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  • Jul 19th, 2017 @ 7:45am

    Honeypot Accounts

    I'd say that if you have a laptop, setting up a honey pot account for precisely this type of intrusive crap would be a great idea. That way they rifle through just what you want them to and can protect your privacy. Setup a few social media accounts you don't use as well, just in case they want those as well.

    None of this should be necessary, mind you, but in this day in age... gotta do something or you will be put on a secret list and never allowed to travel again.

  • Jul 17th, 2017 @ 10:33am

    How does HTTPS Work?

    I thought https has 2048 RSA encryption as standard. Is visiting a 'secure' https website against TOS?

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 4:13pm

    Sue the infringer, not the company

    The true test of the merit of the case is this: had GYPI asked Zazzle for the information of the person who created the design and sued them; sure... you might have a case.

    Suing Zazzle for the infringement of someone else? You are cash grabbing.

    Zazzle, or any other company for that matter (Wal-Mart, Kinkos, etc) has any idea whether or not an item is infringing. They usually have some legalese saying: 'The Person using the reproduction equipment is liable for any infringement.'

    Follow the money. This is a poorly decided case by the courts plain and simple.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 8:14am

    What happens when...

    I've always liked reductio ad absurdum. A person creates an I to churn out 'poems' of a small length and copyrights these 'poems'. Given a sizeable amount of computing, this person may be able to encompass the entirety of all logical sentences of a given language. More people see what is occurring and jump on the same 'create it all' bandwagon, which would throw more computing power and thus create more of these 'poems', essentially copyrighting an entire language.

    Would this open up a new form of trolling where the creators of these pacts could sue any author of any creative work for 'plagiarism' given that these 'poems' are just sentences that have already been written and are owned by a few of these AI-Language Squatters?

  • Jul 6th, 2017 @ 7:11am

    Re: Hacking is just as bad if not...

    I'll disagree on this point only because whenever there is a cat-mouse game, technology evolves to outsmart the other. If law enforcement starts to get into this game, their attempts at OpSec will obviously leak and show us new 0-day vulnerabilities which will then be patched and we will progressively get safer. Adding more hackers into the pool (especially ones without super-nefarious purposes) is good news for everyone all around.

    Due to the high burden, it isn't like Joe Beat Cop can use his hacking arsenal on his girlfriend... this isn't a Sting Ray you can just throw in your squad car and drive down to her house... it would be way too difficult and costly to implement. They'll have to save this as a 'nuclear' option.

    End of the day, it makes us more safe, gives police another tool that will have oversight (compelled due to complexity and security).

  • Jul 5th, 2017 @ 1:54pm


    Mylan increased a live-saving drug over 600% so that they could give their CEO and Executive staff insane raises #MostAmericanIP

  • Jun 28th, 2017 @ 9:14am

    A Fair Use Proposal

    So after contemplating this story... and so many more like it... I think I have a solution for this 'is it fair use' issue we have here in the US. It is AWESOME that we have fair use, but this threat of constant 'guilty until proven innocent' that we have where you have to defend yourself and put up a bunch of money just on the off chance you are infringing (or aren't and are just being bullied)... that puts too much owner on the 'speaker' and not enough on the harasser.

    What if we made the harasser first pass through a court system (their paying their own expenses) to first prove that a given use can be reasonably assumed NOT to be fair use before getting the infringer involved.

    I would say this is similar to the grand jury indictment that most police officers must go through before being charged with misconduct... You weed out the cases that have no merit or would be too hard to litigate, and only the worst offenders make it through.

    Only after that point could a law firm say that there is reasonable suspicion of infringement and could only then send a threatening letter of this type.

    At that point the infringing party would know that there is a POTENTIAL for not being fair use with the exact merits of why it may be reasonable to assume that it is not within the guidelines. They could choose to take down their content at this time or litigate knowing exactly which tenant they are reasonably suspected of breaking.

    I think it would ultimately make fair use more fair and less about how much money a person has. Make the onus back on the one claiming damages rather than on the speaker defending themselves...

    ...Or you could just make a stronger federal anti-SLAPP law... but even then, you still have to litigate which makes it less appetizing to most people.

  • Jun 26th, 2017 @ 1:25pm

    Can't wait til USPS, UPS, and Fedex try this next...

    If we draw analogs to the current paper mail situation, I can't imagine a congress-critter allowing any mail carrier in the US to allow FedEx to open up every package so that they could 'better advertise' to their clients... I understand if they say 'hey... Bob always sends Alice something'... fine.. that is great. They can optimize their routes or even give you a flier. It is BASIC ROUTING INFORMATION that has to be public by nature...

    Deep Packet Inspection (or Deep Postage Inspection in this case) is opening it up to find out what exactly Bob is sending to Alice. Everyone should be shocked and abhorred by that. Not to mention it also opens up the possibility that a nefarious ne'er-do-well could use that against Bob or Alice in the form of blackmail *gasp*.

    This issue should be looked at seriously... but... money talks and us constituents are boned by the lack of options...

  • Jun 22nd, 2017 @ 10:08am


    At least scam artist Ayyadurai had the 'decency' to file against the correct plaintiff... regardless of merit of the suit.

    How this guy isn't going to be laughed out of court I have no idea.

  • Jun 22nd, 2017 @ 6:47am

    CO Ballot Initiatives -- Thank You Amendment 71!

    While I was split on this when they were pushing Amendment 71 through last election. It upped the requirements for ballot initiatives so that a normal Joe Blow couldn't just get irritated for half a second and throw something on the ballot half cocked (this article case in point).

    Thankfully this will put a stop to a lot of these nut-jobs putting random things on the ballot.

  • Jun 16th, 2017 @ 9:12am

    Re: Some competition is good, but some is bad?

    pretty sure that was sarcasm.

