Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What I am reading 7/15/2014

Ars Technica - Obama administration says the world’s servers are ours -

Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland.
In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border.

I'm sure that some lawyer will step up to tell me I am wrong but here is how I would resolve this:  If anyone that was party to the email was present in the United States when the e-mail was sent then it is subject to a warrant; otherwise follow whatever process the various treaties lay out.  Simple huh?

Gizmodo - Snowpiercer Is Out On Demand Today, Just Weeks After Hitting Theaters -

Snowpiercer looks like a badass movie. Like if Blade Runner had sex with Speed. The sci-fi film has great reviews, an intriguing plot about hardscrabble future people engaging in class warfare on a really fast cold-weather train, and Tilda Swinton. But with a limited theatrical release, it hasn't been very easy to see.
I posted about this on Google+ earlier.  This does not look like a badass movie.  It looks like the stupidest movie I could possibly imagine someone making.   Seriously an ice-age begins and the way we survive is by riding around the world on a train?  Let me introduce you guys to something called buildings, and central heating, and greenhouses.  You don't need to circle the world endlessly on a goddamned train.  I think I might find suspension of disbelief to be difficult for this one.

svbtle.com - SocialCoin: A Cryptocurrency for a Global Basic Income -

Enter SocialCoin. We need a decentralized basic income that comes in the form of cryptocurrency. The basic idea is that 10% of the profits that miners earn from mining this coin is pooled and distributed to every member of the network on a bi-weekly basis. As adoption of the currency grows, the value of the coins will increase. It doesn’t matter if retailers don’t accept the coin, users can just exchange the coins for bitcoins or local fiat currency for immediate real world use.
I'm pretty sure you can guess where I come down on this idea.  

Variety - USA Picks Up Computer Hacking Drama Pilot ‘Mr. Robot’ -

USA has given a pilot pickup to “Mr. Robot,” a drama about an anti-social computer programmer who finds he can only connect with other people by hacking into their personal lives.
I am positive that this show will be both technically and sociologically accurate.

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