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Even knowing all that about very outdated weapons though, this toy is obviously not an explosive.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)
We also have effectively lost the "War on Terror". The really sad part is that those in charge cant seem to grasp that. Our own government has done 1000 times more damage to this country than the terrorist actually caused on 9/11 and that really is the goal of terrorism.
They blew up a few buildings, then our leaders freaked out and started flailing about wildly. In the resulting "terror" we have now wasted vast amounts of money and jump at our own shadows.
What might our economy look like right now if we had put all those resources into other places? We are killing our own country in a panic.
So one big question that comes to mind, What happened to this being the land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE?
I don't really see anyone saying that to stop this would be the end of e-mail. What they are saying though is that if Google can't make money off advertising then they will try to improve their bottom line some other way. So in other words, they will either cut back on their services to save money, or maybe try charging. Google is a business, not a charity, they are going to do what it takes to make money.
As for the "oh no! Google is SPYING!" Well.... with the NSA tapping the back bone of the internet all standard e-mail is getting looked at anyways. Unless you are using something like PGP for your e-mails then they are getting scanned by any number of people as they travel the net.
That is not me saying I like the spying and that I like what Google is doing. No this is me pointing out that the problem is MUCH bigger than just Google.
On a side note, I really do find myself wondering what in the world you do for your computing. With all these posts about hating Google and Microsoft it makes me wonder how you even managed getting online and finding this place.