  • Jun 15th, 2017 @ 2:43pm

    So what if...

    So can someone explain to me what would happen if he were to endorse a Patreon or GoFundMe page (not set up by him) and stop taking ad revenue? It sounds like he could still do YouTube. That money from the GoFundMe could be going to support his family back home.

    I'm sure the NCAA would balk, but 'technically' he stopped doing the one thing they said he had to stop doing (take ad revenue from YouTube).

    Just Saying

  • Jun 15th, 2017 @ 10:06am

    Learn the First Amendment...

    First off, Free speech and First Amendment is about protecting unpopular speech, or speech that might 'hurt feelings'. Everything that Masnick has reported has been truthful, and your obvious bend leads me to believe you either:
    A) Are a conspiracy theory nut-job who somehow finds credibility in Ayyadurai's insane claim.
    B) Have a hard-on for attacking Masnick because Troll
    C) Ayyadurai himself ranting on here as an Anonymous Coward

    Ayyadurai's self aggrandizement and attempt to rewrite history is a deplorable tactic. The thought that he has to resort to these kinds of free-speech-stifiling activities only reaffirms that his argument holds no water.

    I don't care about Ayyadurai's feelings, his skin is thinner than the Gollum-Dictator in Turkey... this is a mess he made himself. Masnick, on the other hand, is just doing his job as a journalist and is being punished for speaking truth. Yeah, he said mean things about this scam artist, but they are wholly deserved.

    Not being able to call a liar, a fraud, or a scam artist by their names, is what got us into this mess... if TD loses this court case... watch out journalists... the Political-Correctness police will be coming for you... which is literally what this article is about... stifling free speech.

  • Jun 14th, 2017 @ 2:42pm

    Government has a point...

    The choice of Google not to stitch these files together seems to be the choice of Google; This isn't a technical issue, its an issue of whether or not Google will comply (because it obviously has the means to).

    In light of the Microsoft case, I'd say Google has every right to withhold that information, but it does seem a bit like Google does say it is above the law... which I'm also not about.

    Quite literally a convoluted network management solution of a company (regardless of how justified or efficient) is no better than the NSA saying "we cant tell how many people's privacy we are tromping on because we will violate people's privacy to find out".

    I'm a fan of accountability and the police doing the right thing (like requesting warrants). It is rulings like this that makes officer's bend the law and do parallel construction and other nefarious backroom hacking... That helps no one. Just saying...

  • Jun 14th, 2017 @ 6:19am

    Checked it out... still scammy on their pricing

    I got excited about some of the lower end packages (100-200mbps) but they are being disingenuous with pricing yet again... Their site offers 2 options... contract and no contract, but their no contract price is still only good for 12 months, then it skyrockets 25%... So yeah, I'll keep what I have.

    Its these kinds of practices that definitely wish we had alternatives in my area, but I don't :(

    Also, check out the wording on some of their promotional stuff... it shows 'Enjoy on 1 to 2 devices at the same time'... I wonder what kind of shenanigans they are pulling with this...

    Who thinks this will be the next type of throttling that will come into play? Can't futz with what sites you visit due to net neutrality? Fine... we'll just tell you how many devices you can connect to our services... If anyone has any info on that, I'd definitely like to know... I've had my fill of Comcast Customer Support today...

  • Jun 8th, 2017 @ 12:01pm

    Yet another lost opportunity...

    I've never understood why these people are so quick to shoot themselves in the foot over this stuff. The marketing team could have had a field day with this in terms of cross-branding endorsements etc.

    Oh well.. gotta protect that IP?

  • Jun 8th, 2017 @ 8:19am

    No Stakes, No Game

    Until these Senators start actually holding these guys accountable and not renew their authority of Section 702, these hearings are just bluster. I like Wyden and what he's doing (it seems single handedly), but unfortunately it doesn't mean much to the NSA. Withholding the information won't change any politicians views of it and its 'necessity', so they might as well err on the side of caution. I'm sure the number of American's spied upon is pretty damning and might actually cause some blowback (especially if it's 90-100% of the population as I suspect), which could put its use in jeopardy.

  • Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 8:56am

    Do you want blacklisted? Because this is how you get Blacklisted...

    If I were in that industry, I'd make sure to have a list I'd pass around to other new organizations about litigious ass-hats that try and pull this crap. Want to sue me for perfectly legal dealings? Good luck getting a paycheck as a freelance photographer when no one wants to buy from you. Whatever value the picture may have is worth far less than the lawsuit that will be coming once the image is actually used.

  • Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 5:16am

    Who needs tourism jobs anyway...

    So I saw this a while back where travel to the US is down 11%, and we are only 4 months into this regime. Let's see if this trend keeps up, which I expect it will seeing how the laptop and tablet bans on flights are going to go into effect. Add on top of that the xenophobic and racist comments our Incompetent-in-Chief has been making; who would seriously want to come here?

  • Jun 1st, 2017 @ 7:24am

    Follow Common Sense Colorado

    Colorado just passed a teen sexting bill that makes it a misdemeanor with a MAXIMUM of 2 years in prison assuming both teens are under 18 with no minimums. It seems like the idea is to have an educational class on why it is wrong, etc, etc, etc. as the most common punishment.

    No sex offender registry or other lifelong hurdles to jump over for a bad decision when you were young...

    Call me crazy, but 'sex offender' reform really needs to happen in this country.

    Peeing outside while drunk? Sex offender.

    Mooning your buddy driving down the road? Sex offender.

    'Statutory Rape' of a 17 year old by an 18 year old even when the relationship had been underway previously? (certain states) Sex offender...

    Good luck getting a career politician throwing himself in with that lot, because they are 'sex offenders'....

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