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Submission + - How is the six-strikes system in any way legal?

WarmBoota writes: IANAL so I'd like to throw this out to anyone with a legal background. How is it legal for ISPs to intercept Internet communication for the purpose of copyright "re-education"? I'd like to know why this doesn't run afoul of wiretap laws and learn what laws keep telephone conversations (hopefully) private but allow for this type of one-sided judgment regarding the legality of a download.

Comment Re:The fucks the difference? (Score 2, Interesting) 461

Blowing mod points.... there is a common economic model that describes where each candidate would have to reside in order to obtain the most votes from their particular brand of lunatic fringe. Look up the Hotelling model. This explains why the candidates in a two party system are just the top and bottom of a shit sandwich.

Comment Re:What do we think? We don't know! (Score 2) 225

Losing my mods to reply. Like everything to do with media, the reason was not because it was technically impossible, but legally impossible. Do you recall the Diamond Rio? Few folks do. They were the first commercial mp3 player and most popular site for mp3 music and they were pretty incredible at the time. Diamond had to fend off lawsuits after releasing the device. was sued into oblivion and now there's Google Music, Amazon Cloud, and Apple's copycat offering. Apple had considerable capital and in a post-Napster world there were more execs interested in a legitimate model for downloading music. THAT's why the RIAA is killing innovation. Jeez, it's not like this is ancient history....

Comment Possessed by Disney (Score 1) 490

Look at it, they were an underdog hemorrhaging money. Jobs comes back from close contact with Disney with a penchant for pillaging stuff that's freely available and repackaging it in the most closed way possible. Disney also pillages the Public Domain, stealing from myth and fable and then adding a tiny circled 'C', making it their own. If you don't believe you, they've got a million lawyers with pillow-cases full of legal briefs to beat you down with. It's clear that disembodied spirit of Walt Disney is running Apple.

Comment This is why we can't have nice things (Score 3, Interesting) 714

This is why we can't have nice things. I would LOVE to support democracy locally and internationally by running a Tor node, but I would never run one as long as the risk existed that I'd be questioned about kiddie porn. I know I'm innocent, I could be PROVEN innocent, but anyone who ever heard would always think I was guilty. It's just not worth it to me. It's Kryptonite to free speech.

Comment Re:Microsoft is right (Score 1) 105

I was analyzing some issues for a client that was using Microsoft Site Server circa 1999. We took a look at the server and it had been caching every single credit card transaction because a debug setting was on. This wasn't custom code or a hack, this was Microsoft's out of the box configuration. I can COMPLETELY believe that Microsoft would store sensitive information on the local machine especially if they think that they've sandboxed it from the end user.

Comment Re:Where these apps signed? (Score 1) 280

You don't NEED a CA-issued certificate to distribute Android Software. You can simply use the keytool supplied in the Android SDK ( When you create a market account with google, you need to provide a credit card and a cell phone number, both of which can easily be fraudulent/disposable.

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