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Comment 3Taps responds (Score 4, Informative) 186

3Taps responds:

"3taps Statement Regarding craigslist’s Misuse of the CFAA
At craigslist’s urging, a federal court has recently interpreted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), known as the “worst law in technology,” to apply when an owner of a public website decides that it no longer wants an Internet user accessing its website. The court held that “the statute protects all information on any protected computer accessed ‘without authorization’ and nothing in that language prohibits a computer owner from selectively revoking authorization to access its website.” Order at 12. 3taps is obviously disappointed in the Judge’s ruling and believes that by making public information publicly available on the Internet, without a password, firewall, or other similar restriction, craigslist has authorized, and continues to authorize, everyone to access that information. 3taps believes that the CFAA was meant to protect private and confidential information and that it was never meant to be used to selectively criminalize accessing public websites and obtaining the public information found on those sites. Importantly, the Court noted that the “current broad reach of the CFAA may well have impacts on innovation, competition, and the general ‘openness’ of the internet . . . but it is for Congress to weigh the significance of those consequences and decide whether amendment would be prudent.” Order at 12. 3taps continues to urge Congress to clarify the scope of the CFAA so that companies like craigslist cannot use it as a tool to stifle competition, innovation, and access to public websites.
While we disagree with the Court’s interpretation of the CFAA, we of course respect the Court’s ruling. Accordingly, 3taps will adhere to the current interpretation of the law and will immediately cease all access to craigslist’s servers. (Significantly, 3taps only began accessing craigslist’s servers because, as alleged in 3taps’ antitrust counterclaim, craigslist interfered with 3taps’ ability to source content through general search engines.)
Although craigslist may use the CFAA as currently interpreted to prevent 3taps from accessing its servers, 3taps can continue to function because directly accessing these servers is only one of three ways in which the information in question can be obtained. The other two, crowdsourcing and public search results, require no such access to craigslist’s servers and thus obviate the need to engage in conduct that may implicate the CFAA.
Going forward, 3taps will operate based on its understanding that if it does not access craigslist’s servers, it has a right to collect public information originally posted on craigslist’s website. In particular, 3taps reasserts four fundamental points:
  3taps does not now scrape craigslist’s servers, and therefore, cannot be in violation of the CFAA.
  3taps' indexing and caching of exchange posting data reduces (rather than increases) the net computing resources expended by craigslist and other publishers to deliver complex search results to end users.
  As the Court previously held, craigslist cannot rely on its current Terms of Use to claim the right to enforce copyrights associated with user-generated ads posted on its website.

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently confirmed that craigslist cannot trademark a peace sign – even if that peace sign is purple. See 3taps and others cannot be harassed for using the peace sign to indicate where information was sourced.
3taps will hold a public event to demonstrate to any interested party that it is possible (despite assertions to the contrary) to obtain public information on the Internet without reliance on accessing a particular source website. 3taps believes that, by not accessing craigslist’s website directly, it and others are allowed to operate and innovate in the marketplace without being subjected to sham litigation and interference.
3taps continues to assert that craigslist, a deep-pocketed, market-dominating force, has engaged in an anticompetitive scheme to maintain its dominant positions in various online classified ad segments. Among other tactics, craigslist threatens small, upstart competitors with baseless and exhaustive litigation to drive them out of business before the underlying substantive legal issues even can be addressed. In the coming weeks, 3taps will seek to illustrate what the marketplace would look like absent craigslist’s efforts to stifle innovation and competition."

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Comment Re:Cell phones (Score 3, Insightful) 189

This is nothing new, except for the specific technologies involved. Stores have been doing similar things for as long as they have existed. For example, years ago Walmart was identifying what demographics specific customers belonged to based on the way they walked on the store cameras, and Target was doing it based on their purchasing habits.

You simply cannot avoid being tracked in our modern world, and you have to go to a lot of effort to even minimize it. For the longest time I did not have a Facebook account, until I realized that Facebook already has a large entry in the database for me based on other people tagging my name and email and following me around with their huge tracking network embedded in half of all websites.

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Comment Re:not again (Score 4, Insightful) 274

They are both just companies doing the same stuff that companies normally do. None of it so far has really affected the consumers much. Neither of them is getting one up on the other either, so in the end they are just wasting their money. If people are unhappy with the way that corps work, we should be rallying to change the laws regulating them rather than wasting our energy debating the relative merits of common place aggressive troll lawsuits.

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Comment Re:haha (Score 5, Insightful) 119

They probably don't care, and just didn't see a point in putting effort into bugging people. The reality is that its virtually impossible to get 30% of all Facebook users to even vote, let alone in agreement. In fact from stats I've seen, I don't even think 30% of facebook 'users' are active, let alone in the two day time frame they gave. Or put another way, if ever single user who logged into facebook during the vote had votes the same way, they'd be we'll short of the 30% requirement. The whole vote was just lip service to caring about what users think.

