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Pirate Banned From Using Linux

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the take-that dept.

United States 698

dsinc writes "A guy who uploaded the latest Star Wars movie got arrested, pleaded guilty to 'conspiracy to commit copyright infringement' and 'criminal copyright infringement' and got jail and home confinement. As part of his home confinement, he agreed to install some tracking software on his computer. The problem is He's an Ubuntu Linux user and the gov't doesn't have any tracking software for Linux. So he's been told that he must use Windows for the term of his confinement. Looks like a case of cruel and unusual punishment to me"

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So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (3, Insightful)

renehollan (138013) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335909)

And have Linux boxes behind it?

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (5, Insightful)

Absorbed (1122443) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335959)

He could always use VMWare.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (5, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336177)

Or he could have offered them to port the tracking tool to Linux. :-)

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (5, Interesting)

ajs (35943) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336021)

One presumes that he has been required to surrender his hardware (all of it) to the authorities for the installation of the tracking software which phones home to indicate what he's doing (at whatever level of granularity it tracks such things).

He could probably get away with VMWare or the like running Linux under Windows, but that would just run the risk of landing him in jail.

His best bet is Cygwin [cygwin.com] , the suite of open source tools for Windows that includes everything you need to essentially subvert a Windows desktop and make it think it's a Unix-like OS. It's not 100% perfect, but it's a far cry better than pure Windows. I regularly use a Windows laptop with X running under it, ssh to my office with X-forwarding and several gnome-terminals running on my work desktop.

Other than that, the only native Windows apps I use are Firefox and Thunderbird, so it's often hard to tell what OS it actually is.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (5, Funny)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336311)

They can really punish him by making him run windows ME.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (2, Interesting)

mark-t (151149) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336033)

Most likely not. I expect as a concession to even allowing him internet access at ALL, they probably strictly control what computer hardware the man is allowed to have in his own home. It might sound a bit tough, but bear in mind that this is not an innocent man here... he pled guilty to the charges and this is just part of the punishment.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (1, Interesting)

Bastardchyld (889185) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336195)

It is also important to point out that he received a shorter jail-term because of probation that was no doubt recommended by his attorney (due to the "non-violent" nature of his crimes). Now that he is on probabation he does not like the terms... My opinion is big deal, do you think a drunk driver wants to go to AA, have an ignition bypass installed? Besides he could choose to not use the internet for the remainder of his probation anyways...

Nothing to see here.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336305)

Drunk drivers kill families of 4. This guy isn't a danger to anyone, stupid analogy.

Even so, when the state drunk drivers attend AA, they don't force them to go to a gay and lesbian AA clubhouse. That is a better analogy.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336351)

The difference is that drunk drivers kill people and destroy actual property whereas the worst thing a pirated movie can do is prevent some other people from making money off their previously completed works.

Not making money off something you did previously doesn't sound like a very great harm to me, not enough to justify taking away a person's freedom by putting them in jail -or- by making them use Windows. But then again in our "right to profit" society I guess that's a capital offense.

Hang 'em.

Chinpokemon!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336039)

Randy: [walks up] What are you doing?
Sharon: I'm watching one of Stanley's Chinpokomon video tapes.
Randy: Why?
Sharon: Our son loves this show, Randy, so I think it's important that we watch it to see if it's teaching him good moral values. [Randy sits]
"Ash": [addressing a robot rooster] Hey, you must be Roostor! I haven't bought one of you yet, but I'll bet you can transform into Roostallion if you found Diamond Skill 7! [picks it up and squeezes]
Roostor: Roo-oo-oostor! [a teen boy in black body suit emblazoned with an 8 appear]
"Eight": [does the following as he speaks] Hey, I'm gonna take your Roostor and put it in this bag, where it will flourish or expire, depending on fate!
"Ash": Hey! Is that a good idea?
"Eight": Roostors aren't like Chuchunezumis. They haven't the heart for such endeavors.
"Ash": Oooh? [Randy and Sharon look lost]
Randy: ...Are those good moral values?
Sharon: I don't know what the hell they're talking about.
[The Marsh house, later. Randy and Sharon watch a battle scene in disbelief]
"Ash": Lambtron! You are losing the battle of your life! [Lambtron battles Furrycat]
Narrator: But Lambtron's powers also give him a good chance for a new fight. Will he succeed?
"Ash": I am sad now, because Lambtron must be very lonely because there are so few Lambtrons in the world. Will he ever find a companion?
Sharon: This doesn't make sense. Are those stupid things supposed to be animals or robots or what?!
Randy: I don't know, but I suddenly kinda wanna own them all.
Sharon: Randy, we can't allow our son to watch this stuff!
Randy: Well, it's not like it's vulgar or violent.
Sharon: No, but it's incredibly stupid, and that could be worse on a child's mind than any vulgarity or violence. Remember what "Battle Of The Network Stars" did to an entire generation.
Randy: [solemnly] My God, you're right.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336063)

