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  • Apr 25th, 2016 @ 2:52pm

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    The NSA already has or can easily get an exact number of purely domestic communications that they have intercepted under the Section 702 surveillance program. There has to be a database of all the identifying markers of any intercepted communications in order for any of them to be searchable (or not searchable if wholly domestic). So, if they are following the law (ha!), every communication that is intercepted would have to be first scanned for origin and destination, and if both of those are domestic the scan would stop, flag the record as domestic communication in the database, and move on to the next one. They would only have to run a simple database search (if origin=domestic+destination=domestic is yes, add 1 to the numerical result) to give us an exact number of domestic communications intercepted. they would not even have to scan the intercepted communications themselves--just the database, which they have to already do every time they do any kind of search through it.

    So, the NSA saying that to give us this number they would have to violate US citizens privacy by scanning these communications is a lie. They have already violated our privacy in the way they are claiming calculating this number would do.

    Knowing this database exists--it has to, or all the collected communications would be useless (it would take to long to search for anything useful if it didn't); you can only come to two conclusions. The first is the NSA is actually searching domestic communications in violation of the law. The second is that they are skirting the law in keeping them in the hopes that someday they will be allowed to search them. If either of those were not the case, they would have deleted the domestic communications already.

  • Mar 15th, 2016 @ 5:29am

    DRM is not a recent invention

    The original US NES (1985) had a lockout chip which was designed to block unlicensed games from playing on the system, but also caused problems with legitimate game playback. On PC The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) had the "Dial a Pirate" wheel, and Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 (1991) had an aircraft identification system so you could not play without the manual. So, DRM systems since 1985? 30+ years ago? Not very recent.

  • Mar 8th, 2016 @ 1:14pm

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    This lawsuit has nothing to do with copyright, and everything to do with publicity. Google his name--the entire first page is nothing but his website and social media links, links to his book, some random dentist who shares his last name (who has the 2nd link), and this story on Techdirt. Sounds like someone is sad 'cause his get rich quick self-help scheme isn't taking off

  • Mar 7th, 2016 @ 7:31am

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    Why do citizens in these continue to allow ignorant scared people to make such blatantly bad rules?
    Because the vast majority of these citizens are just as ignorant about why strong encryption is important to a technological society as the politicians trying to pass these laws--and like these politicians they have no desire to learn anything about it--so like these politicians they are easily exploited by those who want to undermine these systems--who for the most part are probably just as ignorant as to why this is a bad idea as everyone else.

    I know it's very cynical of me, but in my view the world is run with a recursive cluster---- of ignorance and stupidity.

  • Feb 26th, 2016 @ 3:18pm

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    They should, looking at the prior art.

  • Feb 17th, 2016 @ 2:26pm

    Someone doesn't understand how "robots.txt" works.

    It will not block indexing if some other site links to that URL. They should be using the robots meta tag in the HTTP header of that web page and all other pages they don't want indexed.

  • Feb 12th, 2016 @ 9:27pm

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    Seeing that only 7 states charge sales tax on internet access (I happen to live in one of them), I don't think this is a really big issue--it only adds less than three bucks to my bill every month and does actually fund the state you are living in (although it would be nice if they could force that revenue into subsidizing rural broadband).

    What I wish they would tackle is the ridiculous equipment rental fees that get charged to everyone, and do nothing but line the providers pocket after about 6-12 months when the actual cost of the equipment has been covered.

  • Feb 8th, 2016 @ 4:18pm

    These dash-cams must be horribly designed.

    Almost every piece of electronics I've seen has had some form of anti-tamper system used in its manufacture, specifically designed to stop people from mucking about with its intended functionality. do the manufacturers of these devices employ none of these in their designs? That would be a huge design flaw in a product that is supposed to protect both the people that the police come into contact with and the police themselves.

  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 8:10am

    Re: Short term effects

    Apple is powerful enough to quickly set up factories elsewhere.
    Nope, setting up new tech factories is not something that can be done quickly or cheaply. Apple would be looking at about 5 years just to get all the paperwork,picking a site with a large population of tech savvy workforce , getting infrastructure built, plant design, permits, and all the other stuff they need to do before they could even break ground and start building (which could add another 5 or more years to the project depending on any delays). So about 10 years to bring their manufacturing in-house. And none of this addresses the fact that their products could be (or are) infringing on someone's patents in China, which is very quickly becoming a market you need to cater to.

  • Nov 10th, 2015 @ 1:31pm

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    Each "cover page" lists a "criminal case #": "Criminal Case #15-172076FLPD."
    All that means is that he called the cops about this. I'm assuming that the "FLPD" at the end of that case number stands for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, which of course has to file a case number for every complaint they get (even if it's some nut-job who thinks aliens have implanted him with mind controlling devices). Any real criminal charges would come from a District Attorney's office.

  • Sep 9th, 2015 @ 4:07pm


    including copyrighted logos in their videogames
    Logos and corporate/product names are covered by trademarks not copyright. This is a textbook case of fair use of the mark(s)/names in question.
    will allow advertisers to use brand names and logos from other companies in their advertisements
    This is actually specifically allowed in US trademark law, as long as the use is descriptive of of the others product.

  • Aug 4th, 2015 @ 9:43pm

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    Want to bust up organized labor? ...There's an app for that.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 @ 6:05am

    Re: Beyond security

    Yes it does. But unless you're on a ridiculously high latency connection the transmission and cpu overhead is trivial. I would rather wait the extra 60 to 80 milliseconds that https requires to gain the extra security.

  • Mar 9th, 2015 @ 2:50pm

    Re: Chip Bok

    Chip has the right to have the words he speaks and the images he draws to be presented as he intended them.
    No, he does not, especially if he's going to lie about the facts that he's speaking and drawing about.
    In fact, he has an internationally recognized legal and moral right to protect the integrity of his work.
    Again... No, he does not. In the US this is legally protected fair use, and only a few countries recognize any moral right in their copyright law (the US is not one of them).
    If you want to parody his cartoons, then at least take as much time and skill as he did. Cutting and pasting your own words on top of his, is not clever or creative.
    Your opinion does not matter in this. It is protected fair use in the US with large quantities of case law confirming this.

  • Mar 9th, 2015 @ 1:41pm


    Because we're going to call out racist idiots for being racist idiots, you racist idiot.

  • Mar 5th, 2015 @ 3:35pm

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    Option A: Get some of the revenue from a simultaneous release of these movies.

    Option B: Throw a fit and get nothing.

    How does option B make any kind of valid business sense?

    For people who want to see movies in a theater, I highly doubt the availability of a movie for streaming (or on DVD for that matter) is going to stop them from going to the theater.

  • Mar 5th, 2015 @ 3:27pm


    Seems like that might be the plan for all their exclusive movies going forward.

  • Feb 4th, 2015 @ 1:56pm

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    /tinfoil hat on

    What concerns me about all this is the timing. Obama's had 6 years to do something but waits until near the end to do anything, and all the FCC commissioners were appointed by Obama. someone pushing for a lucrative post government career in the telecommunications industry?

    /tinfoil hat off

  • Jan 12th, 2015 @ 3:25pm

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    What really worries me about this crap is...What happens when these supposed terrorists finally get out of prison? Their mild dislike of the government will have most likely have turned into a burning hatred--and they're gonna start looking for an outlet.

    The US government is turning into the best terrorist recruitment program ever.

  • Jan 5th, 2015 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    As an astrophysicist, he shouldn't be commenting about fields he knows little or nothing about. With 30 years experience in computers and networking, I'm barely qualified to even enter into high-level technical discussions on network security. I would not comment professionally about any astrophysical discussions, and he shouldn't comment about network security.

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