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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

Co0Ps Re:Brought to you by: (412 comments)

Look - the representative democratic system is flawed as fuck and blaming the voter is wrong, blame the system instead. The democratic system is pinned down by a general conservative "if it barley works it's good enough" attitude. For example, when was the last time media discussed how the ratio of [policies signed in to law compared to policies that the population majority agrees with] can be improved? Never. Whenever unpopular policies gets signed into law the circumstances are blamed instead of the actual system.

more than 2 years ago
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UK ISP Disconnecting Filesharers

Co0Ps Re:Filesharing not synonymous with copyright infri (106 comments)

Once again, this issue is not about legal technicalities or technical workarounds... If you put up a service like the pirate bay it's laughable to claim that more than 1% of the usage is for non copyright infringement purposes. The "but you can use torrent to share Linux ISOs too" argument won't go very far in court (or with business relations like this case). Neither does the "Google can also be used to index torrents" argument. While technically correct the society is rigged to avoid technicalities in rules and take decisions based on intent. The intent of this service was clearly to profit from copyright violating distribution.

The actual problem is that non-commercial file distribution is not regulated. This is counter intuitive to the Internet as an invention and needs to be changed. The Internet has made such regulation incompatible with fundamental human rights. File sharing is not theft - it's how people will discover new information and consume culture from now and in the future. Business models will have to evolve from utilizing physical scarcity to utilizing distribution-as-a-service. When people finally start to see beyond the "file sharing is theft" and "allowing file sharing means artist shouldn't get paid" arguments/distractions we can have sensible debate and lawmaking. What would change if non-commercial file distribution would be legal/unregulated tomorrow? Think about that. The file sharers are already file sharing. Pandora's box has already been opened.

more than 2 years ago
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Bradley Manning's Court Date Finally Set

Co0Ps What makes this case so interesting... (523 comments)

What makes this case so interesting is that he clearly broke the military rules and also clearly helped humanity through his actions and he never gained anything by doing it. He wasn't paid for doing it and he knew people would hate him and that he would be punished hard but he followed his ideals rather than doing what gains him the most personally. He believed in the right of the public to know what their country is actually doing and where their tax money goes.

I see that some of you are angry with him and want him punished but when asked what he actually did wrong you can't argue further than him "breaking the rules" and "acting irresponsible". That he caused or will cause deaths is pure speculation. Maybe you are angry with him because deep inside you know you would never have the balls to pull this off by yourself? Because you know that you are that kind of person that curls into a ball when the authority beats you with a stick and tells you what to do and think. Because being told what to do and think follows naturally when you argue that the government has the right to censor and keep information secret from the public it serves.

What makes this case so interesting is the reactions from people. It tells you a lot of what kind of person you are deep inside.

more than 2 years ago
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Ballistic Clipboard Holds Papers, Stops Bullets

Co0Ps Re:Momentum (161 comments)

You can make the comparison even simpler. Stopping a bullet with the clipboard takes just as much energy as resisting the recoil from the gun you fired with, so with a steady grip on the clipboard you can take the bullet with no problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows

Co0Ps Ah.. a well functioning free market at it's finest (397 comments)

In other words the competition is pushing innovation just as it should. I'd never use bing but I'm happy they exist so google has someone to fight with. Move along....

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie Day

Co0Ps Re:That's why the world works. (301 comments)

> Come up with crazy suggestion inside your head. Explain to people how crazy that suggestion is and imply that this suggestion was the original suggestion.

