Re: Re: Re: You're presupposing, as usual, that piracy is small.
Well, not always.
There was a time before middlemen. In those days, in the age of monarchies, IPR benefited the monarchies, by giving the monarchy or aristocracy authority over who was permitted to be published, by their whims.
So really, it'a always been about the control over culture.
Someone on reddit pointed out that Amy likely has Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and is not necessarily bipolar.
ODD is characterized by four or more of the following behaviors for a period of at least 6 months:
(1) often loses temper
(2) often argues with adults
(3) often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules
(4) often deliberately annoys people
(5) often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
(6) is often touchy or easily annoyed by others (7) is often angry and resentful
(8) is often spiteful or vindictive
Regardless of what you think about the show, this episode is a stark departure from the usual fare.
Right from the start, Gordon praises them for their spotless kitchen and well-organized fridge.
He then samples some of the menu only to discover that it's improperly prepared, that the recipes are confused, that the wait staff is regularly mistreated, and that everything goes into the trash, untouched by customers who wait literally hours for the food they ordered.
The problem in this kitchen is the people, and he gave up on them.
We ought to set up some kind of public fund that goes into researching prior art and filing challenges with the patent office to have the patents overturned as they are approved.
If we can get upwards of 70% of patents thrown out or rewritten within the first year, surely it will affect the change the patent office so desperately needs in the short term, so we can work toward reform (and perhaps abolition) in the long term.
According to Brocious himself, the company has known about this vulnerability for at least 3 years.
That's three years that they had to issue a fix.
And this vulnerability is so trivial, that anyone with even a modicum of electrical knowledge and minimal programming experience can overcome it. There is, simply, no reason this vulnerability should still be in shipping locks.
They have no excuses. They should be paying for this.
The lock itself doesn't use any encryption, and the cards use a very weak 32-bit encryption based on the site code. The lock itself exposes everything via the programming port on the bottom. When I say everything, I mean that includes the site code (the unique code for the hotel) and everything that's in active memory.
Unlocking it is a simple matter of finding the sitecode and issuing an unlock request.
At least with the Humble Bundle, I'm guaranteed that all or nearly all of the games will have native Linux ports. With Indie Royale, it's a crapshoot - if I'm not lucky enough to get a Linux port of a game, there's a good chance it won't work in Wine either.
The problem was that while Windows was the most-deployed OS in the country at the time, US Government export controls on encryption standards prevented anything with stronger than 40-bit encryption from being allowed to enter their country.
They came up with SEED because they needed strong crypto. The fact that the AtiveX control is the only way to use it is an artifact of that effort. They essentially had no choice at the time.
SEED is so old now that it's probably exceptionally difficult to port it to current browsers that support NPAPI or Pepper, both of which differ subtly from the original API SEED was developed against for Netscape browsers.
If you're going to blame someone, blame the US Gov't.