The difference with HBO Go is due to how the app authenticates itself. The app goes out to Comcast and authorizes that the service has an active HBO subscription before going to HBO Go to stream. For reasons that I don't fully understand, this is done on a per device basses.
The PS4 app has a different signature than the Android app or any other version of the app. There's a database of valid signatures somewhere that Comcast looks at to see if the app your using is real or some third party, unauthorized thing. Comcast has decided that they're not going to update their database of signatures, so the PS4's app is considered to be fake and, thus, denied.
The easier way to do that is for Comcast to provide an authentication code that HBO Go can use to authenticate a user. Then, any app that logs in with that username and password can access the service. HBO would keep that authentication code and every now and again check with Comcast to make sure the code is still valid. HBO would then be responsible for keeping track of what apps are authorized or not, but that should be HBO's problem anyways.
"The onus would be on him to show HOW the tool would have prevented the attack."
No the onus should be on him. Politicians aren't nearly as logical as they should be.
What the recent revelations and eventual reactions has taught me is that US citizens are slow to wake, but they do wake. The politicians should realize that they are going to get the blame no matter what. Do they want the inevitable blame for killing the Constitution, or do they want to protect our rights and potentially take the blame for removing a tool that probably wouldn't have worked anyways.
HBO Go requires a subscription to HBO on a participating cable provider. So yes, Comcast has to do something on their end to activate the service. They aren't blocking people from activating HBO Go on a tablet, for example, they're just blocking activation on a PS4. This tells me that they activate by device, not by user. Basically, a dumb ass implementation designed for this exact reason. So they can be dicks to people who don't want to live on Comcast's time table.
Hay HBO, you do know you can get around this problem, and any future problems that WILL come up, by not requiring an HBO subscription. Just charge a little more for the untethered service and boom, Comcast doesn't have you by the balls (or other delicate body parts) and you get a boost in paying customers.
That's one of the reasons I block it. Verizon and Google still don't get along (I'm starting to think they're doing the node thing like they did with Netflix). Some times I can't get to any Google website. Youtube, G+, even the search page just stop responding all at once and for a few hours. Everything else (even other streaming video sites) works perfectly.
I'm going to assume two possibilities. One, there's more to this video than LG is putting out (if that's the case, ignore the rest of this comment). Two, the simple act of stress testing is what sparked the suit.
Over the course of the several year life span of the washer more damage is going to be done to that door than one guy should be able to do in one or two little pushes.
I think it was a reasonable stress test, but it still would be vandalizing private property. If you stress tested your friend's car and broke it, you would be responsible for the damages.
So it may have been a reasonable lawsuit, but Samsung may have done more damage to their reputation. LG probably shouldn't have even bothered trying for defamation and just made this video. Hell, they could probably make an advertising campaign out of it. "Yes we got sued and yes we lost, but we proved their stuff is not going to survive the years."
Well, he's kinda right. Title II will inspire North Korea and other dictatorship countries to censor harder.
A free and open Internet will put more and more information out there. More information might inspire citizens of not so free countries to desire some of that freedom. Citizens who want freedom are the bane of totalitarians, thus they will censor.
But something that pisses off totalitarians and inspires citizens of totalitarian governments is a good thing, isn't it?
Square Enix is doing it with Chrono Trigger and a bunch of versions of Final Fantasy.
As much as people feared the fracturing of the Android market, that's becoming less and less of a problem. Running an emulator would be even easier as it doesn't need to access special hardware. The biggest problem now is system specs, just like PC gaming.
Let's be realistic here. They don't want to spy on the public, we're not interesting enough to keep their attention. They're doing it because they're too lazy to do real detective work and for the appearance of doing something.
The problem that comes with this (and the real reason to stop it) is confirmation bias. Humans are far too damn good at finding patterns where none exist. I guaranty 100% that given enough information I can find enough coincidences to get anyone on any government watch list.