Also know as a strawman argument.

more than 2 years ago
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Universal Uses DMCA To Get Bad Lip Reading Parody Taken Down

Co0Ps Re:Streisand the hell out of it! (298 comments)

For the copyright identification to work the author must upload their content. It won't work otherwise. I doubt all copyrighted material in existence is uploaded to youtube although I'd guess it's probably a lot. I'd recommend seeing the TED Talk the guy below linked to for more info.

about 2 years ago
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Universal Uses DMCA To Get Bad Lip Reading Parody Taken Down

Co0Ps Re:Streisand the hell out of it! (298 comments)

Doesn't work. YouTube has automated copyright infringement detection. Basically the music/movie company uploads all their shit and YouTube will scan trough all uploaded content and match it. Then they can choose to take it down, add advertising etc. This is probably how the copyright claimer was notified of the video in the first place. No YouTube staff where probably ever involved in taking it down.

more than 2 years ago
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Universal Uses DMCA To Get Bad Lip Reading Parody Taken Down

Co0Ps Blame the right entity (298 comments)

And YouTube killed it

Yes, but it's not YouTubes fault. They have to take it down by law. Blame your politicians and ridiculous copyright laws - not YouTube.

more than 2 years ago
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OccupySF IT Admins Using Pedal Power For Protest

Co0Ps Re:Really.... (202 comments)

Great points. Mod parent up.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Build Wireless Bicycle Brakes

Co0Ps Re:Stop whining (213 comments)

This.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Developed Artificial Structures That Can Self-Replicate

Co0Ps Re:self-replication is easy... (127 comments)

Yes.. your argument applies to literally everything though... so dismissing anything as "just a chain reaction" is basically saying that "this is just a subset of the universe." In other words your argument is true but pointless. Disclaimer: I assume that the universe is a deterministic state machine.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint Details Shift To LTE

Co0Ps Cheers from Sweden (183 comments)

We've had 4G here now for over a year. (Real 4G, not the 3G+ that I heard some providers in the US has been marketing as "4G") I'm running it on my laptop right now. Works like a charm... 20-80 mbit wireless is sweet. Now if only they'd remove the monthly 40GB cap... also the proprietary windows only mobile internet client is utter and total crap. Hopefully they'll build it into all operating systems soon so I can connect just like Wi-Fi.

more than 2 years ago
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Belgian ISP Ordered to Block The Pirate Bay; Telecomix and TPB Offer Workarounds

Co0Ps Re:There is no such thing as "censorship proof" (97 comments)

I agree. Censorship is a society/social problem so let's discuss it as such and have it derail into technical workarounds which just steals focus for the real problem. It's kinda like the crypto discussion where nerds claim to be invincible because they are using 1024 bit AES encryption with a 512 bit password. If the government wants your "secret" information the will hit you with a rubber hose until you talk. In this case - yes you can always use a custom DNS list, VPN or a SSH proxy... but that's not the issue here..

more than 2 years ago
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3 Share Nobel Prize In Medicine For Immune System Work

Co0Ps Re:One prize, one person. (75 comments)

I think the limit is 3 persons. This is actually a problem as many scientific discoveries today are done in teams much larger than that.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the BEAST Doesn't Threaten Tor Users

Co0Ps Re:Just make a good security standard already (54 comments)

You make an excellent point. Such a certification system would still be 1000% better than the current system though. It's very plausible that one of the 100 authorities in my browser list screws up or maliciously generates rouge certificates to spy on regime dissidents. A scenario where the US would choose to secretly use the root cert to create rouge certs for MITM attacks is not very likely as it would be easily detected and would undermine the trust in DNSSEC and the whole infrastructure of the Internet so I doubt the US would risk that. It would probably result in some sort of diplomatic crisis.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the BEAST Doesn't Threaten Tor Users

Co0Ps Just make a good security standard already (54 comments)

What an epic fail for TLS. The certification system is broken by design and now apparently the block encryption as well. Let's take this opportunity to draft a new standard that:

A) Solves the having-to-trust-cert-authorities in china by using DNSSEC instead for certification. It should also optionally support manual cert distribution or remember-public-key for advanced users.

B) Just like SSH it should supports a range of handshake methods/encryption algorithms. It's insane to rely on a single algorithm. So when (note "when", not "if") an algorithm gets busted I can simply patch my browser.

So somebody, please write an RFC now, anyone? :)

more than 2 years ago

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