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Comment Sauce for the goose... (Score 3, Interesting) 175

Of course, we've never had a case of TFS using such acronyms as MAFIAA, SCOTUS, DOJ, DOD, RIAA or POTUS, which mean very little at first sight to many /.'ers who live outside the US. And if you had followed the 2nd link, which you already would have read if you had been following this story, you would have known the answer immediately. Come on, we all have to learn as we go through life. True, the summary would have been clearer to all if BT had been expanded but its not the end of the world. None of my British friends use the abbreviation BT to mean BitTorrent, we simply say 'torrents' or the 'BitTorrent' depending on context. Additionally, CO, CC NB and CoW do not appear to be recognised abbreviations or acronyms anywhere in the context of TFS.

Comment Re:Australia - more backwards than the US (Score 2, Interesting) 103

Ah, the 3 strikes law.... I am currently living in France (and have for quite a few years now) and have not heard of anyone being prosecuted under that law (HADOPI), nor am I aware of anyone having had their internet connection withdrawn. I'm sure it must have happened, but it is not the doom and gloom that others seem to think that it is. I do know lots of people who regularly download films, music and pornography but none have experienced any trouble nor do they show the slightest concern for that particular law. It seems to me that the HADOPI law has put more fear into people who don't live here than it has in those who do...

Comment Re:Hah! (Score 1) 338

I think that you might be missing the point....

Bradley Manning might have committed a crime, but Wikileaks hasn't. Bradley Manning stands accused, but is innocent until proven guilty. If it is all so obvious to the US government, why haven't they put him on trial yet? What they are currently doing is certainly inhumane treatment which isn't justified until at least he has had his day in court.

China is citing the US treatment of Wikileaks and JA, although thank you for bringing Manning into the equation. Yet another fine example of the US doing the opposite of what they often tell other countries should be done.

Comment Re:I think we know exactly where all this is heade (Score 1) 365

That smart-ass bomb threat going to get them classified as a "terrorist group."

And perhaps that is exactly what is hoped for, precisely as you have suggested. Foreign governments (i.e. non-US) might not put much effort into tracking down someone who 'might' be remotely linked to someone else who 'might' have been involved in a DDos, but they would have a hard time resisting US pressure to help catch the 'terrorists' who are threatening to use bombs.

I'm not suggesting that this is necessarily the reason behind the claims, and I don't think that my tinfoil hat is too tight, but it wouldn't be the first time that a Government has 'manufactured' evidence or made false claims in order to garner public support for what would otherwise be an unpopular action.

Comment Re:Tools are already in place, but not used (Score 2, Insightful) 285

"...being an Islamic extremist."

I'm not sure if I've read this correctly, but I thought that they knew that he was a Muslim but not that he was an extremist. I'm not American but I don't think that it has yet been made illegal to follow any specific religion - nor should that ever be the case! An individual's religious beliefs has nothing to do with the State. Many of those close to him DID know that he held extremist views but, apparently, they did not take the necessary steps of raising the matter with anyone who could assess his suitability for either his post or for buying firearms. There were lots of mistakes made but I don't think that the FBI were to blame for them. It wasn't the case that the FBI 'had no problem' with the person that you describe - rather, they we not aware of the facts because nobody bothered to tell them.

Not being an American, I might have missed some critical reporting but that's how I recall it being reported here.

Comment Re:walled garden version for the rest of us? (Score 1) 75

"Now go back to using your Windows: Linux Edition (sorry, I mean Ubuntu) and stop turning every thread you can into a baseless battle of the OSes."

Why have YOU turned this into a battle of OSes? There is nothing intrinsically wrong with Ubuntu. It might not be your distro of choice but for many thousands of people, it is exactly that. The fact that it is user friendly and works out-of-the-box makes it more popular but no less of an OS than whatever you might choose to use.

Comment Re:And Sony will respond by... (Score 1) 468

Alternatively, you could just fight back by not buying any Sony products in the future but contacting them now to tell them of your decision. After all, the PS3 is a luxury item and not a necessity. This is the only thing that will get their attention (i.e. it affects their profitability!). The message will not get through overnight, but it will dawn on them eventually.

Comment Re:Good. There *should* be consequences for using (Score 1) 307

Except that you don't 'accept' the EULA until it asks you to do so, which is usually at home after the purchase. So the OP was correct in saying that in the UK the EULA cannot be enforced - although this, to the best of my knowledge, has not been to court yet. The agreement with the seller is usually for a computer system. There is no requirement for you to formally accept the software that is installed. This applies not only to the OS, but also to all of the junk, er 'Value Added' items that are also stuffed on the hard drive.

Comment Status of Forces Agreements (Score 1) 450

NATO does not have blanket diplomatic immunity. Its deployments, short of all out war, are usual carried out under a Status of Forces agreement which details, amongst other things, which laws individuals can be held to account under and how transgressors will be brought to justice. Additionally, it will detail when a State is responsible for an action and when the individual carrying out the action will be held responsible. For example, if soldiers carrying out lawful orders attack an unarmed civilian group then it is usually the State that controlling those soldiers that is responsible. If the soldiers commit the atrocity while not under under orders then they are responsible for their own actions but the SOFA might specifically say that they will be punished by legal means in their own country rather than in the country in which the offence occurs. This prevents soldiers, for example, from being awarded a death sentence if their own country does not support the death penalty. The problems usually arise (but not exclusively so) when a crime is committed yet those committing the crime are not punished by the State that sent them. This is a breach of the SOFA and tends to devalue the SOFA for ALL nations and not just the one involved with the incident. In wartime, a completely different set of laws are applicable, include national laws and the Geneva Conventions.

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 796

Oh good! I can pay online - providing I've not been given '3 strikes and out' without the chance to prove my innocence. Online is only usable if it becomes a right with which the Government cannot interfere. After all, they cannot prevent you from using a post office or a bank to make a payment if you are complying legally with all other requirements of life. But the internet is not the same. The ISPs will be tasked to carry out deep packet inspection - which implies that they will also be able to collect your bank details which, of course, will be entirely secure and never leaked or misused -, you could be disconnected because someone else hacked into you network, one member of a household carried out something deemed suspicious (i.e. downloading an Ubuntu CD?), or the 'Government' doesn't like the fact that you support an opposition party.

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