The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don’t need a search warrant to review Americans’ e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files, internal documents reveal.
I’ve been saying this for years, but just remember that this is just what they’re finally willing to admit. They’re trolling any cell radio or land line they have interest in as well. The Fourth Amendment died 20 years ago. The spooks got ahead of the technology before the public even knew it existed. Someone, somewhere, saw the future, and laid the foundation for intercepting it, a long time ago. It’s this combination of prescience, authority, and funding that leads people to believe in conspiracy theories.
I told EA that we were NOT going to ship that as the first Id Software product on the iPhone. Using the iPhone’s hardware 3D acceleration was a requirement, and it should be easy — when I did the second generation mobile renderer (written originally in java) it was layered on top of a class I named TinyGL that did the transform / clip / rasterize operations fairly close to OpenGL semantics, but in fixed point and with both horizontal and vertical rasterization options for perspective correction. The developers came back and said it would take two months and exceed their budget.
Rather than having a big confrontation over the issue, I told them to just send the project to me and I would do it myself. Cass Everitt had been doing some personal work on the iPhone, so he helped me get everything set up for local iPhone development here, which is a lot more tortuous than you would expect from an Apple product. As usual, my off the cuff estimate of “Two days!” was optimistic, but I did get it done in four, and the game is definitely more pleasant at 8x the frame rate.
And I had fun doing it.
Goes with the old observation that good programmers aren’t just two or three times more productive than average ones, but rather more like ten. Plus, they’ll do things that can never be accomplished by most, no matter how long they work at it.
Google rightly proved that they could be one of the very few outlets for free video viewing — assuming incredible bandwidth expenditures — and controlling eyeballs. In return for allowing some copyright violations to occur, they police the egregious offenders — the ones who get tens of millions of hits. It’s an interesting dichotomy of getting people in one door, and then slamming other doors in their faces, all while pushing people into “official” copyright channels like Vevo with their search results.
Worthy ideas in the abstract, but horrible in the details: cyber-security is a genuine concern, as we’ve seen repeatedly. But this bill is easily the worst attack on the open internet since the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an online censorship bill that was killed in the wake of widespread opposition early last year.
When will both sides wake up and realize that a government large enough to start taking basic liberties away from one group is going to take them all away for everyone!? Just like every other bill that has been defeated by protest in the past dozen years, Congress just waits for people to tire of the fight — like a toddler having a fit — and then passes the law their cronies want anyway.
One after another, our freedoms and Constitutional rights are being abrogated. People don’t seem to mind as long as it’s someone else’s freedoms and preferred liberties, but that whole “first they came for” thing is more relevant than ever. I love this issue, because some people have woken up and realized that all this government regulation and all these federal benefits they thought they were in favor of maybe aren’t such a good idea after all.
We haven’t had any privacy on the internet since it was invented. The NSA has monitored everything on it since it was created by… THE GOVERNMENT. (Funny how that worked, isn’t it?) The Fourth Amendment died 20 years ago. What Congress is debating now is giving some of the power to overstep that Constitutional protection to private corporations, but, really, this is just the Feds “outsourcing” their efforts. All the big telcos and applications (like Facebook) readily hand over any data they get asked for, without a warrant, and usually under a secrecy order. CISPA will just allow them to save the effort of getting judges involved and having federal employees do the legwork. That will free them up to investigate a lot more people. It’s a win-win! </sarcasm>
You could say that the free press has been derelict in their duty to make people recognize the situation, but people just can’t wrap their heads around the scope of the problem, and they’re powerless against it anyway. Both “sides” of the “isle” are pro-big-government. It’s just a question of which big business they’re in the pocket of, industry or entertainment. So let’s just have more “reporting” on what Justin Beiber did today, please. Thank you very much.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 is actually Surgeon Unsimulator 2013. Instead of having a surgeon’s fluidly dextrous hands and vast anatomical knowledge, you have someone else’s dead hands on sticks, and you know nothing other than what you saw in that half-glimpsed episode of Grey’s Anatomy where Dr Beautiful was using a drill to stop someone’s head exploding while Dr Sexy talked her through it over the phone.
Yes, this is a bit like operating on someone over the phone, only much funnier. In the way that disgusting slapstick body-horror can be funny. I don’t know if there’s a term for it, but it’s gross out silliness of the most childish kind.
If one were to use the logic that some in politics have espoused, and claim that violent video games train children to kill, then I guess we’re about to see a much different world. This new world will be filled with what-would-have-been-considered-average athletes going professional for a living, due to intense video game training in how to throw a football or dunk a basketball. This will be awesome, of course, because it will get a lot more people involved, and spread that crazy pro-athlete wealth around a little more. But, after a couple iterations of this new type of gaming, I look forward to a world inundated with doctors who were trained as a child to save lives through invasive surgery. Presumably, there will also be a sea-change for lawyers who correct all manner of social injustice as well. It’s going to be a great day!
“This has a lot more I/Os than an Arduino Uno would have,” BeagleBoard.org co-founder Jason Kridner told Ars. “It’s a full gigaherz Linux desktop computer, but it has all the I/O capabilities you’d have in a typical microcontroller. It really bridges that gap, combining those two worlds together.”
They’ve even created a programming environment for it, like the Arduino. I think I’ve found my next project computer. Now I just need to find a project…
From SOPA and the oblivious:
But I can’t help noticing that a lot of the righteous panic about it is being ginned up by people who were cheerfully on board for the last seventeen or so government power grabs – cap and trade, campaign finance “reform”, the incandescent lightbulb ban, Obamacare, you name it – and I have to wonder…
Don’t these people ever learn? Anything? Do they even listen to themselves?
It’s bizarre and entertaining to hear people who yesterday were all about allegedly benign and intelligent government interventions suddenly discovering that in practice, what they get is stupid and vicious legislation that has been captured by a venal and evil interest group.
Yeah, no shit? How…how do they avoid noticing that in reality it’s like this all the time?
I can’t add anything to that without taking away from it.
Cornyn, echoing a growing number of people, suggested the government was bullying Swartz by ratcheting up the charges.
The Texas lawmaker asked: “Does it strike you as odd that the government would indict someone for crimes that would carry penalties of up to 35 years in prison and million dollar fines and then offer him a 3- or 4-month prison sentence?”
Holder responded: “I think that’s a good use of prosecutorial discretion to look at the conduct, regardless of what the statutory maximums were and to fashion a sentence that was consistent with what the nature of the conduct was. And I think what those prosecutors did in offering 3, 4, zero to 6 was consistent with, with that conduct.”
The people asking questions of the government in this matter are way too focused on the specifics of this particular case. The question we should be asking is why do prosecutors get to hand out a sentence on accused people before the trial? Perhaps the whole point of a plea bargain has been lost.
How about this for a change? Let legislators write laws and punishments to reflect justice. Let a jury determine if the accused should be held accountable to the spirit and intent of it. Then let a judge pass sentence according to the nature, depth, and the attitude of the infraction.
That’s the way the system used to work, but just like the federal government, we’ve been letting once-separated powers slowly congeal back together again for a long, long time. Remember the old saying, “No jury in the land would convict me if..?” You probably don’t, because the chance that a jury would even get a case these days is minimal, and the chances that the prosecutor would seat that rare person, familiar with the concept of jury nullification, are even less. And the chances that the case really did call for it… And the chances that the person who understood nullification could talk the rest of the jury into it…
The entire point of the Samuel L. Jackson movie, A Time to Kill, was jury nullification.
The only “discretion” government prosecutors should be using is whether the crime justifies the application of the government’s limited resources to address. All the rest should be left to other people. In this case, the answer was a pretty clear, “NO!”