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  • Jan 23rd, 2016 @ 7:49am

    Re: Head in the sand

    So Forbes detected that I was using an ad blocker and refused to deliver content at all. Fair enough.

    My DNS server is now authoritative for Guess where it goes? ... http://localhost/nxdomain.html which reminds me that Forbes has nothing to see.
  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 4:15pm is your friend

    When anonymity is mandatory.
  • Dec 18th, 2013 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Point of view

    I do that now.

    When I build a website for a client, I charge double if the client wans support for IE.
  • Dec 17th, 2013 @ 3:37pm

    The key phrase here is ...

    ... Public Accomodation.

    In effect if your business serves the public, then you cannot refuse service to anyone because of YOUR religious beliefs.

    Photographer, hotel, restaurants, pharmacices or hospitals. Refuse me? Get out your checkbook. This is going to hurt.
  • Nov 2nd, 2013 @ 9:49am

    Constitutional rights are not worth the paper they are written upon.

    Well, it is true. Your constitutional rights are worthless because there is no penalty to anyone or any entity that violates them. The case of MJC's violation of the First Ammendment is a perfect example thereof.

    Suppose you rob a bank. That's against the law. Associated with the prohibition are penalties for violating the law. You are going to pay restitution, pay a fine and will likely go to prison.

    Suppose you prohibit some activity clearly spelled out in the Constitution as a "Right". What happens. Somebody or entity goes to court to get you to stop doing that. Courts hear the case as a "civil" matter. The court (if it is not coerced by the USDOJ or some other deep-pocketed person or entity) orders you to stop doing that and (only maybe) makes you promise to stop doing that. -- End of story.

    What should happen is that you (the entity or person, by name) should be charged with Treason! Yes, treason. You have tried to subvert the supreme law of the land: The US Constitution. If convicted, you should do at least 20 years (every goddamned minute of it) in SuperMax, have all your assets confiscated and barred from ever working in any government agency of any sort ever again. -- You have committed Treason by subverting the US Constitution.

    Why do we not do this already?
  • Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:35am

    Re: this can't be legal ...

    At the time the Sony rootkit came to light, the Canadian government in extracting its settlement with Sony made them promise to never do it again or they would open Sony up to tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of individual lawsuits.

    In the USA, however, Sony fought tooth and nail to keep "promise not to do it again" provision out of the FTC settlement. ... So, in the USA, there is nothing to prevent Sony or anyone else from installing a rootkit on your PC.

    Maybe US Attorney Carmen Ortiz should go after the chairman at Sony like she did with Aaron Schwartz.
  • Oct 19th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

    Re: A solution could emulate the anti-spam technology

    An addendum to my proposal:

    Political and not-for-profit RoboCalls are not exempt from the DoNotRoboCall law.

    Penalties for political RoboCalls are the imprisonment of the candidate for 20 years, no exceptions. In the case of RoboCalling on behalf of ballot initiatives the the vote goes against the desired outcome of the RoboCaller. The officers and directors of the payor for the RoboCall are presumed to be the initiators of the RoboCall; penalties are the same as commercial RoboCallers. In the case of "front" organizations, strict liability is passed through to the real backers of the initiative.

    Penalties for not-for-profits is the same as previously stated for [presumably] for-profits. In addition, the not-for-profit is dissolved with all proceeds from its liquidation going to the US Treasury.
  • Oct 19th, 2012 @ 12:56pm

    A solution could emulate the anti-spam technology

    Just a thought:

    A facility implemented by the telcos and enabled by default would put every phone number served by the telco on a DoNotRoboCall list. Consumer could un-subscribe to the DoNotRoboCall list by using a *xx facility the telcos use to let consumers tweak their own telco service options to enable or disable this feature.

    Telcos would implement an out-of-band signaling mechanism where a signal is sent to the originator of the all calls. RoboCallers would have to implement technology to recognize the out-of-band signal and terminate the call immediately before the call rings through to the consumer; a timeout facility is implemented by the telco that if the call does not terminate in (2 seconds (pick a number)) then the telco puts the call through to the consumer. The consumer on detecting a RoboCall presses a *xx number on the telephone keypad. The remainder of the call is recorded by the telco. The telco is required to listen to each call recorded by the DoNotRoboCall facility and determine its validity. RoboCall operators would have to upgrade/replace their existing RoboCall equipment immediately; no grandfathering of existing equipment is allowed. If the RoboCaller lets a call go through to someone on the DoNotRoboCall list, then the RoboCaller is considered in violation of the law.

    National legislation would be necessary that says that any RoboCaller that dials a phone number with anti-robocall enabled is liable for payment, say $10,000 per call, via the telco to the consumer. The telco is permitted to take a small portion of the payment to implement the DoNotRoboCall feature.

    Violation of the DoNotRoboCall mechanism is also a criminal offense where the officers and directors of the robocalling entity are strictly and personally liable for each and every violation. Financial penalties become the personal liabilities of the owners, officers and directors of the RoboCalling entities and are not shielded by normal "corporate shield" law. After a first conviction, mandatory sentencing of 20 years for ALL owners, officers and directors is the law of the land. Fines cannot be discharged by bankrupcy. Community property laws do not shield spouses under the principle that the spouses benefitted from the ill-gotten gain of the RoboCaller. The US Marines may be deployed to any nation that shields assets of a RoboCaller.

    ... No prisoners.
  • Nov 20th, 2011 @ 2:08pm

    smells like RICO to me

    I wonder if the reasons Stevens Media wants to keep the other material sealed is because it reveals a clear case of RICO by Stevens Media and other entities, lawyers?

  • Nov 18th, 2011 @ 1:53pm

    Re: sweden, really?

    I thought Sweden was a wholly owned subsidiary of the RIAA.

    I wouldn't trust any privacy thingie that was hosted in Sweden no matter what.

    Just my snarky opinion.
  • Feb 3rd, 2011 @ 8:09am

    context menu overrides easily defeated

    In Mozilla Firefox (on Linux):

    Edit -> Preferences
    Select "Content"
    Turn off "Disable or replace context menus"

    There! FTFY
  • Feb 2nd, 2011 @ 12:37pm

    check out and and both point to their respective companys' Spanish web presences.

    Maybe the Spanish registrar to seize both of these to get the ball rolling. Eh?
  • Dec 24th, 2010 @ 8:02am

    beware malware ...

    My niece, a 30-something, uses Facebook. She has had her computer infected with malware and effectively disabled with malware because she clicked a link on Facebook. ... Twice within a few months.

    She simply cannot resist following links to "cute kittens" and the like. She cannot be trained to NOT do it.

    Oh well.
  • Dec 15th, 2010 @ 3:06pm

    an alternate hypothesis

    Maybe the high number who would not pay anything to determine who goes to congress for their district simply says that they believe there is no meaningful difference between Democrats and Republicans.

    I think both parties are really agents of the Fascist Oligarchy that really runs the country. Nothing more nothing less.

    ... now where is my tin foil hat.
  • Mar 23rd, 2010 @ 8:56pm

    Punitive damages should be exactly that: punitive!

    The institution broke its own rules, then further punished the student by putting a disciplinary note in his file and reducing a grade to 0.

    I suppose a 10-million U$D fine will, indeed, discourage them from doing it, or something like it, again.


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