One other story I read said that when the US broke the encryption one of their discoveries was that the Chinese were already there. I wonder how many other countries are cracked the system but were not clumsy enough to get caught.
To me the amazing thing is that anyone is surprised that countries are trying to spy on UN communications. This is like Captain Renault being shocked to learn that there was gambling going on in the casino.
I agree that it is troubling to know that they could break the encryption. I would like to know the method they used. It could be that the encryption was based on codes burned into the hardware. In that case it is logical that the Chinese got in because the chips were manufactured in China and there are rumors that the Chinese have been getting copies of encryption keys at the time of manufacture. I suspect that the US used methods more similar to the methods used to crack the DVD encryption key.
I wonder what encryption system will fall next, or perhaps has already fallen and we don't know about it yet. I think it is reasonable to suspect any proprietary system that relies on a single master key is already compromised. The NSA seems to have been able to put pressure on most companies to compromise their secrets and then shut them up about it with gag orders. Any system based on data burned into a chip is probably already open to the Chinese. This would include TPM chips in Windows 8 systems and Chromebooks.
I wonder if the NSA got the keys to just about every DRM system ever created and the Obama administration is worried that Snowden got that information. That would explain why the US and UK administrations are so insanely over the top on their responses to Snowden.
The cable folks should be most concerned by the poor performance in new households. That means young households. The cable industry lost an entire generation of viewers and they are not likely to get them back using the old formulas.
Big league sports may be collateral damage. Cable and sports are locked in a deadly embrace. As cable has lost young viewers so have major league sports.
Re: Well, you guys say was no infringed content on Megaupload...
It's no wonder that the copyright lobby has been working to make sure the Megaupload servers get wiped. There is too much evidence that "nearly every file of PETABYTES on Megaupload was infringing" is flat out false. We routinely used megaupload to move around large files we were using on various projects, and not one bit of it was infringing. We were not alone. Even the DOJ was using it.
Also, this DCMA takedown is hardly an isolated incident. In fact they are pretty standard. Corporations like Roto Light aren't even embarrassed to admit that they are breaking the law.
If Rotolight filled out a regular DCMA form then they have committed perjury and quite likely broke another law or two along the way. But US law does not apply to corporations or the wealthy, so no one is going to get penalized except for the victim who had his review pulled.
You highlighted some real problems, but my concern is mission creep. What comes after they have the filters in place under the guise of "Protect the Children!" Terrorism is probably up next, and that part of the filter won't be optional because "only terrorist sympathizers could be against blocking terrorism sites." After the mandatory filters are in place the next public enemy will almost certainly be PIRACY. I suspect this is the actual driving force behind the current movement since simply blocking torrent sites has not worked. After that they have some wonky defamation laws in England, so sites that make celebrities look bad are a likely candidate, especially if they can be extended just a bit to cover politicians. And that opens the door to blocking any type of "subversive" sites, especially those that criticize the filtering system itself.
Perhaps it is an attempt to boost sales of her original book. Ironically, it probably will help her original book because the lawsuit will draw attention to both the parody and the original. Maybe there is a new #PippinTip in here somewhere:
"If you are famous mainly because of your association with someone else who is famous, sue other people to keep your name in the papers."
But I am sure the site blocking resulted in a huge surge in profits for the recording and movie industry. No? Well maybe a tiny blip in profits. No? Well at least there was a moral victory because they made those horrible dirty pirates mad. Oh, those horrible dirty pirates are also some of our best customers and now they are mad at the industry? Well at least they have the satisfaction of knowing that they are providing a healthy living for the anti-piracy contractors. Their share holders aren't going to catch on to how much all this anti-piracy stuff is costing the industry. Right?
These situations demonstrate the high cost of the the war on drugs. Just start calculating the hourly cost of manpower and other assets like aircraft and SUV's. And they would have been satisfied with a few grams of pot? It is insanity beyond anything that happened during prohibition.
There was a "Pop-Up Killer" application in 1999, which suggests that the popups predated the patent application.
I have lost 80 pounds since November 1. I more or less ignore every bit of nutritional advice issued by the US government for the last 40 years. My diet is 60% fat, 35% protein and less than 5% carbohydrates. Take the food pyramid and turn it upside down. I just had a complete blood panel and every single test came back in the normal or better than normal category. I was high in almost everything before the diet. I feel great and I am not hungry on 1200 -1500 calories a day.
What is making us fat is the food industry's regulatory capture of the FDA. Low fat/high carb diets are great for food industry profits but they lead to all sorts of health problems.