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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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?
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.
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.
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....
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)
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 :/
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.
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...
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...
Once Denuvo made the outlandish claim that it was unhackable, they painted a target on their own back.
So at least from one perspective, they were giving the gift of a second 'free' game with each copy they sold! The winner gets bragging rights, and Denuvo's cash cow gets slain... talk about high steaks (sorry, I couldn't help myself).
Just can't wait until the ISPs start giving users the 'option' of buying packages for social networking, gaming, and movies... all with an internet cap a month. Plus don't forget the per-device fees. Want to use your own router? We can't have that... bc... viruses! Think of the children! They are doing it for your own benefit...
2017... the beginning of the end of US Internet Innovation...