Judge Brown, keeping the anything you think is suspicious must be criminal, and even innocuous activity that upsets someone in authority might be a crime.
One wonders if the Judge would feel it wasn't an arrest if she was handcuffed & detained in the back of a patrol car because she was looking at her phone & they thought she was filming.
Allowing the officers to keep playing the well we THOUGHT the law said X only adds to the contempt they find themselves facing. If you are charged with upholding the law & you have to 'invent' an excuse to flex your muscle you shouldn't be an officer. At minimum it should be a painful lesson for the officer with a penalty the union contract can't undo.
While these fine upstanding officers were illegally detaining a citizen & stomping on his rights, was there any real crime they should have been after?? Wasn't there a kids lemonade stand they could have trashed & seized the cookies from?
If they were concerned about people getting mugged for phones, why did they quietly remove the easy way to run the number to see if the phone had been reported stolen?
You'd think they mighty walled garden would ship with a app where you press the button and it asks the mothership is this phone reported stolen. People buying 2nd hand phones would be protected as the number of stolen phones would drop because we trained them to press the verification button before purchasing it. If its been reported stolen, it could also throw out the GPS coords so that the police could follow that lead to the really dumb thief who stole a device that tells the world its stolen & denies them making money from the device.
Ooooh the battery could explode!!! And that is only helped along by more glue & other 'features' designed to make it harder for people to replace a battery on their own. Of course if Apple switched to a user replaceable battery the offical part would be 25x the cost & have some secret chip no one could legally replicate to ensure profits. Imagine the outcry if there were locked down tires, wiper blades, etc. on cars.
They can claim all sorts of things about how its all to protect consumers, and yes there will all ways be crap replacement parts, but its profits. They hold you beholden to them & reserve all of these rights but none of the responsibilities once a 'Genius' decides your cracked screen wasn't a material fault because the hidden sticker says it was water damage & has voided them having to fix it.
Most likely its a hold over from CC processing. Sometimes they get away with just the billing zip, but most of the time they want the full billing address under the assumption that if someone just skimmed your card they wouldn't have that information.
The system is horrible archaic once you get into it...
Re: Wanted: Better financial models for journalism
I remember your original post and your demands that they turn the litigation over to the donators to decide how best to fend off the con man.
I'm sorry you got your feelz hurt, but to show up and DEMAND everyone do it your way or else... are you a fscking toddler?
You are who? I don't recognize your name. Did you just decide to jump on the bandwagon to demand that TD comply with your internal list of demands to get support?
Yes people were rude to you, welcome to the internet genius.
You rode in on your moral high horse and spoke down to us idiots who weren't as smart as you. Pull the stick horse out of your ass and consider that your tone is condescending & you reap what you sow.
See I'm a known asshole, so people expect this level of speech from me... hell most will be shocked I am holding back.
I'm so glad you are the ultimate authority on what is influential in the world, perhaps so you research you insufferable twit.
The Streisand Effect. SOPA. TPP. Copyright Trolls. and a slew of other topics that TD's been on the cutting edge of.
I'm sorry you benefited from the coverage this little blog you never heard of, perhaps if they spent more time declaring how awesome they were instead of doing actual work you might understand their reach.
In closing fuck right off, we aren't going to miss you telling us how we are all wrong because we won't do things your way. Sort of explains why we have a President Trump, because you refuse to compromise & work towards a common good unless they adopt your viewpoint 100%.
One could understand his confusion... Look at the takedowns on YT. A 5 second snippet of a song gets your media taken down. A bird call can be claimed by a label, who then doubles down that they OWN a wild bird song. The only people who get punished are those without the all powerful copyright.
Copyright is completely screwed up. The cartels like to pretend Fair Use isn't a thing, and far to often they get courts to agree with them. The problem is when a regular person tries to assert these magical rights other copyright holders have, but since they are not a corporate person they discover they have many fewer rights and leeway.
1 - He streamed it publicly and left it that way. 2 - The fair use was part of commentary on the story & his actions. 3 - We can only hope that losing these cases will keep him from creating new works so that he can try to support them by extorting cash from media outlets.
