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Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Etsy.com is transitioning from craft-focused e-commerce to "social commerce." What does that mean? Privacy violations, apparently. Etsy has retroactively published the real names and purchase history of their buyers, complete with search. Users have not been notified of the change outside a help forum post. But Etsy users are fighting mad and sellers are demanding answers.

Should users need to explain to admins why selling sex toys might be incompatible with opt-out transparency and real names?"

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Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 244

by NicklessXed (#30052896) Attached to: Justice Dept. Asked For Broad Swath of IndyMedia's Visitor Records
You seem to have some difficulty understanding what freedom of speech actually means.
Here's a hint: Congress shall make no law...
People telling you to shut the fuck up when you are spouting bullshit does not in any way interfere with your right to free speech. In fact, that is just those other people exercising that exact right.
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Paro the Therapeutic Robot Baby Seal 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-club dept.
Mike writes "Paro is a therapeutic baby seal robot that is exploring new dimensions in animal therapy. Created to act as a companion for hospital patients and the elderly, the adorable baby harp seal bot aims to increase relaxation and decrease stress. Paro can sense and respond to its immediate environment through five integrated sensors that detect touch, light, sound, temperature, and posture, and it is even capable of learning and responding to a name."

Comment: Re:yeah (Score 1) 260

by TripMaster Monkey (#25962471) Attached to: European Police Plan to Remote-Search Hard Drives

I find it interesting that you are complaining about the last eight years in the US, yet the article is about Europe...

I'm referencing the U.S. because I'm a resident of the U.S., and have more knowledge of the U.S. government's various malfeasances than I do of the U.K.'s.

And no one was "complaining". I was merely pointing out that the OP's claim that a government is somehow more trustworthy than a "grey hat" is patently absurd.

IMO, it shows the anti-US sentiment, apparently because of the US's more or less high position in the world, as opposed to many European countries that are trying to rival it with the EU, etc., but failing.

IMO, you're reading way too much into my remarks, Sparky.

And yet, The UK and Europe have far worse "wire-tapping" sorts of things than the US. But it's not in vogue to complain about it anywhere but in the US, it seems.

Could you please explain your point, seeing as how you have seemed to have made mine for me at this juncture?

Comment: Re:More Information? (Score 1) 260

by TripMaster Monkey (#25962275) Attached to: European Police Plan to Remote-Search Hard Drives

Granted....I'm just making the suggestion based upon the available information that says a Trojan will be involved, which will almost certainly be only written in the M$ flavor...90% of market share and all...

However, as interest in Linux increases, it's only a matter of time before The Powers That Be take notice, and mucking with a repository would be a great way to snare an unsuspecting Linux user. All the more reason to support the growing Paranoid Linux movement...I don't know exactly how effective this sort of thing would be in the real world, but unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to find out.

Comment: Re:Wow! (Score 0) 260

by TripMaster Monkey (#25962145) Attached to: European Police Plan to Remote-Search Hard Drives

But, of course, if your machine is behind a firewall, they'll just outlaw having firewall because it impedes their ability to investigate you for crimes.

Actually, if you live in Michigan, this has already happened.

Unless this law has been repealed since 2003 (and I've been unable to find any evidence that it has), then I and everyone I know is a felon.

Comment: More Information? (Score 5, Informative) 260

by TripMaster Monkey (#25961589) Attached to: European Police Plan to Remote-Search Hard Drives

Unfortunately, the article cited is maddeningly vague as to how this initiative will be implemented. A little digging turns up this Register article on the subject, which contains slightly more info.

From the Register article:

In practical terms, remote searches would involve planting law enforcement Trojans on suspects' PCs. Police in Germany are most enthusiastic about pushing this tactic, the sort of approach even Vic Mackey from The Shield might baulk at, despite its many potential drawbacks, highlighted by El Reg on numerous occasions.

For starters, infecting the PC of a target of an investigation is hit and miss. Malware is not a precision weapon, and that raises the possibility that samples of the malware might fall into the hands of cybercrooks.

Even if a target does get infected there's a good chance any security software they've installed will detect the malware. Any security vendor who agreed to turn a blind eye to state-sanctioned Trojans would risk compromising their reputation, as amply illustrated by the Magic Lantern controversy in the US a few years back.

Then there are the civil liberties implications of the approach and questions about whether evidence obtained using the tactic is admissable in court.

Despite all these problems the idea of a law enforcement Trojan continues to gain traction and could become mainstream within five years, if EU ministers get their way.

So, in short, here's just one more compelling argument for ditching Windows for Linux...

Comment: Re:Information policy (Score 1) 229

by NicklessXed (#25908501) Attached to: Earliest LHC Restart Slated For Late Summer 2009
Travelling to and from Switzerland from the rest of Europe was never a problem. They did have controls on their borders, though, so, theoretically you had to have a passport (though they rarely bothered checking). Now that they are part of the Schengen treaty, there will be no more routine controls on the borders between Switzerland and the rest of the Schengen countries, and you won't need a passport to go there anymore.

Comment: Seems fairly obvious... (Score 1) 335

by TripMaster Monkey (#25888071) Attached to: Arranging Electronic Access For Your Survivors?

1.) Isn't this what a will is for?

2.) If you're really concerned about security, you could have the portion of the will that deals with passwords and such encrypted, and keep the encryption key in a different location or with a different agency, with instructions to each that the key is only to be used upon the event of your death.

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. - Voltaire

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