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Comment Re:keep honest people safe (Score 3, Informative) 177

Possession of child pornography is illegal in itself. Given that how would they have the original image to match against?

Almost every child pornography possession statute that I've seen has an exception for law enforcement activities. For example, a jury examining photos in a jury room wouldn't be guilty of possession if those photos are evidence presented at trial.

Comment Re:keep honest people safe (Score 1) 177

But as soon as it starts blocking my picture of my dinner as kiddie porn, having Facebook and Twitter block it becomes fairly meaningless.

The question you need to ask yourself is "Why am I uploading pictures of my dinner?" Seriously. People do that all the time, and I have to wonder why. Does anyone really enjoy seeing other people's dinner? What's next? People posting pictures of their poop?

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 363

Your post is trying to insinuate that they were haggling for a price of the tissue, but no, it's the transport.

That's like the old CD and record clubs that sold albums at ridiculously low prices (a few dollars for CDs that would cost $15 or more in stores) but then they'd charge absolutely ridiculous "shipping and handling" fees that would bring prices much closer to retail. The shipping and handling would be many times what it would cost by first class postage, the bulk of it being (presumably) "handling" fees, i.e. their profit. It's the same thing here. They call it "transportation fees", but it's really just so they can sell it without selling it. Who haggles over shipping costs? That's set by UPS.

Comment Re:Zero-days are not "back doors". (Score 1) 82

Zero-days are not "back doors".

Unless the zero day flaw was put there intentionally, as back doors are put there intentionally, a zero day flaw is not a back door, it's just some incompetent who should be employed asking me "Do you want fries with that?", rather than employed writing security sensitive software. In other words: your average bad programmer.

I think the implication of the story is that they are put in there intentionally, at least some of them.

Comment Re:Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 1) 199

I care about none of those things. Youtube uses html 5 just fine.

How do you get to the HTML5 version of YouTube? Whenever I play a YouTube video, it uses Flash. I know this cause if I right click on a video a menu pops up and one of the options is "About Adobe Flash Player". Is there a different URL for the HTML5 site, or is there a settings menu somewhere where I can change it?

Comment Re:Reasons I'm not a judge. (Score 3) 331

I don't believe someone needs to die to warrant a bigger sentence. The fact is, this psychopath put many people in harms way and got their doors broken down and live guns pointed at them. The fact that nobody died is a miracle

If the Swat team response to an unverified phone call is to put people's lives at such severe risk as you describe, the problem is with the police, not the teenage idiot who placed the fake calls.

Comment Re:hmmm (Score 1) 86

prohibit the private registration of domains which are "associated with commercial activities and which are used for online financial transactions

I'm not sure I have a big problem with this. If you do business with a company that can just disappear, that'd be a bummer. That said, you shouldn't do business with a company like that, but people aren't always smart.

I've registered several domains in the past and never been asked if they were for personal or commercial use. Are domain name registrars now going to be in the business of policing how domain names are used? At the present time, I don't think they have any involvement in how a domain is actually used, and many are used for multiple purposes, some commercial and some not. Who exactly is going to be responsible for doing this kind of content policing? If it is the registrars, I imagine the cost of registering a domain will go way up to cover their labor costs in monitoring content.

"My sense of purpose is gone! I have no idea who I AM!" "Oh, my God... You've.. You've turned him into a DEMOCRAT!" -- Doonesbury