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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

taustin Re:I can't see this happening (108 comments)

a lot of niche content will no longer get funded, so choice might actually be lessened

If not enough people are watching it to get it funded in an al a carte environment, then it's not worth funding in the first place.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

taustin Re:Seems reasonable (462 comments)

The Supreme Court has ruled that civil forfeiture laws are, in fact, subject to the restrictions on excessive fines. Very specifically, and as I recall, on a case that involved seizure of money at the border.

Nobody knows about this, and a foreign tourist won't have any inclination to come back to the US - in a year or two, when it comes to trial - and spend more on legal fees than what was stolen.

The only way to stop this is to criminally prosecute corrupt cops. Which happens from time to time, but not nearly enough.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

taustin Re:Re; (275 comments)

If you've got the resources to pursue a class action suit at all, such a restriction can already be challenged as unconscionable.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

taustin Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

Indeed. Those are already inadequately covered by existing law.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

taustin Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

It applies to restrictions on consumer - end customer - reviews, specifically. An NDA on consumer goods is not a common thing; most NDAs apply to employees. And this bill doesn't address that sort of thing at all. Read literally, however, yeah, it does seem to prohibit an NDA that restricts a consumer's right to talk trash about bad services or products. How it gets enforced is anybody's guess. California courts can get pretty stupid sometimes (and remarkably sensible at others).

I got no problem with it, though. If you can't stay in business if your customers talk about your products and services honestly, then you've got far bigger problems than this law.

about a week ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

taustin Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

What a crushing rejoined. I'm going to go commit suicide now out of shame.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

taustin Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

Of course there'd be a problem with that. Comcast's users won't pay as much for ad free content as their customers - advertisers - will pay to shove ads down your throat.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

taustin Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

And doing so for a commercial purpose. Which, in theory, could make it criminal.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

Nothing new there, either. Arguments over whether black people were human go back centuries, for instance. Some still argue over it today. You kind of remind me of them.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

A cyborg is a cyborg. You do not get to make up a definition in order to limit the discusion of it.

Where legal definitions are concerned, neither do you. And it still doesn't matter. Current law covers it without even stretching.

I purposely created a fictional scenarii in order to

Change the subject, and not answer the real point: current law covers implanted technology in one of two ways, and does so quite thoroughly.

exempt bias but if you do not think it is theoreticaly possible, i suggest you pay more attention. They are recording brain waves as we speak in order to make prosthetics as transparent as possible. If they can relay and replay those signal to prothetics, it isn't unimaginable that it could be done for the real thing. And yes, science fiction has already done it.

Interpreting the equivalent of a mouse signal and replaying memories are not even qualitatively the same thing, and we have already proven, quite conclusively, how inaccurate memory can be, even of one's own actions. The chances of such a system being reliable enough to be admissible are zero within the lifetimes of anyone alive today. And even if such technology were developed, current law still covers it.

Once again, and I'll use small words this time:

Either it is an electronic device, and the laws covering the search of computers and cell phones covers it - show probably cause and you get a warrant.

Or it's part of the body, and decades old case law covering forced collection of biometric evidence - DNA, fingerprints, blood samples - covers it. Show probably cause, and you get a warrant.

There's no difference, legally.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

If the guy's talking about "memory reading devices," then he's off in fantasy land, as there is no theoretical basis for such technology, nor is there likely to be during the lifetime of anyone alive today.

And if you record it, it's a recording, same as if you videotaped yourself committing a crime. If it's a device, there are clear, well established rules for showing probably cause for a warrant. If it's part of the body, there are clear, well established (for decades) rules for showing probably cause for a warrant, same as for forced collection of biometric evidence, like DNA, fingerprints, blood alcohol levels, and so on.

There are no new issues here, and no gray areas.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

When there is some theoretical model for building an artificial brain (your question was trivially answerable decades ago), it will matter. In the meantime, yawn.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

Since that has nothing whatsoever to do with the discussion at hand, and there is no theoretical much less actual, way for this to happen, who cares?

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

The same arguments were (and should have been, to get the issues resolved) made about forced blood tests for DUIs, for forced collection of DNA evidence, for forced collection of fingerprints.

In all cases, when a minimum standard of probably cause is met, warrants will be issued and forced collection allowed.

Feel free to explain how this is any different.

Either it's a device, and subject to the same rules as a cell phone, or it's part of the person, and subject to the same rules as biometric evidence. There is no other option. The former has recently been settled by the Supreme Court, in favor of privacy and the fourth amendment. The latter was settled decades ago, same way.

If there's probably cause, a warrant will be issued. If there's not, there's not.

There is nothing new here.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

taustin There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

An implanted cell phone is no different, legally, than any other cell phone. The cops can't search your cell phone without permission or a warrant, why could an implanted one be any different? At worst, it'd be the same process to forcibly take a DNA sample, which also requires probably cause.

Does the Brookings Institute require their senior fellows to publish on a regular basis to keep getting a paycheck or something? Cuz I'm having a hard time figuring out any other reason for this.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

taustin Re:Switching is too hard? (145 comments)

Two moves back, I chose where to move based on who had better DSL. Last move, I stayed in the same city.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

taustin Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

Most home users are far more likely to forget to renew their domain name and have it snatched up by a domain squatter than to have a problem with GMail or a similar service.

Are there registrars that do not send out reminders to the various contact address in the registration? And why would anyone deal with such a fly by night outfit? Or, to put it another way, it's not so much "forget to renew their domain name" as it is "ignore the reminders" or "put in bogus information in the first place, which is a violation of the terms of service."

I feel zero sympathy for these people. I've run my own mail server since 1995, and have no regrets.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

taustin Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

That is the price of having made a bad decision early on. The longer she waits, the more severe the pain will be when she finally does switch.

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

taustin Re: Do not ever (116 comments)

Then provoke them in to committing a felony against you. Most states, that gives you a wide range of responses, especially if you're making a citizen's arrest at the time.

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

taustin Re:Do not ever (116 comments)

As described, it wasn't assault, as no explicit threats were made. (Generally speaking, most states, assault is the threat, battery is the attack.) But if the guy blocked the exit, you tell him once that you're leaving, and either he gets out of the way, or it's unlawful imprisonment. Which is what I said. Unlikely any arrest will be made, or charges brought if it is, but it gets a police report filed on the guy, and that's a step towards convincing him that other crimes are less hazardous to his well being.

about two weeks ago

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