If I were Google, I would show some sympathy, and go to the privacy advocates, with the intention of solving their problem. I would tell them, that we would happily host their website, if they put an ad for Google on their homepage.
What was the methodology that they used to obtain these ip numbers? How do we know that these numbers belong to hollywood? Is this an actual list of movie studio ip numbers, or one that we only think that belongs to the movie studios?
The real question is, if an app is installed on your machine, and the creator of the app is crazy enough to do this... how, as a user do you know that the app is really gone? And the answer is... hire a $12,000 consultant to scan your phone and make certain. There's really no other way to know. I would use the word "bogus" with care.
The perfect fried egg is cooked over high heat in a small pool of olive oil, in a small pan, on an electric stove. I know this because I have developed this technique and filed a patent that covers all cooking of eggs for the next 20 or so years.
I always get a chuckle out of the Obama's America people. As a Libertarian, I can correctly define what a Liberal, or a Conservative is. Being neither, I have this flexibility. I also know people wearing tinfoil hats when I see them.
What gets me about that particular group is that they can't correctly define what a Liberal is, nor can they define what a Conservative is, or where they fall into the spectrum of political dogma. That should be a big red flag for anyone considering taking them seriously.
Look, I think it's fairly evident by the news channels that you just can't form a startup anymore, without certain kinds of serious asset protection place, and not be sued out of existence by the parasites of modern society.
And yet, it really seems that absolutely nobody is taking asset protection, and complex legal entity structures into consideration when they're betting their entire life savings on the innovations that keep society moving.
This is almost as appalling as the behavior of the patent trolls to begin with. Think people. Why do patent trolls go after small to mid sized businesses? Because it's easy, they don't get much of a fight, and it's rare to see them set up from day one in a way that they're protected from harm.
There are anomalies in US and international law that the super rich have been using for generations to protect their wealth. There are several tricks that are unique to the US that if implemented, would virtually guarantee that you would never be sued by any patent troll in their right mind (and that there's no way they would ever be able to collect when and if they ever win).
Why aren't technologists thinking of these things? The law is not going to change. Last time we thought it would change, it got worse. Nobody is looking out for small businesses at all, despite the election year rhetoric to the contrary. It's time that all technology entrepreneurs woke up and got with the fucking times.
None of this is rocket science. All you need is a basic understanding of business entities, and a lawyer whose willing to do what needs to be done (most will, if you ask nicely). You just have to know ahead of time what you need, and be willing to go the extra mile to ensure the survival of your business.
It's like I said on Slashdot. There are ways to build corporate entities that shield you from this kind of nonsense. Or, at the very least, make it a lot more difficult and expensive to do. People like this are going after the cheap score. The minute you introduce a Holding Company/Trading Company/Operating Company structure into it, they give up. And well they should. Do it properly, and it'll be ten years before they even get your name.
The old government argument of efficiency being inherently evil because people spend less money, which is irreplaceable. Well, how about the old idea that less money for the government to waste not getting with the times is a good thing? Should mean lower taxes and more services. I fail to see the downside.
It does, as a matter of fact. Or maybe it's the kind of thing that a Seti@Home like project could do. I'm sure you could find people willing to donate their bandwidth and processor time to this kind of thing.