Maybe he can. That'd be super-sweet.

Re:So? Can't he use a Windows box to route? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336361)

He could, but then HE'D be the one getting pwned by h4x0rs.

Time to get a Mac (1)

daveywest (937112) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336405)

and run all three OS's on the same box.

Why... (1, Insightful)

PunkOfLinux (870955) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335915)

are they even allowed to do this? "Oh, well, we can't be bothered to make a system for your operating system, so we'll just force you to use something else!" Duh...

Re:Why... (1)

DamonHD (794830) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335965)

They are presumably *allowed* to put him in jail and deny him all Internet access, so, yes, they could probably even make him use VGA with a nasty colour scheme.

In his case I might decline to use Windows for security and cost reasons until the sentence was complete, but maybe ask to be able to use court-supplied facilities to check email.

Rgds

Damon

Re:Why... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20335993)

Take it in context...

They probably offered him a deal to spend home time versus all jail time if he agreed to certain terms. They are not FORCING him to use windows, they are saying that if he wants the easy path of punishment, he has to abide by certain rules.

Also the requirement would only be for if he uses a computer at all. He's perfectly welcome to simply not use one at all.

All in all, he got off easy and just has to fullow the very simple rules in order to get the easy version of punishment.

Re:Why... (5, Insightful)

shogarth (668598) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335999)

Why? Because he's a convict still serving his sentence (that's why he's under home confinement). If he doesn't like the terms of home confinement, he can always go back in the slammer and have even more restricted access.

Re:Why... (5, Insightful)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336309)

Yeah, damn dirty rapist murdering prick...oh wait...he uploaded the new Star Wars. Well, I guess this is the joy of treating copyright infringement as a criminal offense. Unless of course the infringement wasn't the offense, and that subjecting that many people to the latest Star Wars is considered a crime against humanity.

Re:Why... (1)

SerpentMage (13390) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336385)

He just did not upload illegally, but he uploaded before the movie was even in the theaters. That is going to annoy many people. So while 5 months and 5 months is a pain it is definitely less than what a murderer would serve.

You could argue that this was fair punishment.

IP = $$$ (0)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336409)

Yes, so long as society at large likes the idea that creating intellectual property should have something to do with ownership and getting a paycheck, copyright infringement SHOULD be a criminal offense.

Guy should be happy that the punishment is having to stay home and use Windows. Cope.

Re:Why... (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336377)

So he's allowed to go back to *his* home, but he's not allowed to use his os of choice?
And expected to purchase additional software to use his already perfectly working computer...
If anything, the prison service should supply a modified locked down linux installation *as* the monitoring software, and not give him root access. It's not gonna be hard to circumvent windows based monitoring software when you have full admin rights.

Re:Why... (2, Interesting)

Egdiroh (1086111) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336019)

are they even allowed to do this? "Oh, well, we can't be bothered to make a system for your operating system, so we'll just force you to use something else!" Duh...
This is a probation, which means that the alternative is Prison, so I think that as long as they don't take away any more freedoms then would be taken away by sending him to Prison that they are allowed to do it.

