While channel surfing, we stumbled upon the season finale of Person of Interest, with the Machine that surveiled us all and prevented 54 terrorist attacks. At the end, its evil twin Machine was awakened to surveil us all: the evil twin, named Samaritan. With the last line, from the villain addressing Samaritan, “We await your orders.” /sarcasm
“Yeah, that's another cloud service I won’t be using.”
Yep, so there: I unlinked a bunch of apps and pulled Dropbox off my various devices… With the full understanding that, if I expect to drop every service that hires a somehow unsavory character, I’ll soon not be using the web. Or communicating via known civilized paths in general.
Truth, justice, and the American way? Now we seem to be looking for a connection between the three. Perhaps Hayden suffered mental abuse as a child. When I see this, and I saw the earlier techdirt article in which the NSA suggested it’s time we reform the 1st Amendment, I deduce the NSA is ready to reform history itself. All the way back to the principles of logic.
Any software the NSA might install to ensure strict internal monitoring, security, and control, would itself have to be placed under careful scrutiny to ensure its own reliability and the absence of internal malware and hooks. And on, and on. Endless reports and meetings. By the end of the scrutiny, the software would likely be obsolete. Tail wags dog.
Sounds as if a troll can make a fortune in tiny settlements too small to justify hiring a lawyer to defend.
[According to Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, The World's Gone Crazy:] "To demonstrate flaws in the patent system, in 2001 an Australian lawyer patented the wheel." There's a *lot* of folks using the wheel. There'd be a lot of tiny settlements flowing from that, enough to make a troll incredibly wealthy.
If I use an image of Mickey Mouse to pick on George Bush, someone may take it that I am implying that Disney (by virtue of the fact that Mickey Mouse "is" Disney) endorses the picking-on of George Bush.
Re "people assume that no one will ever out innovate it, and then fear that we're stuck with the dominant player forever"! You've left me wondering who those "people" are. I suspect most "people" have functioning brains, especially the folks who use iPhones. I suspect no one feared or assumed we'd be stuck with a dominant player FOREVER. That's patently ridiculous!
I'm confused, too. It's of course impossible to block links to AP stuff or to demand payola for links or to demand, even, accreditation. To enforce honor would take more web enforcers than web users. There are just too danged many computers!
Honor among thieves? I'd like "intellectual property rights" over the stuff I publish, too. Them's fightin words in the web world these days, too. Lots of flack against GoOgle and Facebook, as I recall, for trying to lay claim to folks' postings without fair permission.
Where do we draw the line? Fair use of our own postings? Fair use of AP? Eminent domain?
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