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Comment: Re: "Good faith" (Score 4, Interesting) 349

by jxander (#47384457) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

There also need to be rules for overturned requests.

If Company A issues a takedown request against something on my website, and I successfully appeal the claim, that needs to be a strike against Company A.

Three strikes and Company A is barred from making DMCA requests (either permanently or for some set timeframe). This would instantly stop these companies from issuing mass auto-generated takedown requests.

Comment: Re:What a crazy situation (Score 3, Insightful) 149

IMO, you're conflating the roles of Police and Judges. A judge should be impartial and neutral. They determine if laws are broken or if certain acts even violate laws (for any of the myriad events that aren't spelled out to the exact letter in writing, such as TFA) and mete out proper punishment when laws are broken

Police are boots on the street, and need to be more personal and empathetic. Their role is to keep everyone safe, even if that does occasionally mean keeping people safe from themselves and their own actions.

And at the end of the day, even if cops and judges were 100% True Neutral, that would be viewed as an overall positive by Joe Public. They're enforcing laws, catching bad guys, not harassing law abiding citizens, keeping us all safe, etc. The filter on my water pitcher isn't inherently good or evil. It simply does what it's designed to do: impartially filter out the crud I don't want to drink. And I appreciate this action. I like my water filter.

But as with all things, money infects the proceedings. Police chiefs need money for brib^H^H^H^H campaign contributions, to ensure whoever gets elected lets them keep their cushy job. Elected official like to run with campaign puffery like "we caught 10x more criminals during my term, as compared to the previous mayor." So the order of the day becomes less about protecting people, and more about gotta catch em all. Get as many tickets as possible. Invent some new illegal-thing so that we can arrest people. Install red-light cameras, despite the fact that they increase accidents and endanger the people. Who cares about that, they practically print money.

Add in the War on (Drugs, Terrorism, etc) and we've built a very hostile relationship between police and civilians. Police and judges are no longer performing the actions for which they were designed.

Comment: Re:Imminent Threat (Score 1) 249

Highly doubtful. Too easy to circumvent (not that current cuffs are impossible to beat)

If they wanted to get high-speed with handcuff locks, it would most likely be a physical dongle with a complete enshrouded NFC device. It would have some kind of spring-loaded trap door type mechanism. Sticking the key into the cuffs pulls back the door, NFC does it's magic and the cuffs open. Something like that ...

Comment: Re:Examples (Score 1) 178

by jxander (#47318143) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

They code part has given way to monetary transactions.

Instead of typing idkfa to get all the weapons, you can buy those guns for a dollar each as DLC.
Instead of typing the Konami code to get extra lives, you have to buy them with micro-transactions.

The "code" is now your credit card number. Type that in, and get extra power.

Comment: Re:Imminent Threat (Score 4, Informative) 249

by jxander (#47317997) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

The ruling actually spells it out "imminent threat" as a physical threat.

Digital data stored on a cell phone cannot itself be used as a weapon to harm an arresting officer or to effectuate the arrestee’s escape. Law enforcement officers remain free to examine the physical aspects of a phone to ensure that it will not be used as a weapon—say, to determine whether there is a razor blade hidden between the phone and its case. Once an officer has secured a phone and eliminated any potential physical threats, however, data on the phone can endanger no one.

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