True, but courts have held that software that bypasses DVD CSS is illegal. They might rule that simple instructions are legal, but I wouldn't bet on it. Either way, that's going to be a lot of money going to lawyers.
There's a growing disconnect between what people believe is moral, and what is actually legal. Then you throw the US First Amendment into a case like this. Douglas MacArthur said "Never give an order that can't be obeyed." He new it did nothing but undermine his own authority to do so. If only everyone else in government would learn the same thing.
Do you know what the terms and conditions were for submitted comments?
I'm guessing it was probably something like "Grant the FCC a perpetual license to copy and display this comment." However, I don't know for sure. I figure you all would have picked up on it if there was a copyright assignment clause, though.
I hope none of the people analyzing this data work for places with legal departments who don't understand fair use. Especially since, that's the only way that anyone reporting on this can directly quote any of the comments.
Another little aside is that while it might be legal to download these huge files to your personal PC, it's almost certainly illegal to give a copy of them to anyone else. They have to go use up FCC bandwidth by obtaining the files from a "authorized source".
I personally prefer LUKS encrypted containers or drives. Sure they have a known signature at the beginning, but how likely do you think someone is going to have a multi-gigabyte file full of random data.
Best of all, the Linux cryptsetup program supports both these and truecrypt. For windows you can use a program called FreeOTFE.
Unfortunately, while LUKS is the standard way to do full disk encryption in Linux it doesn't do the fancy pre boot stuff so it can't encrypt your main windows drive.
Quoting part of it: "However, it doesn't take a PhD in teenagerology to suspect that Her Majesty's Wiretapping Crew are now sitting on one of the largest collections of illegal kiddie porn on the planet. And the kiddies are, on the whole, the unsuspecting children of the taxpayers of the UK."
Because the NSA lets them have most of the data they get from spying in Germany, plus access to the US stuff. It's a neat way for the German intelligence agencies to bypass Germany's spy laws by having the NSA do it for them. Then there's the fact that Germany probably has access to all that "useless" US telco metadata the NSA is gathering.
Basically, by modern standards Huawai gear is crap. The NSA and china don't need backdoors, the security is so bad that almost anyone could gain full control.
The other takeaway is that all the advanced debugging features, which network administrators use when things inevitable don't work right, are only in Chinese. Not that big of a deal if your network administrators speak the language, but if they don't the only option is to pay Huawai to manage your network for you.
I'm not saying Cisco is good, just that it's not utter garbage.
I forget where I heard about this before. It might have been Slashdot. Oh well, there was one important thing mentioned that stuck out to me.
Google hates SEO(Search Engine Optimization), and they like to keep control of their app store. They're not as bad as Apple, but Google has no problems pulling an app for bad behavior. Given those two things I'm half surprised that they haven't just shut down the game.
Sorry if I'm a bit confused, but when you switched from 105Mbps to 505 it threw me off. Those cost of the faster connection make it seem like it's not a typo, but following right after the quote about 105Mbps was a little confusing.
Still, wan't to bet that all of those service plans are "up to..." and don't include any guarantees about speed or downtime?
No, but it was still really stupid. Plus, this guy violated rule #1 of the internet. If a stranger says they want to meet online it's a trap.*
Hell, using an account tied to you as someone wanted by the police is dumb to begin with. Even without trying to track the IP address, most browsers offer "location services" which are accurate enough to tell what building you're in.
*That's what they taught me in school at least, right along with the D.A.R.E. program. Might explain part of the problem online dating sites have had in the past.
I was thinking the same, but for different reasons.
I don't know much about British law, but Techdirt has published several stories about parallel construction. It sounds like GCHQ might have been doing the same thing. It casts doubt over any court cases involving Lulsec and Anonymous.
I wonder, if The UK have the same problem with most cases ending with the defendant pleading guilty. Here in the US they'll have nice men with badges and guns take family members of the defendant out of work and ask them to call him or her. The threat being that since they also benefited from the alleged crime that they'll be charged as well. Unless, of course, the defendant agrees to immediately plead guilty to the judge that they have waiting down at the courthouse.
The problem is that DRM requires native code execution. So you're replacing one plugin with another. Given the way the media companies operate it will probably require root/administrator privileges too. It's a security nightmare waiting to happen.
The NSA also loves Yahoo for just that reason. At the same presentation where Jacob Applebaum talked about the NSA's bios and hardware hacking the slides specifically singled out Yahoo quite a few times. Probably because it's a site with poor security that many non techies use.
Re: Re: Wrong AC @ #1: Next step, MORE surveillance.
You'd be surprised what the government could get away with. Even if you ignore the blackmail potential that the NSA's data provides, they could: a) fine the company a bajillion dollars b) have the SEC crack down on the company c) just arrest the poor low level guy who told them no
While I agree that some companies have been voluntarily working with the NSA, many don't have a choice.
Like people even know what the candidates stand for
Have you tried to research who you're voting for?
Where I am the only third party that I can find that even mentions the candidates is my local newspaper, and there online site is paywalled. So if I miss picking up the issue that focuses on the candidates I'm SOL. Worse, they only talk about the Democrat and Republican candidate. Third parties are barely mentioned. I've tried the candidates websites. When they even existed almost all of them were useless.
I understand why many people don't vote. Despite what politicians want people to believe, an uninformed vote is worse than no vote at all. Combine this with the way that election districts work for house members and it's no wonder we get people like this in office.
I really with the US had some sort of percentage representation in the house. Kind of like how most civilized countries handle it.