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  • Nov 20th, 2017 @ 9:17am

    Look at Software Development as an Analog

    Journals provide 3 pieces of value: A 'trust' relationship that the articles are valid (most of the time), A repository of knowledge that has been curated, and a framework to peer review the articles to enhance the entire ecosystem...

    It sounds like the Open Source community has already solved that issue with repositories like GitHub, Maven, NPM, and other repositories that house software. Everyone collaboratively works together to benefit one another. You trust code that others have trusted and 'cited'.

    It would be nice to see Open Access journals take off and have a similar structure. Feel free to cite from these papers, but instead of spending $$$$ a year on a paid journal, just donate your time to peer review.

  • Nov 16th, 2017 @ 10:38am

    Re: it is such a shame....

    Maybe you missed the article... -protecting-broadband-privacy-net-neutrality.shtml

    The telcos want NO regulation... so quit playing the shill of the broadband duopoly and trotting out the drivel of 'let the free market decide'.

    Free markets work when there is a free.... market.... not when there is regulatory capture an immense barriers to entry. When a company the size of GOOGLE can't break into the broadband market, that should shoot up warning flares so high that everyone on Capitol Hill takes notice (I said should... it didn't).

    So the next best thing is basic regulation... And I really do mean BASIC.

    1) Don't sell off private information.
    2) Don't pick winners and losers by Zero Rating your own companies and companies you are friendly with.
    3) Don't block access to websites...

  • Nov 10th, 2017 @ 9:31am

    Very Telling

    I didn't realize you wanted to have a conversation about that This kind of damning statement and pivot shows you that these scumbags know full well what they are doing when they attempt to abuse copyright like this. They know that there is nothing they can say to make them look good about the position that they are taking. This is a nuisance suit pure and simple. They know it has no merit, but want to discourage others from doing the same with their IP in the future. Judges need to be getting wise to this and start tossing these cases early, often, and make the loser pay legal fees.

    But this is America, so no chance on that ever happening.

  • Nov 6th, 2017 @ 5:32am

    Chinese Streisand Effect?

    Yes, China can in fact ban 7,000 articles on mainland China; however, that doesn't stop someone from compiling a list of the 7,000 articles the Chinese government has decided to ban (comparing Chinese vs. Non-Blocked versions of the site). This then draws attention to the articles they don't want the people to know about, making political dissidents even more likely to read them.

  • Nov 3rd, 2017 @ 7:11am

    Anti-SLAPP for Nuisance Suits?

    Why can't there be an Anti-SLAPP-style measure for these types of abusive lawsuits?

    If the defending party can prove that there is a good chance that this lawsuit has no merit and is done only as a delay tactic/nuisance suit, the proposed rule change is not stopped from going into effect AND if the party bringing the lawsuit fails to win, automatic attorney fees for the defending party are paid along with any lost income due to the delay.

    Could use this for retaliatory lawsuits too if its verbiage was expanded a little.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 9:49am

    Re: Re: Couple of questions about the law

    Point taken ;)

    But I guess I was talking about it in the rule-of-unintended-consequences direction, not 'narrowly tailoring' to create criminals because arrests=justifying my existence. But yes, I totally get where you are going with this.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 9:23am

    Couple of questions about the law

    Statement 1:
    "Next time I see you, Tim, I'm going to kill you."

    First off, this is a statement you can hear in a million different places and it has completely different meanings and connotations:

    Place #1: Facebook - In context, angry dude who is known to be unstable. Ok, totally prosecutable and fine, but I'd argue this could already be prosecutable; no changes needed.

    Place #2: Facebook - In context, sister comes home and posts a picture of her destroyed room. No history of physical abuse (other than typical sibling stuff). - You want to prosecute this???

    Place #3: Any video game ever - So I post that in Overwatch to a player on the other side. Discussing the fact that I will murder his face off the minute I see him... in game. -- You want to prosecute this???

    Place #4: Posting on a site like this to make a point. - Well, it is specific (to Tim) and it is a threat, even though context (this post) obviously makes it benign and harmless. - You want to prosecute this???

    This is why you need to narrowly tailor speech. Otherwise you make many people criminals for benign comments.

