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Comment: Ed to geoblocking (Score 3, Insightful) 137

...or geodiscrimination as I've always called it must be global and it should have happened 20 years ago.

It is one of the leading causes of piracy (unavailability of products locally) and a serious anachronism in a world long ago gone global communication-wise.

Comment: Just make voter registration automatic! (Score 1) 1089

by xenobyte (#49299385) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

In many civilized countries, voters will receive a voter's card inviting them to vote at each election. To vote you show up with the card and it is matched with a list. In case of issues picture id may be required but that's extremely rare. When validated you get the ballot and do the actual voting.

How hard can that be?

Of course illegals with get no voter's card and cannot vote, but that's to be expected.

If you don't vote you'll have no say in the decisions made but it's all up to you. Making people vote by force will gain noting useful.

Comment: Re:With Uber at least there is tracking and identi (Score 1) 82

by xenobyte (#49299363) Attached to: Taxi Companies Sue Uber For False Advertising On Safety

Aside from experiences, there's also the price. In some countries (Denmark) regular cab fare is pretty expensive and Uber and similar is far cheaper. Until recently it was a requirement that expensive high end cars (usually Mercedes) were used as cabs, and now more regular cars are often used, but the fares are centrally controlled and they have not come down.

Comment: Spread the word! (Score 1) 246

by xenobyte (#49125743) Attached to: In Florida, Secrecy Around Stingray Leads To Plea Bargain For a Robber

Keep spreading the word about this device so that every single person, no matter how stupid, will know this device exists and that it can be used both to locate a specific phone extremely accurately, to access logs and other contents on certain phones, to eavesdrop on conversations and so on. People will also know that it can be used without a warrant so it may be used against them no matter what. Morale? - Don't carry a cellphone to a crime and used encryption software on the phone to ensure that anyone with such a device cannot eavesdrop.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 1) 360

by xenobyte (#48671721) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

But - as is the case with the infamous 'updated CDA' from the USA - nobody bothers to actually define the very fuzzy words 'offensive', 'indecent' and 'obscene' which means that you basically can get arrested and punished for saying ANYTHING as it just has to be offensive, indecent or obscene to someone, and you have no way of knowing in advance if you are breaking the law or not. This is exactly why the updates to the CDA has been struck down repeatedly.

It is sad that a supposedly civilized country like the UK has such laws that people can violate without knowing it.

Comment: Not the police! (Score 1) 187

by xenobyte (#48496449) Attached to: Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

No. No. No.

How many times do we need to repeat these facts?

* Copyright Infringements are not theft !!!
* ISPs are not a police department despite their three-letter acronym 'ISP' !!!

Hopefully some court will slap those stupid publishers with a massive fine for contempt in wasting the courts time and for harassment of random people using evil blackmail tactics.

Comment: Sad (Score 1) 790

I thought Google lived by their "Do no evil" motto, but I guess "Think of the Children!" is more important.

Good thing I only use my gmail as backup. My real mail is handled by my very own private mailserver. Of course a MITM attack is possible against traffic to and from the server but then they need to be explicitly investigating me and then I guess it's okay.

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 228

by xenobyte (#47177889) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

A decade ago I was part of as team coding a fraud detection module for a payment system that looked up where the credit card had been used before and compared it with the current usage location and calculated a travel speed between the two. If the speed was reasonable and feasible all was well, but no consumer travels a warp speed between remote locations on our planet so that would raise a red flag. For online transactions it used the customer IP to geolocate the card user, not the location of the shop - of course.

Why reinvent a similar technology and add unnecessary complications like a cellphone, which may even be lent out during the vacation to avoid obscene roaming charges?

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 1) 304

by xenobyte (#47054865) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

You'll probably want to drop Sweden from the list; considering they're acting as the bagman for DC's efforts to get their hands on Julian Assange.

Please look at the facts before spouting (off topic) bullshit.

What facts? - The facts I know supports what SvnLyrBrto is saying.

Both Sweden and the UK are going above and beyond to get their hands on Julian Assange in connection with an insignificant charge of alleged rape of two women who both had consensual sex with him and later changed their minds. This screams bullshit, scam, and 'bad excuse' to get their hands on him, as none of these countries have ever made an effort like this to get at a real rapist - one of those that grab people on the street and rapes them - so it makes no sense not to just have a warrant issued at Interpol and then have him arrested the next time he crosses a border.

No, the UK police actually sits 24/7 outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London waiting for him to leave the building, and have done so for years now, and the Swedish police insists that they want to question him on Swedish ground, not using a video link or face to face at the embassy where he stays. This also makes no sense and is totally out of character. People appear in Swedish courts using video feeds from hospital beds and similar all the time, and they travel often to interview witnesses or similar outside Sweden. Even mass murderers get less attention than Julian Assange.

Comment: Two situations (Score 1) 328

by xenobyte (#46675107) Attached to: Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

1) Your girlfriend sends you naked pics and later you break up.

2) You break up and then you hack into her accounts and steal naked pics.

In the first you actually have the right to share the pics she sent to you.
In the second it's obvious the pics are stolen property and you have no rights to them at all.

Comment: Re:Entitled Asshole (Score 2) 199

As long as we don't have to pay for the same product again and again and again... Today we pay when a movie hits the cinemas, then again when it hits pay-per-view movie channels, then again via advertising when it hits the general networks and then again when the DVD or blu-ray is out so we finally can take it home to view when we please... That's just insane.

It should be possible even at the very first premiere of a movie to decide not to go to the cinema and just take the movie home right away on blu-ray. The waiting (and exclusion) game is exactly what created the piracy culture.

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