Lets see here, if Oracle wins any re-implementation of an API would be illegal.
Dennis Ritchie, and Bjarne Stroustrup probably never transferred parts of the C and C++ API copyright to the standards body. Mostly because they, like everyone else, assumed it doesn't exist. A straight reading of an Oracle win is those two could hold almost the entire software world hostage. Almost, everyone uses C and C++. Microsoft, Google, Oracle, the US Government.
I really wish they would too, just to prove the absurdity of such a ruling.
The only problem is the legal term for protection racket is extortion. The Yelp ruling says it's not extortion to say, "Suck a pity this (possibly true) information is there for anyone to see, why don't you pay us some money/buy some ads and we'll make it go away."
Restricting obscene speech or actions is a quagmire of laws that might be on the books, but may or may not be legal. Take for example indecent exposure laws. If a woman goes topless in the NY library it's not allowed. Unless, she notifies the media that she's protesting. Then it's all legal....
You get the same things with these trademark laws. Let's say the KKK comes up with a new slogan. It's obviously protected speech, but if a sports team used it then it's no longer protected?
Ehh, I like the decision but this was probably more of an issue with policy and training than anything else. I'm perfectly willing to believe the officer was following poorly written instructions or not even thinking about how he turned the phone off.
I'm glad the court didn't go with a 'just this one time' it's ok decision though.
It's already started. Cisco saw a drop in sales after the pictures of the NSA intercepting their boxes in transit were released. If the FBI goes that route and wins, then the NSA don't even need to intercept shipments. They can just modify the source code and secretly demand Cisco sign it. Same goes for Windows.
It's been shown before that they can man-in-the-middle just about any network traffic. The next over the air, or mandatory windows update might contain all sorts of goodies from the NSA.
The interesting thing is this is about a laser printer. The laser printer segment has typically not actually run using the razor blade model. That's why a laser printer with the same features as an inkjet costs several hundred more dollars.
Thing is, these printers are typically bought by businesses or prosumers. While some businesses might stick to buying only brand name, everyone else who hears about this might re-evaluate if Lexmark is someone they want to continue doing business with. Brother makes some pretty good and inexpensive lasers after all.
Well yeah, but you run into the same issue that self encrypting drives have. The data in flash memory is encrypted with a huge key which is kept on the encryption chip. There's no way to read the key without de-encapsulating the chip, and that carries with it significant risk. Those things are meant to be tamper proof after all.
If apple did this correctly, the encryption chip is a separate component, that can not have its firmware changed. It can even still be in the same package as the CPU. By tightly defining the security element's inputs and outputs you can create an extremely hard to crack system, even if it can't receive firmware updates.
My fear is that the checks, including the counter for number of retries is handled by upgradable firmware. That would mean not only could apple crack any phone, but the next time a bootloader jailbreak is found everyone else could too.
It really makes me wonder just how much power the supreme court has. I mean if the CAFC keeps doing so badly, does SCOTUS have any options aside from continually smacking them down?
To be fair, SCOTUS is powerful enough that they could wipe out entire categories of patents or copyrights with a pen stroke. The question is if CAFC keeps it up can they just explicitly say that they don't consider anything that court does as binding?
Thing is, these leagues are by definition monopolies. The US Government allows them to exist because in some situations having a monopoly is advantageous to many competitors. In theory, the government heavily regulates these monopolies. In practice, lobbying dollars tend to speak louder than voters.
The thing is, that breaks down when a large issue causes the population to band together. In this case, either the Federal Trade Commission, or the Federal Communication Commission could change their rules to disallow blackouts.
They have a pretty big case for deceptive trade practices if someone paid for something, and are then being threatened if they attempt to obtain what they paid for.
Looks like the NHL is about to lose quite a bit of money. Either through lost subscriptions, or from lawsuits and regulation. Heck, it will probably face all three.
The big question is if this is even legal. Sure it might be for a private institution, but it's been found by multiple courts that public schools have the same restrictions as the government does. I mean, these universities get there own sanctioned police force for crying out loud. That' means they're bound by the U.S. Constitution.
It'll be interesting to see if there is a lawsuit. I can just see campus lawyers cringing. Especially given the likelihood that FERPA was violated.
Yeah, pick a fight with the EFF. That's how good publicity is made.
I'd be surprised if the mod that suspended the account doesn't at least have a reprimand quietly put in his/her file. The stupidity isn't quite to the level of suspending Trump's account, but in terms of possible backlash it's pretty close.
See, for example, T-Mobile's CEO bashing the EFF for what could happen.
Remember the EU policy on cookies. That's the kind of craziness we're talking about.
For those who don't remember. That's where the first time you visit a site it says it's going to set a cookie. The idea was for people to be able to say "no thanks". What instead happened is anyone with browsers set to not remember cookies couldn't visit those sites anymore. The exact opposite of what the EU was trying to accomplish.
This is the NSA stealing data from foreign data centers because it's not on US soil. The EU reaction is to make sure that data stays off US soil.
It's doubly funny because the EU doesn't like geo-blocking, but the only way to make sure data stays inside the EU is to use geo-blocking and geo-redirecting.