  • Oct 30th, 2017 @ 6:06am

    Physical Analogs

    I think that too many times people forget that digital is not the same as physical analogs.

    If this data was held in a safe, and only the purchaser of the safe had the key, this would be the government asking Blackberry to break into another person's safe just because they want them to.

    Blackberry has agreed to help them break into the safe. They hire a team of experts that could create a new key. The safe is opened, and everyone is happy.

    ...except this is a digital world instead. That 'experts' didn't just crack the one safe they were trying to get in; they literally cracked every safe Blackberry has ever made! With just a few kilobytes of data, this 'key creator' code can be stolen and used against any safe in existence.

    In the world of computer science, this 'key creator' is quite literally an encryption vulnerability that now has been created and documented. It undermines the credibility of all encryption from Blackberry. So much for the 'more secure than Apple' statement after this occurs, because you are holding on to a vulnerability you refuse to patch.

    Great job quite literally slitting your own throat, Blackberry. Because that is exactly what you signed up for.

  • Oct 30th, 2017 @ 5:47am

    Re: Re: Has someone done the math on this?!

    My point was $3 a year, and thus $0.25 each month for every paying customer is going to this guy. I'll try and be more succinct next time ;)

  • Oct 27th, 2017 @ 11:01am

    Has someone done the math on this?!

    Charter has 30 million customers. Dude made $98.6 million in a year... That is quite literally $3 dollars PER CUSTOMER just for this dude's salary! This is not the entire support staff keeping the internet working, the customer support staff, the salesmen... That is $3 for one guy... Charter, your next below-the-line-fee can be a $0.25 CEO tax... now THAT is transparecy!

  • Oct 27th, 2017 @ 7:20am

    Hats off... more money for nothing

    You have to admit... there is something ingenious about getting people to pay $10 more for literally nothing. I mean... for $10 you could buy a subscription to Netflix, which gives you access to thousands of hours of content. Verizon is literally giving you nothing; just removes an arbitrary block that they put on in the first place.

    Yup... we don't need no stinkin' net neutrality rules... #verizonknowsbest

    But don't worry, if you use Verizon's GO90 streaming service, I bet that bandwidth restriction would be exempt... It is already 'included in the price'

  • Oct 19th, 2017 @ 11:43am

    I hope it happens... if SESTA passes.

    So, I hope that if SESTA passes (I don't want it to, obviously), that ICE does exactly this. I think with such a broad reading, this would immediately invite lawsuits on First Amendment grounds. At that point it wouldn't be 'narrowly tailored' and the bill will be ruled unconstitutional.

    The question would be whether or not I would have standing if I was censored by one of these platforms if they used SESTA as an excuse for censoring...

    I agree with your argument that they could do this. I just hope they follow through and try it should that awful law actually be passed.

  • Oct 18th, 2017 @ 12:48pm

    (untitled comment)

    I was thinking about this exact same problem with Facebook and Twitter's 'Trolls-for-Hire' issue (namely the Russian-Government backed kind). Technically they aren't breaking any rules or laws, but they are 'fake' accounts spreading misinformation in a nonconstructive way; so still 'bad actors' in a community.

    Blocking them just sends them a sign that you are on to them. All that does is make them create yet another new anonymous account and start spouting off again and again and again. Sounds like the same solution that MPAA and RIAA are employing with copyright censorship and we all know how well that is going....

    I was pondering the idea of creating 'echo chambers' that members of a given vitriolic nature are able to interact in their own little 'walled garden' if you will. Your comments will show up in your feed, your posts aren't taken down... just they might not be seen on someone else's account.

    Who cares what you spout when we identify you as a troublemaker, (e.g. troll/racist/abuser) when only you can see it. If you aren't in a community that you can correct the behavior, the silent treatment might be a great way to keep the community whole. With things like Facebook and Twitter being so vast that you can't possibly see every possible message someone posts, they already make decisions on what you want to see. They can just weight these troll accounts to the bottom and no one would be the wiser.

  • Oct 16th, 2017 @ 5:45am

    Can someone give me an example???

    For too long; us techies have had to listen to this drivel come out of the mouths of Rosenstein & Co. I think it is high time we demand from them a working copy of their so-called 'responsible encryption'. Show me one real life example of this working and secure.

