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  • Jan 7th, 2014 @ 7:56am

    Our interaction with Congress has been extensive....

    Translating this, it means:
    "We've been asked a lot of hard-hitting questions by congress that we've had to think hard about before
    (1) evading the question
    (2) using misdirection to appear to answer the question without actually doing so, and/or
    (3) being somewhat "untruthful".
    But this is all ok, because
    (1) we're the NSA,
    (2) we didn't use a computer to do it, and
    (3) well, you know .. "terrorists" ...

  • Nov 23rd, 2013 @ 3:22pm

    Built in cameras

    I remember being rather shocked when it reached the point where I couldn't get a laptop without a built in camera. It may seem a picky point, but I didn't (and still don't) want a camera that was ALWAYS available; when I want a web cam, I dig out my trusty old USB cam and plug it in. When I'm done, I unplug it.
    Initially, my response to built-in cameras was to disassemble the bezel and physically disconnect the offending hardware. These days, I simply cover it with black electrical tape - nearly invisible on the black bezel.

  • Jun 30th, 2013 @ 1:02pm


    I couldn't have said that better.
    If I quote you, are you going to sue me for infringement?

  • Jun 28th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    Expectation of privacy

    "...because that information was clearly on your phone bill that the company sent to you each month..."
    I wasn't aware that my phone bill was sent to anyone OTHER than me. Since, I believe, it's illegal for the postal service to knowingly deliver MY mail to anyone else and also for anyone to delibrately intercept my mail (except with a warrent, or course), why would I NOT have an expectation of privacy?

  • Jun 11th, 2013 @ 12:46pm

    The Chinese don't have to spy on the US

    Why would the Chinese (or Russians, or [insert adversarial nation of choice) go to the bother and expense to spy on the US? It's far more efficient to let the US government do it, and then simply download it from the NAS!

  • May 23rd, 2013 @ 3:55pm

    (untitled comment)

    After carefully comparing the two logos, I can definately see how the similarity could cause "brand confusion". (Can I take the blindfold off now?)

  • May 17th, 2013 @ 11:55am

    Educational ....

    One line in this article I found to be particularly educational: " There's the "flying device is dangerous if something goes wrong" argument...".
    I was unaware, until now, that turning a device off magically attached an invisible tether to it so that it couldn't become a "flying object"!
    This is why I love TechDirt; you learn something new every day.

  • Apr 25th, 2013 @ 7:50pm

    (untitled comment)

    "Copyright protection and licensing images are two elements that ensure the sustainability of a professional photographer’s career" - this is not really correct. Those elecments are nearly irrelevent; what sustains a professional photographers career is consistantly and continuously creating more new photos that people like.
    Many professionals "create things" as part of their job; they don't get paid over and over for the same creation - they get paid ONCE. If they want paid again, they have to go out and create a new thing.
    I "create" security systems. I get paid just once for each one. I don't get paid again each time it's used, or even each time "my creation" is sold. I get paid ONCE. If I want paid again, I have to create a new system.
    (Anyone that asserts that this sort of "creation" is different than "artistic endevors" should go out and learn to do it - it is, in the hands of a truely creative person, truly an "art".)

  • Apr 24th, 2013 @ 5:10pm

    Shoot the messenger

    It's always been easier to "shoot the messenger" than it has to "fix the problem" - this is true whether you're Google ... or a "Court of (theoretical) Justice"

  • Apr 22nd, 2013 @ 12:29pm

    Protection violation? what protection?

    This may be a silly question, but how can anyone be guilty of violating protection when there is no protection to violate? Open wi-fi is like hanging a 'welcome' sign out to anyone passing by.

  • Apr 5th, 2013 @ 2:28pm

    Vacuums and electricity

    In fact, the vacuum I use for work does not need to be plugged in to use it - it runs on rechargable batterys! Why? because electrical supply is spotty or unavailble in the places I work (construction sites). At home, if the power goes off, I can't see to vacuum anyway, so who cares if the vacuum doesn't work?
    I know many people that live in areas with spotty cell phone coverage, and they have cell phones anyway. Why? because their cell phones work everywhere ELSE. For home, they use landlines.
    So, MS's arguements fail .. because there ARE alternitives. For "always online DRM", this aren't any (legal) alternitives, making it an "apples and oranges" comparison.

  • Mar 18th, 2013 @ 3:48pm

    Mission of Big Name News Media

    "the mission of newspapers is to inform the public" - really? Seems to me their mission is to (1) make their big-money friends look good (no matter what they've done) and (2) make money by selling advertising and subscriptions. So they take the "news", wash it, spin it, sometimes candy coat it and then they publish it. Sometimes they even accidentally include some facts!
    They decide what is "news worthy" and what isn't. They don't REPORT the news - they create it.

  • Feb 11th, 2013 @ 2:02pm

    Using their math ...

    A quick seearch of the internet for what percentage of the population participates in "less than legal" downloading,
    I found estimates between 13% and 18%. Being generous, I'll double the high estimate ....

    36% download
    64% do not

    Of the 36% that download, 44.8% of them [from article] (or 16.13% overall) pay nothing
    if 60% overall don't pay [from article], and if only 16.13% are downloaders, then 43.87% of non-downloaders do not pay
    so, only 56.13% of non-downloaders are paying customers

    Now, to apply their own math to non-downloaders....

    43.87% pay £0
    56.13% pay £33.43
    Therefore, non-downloaders must be spending an average £18.76 per year,
    only 70% of what downloaders spend "on average"!

  • Aug 8th, 2012 @ 8:54pm

    Re: Rev share

    First of all, these sites do not CONSUME the content - the consumers (i.e. paying customers sent to the host site) "consume" the content. Consumers, I would add, that otherwise would not have found the host site at all.
    In the process, the consumer is subjected to the host site's advertising and/or paywall, so the host still gets to collect it's pound of flesh.
    If anything, the host site should be paying the service that is making it easier to find and access the host's goods for sending clients their way.