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  • Oct Wed, 2010 @ 08:35am

    A scary thought

    I saw this same article on BoingBoing and the author suggested a scary use for this technology. If the company didn't realize what they were using or forgot about the technology, a spy, industrial or other, could set the software to look for those keywords and then email them the PDF instead of the IT department of the company. Pretty scary thought as to what could be stolen this way. Just goes to show that DRM is not the answer.

  • Oct Tue, 2009 @ 12:04pm

    Re:

    Oh right. Since the "actual uses that the phone are intended for" differ from person to person. shame on him for wanting to using it in a way that suited him. So all he's supposed to do is surf random web pages and check email? I mean, if it was a limited data plan, then sure, but unlimited? Come on.

  • Oct Tue, 2009 @ 08:51am

    Re: Ugh

    Brooks,

    I'm so glad that someone else has actually read the article in question. This is one of the rare moments that I disagree with Mike. I saw this article yesterday, and I felt the same way as most of the other commenters just from the headline, then I read the story.

    This guy wasn't using twitter to organize the protest. He was using it to help people that were told to disperse to evade the police and keep doing what they were doing. Doing this any other way would also be illegal. It's called obstruction of justice. It's the same thing as if you saw the police in pursuit of someone on TV and saw that they were coming your way, you then realized that it was your friend driving the car, so you decided that you wanted to help him. So you jump in your car and start following the pursuit and get him on the phone and tell him where to turn and when to turn, eventually helping him to escape.

    That may be a bit extreme, but it is what this guy was doing. And he knew it. It wasn't like he didn't know what was going on. He heard the order to dispese, especially since he had the scanners at his disposal, and choose to keep telling his friends how to escape the police.

    Not a good thing to do.

  • Sep Wed, 2009 @ 09:00am

    Re: Pull vs. Push

    I've got the same complaint about NFL games as well. The only game I get to watch each week, unless I'm at a resturant or a friends house that has it on, is the Sunday night game on NBC. NBC is the only network that airs a football game online. And it works very well. Now I can understand maybe ESPN or the NFL network not putting their games online for free, but ABC, CBS, and FOX already send these over the airways for free, so in my opinion they should be able to simulcast them over the web as well.

    Now before you slam me and say I should just put up an antenna, you should know that I can't. I live in a town that is in a valley that is at 2000 feet above sea level, but all of the mountains around are 8000 feet higher or more (we have the tallest mountain in the continental US in the mountain range near us). So OTA TV is just not feasible. You might get 2 or 3 channels, like PBS and the local city council meetings, but none of the networks. And I just can't justify paying for a Cable or Sat. TV subscription that I am just not going to use.

    When we did have Cable TV, we only watched maybe 7 channels, CBS, FOX, Disney, Discovery, A&E, Food Network, and maybe one or two others. Now if they offered some type of Ala Carte programing fee, I might be more interested, but for now, I'll just stick with my Hulu and Netflix watching for TV and movies and NBC on Sunday nights for my weekly football fix.

  • Sep Wed, 2009 @ 08:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Ninja Pirates

    I think that a SEAL could take you. :)

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 11:59am

    Re: Re: Another "Reason to Buy"

    OMG. I just spilled my soda trying not to laugh and drink it at the same time. Nice.

  • Sep Mon, 2009 @ 01:56pm

    Re:

    Wait. I'm confused. In his post Mike references his interview with TorrentFreak in which he says "...Feel free to use any of our posts going forward as well. Unlike some, we're not scared of people copying our stuff...." How is this jumping all over Allen? He basically says what she did is fine and she can do it all she wants. I mean, hell, it's getting Mike's message out there, isn't it? The only negative thing Mike said about what Allen did was that she was by hypocritical. She can't have it both ways. Either she believes what she preaches, and followes it, or she doesn't. When you do something that is the opposite of what you say you believe, well, that my friend is defined as hypocrisy.

  • Sep Thu, 2009 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Another brick in the wall (oops, I hope they do not come to me charging for the quote...)

    OMG. I just read what I wrote. I so wish I had used the preview button. Now I look like one of those pervs on the internet. Good thing it's anymouse. :)

  • Sep Thu, 2009 @ 11:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Another brick in the wall (oops, I hope they do not come to me charging for the quote...)

    Damn you DH. I almost lost my lunch laughing. :)

    Now, I may be in the minority here, but even though I detest Britney Spears music, I still think the woman is so doable. And when I saw the line "pumping of..." All my brain saw was pumping Britney Spears, and I got so freaking excitied...Then I saw the word Cher. shudder. Thanks for bringing me up, and then back down, DH.

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 08:43am

    Re: Hold up a sec...

    Ah yes. But lets not forget. One show is going to be held and the other got canceled. By this you can infere, and it seems Mike did, that the one that is taking place is going to be better than the one that is not taking place. Even if it is the shittiest piece of garbage ever it still will be better than the one that did not take place. It just may stink more and never happen again.

    Pretty simple logic IMO.

  • Sep Mon, 2009 @ 01:19pm

    Re: Ratings...

    Actually PRMan, the V-Chip is not very usefull at all.

    At our house we don't have a cable subscription, or any TV subscription for that matter, or OTA TV. What we do is run Netflix via the Xbox for our dose of hollywood entertainment. We would only add movies to the Instant Queue that we would want our kids to watch. Then all of a sudden Xbox and Netflix changed how they do things. They made it so not only can you see the instant queue but you get recommendations of off what you have recently watched, and you get to see new releases for all of main categories (action, comedy, etc.) of movies.

