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  • Mar 18th, 2014 @ 11:10am

    The new law and video

    Isn't video just a constant stream of "photographs"? Thirty photographs per second? So does this mean that any security camera catching public areas also needs to obtain permission from everyone it captures? Traffic cameras? Is this a new way to fight traffic tickets? After all, you did not provide consent. I pity news papers as they will no longer be able to print photographs. Imagine taking a picture of a crowd at a demonstration and try to get everyone's name.

  • Jan 14th, 2014 @ 12:50pm


    OK, we have to talk about the NSA. So, if you take a picture of someone talking on a cell phone, and the NSA intercepted that cell phone call, but did it illegally, then your taking a picture now makes you an accessory to a crime and you have now committed a felony. Since we know the NSA does collect metadata this means that every picture of cell phone usage is now related to a felony and the NSA can now claim that all of those users are now potential terrorists (just one tiny step from felon to terrorist) so they can now legally spy on everyone who takes pictures.

    So, this is really an NSA supporter bill. I am impressed by the convoluted nature of their schemes.

  • Oct 30th, 2013 @ 12:25pm


    If I remember correctly, you cannot sue a member of Congress for slander based upon what they say in the House. Can you sue the participants in the senate hearing for slander? As you stated, Mike, Snowden doesn't fall under the category of "traitor" so is he able to sue the members of the senate hearing who did call him a traitor? I must admit that if I were a lawyer I'm not sure I would take up that challenge but it would be interesting to understand the legal aspects of such a lawsuit.

  • Sep 10th, 2013 @ 11:34am

    Nintendo FTW

    Welcome to the Pokemon generation. The analysts grew up with the mentality that they needed to catch all of the pokemon in order to "win". Now they want to catch all of the data in order to "win". Anxiously looking forward to seeing what happens when the Grand Theft Auto generation is in charge.

  • Aug 30th, 2013 @ 1:22pm

    (untitled comment)

    Kim Dotcom (KD): Yo, Minion

    Minion: Yes, sir?

    KD: Do we have any lawyers free from that last batch we hired?

    Minion: I believe so, sir

    KD: Good, I have another civil lawsuit I want to launch. I'm going to sue the GCSB and OFCANZ and use the police report against them

    Minion: And how much will you be asking for sir?

    KD: I'll start out at a bazillion dollars but I'll settle for front row seats with Peter Jackson at the world premiere of the Hobbit Part 2 ... and Part 3. Can't let them get away that easily.

    Minion: Yes, sir.

  • Aug 30th, 2013 @ 12:47pm

    New Ad Campaign

    Speaking of leaks I hear that Depends has a new ad campaign with General Keith B. Alexander, the Director of the National Security Agency. It's his picture with the slogan: "If only we had used Depends you wouldn't be seeing us now."

  • Aug 21st, 2013 @ 1:22pm

    A lot of the world is guilty

    Where I work everything goes through a proxy server. Almost 20,000 of us using the same IP address. When I go from WiFi hotspot to WiFi hotspot I change my IP address. If I leave a WiFi address and go to 3G my IP address changes.

    I can understand a more localized ruling, such that if you change your IP address to avoid a C&D order, but generic IP address changing is so common place that the judge himself is probably guilty of it every day and he doesn't know it.

  • Aug 13th, 2013 @ 5:33am

    No loss of privacy

    Since Ms. Harrop has no problems with having information stored but not looked at then she should have no problem with me getting copies of her bank statements, tax returns, University records and sex tapes. I won't look, I'll just keep them safe. Trust me.

  • Aug 8th, 2013 @ 2:05pm

    What happened?

    So, how did the U.S. go from "Leader of the Free World" to the "Lance Armstrong of the Free World". I have seen pariahs with better press than the U.S. at the moment. By the way, does a candidate for U.S. President (or any other political office) need to be inside the country on election day or can they be in, say, Russia?

  • Jul 24th, 2013 @ 2:12pm

    For the Children

    For the sake of the children I think we should eliminate the position of State Attorney General. Think of all of the benefits that today's children could obtain.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 2:51pm

    Clear Violation of Privacy Policy

    Since this seems to be a clear violation of their Privacy Policy can they be sued? Since they say that they are a TRUSTe certified site and this seems to indicate that they have violated that standard should they have their accreditation revoked? Regardless of whether or not what they did was illegal, their violation of their own Privacy policy and the violation of the TRUSTe guidelines seems to indicate that, at the very least, some innovative young lawyer is going to start a class action lawsuit against Microsoft on those grounds. I hope the John Steele fiasco is over by then because there are only so many court cases that I can keep track of.

