By not insisting they know the details of the crack, that means they were willing to risk the destructible/modification of this all important evidence. Even if they got any useful information, it would've not been useful from a law enforcement perspective since whether they had to turn over the phone or not to unlock it, the chain of evidence would be tainted.
That pretty starkly illustrates their motives in wanting the phone unlocked in the first place. They probably had to pay more to NOT find out the details of the vulnerability since just revealing its existence would lower its market value, and it's likely that they reflexively asked for plenty of safeguards like exclusive ongoing access and complete secrecy.
As law enforcement and intelligence agencies monitor connections between suspects to establish cause for investigation (and membership no fly lists, detention, even assassination) does that mean that access to communications content will lead to exonerations and a greater evidence threshold for government sanctions against individuals? If you're the perfectly innocent cousin of a terrorist suspect and at most you've discussed lasagna recipes you'd be off the hook, no?
I don't know whether Netflix incurs greater costs when customers view more titles or use more data. If watching 5 episodes using the same amount of data as one HD play means that Netflix is on the hook for additional royalties then throttling may be more altruistic than it looks at first blush
The old model: these guys are lone wolves, isolated from society. Watch out for loners and antisocial people. Be afraid
The new model: these guys are organized and positively chatty with fellow travelers over encrypted communications. They're all around you and can be anyone (especially ethnic and religious minorities). Be afraid.
I don't know if European courts work like in the US with respect to the ability of minors to enter into contracts... but I suspect it's at least as limited. So there's really no way for parents to avoid potential liability, since children couldn't even legally give permission. Worse, since most social media platforms require parental authorization (theoretically at least) that shifts the liability for liability for anything kids post to their parents as well.
I'm waiting for the previously heavily redacted document to leak that features a postscript from senior policymakers requesting that tech companies provide the algorithm to generate a 1980s Kelly LeBrock
As bad as her argument is, I'm stuck at the idea of having an Amazon Echo in the bedroom. What does she do when Amazon helpfully ships a stack of bibles or perhaps copies of the George Burns/John Denver classic 'Oh God!' after a particularly vocal performance in bed?
The intelligence community wants backdoors to encryption not to gather more information but to narrow down the enormous feed they are already taking in. They're essentially admitting defeat in sorting through the haystack and assuming that the smaller amount of encrypted communication would be more manageable and still contain actionable intelligence.
That's their wish- reduce the workload. Kind of petty really considering the widespread harm that enacting even the half-assed proposals currently on the table.
When does Xerox start sending threatening letters to libraries who figured out this circulating documents using a computer thing decades ago. Certainly, there's a tempting mix of large deep-pocketed companies like EBSCO who make circulation software and defenseless individual libraries who roll their own or depend on open source software. It's a target rich environment.
Here I was thinking that copyright infringement and libel were mutually exclusive. If you feel like someone is using your words precisely and completely enough that it rises to standard of an unauthorized copy, it's hard to make the argument that they are also misrepresenting you in a damaging way.
I wonder how many of these lawyers are going to offer defense services for people and businesses that register with the government as sole sponsors of criminal enterprises. No matter how things shake out on the legalization front, I'm sure the eventual status will be limited in some fashion. Whoever tries to patent a strain that falls outside of the guidelines is suddenly on the hook as the producer of any amount that's found in circulation.
Even if federal enforcement remains lax, who would want to take on the liability of taking ownership of specific strains? If cops in Nebraska test a shipment and find that it is your intellectual property, how much extra legal wrangling is it going to take to maintain that you aren't responsible for trafficking it?
Generally, students in residence halls don't have a choice on their cable provider or package. If the school didn't sign up for HBO, then kids living in the dorm are out of luck (outside of torrenting individual programs of course). If anything, this HBO trying to keep parents as subscribers that might otherwise drop the service when their kids leave for college.
If Ballmer is willing to brave the inevitable lawsuits... non-LA residents who want to see their team through a streaming service would probably pitch a couple bucks even if it's only to watch them play the Clippers. Even better if he can get access to away games. The local subscriber base would naturally make up most of the income but offering worldwide access online enlarges the market considerably.
How can there not be a pile of overly general patents out there that instead of taking a well-known practice and adding "with a computer" it says "using a pill." Of course that ignores the huge number of new drugs that mimic existing drugs with little or no improvement in efficacy and only a slight change in mechanism. Pharma probably doesn't want the concept of prior art anywhere near their business.
I see intellectual property rights as having some parts in common with water rights in the West. Nobody owns the river, but you can own rights to some of the water and that is expressed in terms of amount or time. You can also buy, sell or trade all or part of your water rights, just as you can apportion a copyright or license a patent or trademark.
Unfortunately, they also share problems with abuse of the underlying resource as unproductive uses crowding out productive ones (golf courses are water law's patent trolls).
The LDS Church puts a lot of support behind ancestry.com and they get really serious about genealogical records. If there are records being permanently lost, I suspect the result will resemble a fatwah more than a slap on the wrist