I worked as principal software architect and engineer for a major manufacturing software company for about 20 years. In the mid 1990's we considered DRM-based licensing for our software. We went as far as to test implement it. We were smart enough to realize that since our customers could not tolerate downtime at all (1 hour == $10 million in lost profits), that if the DRM caused a semiconductor fab to go down because of some stupid problem, we would be up shite creek without a paddle! We promptly dropped the idea. Never lost a dime to "pirated" software - and our software cost million$ to purchase, implement, and install! We ended up one of the 50 largest application software companies in the world...
So, the FBI arrests another wacko nut job who they enticed into doing stupid stuff. He should be in a funny farm, not jail. ISIL? They are not doing such a great job stopping those assholes! The FBI can't even shut up their twitter and facebook feeds!
I think this is a clear example of the pot and kettle and which is blacker... Oh, sorry, I meant "darker". The world is just so screwed up these days. Well, I suppose it always has been, but it seems to becoming even more egregious in this lately.
And so will be millions of US Citizens when this is enacted! In any case, I was surprised to hear Illinois is not Real ID compliant - I was under the impression that it was, especially after I moved here from Massachusetts and had to provide my birth certificate or passport, and proof of residency, in order to get an Illinois drivers license. I guess it was just an example of Illinois' over-aggressive bureaucracy.
In the 1960's and early 70's I was involved in some "questionable" activities - mostly political. My colleagues and I realized that if you try to hide, you will be found out. The best approach was to "hide in plain sight", just being "normal". It worked very well, and we were never arrested or targeted for our activities. We even lived across the street from the state governor's mansion! Who'd have thunk that a bunch of radicals would live there?
But Comcast is better known as "Comcrap" for a reason! As for AT&T? Well, this month I suffered sticker shock when they doubled the price of my business internet U-verse access, from $80 to $155... I called and threatened to switch to Comcast immediately. Guess what? The rep. immediately rolled me back to $80 / month (25mbps uncapped service), at least for the next year. I guess I'll have to go through this crap again next fall... :-( My neighbors who voted against municipal fiber broadband some years ago (after extensive lobbying by Comcrap and AT&T) all regret their decision now. Duh? I wonder why?
Well, if I have to drive my car to Connecticut, then I am going to wire a tear gas grenade so if anyone other than me opens the door, they will get a real snoot full! And I hope it would be a cop! Maybe I just leave some swag visible in the car to temp them!
First, Wasserman-Schultz has to go. Second, Lessig should be in the debates - he is one of the few truly honest candidates. So, I think that W-S has taken too much of Joseph Heller's book to heart - and all of the bad stuff at that! Lessig must feel a bit like Yossarian and all... :-(
If you cannot have an independent expert examine the tools that have convicted you, then those tools, and their results, should be summarily rejected by the courts! DNA is notoriously difficult to analyze without extensive lab work, even today. That some software tool some years ago could do this accurately with 100% certainty is ludicrous!