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Comment Re:I'm shocked. (Score 1) 525

You're talking about a fundamentally different situation to the rest of us here.

In your example, a remote service on which some functionality depended was disabled. Obviously anything that depends on some remote facility can be affected by changes there, regardless of changes to the local machine. This is a real danger of the kind of always-online systems we have today, and it can be (and certainly has been) abused by developers, but I don't think it was what the rest of us were talking about in this particular discussion.

What we were talking about before was whether Microsoft could forcibly affect a Windows 7 system itself to disable functionality, analogously to the Windows 10 updates that started this discussion. The only change to a local machine in your example appears to be via a software update, which you can choose not to install on Windows 7, while not everyone on Windows 10 has that option, short of actively circumventing Microsoft's system.

The Anniversary update for Windows 10 is particularly troubling, because up to now the only way to restore some of the control that earlier versions of Windows offered (notably including controlling Windows updates themselves) on Windows 10 Pro has been through group policies, and Microsoft have now demonstrated that they are willing to remove even that control mechanism if it suits them.

Comment Re:Oh for god sake (Score 1) 93

Paying a thief to hack is illegal. Paying another news org to show you what the hacker gave them is not.

Nor is timing the releases to harm candidates illegal -- that is political speech, the most protected of all.

He only did something illegal if he paid for the info from the original hacker, or helped in some way.

Comment Re:The answer to malvertising (Score 3, Insightful) 68

Common carrier protects ISPs. It does not protect website operators. It most certainly does not protect people who serve third party ads containing malware. They are in the same boat as people who sell contaminated food supplied by third parties.

The consumer has right of redress against whoever supplies them.

Except in America, where the criminal has the rights to whatever he can get away with.

Comment Re:Why encourage them? (Score 1) 176

I AM one of the productive. I produce. Why the fuck do you think I'm paying taxes? For fun? I don't particularly hate my station in life. I make over six figures. What grants me rights to other's hard work is the same thing that grants others rights to my hard work. Being part of a society.

You might try it sometime, instead of being a misanthropic dickhead.

Comment Re:Does this surprise anyone? (Score 1) 1004

No, the Time article is perfectly clear. What is not clear is where you get your twisted ideas from. You haven't been able to support them yet.

You're deliberately being obtuse

I suggest you look up the meaning of obtuse. It is not synonymous with questioning, nor is it synonymous with challenging someone's partisan beliefs.


I have been asking you questions. You have been failing - repeatedly - to answer them in a factual manner.

I've produced 3 links and at least 2 quotes.

And I have shown how they do not actually support your statements. If these are your only sources, then you are at best spouting nonsense that you cannot support and at worst simply lying.

December 2014: Clinton turns over ~30k "work related" emails that she filtered herself (no third party) and deletes the other ~30k which she has deemed "personal"

You've gone back to your huge assumption, there. In fact, you have multiple huge assumptions in that one statement that you have shown repeatedly you cannot support with facts. You cannot support the claim that the emails were deleted only after the others were turned in, you cannot support the claim that Clinton deleted them herself, you cannot support the claim that she alone decided which emails were and were not personal.

But I've yet to see a single link from you.

You have provided several links that contradict or fail to support your assumptions. Not yet have you provided a single link that supports them.

You really should try reading some time.

Yes, at this point I've produced 3 links, all of which say the same timeline/details.

No , you have not. Had you bothered to read the pages you have linked to, you would know that they do not support your claims. In fact you would have done almost as well to link to goatse.

Are you telling me you leave all your email in your inbox and never delete anything? Maybe you don't get much email, but for those who use email for work that would be a huge volume of email.

No, I do not routinely delete 30,000 emails on a "regular basis".

You really suffer mightily at reading comprehension, here. Try reading what I wrote before you reply to it.

Which is probably why you also missed my statement before that there are a LOT of problems with Hillary. It just so happens that you are obsessing over making up shit about a problem that you cannot demonstrate to be an actual problem. You have a lot of egg on your face now, and throwing silly accusations at me doesn't help clear it.

Comment No (Score 2) 35

The Internet has no borders. Court jurisdictions do however.

Countries might try to mandate local storage for their citizens' data. But that is authoritarian control over their citizens, not so much the Internet. Anyone reasonably motivated can still move their data to overseas services if they are willing to incur the risk.

Comment Re:Game developer friend just left Amazon (Score 2) 43

Yup, I know most people go "What? Amazon makes game??"

Yes, for a few years actually.

They have a game studio:

And they recently (back in Feb, 2016) open sourced their AAA engine, Lumberyard, which is based on CryEngine. (See the FAQ)

Their AWS (Amazon Web Services) is used by game devs:

My friend was actually in a non-gaming section, but they hire game devs due to their experience and mind set of solving technical problems.

Comment Short answer (Score 4, Insightful) 35


Long answer. China is quickly moving in this direction. 20% of the world's population is quickly moving towards being on an internet island. Currently, the great firewall is a black list. There is talk of it becoming a white list. Of course to get on the white list, companies will have to jump through all sorts of hoops. Including agreeing to terms such as recognizing Taiwan as part of China, that China owns the South China Sea, Japan sucks and the Chinese people are superior in every way, etc. Globally, all content from the company will have to follow rules to promote peaceful, happy society. Otherwise, you company doesn't get access to China. The sad part: most companies will agree in a heartbeat.

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