Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

January 9, 2013 6:34 pm
thedailywhat:

Anonymous Operation of the Day: Legalize DDoS

Members of Anonymous are jumping on the White House petition bandwagon in an attempt to “make distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks a legal form of protesting” under freedom of speech, The Daily Dot reports. A popular tactic that’s long been associated with the infamous hacking and trolling collective, DDoS attacks have been steadily on the rise in recent years with easier access to automated software programs and its frequent appearance in the news media. As of 3 p.m. (ET), the petition has less than 500 signatures, which isn’t an impressive number but considering the reputation of the organizers, this may all change really soon.


I’m sorry but this is an awful idea that would protect those malicious intent and promote negative behavior.  Perfectly reasonable organizations would be just as much at risk as those you deem worthy of protest.

thedailywhat:

Anonymous Operation of the Day: Legalize DDoS

Members of Anonymous are jumping on the White House petition bandwagon in an attempt to “make distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks a legal form of protesting” under freedom of speech, The Daily Dot reports. A popular tactic that’s long been associated with the infamous hacking and trolling collective, DDoS attacks have been steadily on the rise in recent years with easier access to automated software programs and its frequent appearance in the news media. As of 3 p.m. (ET), the petition has less than 500 signatures, which isn’t an impressive number but considering the reputation of the organizers, this may all change really soon.

I’m sorry but this is an awful idea that would protect those malicious intent and promote negative behavior.  Perfectly reasonable organizations would be just as much at risk as those you deem worthy of protest.

(via burialonthepresidio)

August 24, 2012 8:31 pm
Apple triumphs over Samsung, awarded over $1 billion damages

If something doesn’t seriously change between now and whatever result we get after the endless repeals process, we could be looking at a huge blow for innovation tonight.  3 days to deliberate a case so dense it deserved at least a week, ridiculous.

August 16, 2012 11:26 pm
‘Friends’ can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules

infoneer-pulse:

A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so. The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial, comes as courts struggle to define privacy and civil liberties in the age of social media.

In an order issued on Friday, US District Judge William Pauley III ruled that accused gangster Melvin Colon can’t rely on the Fourth Amendment to suppress Facebook evidence that led to his indictment. Colon had argued that federal investigators violated his privacy by tapping into his profile through an informant who was one of this Facebook friends.

The informant’s Facebook friendship served to open an online window onto Colon’s alleged gangster life, revealing messages he posted about violent acts and threats to rival gang members. The government used this information to obtain a search warrant for the rest of Colon’s Facebook account. The Colon information is part of a larger investigation into crack-dealing and murder in the Bronx.

» via GigaOM

August 2, 2012 3:18 pm
Apple or Samsung: You Decide

Admittedly I am fairly biased against Apple, but some of the patents they’re claiming are just ridiculous.  What’s everyone else’s opinion of this case?

May 10, 2012 6:43 pm
Judge Moves to Kill Third Round of Google v. Oracle | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

The only issue I have with this is that whatever decisions are made from the case still stand for future precedent.

May 3, 2012 3:11 pm
Judge: An IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate) | TorrentFreak

This may be the most sensible judgement I have ever seen made. I always wondered how these copyright infringement cases proved that the person they were charging was the person that downloaded the content.

April 26, 2012 3:16 pm January 20, 2012 4:16 pm
What Megaupload's Demise Teaches about Cloud Storage | PCWorld

Honestly I’m not so sure you could say this wasn’t a case of overreaching. Even by calling Megaupload a cloud service you are acknowledging a legal use for the site and therefore based on precedent (read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Corp._of_America_v._Universal_City_Studios,_Inc.) the product can not be legally shut down. I do recall maybe once learning about a security requirement in a similar case where there must be reasonable measures to protect against infringing uses. In this case it’s true that Megaupload didn’t require a password or other forms of protection that would put liability solely on the user like many other cloud services do. The cloud overall should be okay whether the password issue is a factor in this case or not as most cloud services use such a feature and would not be as open as Megaupload.

September 16, 2011 2:30 pm
Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?

Oh man I wish I had this one when I was taking my legal and regulatory policies of IT class. Personally I think courts tend to interpret items like this as they would in the “bricks and mortar” world, hence you would have to surpass a clear defense to be considered entering illegally. Of course, if you interpret agreements as a “clear defense” then this gets slippery.

May 27, 2011 8:58 pm
4 Legal Considerations for Building a Mobile App

shaneguiter:

If creating a mobile app is next on your business agenda, you’re not alone. A recent report pegs mobile app revenue from the four major application stores at $2.1 billion in 2010. Revenue is forecast to grow a staggering 77.7% in 2011 to $3.8 billion, and smartphone adoption rates continue to increase.

Whether your app is destined for an Angry Birds-like following or will serve a more niche market, your development checklist should address traditional legal items for a new business venture. Given the broad consumer audience that comes with many mobile apps, it’s helpful to keep in mind the types of issues tracked closely by the consumer protection bar, consumer advocates, regulators and private litigants.

This is why I think for now app developers should look into advertising and other options that allow them to profit off free apps if they need to make money off it.

(via appvisor)