Granted, all of the defacing ones are just childish (and sometimes amusing), but some of the data gleaned, most notably the Stratfor emails, are worth a bit of collateral damage imv.
They're a treasure trove of data.
Yes, it could lead to BRPF's battening down the hatches, but it could also lead to BRPF's disappearing into the background as their activities get highlighted and moderates get hold of the power reigns (yup, large amounts of wishful thinking).
They seem to me to be whistleblowers-of-sorts with a vengeful edge, but whistleblowers non the less.
I don't think the "excuse to try to make a power grab over the wider internet" holds water as the the powers that be were making grabs for the internet long before Anonymous/LulzSec came along.
Until law enforcement are enforcing laws that are not pernicious, I, and I guess many others will be silently cheering these fella's on and reading about their exploits and their data in the news.
"I'm thinking a pirate box, a few of these, some wireless routers, basic encryption algorithms, and we have one hell of a pirate network. What's that? You work at starbucks? Oh, well do me a favor and plug this innocuous little device into the router (or if you're real tech savvy open the router and directly solder it onto one of the ports and wire it into the power line) and BOOM instant node on a filsharing/free thinking/protest network (or pirate/radical/terrorist network depending on your views)."
"Your solution requires a lot more effort and expense.
Suppose a murder is committed in a particular US state. (I read recently in a TD comment that piracy is like murder.)
Rather than spend time and resources ferreting out the particular murderer, wouldn't it be far more quick and efficient to just nuke the entire US state in which the murder was committed?
Nuke the state from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
a rather large hammer that, and if the perpetrators has left the state ...?
Yes, more expense and more effort, but I do believe in the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and admit that the actioning of that concept can cost a lot and requires more effort than merely pronouncing guilt at point of accusation.
"The underlying fallacy in your reasoning, Maven, is the assumption that IP itself is a valid concept and the rights around them also valid. However, they are not. Property is uniquely physical and naturally scarce, while ideas are not."
[straight off let my say my name is "awbMaven", short for 'a would-be Maven'. I aim for 'Expert' but am not. Calling me 'Maven' is not what I would call myself, and in the context of your reply, smells slightly of straw ;-)]
The concept that ideas are not physical & naturally scares is debatable, google for the debates :-)
Quite what thoughts are made of is an interesting topic in itself. Perhaps they're just a mixture of chemical, electricity and matter - all physical, or perhaps not and more akin to a soul [yet another debate].
The aim of my temporary redirect was to be an improvement on what is currently occurring, not as a solution to the infringement-concept-is-value issue.
I'm on the side of a free internet as should be gleenable from my blog. I am a middle-aged Web-Kid :-)
It is racial discrimination, as per the UN definition, I have highlighted the part important for you to understand:
"The United Nations use the definition of racial discrimination laid out in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, adopted in 1966:
… any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.(Part 1 of Article 1 of the U.N. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination)" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism#Declarations_and_international_law_agains t_racial_discrimination
So when you write:
"...so here goes. You know the Germans! They still think they are better than anyone else! They make better cars (more expensive) better everything (more VAT) to the point that we are forbidden to buy anything from the EU, RUSSIA or CHINA directly. Their fees for the transactions are ridiculous and we don't do business with them period. Design in the USA. Create in the USA, Make in the USA and Buy USA. Come on. Time to take over again."
.. you are being racially discriminatory towards German nationals.
"Last we'd heard, Illinois prosecutors were appealing the first ruling, and I imagine they won't be too happy about this ruling either. But, at some point, it seems they have to recognize the ridiculousness of making it a crime to record police on the job."
In the UK, when someone is 'on the job", they are taking a dump on the crapper, ie, having a shit on the toilet.
"It does a lot of good, those people who learn how to bypass blocks will be educated and will never look back"
"I just read that Retroshare saw a boom in dowloads this year, Tribler is also booming and for some reason the Ares Galaxy has 8 million downloads straight for a month now ever since Megaupload went down."
Added to those two, I would add Wimax as I see the potential for increasingly savvy peeps setting up their own local Darknets to share town-wide with Wimax & Retroshare/Tribber.
"And that means extradition treaties might become relevant, with people running small-scale Web sites facing the threat of being hauled off to America, say, just for including a few links in their blog posts. "
I think it would be handy to have a something that can create a spider-matrix of laws which have certain terms in, ie "IPR", "patent", etc. In that way citizens could keep an eye out for any newly proposed laws or modifications to old ones.
As more and more laws have within them not what it says on the tin, it's often very very difficult to know if a law has been passed that has something your trying to follow, hidden within it.