  • Jun 21st, 2013 @ 12:36pm

    Aiding the Enemy

    I am terribly sorry, Mr. Masnick, but by informing us, the public, of the misdeeds of the current administration you have just now "aided the enemy". Please be advised that the Secret Service, the NSA and the MPAA, will be arriving at your place of work (or wherever your cell phone may be currently located) within moments to perform a discrete yet thorough examination of all body parts and orifices. Do not attempt to use your phone as you will just receive busy signals and, as per usual, your WiFi access will be compromised. Thank you for being a resident of Penal Colony 26.

  • Apr 3rd, 2013 @ 8:30am


    Isn't one of the big selling points about gun control the fact that many people want to be "armed" in case they need to protect themselves from the government? With Homeland Security they ""... focus a little more on that, domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government". Shouldn't this mean that Homeland Security should be monitoring members of the NRA?

  • Mar 20th, 2013 @ 10:02am

    Would an EA free day have an impact?

    Tim said that with regard to an angry customer base "For companies like EA, the customer base is large enough that it can usually be shrugged off". But can it? An angry customer based can be ignored if it is quiet, but what about when it is vocal?

    The SOPA protests last year became very vocal and very visible. They made an impact on society because they were so vocal in their disagreement. Is the problem with EA not the fact that they ignore their customer base, but the fact that their customer base expects this of EA and, as a result, does not do anything about it? What if a "Don't Buy EA" movement were started that was vocal, visible and large? I think that at that point EA would have to deal with their customer base. With the recent unexpected departure of their CEO changes are on the horizon and it may be the most opportune time to speak out.

  • Feb 7th, 2013 @ 1:44pm

    Sue Apple

    To be honest, from the piece that I read it really looks like they are talking about iTunes and not necessarily podcasting in general. For example, Apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available seems more like iTunes than anything else. So, when is he suing Apple?

  • Jan 25th, 2013 @ 9:39am

    Sorry, Tim, you made a mistake.

    In your story you stated that "But we won't be talking to game developers."
    But they will be talking to game developers. Didn't the NRA announce a couple of games? Aren't they a game developer?

  • Jan 11th, 2013 @ 8:20am

    Science Fiction Gets It Right

    Or, rather, the Science Fiction Writers of America:

    Short Story: Less than 7500 words
    Novelete: Between 7500 and 17,500 words
    Novella: Between 17,500 words and 40,000 words
    Novel: Over 40,000 words

    So, what we have here are people selling a "Novelette". The definitions were, I believe, originally created for the Nebula Awards.

    As for the benefit of a novelette or "e-Single", it should be a very inexpensive way to determine whether or not the author, their style, or the subject matter are something you are comfortable with and enjoy. If, however, Publishers get hold of this they will try to turn a large novel into a lot of novelettes and try to get more money out of the audience for the same price. Imagine Fall of Giants by Ken Follet coming out in 25 pieces at $0.99 each instead of the $9.99 novel.

    Potential benefit: Great
    Potential abuse: Great

  • Nov 21st, 2012 @ 4:10pm

    Wow, that sucks.

    In the middle of playback of the embedded video it stops and displays a "This video is currently unavailable" message. I wonder who filed a DMCA notice?

  • Oct 4th, 2012 @ 3:50pm

    It's not hard to be at the top

    ... when your competition is China, Pakistan, Libya, Jordan, Russia, Vietnam, etc. I see that many countries that are more "enlightened" than the U.S. where never surveyed. If the U.S. did not end up near the top of the list I would have been very surprised. However, I have no real confidence in the report as being nearly as accurate as it could be due to the sponsor group and the lack of information about how the USA was scored.

  • Oct 4th, 2012 @ 8:56am

    Not in Canada

    I'm a little confused. I went on to the UltraViolet site and tried to register an account. I couldn't because there is no option for Canada. I can register if I am in the United States or the United Kingdnm but not in Canada. So, is this because:

    A) Canadians are too smart to go for this
    B) The MPAA has no understanding of their target audience
    C) The MPAA has too many legal hurdles to overcome to offer their own movies in different countries
    D) All of the above

    I'm kind of leaning towards D) myself.

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