1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12  |  13  |  14  |  15  |  16  |  17  |  18  |  19  |  20  |  21  |  22  |  23  |  24  |  25  |  26  |  27  |  28  |  29  |  30  |  31  |  32  |  33  |  34  |  35  |  36  |  37  |  38  |  39  |  40  |  41  |  42  |  43  |  44  |  45  |  46  |  47  |  48  |  49  |  50  |  51  |  52  |  53  |  54  |  55  |  56  |  57  |  58  |  59  |  60  |  61  |  62  |  63  |  64  |  65  |  66  |  67  |  68  |  69  |  70  |  71  |  72  |  73  |  74  |  75  |  76  |  77  |  78  |  79  |  80  |  81  |  82  |  83  |  84  |  85  |  86  |  87  |  88  |  89  |  90  |  91  |  92  |  93  |  94  |  95  |  96  |  97  |  98  |  99  |  100  |  101  |  102  |  103  |  104  |  105  |  106  |  107  |  108  |  109  |  110  |  111  |  112  |  113  |  114  |  115  |  116  |  117  |  118  |  119  |  120  |  121  |  122  |  123  |  124  |  125  |  126  |  127  |  128  |  129  |  130  |  131  |  132  |  133  |  134  |  135  |  136  |  137  |  138  |  139  |  140  |  141  |  142  |  143  |  144  |  145  |  146  |  147  |  148  |  149  |  150  |  151  |  152  |  153  |  154  |  155  |  156  |  157  |  158  |  159  |  160  |  161  |  162  |  163  |  164  |  165  |  166  |  167  |  168  |  169  |  170  |  171  |  172  |  173  |  174  |  175  |  176  |  177  |  178  |  179  |  180  |  181  |  182  |  183  |  184  |  185  |  186  |  187  |  188  |  189  |  190  |  191  |  192  |  193  |  194  |  195  |  196  |  197  |  198  |  199 

March 31, 2013

The White House and Congress are pushing to criminalize the internet

Simple crimes that have no financial damage could carry 20 years each. For doing something like downloading a copy of a paper without permission. Should internet laws carry sentences an order of magnitude greater that laws about crimes in the real world? The Steubenville rapists gangraped a girl and got what, two years? Under this expanded CFAA Aaron Swartz would have received hundreds of years in prison. Call your rep. Tell them to fight this. Congress’ New CFAA Draft Could Have Put Aaron Swartz in Jail For Decades Longer Than the Original Charges | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect: instead of reducing the penalties for crimes that don’t cause much economic damage, it dramatically increases them. For example, Aaron faced four charges under section (a)(4) of the CFAA, which had a maximum sentence of five years each. EFF, Orin Kerr and many others have proposed removing (a)(4) entirely since it creates double penalties for the same behavior criminalized elsewhere in the law. What does the new draft do? It increases the maximum under (a)(4) to twenty years for each charge. As Internet law scholar James Grimmelmann remarked Monday, the thought of Aaron facing more time is “simply obscene.” The new draft also now turns CFAA violations into a “racketeering” offense, adding yet another layer of charges the DOJ can add to the charge sheet of a hacker it doesn’t like. It also adds a broad conspiracy charge that carries the same penalty for actually committing an offense. Essentially, talking about committing computer crimes without actually doing so can land you in prison. Most troublingly for innovation and for user empowerment, the bill “clarifies” its definition of “exceeding authorized access” to include accessing information for an “impermissible purpose”—even if you have permission to access the information in the first place. That codifies the misguided idea that any terms of service violation is indeed a crime, effectively undoing good rulings in the 9th and 4th Circuits. The CFAA already reaches computer intrusions, serious denial of service attacks, password misuse and attacks on national security computers. Those provisions are important. The Department of Justice has more than enough tools it needs to go after real criminals using this law and a host of others—including criminal copyright, trade secrets, identity theft and other laws. It should use those tools rather than coming back to Congress for more, especially now that it's just been caught misusing the law so egregiously in Aaron’s case. Quite simply, this bill is a nightmare for Internet users' rights. That the House Judiciary Committee would introduce it in the wake of Aaron’s death demonstrates just how out of step they are.

March 22, 2013

Blizzard is launching a free-to-play collectible card game set in the Warcraft universe

Set for release later this year, I expect it'll be like other FtP CCGs in that you'll get an initial deck and a randomized booster and have to pay or win more cards. Could be fun? Could be a laggy piece of luhsa like the Magic: The Gathering IOS game. What we know so far about HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft
HearthStone is a new digital collectible card game (CCG) that takes place in the Warcraft universe. HearthStone is free to play. It's set for release this year. The beta will happen this summer. You can sign up for the beta now over at HearthStone's site. It will initially be playable on the Mac and PC. iPad version to follow soon (and not Blizzard soon, but reality soon). PC and iPad version are playable now at PAX East. Blizzard is looking at the possibility of future platforms (in response to the Android comments), but development is focused on PC, Mac, and iPad right now.

March 19, 2013

How To: Recreate McDonald's recipes in your own home

I have a soft spot for people reverse engineering corporate recipes. Also, you can learn some pretty unpleasant truths. Like, why do McD's burgers taste so good? They have a secret seasoning that is 4 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons MSG, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon onion powder. Yum! Salt and MSG! What geniuses! McDonald's hamburger recipes

March 14, 2013

"Each sim is an individual, following its motives to different places."

Counter-evidence: Sims don't understand crosswalks. This is not a hack; this is what the stupid Sims do in Sim City when presented with multiple crosswalks. Sim City - The Intersection Trap