The hilariously named "Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property" has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers. . . . The report proposes that software would be loaded on computers that would somehow figure out if you were a pirate, and if you were, it would lock your computer up and take all your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crime. This is the mechanism that crooks use when they deploy ransomware.
US Entertainment Industry Continues Its Descent into Global Criminal Mafia
Security hysterics are among the greatest threats to our collective and individual security. These are the types who say we have to sacrifice liberty for freedom, or safety for security. Of course, they don't always put it quite so succinctly, but this, in effect, is what their position boils down to, whether it is the FBI, a corporate lobby or a group of "concerned citizens." From Boing Boing: