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Comment Re:The judge got paid on this one. (Score 1) 100

But they weren't getting notices that people on the service were violating the law. They got notices saying that the *AAs believed that their customers were violating the law. There's no hard evidence that someone who the *AA sends a notice to is actually guilty of that charge unless they do a proper investigation.

The hard evidence is the hard cash the *AA spent making sure all judges and politicians believe those accusations are sufficiently infallible that companies must be forced to help "protect" the "job creators" of the intellectual property cartels in their fight for "artists rights". It's like you think we have a fair and balanced system instead of one so ridiculously stacked in favor of copyright that buying computers and software to run content scanning software that gives holders carte blanche to delete whatever is, and has held to be via litigation, the only way to run a video or storage site without being sued into oblivion. So what if the DMCA says notice and takedown is enough.
Facts don't matter. The politicians and courts have been sold, compliance with the law isn't sufficient. You're aiding piracy if you don't go far enough beyond legal compliance that the *AA is satisfied you're "doing enough" (giving them absolute control, and paying for it).

Comment Re:Clueless. (Score 1) 202

And afterwards "they" always say: oh yes, we had this guy on our watchlist. So - then fucking do something with that information!!!

But they couldn't, because of antiquated laws and activist judges who keep ruling that the bill of rights is only 90% void instead of 100%! They need more power and less oversight, and the people need to stop worrying about their so-called "rights" because the government promises to only target terrorists*, and you're not a terrorist, are you???

* - As a small minority of targets... but they're so hard to identify, and you know who else is evil? People who look at CP; surely you don't object to that right?? Now why can't the powers be used to target drug offenders? And insider traders. And criminals. And potential criminals. But of courses terrorists weren't pretext, they may represent only 1% of anti-terrorism law usage, but 100% of what PR can make people think it's for.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 418

Physical mail can't be interfered with without a court order, is secure, cheap and reliable.

A "court order" means a rubber stamp when an inspector wants a peek. If you're a target, they'll find something suspicious about your package for sure. "The drug/bomb dog alerted." = indisputable probable cause for search to the courts; if it's just a DVD, well, someone obviously did coke off it once. International mail is the worst. There's actually a long list of qualifiers for a suspicious item that can be used to justify a search. What's even worse, they're true pros and opening and re-sealing without leaving evidence, so the only time you even find out is if they seize and send you a notice (love letter), or kick in your door, shoot your pets, and order to the ground with an automatic weapon anyone old enough to stand- shortly after you receive it.
So while if you're not being investigated, you can send (or receive; but they can get a warrant for all mail FROM a suspicious address) non-drug items without worrying about searches, the moment they're actually interested in your mail all the inspections and weak grounds for probable cause we allowed in the name of stopping drugs-via-mail or explosives-via-mail will almost certainly turn something up that lets them open it. The fact they need a judge to rubber stamp their probable cause warrant isn't much protection.

And this is in the US, where we allegedly still have some rights. The situation in the UK is almost certainly worse.

Comment Re:11 cents a minute? (Score 2) 173

Phone policy varies wildly. In some jails, there's even phones right in the cells (4-6 inmates). They were turned on from 7am-11pm; you could talk your way through $60/day easily; and there was no "qualifying"... you could lose the privilege from abuse; but no approvals, no white lists reviewed by staff, no restriction on calling mobile numbers, etc. Could even have conference calls (against the phone companies policy, but unenforced).
Other places; 4 phones for 64 inmates with all sorts of restrictions on time of use (not during meals, lockdowns, searches, commissary, after lights out, etc). So after a call, back of the line, and good luck getting another one in before the next shut down. Every time the doors buzzed, everyone charged the phones like the bulls of Pamplona.
And god forbid you're in confinement (not just discipline... "protective custody", sex charges, medical, psych/suicide watch, juvenile, high profile case, etc, all can get you 23+ hrs/day solitary). MAYBE once per day you could talk an officer into wheeling the phone to the door so you can make a call through the slot... the cord too short to sit or stand, so you'd have to kneel on the concrete the whole time.

And all 3 of those scenarios was in just one jail... the only constant? The obscene expense. Broke inmates constantly begged and traded meals to get people with money in their phone account to dial children and wives.
Although the phone company did do one cool thing... video visitation over the internet with anyone, anywhere in the world for like $10 for a 1 hour visit (forget exact amount; but cheap compared to regular calls).

Comment Re: Best alternative? (Score 1) 229

You seem to think that the extremely rare malware to make it through on such a vector would then be stopped by AV. Unlikely. If you're well versed in security practices and diligent in following them, especially blocking ads and properly configuring your firewall, AVs are of no benefit and just waste resources.

Comment Re:Windows 8 is suddenly looking good .. (Score 1) 316

Telemetry and error reporting cannot be effectively disabled on 10, because Microsoft refuses to make Enterprise available via retail channels.

