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Submission + - Andrew Auernheimer Case Horrifyingly Similar To Aaron Swartz Case (

TrueSatan writes: Thankfully Auernheimer doesn't appear suicidal, no thanks to US prosecutors, yet he has been under attack for an his act of altering an API URL that revealed a set of user data and posting details of same.

"In June of 2010 there was an AT&T webserver on the open Internet. There was an API on this server, a URL with a number at the end. If you incremented this number, you saw the next iPad 3G user email address. I thought it was egregiously negligent for AT&T to be publishing a complete target list of iPad 3G owners, and I took a sample of the API output to a journalist at Gawker."

Auernheimer has been under investigation from that point onwards with restrictions on his freedom and ability to earn a living that are grossly disproportionate to any percieved crime. This is just as much a case of legislative over reach and the unfettered power of prosecutors as was Swartz's case.

Comment Re:Yeeeeeehaw! (Score 1) 374

Regulation doesn't produce things.

Yep, screw drinking water regulations, the FDA, nuclear power plant safety standards, hospital hygiene standards, civil engineering regulations etc. It's just holding back those good old free-market guys who want to sell people dirty water, poisonous food (eg. milk with melamine in it), dangerous power plants, dirty hospitals and structurally unsound buildings. After all, they didn't have to buy it! Never give a sucker an even break, right?

Government doesn't make anything. By and large, government just means worthless expense, and pointless obstruction.

I don't want to see you calling the cops next time you get robbed or assaulted. Or calling the fire department when I come round and burn down your house while you're at work.

Given the choice between trusting The People, or trusting that small subset of The People who live by taxing the rest of us and telling us what's good for us, I think I'm going to have to call it for The People.

I think you missed the part where The People get to choose the small subset. If you really don't like taxes and government then go live in Somalia.

Comment Re:If I were taking an IT Admin position... (Score 1) 418

If I am fired, and then my boss realizes that he hasn't taken the proper steps (not saying this is the case with Childs) of making policies for documenting configurations and/or passwords, along with providing time during work-hours to document that information, he doesn't get them. I'm fired after all, and he doesn't get my free labor. I will be happy to provide him with the information though at my contracting rate of 1.5 times my normal pay.

You do realize that is extortion and you'd be in a whole mess of shit for doing so, right?

Comment Re:Very Strange (Score 1) 650

Boy, good thing we've got all those degree-holding guys to whom we've entrusted the advance of human enterprise. Guys like Richard Branson, Bram Cohen, David Karp, Dustin Moskovitz, Jake Nickell and Jeffrey Kalmikoff, Kevin Rose, Shawn Fanning, Woz, and Tom Anderson. Oh wait.

Also, not that it matters (because it really doesn't), but I'm working on both my Master's and a second undergrad- neither in climate modeling, and neither from particularly prestigious schools. Either way, the complaint (echoed by several folks) that my use of the term "computer expert" instead of "elite degree holder, you peon" explodes my whole metaphor isn't really convincing, sorry. Oh, and yes, I'm going to demand he explain it to me. My scant years of professional work have driven home quite deeply the lesson that degrees and competency do not have a 1:1 relationship. If my HVAC-installing friend can spot the flaw in my explanation of a new feature, his not being an expert- or at all educated in the field- doesn't make him wrong. It makes him invaluably right.

Comment Re:Bring it on (Score 3, Insightful) 184

Of course they will care. Because what is the point of ACTA? More money.
From people who do not have more money.

So it creates financial pressure. And as humans always seek the easiest (most efficient!) way, they will naturally be pressed towards CC and more secretive file sharing (which will become way easier to set up).

ACTA is the classic “tighten your grip, until you are left with nothing”.

There is no way to win this, for the content industry. They can only lose.
They get to choose the way it ends. Nothing more.
If they want to choose the faster dead (ACTA), let them. :)

Comment Re:Bring it on (Score 1) 184

Where's the link on that site to download movies and music? Because as tempting as it is to believe people want to build a brighter, DMCA-free future and live in a shiny happy world, for most people the overriding concern is "how can I get hold of the latest music/movie/game?", cool and noble though it may be, doesn't address that need and therefore will not resonate with 95% of the people out there. Find a way to make (or something similar) legitimately compete with the **IA, and you'll be on to something.

Comment Re:Did it really go ok? (Score 1) 383

"They need a clean, non-rotational separation before the second stage engine fires and can fully stabilize the flight path"

There is no such thing as a clean, non-rotational separation during a staging event. ALL vehicle I have ever worked on have rather dramatic forces, both linear and rotational, acting on both stages during a sep. Some of the cleanest are using linear shape charges to explosively cut the metal holding the stages together, but other systems such as V-Bands and pneumatic pistons have all been tried and have their own problems. And even if the sep systems doesn't impart energy, there is always the aero load. These birds are typically unstable during a sep. Think heavy fuel, located at rear of vehicle - wrong end. It was always a race to warm up the engines (about 0.5 to 2 seconds) and slew the TVC (have to wait to clear the interstage) and catch the vehicle before it tumbled.

And yes, I am a rocket scientist.

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