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Comment Re:Future of Internet Porn (Score 1) 257

I actually did link the full text, but something in the post got mangled - not sure if it was me or Slashdot, but the link turned into plain text.

The key phrase in here is "including the federal obscenity laws." America actually has a federal law prohibiting-ish* all 'obscene' material on the internet, it's just that this law is seldom enforced because any effort to do so would be futile. It's a recurring complaint of the group Enough is Enough that this and some other laws are not enforced. The pledge is a masterpiece of political misdirection: It goes on a great length about child pornography, trafficking and abuse, but tucked away in the middle of it is a call to start cracking down on plain adult pornography as well. Of course no-one will publicly refuse to take a pledge which is almost entirely concerned with protecting children.

*Due to a rather complex tangle of laws and precedents, and laws specifically written to work around court rulings, it's not clear exactly what is prohibited. The Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act. It doesn't ban pornography directly - that would be unconstitutional - but instead imposes upon producers and distributors record-keeping requirements which are quite clearly intentionally impossible to comply with. If you want to host a porn site, you'd better have on file the name, address and verified identity of everyone who appears, including all those amateur video uploads, so you can prove they are all over eighteen.

Comment Re:Future of Internet Porn (Score 1) 257

Not quite. It was the "The Children's Internet Safety Presidential Pledge" produced by anti-pornography pressure group Enough is Enough. It starts out talking about sexual exploitation, child pornography, etc - all the things everyone can agree to fight against. But it goes on to broaden this out to include all pornography, no exceptions. This is because Enough is Enough believes that all pornography is dangerous and abusive by nature.

Here's the full text: The Children's Internet Safety Presidential Pledge

And the extract: "If elected President of the United State of America, I promise to: ... Uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforce existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, including the federal obscenity laws ... by appointing an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration.

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 503

I can think of three good reasons someone might want access to the phone.
1. It goes into classified meetings, and has a microphone.
2. Trump, like everyone else, is sure to use his personal phone for work things from time to time. Even if just looking at his web browsing history, seeing what he googles for will give an insight into upcoming decisions.
3. The Twitter. If you can issue a tweet that seems to come from the president, you could cause panic. You could make a lot of money on the stockmarket or currency exchange. Announce that the government 'will not pay interest on Democratic mistakes' and that you are issuing an executive order nullifying all national debts and liabilities. Watch the dollar plummet, buy dollars, hoax is announced an hour later, sell dollars. Or you could just say something incredibly offensive about Mohammed and see if you can get World War Three underway.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 309


Modern electronics is not like electronics used to be. You can't always just poke the multimeter around, identify the burned-out component and replace it any more, especially in ultra-compact designs like mobile phones. There are more specialised chips, often bespoke parts. Often an entire PCB must be replaced, because even if the faulty part is a commodity one it's impossible to resolder something like a BGA package, or because it's a faulty processor that incorporates proprietary firmware. Diagnostics, when you can get it, is no longer just something you read with a multimeter - you need to be able to look up really obscure error codes and determine that something like 'error 12912.2' is actually a secret manufacture code that means, say, memory test failure.

All of which means, yes, fixing a device now does mean you need the service manual. And often spare parts specific to that device.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 2) 309

If you set aside cynicism for moment, they do have a valid concern in that area. Any competent person can repair a phone safely - but how many repairs would be carried out by people who have never held a soldering iron before, and are following a tutorial video on youtube? It's quite possible for an inexperienced person to botch the procedure and leave the battery in an unsafe condition.

It's still just an excuse Apple are using, but it's at least a plausible excuse. My problem with it is that it boils down to the standard of the lowest: "You can't be trusted to repair your own equipment because somewhere, someone else might screw it up."

Comment Re:Future of Internet Porn (Score 1) 257

Trump doesn't really have a lot of views on social issues. He has positions of convenience. He has already signed a pledge to fight against the evils of pornography, not because he personally believes in that cause, but because that is the expected thing for a Republican to do and he needs the party behind him. His position on abortion is exactly the same: Once he joined the Republicans, he suddenly decided to switch sides on that too.

On economics, and on border security, he appears to have some strong views that he will fight for. But on more social issues, his lack of strong views grants him a lot more flexibility.

Comment Re:It would be even easier if ... (Score 1) 62

It's actually a perfectly reasonable action - bizarely, for the sake of privacy. The embedded information in images can include when and where it was taken, which is information that could be used against a person.

Facebook want to spy on you. But it is not in their interests to aid other organisations or individuals in spying on you. Not without paying Facebook for the information, anyway.

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