There is a one in a million chance some nut lawyer might file a bogus and poorly researched lawsuit against me. Also, he will back-off once I show that I am smarter than the average guy and I decide to challenge him in court. Finally, we learn that they are just in this to try to make some quick cash out of ignorant people who would rather settle (and avoid the trouble altogether) rather than protect anyone's rights.
All over the world you have "Democratic" governments squashing people's liberties, in the name of "Justice", "Freedom" and "National Security". We have governments arresting and searching people without warrants or formal accusations. Domains are taken down without justification. We have "rat on your neighbor" plans being enacted. Torture is accepted as means of interrogation (seriously, wtf? Did we stop being humans at some point?).
"The Catholic Church shut down Galileo for a hundred years. I think we can shut down Julian Assange.''
That comment nails it in the head: The inquisition is back.
Catering to the needs of the community is hard work. They're always asking "Do this now!" and "Sign my autograph!" or "You should do this in your next movie!".
And then they'll ask for more. The community will have the audacity of remixing songs! Of mashing um videos on youtube! And FanArt? The horror! The common man outdoing me, the artist!? Unthinkable!
If only there was a way to bring back the good old days. Where artists crapped something and gigantic crowds would rush to be the first to get it. Those ancient times where the artists, newspapers and producers controlled what people thought and what they would buy next.
I actually meant the third paragraph of that link:
"In addition, Sandy Bridge processors will implement security features that include the ability to remotely disable a PC or erase information from hard drives. This can be useful in the case of a lost or stolen PC. The commands can be received through 3G signals, ethernet, or internet connections."
and, WTF is that about your first quote? It could have been developed in Mars for all I care. What I don't like is the fact that anyone besides me can erase my data and neutralize my CPU remotely. If you are ok with this, then please, apply a brick to your forehead until you regain your senses.
Piracy involves raiding towns, boarding ships, drinking grog, singing pirate-y songs, saying "ARRR!" a lot, insult sword-fighting (among other insult sports), burying (and finding) treasure and going on seemingly pointless errands that, ultimately, will allow you to find and not so pointless object that will aid you in completing you main quest.
These activities may or may not involve theft. So just slapping the "thief" tag on pirates not only shows your ignorance, it also perpetuates the notion that pirate are mere petty crooks and overlooks their diverse array of activities and their positive impact on society (like eliminating evil pirate ghosts, for example).
Intel is digging itself a hole. They aren't the only ones that make CPUs and the competition is not sticking restrictive measures into their CPUs. In fact, AMD has been releasing open-source drivers for their CPUs and GPUs recently, so, contrarily to Intel, they are expanding their market and making the community happy.
Intel is going all-or-nothing on the super-performance and overclocking crowd (read: kids with rich parents or console-spawns), and expect to coax these into spreading their DRM.
I myself will keep buying AMD. At least they know how to do floating point math and don't put remote kill switches on their CPUs.
Actually, smartphone is not a great example. A Laptop would be a much better one. Most people don't bother to protect the login with a password. Does this give the police a free ticket to search the laptop?
The average user has no clue how to protect himself. But what we are exploring here is not the stupidity of technology n00bs, but the fact that the police COULD snoop through tons of private data with no warrant at all.
Criminals are expected to behave badly and I would take measures to protect my data in case my phone was stolen, but the police? Do I need to defend my private stuff from the police now? For speeding? That's not reasonable.