Re:Why... (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336031)

Yes. They could tell him that he couldn't use a computer at all or they could throw him jail. His can use a computer with monitoring software on it and it is only available for Windows.

Re:Why... (3, Interesting)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336111)

>are they even allowed to do this? "Oh, well, we can't be bothered to make a system for your operating system, so we'll just force you to use something else!" Duh...

No, the taxpayers cant be bothered to pay for more coding software. Hell, considering his crimes it just be better to not allow him computer use during probabtion, if he doesnt like that he cant spend those 5 months in prison. I know what I'd pick. Incredible how we coddle our criminals. Whats next a personal butler and compensation for jail time spent? Hot chocolate?

Re:Why... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336355)

compensation for jail time spent?

Why not? Hilton got time-compensated for her weekend spent at home...

Re:Why... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336121)

It's not a car analogy but anyway:

You're confined to house arrest and required to wear an ankle bracelet. But...you have no legs so they chain you into the radiator instead.

Re:Why... (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336295)

I think they'd just put it on your arm.

Re:Why... (1)

ystar (898731) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336265)

Penalization is in many ways a removal of freedom and choice. He has lost the freedom to use an operating system of his preference on the net. IANAL, but I assume since he's required to only get on the net with the tracking software in place, requiring windows is just like requiring that he doesn't block the software's calling home base with a firewall.

As a side note, as others have mentioned yes this sort of restriction is probably easy to bypass in a whole slew of ways. I'm sure he knows/suspects that, but for this kid getting caught doing so is probably not worth the risk, however minimal.

FIRST TROUT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20335925)

I AM A FISH!

Wow! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20335927)

Creepy! Especially when you think about how in premodern societies, including ancient Greece and premodern Japan, anal sex was associated with male-male paederastic relationships. Manuscripts and art from those periods depict anal sex as the main or only sexual activity that occurred in such relationships.

In modern times, particularly in Western cultures, anal sex has been popularly associated with gay and bisexual men. In particular, anal sex has been associated with the spread of HIV, especially in early years of the discovery of the disease. This resulted in gay bathhouses in some American cities being shut down by public-health authorities.

Among gay men who have anal sex, some consistently take the top (insertive) or bottom (receptive) role, but this is not always the case: some men who have anal sex act as both top and bottom at different times. This is known as "versatile" or "switch".

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335929)

[NT]

Re:Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. (4, Insightful)

Chandon Seldon (43083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336137)

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Sure, but he's done the jail time, and he's not complaining about the probation term at all.

Just because someone has committed a crime does not mean that the government gets to impose arbitrary terms on them without an explicit court ruling. It especially doesn't mean that the government should be mandating specific non-optimal technical choices that interfere the livelyhood of an expert in a technical field.

Mandating Windows to a computer expert so they can be tracked for piracy is like mandating a Chrysler mini-van to a farmer because he beat his wife. Sure, you can carry produce to market in a mini-van, but making the farmer buy a new Chrysler mini-van to replace his perfectly functional Toyota pickup truck is absurd.

Re:Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. (3, Informative)

Bastardchyld (889185) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336345)

Actually he has not completed his sentence. His sentence was 5 months jail time and 5 months probation...

These terms are hardly arbitrary... He committed a crime with his computer and now he is going to have his computer activities monitored. This is the same as having ignition interlocks on automobiles in response to a DUI. When you are a "ward of the state" which you are while you are under probation, you do not have freedom, at that point you have actually had your freedom revoked. Probation is a tool for measuring your ability to fit back into society...

By the way, they did not "mandate" he use Windows, they simply said that his internet access must be monitored... Currently they only have the monitoring software for Windows, so therefore if he wants internet access he must suck it up and buy windows if he does not already have it... He has a choice, buy Windows or wait 5 months and use whatever he wants.

No pity here.

Re:Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336241)

Crewel and unusual punishment?

VMware. . . (1)

CrtxReavr (62039) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335939)

VMware. . . done. Done.

