I hope that I missed the /s on "It was legal and it worked."
Do you really believe that law enforcement adheres to the law? Or tells the truth?
It was legal at the time? DOJ and FBI guidelines do not supercede the Constitution. SCOTUS ruled that law enforcement was permitted to lie under certain, limited circumstances. That does not mean that LEOs can lawfully lie to anyone and everyone (including SCOTUS) about everything.
That they get away with it merely demonstrates the power that law enforcement has developed and stolen over the past 35 years.
There is no choice but to continue to fight the overarching state. Not that I believe that it will make any difference in the final outcome.
It was obvious that civil liberties were headed south since the early '90s. And even then, looking back, it should have been obvious that was the case since the early '80s.
What is most surprising is not that Clapper lied to SCOTUS, but that he was proud to brag about it, and that SCOTUS was willing to accept this crime against the nation as the normal flow of events. In and of itself it is not the worst of all events, but it is a damn good yardstick showing how far we have degenerated.
The TSA has repeatedly failed every test it has been subjected to. The latest one, this June, failed 67 of 70 fake implants of weapons, explosives, etc. Clearly more aggressive measures must be taken -- perhaps firing everyone in the TSA?
Depends on whether the rogue is an equal opportunity invader, or wants something from you specifically.
Before the Sony rootkit scandal, how many security minded individuals would have hesitated to put an audio CD into their computer's CD player? That insertion didn't have to go through a network firewall, but rather was walked right around it.
You can believe that, but having had a muiltidisciplinary career, half of which was in various levels of IT, I will paraphrase a wise man: the only safe computer has had its CPU, memory and storage removed and destroyed, is buried in 50 ft of concrete, is surrounded by a moat filled with hungry sharks, and the moat is in turn surrounded by armed guards who are watched 24/7 on CATV from a hidden bunker. And even then I am not certain the computer is safe.
There is only the probability of safety, never an assurance. To suggest only one hole that can not be cured by a firewall -- your router may have suffered the same fate as Ciscos.
The ability to hack (don't know if it was done in the wild) cars is not new. It goes back at least a decade, since the "fly by wire" brake, accelerator and other controls started to be connected by radio signals instead of wires.
When I asked the salesman about it, he seemed genuinely surprised and unbelieving. Given that I was able to read him well enough to beat his price into the dirt, I believe he was telling the truth about not knowing about it.
Actually only the attorney who files the DMCA takedown needs to swear that he believes the complainant. The complainant makes no statement under penalty of law that he has any rights to the work in question.
But, I do agree with you. Filing a fraudulent claim should be a basis for significant punishment. Repeated fraudulent claims should be a criminal matter.
I am not sure that the proper way to describe the collapse of the "Occupy Wall Street" was inherrent in its structure, or lack thereof. But more that it was beaten into a monolayer by the thugs of the official NYPD and the hirelings of Wall Street, some of whom were offtime official NYPD.
The producers of what is called entertainment are soothing their own egos by claiming that their works are actually good enough to be stolen.
Their constant babbling about "pirates" sending them to the poorhouse has been disproved so many times that the real cause of the calumnies heaped on the population, can only be based on emotional problems.
I would be happy if they voted with their feet and wallets, but that is disticntly not within the human paradigm. Look at all the crap that companies have pulled that the user population just ignores.
Sony is a great exemplar. Rootkits in audio material that take over a computer if you list to a legally purchased CD on your PC. Taking out capabilities that were touted as a reason for purchase (removal of Linux from a game console.)
Companies that produce absolute garbage (MPAA and the RIAA) abuse the user and the law. And users are so hungry for crap they don't need, that they put up with it. Perhaps they all need to go to submissive school, and learn that it is the bottom who really holds the power.