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Comment Re:Better go arrest Google execs (Score 1) 62

"Intent" is difficult to demonstrate given that it lives in the minds of the accused. The website itself is based on content-agnostic algorithms. I'm sure it's true that it has a higher percentage of illicit use than google does, but that's probably true of Tor and VPN services as well. Would we be comfortable shutting those down on the same justification?

Personally, I find it hard to find any "good intent" behind hosting, e.g., The Anarchists Cookbook. But it's well-established that that doing so is protected speech. Is pointing people to IPs where they can request to receive copyrighted bits of information more insidious than pointing people to how they can make a pipebomb?

I am fine with shutting down criminally entrenched websites and prosecuting the persons involved. But the free speech protections we are promised in the US are quite broad and in almost all cases we refuse to risk weakening that simply to avoid the possibility of mischief. If Google can deliver 10% questionable content under that protection then I think someone who delivers 90% questionable content must be protected as well. I don't see how the fundamental nature of the right could change simply because we get more day-to-day value out of google.

We could enforce the law by, you know, going after the people actually breaking copyright by uploading and downloading copyrighted material.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 2) 509

I represent someone in that demographic from a small engineering school. Among my admittedly non-mainstream group of friends I'd guess at least half know what KDE is. I'm not sure how many actually use it vs. GNOME, but it's common for them to have a Linux or Mac laptop. Laptops have become work devices -- they're what you take to project and study groups. *nix works great for that, and easy to get everyone using the same software (within a college student's budget, no less). I'm sure other places are different, but one anecdote deserves another.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 1) 282

..... US degenerating to a communist state, Hillary seizing all the guns

Wait, this whole list is going to happen in the next 8 years? Damn.

ISIS bioterrorists deploying global anti-human microbes, launching dirty bombs and mass-executions, and North Korea nuking us all......

What people don't seem to think about is that biological attacks are probably worse than nuclear. A nuke kills a lot of people in a limited area and makes that area uninhabitable for...what, 50 years or so? (as long as you're not like right next to the sarcophagus at Chernobyl the place isn't really a deadly toxic wasteland anymore) Versus infect say a few thousand people with some virulent disease, and good luck keeping them contained.

Dammit, now I'm wondering where the closest biological weapon research facility is to Syria. I bet it can't be that far away. And this is ISIS we're talking about; they'd use it in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:Translated for Realists (Score 1) 282

6. Pocket Supercomputers for Everyone: Someone Else's data collection.

How so? If you want, you can install a Gapps-free ROM on a Nexus phone.

Here's another one:

12. In the future, you won't be allowed to run what you want on your own hardware that you bought and paid for.

Except the "joke" is that "in the future" is more like "3 to 5 years from now when they finish tightening the noose." TPM, SecureBoot, AppStores, and whatever they call that thing where Intel motherboards have an extra secret chip that decides what you're allowed to run on a per-instruction basis.

Comment Re:Sounds quite boring tbh (Score 1) 282

5 years my ass. It'll take at least 5 years just to get people to start buying them, and then another couple for the insurance prices to come down. Then a few years after that they'll finally be really dependable enough to take a nap in while they're in motion.

5 years is crazy optimistic. I'd say 10. More likely 15.

Comment Re:Ads (Score 1) 290

Yahoo always requires a phone number.

I stopped using Yahoo Mail right about the time when they started every couple weeks, dropping all my incoming emails for 3 days at a time :P Had been using that account for like 9 years at that point.

I mean, damn, guys, if there's ONE feature I require from my email service...

Comment Re:Voicemail, The Vinyl Records of Communication (Score 1) 290

and a text is laborious to compose with T9 and switching to multitap for unknown words.

Are you kidding? Even after using Swype for the last year I bet I could get pretty much equivalent speed with a solid T9 physical keypad. No having to go back and correct the wrong predictions. When I got a physical-full-qwerty keypad on my previous phone the keys were gummy and required harder presses so I was definitely slower on that than the previous-previous T9.

Also, why the hell don't smartphones have a "delete forward" button? It's so annoying to repeatedly try to tap one character over from characters like 'i', 'l', 't', etc. instead of just one keypress deleting the other direction :P

Comment Re:crap shilling article is crap (Score 1) 290

One of the main reasons I LIKE email is that it gives the sender time to organize their thoughts. Much better than listening to some user or boss hem and haw and backtrack and contradict themselves wasting endless minutes of my life.

Plus those times when you're composing an email and, as you're busy figuring out how to phrase it, you realize how to solve the problem on your own. Efficient! :)

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