Comment Re:It isn't Windows 8 I find to be the barrier... (Score 4, Insightful) 269

Lol wat?
The iOS interface was derided on slashdot, probably by people like you, for being too tonka toy. It's got to be the easiest interface to use ever developed. 1 year old kids can figure out how to use it in minutes. On the other hand, no one seems capable of figuring out Windows 8 without significant confusion, and preferably someone telling them how to use it. Ignoring the relative merits of each interface once you are an expert at them, it's one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever heard to say that the learning curve for Windows 8 is the same as that for iOS.

Comment Re:Get an iPad 2 (Score 1) 267

I'd actually recommend an ipad mini. My kids have had an ipad 1 for years and absolutely love it, but I got them a mini and its much more suited to them. The littlest (2) looks hilarious carting the big ipad with protective case around... It's like half his size lol. Plus it's cheaper than a 2nd gen! Plus, the iPads can use the TV, kinda like a WiiU, so you don't lose too much from a console, and you gain a ton (like CHEAP apps and great educational software - my 4 year old learned how to spell almost entirely because she loves a spelling game on the ipad so much).

Comment Re:Serious comment (Score 4, Insightful) 146

I have 3 times actually seen a cop driving in a car talking on their cell phone, despite a law here banning using a cell while driving. I even managed to get a video of it one of the times. I think the reason respect for cops has decreased so much over the last couple decades is that people are realizing they are hypocritical, power drunk assholes, and not just a few 'bad apples, but the majority of them.

Comment Re:Uhh, phones != profit... (Score 1) 601

Hilariously, I was just coming home on the metro, and I noticed the person sitting next to me was tapping away on an iPhone. Then I noticed the person right across from me was tapping on an iPhone too. I started to look around and realized that of the 15 or so people around me, 10 were actively using iPhones, 1 was using an Android, and the rest were not using phones. When I get home I'm greeted by this article and can't help but think: where are all these Android phones? The article itself supplies the answers: most of them are in China, and most of the ones in the west are cheap phones that people don't really use as 'smart' phones.

I'm not commenting my opinion on any of this, but its an interesting trend, and a reality check for the statistics of how well Android is doing. This isn't a simple Android or iPhone ecosystem, its a complex system of numerous players and phones, different usages, money making strategies and very fast changes. I certainly not see stats like this as the huge victory for Android that many want it to be.

Comment Re:Game Controls (Score 2, Insightful) 368

I find it hilarious reading through the comments of people proclaiming that tablet gaming could never be as good because of some control issue, when it is clear these people have never actually played many good tablet games. I've been an avid gamer for decades and played numerous racing games, and a few of the tablet racing games have the best controls I've ever used. Buttons and tiny joysticks are just REALLY hard to use to steer a (simulated) car, whereas full screen tilt is awesome once you get a little practice. The good racing games even keep the horizon level while you turn the tablet. Plus with the ipad I can push the game to the tv screen and race there, and the tablet becomes the controller with info and maps on its screen. Someone else made the hilarious comment that "there's no way you're going to get anything [like] Civ IV" on a mobile device... I must have been hallucinating pretty good last night during my Civ gaming session on my tablet...

The reality is that game makers are beginning to learn how to make great games for mobile devices. The games are getting better, the controls more slick, and as people switch over all but the most hardcore quickly realize that mobile devices are the future of gaming. When I saw that the WiiU is going to be a tablet like controller for the tv, my first thought was that I had been doing almost that exact same thing for months already with my versatile tablet, why the heck would I want the WiiU? Really, once you get the controls figured out, the only other appeal of consoles is game titles, and that's changing, very very quickly.

Comment Re:truth sucks (Score 5, Insightful) 454

The point is that if working 80-100 hours a week is the norm for those students, then many of them are going to suffer and be un healthy, and we as a society should not simply accept, condone or encourage that. I mean do the math: 100 hours of work in one week means 14.5 hours a day, every day. That's INSANE. Considering the average person needs 9 hours of sleep per night to stay healthy, that leaves them the choice of either not sleeping enough, or having 30 minutes of time away from work per day. No prob, it's just enough time for a shit and shower! You can eat while you work.

If there's a joke here, it's that anyone thinks its ok for this to be a reality check.

Comment Make a difference? (Score 4, Interesting) 169

"it could actually make a difference"
I'm sorry, what? What kind of difference do you expect it to make?
Terrorist attacks on planes are EXTREMELY rare. I do not lose sleep over them. You and I are far, far more likely to die from a plane malfunction or pilot error than a terrorist. The only 'difference' I can see is yet another hoop to jump through at airports.

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