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  • Aug 11, 2016 @ 11:33am

    Does this ruling also apply to private database entities ...

    ... Such as Choice Point and others?

    IIRC during the Vietnam war the government directly kept databases on individual people and other entities related to their lifestyles, credit, relatives, friends, neighbors, economic activities, political affiliation, FBI interview transcripts with neighbors, ... the list is endless. When some of the worst abuses of this came to light congress passed legislation and the president signed it into law that prohibited the government from possessing such databases.

    The result was the government passing legislation that created "opportunities" for private companies to do exactly what the federal government had been doing on its own and for the government to buy access to these databases. The government is in compliance with the letter of the law, but not the spirit.

    So, does the 10th Circuits ruling apply to the numerous entities that build and maintain these databases for the government's convenience?

  • Jan 23, 2016 @ 07:49am

    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.

  • Jan 23, 2016 @ 07:38am

    Re: I'm wondering....

    Or laws like the Entertainment industries bought from congress: mandatory, extortionately high payments to the affected persons for their trouble dealing with malware spreading advertizing.
    -- Think of it: a website gives you some malware that changes your DNS setting nets you $250,000(U$D) and all you have to do is file a claim with the FTC and it is done. Net effect you'll never see a malware spreading ad again. Ever.

  • Dec 05, 2015 @ 02:15pm

    A modest proposal ... sort of

    How about the FCC/FTC et al set up a "Hit Squad", much like the CIA/NSA bunch. Then, if the fine is not paid in 30-days after the imposition of said fine, then they "activate" the hit on all the officers, directors and senior managers at the offending company.

    [Note: For the humor impaired, This is Satire. However, it also makes for pleasant wishful thinking.]

  • Nov 25, 2015 @ 04:15pm is your friend

    When anonymity is mandatory.

  • Oct 02, 2015 @ 09:06am

    Re: Re:

    Yeah! ... What could go wrong?

  • Oct 02, 2015 @ 09:01am


    Maybe I can be of some assistance:

    ... sigh

  • Mar 06, 2015 @ 12:53pm

    Re: Cake, Eating, and Cognitive Dissonance

    ... seize all his assets.

    Actually, if there was ever a case for "Extraordinary Rendition" this is it.

  • Feb 27, 2015 @ 04:49pm

    Here's what goog figure out

    A lot of the anti-pr0n heat is coming from feminists. The "feedback" counted and analyzed, they concluded that there are more men and their supporters who like porn than there are feminazis who want the exclusive monopoly on human sexuality.

    that is all.

  • Aug 09, 2014 @ 09:22am

    just like ...

    Let's see here:

    Has an agenda.
    Feels strongly about it.
    Makes up stories supporting the agenda.
    Makes up statistics supporting the agenda.
    Suppresses countering arguments.
    Attacks character of those making counter arguments.

    Sounds just like Gender Feminism.

  • Apr 21, 2014 @ 01:09pm

    re: Why ... ?

    Because Obama, congress et al have been bought and paid for by the entertainment industry.

    That's why.

  • Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:19am

    like the US does

    Us old coots began to recognize that the trend of using IP law and inventions instead of actually making something that worked became the strategy that many (most?) US companies did back in the 1970s.

    Seems like them 'ferrners' caught on and are now using the tools intended to protect US companies from competition are beating US companies at their own game.

    Where TF do you think ISDS came from? The US government invented it when the 'ferners' started thumbing their nose at US patents.

  • Dec 18, 2013 @ 03:36pm

    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 17, 2013 @ 03:37pm

    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 02, 2013 @ 09:49am

    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?

  • Oct 12, 2013 @ 09:50am

    Oh really?

    My lawyer will be in touch.
    So, get out your checkbook.
    This is gonna hurt.


  • Aug 23, 2013 @ 01:55pm

    Re: Guys keep guys from finding dates

    ... I am an introverted, geeky, nervous wreck of a guy and I am one of those who cannot find dates because I am my own worst enemy. -- Zakida Paul

    How do I tell you this? ... There are women (girls) out there who will fight to the death to beat some other woman out to date, mate and take you for her own. I know! I own one.

  • Feb 07, 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 19, 2012 @ 01:04pm

    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 19, 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.

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