You were absolutely given that information. Buried in this giant haystack of possibly tangentially related material. If you had a proper method to search through that haystack, and the inclination to do so, you would have the capabilities to know whatever you wanted.
This viewpoint seems oddly appropriate coming out of the NSA.
Which is fine if you live somewhere those things are available. For a large number of people living outside major metropolitan areas, that's really not an option. I know that my first few jobs were all 7-20 miles from my home, which isn't that significant in a car, moving at highway speeds, but is a much different story on foot or by bike. Doubly so when you consider that, at a northern climate, a large part of the year there was heavy snow. As a rural area, there was no real public transportation, and while I could theoretically have taken a cab, the cost was prohibitive.
Duplicating the functionality is not a violation of copyright. He admits he's created similar functionality, that's not illegal. If you come at a problem in a different language, the methodology (and therefor the code) you use to recreate that functionality will be different.
Nor is duplicating functionality (with different code) inherently going to expose vulnerabilities in the original. They're written differently and will have different vulnerabilities.
I agree. These filters aren't good enough. And they'll never be good enough as long as they continue to block any amount of non-infringing content. And as long as they're not good enough, they shouldn't be used.
I've had to take a polygraph for work before. They couldn't get a passing result, so I ended up taking it like, four times. Take it til you pass is not a security measure, unless you admit that it's just a prop for a normal interview.
I admit, as a software developer, I spend eight hours of work a day on the internet (some of it is even work related). I then go home, and hop online to relax (Youtube channels like SciShow, Veritasium, and MinutePhysics being cheaper and more entertaining than the cable TV service I cancelled years ago). Clearly I am hopelessly addicted to the internet, and belong back in the psych ward. Obviously going home and watching the latest episodes of whatever the current reality tv craze, or the half hour of "infotainment" the 24 hour news channels recycle all day would be far healthier.
Your reason by analogy is based on a faulty analogy. This is more like someone looking through a real estate agent's listings and then telling a friend about places for sale, then sending to the agent to purchase.
So, in a shocking twist, the search engine returns what you ask for. Clearly, we shouldn't go after the people providing the material. Clearly, we shouldn't go after the people receiving the material. Obviously, we should go after the streetmap telling the druggies how to get to the buy.