Following on the heels of "Secret Service Prostitution Scandal", we now have "FBI asks internet for backdoor action".
Next up, a request for a joint operation between the NSA, CIA, and FCC utilizing high-temperature superconductors to create piracy-stopping supercomputers - "Government agencies get together for hot three-way".
We didn't do anything to the hardware. Pinky-promise. We just, umm, thought that the server looked a little dirty and wanted to give it a good dusting.
Separate issue, how exactly do they get into the server room on two separate occasions without anyone being notified? Someone had to see a Gorram warrant the first time, at least? Or did Agent Coulson there work his magic on the janitor to get the keys?
In the past week, I've seen an explosion of these social reader/viewer apps. Viddy, Dailymotion, Yahoo, etc, etc. The real fun comes when someone approves use of the dailymotion social app and then fails to log off before viewing some sketchy vids.
"Bill Swenson watched '7 sexual positions for less-endowed men', as well as 8 other videos on Dailymotion."
Because Apple, through their agency model, was dictating the end-market price of their suppliers' goods sold through any outlet. They were fixing the retail price of any ebook they offered, not only in their store, but in any other store as well.
Imagine if Walmart, through agreements with Pepsi and Coke, forced the price of soda to rise at Target/Costco/wherever.
Low-overhead stores suddenly aren't allowed to 'pass the savings on to you' because their competition says they can't. How does that make sense?
The real victims here are the bit-binders, the intrepid folk who take the time to sew together the individual bits that make up an ebook. Automated, mechanized bit-binding already threatens this artisanal trade, and without the price-fixing support of the publishers, we may soon see many bit-binderies going the way of the dodo.
Jens Krustensen, fourth generation bit-binder, weighed in on this touchy subject, saying:
"People don't realize how difficult bit-binding is, or how essential it is that we get paid fairly for our work. Sure, anyone can sew a zero to another zero, but it takes 4 years of training, plus another seven of apprenticeship, before you can sew those ones to each other. That kind of training takes a lot of money. These newfangled mechanized bit-binders are shiny, but what happens when you're halfway through Moby Dick and all the ones start to fall out? Our culture is too important to entrust it to these foolish 'advances', if you can even call them that."
Please continue to pay inflated prices for DRM-hobbled ebooks. If we don't, the bit-binder could become as rare a sight as a tallow-chandler, and the world will weep.
Gotta go back to Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games books, if you want to do that. A friend recommended that I read them, and they are actually pretty solid for teen lit. After reading them, I mentioned the base similarity to Battle Royale to my friend, and was greeted with a "huh?". Hard to find a lot of people with solid Japanese cinema knowledge.
Let's say I freely tell the Hunger Games story to my friends, and say that my memory is perfect so they are receiving an exact, word-for-word COPY of the story from me. Are we stealing at this point? Are we even infringing?
Until we can legislate smarter people behind keyboards, there's no point in your fancy cyber-whatsits laws.
This wasn't a virus, it was a social engineering attack, akin to someone claiming to be the pizza guy so you buzz them through your apartment complex's security door. Bigger locks aren't the solution here. The solution is a frozen-pizza only apartment complex, or possibly an in-building pizzeria.
The problem I see with your reasoning is that you're assuming that the Federal Government is the best place to decide these things. If I'm ever in a position where I have to personally consider the ramifications of an abortion, then the opinions and pontifications of others will mean fuck-all to me. That's one of the most personal decisions anyone will ever have to make, and it's a decision for individuals to make. Barring that possibility, it's a decision that needs to stay as close to home as possible.
Paul's stances make sense to me in that he's for putting much of our lives out of the federal government's reach. At state levels, the representatives are more closely tied to their constituency, and so the true will of the people should be more clearly heard.
I've always heard him loud and clear on abortion, in that he says clearly that he's personally against it, but that it's just not the federal government's job to legislate what people can and cannot do with their own bodies.
Regarding gay rights, I think he addressed what is a core semantic hurdle in the gay marriage argument when he stated that, for purposes of government, hetero or same-sex unions should be termed "civil unions", which suddenly makes all 'marriage' arguments moot. As far as government is concerned, it becomes a matter of contract law, neutered and stripped of religious overtones.
Marriage is more a religious term than anything, and if it suddenly wasn't about some Bible-thumper's hackles being raised about a perversion of marriage, then they'd have to set the religious objection aside and admit that it's about bigotry.
Power corrupts, and what Paul is advocating would be to reduce the corruption by reducing the amount of power held in DC.
Granted, he gets marginalized, ignored, and tagged as 'unelectable', but go back and listen to what he's said, over and over, about SOPA/PIPA. He was scathing in his attacks on those bills, and never changed his tune.
At this point it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the establishment won't let him anywhere near the Republican ticket in November, but I'm tired of people claiming there's not a good choice to be had.
Looks like the root cause was that there were some spam/phishing forms hosted through Jotform. Jotform stated that they try to keep the site free of this crap, and suspended around 65,000 accounts last year for phishing offenses.
It's still a horseshit call, especially by GoDaddy, but at least some more info is starting to get out.
The initial scan showed an 'anomaly' in an area on one of his legs. Senator Paul then proceeded to lift up his pant leg to show them the area highlighted by the scan, basically saying "Oh, the man-sized microwave says there's something weird right here? Let's look right here then." TSA was not appeased by his showing them bare skin in the EXACT SPOT where the scan claimed there might be something dodgy, and instead wanted to give him the third-base treatment. When Rand replied, in essence, that he was saving himself for marriage, they took umbrage and detained him, making him miss his flight.
Paul went beyond a pat-down, baring skin to show the TSA that there was nothing there, and yet they still wanted to touch his naughty bits.
Everyone bitches about how corrupt the government is, but so few have seen fit to posit a solution to the corruption, apart from more government, AKA campaign finance reform.
I think the better solution is to take power away from the centralized government, push it back closer to home, and leave the Congress/Senate with the bare-bones authorities that they should have.
If Congress no longer has the power to grant the favors sought, the money will dry up and we may get some worthwhile representation. I'm not saying that the MPAA/RIAA are geniuses, but even with their shady accounting they should be able to recognize this losing proposition.