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Comment: Re:What's Leahy's deal? (Score 1) 390

by keithjr (#34281512) Attached to: Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill
I'd say probably opportunism. They come to him with donations, big ones. Then he goes back to them when relevant laws come up, to get their preferred stance. Then he gets more donations for his next campaign. It is odd, I will admit, that Big Content has that much stake in VT. But if he's on the committee, then it's not too shocking that they would seek him out.

Comment: Re:But what if I liked the application (Score 2, Informative) 509

by keithjr (#32690084) Attached to: Google Remotely Nukes Apps From Android Phones
I'm not an expert on the Android platform, but here's my take. Apps downloaded via the Android Market are tied to your Google account. That way, you can move between devices and not have to re-purchase any paid ones, or have to deal with the headaches of re-downloading freebies. So, in that way, you could say that Android has a backdoor to Google.

That said, you can install apps from non-Market sources by simply checking a box in the Settings. Install the app from any other avenue besides the Market, and Google can do naught. The issue about this app is that it was distributed through the Market, which is its own trusted source.

Comment: Re:I must be new here (Score 3, Insightful) 146

Is the buyer really going to come back and demand a refund when it doesn't work?

Probably not, but reputation must be worth something in criminal enterprises. Giving out a bunch of bogus products kills the word-of-mouth.

And what real benefit are these, anyway? Well, all the criminal has to do is sell off the account for less than the game costs up-front. They make pure profit and people willing to buy stolen games get a discount. Steam accounts could probably be quite lucrative, for instance.

Comment: Re:A few things. (Score 1) 318

by keithjr (#32256300) Attached to: Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data
It all revolves around the question: how much do you trust Google? If one is operating on the assumptions that a) this isn't the end-all of Google's illicit data-mining, and b) that not all (if any) of it is accidental, there's a strong precedent to be set here. At least, in the public's hands, an independent audit is possible.

I'd say we should be more concerned about the crap private companies can pull (a problem we can't solve) with the crap that governments pull (a problem we can solve, in theory).

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure