That updates the firmware of the USB stick, not the computer. It's used to do things like forbid the stick from booting, even on a computer capable of booting from a USB stick. It is NOT capable of backdooring "every" OS... in fact, it probably can't backdoor any of them without a little help from the user (trojan horse, not a virus).
It's fairly clear that most people have no idea how USB works in general, much less USB sticks. The danger is in people running apps that contain exploits, not viruses on the stick itself.
I haven't watched the O-games in almost 20 years. Not only are they bullying sell-outs, but they keep adding "events" that tarnish their own image! What will be the new "event" this year? Beer bongs? Tiddlywinks? Yeah - hold that gold medal up proudly, Champ! ◔_◔
But that's not the case. It clearly states it knows it was installed on at least 100,000 COMPUTERS, and may be on 400,000 more computers. Besides, NO ONE would license software for a super-computer on a per-core basis... not unless they were retarded (meant literally, not figuratively). While I could see Congressmen doing that, the Navy would not.
the US Navy copied Bitmanagement's 3D virtual reality software
What in the flipping hell does the Navy need with 500,000 copies of a 3D VR program??? I could understand a few hundred copies... maybe 1000 AT THE MOST. But 500,000? That doesn't make any sense at all. There's something else going on here that neither party wants to mention except in "code terms". Considering it was laden with usage and tracking code, I expect this was really a surveillance program meant to spy on all Navy computers rather than a 3D VR program.
Burning marijuana is just as bad as burning tobacco. It's not the drug that causes the problems, it's the toxins that come from burning material. Marijuana would be less of a hazard, but only if ingested instead of inhaled. The classic brownie, for example. You don't see tobacco users consuming it that way. :D
Not only that, but since it's NOT a court, PM is free to try again. This try only cost them $7 million - that's chump change for them. They stand to lose billions if these types of laws catch on. I fully expect them to bring the same case again (relatively) soon.
Having a stupid or controversial stance on an issue doesn't magically turn you into a protected minority. You sure as heck can kick someone out of your bakery for being an ass where you couldn't for being black. Don't confuse the two.
Given the number of lawyers added to the pool each and every year, there are more than enough lawyers willing to do ANYTHING to make a buck to cover every crazy wishing to file a frivolous lawsuit. The current craziness in our courts is a direct result of the over-saturation of lawyers in the market. Rather than admit their law degree is worthless, they instead look for crazy schemes to pay off their student loans.
I can see how they'll push it. What are the major areas of Intellectual Property? Patents, trademarks, and copyright. It only make sense to have one Intellectual Property Department. Consolidating them into one entity will save time and money, streamlining application and enforcement. Throw a bunch of buzzwords in there, run it through a team of lawyers to make it sound fancy, and push it on Congress.
TV and movies have pushed the infallibility of things like fingerprints and hair/fiber analysis. IRL, these are now being successfully challenged in court. Hair and fiber analysis is mostly junk science, and fingerprints aren't definitive unless you match a LOT more points than they usually do. On TV, they "solve" the case with a vague 4 point match, but in reality, it takes 10 or more to realistically id a perp.
And let's not even get into "lie detector" tests...