possible for a switch/router to determine the length of a cable connected to one of its ports using time-domain reflectometry (I just bought a switch that does this to minimize power consumption). One might even call this TDR approach as measuring a "ping delay", though this would not be the same as an ICMP "ping".
Even still, the only way Wally's point would matter is if the intranet connecting to the Google router was itself a token ring. I don't see this as a likelihood -- why would Google require their customers run a token ring network (and purchase specialized hardware) when nearly all commodity hardware and software is designed for ethernet?
Why couldn't you have just one device, a multi-port switch, connected to the MAU box and thus (by connecting all of your intranet workstations to the switch) maintain full gigabit access to the internet?
I have to admit, I find the idea of authorizing the victims of illicit computer hacking -- who've for the most part demonstrated a lack of competence in matters of computer security -- to now go after those who've already outsmarted them to be somewhat amusing. Sort of like sending a bunch of hens out on a fox hunt.
2. Pretty easy most of the time. If I hold the rights to something, and didn't grant the right of use to you, it's generally infringing.
This is only true for you (the copyright holder) or me (the alleged infringer). Third parties (such as filelockers or ISPs) have no way of readily knowing whether I am you or whether I have been authorized by you (setting aside the issue of Fair Use).
If I see somebody driving a car on the street, I know whether that car is mine. I do not necessarily know whether the car is yours. Even if I do know the car is yours, I do not necessarily know whether you gave the driver permission to use it.
Should I be responsible for reporting your car stolen?
To prove trademark infringement, Bell will need to show dilution of their brand. In other words, they will have to provide the court with evidence indicating that video gamers are less likely to buy Bell helicopters as a result of them being shown in the game. Somehow I don't see that happening.
There is no reason why all copyrighted works shouldn't have a digitized copy registered with a national copyright office. After a suitable grace period, if a work hasn't been registered and a digitized copy submitted, it should be assumed that the creator expected the work to be public domain.
Copyright holders should also be expected to periodically re-register their works. It is ridiculous to have such a large percentage of the world's culture and knowledge in a state of limbo as to its accessibility, and for there to be such great uncertainty surrounding the legality of commonplace activities.
The article is a bit misleading in that Google/Motorola were the ones being sued by Microsoft in the Seattle case. It might be legitimate to criticize Google for their Florida and Wisconsin countersuits, but it was hardly an option for Google to not defend themselves in Washington.
"Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created for the first time in all history a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests of any contradictory true thoughts.
"Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause.
"Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!"
One does not even need to have fiber available for this arbitrary limitation to impact them. The U-verse network cabling supports about 60Mbps, but over 50Mbps is dedicated to TV service. There is no option available to get the full bandwidth available, even if the customer is willing to sacrifice television service and pay for the "additional" network bandwidth.