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  • May 25th, 2017 @ 11:47am

    So much for the UK being a tech player

    No tech company in their right mind would want to have a company in the UK if they implement this... Have fun going back to MSN Messenger and MySpace guys... You won't have any modern apps after those morons get done shooting themselves in the foot.

  • May 22nd, 2017 @ 2:10pm

    If a person can do it, a computer should be able to do it.

    So I'm definitely going to swim against the current on this one a little bit... This technology isn't inherently bad, just how it is used (like license plate scanners).

    If the police were told 'Bob Jones is a bail jumper wanted for murder, here's his picture, be on the lookout' and then a cop pulls over someone that meets this description, I'd say that the officer is using his best judgement. I don't think anyone would fault the officer for doing this. I would also bet money, that the officer is wrong much higher than 15% of the time. I can see this technology being great at catching criminals assuming they don't take it too far.

    I alluded to license plate scanners... if you just scan and dump when there is no reason to keep the information (or even a transient 72 hour hold), I don't see a big deal with this. A cop could do the exact same thing with his brain. You are just automating it... But the problem comes in when you begin to perpetually store this stuff and start using that data to cross check and query... THAT is where it crosses a line.

    I would also say giving personal information to the officer about a person that he doesn't have a reason to know is also a step too far... hooking in facial recognition to Facebook or a database of non-violent felons. Assuming they are just doing this stuff behind the scenes in a computer somewhere (and the data is dumped after a period), I'm ok with this.

    However, this isn't the software or technology's fault, it is how it is implemented and used.

    And yes... I know that they will totally be abusing this... but assuming they put in proper safe guards (which they probably won't...) I would be fine with this.

  • May 3rd, 2017 @ 5:48am

    Re: I don't think you would like the world you are creating...

    You are blaming the app developer for the local user's actions. Do not confuse the two. If I take your argument at face value, you would also want Google Maps / Waze to be shut down without 'prior permission from the local municipality'. They augment reality by overlaying streets with colors or mark objects on a map that updates as you move around... much like Pokemon Go...

    Developers of the AR do not need to 'program' things specifically... they just use a random generator and things 'show up' there. And given that developers are creating AR games ALL OVER THE WORLD... it's not their responsibility (and in fact impossible) to know every municipalities set of archaic and overly broad rules... And trying to make a system that 'blocks' these areas does nothing but increase costs to small companies, which then limits the ability of all but the richest to compete and create.

    Good for this company for suing Milwaukee and their moronic policies.

    This is a classic example of blaming the 'tech' for problems and not the person using it...

  • Apr 25th, 2017 @ 1:55pm

    Free the Subs!

    What I really wish was that there was an open API that would allow a user to create subtitles and add them programmatically to video on a legitimate service (e.g. netflix, hulu, etc).

    There's a lot of reasons for this other than just the obvious it-doesnt-exist-in-a-language-i-need. I've seen deplorable 'official' subtitles that ruin shows. I've seen anime subs that do 'translations' where it takes a serious anime and turns it into a comedy (think MST3K). Also having descriptive subtitles for cultural differences or for commentary are a valid use case; no different than actor commentary on movies.

    I will agree that these types of use cases are few and far between, but there is an untapped market of creativity that could be unleashed if it were easy to use and on a legitimate service.

  • Apr 24th, 2017 @ 5:34am

    Flip the coin

    While the MPAA and RIAA will burst a blood vessel over this...
    I do owe a lot of my computer knowledge to the early days of file sharing and piracy (KaZaa/Napster days, so it has been a while...). I learned what kinds of files could be trusted, which would give me viruses, how to clean up viruses, and other very handy tricks and tips of keeping a computer clean. This sparked an interest in computer science and changed my trajectory in middle school. Now I work in tech and have a career that I thoroughly enjoy.

    Side note:

    No wonder the UK has such a huge skills gap for cybersecurity professionals... you'd rather hyperventilate over their 'illegal' activity of modifying a game that they own.... rather than encourage them to make their passion a career.

  • Apr 18th, 2017 @ 5:31am

    Destroy it... or else...

    Criminalizing a 'toy'... I can't wait to see that armed-to-the-hilt SWAT raid...

    *flash bang* "DROP THE BARBIE! GET ON THE GROUND!" *flash bang* *smoke grenade* *taser* "That'll teach you to have contraband toys! It could spy on you! We are doing you a favor!"

    Or... the more sensible option... remove the batteries... *gasp*

    Seems Germany has the Furby-Crazies of China right now.

  • Apr 14th, 2017 @ 9:03am

    Good Luck Guys

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you in this fight. I think it is a slam dunk win for you, but I would have thought the same for the Gawker case as well... Harder and Ayyadurai are scum of the earth and its unfortunate that this lawsuit is even a thing.

  • Apr 11th, 2017 @ 1:33pm

    How do these blocks work?

    Are these blocks by DNS or by IP? If its by DNS, I could see ways around that. If its by IP, then I could see collateral damage to sites happening to share an IP (wordpress, etc.) or having a non-sticky IP (like AWS)...

    Better start prepping the stories about the 'good old days' of the internet...

  • Apr 6th, 2017 @ 2:01pm

    Wait for it...

    Once one of these companies piss off Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with a blanket ban on their site, that'll wake people up to how horribly dumb this idea is.

    I would love for one of these copyright mafia companies to request a block on Google for a day and have Google countersue for losses of millions of dollars (given that is a reality and they would have standing).

    Time will tell... Keep in mind this is the same country to prosecute scientists over a prediction of seismic activity... So this isn't all that surprising...

  • Apr 3rd, 2017 @ 12:15pm

    Excuses Excuses Excuses

    It's worst argument was that the documents weren't of sufficient public interest to expedite handling.