-CR

Re:VMware. . . (1)

Rocko's Modurn Life (661803) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336253)

You miss the point.
He would be forced to switch to Windows. That means purchasing a copy of Windows. That means money. And as for your solution, that would mean purchasing a copy of VMWare. That means more money. The guy says he has no job which means no money, especially since he has lawyers fees to payso he has less than no money. Here it is real simple: More money > Money > No money > Less than no money.
So no, not done.

Virtual machine (1)

athloi (1075845) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335945)

He can run Linux in a virtual machine, I hope. That will not only get him back to using his favorite operating system, but might get him around the government's silly monitoring so he can get back to uploading the movies you and I enjoy.

Re:Virtual machine (4, Insightful)

Chandon Seldon (43083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336065)

People have made this comment on every single thread on this topic everywhere (Slashdot is the third site I've seen this story on), and it's still wrong and (frankly) nonsensical.

The requirement is that they run software that can monitor his computer activities. The complication is that the software is Windows-only so it won't run on his Linux system. Your suggestion accomplishes neither party's goal: It wouldn't let them monitor his computer activity, and it wouldn't let him run Linux as the OS on his machine (he'd have to run Windows, and then screw around, and then maybe run some Linux apps in a VM while still paying for a Windows license and dealing with Windows crap).

Re:Virtual machine (1)

twrake (168507) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336067)

This was my thought. It is likely that the monitoring software will have a problem with virtual machines as well.

Perhaps switching to DOS will help, bet they can't monitor that either.

Re:Virtual machine (1)

highspl (523486) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336077)

His biggest complaint is that he would have to actually buy the Windows OS in order to use the internet again, and subsequently VMWare. I doubt he'll be downloading XP illegally anytime soon. Insult to injury, really....being forced to pay for something you never supported to begin with.

Re:Virtual machine (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336261)

His biggest complaint is that he would have to actually buy the Windows OS in order to use the internet again

Which is the funny part ... He's paying his lawyer how many dollars an hour to avoid paying for a Windows OS license?

Re:Virtual machine / Pure Bologna! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336081)

Since the host OS is MS; the government can always log into his box via terminal services and check the apps he has installed. They can even launch VMware and see what he's got and how he's using it. I'm sure they can find this out easy. His best bet is to purchase a system online in a colo and SSH to it from home. If he's kinda smart he might even use multiple proxies including TOR. That's when the fun can begin. However nothing is full-proof. He might as well just do what they say and wait.

Re:Virtual machine (1)

Raistlin77 (754120) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336359)

Oh yeah, that's good advice. You're telling him to violate his probation. Good job.

Simple solution (1)

fructose (948996) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335951)

Use VMware in Windoze. All the fun of Ubuntu while still meeting the terms of the punishment.

Wow (3, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335973)

I'm glad my tax dollar are so hard at work protecting the poor corporations. I was worried there for a second.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336101)

Corporations pay taxes too, you know. Also consider that corporations actually serve people perhaps even people like you.

Re:Wow (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336395)

Corporations pay taxes too and get tax returns, you know. Also consider that people actually serve corporations perhaps even corporations like the RIAA.
There, fixed it for you.

Well... (1)

Joseph1337 (1146047) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335977)

I would tell them i could use Wine or Windows on Xen... or just to stop fucking jokes

Transcript from Court Case (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335985)

United States Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle: After pleading guilty, you are hereby sentenced to confinement at your house ...
Marc Hoaglin: No change in lifestyle there.
Judge Carla Woehrle: ... and to serve up to 6 months jail time ...
Marc Hoaglin: Sure, why not? I'll get a chance to lift some weights.
Judge Carla Woehrle: ... and to install government monitoring software on your computer ...
Marc Hoaglin: I guess that's only fair.
Judge Carla Woehrle: ... that only runs on Windows.
Marc Hoaglin: DO NOT WANT!!!

Re:Transcript from Court Case (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336169)

Maybe he can run the tracking software under WINE?

Damn them! (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#20335989)

This is clearly a Ninja plot.

Re:Damn them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336087)

No. This looks more like the work of pirates.

