According to Romine himself, he was too poor to afford a lawyer. I haven't checked his website in the last couple weeks, but last time I was there he was asking for a pro-bono lawyer to represent him in suing Valve directly.
It's not Steam they're suing, they're suing users who use Steam. They simply subpoena'd Valve for the real identities of Steam users. A nice little point by point on the merits of the lawsuit, but you've got the wrong defendant which makes a real difference.
That's not really true. There is a very high cost involved in just setting up an ISP, higher than most other types of business, and tends to result in a natural monopoly that. It's just too high of a barrier for most who might have been interested.
A better solution would be to set up a government controlled fiber network, then allow any company to connect to the network to act as an ISP. Lower the barrier for entry and let new ISP's form. It would be a costly endeavor, but nothing stops the US Govt from being one of these ISP's, or even charging a small rent to ISP's using their network, allowing them to recoup their costs, and even providing a new revenue stream in lieu of taxes. It'll never happen, because every ISP would have a temper tantrum, but it would do the job nicely.
As some one who has beaten it with 100% completion, I will say it's a great game. A lot of people have suggested Nintendo sent the DMCA, then later a C&D to the dev's personal email, due to being embarrassed by the work this guy did. While I doubt that, I can see why people would think that. It's an extremely well designed game with out even really any noticeable bugs since the 1.1 patch.
You should check the blog's history a bit. It's come out against Big Pharma companies quite often, and is unafraid to call out unethical behavior of any type of company. If this whole site were to be paid for by Big Pharma $$$, the posts wouldn't criticize those same companies so frequently.
Basically, until a decision is made on the counterclaim, the case stays in court. This prevents Malibu Media from deciding to drop their claim should they find the defense is likely to win, and set an unfavorable precedent. This also prevents them from dropping the case should it look like the judge is leaning toward awarding legal fees to the defense due to claims made by Malibu Media in bad faith.
Had the judge decided to dismiss the counterclaim, then Malibu would be free to just drop their claim, and with nothing else on the docket to be decided, the case would be over.
It's not a games publisher. Instead, there are certain incentives built into the system to up your viewer/follower count. Reach the first milestone, you can start earning money from the adverts. Reach others, and the amount you can make goes up. So people build bots to cheat the system to try to make more money. Others will pay the guys making the bots to have those bots follow and watch their streams. If you get caught using bots for this purpose, you can get banned, but these bots also, to appear more legitimate, often follow other random channels, which can put legitimate channels at risk, despite having done nothing wrong.
I had a few interesting discussions with a twitch streamer who now lives in South Korea. He told me about the worries he was having as a result of these bots following his own channel, his conversations with Twitch staff, his fears regarding his own channel getting banned, etc. I learned about these issues from discussions with him.
Well, doing this w/o informing your customer of the fact that you're accessing data on their computer to do this, and getting consent, would be.
"Under Article 5.3 of the ePrivacy Directive storing information or gaining of access to information already stored in the terminal equipment of a subscriber or user is allowed on condition that the subscriber or user concerned has given his or her consent..."
Found the blog post I originally read. It covers a Czech post that did a traffic analysis of Windows 10. In fact, search for sites using the phrase "traffic analysis of windows 10" will pull up a few sites that cover the whole thing. The blog I read is linked below.
"According to Aeronet, on any normal day, Windows 10 performs a collection of texts entered on the keyboard, these texts are stored in temporary files and every 30 minutes, this data is sent to following websites:
Just wanted to thank you for that info and the link. I found one of those installed on my system. When I have a day off I'm going to looking at my Mom's computer to see which, if any, of those are installed on hers. She also has updates set to automatically install, so I'll be changing that as well.