I love how his tirade is over a show that is on cable tv - oh wait, he actually bought comic books, too. So he not only paid for his cable tv or netflix viewing, he actually spent money on the comics as well.
Walking Dead is on cable TV. It's not easily consumed unless you've paid money for the right to see it on AMC. So I have difficulty with the idea that we should censor something that has a pay wall around it already.
I work from home, doing tech support for a software company. I use high speed internet every day for my job because I use screen sharing software to see customer's computers and it takes a lot of bandwidth to use it. I can always tell when a customer has high speed and when they don't, the people that don't have a severe lag loading the software and even for simple mouse clicks.
Sure, maybe the everyday use of super high-speeds wouldn't be apparent, but 15 years ago everyone was saving software installers on their hard disks in case they needed them again. Today we just redownload the latest thing. Did anyone envision that 15 years ago?
What will we be doing with our computers in 5 or 10 years that we can't begin to envision today? We need to continue to support those innovations with infrastructure.
Did anyone bother to tell the CBS lawyers that they copied Big Brother from a Dutch television show from 1997? That three years before Big Brother aired on CBS there was prior art in Europe? Doesn't seem to me CBS has much to stand on in this lawsuit.
For that matter, why aren't George Orwell's descendants suing CBS?
This is like how recipes are treated under copyright. You cannot copyright a recipe, but you can copyright a cookbook or collection of recipes. That is probably how porn will work out - you cannot copyright a position because prior art exists. But you can copyright the combination of a script, footage, etc.
Legislation in the past has been so specific that when new things were invented, it failed to take new technology into account.
Therefore, when "hacking" and "identity theft" legislations were enacted, they were intentionally broad, to cover things that had not yet been invented. Unfortunately, this means people playing "jokes" with no real victim are made into felons.
By this legislation, if I let my niece send farmville gifts to herself using my facebook, she could be charged with a felony. I agree, that's ridiculous. But it's the law, and it's law enforcement's job to execute the laws our legislators write.
So if you think the legislation enabling this to be a felony sucks, you need to contact your legislators.
Well, the fact that it was in school and the footage was surveillance cameras says it won't go far. That means the footage belongs to the school. He showed it to other teachers? Well, wouldn't it be infinitely creepier if he didn't? I mean, let's take doctors for example. If a doctor is examining a patient of the opposite sex, I believe they are required to have another person present (such as a nurse). So, I think it would be worse if the principal watched the video by himself.
The comments were inapproprate for sure, but I don't know if he should lose his job.
It's not clear to me, did Sony expect their insurer to cover losses or penalties related to them being sued in the aftermath of the hacking? Or was Sony expecting the insurer to pay for the system upgrades to fix the security holes that was Sony's fault? Or did they expect Zurich to pay for their income loss for the month they had the network offline?
She knows this isn't a children's book, right? Children aren't going to Barnes & Noble and buying this book. Adults have to perform that task. If children have access to the book, then that's bad parenting.
I think the bigger issue here is that the DMCA blatantly violates the First Amendment. It's sort of like the law restricting the export of encryption software, but if you print the algorithm on a T-shirt you can walk across the US/Canada border with no problem while wearing it.
Don't forget to credit Techdirt for hosting your post, or Mike for creating Techdirt. Or wait, maybe you should credit the inventors of the Web technology. Should you credit the creator of the canvas on which the Beethoven portrait was painted? What about the instructor who taught the artist?
A company like Telstra has investors, and if it doesn't, it has clients who have investors. By agreeing to censorship and potentially opening themselves up to retribution, they risk the stock prices of their investors should the hacking have an impact.
So while their backpedalling may seem like they are scared of hackers, it's as close as they are going to get to saving face in the light of the possibility that a decision based on PR could affect them in the pocketbook.
Maybe instead of requiring this, if there was some sort of privacy certification from a private organization or the state, like "Certified to be Privacy Safe". Then in order to receive the certification, said site would have to meet whatever the default criteria was - like having privacy on by default.
But I think requiring social media to be private by default would be onerous and unenforceable.
This fascinates me because it's how binary is converted to decimal. It makes me think that instructors who come from a computer age realize it is a better way to teach multiplication and at the same time prepare students for working with binary.
This is very straightforward. Unless he had a contract stipulating otherwise, Ainsworth did the work for hire, so Lucas owns the property.
There's no evidence Ainsworth created the costumes independently then sold them to Lucas. Lucas hired him to specifically make them. So Ainsworth does not own the copyright on the costumes or merchandise. It all belongs to Lucas, who hired Ainsworth to make them.
Most? Really, I am interested in what your definition of "most" is. A quick glance at Wikipedia reveals there are literally dozens of web browsers, and those are just the ones currently available. And what, 7 of them are listed as having "privacy" features? Oh yeah. That is soooo most.
Wait, let's limit your comment to modern browsers (I'll be generous). Private browsing wasn't added to Explorer until IE8, wasn't in Firefox until 3.5, wasn't in Chrome until version 4. I don't want to go into how many people are using mobile browsers (God knows what's being passed over those connections), or how many people continue to use Opera on their Wii because they have no choice.