I think deep down, really deep down. I sort of wish that Apple fails to defend against this lawsuit. I am just so sick and tired of seeing the lawsuits spew from Apple with no real repercussions while still able to stand on the high ground and look down on people who dare to accuse them of infringing on patents. It disgusts me and honestly, I fear for any future where the everyday man can't even consider developing an item or the next big thing for it most likely will infringe on some random patent down the line.
So yeah, downloading an external-drives worth of information did not seem suspicious at all. For me, I am all for find vulnerabilities and letting the company know. But when you end up downloading all that information, it just seems a bit odd. Than again, I am not a super class SSS hacker so my feeble mind probably cannot comprehend the reasoning behind doing so,
Oh oh but Monsanto does go out of their way! They use nets... and yeah, they use nets. Oh, have I ever told you that Monsanto uses nets. Surprisingly, crops still continue to get infected by Monsanto seeds. I would break out laughing if not for my crying in the inside when ever I hear how Monsanto is being so ethical and helping to feed the world.
I think from now on, we should just give the titles to these sort of news as: Apple is at it again. I am honestly not surprised when ever I see Apple going after someone else. I am just waiting on the day when Apple sues a candy shop because they some how patented the shape of a lollipop.
I will attest to my rather, lacking knowledge when it comes to legislation and what is deemed proper or not. So I will not pretend to be all knowing when it comes to claiming either side is correct from the laws standpoint. But what I will argue is this; Monsanto is a prime example of just how powerful a company can be when they have enough money. Monsanto is a prime example of how one can use the law to further gain profits in the long run. When you are a farmer and you have to strip an entire field just because a few seeds got in, that is just wrong. When the seeds themselves have an ability to ruin entire crops due to their genetically induced shelf-life (i.e. they are forced to only last a few generations), that seems quite wrong. When you can lose all that you have because the wind had managed to get pass the nets and fall into your field, while a Monsanto employee drives pass and checks if you are using one of their seeds, that is wrong. There is no moral high-ground for Monsanto, they gave that up when they ruthlessly bankrupted and destroyed countless lives for a product that is supposedly meant to help feed the world (which I end up seeing as ironic).
"It appears that GameStop has a guilty conscience." Simple answer is that, they do not have a conscience. The reason for this is not out of guilt but out of profit. This has always been about profit. Why did they remove the coupons in the beginning? Because it was aiding their competition, in other words their potential profit. And why did they decide to offer the $50? Obvious reason, profit in the long run. They realized the sheer amount of backlash from this and attempting to win people's hearts. All this is going to do is give people who decided to stop going to GS, to continue not going and get a $50 giftcard.
Since 9/11, it has been made quite clear that the liberties and freedoms people take for granted can and will most likely be hindered by threats. The government has already shown that it is willing to step on freedoms and grey areas (such as the internet) in attempts to secure the "safety" of its people. And I think what Lulz has been doing with these sporadic attacks will lead to some unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances. Tread lightly; something that is not being used. It might be too late though. The government may respond, and the response may be limitations. And from those limitations will come more hackavist like activities and attacks which will lead to more limitations. Lulz most likely bit off more than they can chew at this point.
So long as the drones are used to create only hatcheries and no sunken colonies, I will be ok. But in all seriousness, I do believe that the aerial drones can play a vital role to Law Enforcement. So long as they are quite secure (so not to be used by a third party) and that they have enough red tape in their use so at least minimize abuse, I am all for them. I will not be so idealistic in believing that there would be enough regulation in their uses that their will be absolutely zero abuses. I hate to be a consequentialist, but I think their uses outweigh the potential harm in some people's liberties. Granted, it is a slipper slope. But for me, I do realize that nothing in life is free. With freedom comes responsibility, and with protection comes restrictions on said freedoms freedoms. There is no perfect balance, nor is is perfect with either extreme. Just hope it is regulated enough to where it creates some form of balance.
I am not sure why Twitter is seeking out other social networks to see whether they have been contacted or not. I know for at least Facebook, they have worked and aided the FBI and other organizations in the past to catch or aid in the capture of criminals. For myself at least, it makes sense. But Twitter, I do not get why they sought out twitter. I mean, in terms of information, I can't imagine criminalizing 'tweets' have been sent. Facebook maybe, but not twitter. It is as if either the government is simply grasping for straws, trying to make themselves seem like they can do what they want, or simply, they have lost their minds. Either way, be careful of what you 'tweet'!!! They government is watching you!
That is probably the best way I can view North Korea now, simply crying wolf. We all know of their lack of abilities when it comes to nuclear armament. We also know that they lack the ballistics to reach the US or anywhere of real interest. I think the ballistic they test fired (which had the potential to reach Japan) failed miserably. I they have the potential to make something go boom, but in the end, no real means on delivering on it. In regard to the whole war games we (US) participated in, and the threat that followed. I predicted (correctly) what would happen. And I wonder if it will happen again. It is quite simple, NK hates to tarnish its own name. So when it makes a threat and does not follow through, it must distract the people with some news so they forget about the threats. For example, they threatened to initiate war and kill all of us (as usual). Well, obviously they did not follow through with the plan (especially suicidal since we had the Washington carrier there) so they needed a distraction. So what did they do, they announce they had nuclear weapons. It is like trying to hold something shiny in front of NK's people to distract them. I really hate NK though... I hate them because I have mix feelings and the blame is on them. I hate the idea of war and thousands if not millions of people dying. But at the same time, I really wish garbage like them would be wiped from the planet. We have like what, 60,000 troops over there now. They live there, that is there home. Imagine if we did not have to have them over there. Imagine if some of the troops in the middle east no longer have to go for another tour because of us bringing the troops back from the DMZ. In the end, I think a nuclear war would be bad against NK. They will have all the important people hiding like rats underground while the poor and rest of the people would suffer above ground. Bunker busters are the way to go! P.S. I curse Starcraft because when I read this, the first thing that went through my mind was: "Nuclear Launch Detected".
Morality if a very iffy area, not quite as black and white as many would believe. Take for example Ozymandias, to some degree, he was a moral person. Granted, he was an consequentialist which led him to believe the ends justify the means. His approach may not be accepted by everyone, but he did do something which in the end, brought everyone together. Also, I do value intelligence, I also value logic and rationality. But in the end, the heroes rely heavily on arbitrary concepts such as 'justice' and 'honor' for which most could not truly explain or describe. Lastly, villains (for me at least) tend to look so much cooler. Villains and dark heroes (who tend to not be so pure) tend to look the best.
For myself, I would want to be the villain since they tend to be more intelligent. Granted, they time to time do stupid things like killing the hero slowly and explaining all their plans.
It really is a lose lose situation at this point. Because of the swift action by the government, they would be accused of overreacting and the airlines will demand compensation. On the other hand, if they had done nothing, they would be accused of taking too big a risk without any really evidence either way. It comes down to this, it is all about risk. Without adequate information, was it a good idea or halt flights for the 'possibility' of things going wrong? I would say yes, I'd rather stand by their side then take the risk of people's lives being lost.