This is just like the old days when they banned Fannie Hill and Henry Miller's works. Every kid managed to somehow get a copy and trade it. That was 60 years ago. No internet, no globalization, just pure motivation.
Don't these people ever realize that censorship - of anything - just never works. It just makes people more curious than ever.
People who don't give encryption a second thought will then give it a third and a fourth. They'll probably use it for the thrill.
Why does everyone believe it WAS hacked? Because someone said so? Could it have been mere face-saving? Or the realization that actually doing so WOULD make everyone less safe but not knowing how to admit that? I'm a bit skeptical. Actually, a lot.
My name is Pythagoras J. A squared + B squared = C squared is my discovery and I use it to verify that an angle is a right angle [90 degrees]. I'm going to patent the process, because it IS a process, and for the next 17 (?) years if you want to make right angles so that buildings stand straight up ... well you CANT unless you pay me. So there! I own the patent. Mine, Mine, Mine.
What would Darwin have said about a species that allows themselves to be ruled by this absurdity?
Brought to you by the folks who jailed Gandhi because he was an extremist (he differed in opinions), who jailed and tortured peaceful dissidents throughout the ages and who still accept a poorly behaved monarchy as a rightful and proper adornment of their society? Wait until they use the latest face recognition software on the cameras ubiquitous in London to determine who on the street is and is not extreme. Off to the tower?
What we're seeing now is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of 'Brave new World' meets Capitalism. The most profitable creations now are not the steel mills of Carnegie, but the ones and zeros of a Jobs or a Gates. It is only natural that those ones and zeros, formerly not considered worth anything should now assume the status of property. Screwed up? Yes. But predictable. The fact that ones and zeros are little more than knowledge translates to knowledge becoming 'owned property.' Here's where Huxley's classes meet Orwell's 'Big Brother.'
Easy translation: The car you once owned and tuned up now becomes rented by you and illegal to tune up. The corporation owns the car and the process. With less people going to jail for Marijuana, we'll fill the jails with car-modders.
What's next? Is a Lincoln descendant going to lock up the Gettysburg Address? How about a Washington descendant claiming all rights to Washington's Farewell Address? Uh oh! Doesn't some Roosevelt somewhere have the rights for 'Speak softly and carry a big stick?'
Keep locking up history under copyright. Then only the wealthy will get to see it and you can really lay claim to an ignorant populace.
This case may end up being the first and foreshadow many such outcomes in the future. As minor drug offenders are released from jail or not prosecuted because of marijuana legalization, those very cells will NOT be left empty. The privatization of prisons and continuing failure of the economy to employ its citizens will lead to the need for filling those cells.
Watch as Hollywood presses for the incarceration of file sharers and the government begins to oblige more and more. In this perverse system replacing drug offenders with file sharers will be viewed as a solution.
The only thing left is the imposition of a Lettre de Cache. That's where Louis XVI signed the letter deeming you guilty and tossing you in the Bastille. Seems like we're getting pretty damn close to that now.
Aw shucks. Now I guess I'll have to either destroy all my five generations of family photos done with white backgrounds including my parents and great-grandparents wedding photos. Hey they were sepia on white. Am I safe there?
Are we the dumbest people on the planet or do we simply allow stupid fools to run our lives, with imbecilic results?
Einstein was a patent clerk in the Swiss patent office. I'll bet he would have said something akin to "Sind Sie ein F---ing Moron?' when asked to allow a patent on this.