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Comment: Re:The Failure of good intentions. (Score 1) 145

by KitFox (#47341893) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

It's a matter of reasonable effort. How can a company determine that a given email destination is Canadian? It really can't. So Canada's laws are affecting the whole world as companies have to either give up on things that people likely actually want (security bulletins) or scramble to form opt-in databases on worldwide recipients just because of Canada.

No, it's a matter of being a decent business partner, regardless of the country you do business in, as a company with moral standing you give the options of opt-in and opt-out.

In the EU it's been that way for several years and it caused no grief to any company that does value it's customers.

Many of the companies scrambling already have double-opt-in to get in and very thorough opt-out options (Reply, click in any one of three places, idle detection auto-culling, etc.). So why are they scrambling? Because being a decent business partner is not good enough for the law. And again, the people it won't affect are the Canadian Pharma spammers (as an excellent example, since I'm staring at one's email in my spam box right now) who operate outside the law and know it and don't care. Decent business partners screwed. Actual spam still there. Can of worms with people affected by one country. Part of the reason there are so many US-Only sellers. They won't sell anything to the rest of the world because there are so many countries that would suddenly try to extradite the owners of the site for eyeball removal or something*.

(*Eyeball removal is not common, but a rat's nest of laws, many of which contradict each other, is out there, making the cost of allowing people from other countries much more expensive than the margin allows for.)

Comment: Re:The Failure of good intentions. (Score 1) 145

by KitFox (#47341045) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

It's a matter of reasonable effort. How can a company determine that a given email destination is Canadian?

It's impossible without also collecting the user's physical address. A Canadian citizen living in Canada using a gmail.com should be covered by this law, while a US citizen living in the US who happens to have an e-mail provider with servers located in Canada should not be covered by the law.

Which brings the whole can of worms into things. Give your address and how do you verify it's accurate? Puts a major burden on companies and other legitimate places and doesn't discourage the actual abusers at all.

Comment: Re:The Failure of good intentions. (Score 1) 145

by KitFox (#47340101) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

It's a matter of reasonable effort. How can a company determine that a given email destination is Canadian? It really can't. So Canada's laws are affecting the whole world as companies have to either give up on things that people likely actually want (security bulletins) or scramble to form opt-in databases on worldwide recipients just because of Canada.

Just like many of the laws in the US that people scorn, this Canadian law will only hurt the legitimate people who are trying to be respectful and operate as a good company with records and such. The spammers sending pharma spam and malware spam and such are operating from locations that don't support easy tracking for applying penalties. Thus millions of people worldwide are suddenly getting flooded with requests to keep sending mail (I opted in three years ago!) just in case they might be Canadian.

Therefore the obvious (but depressing) solution is to create borders on the internet and say "To prove you are a Canadian and protected by this Canadian law, you must have a .ca email address. Anybody who does not have a .ca email address cannot bring charges against a company sending email in violation of a Canadian law because they did not identify themselves as Canadian to be protected by the law." This is obviously not-good, but the alternative is a minefield of international laws that strangle the internet and any companies that operate on it.

Fictional but getting less farfetched example: Some Canadian posts a picture of their dog spinning in circles on a video site. The dog is not neutered and there is a flash of anatomy at 1:33 into the video (it's a long video of dog-spinning). Person gets in legal trouble in some country that: 1: Holds content posters liable for their posts. 2: Enacts a law that prohibits the depiction of any sexual anatomy online for the protection of the children/morality/whatever. Suddenly Canadian is subject to fines/imprisonment/death-for-insults-against-the-god because of this?

It seems like a ridiculous example now, but with the slippery slope we are heading down, it's becoming more and more possible.

Comment: Home... view...? No. Just... no. (Score 3, Insightful) 55

by KitFox (#47082617) Attached to: Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets

After all the ruckus about street view accidentally peering into windows, I don't think "Home View" would be a good idea.

That being said, the technology showcase demo indicated a relatively limited range. If they can overcome that - not dramatically mind you, but the ability to scan 10-20 meters instead of just about two or three - then the ability to build things nearly instantly into 3D space can be useful. Augmented reality situations also become much more immersive as the augmentation can react to its surroundings more effectively.

Comment: Re:Not causing headaches, preventing companies fro (Score 4, Interesting) 62

by KitFox (#46908253) Attached to: VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

Except that in this case it's more accurately "going to a pizza parlor, finding out that they have a little flag in the pepperoni pizza portion of the menu that you can stick on your lawn that says 'I like peperoni pizza', putting that flag on your lawn, and then suing the pizza company for having the lawn flag available."

