Where I was growing up there wasn't really a rule about carding. Most places didn't card if you looked over 21. I went to high school (so 18 and under) with a few people, both men and women, who bought beer thanks to this little oversight. The general rule now is you have to look over 35 or you get carded.
Not hard to get around wear-leveling. The Trim command was invented to wipe every sector marked for deletion. All SSDs support this due to their inherent problem with needing to wipe a sector before it can be written to.
Any decent wiping program would ether take that into account, or just keep writing random data to a file until the drive is full. Ether way, fully wiping a flash drive is not hard.
Fun fact about storage: The reason it's so easy to recover deleted files is because they're not really deleted, just removed from the index. A recovery program simply looks for files not in the index and can put them back.
That is, unless something overwrote those sectors. On a platter drive, that data can still be recovered. There's leftover magnetic traces that can be detected and recovered. This is why programs like Darik's Boot and Nuke have an option to overwrite a drive 36 times.
Flash drives, however, aren't magnetic storage. Once a bit is re-written, that original data is gone. A few bits here or there aren't a problem, so it's still possible to recover most of the file and not notice the missing peaces, but if someone actually wiped the card, it's not recoverable.
Google's fiber rollout strikes me more like Youtube than, say, Google Reader. They went into it with the idea of making money not as simply a loss leader to get more eyeballs on adsense. I'd be confident enough that I'd switch instantly if they ever rolled out where I live.
Worst case, Google Fiber goes belly up and I switch back to Verizon... Assuming they're still in the broadband business. The way they're acting suggests that they want the hell out.
Assuming for a second (and this is a big assumption) that this was written by Google, it must still be a well written article since this is the best argument you could come up with against it. It just shows how right Google is in this situation when those apposed can't even approach a valid argument.
You might be closing one eye and squinting with the other, but anyone who's actually looking can easily see the commentary. It's quite clearly stating that the original comic is wrong and ignorant. (And to others) Just because it's calling the comic writer wrong and ignorant as well doesn't lessen the message against the comic itself.
Commentary is covered under fair use and does not require any transformation of the original work.
The difference with HBO Go is due to how the app authenticates itself. The app goes out to Comcast and authorizes that the service has an active HBO subscription before going to HBO Go to stream. For reasons that I don't fully understand, this is done on a per device basses.
The PS4 app has a different signature than the Android app or any other version of the app. There's a database of valid signatures somewhere that Comcast looks at to see if the app your using is real or some third party, unauthorized thing. Comcast has decided that they're not going to update their database of signatures, so the PS4's app is considered to be fake and, thus, denied.
The easier way to do that is for Comcast to provide an authentication code that HBO Go can use to authenticate a user. Then, any app that logs in with that username and password can access the service. HBO would keep that authentication code and every now and again check with Comcast to make sure the code is still valid. HBO would then be responsible for keeping track of what apps are authorized or not, but that should be HBO's problem anyways.
"The onus would be on him to show HOW the tool would have prevented the attack."
No the onus should be on him. Politicians aren't nearly as logical as they should be.
What the recent revelations and eventual reactions has taught me is that US citizens are slow to wake, but they do wake. The politicians should realize that they are going to get the blame no matter what. Do they want the inevitable blame for killing the Constitution, or do they want to protect our rights and potentially take the blame for removing a tool that probably wouldn't have worked anyways.
HBO Go requires a subscription to HBO on a participating cable provider. So yes, Comcast has to do something on their end to activate the service. They aren't blocking people from activating HBO Go on a tablet, for example, they're just blocking activation on a PS4. This tells me that they activate by device, not by user. Basically, a dumb ass implementation designed for this exact reason. So they can be dicks to people who don't want to live on Comcast's time table.
Hay HBO, you do know you can get around this problem, and any future problems that WILL come up, by not requiring an HBO subscription. Just charge a little more for the untethered service and boom, Comcast doesn't have you by the balls (or other delicate body parts) and you get a boost in paying customers.
That's one of the reasons I block it. Verizon and Google still don't get along (I'm starting to think they're doing the node thing like they did with Netflix). Some times I can't get to any Google website. Youtube, G+, even the search page just stop responding all at once and for a few hours. Everything else (even other streaming video sites) works perfectly.