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  • Jul 28th, 2017 @ 10:15am

    extortion?

    reckless abuse of the DMCA system ... forcing their targets into unwanted actions due to the costs of the legal action. -TFA

    ...types of threats sufficient to constitute extortion include those to harm the victim's business...
    Extortion is also a federal offense when it interferes with interstate commerce. -http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/extortion

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 8:34am

    Re: NO

    That sounds like a great idea, until...
    * Hackers gain access to the feeds and track your personal habits to target your house for burglary. It's not a matter of if, it is when.
    * You are implicated in some terrorist activity because the data analytics on your behaviour patterns turned a false positive.
    * The police decide they need extra revenue streams and start selling access to their video feeds to advertisers.

  • Jun 1st, 2017 @ 2:03pm

    (untitled comment)

    I think the fix for this is liability. The company that produced a device capable of participating in a DDOS or other exploit should be liable for the damages caused, AND if it can be shown that the device manufacturer was aware of the exploit and did not take actions to solve the problem by either producing a fix or a recall, then the CEO and entire BoD should be held criminally liable with fines AND a minimum of 30 days jail-time.

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 1:05pm

    Conflating Authorization and Authentication

    People often conflate authorization and authentication, but they are very different things. Authentication determines WHO you are. Authorization determines WHAT you are permitted to do.

    Biometrics make a great authentication token. It is really difficult (In a properly designed system) to falsify biometric credentials, so when you are authenticated biometrically there is a very low probability of a false positive, and a really good chance that you are the correct person.

    Biometrics make a terrible authorization token, because YOU CANNOT CHANGE THEM. Once authorization has been assigned to a biometric is cannot be changed. ever. That's the whole point of biometrics. They are immutable. But authorization DOES NOT NECESSARILY follow from authentication.
    Good authorization tokens are passwords and PINs because they CAN be changed, and there are an infinite number of them. You can assign different authorization tokens to different parts of a system. You can see this when you log in to your computer using one password, check your email with another, and connect to facebook with yet a different password.
    Security will always be a trade-off with convenience. Most people can't be bothered to type different passwords for every application, so they tell the system to cache the passwords, and tie that all back to their primary authentication token, and mobile phone manufacturers are very conscious of this, so it appears that authentication and authorization are the same thing and thus, commonly conflated concepts.

  • Jan 24th, 2017 @ 9:54am

    The correct symbol

    While this may be a bit ridiculous, the common solution to this is to use a white cross surrounded by a red-circle.

  • Dec 22nd, 2016 @ 3:12pm

    Copyright Reform

    This is exactly the reason why copyright needs reform. A return to shorter copyright terms would achieve the exact goal of copyright, which is to ENCOURAGE innovation. It is clear that Nintendo has no intention of using that specific intellectual property, but they are using copyright to stifle creativity and innovation.
    If this sort of activity were legal, it would spawn an entire industry or developers, and distribution network, and who know what else!

  • Dec 20th, 2016 @ 7:33am

    Critical Thinking Popup

    How about a popup, when sharing an article, the requires the user to pass a comprehension an critical thinking test. The user must answer 3 questions about the article, and state whether or not the article actually cites and valid sources. Before sharing, facebook should require that the user also provide links to 3 other sources that corroborate and validate the news.

  • Dec 7th, 2016 @ 11:24am

    The Real Solution

    The real solution to this is mandatory licensing of content.

    This solution was implemented decades ago for radio and has created a reasonable balance between content producers and consumers. It encourages innovation by allowing anyone (with a license) to broadcast any music, and pay the regulated fees.

    Mandatory licensing would Kill cable TV dead, as literally hundreds (thousands?)of distributors would have the option to deliver content in a format preferred by any given audience, and restore a fair balance between the right of Intelectual property holders to earn a profit from their work, and the right of the public to use that property as they see fit.

  • Dec 2nd, 2016 @ 7:36am

    Re:

    More like global school-yard bully. There's not actually a lot of policing going on. Really though, it all just a way to justify transferring trillions of dollars into the pockets of their biggest campaign supporters via grossly inflated military procurement contracts.

  • Nov 29th, 2016 @ 2:45pm

    Wiretap

    I'm not sure this is actually a CFAA violation, since they aren't technically accessing your computer, but it IS a violation of the Wiretap Act.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 @ 10:19am

    Mandatory Licensing and Net Neutrality

    solves most of the concerns with these shennanigans. If registration was required for copyright so that all media was available from all providers, it wouldn't really matter who the provider was. The business would go to whomever could provide the best rates and services.

    Problem solved.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 @ 3:47pm

    Self Destruct Button

    For anyone particularly concerned about this, the solution is simply to have a task that runs every time after login that starts a self-destruct timer in the background. If you don't launch the kill-switch, or if the tether to your smartwatch isn't available, it nukes everything.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 @ 11:11am

    Extortion Anyone?

    I would love to see that case where the Entire BoD for Corporation X is brought to bear charges of extortion for damages to someone based upon one of their "guidelines."

  • Sep 9th, 2016 @ 11:42am

    Compulsory Licensing

    ...will destroy the world. Just look what it has done for the music industry! All those poor starving artists like Lady Gaga and Metallica!

    Terrible!
    Terrible!

  • Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 9:05am

    Just to be safe...

    ...they probably should have "searched" all of the neighbouring houses while they were at it.

  • Aug 19th, 2016 @ 11:52am

    Re:

    The criminal charges should come, but perhaps they should also include MORE civil charges to cover the cost of his criminal incarceration. It's expensive to keep someone locked up in jail!

  • Aug 18th, 2016 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Confusion!

    What you are talking about sounds a lot like trickle-down economics. While the theory behind this is good. The reality is, that the private corporations do NOT reinvest profits, and in cases of public funding, generally don't even complete the job.

    The previous suggestion of creating a standard that ALL emergency networks MUST use, and then allowing for regional deployment of those services by the users of said service (or local/state agencies) is much more likely to meet with actual success.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 @ 8:54am

    Re: Nest is is lipstick on a pig

    Just using a simple programmable thermostat I was able to cut about 20% from my heating bill. I live in the sub-arctic though so YMMV.
    One of the advantages of something like Nest, is that it gives you a good visual representation of your energy usage patterns, so anyone that really cares, can tune their energy usage patterns to match their life-style. Arguably, Nest did this autonomously. In a moderate sized home around here, one can expect to pay around $5K/year for heating, so even a few % of your annual heating bill buys a lot of beer.

  • May 26th, 2016 @ 5:32pm

    Chemical Energy

    There are many bio-diesel systems available, Sources like wood-byproduct, agricultural leftovers, and even human waste has been used, but one of the largest drawbacks is the requirement for energy input.
    I am surprised that nobody has planned a biodiesel processing plan powered by renewables. The output product could then be fed into diesel generators to provide supplemental power. The output of the diesels heat/gas can also be captured and fed back into the bio-diesel production process.

  • May 25th, 2016 @ 1:19pm

    Antitrust?

    Can anyone explain to me how this sort of arrangement is not a gross violation of FTC/Antitrust laws?

    A mandatory licensing scheme (similar to music/radio, but broader) should be implemented. If you own the rights to a work, you are entitled to profit from it, but you MUST allow equal access.

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