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Comment Re:No shit ... (Score 2) 134

In this case it likely happened before the market even existed. The powers that be and their corporate puppetmasters had the laws written to be exploitable.

This is no different than ACA. As soon as single-payer was taken off the table (behind closed doors and without much fight), instead of a national healthcare system we now have the same crap service and corrupt system that everyone has to pay for directly or through taxes.

Those with real power are smart enough to see the writing on the wall and the emerging markets that will come from things like AGW regulation and use their power to twist it to their advantage whenever possible.

Comment Re:Oh dear (Score 1) 583

I know it is anecdotal, but in the 90's I worked for a wireless cable company. They used microwave frequencies. We were one of the first to have broadband cable. DOCSIS 1.1 with a dial-up upstream. Funny setup.

Regardless out headend and transmission tower were at the top of a small mountain with tons of other towers.

This included a 250,000 watt UHF station and several smaller but still high wattage radio stations. there was an AT&T relay tower but that was all directional microwave. Our own tower transmitted at about 50 watts.

There was so much RF that a 4-foot florescent bulb held in hand would flicker. A volt meter held with probes 2-4 feet apart would register 1-7 volts, constantly varying.

Know what I felt? Nothing. No how much cancer I got? None.

My fillings did vibrate to the local rock station which was cool. (Joking)

Comment Re:Copyright? (Score 5, Interesting) 178

To clarify. From the fraud and abuse act

In practice, any ordinary computer has come under the jurisdiction of the law, including cellphones, due to the inter-state nature of most internet communication.


(5) (A) knowingly causes the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causes damage without authorization, to a protected computer;

Sending my PC an ad, at the bear minimum causes damage due to increased wear on storage devices. At its worst it installs malware or defrauds such as to install malware.

Perhaps more relevant is mail and wire fraud:

18 U.S.C. 1343 provides:

Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.

Comment Re:Copyright? (Score 5, Insightful) 178

They are tampering with a data stream between client and server. That it is not encrypted is moot. This is a violation of the computer fraud and abuse act as well as FCC regulations. If they are a common carrier, they have no business at all tampering with the content.

Will they be charged? Probably not, and if so it will be a minuscule financial fine.

Comment Ahh the memories... (Score 2) 150

It was 1995. I was working in a community college computer lab, connected to local Uni with 56k ISDN. Our only machines that had an IP stack were a few windows machines with winsock and 5 NeXT stations, one of which ran our web server.

We decided to repurpose one of our shiny new 486DX2 (at 66Mhz!!) to a web server. The hard drive was not large enough to hold windows and the downloaded floppies for slackware. I stayed up all night, finding an open NFS export (at UIUC I think), and downloading each slackware floppy direct to disk one at a time using one of the NeXTs.

That doesn't even count the time trying to get X running right (which wasn't even needed for a web server!) Heady days I tell you!

Comment Re:No surprise (Score 1) 210

Okay... a car stereo got stolen in your neighborhood. do you want the police busting into your home (and everyone elses) to look for it. We are not talking about a friendly knock and ask.. we are talking kick in doors and rifle through everything.

That is what you propose here. I really try to not engage in ad hominem, but either you are a troll or an idiot.

Comment Not surprised at all (Score 4, Insightful) 189

At its core, capitalism, raw and unregulated is a sociopathic economic structure. That this manifests itself this way in the automobile industry is just one facet of it.

There are arguments that can be made that state the stakes are higher now (due to the interconnectedness of systems), and it is plain that the attack surface of just about anything is larger, but those still are symptoms, not causes.

On the flip side of that, those with power and money have amassed more, and that interconnectedness plays to their advantage, resulting in the psuedo-regulated oligarchy we see across most industries and governments today.

The invisible hand of the free market is a hand that will push all to wrack and ruin if allowed to be completely free.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955