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Comment Re:Google is right. (Score 1) 330

Yes and no: when someone posts the latest Hollywood blockbuster and it ends up in a Google search, then I as a european citizen see "we have removed some hits due to a DMCA violation" (paraphrased) in my german results. DMCA and the whole thing being a US law, brought with US lawsuits, etc.
So, Google can't have it both ways: either it doesn't care about US law and their DMCA in Europe either, or it cares about all law everywhere.
Courts usually dislike double standards like these.

Comment Re:Kim Philby II (Score 1) 396

It was released to the press and only to the press, notably The Guardian and the Washington Post. Where we've all seen it. Or can you point me to a tarball with all the Snowden documents, unredacted by anyone else? Can you? No, cause that doesn't exist.

Seems you should educate yourself about things before you commenting on things?

Comment Putin actually speaks the truth (Score 5, Interesting) 396

But you have to read the statement carefully to understand what he says. It is true that Russia doesn't have the money to put everyone under surveillance like the US does.
So they might not do a mass surveillance like the US, instead they just put everyone interesting under direct surveillance: every Duma representative, every Oligarch, and especially everyone who is in public politicial opposition to President Putin. The NSA can't do that even when they would want to, so they simply target everyone: it's wasteful but now they can't be accused of any bias or that they target anyone they don't like.

Comment Bring it on! (Score 1) 121

I love to use my OpenVPN server on port 443 at home, or http tunnel. Any people complaining here about loss of privacy and so on: are you really surfing on any public AP, be it McD, library, etc without the protection of a VPN/tunnel of some sort? If so then you are not allowed to complain about privacy loss. And if you do: why do you care, you just got another free AP in the city, saving your preciousss MBs on the mobile plan! Yay!

Comment It's not the NSA who will pay the price (Score 5, Insightful) 286

Of course the NSA will weather it, will continue to exist and will continue to spy. For them it's a (short) embarrassing time after which the news media will forget them and all will be the same for them again.

The ones who pay for this are the US IT companies which will be distrusted world wide and the US government (politicians, diplomats, secretary of state, etc) who will be distrusted even by their closest allies. US companies will notice it in the long term bottom line e.g. when big foreign companies won't outsource to a US company. The public will forget the scandal soon like they forgot Echelon, the big companies who have actual trade secrets however won't, and if they do they will probably regret it soon when their secrets aren't secret anymore and their US competitors magically know everything they do. These losses are however far in the future: more than a quarter away so they will be denied, at least publically and especially by the ones responsible: the politicians.

The politicians will have a lot less trust and goodwill from their foreign counterparts, even and especially from allied countries.

Comment Re:any objective numbers? (Score 2) 281

Something that is is known http://www.anandtech.com/show/6465/nintendo-wii-u-teardown , is that the Wii U CPU is made in 45nm and has a size of 32.76mm2
This puts it into the ballpark of the size of a current Atom CPU and the same ballpark of computing power. IBM has no magic fairy dust to do (much) better than Intel in a smaller die with worse process tech. 3.5GHz x86 is simply crazytalk.

Comment No constitutional scholar here (Score 5, Interesting) 176

since I'm a dirty foruhner from socialist Europe, but isn't
"I cannot imagine party leadership will be happy with so radical a suggestion as granting copyright protection for the limited times needed to promote the progress of science and useful arts."
going totally against the spirit and literally wording of the Constitution of the USA? He admits he considers the current law blatantly unconstitutional and still knowingly supports it. If he is a member of congress or any other public politic body and has swore any oaths on the constitution, he's now in breach of said oath, no?

Comment Wakeup Call (Score 5, Insightful) 123

No it's not a wake up call. Only if one of these games is successful like the "500 million US Dollar on the first day" latest Call of Duty sequel http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57551285/call-of-duty-black-ops-2-earns-$500-million-in-24-hours/

If one of these games, or better several, are huge hits, then the publishers will howl. Not before.

Comment Re:There is a $500 fine for this (Score 5, Interesting) 597

This is especially warranted since this is not the first time these Scripps people did this: http://www.fidosysop.org/4460/04/scripps-local-news-removing-nasa-videos-from-youtube/
Last April, Scripps did the same thing with the video of space shuttle Discovery's last voyage to the Smithsonian.
One time is an accident, 2 times is malice and should be acted upon

Comment Re:Suing the programmer? (Score 5, Insightful) 289

Simply blackmail in a legal way: you sue the programmer in the US so he has to spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend himself: that will bankrupt him. Or he won't spend that amount of money to defend himself and the torts from the lawsuit will bankrupt him. Now the MPAA has a lever and can coerce the programmer to testify for them.
Welcome to the legal system of the United States of America. If some people with italian sounding names did such a thing, they'd be prosecuted under RICO.

Comment Re:Motorola, Nokia (Score 2) 133

With Windows Phone Nokia has to do whatever Microsoft wants.

This is half-true. Microsoft has very hard minimum specs, if any company attempts to undercut those, they can lose the licensing. On the other hand, there isn't a lot of incentive to make a more powerful Win phone because of how smoothly the core OS runs at those minimum specs.

This is wrong. I just checked the current Windows Phone 7.5 Systems. From the cheapest 195€ one to the most expensive 579€ Lumia.
ALL of them have 512MB RAM, a single core CPU, no SD card slot, a 800x480 screen and either 8 or 16GB flash storage. Every single one of them. These are all hard limits you can't go over or under when you want a license. Microsoft killed any product differentiation for the vendors. Even Apple has more differentiation.

Comment The submitter is a moron (Score 2, Interesting) 166

This is an improved GPS chip, allowing a phone to pinpoint its location even when GPS is spotty.
Shopkeepers won't get the data, even if the phone companies would be allowed to sell location data cause there is no ROI: not enough people will have such a chip to even make it worthwhile. Neither do they need data that detailed. As some other poster already wrote: they'd rather know how much money the customer has, not where he is right now. Both, the have not and the billionaire can watch the same Mercedes 600SL or Smart car with their phone in their pocket. Doesn't tell the shopowner who can actually afford the luxury car.

What can happen is that the government subpoenas the telco location data for a subscribe just like they do now and that the better accuracy helps them to pinpoint the location of the subscribe better. This can be used for "OMG evil gubmint!" or it can be used, probably a lot less of course, for finding a missing person e.g. inside an avalanche.

Of course without deliberately wrong sensationalism like this, the pagehits aren't coming.

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