    How is this even allowed to be used? If a journalist is using this to write a story or whatever, I don't see how this argument could EVER hold up. If that was the case, agencies would never be compelled to release anything... not that isn't already par for the course...

  • Apr 3rd, 2017 @ 12:11pm

    Is EFF all over this?

    I would hope that some organization like the EFF or ACLU would help this guy out. This is ridiculous.

    Also, it seems like a waste of FBI resources... I mean, if he can 'shut off' copies of software used for nefarious purposes, wouldn't it be in the FBI's best interest to work with him to find the people who bought and were administrating these 'infected' machines?

    So much for thinking...

  • Mar 24th, 2017 @ 6:04am

    Greenhouse & Open Secrets proves All

    If you don't have Greenhouse extension for Chrome, get it. It shows you that Mr. Goodlatte's biggest donor is TV/Music/Movies... and is representing constituents in Virginia.... I don't know of very many TV/Music/Movie producers or content that come out of Virginia. Something smells fishy, but at least now we know the cost to buy a bill is $164,000.

  • Mar 20th, 2017 @ 5:53am

    Goodbye Politicians, Too bad you are criminals

    I don't understand why politicians would write a law they all will violate when advocating for their own cause:

    a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following.

    Once a news outlet runs a video of them speaking about any topic they care about on national TV (that has to then be streamed on the internet... because this law doesn't single out other channels such as news papers or television)... they will be in violation given that some of these titles are deceptive in themselves (Florida's Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice for example)

    But I am sure they didn't consider it used against them. This is one of those laws to use against the populace, since obviously they have evolved to a higher echelon of existence.

  • Mar 16th, 2017 @ 2:20pm

    Semi-Off Topic But Not

    How hilarious will it be if Trump uses the data scooped up from EO12333 to 'prove' that Obama was spying on him? I mean, let's be honest, we all know there is stuff in there from him (and likely all of ours as well). It wouldn't take much of a stretch to spin it... But as per usual... the executive order would stay in place and be used and abused by this administration, all hypocrisy somehow flying right over their heads....

  • Mar 14th, 2017 @ 11:50am

    New Zip Codes + Old DB = Free Fee

    Read an interesting comment elsewhere on the internet hypothesizing some of the more egregious examples cites ($4.83 vs $0.00) is more than likely a mis-configurations by DirectTV / AT&T. If this system was created 10-15 years ago, but zip codes were created due to rezoning etc. 5 years ago, they probably have just never been added to the fee database. I work as a developer, so these types of things happen.

    It's not like their PR people can say 'hey... that was a mistake on our end. let me fix that for you. Also, thanks for the millions you found we weren't skimming off of people in these zip codes!'

    However... I'd bet that is occurring behind the scenes as we speak (I mean, it's 'free' money after all)

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 6:30am

    Trump is following Putin's Playbook

    I've noticed for the last 5 years that Putin's Russia is condemned by the rest of the world for X and then their immediate response is 'Nuh uh!' and then everyone is so dumbfounded that they would dispute facts, that they end up trying to prove it harder with Russia still saying 'nuh uh'... All plays that have been adopted by Trump as well.

    This is unfortunate, but this playbook works. Deny Deny Deny even when you are backed into a corner. Throw out enough propaganda and astroturf in social media channels to derail debate and wait it out... unfortunately our short attention spans will forget and move onto the next outrage starting the cycle over to play out indefinitely :/

  • Feb 22nd, 2017 @ 8:31am

    (untitled comment)

    "When was the last time that someone was inspired by fair use? "

    Um... have you met memes? Could those exist with strong copyright? I don't think so... What about SNL? Parody is a form of fair use. Or how about your LOCAL NEWS COVERING A FACEBOOK STORY?!

    I think the better question is:

    When was the last time copyright stifled someone's inspiration?
    *cough* Axanar *cough*

  • Feb 17th, 2017 @ 10:58am

    Is law easier to fight than regulation?

    If this were codified in law, would it be easier to have a court weigh in on the constitutionality/legality of these types of requests? I mean, regulation can get slippery (see Trumps Anti-Immigration Executive Order rewrite as an example). If this particular bill were to get passed and then the government sued for overreach would that be an easier solution than the ACLU wrangling with a bunch of different regulations at a bunch of different departments? I'd expect the opinion (regardless of the way it was decided) would be more broad than any opinion about a specific regulation would be.

  • Feb 16th, 2017 @ 6:08am

    Open Access FTW

    I really wish more municipalities would do an open access model, or even a Public-Private-Partnership with Google / Ting and give them exclusivity for x years to pay for initial investment. More competition keeps business' honest. Hard to hide below-the-line fees when you know you will upset your users and they'll pick up and go somewhere else.

    Personally, that is what should have been done from the start with fiber, rather than letting a single private entity own the entire pipe...

    ...Hindsight and all that....

  • Feb 14th, 2017 @ 5:50am

    640K ought to be enough for anyone....

    It kills me that these slack-jawed idiots that don't use the internet are the ones in charge of it...

    Things that you can't do on 4/1 that you can barely do on 25/3

    - Stream Twitch (3 is paltry)
    - Upload a YouTube Video (still takes a LONG TIME if it is of any size)
    - Host a website, media server, or video game server at your home
    - Watch more than 1 4k stream (average US house has 3+ Tvs)

    The years of users only 'consuming' data from the internet is over. It is becoming equally important that upload speeds are higher so that an individual can contribute to the internet.

    Without proper internet speeds, you are in a backwater thats voice and creativity are stifled because of the hurdles you have to overcome.

    These morons (O'Reilly, Pai) are the same dumb apes that think just because the public library has free internet and computers, poor people don't need internet in their homes... yet I've never seen the people making the rules take a public bus an hour each way to have basic access to the internet...

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