And here people thought MS was trying to stop pirates. Enterprise is certainly available that way. When I'm forced off Win7 in a few years it looks like my life of crime won't be over, hopefully software piracy won't have a mandatory minimum of life in prison and forfeiture of 100% of assets yet. Well, probably the latter at least.

Comment Re:Thanks anonymous reader! (Score 0) 294

New users (and anyone unfamiliar with download rep) should also make this decision:
-In the name of "protecting you", Firefox sends the URL of every single file you download to Google to check against a blacklist, potentially associating your IP with that file. There is no contingency for false positives, the file is immediately deleted *after completion*, as I found out after a 14-hour download, and deleted so thoroughly not even professional recovery software could get it back. To stop this data from being sent, change browser.safebrowsing.appRepURL to nothing. It might slightly increase risk, but for me the one time it's been triggered in the year its been there was the aforementioned false positive (how did a mkv in a rar possibly trigger a false positive anyway, when the other 9 parts didn't? Not the first part either; part 6 of 10. This also proved it was lying about only checking executables.). No option to re-download with an exception either. And definitely no mention anywhere of to what extent the data is retained and associated with everything else Google knows about you.
Note that this is in addition to the 'Block malicious sites' and 'Black reported web forgeries'; AFAIK those just download the lists and check locally. Disabling download rep won't remove those protections.

Comment Re:Another indication of the failed war on drugs (Score 3, Insightful) 214

It's sad the people still have this breakdown in logic and their emotions overwhelm them when it comes to "seriously dangerous" drugs like heroin or crack. Just what part of the problem with these drugs do you think is ameliorated by prohibition? If anything, it's even more critical that these drugs are legalized:
-Cocaine and heroin represent the vast majority of global organized crime and related violence. The exact same points about never stopping other substances apply even harder here. Doesn't matter how "bad" the drugs are, you're never ever going to stop global organized crime from reaping billions upon billions of dollars through prohibition.
-Locally, it's these drugs that are responsible for the large majority of secondary crimes against non-involved parties, such as robbery and property crimes, to fund addictions. People aren't robbing and stealing for their pot or MDMA habits, which I assume aren't "really" hard by your standards. These crimes aren't committed because of the drugs inherent biological response pattern in an addict (unlike alcohol, which DOES make violent behavior more likely), they're committed because prohibition results in a cost structure that puts maintaining a habit very difficult without wealth or crime. Alcohol and cigarettes are cause dependence just as strong in an addict, and I guarantee if an addiction to those cost hundreds of dollars per day, you'd see the exact same related violence.
-Even when it comes to "really hard" drugs, there's simply no evidence that legalization would lead to increased addiction, because do you really think there's thousands and thousands of people just waiting to go out and get addicted to heroin if only it were available from a doctor or pharmacist? It's legal to possess all drugs in Portugal, and they have no such usage spike. When you redirect money towards education and treatment and provide an environment where there's no fear of arrest for admitting you're a user, usage rates actually drop.
-With the financial and other aspects of acquisition, addicts are unable to hold jobs for a variety of reasons, and as heroin maintenance programs in other countries have shown, a steady cheap legal supply returns these people to functional, contributing members of society that can hold down jobs. And obviously there's health benefits associated with a legal pharmaceutical supply like OD prevention the most well known.
-People like to talk about "the children"... what kind of world do you want for yours if they wind up experimenting? A felony where getting caught twice or violating probation requirements means a lifetime of stigma. Interacting with dangerous criminal gangs to get an unknown product. Prison. Stigma attached to getting help. There is ZERO evidence that if we just crack down harder we're suddenly going to win the war on drugs and heroin, meth, and coke will vanish from the world, so no matter how much you wish that were the case, you're stuck with the reality that drugs are everywhere and kids experiment. If my kids made that mistake, I'd want them to get a safe product from a medical professional and be provided with non-abstinence-based education and have stigma-free access to well funded help and not be labeled a criminal and tossed into a cage and branded for life if they get caught. What do you want for yours? "a drug free world" is NOT an option.

Comment The 8 drive hodgepodge (Score 1) 558

I don't play any spec-hungry games, so my focus was on what I do use: media.
-27" high-end-but-not-eizo-level primary monitor, 17" auxillary display off to the side
-Pentium G620 (dual-core/2.6GHz) on Gigabyte P67A-UD3-B3 board (AMD actually lost on my low-end price/single-core performance search; and bad enough to make me switch away after 4 systems/12 years with AMD)
-Radeon 4850 (was outdated even when i bought it, but it has more than enough power even still, won't be upgrading until 4k)
-Onboard sound/LAN
-dvdrw/multi-card reader
-Storage.. this is what happens when you're too poor to expand drives in a way other than adding old ones:
--1x1TB@7200rpm SATA (OS)
--1x4TB SATA
--1x2TB SATA
--1x750GB IDE (SATA bridge)
--4x500GB individual disks in external NAS
..every one of them 95-99%+ full. can't believe it's 2015 and i'm back to 'well which do i want to delete to make room for my next download'