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LulzSec Document Dump Shows Cops' Fear of iPhones

Aoreias Re:Even More Interesting... (391 comments)

So if the phone is lawfully taken as evidence, the police shouldn't be able to employ ways to prevent you from tampering with it?

As private citizens we do certainly have an expectation of privacy, with the realization that right can be abridged with DUE PROCESS of law. Are you saying that if I'm caught on the phone after a bank heist, the police shouldn't be able to see who I called from that phone?

This is one part of the article that I don't have any problems with the cops' behavior.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Says California Stores Can't Ask Customers For ZIP Codes

Aoreias Re:Have to punch it in at the gas stations now (461 comments)

Last time I filled my car up with gas I've put in the wrong ZIP code, and been forced to take my card to the attendant. I suspect that they actually check it, but if its after hours and no attendant is available would rather have the sale than send you to a different gas station. They probably assume (correctly) that you'd rather take the 30 seconds and take it inside than get back in your car and drive somewhere else.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Text Messages Are Limited To 160 Characters

Aoreias Re:Step-parent of the year. (504 comments)

How is it bad behavior? His step-daughter will almost certainly read it, and it had some value in context.

Without knowing his step-daughter, it's hard for us to pass judgement on him. Kids don't change much past 17, and sometimes you have to call a lemon a lemon.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Rules WoW Bot Violates DMCA

Aoreias Re:Doesn't matter. (498 comments)

This ruling may follow the letter of the law in a narrow interpretation, but not the spirit of the law.

Anyone that is already using Glider already has the ability to see any of the encounters in the game. While the purpose of other copyright-circumventing devices is to display content the user hasn't economically paid for, with Glider the user has already paid for seeing all of the content.

The intended purpose of the law was to protect revenue streams of companies by ensuring that users pay for access to copyrightable works. Blizzard is using the law in this instance to protect their revenue stream by preventing other players from quitting the game, not using it to ensure that unauthorized users don't have access.

The real problem is that Blizzard is saying 'This using broke the cheating rule, therefore they were in violation of the EULA, therefore they weren't an authorized user, therefore any attempt to go around that protection is against the law', but glider's primary purpose is to allow cheating.

(A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title;

Circumventing Warden is not the primary purpose of Glider, but rather is a secondary function in order to allow the primary purpose.

more than 5 years ago
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Controversial Security Paper Nixed From Black Hat

Aoreias Re:Interesting meta-commentary (144 comments)

coondoggie's profile website in is networkworld.com Roland's links to his blogs are rarely if ever the primary source for the submission, but rather a 'for more information...'

more than 7 years ago

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