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Comment: Wow that was harsh (Score 1) 757

by denebeim (#38147154) Attached to: 88-Year-Old Inventor Hassled By the DEA
"A DEA spokesman describes this as 'collateral damage' not resulting from DEA regulations but from the selfish actions of criminals." Calling your co-workers who decided to harass this guy without supporting rules selfish criminals is pretty harsh. Granted it's true, but you'd expect government agency spokesmen to be a little more politic.

Comment: Re:The iPhone is running windows? (Score 1) 137

by denebeim (#30246092) Attached to: Security Firms Can't Protect iPhone From Threats

I knew it was BSD. I was trying to say *nix.

Unfortunately I see this pandering as being detrimental to real security. What you have is these anti-virus companies marketing a product that purports to plug system's security holes. Instead what they do is they look for vulnerabilities that only exist on one platform and ignore the whole different set of vulnerabilities on the other platforms.

Management finds these 'universal security' products to be irresistible. They can load one product and 'poof' they can tick their check mark on their list and lo and behold all their systems are secure. Meanwhile you have your end users 'jailbreaking' the systems and then not changing the root password.

Comment: The iPhone is running windows? (Score 4, Insightful) 137

by denebeim (#30245358) Attached to: Security Firms Can't Protect iPhone From Threats

I thought it was running some form of Unix/Linux sort of OS.

I realize these modern day snake oil salesmen have convinced corporate America that their product is effective against all viruses on all platforms. However if you look at the definition file that they install on all the systems you'll see that the signatures list which platform they're for. I was curious so I greped the file. Turns out that while there's hundreds of thousands of windows definitions in the file there's only tens for linux and fewer for sun.

When pressed on this they'll tell you that they look for all those viruses so they arn't passed by the ftp/http/mail server on the unix box. While there's some merit to this position I don't see how it's at all relevant to the iPhone.

Comment: Re:Bubby? Is that you? (Score 4, Insightful) 859

by denebeim (#30100436) Attached to: German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

Or someone close to you that was killed by someone who was placed in an untenable situation. If you let someone out of prison and then make sure that they can't feed themselves or have anything resembling a life you shouldn't be surprised when they return to the only option left open to them, crime.


Is DRM Intrinsically Distasteful? 631

Posted by Zonk
from the tastes-like-chicken dept.
jelton writes "If digital media was available for sale at a reasonable price, but subject to a DRM scheme that allowed full legitimate usage (format shifting, time shifting, playback on different devices, etc.) and only blocked illicit usage (illegal copying), would you support the usage of such a DRM scheme? Especially if it meant a wealth of readily available compatible devices? In other words, if you object to DRM schemes, is your objection based on principled or practical concerns?"

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