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Submission + - Share links, become extradited to the US (arstechnica.com)

castrox writes: "Sharing links online, particularly links to copyrighted material, may render you extradited to the United States of America.

The case is unique because the site, which the accused 23-year-old Englishman ran, was not located in the US in any way. Does this set a new precedent of things to come?

The agency responsible for the extradition request is Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After contacting the site operator, shutting down the .com and .cc domain and finally paying the guy a visit in person, extradition is now on the table.

Read more on Ars Technica"

Comment Huge cost in PR (Score 1) 189

Okay, so everyone thinks the cost is directly financial. What about the cost in PR?

This company just got mentioned in article after article in just about every newspaper on the globe. No pretty headlines, either. Lax security. Leaked data again? Oh.

The direct cost might be possible to calculate - but the cost of no one trusting Sony with personal data could disrupt their online business entirely.

The rootkit disaster, as often mentioned, still sits in all of our minds and everyone we talk with. Do not underestimate the badwill. Want to be a contender? Do not fuck up - this economy will not allow it.

The cloud crap gets another black eye and this one is hardly deserving, considering the immense lack of competence security-wise on Sony's part.

Oracle

Submission + - Oracle cans commercial OpenOffice (arstechnica.com) 2

castrox writes: "Oracle gives up on development of the commercial branch of OpenOffice. The reason appears to be the drain of mindshare from OpenOffice to the newly created, vendor neutral, LibreOffice fork. Control is to be handed over to the community. I guess we'll see the details to this handover in the coming days or weeks."

Comment Re:It's supposed to be difficult (Score 1) 863

Well, of course there are a range views on what sort of development folks in different parts of different metro areas want. Generally though, most folks who have actually thought about these issues (and understand that no car will actually be getting 200+ MPG even in 2015 because the numbers are based on an odd formula including battery life) will not rail against verdant suburbs.

The changes, we need are quite specific:
1)Less Exurban development
2)Making suburbs more walkable and bikeable
3)Connecting suburbs to real cities with real transit

Of course, other folks might take a harder line, but real cities that have proper development will fair best in the long term both economically and quality of life.

Comment One Wallet (Score 5, Insightful) 394

Your question is interesting and one which many people ask themselves. I think it's more like people have one wallet to use and instead of spending money on music they kind of like they spend it on other things - just because they can get it by downloading. The total economic output is however more or less constant. I can only refer to my own spending statistics so feel free to contradict me. I don't put that same money in my savings account! I use it to go to the movies (5 of them past 6 months), fuel my car, go on vacation.

So the recent legislations in e.g. Sweden and the rest of Europe has nothing to do with economics, but rather only distribution of money and "fairness" to the companies. Of course, to succeed they must squash many citizen rights and deploy surveillance to keep citizens in check. One could argue that the win from such legislation really is nothing in comparison of how trampled the citizens become. Of course, the new legislation opens up a can of worms to further reduction of rights sort of like Pandora's box. We end up moving in the wrong direction if what we want is democracy. //S

Comment Contempt (Score 1) 793

This sort of obvious bullshit trials, bad defense lawyers withstanding, topped with ridiculous legislation really pushes the younger part of society, not yet indoctrinated, into anarchism. I usually state that I'm Swedish - we recently saw a "spectrial" (as The Pirate Bay called it) unfold, too.

Combine this with deaf politicians who refuse to listen to the (quite large) opposition and what do you have? You've got people contempt of law. I realize you need to build your own case and defend yourself, but even if you do, the playing field is uneven. I personally question the correctness of being able to monetize an idea/creative work for a life time. Most people outside of showbiz offers hard working labor - be it welding or consulting - for clients. We cannot profit from our monday 12'o'clock service for the rest of our lives. What's so got damn special with music or film?

I think, imagine at least, that people are growing more and more contemptuous to the powers that be. This is one failed business model - people recognize the absurdity of the situation. But when will this bullshit stop?

I'd had wished it'd be just like with SCO - touch and hard spirit then die a slow death in the media. Unfortunately, they have support from the government, who refuses to see the illogical conclusion that they need to work for their money (not just sell copies). //S

Comment Different views on "society" (Score 1) 326

I think the primary concern is the different views on society that citizens, politicians and corporations have. A report that says that something is good for society isn't so clear cut as you'd like.

For corporations, long copyrights are good for society - they couldn't make quality music otherwise and people want quality music!

Lobbyists persuading politicians means that long copyrights are beneficial for society as well. After all, how would artists make a living otherwise? Very common argument these days and more or less what the common man is thinking, too.

Comment Solar cells (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Apparently the balloons need to be taken down daily to have their batteries recharched. I wonder, wouldn't 80,000-100,000 feet be mostly above cloud level and be an excellent opportunity to use solar cells?

The balloons come down every 24 hours due to the limitations of battery life -- and to keep them from floating into territories that don't subscribe to the service.

The drifting might be a tougher nut to crack though. Rather interesting idea for rural areas actually.

Patents

Submission + - EFF Busts Illegitimate Subdomain Patent (infozine.com)

eldavojohn writes: "Unlike a lot of community support protection programs, the EFF's Patent Busting Project is starting to bear real fruit instead of just leveling the finger at companies. The USPTO is revoking an illegitimate patent granted in 2004 that sounds like automatically assigning subdomains. Sites like Wordpress, LiveJournal or basically anyone with generated subdomains have been doing this for quite some time. If you have some extra cash, now's the time to pony up a few bucks so the EFF can continue on as one of the few organizations genuinely protecting your interests."

Comment Oops, tripped on the wire (Score 1) 163

Gosh, I just see a fair many obstacles to this tech which has many similarities to other systems (judging by the many references to other similar systems in TFA) and thus doesn't sound very revolutionary. But this one is browser based, so I guess, as TFA points out, it lowers the barriers to entry to a darknet. To me, this sounds like what it's about. Just click the link and be one with the dark side? Otoh the question is how it's supposedly used.

I admit I may look like an ass, but unless you've been hiding under a stone lately you'll have noticed that anything having to do with browsers and built-in tools is the shit of the century. So I guess my bullshit-o-meter gave a red reading. For some reason I'd rather like a solution below the application layer, so I can use all protocols while being anonymous. But we have that already. Almost at least, TOR has exit nodes that can easily be hosted by Bad Men.

Another interesting tech is OneSwarm, but it's not browser based and so not revolutionary.

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