This reminded me of the "If you've got nothing to hide then..." response we often get. Maybe we should use that back on them? If their methods are all on the up-and-up then they don't have anything to hide and it should be okay if we go digging through all their dirty laundry until we find something to incriminate them on, right? :-D
If they're hosting it on a shared server, or even a Virtual or Dedicated server, the authorities will just go after the host. It's pretty well documented that the government doesn't consider these private servers.
If they own the server and keep it in their domicile (house, apartment, etc) then the authorities will go to the uplink provider and routers to trace it en-route. It's not like email magically appears on the recipient server without going through the same network as all other traffic (man-in-the-middle attack).
People are already flagging these posts and they get collapsed. What I'd like to see is the option to also hide all replies in threaded view. Sometimes the responses are interesting, but more often than not I'd like to skip the entire thread and avoid a headache.
patents don't really last for very long, so it's not a big issue
Patents are for 20 years! (14 if non-functional)
If I expect to live to 80 then I'll only see 4-5 iterations of an idea within my lifetime. If it takes hundreds of iterations to get to the point of a spaceship you can walk on flying around in space at near light speed, and all the doohickeys required, then we'll be lucky to get there in 1000 years.
That sounds like an awful long time for an exclusive right to me.
Given my recent thoughts on the state of the patent and copyright system, and how they're legally setting back the speed of technological advancement to a pace at which the bronze age could beat, this statement probably has some inkling of truth to it. I know a lot of advancement back in the day was held back due to various religious views, so we're well on our way back to that.
I did notice that, but I also noticed some other oddities. For a car that was supposed to just run through the intersection, and potentially run the old lady over, it still seemed slow down at the stop sign and/or by the old lady, so the framing and cutting of the video makes me think, a little, that it did actually stop but they cut that out of the video!
Unfortunately that consumer base that can't self-regulate a free market is precisely what elects our government officials. If it's going to be a lose/lose situation at least we can prevent the government from making it a law. Maybe.
This comment is hilarious in an ironic way. It repeats the theme of almost every article on TechDirt regarding copyrights and patents, which makes the lack of that theme in this article so much starker.
"Where's the data that there is a real problem here?"
Here's anecdotal evidence for you: Every technology workplace I've been in was weighted numerically in favor of men. There was no bias against women in them; I was in charge of interviewing for a programming position and almost no women applied. Those that did were not up to par. The women who were part of the company weren't ignored or otherwise disfavored; there just weren't that many.
So here's my two cents to this topic: Make however many number of lists that are nothing but biased toward showing off the top thinkers/developers/designers/CEOs/etc that are not white and/or male. There's your source material to inspire the next generation of those people to be great in those areas.
This is precisely what I was thinking. It wouldn't amount for much in a monetary comparison, but it would add to the number of victories for copyright infringement procedures even though they actually lost. 1-0 wins, or whatever their count is. They could then turn that into an extortion letter for any company that doesn't read the full ruling or pay attention to the news.
What I wonder is why Apple doesn't make their Time Machine devices as RAID-0 with two mirror hard drives. That would the easiest way to ensure the backups are almost always available so you almost never lose historical data, even if one drive fails. That's what I have in NAS, is two 1TB identical drives. On the other hand that would increase the size and cost of the device.
how many other countries would tolerate many of the comments that are regularly posted here.
Just because we're not as bad as some other countries is no excuse not to try to be better. I see this line of reasoning all the time in many companies. "It could be worse" or "It's better than in [team/company/country]" is no excuse to stop trying to be better.
If they're so sure that these sites are illegal, why are they so afraid of facing the site owners in court?
Because, just like for the site owner and the little guys, it costs them a lot more money to go to court. I doubt anyone is encouraging them to go that route if they have other means available, otherwise guess whose paycheck is getting cut and whose isn't to pay for these court costs.