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Submission + - FBI compromises another remailer (google.com)

betterunixthanunix writes: "Another remailer has been compromised by the FBI, who made a forensic image of the hard disc of a remailer located in Austria. The remailer operator has reissued the remailer keys, but warns that messages previously sent through the remailer could be decrypted. The operator also warns that law enforcement agents had an opportunity to install a back door, and that a complete rebuild of the system will take some time."

Comment Re:Loss of customers (Score 3, Insightful) 278

I'll buy my favorite band's music without hearing it first, but otherwise I never purchase music I haven't heard already and know I like.

Streaming lets me hear the music and encourages me to buy it. Remove that, and the best way for me to hear music is to download it, which removes the incentive to purchase. I suppose the good thing from this is that it should encourage artists to think harder about signing on to a label until they return to sanity (which may be never).

Comment Re:*always* connected? (Score 2, Insightful) 188

Other than assuming the worst, there's no reason to assume the game cannot function in single player without being connected to battle.net.

After all (and ignoring that GFWL is crap for a second), I could make the same statements about Fallout 3, Dawn of War, or Resident Evil 5 and GFWL. Being able to be "always connected" for "enhanced functionality". None of them require you to log into GFWL to function in single player though. Or any Steam game for that matter (you can go to offline mode, but then you lose the "enhanced functionality" of steam achievements and friends.

I'd expect something similar to the Steam overlay for the new battle.net.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 131

incorrect. as stated in a sibling post, "open source" is a term such as "flying car." Similar to how a flying car can be called such so long as it flies, open source software can be called such so long as the source is open.

Under the strictest semantics, all that is required is that the source code can be viewed. Everything extra is FUD and propaganda.

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Submission + - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (canada.com)

SpaceAdmiral writes: "The Canadian government is secretly negotiating to join the U.S. and E.U. in an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The agreement would give border guards the power to search your iPod and cellphone for illegal downloads, as well as force ISPs to hand over customer information without a warrant. According to David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa's Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic: "If Hollywood could order intellectual property laws for Christmas what would they look like? This is pretty close.""

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