Yup. Here it's perfectly legal if you're informed. Any time I log into a machine at work I get a banner that my employer reserves the right to monitor anything I do with their network.
Because it's a shitty law that has too many dangerous drawbacks, and they already have a better solution (IMEI/ESN blacklisting) in place.
Yup. There are plenty of "opt-in" solutions to mobile device management right now.
Thing is, I know of none that can completely brick a device after a wipe, and I have grave concerns over such a capability because of the damage it does if it accidentally goes off. If it can't completely brick a device, at best it can protect your data but not the smartphone itself.
The thing is, there are already solutions for smartphone theft. A smartphone, to be fully useful, needs service from a wireless carrier. To get service, a device must report its IMEI or ESN. IMEI/ESN blacklists already exist and are in use today.
"Hacking was encouraged—users and developers were told they could root the console without voiding its warranty."
Problem was that it came out early that this wasn't a particularly "hackable" console due to some design flaws.
1) If you're doing platform-level hacking, Tegra3 is not a pleasant chipset to work with
2) It had some issues as I understand it with fastboot mode (I don't recall the exact details, but it either was extremely difficult to enter or simply didn't exist) - as a result it was very easy to brick the Ouya. The news of this drove away quite a lot of the potential enthusiast/power users.
Yes. Maps on Glass is already far less distracting than a windshield-mounted GPS for example, and there are also speedometer/OBD apps for Glass people are working on.
Yup. In which case, if you ban Glass, you must also completely ban all windshield-mounted GPS units.
AT&T already has an IMEI blacklist. I believe they are exchanging data internationally already too. (The GSMA has an international shared blacklist - http://www.gsma.com/technicalp... )
Yup. The carriers already HAVE an effective killswitch: A database of IMEIs reported as stolen which the network can (and DOES) blacklist. (I know for a fact that AT&T does blacklisting as Samsung devices change to a "default" test IMEI if their EFS partition is corrupted - this IMEI is blacklisted by AT&T.)
If users want something more than that they have plenty of options available to them at their own risk.
So what if someone puts a URL for a cheat site in a forum comment somewhere, disguised as something else?
Was the driver a smoker?
The same people who buy crap from Micromax.
"“Once a year they pick cities like Denver or London and rescan them and they get it into their database – how often Google buys those images and updates its maps, is up to them.”
I'm surprised that Google is still buying DigitalGlobe imagery for the continental USA, ESPECIALLY for major metropolitan areas.
Most states have state-level orthoimagery collection programs, and as a result, there is high-quality aerial imagery significantly exceeding these satellites in quality over most of the USA, especially in metropolitan areas.
For example, New York State has 2 foot (24 inch) resolution across the entire state (only slightly worse than DigitalGlobe's best quality available), and over much of the state has 1 foot (12 inch) and even 0.5 foot (6 inch) resolution, the latter of which is better than what DG offers government customers. This data is under similar extremely permissive licensing to most other government GIS data such as TIGER. (Anyone can download NYGIS orthoimagery, and this same imagery is what Google uses for Maps/Earth for "satellite" which is really "aerial")
Pennsylvania has similar quality statewide imagery. Same for New Jersey (1 foot in the case of NJ).
Hopefully those improvements can be "backported" to the S and X, reducing their price.
OK, to clarify: You can't without violating the EULA.
The risks involved in getting caught RMTing (ban plus all assets in question get eliminated from the game) mean that:
1) The exchange rate is going to be far poorer than the PLEX exchange rate
2) The ability to scale the operation is going to be severely limited
The PLEX approach CCP implemented was a pretty ingenious way to combat real money trading. What CCP did was satisfy a market demand that existed (new players want to "get ahead" financially by spending some extra real money) while combatting "undesirable" methods for satisfying that demand (classic farming sweatshops). The sweatshops have to provide far more ISK per dollar than the PLEX exchange rate for them to make any money, while also being limited in how they make ingame money. (nullsec players have zero tolerance for RMT farmers and can easily take care of them, while they're also filthy rich ingame and love being able to play the game for free by putting a small portion of their income into PLEX.)
Note: Yes, I'm quite familiar with the PLEX affiliate kickback fees loophole, but that doesn't scale either... Even the largest such operation in the game is only netting around $75k/year so would take years to convert this much ISK into RL money, and there is basically no room in the game for another e-casino.
"Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 in game time Worth of Starships"
You can't purchase real life money for ISK. You can only purchase game time cards for ISK (or other ingame items).
When someone buys PLEX for real life money and sells it for ISK ingame, they forget that intermediary step where CCP got the money, not the person who gave you the ISK.