"Biotech company patent genes found in donated sample, then sue doner for patent violation"
In "discovering" genes, the biotech company did nothing to develop them, so why should they be able to patent them? Tests and procedures? OK .. but not, under any circumstances, naturally occuring genes from anything.
On my iPhone, all incoming messages have grey background. iMessage outbound have blue backgrounds and SMS has green backgrounds. The difference? iMessage will send over wifi (if available), avoiding usage caps from my cell carrier while SMS is ALWAYS through my cell carrier. I appreciate knowing who isn't subject of overage charges!
of the “Broken Window Economics” concept – a logical fallacy. With or without this agreement, the total number of car sales made between the EU and NA remains about the same. With this agreement, the total net change in car sales is zero; that translates to no real growth. (So .. why should we be doing this again?)
The report says that US persons serving overseas were not targeted and that conversations were not shared "solely for entertainment purposes". That's not quite the same as saying "We didn't listen in" or that "We didn't pass recorded conversations around". This phrasing suggests that they both do listen in (for non-entertainment reasons) and that, when they get a "good one", they possibly do pass it around.
Next, she'll sue all young women who are relatively slender, have longish blonde hair, wear red a bikini and the audacity to make a peace sign while holding a cell phone. Personally, I find the resemblance to be pretty superficial. I've heard of the game; until this lawsuit, I'd never heard of HER.
After I started reading the comments here, I checked my iPhone - and sure ehough, there was this "U2" album that I knew absolutely nothing about. I'm not a U2 fan - in fact, I don't think I've ever listed to a single track they've ever produced. What U2 suffers from most of all in this household isn't piracy, isn't "free" .. it's obscurity. And that is far, far worse! (Took three hours to get U2 off my iPhone. My time is worth something to me, so that is no where near "free".) Artists (and musicians) produce their art because they're artists, not because they make money. Artists have no "right" to make money; they DO have a right to try. Once the focus is money, however, they're not longer artists, but, rather, they become businessmen. Some people assert that you can be both artist and businessmen. As a rule, I tend to disagree. An artist produces a representation of what they feel. A businessman produces things that sell. It's very rare that these attitudes co-exist.
I read and share TechDirt because.... Similar to Jen Hoelzer (from previous story), I find TechDirt to be highly educational. You cover the stories that main-stream media won't, and you do so in what I see as being a fair and balanced way, including links to back up what you're saying and even giving opponents (not really the right word, but I can't think of a better one) an importunity to disagree. You don't censor comments for disagreeing with you. Even though I don't live in the USA, your posts are highly relevant to me. You've even managed to change my opinion of a few things (such as copyright) .. and, believe me, that's not an easy thing to do. You've done it, not by telling me I was wrong, by by simply presenting facts ... and explaining them in terms that even I can understand. I comment on TechDirt rarely; most often, what I would say has already been said by others.
Translating this, it means: "We've been asked a lot of hard-hitting questions by congress that we've had to think hard about before (1) evading the question (2) using misdirection to appear to answer the question without actually doing so, and/or (3) being somewhat "untruthful". But this is all ok, because (1) we're the NSA, (2) we didn't use a computer to do it, and (3) well, you know .. "terrorists" ...
I remember being rather shocked when it reached the point where I couldn't get a laptop without a built in camera. It may seem a picky point, but I didn't (and still don't) want a camera that was ALWAYS available; when I want a web cam, I dig out my trusty old USB cam and plug it in. When I'm done, I unplug it. Initially, my response to built-in cameras was to disassemble the bezel and physically disconnect the offending hardware. These days, I simply cover it with black electrical tape - nearly invisible on the black bezel.
"...because that information was clearly on your phone bill that the company sent to you each month..."
I wasn't aware that my phone bill was sent to anyone OTHER than me. Since, I believe, it's illegal for the postal service to knowingly deliver MY mail to anyone else and also for anyone to delibrately intercept my mail (except with a warrent, or course), why would I NOT have an expectation of privacy?
Why would the Chinese (or Russians, or [insert adversarial nation of choice) go to the bother and expense to spy on the US? It's far more efficient to let the US government do it, and then simply download it from the NAS!
One line in this article I found to be particularly educational: " There's the "flying device is dangerous if something goes wrong" argument...".
I was unaware, until now, that turning a device off magically attached an invisible tether to it so that it couldn't become a "flying object"!
This is why I love TechDirt; you learn something new every day.