Because our society cannot distinguish nudity from pornography. Plain and simple, sad but true.
I think it goes a bit deeper.
Nope, I disagree, because religion. He got it right.
Why's Michaelangelo's David forced to wear a bolted on after the fact fig leaf?
Roman Catholicism's prudery is still working its way through the system. Priests are ashamed to be ministering to us rutting animals, denying our true nature as biological beings, and we pay the price of their shame.
Why does everyone, including the TV station, the viewers, the police, the law, and commenters here on Techdirt, make such a big effing deal about DICK PICTURES?
1) Sex sells. "The oldest profession" and all that. Lots of males (especially teenage males learning to use recently acquired hormonal additions) think with their head, and it's not their skull. It's biology. Then there's the female side too. They can be just as guilty of this.
2) Madison Avenue * Hollywood == $$$$$$$$.
3) We may be capable of philosophy and great thoughts. That doesn't mean we'll all (or for some ever) be governed by such things.
No, needing the files in a known format & location is not DRM, the encryption and phone home requirements are, and you didn't answer that question.
Once their pathetic encryption gets broken, "pirates" can keep their stuff in any format they please and in any location they please (including TPB or Megaupload).
You'd think these people would come up with something like generating 2048 bit long keys based on customer name + address + credit card no. (all at time of purchase) and possibly up to twenty MacIDs, all calculated within the app. Nope. Phone home successfully to the Mother Ship, or lock it up. Foot, meet bullet.
They keep getting made because of all the money the mafiaa dudes have poured into anti-piracy propaganda.
Yet nobody believes any of that anti-piracy propaganda except clueless politicians and marketroids. Time after time after time it's received as a joke by the masses with the money to spend, yet those two classes of nitwits swear by it and fall for the lie almost every single time, never learning from their past failure to recognize reality.
Boycott if you can, pirate if you can't live without it, but don't encourage this insanity by sending them money! That just encourages them to find something even worse to do to you next time.
First, information. You aren't playing a game where your information is perfect and up-to-date, you know. Your investigators and intelligence agencies will make honest mistakes, false inferences, record erroneous data. When you make a decision to freeze someone's assets, restrain their movements, gag their communications, you're going to do that based on information that's, quite honestly, not reliable. Innocents far outnumber terrorists. Even if your intelligence network is 99.99% accurate, 9 times out of 10 your actions would still be impacting innocents instead of terrorists. Probabilities are not your friend, here.
The whole world was plunged into war when three nations decided to pull this crap back in the 1930s & '40s.
Think about Russia's Cheka/KGB/Gulag Archipelago, Fascist Spain and Italy, the East German Stasi, Pinochet's Chile, Argentina's "Desaperacidos", Pol Pot's Cambodia, ...
Step back from the brink. No one gains from a blood bath.
Re: Two revoke all laws and the restraint they present, merely utter two magic words:
On the bright side, it makes it really easy to figure out which horse's ass next needs to be assassinated the most. Whacka-a-mole writ large.
This thing reminds me of Canada's War Measures Act, which was invoked to handle the FLQ Crisis back when I was a kid; just one of the things I never forgave the father of the current Prime Minister of Canada for doing.
When, during the course of human events, did "wide-ranging and almost unchallengeable powers" ever make a lick of sense?
To presume abandonment of server email after 180 days is like presuming abandonment of the contents of your safety deposit box (or your savings account) after 180 days.
Consider IMAP or GMail (cloud computing). The whole point is to leave it on a server, because you want it left there. This law abuses modern practices egregiously by being stupid about it. It's been wrong for decades, and tenaciously avoiding learning the truth of what's actually happening in reality.
I can tell Mike is serious when he uses an exclamation mark.
Mike is very often a writer in a hurry. He's a busy guy watching lots of stuff that I can't be arsed to keep up with. I appreciate his energy and enthusiasm, especially when he gets enthused about stuff that I couldn't be bothered to track and which bore me to death.
Specialists vs. generalists. We all contribute in our own ways.
Re: Re: The SEC really liked the fact that it could snoop through emails
Interested in a reference to confirm that statement. Odd that having the power, and apparently the desire to do so, there haven't been any notable arrests of late.
It's anecdotal. I've read many articles here mentioning it. I'm sure if you searched through them, at least one would mention, or allude to, where it came from.
As for arrests, it's just like lawsuits. Agree to pay the fine/judgment, and the lawsuit (or charges) will disappear, with no judgment entered into the books. No precedent to go from either. Handy that. All parties involved happily agree to bury the controversy quietly.
Sucks to be the poor slob that runs into the same wall next time.