..."in his case against Facebook, Zuckerberg looks to be (unsurprisingly) closer to falling apart completely after the court has decided that the extremely damning evidence of fraud can be discussed in the case."
Not to be a nit, and maybe I'm sleepy, but I got so hung up on the last sentence of this article, that I'm stuck in an infinite logical loop, and must retire...
I do have concerns about the tags not being encrypted, and I would prefer a 2nd level of of anonymity in the ID transmission (requiring 2 separate data-sets to link the RFID serial to a real person), and think this should be addressed.
We're in a fast changing age, and need to be vigilant in guarding our privacy, but need also to to avoid becoming Luddites with a knee-jerk reaction of fear and resentment as technology develops. RFID in your ID is a reality that is here (see TWIC cards for example) and will continue to grow. Limiting the range of these school IDs to school property is appropriate; in your ID is appropriate. Placed under your skin at birth (or, perhaps after an arrest/conviction) perhaps crosses the line ;-).
The reality is that anyone with a cell phone can (not should, but can) be tracked already. Notably, my read on the justification for the RFID in this case seems refreshingly honest: we want to make sure we get all the funding that we're due from the state. They could have easily trotted out "it's for the CHILDREN," "BUT, SCHOOL SHOOTINGS!" or the catch-all "TERRORISM," but they didn't. I have to conclude that these RFID embedded school IDS, while not perfect execution, is theoretically sound and defensible.
At least the XM/Sirius offering "20 on 20" is upfront about their limited offering (20 on 20: the "top" 20 songs played in order, over and over again, on channel 20). Even my 4 year old now thinks that is ridiculous...
Can someone please go to minute 6:30 and explain to me how his updated explanation clarifying that this award wasn't punitive makes any more sense than his first statement that he is trying to explain away?
I'm getting something like: It wasn't punitive, it was to make an example for the industry that if you're found to be infringing, you'll be punished for it. But we're not punishing here. We're just making an example of Samsung.
Still doesn't sound compensatory to me, but maybe I'm stoopid...
Top notch trolling on the NY Times blog comment section! Sanctimonious, hang-wringing, dismissive, all while completely ignoring the point of the post. Really, really good stuff. Take a few minutes to check it out...
Found said "bunch of amateurs" on my first try (albeit as an audio book) on a P2P network. The best torrent source (that I know of) for eBooks is currently down due to a DDOS attack.
I don't know what the rule are for advertising these sites on TechDirt, so I'll refrain from telling what the site was that had the audiobook, but that site certainly kicks some serious ass, now that the demon has been (temporarily?)exorcised.
I agree that this is a US problem. I agree that ultimately the only real solution is legalization in the US. I disagree that the cartels could buy off Google in the same way that they buy off government officials in Mexico.
Barring the capacity to threaten/harm Google employees and their families, if there is one thing that Google has,it's cash money.
Eyebrows up at Eric "don't be evil" Schmidt re: You have to go in... and kill them. Google Hawk!
Not to be a nit, but I believe that "The whole thing should be seen as a massive scandal that calls into question the judgment of those at the top of WIPO -- but it doesn't seem to be phasing too many people," might be better written as "...FAZING too many people."
I would normally overlook this error unfazed, but, alas, cannot... :-)
I use(d) MU to easily share files (home movies and photos, mostly) with my far-flung family members. Email a link to a group and done. No need for social network accounts, fear of loss of privacy associated with such, so many advantages to MU.
Additionally, I use(d) MU for Android rooting files and themes, to share and as a kind of Dropbox account (in case messing around w/ my phone was more interesting than working while at work).
The irony of ICE/MPAA stealing my files that were on Megaupload (actually stealing, not copying) in response to alleged threat is so overwhelming to me that it creates a taste of raw spinach and old pennies in my mouth.
I was thinking the same thing... Google will upload my pics and vids to my Google account "instantly" (within a few seconds, anyway) on my Android phone. I have to believe (but don't know for sure) that there has to be a similar app for the iPhone.
It's funny to me that we could have a "Take a Picture of a Cop Day" just like the "Draw a Picture of Mohamed Day."
Checked out the site. bought WORD (five bones). Hilarious LCK note about torrenting and that is worth 5 bucks by itself. Now I realize that TechDirt hates artists and is run by (communists? pirates? freetards? pre-schoolers?), and I have been know to download and upload bits and bytes for the sake of convenience and/or principle (but never for profit, for some dumb reason), yet here is TechDirt leading me to this site to BUY, for the sake of convenience and/or principle, WORD. Besides, LCK posted his Paypal profit from the first 5 days or something, and there must be at least 200K lazy/principled people in the world. that is encouraging...