Here in PA they also utilize EZ Pass readers for traffic monitoring, and have for quite some time. Its quite useful to know the average travel time and often the LED info boards over the highway help me to avoid backups.
As long as the data is truly scrambled and wiped after a few hours and not stored or shared with the government, I'm ok with its use.
Not sure if its in the EZ Pass terms.
All that being said, "the government" could track vehicles just as easily with roadside license plate scanning cameras. And they could do that for nefarious purposes or just to get average travel times.
I just hope that journalists here in the US, like those working for the Times, realize how serious this is, and what this means to them, their friends and their families. Freedom of the press is just one more freedom that has now been taken away.
According to the NY Times article, that is exactly what it was. He was apparently carrying encrypted thumb drives from Greenwald.
"Mr. Miranda was in Berlin to deliver documents related to Mr. Greenwald’s investigation into government surveillance to Ms. Poitras, Mr. Greenwald said. Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden. The British authorities seized all of his electronic media — including video games, DVDs and data storage devices — and did not return them, Mr. Greenwald said."
I'm not sure what the point of taking it was. Unless the NSA just wants to know what he has on them!
There's really nothing the UN or ITU can do if the US says NO. What can they do? They can't take the internet. The appropriate response is a simple "no, and if you don't like it go build your own internet."
What is the UN going to do, try to pass a toothless resolution against the US? Ha! UN resolutions are a joke, and only the US and EU can do anything to enforce them. The US and EU are already opposed to this, and the US, France and UK have veto power anyway. What a waste of time this is, even for the waste of time UN.
Sounds to me like a great opportunity for an institution that encourages problem solving and innovation to step in. If I ran such a school I'd offer this kid a scholarship of some kind to transfer to my school.
Legally Purchase DVD:
Go online and order the movie, then wait several days for it to come in the mail or drive to a local store, wait in line, and then drive back home. Then you get to open ridiculous plastic seals protecting the integrity of the contents, insert disc into proper regionally encoded DVD player, sit though 10 minutes of unskippable trailers, sit through 1 minute of anti-piracy warnings..... watch movie. All for only $19.99
Click on a link, wait a couple of minutes..... watch movie. All for free.
Which one is more consumer friendly?
OK, maybe your PC isn't connected to your TV (Why isn't it?) and you have to rip it to DVD and then ... watch the movie. Still its much less trouble than the legal method. If only the studios would allow services like Netflix to actually stream new/decent movies online....
What a good way to limit the number of people that will read your book, hear of you, or buy another book of yours.
How many people have gotten a book from a friend, read it, enjoyed it, and then bought multiple books from that same author? I'd guess that number is a HUGE number. And disappearing ink, well that will only make that number smaller. So good luck with that. Tell the recording industry we said Hi!
1. I don't own any Apple products so I don't care. But, having owned a dozen cell phones and having bought multiple chargers for each until the micro USB became standard.... I don't feel too bad.
2. Obviously adapters will become available so its not like every dock and charger becomes useless.
3. Everyone who sells their iPhone 4 and 4s to upgrade to the 5 will simply include their chargers in the sale and buy new ones with the phone.
4. Not EVERY iPhone owner is a lunatic who must have the next device immediately. Yes, many of them are, but more people won't upgrade than will. That means the change won't actually impact the majority of iPhone owners.
Just for fun....
Here's a crazy theory: Maybe Apple is changing the dimensions of the new iPhone...perhaps its wider and taller and wouldn't fit in some of the older docks.... so if the old docks wouldn't fit the new phones anyway, now is the perfect time to switch connectors. hmmm....
I agree that a positive information campaign is the right way. Education is the key.
But they're trying to educate the wrong people. Consumers don't need to be educated about legal music offerings. Its the recording and movie industries that need to be educated. They need to learn economics and to give the people what they want in a way that is easy to use and reasonably priced.
That's the only education campaign that will do the slightest bit of good.
Schools don't have enough money now, teachers are always fighting for more money, programs are always getting cut...
"Hey everybody, guess what? We need to raise your property taxes 25% to pay for more schooling. Oh, and good news for those of you with kids in private school....not only do you get to pay 25% more in property tax, you also get to pay 25% more in tuition! But its good for the kids."