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Comment Re:Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1, Insightful) 337

If I send a request to a server and it sends a response back, how can that be illegal?

It's illegal to rob a house, even if the door is unlocked.

That analogy is a poor one. It's like someone left their back door open and when asked "can I come in" they say "yes".

I can send millions of requests to a poorly secured bank server, until I find a username password that gets a "logged in" response back. I can send a request after that to move money, and the server sends a response back with a reciept.

These are all things the server was configured to do. But I think most people would recognize that as theft.

It would be a poorly configured server. Again, the situation is different. Nothing is taken in the case of a server sending you files. It's not like taking money at all.

Comment Re:Ain't just Apple (Score 2, Insightful) 212

I don't think the words "morally" and "taxation" belong in the same sentence. No matter how you think a society should be run, the forced confiscation of private property using a threat of violence is not moral. I am not proposing an alternative, but a lack there-of does not make extortion in any way "moral".

Comment Re:Apple Tv is for suckers (Score 1) 111

The AppleTV fits well within the tech ecosystem I have at home, it just works after plugging it in and the price is so low as to consider to be pretty much free. As a bonus I get a Netflix app, RedbullTV and Flikr with no additional configuration. VPNing thorugh to different countries is simple too.

Comment Re:Interesting public-private partnership (Score 1) 124

Nice that the NZ government pitched in.

It would be interesting to try something like this on a bigger scale.

I disagree. If I wanted my money to be used for this then I would have donated to the cause. I don't want an organisation making that choice for me. let me choose where my money is spent. I am a New Zealander.

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