"If the RIAA/MPAA were truly concerned about stopping malware, they'd recognize that their own demands to edit Google's search results have put people more at risk. But they won't, of course. Just like everything else, they'll likely blame Google and say that Google should figure out a way to fix this."
Is it just me that thinks maybe this is what they wanted? They love running around saying Torrents=Malware, but never had much to back that up. Now though.... they have stirred things up and brought the malware up to the top suddenly making themselves look more credible.
Maybe they can just roll out in their new underwear, worn on the outside of their outfit of course. They seem to have grand delusions they are superheros after all, so the underwear is a key part of the outfit.
Really one of the big reasons windows has been hanging in there was your point of "most PC video games only support windows".
The really good news is, that is changing. With Steam supporting Linux and many major game makers moving to support Linux as well. I think the end of Microsoft's reign is within sight. As kids who grew up using Linux move into the workforce Windows will start to loose a hold there pretty quickly. After all, it is an easy decision between at least $200 a copy and FREE. Only thing holding people back is lack of qualified users. Linux gaming takes care of the linux training part....
So a $1000 fine for delaying them 3 minutes. Hmmm, doing some quick math, this means that if your having trouble with something and holding up the line you should owe $333.33 for every minute you cause the line to be held up.
They start charging that and I bet security lines everywhere will take on a whole new brisk pace.
That is not really true. They can send a guy out to get one as early as reasonably possible. They can they write their review in plenty of time for their target audience.
The people getting an iPhone on the first day it is out don't care about reviews. Those are made up almost entirely of apple fan boys that would buy pretty much anything with an i in front of it. The people that you are writing reviews for are those that have chosen to wait a week or two and do some research before buying.
The classic cartoon bomb this looks like is actually how early hand grenades looked.
Also, there were explosive cannon balls. If you take a minute to research you will find that in the civil war they used cannon balls filled with gunpowder and stopped with a fuse. Idea was to time it with the fuse. Did not work all that well, but that is not really the point.
Even knowing all that about very outdated weapons though, this toy is obviously not an explosive. It was just made to jokingly resemble one.
General Alexander loves dragging out the arguments that show the main problem we have right now.
The "evidence" of these programs "effectiveness" is the lack of an attack (never mind that we might not have been attacked anyways. It is impossible to really prove you stopped something that may or may not happen)
Then on the flip side though, if someone does manage to attack the US these people will run out and say "See!! We told you we needed these things! Even with all this power we couldn't stop that, so that means we need MORE power!!"
The end result of these two arguments is that nothing ever gets rolled back. It is a steady march in the direction of a total loss of freedom. All so we can "feel safe". Trouble is, I have no fear whatsoever of any terrorists. What I do fear greatly though is the loss of my freedoms at the hands of my own government.
There is a REALLY huge flaw in your logic there. Mainly "due to it's reliance on windows code". TrueCrypt is cross platform. It ran on Windows, Linux and OSX. So it would not have relied on windows code.
Also, you saying they pulled their product due to flaws in windows code, and then they recommend you move to... Windows bitlocker?
"is also diminished by the prospect that his foreign correspondent could be a target for surveillance by foreign governments or private entities."
Is it just me that sees a really huge issue with this logic. You know, like them next saying, "You have no expectation of privacy in any communication because your communication could be a target of 'foreign hackers'"
"FCC will scrutinize the deals to make sure that the broadband providers don't unfairly put nonpaying companies' content at a disadvantage, according to an agency official."
I have been reading this story several places today and always find myself wondering. How many drugs do you have to use before that statement makes sense?
Offering a "fast lane" in and of itself puts nonpaying companies at a disadvantage. It also is misleading. The internet is not like a highway. They are not going to build a separate "lane" for going fast. They instead will do more like the "fast pass" tickets at theme parks. So those of us stuck in the "Slow lane" will just have to wait longer because other people cut to the front of the line.
This kind of argument is what I was immediately afraid of from this stunt.
1. Idiot does not like fair use/parody. 2. Opens really blatantly infringing store 3. Then goes to court presenting horrible case and looses. 4. Idiot then has a party celebrating his creation of horrible case law "against parody"
Really sucks that we cant have "Senator Obama" running things instead of "President Obama". From that I keep seeing I actually kind of like Senator Obama, but this President Obama is a worthless waste of space.
I can understand where your coming from that it is stupid to call the cops for pictures or short videos BUT I can't be the only one who would be overjoyed to see someone hauled out for it.
I do not care at all about the picture or video, I do on the other hand HATE those bright screens shining in my face while I try and see a movie. I paid to enjoy a movie and your little smart phone screen is taking away from that.
(and I am one of those people in their 20s by the way)