These devices are meant to be used by smartphones away from home, but the manufacturers don't want to pay for infrastructure. Home routers have a feature, called UPNP, to allow devices to punch through the Network Address Translation (NAT) layer and become accessible to the public internet. These devices use that feature.
Turning off UPNP will not protect you if someone is close to your house in person, but will prevent the attacks talked about in the article.
It's actually worse than that. The EU has, historically, relaxed it's privacy protections when dealing with US companies. The NSA leaks have caused them to now lean towards a "all EU data must be on EU soil" policy.
The big problem with this lawsuit is the data is on EU soil, but the US wants access to it without going through the EU. If the US wins the EU may go one step further and everything to be under the control of an EU company. A company that the US can not compel to divulge data.
This actually wouldn't be too big of a deal for Microsoft and other big companies. Sure it wouldn't be easy, but they'd basically set up subsidiaries in the EU to deal with it. The problem is any US company that stores user data would be required to have an EU subsidiary with at least one employee. Not exactly easy for things like a one man startup.
Yeah, the normal game costs $60. The collectors edition costs $140. I'll grant you that I really want that sucker, but it's a hard buy at that price point.
Minkind Divided also has microtransactions. Heck, one of the key issues people have is the in game digital goodies are gone after being collected. Start a new game and you have to buy them over again, with real money.
I saw this in Rome. A patrol would come through and the vendors would all grab everything. When the police were gone everything was back in place. It's so strange to us country folks. I've lived in a city of 300k people, and street vendors were the exception not the rule.
Germany doesn't have the 1st Amendment, but they are part of the EU, which has some free speech protections.
It is the primary duty of every US judge to determine if a law is in compliance with the constitution. This was deliberately set up as a check and balance to prevent a simple majority from becoming tyrannical.
From things like this it certainly looks like German judges don't have that ability.
I was going to buy one of these, but not with that attitude.
Can anyone recommend a good competitor? I'm in need of something like the nano as a PGP keystore for my laptop. It needs the standard features, wipe on too many bad attempts, and anti-tamper protection.
Youbikey would have worked, but they didn't make it easy. Well, now to do research...
Lets see here, if Oracle wins any re-implementation of an API would be illegal.
Dennis Ritchie, and Bjarne Stroustrup probably never transferred parts of the C and C++ API copyright to the standards body. Mostly because they, like everyone else, assumed it doesn't exist. A straight reading of an Oracle win is those two could hold almost the entire software world hostage. Almost, everyone uses C and C++. Microsoft, Google, Oracle, the US Government.
I really wish they would too, just to prove the absurdity of such a ruling.
The only problem is the legal term for protection racket is extortion. The Yelp ruling says it's not extortion to say, "Suck a pity this (possibly true) information is there for anyone to see, why don't you pay us some money/buy some ads and we'll make it go away."
Restricting obscene speech or actions is a quagmire of laws that might be on the books, but may or may not be legal. Take for example indecent exposure laws. If a woman goes topless in the NY library it's not allowed. Unless, she notifies the media that she's protesting. Then it's all legal....
You get the same things with these trademark laws. Let's say the KKK comes up with a new slogan. It's obviously protected speech, but if a sports team used it then it's no longer protected?
Ehh, I like the decision but this was probably more of an issue with policy and training than anything else. I'm perfectly willing to believe the officer was following poorly written instructions or not even thinking about how he turned the phone off.
I'm glad the court didn't go with a 'just this one time' it's ok decision though.
It's already started. Cisco saw a drop in sales after the pictures of the NSA intercepting their boxes in transit were released. If the FBI goes that route and wins, then the NSA don't even need to intercept shipments. They can just modify the source code and secretly demand Cisco sign it. Same goes for Windows.
It's been shown before that they can man-in-the-middle just about any network traffic. The next over the air, or mandatory windows update might contain all sorts of goodies from the NSA.