Re:Damn them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336185)

mod parent: -1, missed the joke.
mod grandparent: +1, good call.
mod self: -5, too lazy to get an account to mod them myself.

Yeah, but isn't... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20335995)

...everybody forced to use Windows? Hell, I bet even Bill Gates would prefer to use something else, but he's afraid of a certain member of his staff.

It's not the having to use windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336001)

He's saying he can't afford the $100 to buy a copy of XP, seeing as he's unemployable and all.



Now, a $100 fine atop 5 months in jail doesn't seem excessive to me, but the felony rap making him unemployable does.

Re:It's not the having to use windows (5, Insightful)

dougmc (70836) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336237)

Now, a $100 fine atop 5 months in jail doesn't seem excessive to me, but the felony rap making him unemployable does.
Having the `indirect' penalties assigned to you for a crime being much worse than the `official penalties' is hardly a new thing.


By `indirect' I mean things like not being able to get a good job, being shunned/tormented/killed by people merely because you're a registered sex offender, etc.

By `direct' I mean going to jail, paying fines, probation, even having to register as a sex offender.

VMWare? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336017)

So what happens if he runs Ubuntu under VMWare in Windows?

Jail for movie piracy? WTF? (4, Insightful)

rjshields (719665) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336023)

I read comments on here about video cameras in the UK and why don't we stick up for our rights. Here is a case of someone being sent to to jail for pirating a movie. This is not an offence worthy of jail time at tax payers' expense. When are you guys going to say enough of this bullshit?

Re:Jail for movie piracy? WTF? (2, Insightful)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336175)

They're already saying that; the problem is they're not going any further.

Re:Jail for movie piracy? WTF? (4, Informative)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336221)

Not just pirating, but releasing it before the theaters did. That's a key bit of information you and the summary missed out on. And he admits complete guilt. Game over, man.

Re:Jail for movie piracy? WTF? (1, Troll)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336277)

Apples and oranges. Aggressively prosecuting minor crimes like this is certainly a bad allocation of government resources. But that's a lot different from a massive invasion of privacy, affecting citizens who aren't even suspected of a crime.

Anyway, don't get bent out of shape. We've got surveillance cameras in this country too, and people are just as up in arms about them as we are about yours. More so: nobody here honestly cares whether the UK goes fascist.

And on the seventh day, he recompiled from source (4, Funny)

richdun (672214) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336053)

The problem is He's an Ubuntu Linux user

And here I was hoping God used Mac OS X (yes, I'm sure there's a "daemon" joke in there, but I'll leave it at one bad joke per post).

Good to know (5, Funny)

hax0r_this (1073148) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336057)

I've been wondering if that software works on Linux. Good to know that it doesn't.

sudo apt-get install evil-government-monitoring-program

The utlimate penalty (4, Funny)

Skiron (735617) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336061)

You will install MS Vista and install tracking software; you will also pay $300.00 licence fee to MS. You will also install MSOffice2007 _and_ also pay the licence fee. Once this is done, you will ALWAYS vote yes for ooxml.

Re:The utlimate penalty (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336327)

You will install MS Vista and install tracking software
I bet the tracking software won't run under Vista.

Oh My God!!! (1, Troll)

spiedrazer (555388) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336075)

This poor helpless creature!!!

Come on you people, he got caught doing something illegal and now he is being punished. I don't think it's the FBI's responsibility to make sure that their monitoring software works on all platforms.

Get Over It!!!

Re:Oh My God!!! (2, Interesting)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336281)

I really don't care about the monitoring software. To me, the big wrong is that he is being compelled to purchase a software license from a third party in order to use the equipment he already owns. Not only that, but the money must go to a specific corporation: Microsoft. While it may not be unconstitutional, it certainly should be illegal for the government to require citizens to purchase commercial software.

Why can he use a computer at all? (4, Insightful)

Oz0ne (13272) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336089)

See, if I was the judge, I'd say he wasn't allowed to use a computer, period, for the duration of whatever sentence is being carried out.

