If this whole thing taught me anything, it's that I cannot trust ISPs based in the USA. I got my ProtonMail account and I'm in the process of migrating everything over to it.
And as soon as a cell phone service comes out with security baked in, I'm switching over to that too. I have nothing extraordinary or illegal to hide, but I still don't leave my blinds and doors open on my house.
Mike, if TechDirt dumps Comodo now, and others do too, perhaps that will send them an appropriate message.
Personally I wanted to use Let's Encrypt for a new site I configured recently, but after spending the better part of a day trying to get it to work, I gave up and went with the option that my host (NameCheap) provided for $2.
Oh rly? I did not know there were trained specialists out there in the cable box platform space. Then by all means, they should continue boxing those cables.
Look, I get it if some feel this area is an important beachhead in a larger campaign. I just don't see it. ISP "fuckery" (as John Oliver says) around broadband, and the FCC and local municipalities trying to actually act in the interest of the citizenry is at least an order of magnitude more important, and growing.
If I were Yelp, I would file a single sentence response:
Since "The removal order does not violate section 230 because it does not impose any liability on Yelp," Yelp respectfully rejects the order and encourages the court to follow through on it's promise to "not impose any liability on Yelp".
Going forward if I were a defense attorney, I would plant false documents in with the legit ones. They'd be crafted to contain what appears to be incriminating evidence, but not so outrageous as to raise suspicions. Record a video of someone talking through what is going on, why you are doing this, upload it to YouTube (or another video service that can set an unalterable date stamp) as a private video that can be made public if necessary. Then wait and see...
SO this ruling begs the question if there are any cell phone providers who do not retain historical records of their data. Yes they need to know the device location in real-time to route calls and data. But once that data is no longer useful for functional reasons, /dev/null
Alternately, are there cell phone proxy providers who sign up for accounts on behalf of users, and then sanitize the data that is passed along to the cell provider? Seems like a great service, and one I would gladly subscribe to.
I hearby assert that despite having a cellular phone and data plan with you, I DO NOT voluntarily give you information regarding my device's location, or any other information regarding my device. I understand that you need certain information in order for the service to function. However once that information ceases to be functionally useful in direct support of providing my service, I insist that you destroy that information and do not record or log it in any way for any purpose. Also, to be clear, I do not consent you sharing even my real time data with any 3rd party—including and especially any agency of the government or law enforcement—without a warrant and without also notifying me.
If you want to encourage local content, there are plenty of other ways to incent the market. Give local producers tax breaks, grants, and other incentives. Hold contests. Find locals already doing great work and invest in them.
IANAE (I am not an economist) but I highly doubt holding a gun to the head of the platforms who are only trying to connect people with quality content is the way to go.
If I were a content provider I would make sure 20% of my content was just people making obscene gestures and mocking the European Commission and their rules.
Or how about 24 hours of the Microsoft pipes screensaver, a navy blue screen, and other "avant garde" programming? They aren't going to get into the business of "this is quality programming and that is not" business, are they?
If he wants to come after Gawker, with the force of a billionaire spurned, then just shut it down. Start up a new media site called "Fuck Peter Thiel LLC", and keep publishing. Put all of the old content up on GawkerArchive.org, and if you want to for good measure, host it out of the states.
Sonic.net has an offering called Fusion Fiber to the Node (FTTN) that is really just a rebranded Uverse. But importantly they DO NOT have caps, AND they offer VPN service that you can use to prevent AT&T from snooping your traffic and handing it over to the government, MPPA, or whomever else they are in bed with.
Nothing ulterior here. I'm just a satisfied customer. But if you do sign up and use my ID (dcortright) as the source, I will get a referral bonus and I'd be most grateful. :-)
Hard to believe a piece like this on TechDirt made it through editorial approval without the requisite paragraph on how this will only encourage more people to seek out unofficial sources for the content.
If I were a business at risk of having a patent case filed in E TX, I would stop doing business in that jurisdiction. I would even add a clause to my EULA that states the device is not intended to be used in that jurisdiction and that doing so voids the warranty. There needs to be consequences to the actions of E TX courts, otherwise they won't change their bad behavior.
PR Newswire, Washington DC (May 19, 2016) Today the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is announcing—effective immediately—its pro bono program for all employees. Similar to Google's "20% time" program, it allows employees to investigate and report on offices of the government that the PCLOB isn't currently covering. The one notable difference is that employees will not be paid for their time doing this work. "Much like the pro bono legacy that lawyers have established, our program will encourage employees to give back to the underserved areas of the government to ensure all have equal access to our services" said a spokesperson for the PCLOB.
When reached for comment, a member of Congress who asked to remain anonymous said, "Well, fuck. Now we're going to have to find another way to bury this illegal activity."
Actually it will allow through blank pages. And the test print page built into the printer. Everything else is suspect. You'll need to get approval from the Central Office for Copyright Coherence (COCC). Please bring all documentation in triplicate. Oh, wait...
Do they realize they have these things called "competitors" who will only end up doing a better job meeting the needs of these other things called "customers"?
Did they even think this through? What happens when people who bought printers not realizing this "feature" was in there suddenly have problems printing stuff that they have a right to (via fair use, personal backup, or whatever?) Customer relations nightmare.