Though in reality, r'ing tfa hints that it may hinge more on the fact that the inclusion of a like button on the page at all automatically shares with Facebook the fact that you were even on the page due to referrer information. The 'Like' button itself is not Hulu sharing the data with Facebook, that's the clicker sharing the data with Facebook.

Comment: Misleading liability claim (Score 5, Informative) 731

by KitFox (#46217075) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

I find it interesting that the summary above pushes to point out that merchants will be liable for fraud. As it stands currently, merchants are already liable for fraud. A claim results in the merchant losing the money of the transaction. The bank and user recover the money.

Reading the first linked article indicates that the "weakest link" becomes liable. If the merchant has C&P and the bank has not issued a C&P card, the BANK will be liable for the fraudulent transaction. This is a major difference from the current situation, where the bank would simply extract the money from the merchant and the merchant would take a loss.

Comment: Re:Slice of the pie... (Score 1) 367

by KitFox (#46203461) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

True, but many folks in the corporate world sadly have experienced the fact that businesses these days, especially big ones, seem prone to trying to rush from one short-sighted strategy to another. One could say that it is "Innovation", since they not only are looking for something to make a quick buck, but also a growing stack of liability from their past short-sightedness. The long term strategy is to use a bunch of faulty short term ones to move at a constant roller coaster rate so there is a lot of flux in a generally-upward direction. Wait, sorry. "To innovate constantly and overcome any shortcomings to drive revenue and shareholder profits in a positive direction."

One company I know is an excellent example of this in the past. A subscription software company (likely many could find it without too much effort despite my not naming it) that ended up going to the "Pay for premium support" model to monetize tech support. Callers for support would be strongly pushed to "Pay us to fix it for you!" over an hour of hold for "basic support" which half the time had to place you back into an hour queue for "advanced support", where every thirty seconds "Get premium support for a low fee!" was announced frequently. Customer base dropped by nearly 50%. They reversed this thankfully and went to a fully-free and highly-qualified support team, but went to a change of pushing major discounts (sometimes around 75% or more discount) with the theory that people would just pay the normal subscription rate when it came up for renewal. Instead people just bought a dozen copies at deep discounts and support was only happy to combine them, so people ended up with subscriptions that exceeded the 32-bit date record. But the company did manage to recover its user base by 600%.

Cash grab now, worry about the repercussions later.

Comment: Slice of the pie... (Score 1) 367

by KitFox (#46200417) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Oddly, people want Google to do something about this. Unfortunately, some forget that Google gets a percentage of in-app purchases as well, so as long as the app is on the front page of the store and highly rated and can possibly get more eyes into the app being told to "Buy! Spend!", the more likely Google is to reap benefit from it.

Comment: Re:Pay the debt (Score 4, Interesting) 497

Though the OP didn't state such, there is a rise of debt collection scams, eg, there is no real debt. It's just a matter of harass somebody using debt collection tactics until they give you money. It's criminal action, by the way, but doesn't garner much attention from the law enforcement because it's so difficult and costly to track. The fake collections agencies are basically using legitimate collections "tools" illegally.

Paying the fictitious debt is actually the worst thing one can do, since it simply causes you to be marked as a hitable target and thus escalates the situation.

Comment: Re:What is an ACA Exchange? (Score 1) 333

by KitFox (#45267901) Attached to: How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

Technically: Affordable Care Act in the US (or "ObamaCare") Health Insurance Exchange, where people are able to shop for and purchase health insurance that meets federal requirements.

Officially: A TLA (Three Letter Acronym) that is US-Centric and probably half or more of the folks in the US don't even know what it means, so never mind the folks outside the US who have better things to worry about than more TLAs.

Comment: Net flood a metered user into bankruptcy (Score 1) 568

by KitFox (#45219827) Attached to: Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

Charge folks for how much they use, but how do you determine what they asked for versus what was sent in their direction without their permission and possibly without their knowledge? Get hit by a flood of cruft while you are asleep and you could suddenly find yourself owing the ISP thousands of dollars.

"We won't count pings!"

TCP over ICMP to "cheat", anyone? Oh, and then we'll just be sure to flood with packets that "count".

The core issue though is that the network is a NETWORK. It's not like somebody opens a faucet and controls how much data flows. That data can be sent from the outside world. There is no way to accurately measure how much the user WANTED to use, versus how much gets sent anyway.

"We'll just make -everybody- work per byte, then flooding somebody to bankruptcy would cost the flooder too."

Only when credit card and identity fraud is 100% gone.

Given that it's already possible to get users of capped ISPs warned or cut off for breaking cap by sending appropriate data at a fraction of their bandwidth rate for the full month, it's not a long stretch.

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