Re:Why can he use a computer at all? (1)

hax0r_this (1073148) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336289)

That reminds me of this guy they caught poaching sheep aruond here. Part of his sentence was that he wasn't allowed to use a computer for 10 years. Something about how he enjoyed playing Big Game Hunter or somesuch. Needless to say his defense attorney got that overturned.

Re:Why can he use a computer at all? (4, Insightful)

kosmosik (654958) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336407)

Maybe because the judge wanted him to be punished (home arrest) but not exactly make him a retard.

I mean nowdays Internet access is *essential*. It is like having a phone or a car. Imagine you have a job and do DUI. You will be only allowed to use car like 8-9am and 4-5pm (so you can go to work). Without your car you wouldn't be able to work and thus you will loose your job and become a citizen that parasites on others. I don't think that law system is built to punish citizens this way that they loose their jobs and became parasites on others. That would be stupid.

So with that in mind the judge allowed the man to use Internet (maybe for working from home - quite usual) but he wishes to monitor his activity.

I don't see anything wrong here.

But I don't know why don't they force him (if he wishes to use the Internet) to just use a special broadband service for convicts which is monitored server-side. Such setup would not require any client side software.

Feisty Fawn not so innocent (5, Funny)

Mr. Lwanga (872401) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336091)

Sounds like the latest "Catch a Hacker" episode of Dateline NBC. Ace investigative reporter Michelle Madigan uncovers a new operating system used by hackers, pirates and cybercriminals to go on an internet crime spree. What is Ubuntu and why is the government helpless to stop it?

Best reason of all to swtich (5, Funny)

Torodung (31985) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336097)

the gov't doesn't have any tracking software for Linux
Gee. That sounds like a bulletproof marketing slogan for any distro.

"Linux: The only operating system the NSA doesn't 0wn."

--
Toro

Re:Best reason of all to swtich (1)

eclectus (209883) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336263)

"Linux: The only operating system the NSA doesn't 0wn."

Hate to troll here, but the *BSD variants that could claim that, too. Hell, OpenSolaris could, for that matter.

Re:Best reason of all to swtich (2, Insightful)

dougmc (70836) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336307)

"Linux: The only operating system the NSA doesn't 0wn."
Clever, but who do you think developed SELinux [wikipedia.org] , included in the 2.6 kernel source tree?


pwned.

Not that the NSA really cares about some movie pirate who got busted, and just because they wrote something useful for Linux and had it included in the kernel, that doesn't mean they're going to go write monitoring software for you too.

I have an idea... (2, Funny)

Arceliar (895609) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336105)

This looks like a job for a rootkit!

Quick, someone call Sony, maybe they can help!

Linux is my life man (4, Interesting)

kentrel (526003) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336109)

"It isn't the fact that I have to be monitored that bothers me, it is the fact that I have [to] restructure my life (different OS, different software on that OS)"

In jail for 5 months and he thinks changing Operating System needs more of a life restructuring.

Perhaps, this sentence will give him the perfect opportunity to finally find a life outside of his linux box.

So can he use a pirated version of Windows? (5, Funny)

Kazoo the Clown (644526) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336119)

Or are they going to buy a legit copy for him?

geez (1)

nocomment (239368) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336133)

Are they that dumb? Sure, I'll run windows, I'll just partition the drive but leave the windows bootloader intact, and install grub to a boot floppy to just switch the compy to linux. Pull the floppy, compy loads windows.

BRILLIANT!!!

Re:geez (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336215)

install wubi, it boots off the ntfs partition and installs without a boot loader other than the native windows loader.

Re:geez (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336343)

Or use a LiveCD. Or a virtual machine. Or a USB external hard drive....

He doesn't have to use Windows (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336151)

He could simply not use a PC. Allowing him to use a PC if monitoring software is installed is a concession.

Pirate banned? (1)

ectotherm (842918) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336153)

AAARRRRRRRRRRRRGH! Forcin' 'im to use Windows be harsher than a keel haulin'...

