By now Sony should have learned that these empty threats only remind people that Sony's not exactly a white hat company. Their threats only serve to stimulate our memories of the Sony BMG rootkit scandal. I believe people should have gone to jail, as installing rootkits on other peoples computers is not exactly legal.
And of course not only removing Linux from the PS3, but also the way that Sony went about it. Never mind that Sony reputedly has a history of being hacked and rehacked, Apparently without the will to make an effort to uphold their responsibilities. Some 100,000,000 people are estimated to have personal data stolen from Sony.
The FBI has been in chronic scandal for its forensic malfeasance for decades. Whether for claiming a test could distinguish between different fertilizers, when it couldn't tell the difference between nitrogen in fertilizer, and nitrogen in urine. To completely made up tests in bullet analysis, and endless more schemes to convict people with only the cachet of the FBI supporting the tests.
I had wondered why there was such a push a year or two ago to make it a crime to violate contractual terms of service, when at most it is a civil issue.
Perjury, conspiracy, Constitutional violations,wiretap violations, abuse under color of law, obstruction and whatever in a knowing and malicious manner. Who is going to be charged, jailed, fired or even given a ten minute time out?
Reading the footnote provided by the EFF, and presented in this article, it certainly appears that the EFF did not take exception to the censorship in order to have their comments considered.
I may have misread the footnote, as I have been know to make mistakes in reading comprehension rarely. But I suggest that you read the footnote which I have copied below. If you still disagree, then we can discuss it further.
"However, EFF also added the following footnote (footnote 8) on page 6: On April 2, 2015, the PTO contacted EFF to request that we remove a portion of these comments on the basis that they constituted an improper “protest.” We respectfully disagree that our comments were a protest under 35 U.S.C. § 122(c). Rather, our comments discussed a specific application to illustrate our broader points about the importance of applying Alice. Nevertheless, to ensure these comments are considered by the Office, we have redacted the relevant discussion in this revised version of our comments. Our original comments remain available to the public at: https://www.eff.org/files/2015/03/18/eff_comments_regarding_ interim_eligibility_guidance.pdf."
I never bothered to look at the manuscript, but the general consensus among my colleagues (chemists,) was that it was more dangerous to the practitioner of "menus" in the book than any intended victims.
Not just cheaper, but superior. TWC has a BBC channel which plays the same limited menu over and over. Acorn, the cord cutters BBC, costs me 2.99/M with about 20x the selection of TWC. I have Amazon Prime anyway because I live in an exurban area, and have limited access to items I need. Netflix costs about $8. So I have more TV than I care to watch for $11/ month. No commercials, and a decent turnover. With the net, the total is about $68, while cable without premium channels would run in the low $200s.
Private companies are not free to do what they like. They have fiduciary, privacy, and good practice requirements to meet.
My bank can not advertise my balances in the local paper. My computer can not knowingly have spyware installed by the manufacturer that sends my passwords to a third party. A car manufacturer can not legally sell a car whose brakes will fail one time in a thousand.
The we are a private company mantra, and can do as we like, is nothing but fabrication. Products of companies must meet implicit warranties of merchantability and fitness. Failure to meet those legal criteria open a company to civil and criminal liability. I don't know if Lenovo committed the actions described above or not. But any company that did so, would almost certainly be in breech of implied warranties.
Has no purpose but rubber stamping the demands of law enforcement. It has been that way since the beginning, and will undoubtedly get to the point where claiming that the probable use of toilet paper is legal justification for the issuance of warrants.
The cable companies, in their most gracious hearts, have decided that Americans are watching more TV than is healthful for them. So they have made cable TV unwatchable by anyone with an IQ over 50, thus forcing the vast majority of the population to get some healthy physical and mental exercise.
How many people from the CIA have been charged with the known hacking of the Senate system? Certainly a far worse crime than the Stratfor attack, but not a one of the CIA was even publicly slapped on the hand.
Sony clearly doesn't care about getting hacked unless they can make political hay out of it. They have been hacked so many times, and ignored it, just refusing to improve their security. Everyone who has been hurt by their behavior can certainly claim that Sony has intentionally failed to keep their fiduciary responsibility to their clients.
With regard to the rootkit hacks, how were there no criminal charges brought against Sony, when these are clear violations of the CFAA? If an individual were to do to Sony, what Sony did to millions, that person would never see the light of day.
Further, one must wonder how the class settlement was achieved so quickly, and so cheaply for Sony. In most other cases these things drag on for years. In addition, Sony BMG did nothing to aid those it had hacked, but rather released software reputed to fix the problem, but actually caused additional damage.
If citizens were to use the same excuses, actions and perjuries that the FBI used, the civilians would be laughed out of court into a jail cell. Law enforcement must be held to a higher standard -- not lesser, or in fact no standards for criminal behavior.
While in the 70s, it was believed that the brain stopeed growing at 16, and after the turn of the century, that the brain stopped at 26, neurosciences now believe the brain continues to grow -- that neurons continue to be reproduced.
Unused, not hooked up into the other neurons, they lie fallow and die within a few weeks.
Few games will provide real intellectual stimulation -- certainly not the one person shooters. Go or chess are likely exceptions if pursued beyond patzer (wood pusher) levels.
I suspect that the best way to utilize the new neurons is to learn to do new things, or to try and keep up one's original field. Continuing challenge and stimulation are likely the most utile mechanisms for retaining intellectual capacity.