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Comment Re:They didn't really respond (Score 4, Insightful) 159

Exactly. The core issue is that Windows 10 is collecting personal information that is not required for the functioning of the OS or the services it provides to the user. There doesn't have to be a discussion over where Microsoft stores the information, since they shouldn't be collecting it in the first place.

Comment Re:put the pitchforks down (Score 1) 89

What you describe is called mediation. Binding arbitration is not about settling, it's a non-judge making a decision about how the conflict is resolved. It is supposed to be legally binding, so if you'd want to fight the outcome in court you'd first have to get the arbitration itself declared invalid.

Comment Re:Not on US Soil (Score 1) 210

I have a problem with them prosecuting a person in another country. Does that mean I am subject to foreign laws? This is all bullshit.

Most likely what he did was illegal in his own country as well. That's one of the things they look at when deciding whether to extradite someone or not.

And as general policy there should be no hacking laws. All traffic over a computer network is speech.

You could make a convincing argument for "with a computer" laws being a bad idea. But then cracking could be covered by a law against using deception to access information that you should have known you were not intended to access. Speech/writing can be illegal, for example fraud.

Comment Re:Perens.com and is on Cloudflare (Score 1) 116

Regarding cookies, you're always going to get one on my site, whether you are using Tor or not, to support logins. HTTP isn't session-based and you need cookies to simulate sessions, so that you can have logins and dispense privileges where appropriate.

If you hand out session IDs prior to authentication, you're vulnerable to session fixation. So giving session cookies to all visitors is not required for the purpose of supporting logins, since you're going to have to give them a new session ID after logging in.

Comment Re:At that price... (Score 1) 159

It also wouldn't surprise me if patient records were untouched. Those are probably behind higher levels of security than the rest of the network. What I suspect happened is they lost a way of accessing them because all their other systems went down.

If they were accessing the patient records from compromised systems, then the patient records were not safe, even if the records server itself wasn't infected.

Comment Re:At that price... (Score 5, Informative) 159

It's a short-sighted solution though. Their systems are still vulnerable, probably even still infected. And they validated the business model of the attackers, so more attacks will be coming.

Also, while the CEO insists that hospital records were not compromised, I'm reading that as "the attackers weren't interested in hospital records", not "the hospital records were safe".

Comment Re: BREIN are complicit (Score 2) 91

BREIN is a government-sponsored shake down.

As far as I know, BREIN is an industry-backed group with no government sponsoring.

They have collected on music royalties, even for songs that never signed onto a label or labels connected to them but never pay out.

I think you're confusing them with Buma/Stemra, who manage music royalties. They have indeed been accused of not paying out royalties when they should.

Comment Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 91

If Torrents Time is indeed just a browser plug-in that streams videos using the bittorrent protocol, then there is nothing illegal about the tool itself. It could be used for streaming videos legally or illegally, that depends on which torrents the site operator sends to the plug-in. In this regard, it's no different from any other torrent client.

That said, this bit from from the page for website owners sounds a bit dodgy:

Torrents Time as a monetization solution allows you to start nourishing a great relationship with your users where you profit, among other things, from subscriptions to VPN services, which is truly essential to your users. Your users on the other hand, can show their love and appreciation for everything you're doing for them by using these services which they need.

Why would users need a VPN? Those unfortunate enough to have an ISP that disrupts bittorrent traffic might want a VPN, but that's far from all users. If a site is distributing videos legally, most users won't need a VPN.

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