They are not tried in absentia. They default on the case. By ignoring the court orders to appear & offer any defense the court is allowed to rule against them. They were given ample opportunity to plead their case & failed to do so. There are cases where default is set aside, but it is very uncommon. The main reason defaults in copyright cases get overturned are because the letters sent look like a scam or they fail to serve the person. We followed a case once where it appeared the person who defaulted had been dead for a few years, but the name was still on a bill.
Nope, its a civil matter, jail time isn't on the table.
I've seen plenty of people dragged into court on nothing more than an IP address. I've seen Judges allow them total access to the accused life, then listen intently when lack of evidence is shown as proof of wrong doing.
What I have not seen ever is a court declaring someone a repeat infringer without hearing a case.
This Judge doesn't care about technology and has assumed corporations are always right because IP is super duper valuable, and accusations without any evidence is perfectly fine to rule against the accused.
Using this logic, you only need to call the Judge a pedophile several times to force him to register on the sex offender registry...
Perhaps he assumes that the "penalty of perjury" actually means something on a DMCA notice, not understanding nothing ever comes from it.
Perhaps it is time for the government to look at how these poor corporations are able to shell out all of this cash while claiming they can't afford to do more.
This is a game. If the government does what is best for people, they will be attacked for ignoring minorities. If the government does what is best for the 'minorities', they will be handing corps even more power.
Perhaps it is time to make everyone show their work. They can claim that X might leave minorities out, but perhaps its time to demand neutral evidence to support it. If we look at the history we can find all sorts of evidence that minorities are at least ignored at best exploited by the corps for their bottom lines.
Lets move past the soundbites & hype, lets show the history of how the corps forget all the promises they made to get support.
Their business model counts on you not being able to repair your items. If you can keep your older phone working well, you won't immediately upgrade. If you can fix it you won't pay them the fee for a refurbished phone. If you could fix it, why would you pay them for a service contract?
States should start pushing 2 bills simultaneously - Right to Repair - Right to Free Repairs
Companies enjoy maintaining control over what you can do with the things you purchase, yet if something goes wrong it is your problem & they have no responsibility. We need to stop that model of abuse.
They build the devices to be as hostile as possible to being repaired to maintain profits from being the only ones who can fix them. Imagine if they came with user replaceable batteries like so many other phones, many complaints are about the batteries giving up. The only offical option is to pay a large fee to get a replacement phone rather than just replacing the bad part. You can buy aftermarket batteries now, but many people aren't willing to fight against needing special screwdriver tips & glue.
"she feared more emphasis on security could potentially spur a decline in the company's user base"
She has since learned that downplaying security concerns definitely spurred a decline in their user base as users discovered multiple occasions where the system was hacked & wasn't revealed until years after the event.
She chose the wrong worst case scenario, and yet will still walk away with a pile of cash for caring more about optics than real problems.
The problem is we no longer have the attention span to follow through.
The water in Flint is still mostly poison, but if you ask 100 people many will tell you it was fixed.
Some areas of New Orleans are still screwed up, but if you ask 100 people many will tell you how the victims wasted the money & its all fixed now anyways.
People click the like button, and assume its fixed. People click to sign the petition, and assume it will get fixed. People hear an elected offical outright threatening perfectly legal businesses, to be more popular while undermining the law.
People hear a press release and think well thats solved now. There is human trafficking, but many of the numbers are over stated. No one calls them on the facts, because they are 'experts'. Anyone working in a way they disapprove of, is assisting.
Backpage & Craigslist had deals with law enforcement. They assisted because it was the right thing to do. In repayment, they were pilloried in the press who repeated nonsensical claims (IIRC there was a report that suggested at the Super Bowl they brought in a number of hookers equal to an entire states population) because they get more views for bad news. Not many stories were run about the departments who were running successful stings & rescue operations, because that didn't keep everyone upset.
I really do not grasp why they keep sex work illegal. If both participants are willingly involved, why care? If sex work was legalized, it would thin the haystack to find the bad actors forcing people into sex work. If it was legal, prices would drop causing less demand to force people to do the work to enrich a pimp.
Pandering to the 'moral majority' gets good sound bites, and dubious results. If you don't like sex workers, don't use them or be one. Stop worrying that someone else might use one, because it doesn't actually effect you beyond offending your sensibilities.
Pushing them out of sight & pretending its solved does nothing but reinforce the attitudes that we HAVE to demand corporations have to do more, rather than demand our leadership get their shit together and find real solutions.