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Comment Re:Shoot down at 10,000 feet is easy (Score 1) 200

So....you're saying that the aircraft is going to be vulnerable to anti-aircraft missiles. Stop the presses.

Really. If the blimp can be built cheaper than an airplane/UAV, and cover loads more area, then it getting shot down would be unpleasant, but a loss less expensive than losing a plane, its fuel, its weapon payload, its pilot, and so on.

Comment Re:Outrageous! (Score 2, Insightful) 241

Although technically what you present as an average slashdotter's mindset is true, it's an oversimplification. Music piracy is condoned or at least given more leeway because it's largely the symptom of a bigger problem, that being copyright and DRM asshattery where a user who pays for music ends up unable to use it for whatever reason.

ID theft, though, is simply theft and exploitation of others for profit.

At least, that's how I see it.

Comment Kinda Pointless (Score 1) 500

I was getting into the whole suggestion, but halfway through, I realized something.

At least in America (I'm not very familiar with court systems around the world), there's the whole legal system of "innocent until proven guilty" and the fifth amendment and such. This means that even if you DO have an encryption program installed, until the prosecution can present sufficient evidence that you're storing child porn within some encrypted volume, you can't be asked to give up your password, or even charged with possession.

The futility of this guy's talk is, if you're NOT in a court system where you're innocent until proven guilty, whether it's some backwater third world nation or some secret prison camp in the U.S., whether or not you've got a super stealthy encryption tool, if the Bad Guys think you've got state secrets hidden on your laptop, they're gonna break your bones until you tell them where the secrets are hidden. All in all, it'll be futile. You're fucked whether or not you've got the secrets.

Comment Re:Hate to say this, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 311

Amen. Nobody seems to understand that we (at least in America) live in a hugely capitalistic society, and that means that we as the consumer hold IMMENSE power. It's all well and good to buy an ipod and then write to Apple complaining about DRM, but that doesn't mean much, because they've got your money already.

Exercise your capitalistic rights to control the market.


Comment Re:Hate to say this, but... (Score 1) 311

I have no problem with DRM until it stops me from being able to use my media legally as I see fit. If a DRM scheme somehow prevented me from giving a file to my friends, but let me listen to the song on my ipod, Sansa, or Zune as I wished, that'd be perfectly okay. I don't mind buying products/services/licenses. The DRM that is demonized is the DRM that preemptively treats you like a criminal and unfairly restricts your usage of a PRODUCT THAT YOU PAID FOR THE USAGE OF.

Your post makes it sound like DRM is bad. BAD DRM is bad. Whether or not it can be effectively implemented is another issue; I know you couldn't magically detect the difference between a new media player and a friend's thumb drive.

Comment Re:Paradox (Score 4, Interesting) 206

That reminds me of a quote from Sid Meier's Aplha Centauri by entrepreneur Nwabudike Morgan: "We are not a monopoly. Our product is simply so good that no one chooses to compete with us."

I'm not terribly concerned about Google, to be honest. I know they have a lot of my personal data. But they provide high quality products/services and don't treat me like shit. They're reliable and friendly and trustworthy. Microsoft, on the other hand, has always been shifty in one way or another, and their products have always seemed only partially baked and ready.

Benevolent dictators are okay when they're actually benevolent. So far, Google hasn't done anything to wrong me.

Comment Re:It's fairer than suing people left and right. (Score 3, Insightful) 278

Meh. People are gonna pirate regardless, and no matter what DRM is invented, it will be cracked. There will always be content pirates. The best you can do is treat your LEGITIMATE customers well enough that they buy from you again and again and compensate for whatever losses you might take from pirates.

Comment Re:They are cut off (Score 1) 175

That's the thing. You can't force anybody to follow your twitter feed. Only people who WANT to know what you're doing in minor increments will follow your feed.

Who says that 'social' has to equal face-to-face time? Face-to-face time is not terribly easy to get, what with having to actually travel to your friend's location. Twitter is the same as calling a friend and telling them what's going on every once in a while, except it's opt-in. Only people who WANT to know what's going on in between face-to-face meetings will follow your twitter feed. Everyone else can just wait to sit down with you to find out.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 296

You seem to think that the 'spam problem' is technological. It's not. You remember getting junk mail in your snail-mail box, right? Same concept. There is a medium through which many potential customers can be reached, and is cheaper than the alternative (for paper mail, it's cheaper than going door-to-door, for e-mail, it's cheaper than paper mail).

Even if sender and receiver are authenticated properly, so what? A spammer will still be able to 1)forge his own authentication or 2)compromise an authentic box and use that as a zombie spam machine.

The only even faintly possible way to stop all spam would be to have all email pass through a single point, where spam could be stopped. However, that is nearly impossible considering the already widespread and deeply entrenched SMTP, and the fact that getting net users to agree to let a single company read every single email they ever send to anyone ever will be nigh impossible.

The spam problem is human. There is money to be made in spam, and in email spam, the profit margin is fucking massive. To kill spam, you must remove the monetary benefit, but the profit margin is so large, you don't really have much hope trying to cut that down to where spam doesn't pay.

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