    Since my wife and I don't put movies we want to watch in the queue, as this would make shows/movies available to our children that we do not want them to watch, we did not like this change. Because now the recommendation will put out movies based of of say, Terminator, or Leverage, or CSI, all perfectly great movies/shows, but not what I want my children watching yet. So I decided to enable the rating option on the Xbox. Set it to TV-G - TV-PG for TV shows and up to PG for movies. Locking out unrated and not-rated shows/movies/games. You would think this would work, right? Wrong.

    My four year old loves the Bob the Builder shows, guess what they are rated, Unrated, guess what the latest Sci-Fi "C" (mabye even F) movie is rated, Unrated. Awesome. Now I can either put a block on that locks out my sons shows, as well as shows I don't want him to see, and his games, such as Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Star Wars, and Kung-Fu Panda, or not lock out anything.

    Now, this is really only a hardship in that I have to remember a stupid Xbox password (no it can't be alphanumeric, that would be to easy) that has to be a combination of buttons/controls on the controller, but it should not be an issue. And of course he (my 4, almost 5, year old) already cracked the first password I picked. All he did was mash random buttons until he got it to work. Then the watched what he pushed until he guessed it and remembered it. And they tried telling me he wasn't ready for kindergarten this year. psssha. Kindergarten wasn't ready for him, and won't be...Ever.

    If the rating system is going to work it must be applied to all movies/shows. If National Lampoon wants to make an unrated version of one of their skin flicks, fine. But mark it Unrated - Adult or something. Don't punish those of us that try to make the technology work for us but are foiled by stupid companies that try to get around the technology.

    Oh well. I'll end this rant now. But just keep in mind that just because I want to watch a given movie/show doesn't mean I want my children to as well. And if the rating system is screwed up that I can't set it easily, well, it needs to be fixed.

  • Sep Mon, 2009 @ 10:59am

    Re: Re: Technology

    That's funny stuff. I've had my dad call me and ask why I just called him. But my phone was locked and the call log did not have any outgoing call to him for over 24 hours. so how does that work?

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 10:30am

    Re: Really?

    DH - keep in mind that due to advances in prosthetics there are a lot of athletes in the Special Olympics that are only there due to a missing limb, or two, and are not allowed to participate in a standard Olympic competition.

    Other then that...I agree with you. :)

  • Sep Wed, 2009 @ 04:27pm

    Re: Search away

    It's a good thing I didn't post anonymously then huh. And I did say that you were most likely not a plant. I did google your name. But the only Rick Pool I could find was a listed as the VP of a company called Headstrong (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rick-pool/4/285/676). Which is why I left my statement the way it was.

    And if you read the rest of my comments you would have seen that I did agree with you that the docuement was leaked, full document, while the official copy was redacted. However, the court later determined that the un-redacted copy was not in violation and was not at issue with it being released.

    Furthermore, I take exception to you assuming that I'm uneducated, for all you know, I work for the company in the article. How does being "anonymous", especially in a forum where everyone is that way regardless of what you say your name is, even begin to point at ones education, or lack thereof?

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 12:04pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And of course I make the classic mistake of responding to his first post instead of to the one that was in response to the links I posted. Doh. Mike do you have an edit button? Or a move button I can use. :)

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 12:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Hmmm. I think I just fell for a troll from the company named. If you click his profile you see that he has exactly 3 posts to his registered name. 3 guesses as to which article they are on...And the first 2 don't count. I betcha If we google his name we find he works in PR for the company. :)

    But then again. He may not. Unless there are lots more Rick Pool's out there. Of course I'm sure he's not the "Rick's Pools" in southern california. :)

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 11:55am

    Re: Re:

    Just wondering, did you click through to the articles I linked? Cause it sounds like you didn't. FTA: "A trail of evidence dug up by the TCI Journal, a UK commission of inquiry, and others, showed that foreign property developers were giving millions in secret loans and payments to senior Islander politicians, including an alleged $500,000 cash payment to the Island's now former Premier, Michael Misick."

    Now those "foreign property developers" have filed suite in California asking for the IP address of the TCI Journal's email account with Gmail.

    From the way TFA reads it says that the file sent to wikileaks was the original court document and there was a court order that said the media could not report on it. But that was overturned. FTA: "The Commission of Inquiry Final Report was released on the 18th of July this year in significatly redacted form. A full version was released by WikiLeaks. A High Court case ensued which initially enjoined all media in the Islands from reporting the redacted findings, however within a few days this restriction was overturned.".

    So basically, the company asking for the info from Google did not like the fact that their name showed up in the court document and made it online. So they filed a supoena for information. Again, FTA: "Subpoenas for records are rubber-stamped by US courts, meaning that anyone in a position to start law suits in California can obtain private information about Gmail users who are not in a position to respond in kind, including cash-strapped corruption busting journalists from the Caribbean."

    Sounds to me like this is a case of abuse by a powerful company. Not a case of the "leak" being illegal.

    But who are we to let the facts get in the way...Right?

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 08:38am

    Re: Re: Not a blogger

    Wikileaks article here: http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Gmail_may_hand_over_IP_addresses_of_journalists

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 08:35am

    Re: Not a blogger

    Sorry. I saw this story on Downloadsquad.com

    http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/08/31/googles-not-fighting-gmail-subpoenas/

  • Sep Tue, 2009 @ 08:33am

    Not a blogger

    I saw this story yesterday, on CNN.com I think, and it wasn't just that the court asked for the identitiy of a blogger. It was asking for the IP address of someone who uploaded some documents to WikiLeaks using a gmail email address. Now, like Mike said, if the company has proven to the court that this really is defamation, then Google should not fight the court order. But if all this is, is an underhanded technique to get at a whistleblower...Shame on Google (and the courts).

    I'll see if I can find the article again.

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