* Posts by PacketPusher

33 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

PacketPusher
Meh

Consumers

When was copyright ever about consumers? To my knowledge, it has always about rewarding content creators for creating with a monopoly on the content that was created. This is about as anti-consumer as you can get. It seems to me that there are two main problems with the copyright system, in the US at least,extending the copyright to preposterous lengths and no penalty for take-downs of fair use.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Megaphone

Re: Bah!

It seems to me that the problem, in the US at least, is that the banks are not financially responsible for fraud. If fraud is claimed, the money is taken back from the vendor. The banks do not have an incentive to do a good job of verifying the user.

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

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Big Brother

It's all about power. They don't want to have to ask a judge and possibly be denied.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

PacketPusher
Facepalm

Re: Best solution is ...

The problem with these class action suits is the lawyers get all the money. The people in the class get a discount on their next purchase of the same or similar product.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

PacketPusher
Pint

Re: He's obviously dangerous

I suspect that you are right and wrong. I don't think they are there for his protection so much as the Embassy's protection. We can't have a mob storming an Embassy in a civilized nation. They could keep him from getting away with fewer officers.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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WTF?

Why the search engine?

I still don't understand why this is even a google thing. Why mess with the search engines? If you get the source information removed, the information will timeout in the search engines. If I recall correctly, the original case involved information at a Spanish newspaper site. Spain is part of the EU. Why not sue to get the article removed there?

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Re: Its a planet.

Where the equator is drawn is not arbitrary. It is the great circle in the plane of rotation. The prime meridian is arbitrary.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Pirate

Wait a minute!

Suppose we were not talking about a hotel. Suppose you have some business using WiFi that has carefully place their APs and selected their channels so that there is no interference and then someone brings in a rouge AP that starts interfering with the network. Are you saying that they should not be able to tell people not to use their equipment in the building? Obviously, they should not be able to block APs outside their building, but inside is another story.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Happy

Re: standard units

As a 'murican and member of the elite few who uses Farenheit and other odd measurements,I second this motion and call for immediate implementation.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

PacketPusher

I am shocked!. Absolutely Shocked!

This is hardly a surprise. The US and Israel have been pretty tight for a long time. I do have to take exception to the idea that Israel cannot mount an assault without US assistance. Anyone can randomly drop bomb.

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Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

PacketPusher
FAIL

Back the bus up!

No. Not the entire state computing system. The California Technology Agency is setting up CalCloud, but participation is optional for state departments. The department I work for has evaluated it and chosen not to partake.

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

PacketPusher
WTF?

Back the bus up

I came into this story late so I am not that familiar with how it started. Can someone point me to an explanation of why this is even a Google issue? It seem to me that the citizen should complain to the web site that publishes the irrelevant or obsolete information rather than the search engine that links to it.

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

PacketPusher

An e-mail was sent out,but you had to sign up before April 23. I got the e-mail on January 15. I also remember getting a snail mail letter too, but I don't remember when.

creditmonitoring.target.com

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

PacketPusher

A fine is normally a punishment to discourage behavior, but the police are taxpayer funded. How does fining the taxpayer discourage bad behavior by the police? They need to punish the individuals who screwed up.

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Forget terabit Ethernet, the next step is 400 gig – if we can afford the R&D

PacketPusher

Never?

You mean like 640KB is all the memory we will ever need?

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Sky News hack of Canoe Man's email in public interest, Ofcom says

PacketPusher

As I understand it, illegally obtained evidence is inadmissible only if it was illegally obtained by the government or it's agents. If it is obtained by a private party and handed over to the government, then it is admissible. The private party can be criminally charged by the government or sued by the defendant.

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Euro students cluster fest: Configurations LAID BARE

PacketPusher
Trollface

pl. brace A pair of like things

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'Syrian Electronic Army' fails to crack Israeli water system

PacketPusher
Facepalm

Re: Let me get this straight

Nope. The convoy was (allegedly) carrying missiles bound for Shiite Hezbollah militants. Hezbollah are long-time foes of Israel and allies of President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime.

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Amazon launches own currency

PacketPusher
Facepalm

Re: Marketing gimmick

10% is a pretty big discount, but alas it only works out to be 4%. 1000 coins worth $10 cost $9.60.

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So a health boss, a GM veep and Qualcomm's big cheese walk into a bar

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Black Helicopters

MalWare

With the computer controlling so much of the car and soon even self driving cars, I'm not sure that I want my car connected to any networks where it can pick up some malware. Imagine saying, "Home James!" and find that the car takes you to a store for shopping instead of taking you home.

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

PacketPusher
Stop

Re: JohnG

I can think of plenty. Your average blue collar worker would not be fired as long as they did not miss work before getting bail. People who work with money like bankers or store clerks might get fired, but your average carpenter, plumber, or electrician probably would not.

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Yes, you can be sacked for making dodgy Facebook posts

PacketPusher
Meh

Lets take it a bit farther

Suppose he had posted it on his own wall where he knew exactly who had access to the post. Suppose further that he had a spat with one of his friends and he/she printed the post and give it to the employer. The post is not public, but it has come to the employers attention through the printout. Would it still be legal to fire him?

What if we are talking about an e-mail between two people?

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Assange's Ecuador asylum bid has violated £200k UK bail, say cops

PacketPusher

Re: The fool should have gone to the Argentine Embassy.

No way the UK would trade him for the Falklands, but the Argentinians might give him asylum just to twist the lions tail..

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Facebook's Eduardo Saverin: I'm not a tax-dodger

PacketPusher

Re: Insult to middle class Americans?

What are you talking about? Of course governments tax foreign nationals. I have paid taxes on investment in other countries to those governments, The US has a right to tax any money earned in the US. Of course they have no right to tax foreign income of non-citizens who do not live in the US.

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MasterCard joins Visa in pushing PINs into America

PacketPusher

No sign or PIN

This is pretty common here in the states. I haven't signed for gas for years. I assume that it is because they can get your plates on CCTV so they can follow up if the charge is fraudulent. Many merchants don't require a signature if the charge is small. Typically less than $20.

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Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus

PacketPusher
Devil

I don't support PETA, but ...

that is hilarious!

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German cops hunt HUGE ERECTION-inducing SPIDER

PacketPusher
Alert

But it is still a honkin' big spider

Less than half a foot, but still really BIG.

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US court test for rights not to hand over crypto keys

PacketPusher

They cannot compel you

I'm pretty sure that they cannot compel you to reveal the location of files or even the existence of the files. It is up to the police to find them once they have the search warrant. If they cannot find them, then they cannot be used against you.

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Apple users complain over MobileMe 'censorware'

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Exception

There was a case here in California where a person was ejected from mall for violating the malls speech code. A court ruled that that code was unconstitutional as it violates the customers right of free speech. I am guessing that the reason they cannot bar speech is that while the mall is privately owned, It is open to the public.

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How to slay a cellphone with a single text

PacketPusher
Happy

True, but ...

If you don't use SMS, you can ask your carrier to block them,

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

PacketPusher
Alien

I don't think so...

Remember a human's center of gravity is above the waist. If you run into a waist high barrier at a normal to fast walk, you can go over.

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Former student jailed for US political hack attacks

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"former" Student

He also coughed to launching a denial of service attack on the University of Akron, the university where he was enrolled at the time of the March 2007 attack.

It appears that he was a student at the time of the attacks, but is not a student now. So the former student reference does make some sense.

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GPS-guided wreckers flatten wrong house

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Wordplay

If y'all call a hutch a dresser, what do you call that thing with drawers that hold your underwear?

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