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Comment: Re:Word swap? (Score 1) 110

I suspect a lot of the outrage is rooted in forum dwellers freaking out at the idea there might be limits on how much they can harass people and any suggestion is attacked. In short, being horrible people is REALLY important to a significant and vocal part of the nerd/geek community, and they really do not want any tools for victims to counter them other than 'man up and ignore!'.

Comment: Re:There ought to be a law (Score 1) 110

Yes, laws can be abused. What needs to be weighed is the benefits of the law against the costs.

By the looks of it, the original law was designed to address serial offenders like scam artists. So if they get caught and prosecuted, those individuals are less likely to keep doing it.

Comment: Re:Good enough to criticize the mechanisms (Score 1) 128

Not only does it require the user to be complicit, it requires the download channel to be vulnerable to man in the middle attacks so that the content can be changed mid stream. This is of course possible, but modern browsers make it non trivial to accomplish on all but the most focused cases.

Comment: Word swap? (Score 4, Interesting) 110

Wait wait wait. If we are talking about little more than a word swap, wouldn't the standards that were previously applied to things like snail mail be the same for electronic communication? Has the law ever been used or interpreted to cover mailing a paperback fiction book counting?

This strikes me as going beyond a 'literal' interpretation of the law and goes well into the territory of taking serious liberties with the text and its interpretation. If all this is doing is extending existing laws for fraud and harassment to cover electronic transfers too, then looking to how those laws were applied by judges and lawyers would be a strong (if not outright binding) indicator of what the change actually means.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1, Insightful) 143

People who are careful to not publicly disclose the issue before it is fixed? Yeah, it was a mistake, but one Groupon takes rather seriously. This is not 'weaseling out', this is a legitimate gripe that they decided to call him on. They could have been more understanding and that would be nice of them, but their grievance is real and they should not be shamed into pretending it is not.

Comment: Re:He screwed up. (Score 1) 143

Even if 'only once, by mistake', he still did something that their disclosure rules explicitly said not to do or it invalided the process. It would be nice if they made an exception or were more understanding, but they are under no obligation and have every right to be pissed off, even if it was an accident.

Think about when a company accidently puts an archive of customer details up on their download site. Even if they fix it quickly and it was an honest mistake, they still screwed up and people are going to be annoyed with them.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 99

by jythie (#49544569) Attached to: Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead
I think we did not see the real expansion of DLS till we saw bundling of video and data services, so expansion fueled by media companies and their ability to get preferential treatment. Before that, telcos still made good money off leasing their lines, they got paid no matter which ISP the customer went with.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 99

by jythie (#49544541) Attached to: Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead
I have not really seen prices go down after deregulation, and I would say it did NOT produce competition in the least, it eliminated it almost completely. Companies folded left and right because they found themselves no longer accessible to their customer base. Overnight all your customers could become Verizon customers by virtue of Verizon making itself the only option to people on its lines.

Comment: Re:Good enough to criticize the mechanisms (Score 1) 128

Well, it only executes in a root context if the application is given root access. There is not much you can do when you click the little 'yes I want to run this as root' confirmation. The OS can not really prevent exploits from being exploited in root level applications.

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