    Oh wait... it doesn't exist? Hmmm... fancy that.

    Side Note: Just today there was another example of RSA encryption falling apart on public key generation since 2012 that opened up vulnerabilities. Some of the most talented people in the world are working on this stuff and they still aren't perfect 100% of the time when guarding one door. Good luck guarding a second (or 3rd, 4th, and 5th once other countries demand the same).

  • Oct 11th, 2017 @ 2:02pm

    Welcome to Platforms over Protocols

    Unfortunately, platforms are the sexy, new thing that everyone loves. Close down the hatches and let a single company create a 'platform'.

    Email doesn't have this problem because it is a Protocol. Twitter has the problem because it is a platform. BitTorrent doesn't censor applications, because it is a protocol. The Apple App Store has a problem because it is a platform.

    So the more we feed into Platform culture, the more you will see people putting arbitrary control over how people use it. Not necessarily good or bad; it is their right as the platform curator, but we just need to understand curators will censor at their whims because reasons.

  • Oct 11th, 2017 @ 8:33am

    Responsible Encryption is REAL encryption.

    "The government need not require the use of a particular chip or algorithm... " --- Is he really going there? Did he literally just allude to the Clipper chip of the 1990's?

    Not a great allusion to bring up when you are talking about adding a backdoor into security!

    Side Note: TD Staff, I expect a new T-shirt!

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 2:51pm

    FISA Courts Anyone??

    Anyone stop to think that logic should be applied to the FISA court once this gets a win? Kind of hard to know the government's justification for things when it is a SECRET court with secret interpretations of the law...

  • Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Assertions so silly call for quote-and-contradict:

    "@ having groups like this at the forefront -- That's some nice ad hom ya made up there. It's what sites "like this" use instead of reason."

    If you have read any SESTA coverage, his point has been made pretty loud and clear.

    Also, knowing who is backing things helps give context. For example... when the NSA was found pushing specific security standards to RSA AND THEN PAYING THEM TO MAKE A DEFAULT.... that is a pretty big neon sign of 'hey... this is probably a bad idea'. Too bad it took Snowden's leaks to expose that.

    "@ of destructive, counterproductive bills like SESTA -- It's not."

    I'm not sure how forcing every website (including this one) to monitor their site for 'possible' sex trafficking is not destructive to the economy and small business. It is, by definition counterproductive. Remember, Backpage and Craigslist do not have any 'adult' ads on their platform anymore and... newsflash... there is still sex trafficking...

    "@ raises some serious questions about what really are the goals of SESTA. -- No, it doesn't. All the serious questions involve why mega-corporations are allowed to openly operate past the margins of civil society"

    Actually, I didn't even think about the possibility to use this to curtail the adult entertainment business, but it does have some pretty big ramifications. There isn't much of a logical leap between 'sex trafficking', the act of a person being forced into a sexual act by another, and 'sex trafficking' saying that the man/woman in the film was doing it against their will which means SESTA would apply... Which, wow... talk about impossible to police. See a pornographic image on the internet? Was that person being FORCED to take that picture? Probably better use SESTA to shut it down... just in case....

    That is playing into what NCSE sees as a 'wedge'. They don't care about 'freedoms' or 'rights'... just what they think is right.... so they can be free from the 'evils' of alternative viewpoints.

    FYI: you can dissent on here and not be a jerk. I don't agree with everything on the authors say and will make my position heard in a coherent and logical way.

  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 12:35pm

    (untitled comment)

    "Because if a week or so, often less, isn't enough, what will be?"

    Tim, the Tech-Savvy Honorable-And-Infallible Ms. Theresa May has already answered your question... 2 hours...

    sheesh... get with the program. Everyone knows that 2 hours of hate speech of a single voice on the internet is more than the sensitive European public can stomach.



  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 6:22am

    Re: The only value the GOP has left...

    Register as Libertarian. I did it in my state this year given the absolutely ridiculous choices we had. Don't regret my vote one bit. Only way for us to make a difference is start to flock from their base and show them they have an up-and-coming party that will pose a real threat. I think it has a chance to become something if the GOP keeps up their racist and hate-mongering platform. Millenials won't stand for it...

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