Re: In Consistent Disagreement with Your Stance on Piracy
> continually growing problem of piracy
We see what you did there. Or possibly you meant "continually growing work to hide the continually growing box office profits from the continually more savvy actors who we are continually screwing over on their contract percentages"?
The prosecutor should certainly be aware that if they go through with this and photograph the teen's erect penis, they better be able to justify it --- that is, for a "match" between the penis in the video and the evidence collected to be significant evidence, there must have been studies done which quantify the likelihood of this match being falsely generated in some other way, like the teen browsing the net for penis videos which just look like his. Somehow I am doubtful that a lot of research has been done in this field, especially compared to DNA evidence or fingerprint evidence (and the quantitative research into both of those has come into question recently)...
So this is just another twisted attempt to force a plea bargain rather than going to trial, just like the more plebeian "piling on the charges"...
Cell phone users often may not know whether particular information is stored on the device or in the cloud, and it generally makes little difference.
Another "like a duck"-like ruling, but this time it seems to pull the carpet out from under the use of Smith vs. Maryland for accessing cloud storage. The same, unfortunately, can't be said about most email (i.e., email older than 180 days), since that was explicitly allowed by Congress in the ECPA in the '80s.
I understand where you're coming from, but as a parent, I feel that I messed up once or twice when I recommended a book which, in retrospect, my child wasn't emotionally developed enough to appreciate (or possibly, even, just absorb it without negative psychological effects).
I get the "we overprotect our children" bit, but your post throws up a false dichotomy. Do you actually believe that all children of all ages are capable of absorbing any or all experiences without negative effects?
Your comment was quite insightful, until this. You obviously don't understand how open-source works. Quite a large part of the widely-used projects are developed by paid employees of interested companies, and the majority of the remainder is developed by people who are quite aware that they are not working for monetary compensation (and I would guess that most don't even expect egoboo).
A very, very small minority GPL their stuff thinking that they'll rake something in via parallel licensing deals. A minuscule number of those, actually do (disclaimer: I know one such FOSS developer).
Art museums have been claiming copyright on the public domain since time immemoriam, or at least since the first art museum gift shop was opened. Just look at the back of any postcard in such a shop...
Uhm, I totally agree with the fair use thing, but Mike should be the absolutely last person to be pulling out a weak argument that virally popular things actually disappear from the Internet once they've been "taken down".
OK, put your job where your mouth is. I dare you to upload original (or at least modified so that the content itself won't be automatically identified) porn to imgur.com (or any other image/file hosting site on the net) and then test your proxy's ability to block it. (You don't have to turn yourself in, in case you were wrong. Just be careful not to pee your pants from the anxiety.)
Or, possibly you could admit that your idealized world isn't, well, exactly reality?
You do seem to either have a problem with personal ethics, or the ability to expect ethical behavior in others. "Telecommuter" was stealing taxpayers' money, and not in the "government is inefficient" sense, in a very direct sense which said "Telecomuter" should have been aware of.
Frankly, in this story, something smells, and if I were investigating, the first possibility I'd investigate was that said "Telecommuter" was blackmailing said manager.
> and if we find just one image, do not pass "go", fired.
Talk about chilling effects. If I worked at your place, for sure I would only browse using a smartphone with uncensored net access. Even for browsing for work reasons. A pretty big thumbs down for working at your institute.
OTOH, your enthusiastic enforcement means that my fitting a small, inconspicuous device to anyone's keyboard cable could enable me to get him fired at will. I wouldn't find that an advantage, but I'm sure lots of assholes would.
OTOH, anyone could fit one of those on my computer. OK, for sure now I'm not getting near your workplace. Or it that what you really meant by
> There's no excuse for them not to have a proxy
as in, "them", the individual workers, running their own filtering software, trying to keep their jobs?
> if the e-mail says not to forward it, could be > copyright infringement, making one liable > for a $150,000 fine
I'm all for copyright reform, but I think Khanna should know better than to say this without qualification, making this statement, more or less, FUD. The $150K fine is only for registered works, and face it, the risk that a friend of yours has applied to the Copyright Office for an official copyright registration on his email is, essentially, zero.