Oh damn! (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336163)

Being forced to use Windows again is punishment enough.
Oh well, the dude's a hacker, can't he buy another crappy pc with Windows to run the gov't spyware, and just use another box to run Linux?
Hmm, probably violate the terms of the probation.

what makes this punishment cruel? (0)

msblack (191749) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336167)

dsinc writes:

So he's been told that he must use Windows for the term of his confinement. Looks like a case of cruel and unusual punishment to me"
In absence of a smiley face, I can only read this as an honest assertion. Can someone explain what makes this punishment cruel under the 8th Amendment? You may start your discussion here [lectlaw.com] .

Re:what makes this punishment cruel? (2, Insightful)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336397)

Forcing somebody to pay money to a third party (ie somebody completely unaffiliated with the victim of the crime) sure seems like an unusual punishment to me. It also seems unjustified (unless you count "government laziness" as adequate justification).

I think (and I expect most libertarians would agree) that the government should never have the power to force a citizen to do business with any corporation, especially when that corporation is an unregulated abusive monopoly.

At least he can play Dwarf Fortress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336181)


 

Cruel and Unusual Punishment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336203)

"...he's been told that he must use Windows for the term of his confinement. Looks like a case of cruel and unusual punishment to me."

Sounds like poetic justice to me.

Can't get to TFA (1)

Orange Crush (934731) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336227)

(Office firewall doesn't like the site)

What I really wonder . . . how is this conspiracy and *criminal* copyright infringement . . . aren't these usually civil cases? What's different here?

i'm so tired (1)

to_kallon (778547) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336243)

of all these linux newbs. jeez, you guys, l2wine already! kthxbye.

(note how i resisted the urge to point out the wine-whine pun. wait...dammit!)

This is what VM's are for (0, Redundant)

rastoboy29 (807168) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336249)

What could be more delightful?  Run a Win98 VM and put it in there.

Like the government can tell the difference.

Parole Officer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336275)

Maybe he'll get Doris Day for a parole officer instead of Seymour Scagnetti. I hear he's a real asshole.

Is the parole officer actually going to check the log?

1st time for everything (1)

hurfy (735314) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336279)

I started wondering what you have to turn off to get the windows box pwned....

hehe, turn down the firewall (is that even a required step?) and start testing free cursors/themes/screensavers til you find something that feels like your old system...throw in some free porn...probably want to skip the hacked programs tho!

Battle of the rootkits :O

Cruel and unusual? (2, Funny)

deviated_prevert (1146403) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336299)

If the punishment was truly cruel and unusual the judge would have sentenced him to use Gentoo.

Re:Cruel and unusual? (1)

no_pets (881013) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336321)

If the punishment was truly cruel and unusual the judge would have sentenced him to use Gentoo.
His sentence would be over before Gentoo finished compiling.

Perhaps the punishment... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336315)

...should simply be changed to make him actually watch Episodes 1-3 every day for the next few months.

If He's Any Smart (1)

xutopia (469129) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336317)

He'd run the tracking software under wine.

Major security breach (1)

monopole (44023) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336335)

Did the feds just announce that they can't track Linux distros?
Did torrents for Ubuntu just start spiking in Baghdad and Tora Bora?

Slashdot Banned from Using Correct gif of US Flag (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336349)

Seriously, Taco! WTF!!

In other news, Slashdot Users Banned from Normal, Healthy Sex Lives homph homph, chomping down some hohos and leftover pizza from last night's D&D session, lifting the thinkgeek t-shirt up over my swollen belly to scratch some congeilled sperm from the underside of my gut

profit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20336353)

Why not to buy vista, latest office, visual studio and some extras, charge it all to the justice department and then ask for a refund for m$. Run the monitor software with wine in your armored linux box. Profit!!

Well at least somebody's happy... (2, Funny)

xednieht (1117791) | more than 6 years ago | (#20336375)

Watch Redmond stop the presses and do a nationwide ad campaign on this one...

I can see it now "Reformed Cyber-criminal chooses Vista over Linux - claims he has 'seen the light' (on his shiny new ankle bracelet)".

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