This is terrifying. Targeting supposed terrorists or even spying on another Governments is one thing and it is perfectly understandable - though I think we should go past this childish "borders", "espionage" and "them vs us" culture (will not hold my breath, we need another thousand years before humanity is ready for that).
But spying on Human Rights organizations? Really? What justification do you have for such travesty? Unfortunately we know now that the Governments are considering activism and even humanitarian help extremism, the same as terrorism. This is not a surprise at all given how fast they are sliding down the slippery slope that 9/11 created.
You see, other ISPs can still offer their services even with a municipal broadband in place. As far as I understood being municipal doesn't mean being free or altruistic but rather actually making the service available with quality where the private sector has failed to do so.
Then the question is: what is the problem with municipal broadband again?
You see, beyond the privacy concerns that are very real and should be debated I see intrusion and annoyance. Much like Viola above I'm sick of advertisements to the point my brain is actively ignoring them as if they were noise. An incredibly annoying noise. Most people are already doing the same to some degree but I was surprised when I commented with my partner that I needed a determined product while we had the TV on the evening news and she replied there was an ad about that running at that exact time (she still notices ads on TV it seems). I mean, I was looking at the TV while making that observation, there was an ad about what I needed and I simply wasn't registering.
So we got to a point that advertisers became so obnoxious we are actively ignoring them.
That. Eventually they will be replaced by saner people. I hope. But really, if we want to see the IP system being derailed it's just a matter of applying the strict letter of the law with no mercy. The damages will be so great that people will sit down to discuss actually fixing the system.
Either way, doesn't it seem highly questionable for a law enforcement official to interfere in the private business agreements of two companies, neither of whom are breaking the law?
Worse than that is the fact that the companies happily complied without a court order. This by itself would be investigated by an independent body and possibly result in a lawsuit from the Government itself against the payment processors.
Re: Re: Re: Ford Motors fails to provide me with Crown Vic for $1, therefore I'm justified in stealing one. Those bastards. Not even end of year models at convenient price.
Well then let's talk about the costs of copying an electronic file, shall we? But since you brought entirely unrelated examples I took the liberty of using a poetic license to adjust the car to what the article is about.
If you had $75,000, you don't have it any more! Just saying! #freemoney
Good, law abiding citizens use credit card and carry only patriotic gadgets inside bags, unlocked so law enforcement can do whatever they want, so if you have any money you don't have anymore. Now move along, nothing to see here, citizen.
Re: Ford Motors fails to provide me with Crown Vic for $1, therefore I'm justified in stealing one. Those bastards. Not even end of year models at convenient price.
In your example, said car would cost virtually zero and I could download and reproduce infinitely at home. So $1 is too much for something that can be copied at home for no cost. And I would download said car unless Ford offered me a service where I'd pay a premium to bypass the download step and have a different copy of a different car every week at my disposal, tank filled.
This can only happen when you have a monopoly on your 'product'. Copyright.
That's why a monopoly has to be heavily regulated with prices being either fixed or equal for all resellers. Something like a 'pool of copyrights' could exist too where everyone can use what's inside by paying defined fees and the ones contributing to it would get money based on defined formulas.
Of course, given how any IP system has been corrupted and defaced in favor of a few I'd argue that IP needs to be abolished for good to avoid such abuses. But alas if such system is needed at least make it sane and fair.
That's a very good ruling. Not only it slapped the Govt over its illegal practices but also protected the citizen by awarding all the costs to the Government. Sure it doesn't matter as the Govt has virtually unlimited resources for such cases however it is important in preventing future abuses and encouraging attorneys to get such cases on behalf of the weakest party with charges and fees awarded after the case closes (effectively for free). It's a great victory for the people.
I like what they did with Windows 10. It's Windows 8 core with a decent GUI that can be adaptive (ie, turned into a tablet) on demand. That's fine by me. I still have some issues on the heavy integration with online services and the fact that you can't install updates and bug fixes independently (as far as I know it has automatic updates turned on and there's no way to make it selective). This can result in annoying bloatware being forced onto you like those Windows 10 tray icons.
Besides, they are offering upgrades and I honestly think it's a very bad choice to upgrade from older versions, a clean install will lead to much less headaches.
I'd love if Microsoft would produce awesome products but, really, not having stuff with a Linux port (specially games) is incredibly annoying.
I love open source stuff for many reasons: 1-It's free (though there are a lot of them that offer professional implementation with scalability for a price) 2-It can be audited, which is good. You'll hardly sneak some malicious code inside *cough*NSA*cough* 3-It is usually updated frequently to correct security issues, bugs 4-It may fork into something even better or give birth to something that's even more useful (anyone can use and modify the code) 5-It can be customized to your needs
Sure there are more positive points but, really, I just wish M$ shoots its feet hard with the next Windows iterations so Linux can gain even more ground.
Re: Why no amusing anomalies here like this "trip from hell" via Uber?
This driver probably won't eve be able to get any more customers both because he was exposed and because Uber app allows you to RATE. Both customers and drivers can do it. So it will eventually weed out bad users.
Now let us talk about the same issues with cab drivers, shall we? Do the bad ones go out of business? Hardly.
Re: Re: "You want Shenmue 3? You'll get it. If you pay for it." -- Direct quote from:
This. And even niche things can find plenty of backers as Chris pointed above. I like these new initiatives. I'd throw money at an uncertain kickstarter project but I refuse to buy from the MAFIAA again (well, at least the old models, I do have a Netflix account...).