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  • Jan 10th, 2014 @ 11:27am

    Re: The 3rd option

    Are you saying that he should have told the company about the vulnerability, then if they did not do anything about it, just tell no one else?

    If so, I see a major problem with this. When Mr Black hat finds it 6 months later and steals everyone's credit card info, the first thing they are going to do is report him to the police as being the thief.

    If he is getting in trouble for this "hack" when nothing bad happened, imagine how much worse it would be if the police thought he actually did something harmful.

  • Aug 28th, 2013 @ 6:35am

    (untitled comment)

    In the follow-up article they state that the boy found a loaded handgun in a bag within easy reach, and that he "thought it was a toy". Then they still bring up the fact that he was playing GTA.

    What is more likely to have caused this issue?

    On one hand, he was obviously given toy guns, then not taught the difference between toys and weapons. He was never taught any kind of firearms safety, and was then left alone with a loaded unsecured firearm.

    On the other hand, Video games.

    Pretty clear that those video games had to have play a role in this, good thing they kept talking about them.

  • Aug 7th, 2013 @ 5:38am

    Re: Re:

    I think this is kind of nitpicking at this point.

    To say that "the police have to wait outside of the building to arrest a congressman until after the session has ended", is a minor thing compared to saying that "Thousands of government officials all over the country are free to break the law c and not even be cited, nevermind punished for it."

  • Aug 6th, 2013 @ 5:38am

    Re: Re:

    The loss of this income is not necessarily made up for by increasing taxes somewhere else. It could be made up for by reducing services that this money could have supplied to the people of Utah. "I pay more" or "I pay the same and get less" is still a loss to them no matter how you cut it.

  • Aug 5th, 2013 @ 12:43pm

    (untitled comment)

    There has been a metric crap ton of activity on this page since then.

    Passage now reads "Some have referred to Snowden as a hero, whistleblower or even a dissident, while others have described him as a traitor."

    I would say that Wikipedia has put the hive mind to work on this one and found a description that is more about fact and free of opinion.

  • Aug 5th, 2013 @ 7:50am


    It's almost as if congress was not one holistic body whose interests are pointed in one direction with laser like focus.

  • Mar 12th, 2013 @ 12:58pm

    (untitled comment)

    This is one of the main problems with the DMCA. It expanded copyright laws to cover things that are not really about copyright. The digital locks provision of the DMCA is entirely separate from anything really having to do with copyright because it only has to do with thing that DO NOT violate copyright.

    If I break the digital lock to pirate something, I have already committed copyright infringement so I can be sued/charged over that with no need of the additional provision. If I break the digital lock to do something that is completely legal this is the ONLY time the provision will come into play. It is like making all gun ownership illegal because they can be used to rob and murder. Last time I checked robbing and murdering is already illegal so why would you punish gun owners that don't violate the law.

    The digital locks provision is all about Hollywood getting to run its own little fascist scheme where they get to decide what you can do with your own personal electronics.

  • Mar 8th, 2013 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re:

    Do you really think they are saving money by standing up and maintaining dozens of huge server cluster all around the world vs just putting the some extra code in the game? They had to write that code and put it on the servers anyway, so it isn't even saving them paying someone to write it.

    I honestly think the amount they may loose from piracy has got to be less then the cost to build and maintain the metric shit ton of servers they need to run the game as it is now. I work for a company that runs data centers all over the world, this stuff is not cheap.

  • Mar 6th, 2013 @ 8:45am


    Yes, this argument actually makes much more sense when used in reverse.

  • Mar 1st, 2013 @ 10:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    There is no such thing as a CAS take down. The DMCA has nothing to do with this process.

    In the the DMCA the first step in the process in a take down notification sent to the hosing provider, they take down the material and notify you. At witch point you can file a counter claim.

    In the CAS the first step is a notification that you have no ability to challenge. The next three steps also cannot be challenged. Even if the alerts are false you have no way to officially make any kind of counter claim until the fifth time you have been accused. It is still not clear if someone is found to be in the clear after their arbitration if they will be put back to step zero or step four.

  • Mar 1st, 2013 @ 9:33am

    Re: Re: Re:

    You should try reading some time. The CAS policy clearly state that you can only file an appeal after the fifth alert.

  • Mar 1st, 2013 @ 9:19am


    "Therefore, it's perfectly reasonable to deduce he thinks rape and murder laws should be done away with, as there are also incidences of people being falsely accused."

    The difference is, when someone is falsely accused of rape/murder. They get to defend themselves in a court of law. Not be convicted and punished based on accusation with no way to rebut the charges until the fifth time you are falsely accused.

  • Feb 4th, 2013 @ 10:37am

    public funding

    When I was in the military, every single document I created, bypassed the copyright system and went strait into the public domain. The rational given for this is that because the american public pays you to create those things (as well as kill people and blow shit up), the whole country owns them.

    Why is it any different in a public school? At least the work created by the teachers.