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Comment: Re:let the debates begin (Score 4, Interesting) 23 23

Who would side with criminals? This isn't script kiddies or freedom of speech protests. It isn't even the search for aliens or nude pictures of celebrities.

This is not people who say 'you left a security hole open so I used it, here's what you can do to fix it'. This is people who say, you have a security hole, or I'm going to make one for you, and now I'm going to also steal your money.

This is simply theft. It's as if they stole the snail mail from these businesses that contained payment checks and forged their names as the recipient and cashed them. That it was done via an electronic MITM is just a detail.

There are lots of places that condone thievery/criminal activity. I suppose the AC of /. could be one of them, but generally I think /. still understand the difference between the actions of hackers and the actions of criminals.

Comment: Law Enforcement/Customs/etc (Score 1) 138 138

People are sometimes being compelled to give up their passwords for devices when they cross borders. This could potentially require a person to provide his fingerprint (already required to cross some borders, for some people) and his/her face/voice.

I think this could make it easier for governments to get in your knickers.


Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee 2058 2058

Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"

Comment: Re:Not this again... (Score 1) 861 861

you forgot, watch it at someone else's expense who has done any of the above 6 things (or who has a d/l of the movie)


1. is not an alternative to a downloaded file since you are not able to timeshift/placeshift a movie theater
4,5,6 is not an alternative to a downloaded file since you are not able to placeshift a cable wire

You're at Witt's End.