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Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 1) 125

Just a thought that if they are complicit because the traffic passed over their network do they now have monitor all traffic for copyright infringing content including decrypting encrypted communications. How does this work in the current legal framework and still allow the business to exist?

Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 1) 125

That is the problem what happens when they issue a notice that turns out to be without merit, the subscriber's account is suspended, the ISP looses reputation and money for allowing it, and the outsourced dmca engine just keep auto generating more notices. Does the ISP get to say to them these are the subscribers who's services where suspended without cause these are the ones that left and here is bill for that lost revenue? does the subscriber get to charge them for hook up fees when they move to a new service or damages when their accounts are suspended?

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 186

The fact that people overwhelmingly view the ads is a pretty solid piece of evidence that the world isn't how many of us wish it to be.

The example here is a newspaper... chances are people are not turning off their ad-blocker for just any old site they are picking and choosing the ones they trust or are willing to spend the bandwidth on if they are using something with a bandwidth cap.

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 186

There is the problem if you must insist that users disable their ad-blocker in order to access your services you must also be liable for any advertising presented. If it contains malicious software then you are liable for the damages.

A good business would have tasteful ads free of malicious software, they would remind people that the service they are using is ad based when detecting an ad-blocker, and also give them the opportunity to have an ad free paid subscription.

Comment Re:Legality? (Score 1) 265

In a world where you agree to see advertising for a service instead of paying a subscription the service provider can stop providing ad based service if they are no longer able to make money on it.

There is still more to it than that they also have to make sure they are providing a quality service and the advertising is clean of malware, etc... otherwise they will have a bad reputation and people will leave both the paid and ad based service.

Comment Re:Smells like FUD (Score 1) 106

Still it's a valid point as far as risk vs payoff...

easily infect 100k+ computers most of which will be used for entertainment many of which will never be reported to law enforcement or taken seriously if they are reported.

or a more difficult to infect life preserving device where almost 100% will be reported immediately w/ every report taken seriously and every report intensifying the search for the perpetrator.

Comment Re:CS Educators? (Score 1) 152

I've seen the same thing in Kansas, who ever they convince to teach their {MS Office} Computers class {social sciences teacher} has no training and is less knowledgeable than the students when it comes to technology.

Don't get me started on how they no longer allow the students to do any experiments that with a Bunsen burner because insurance or budget.

"Trust me. I know what I'm doing." -- Sledge Hammer