Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the anonymous-cowards-in-the-winners-circle dept
Good luck with that...Coming in second place was Atkray, responding to the head of the Directors Guild of America, Taylor Hackford, who claimed that Wikipedia going dark (though, easily circumventable) for 12 hours "robbed the public." Atkray put that into perspective:
As long as there are governments that consider "information" or "content" to be dangerous, we'll be dealing with this.
That includes (but not limited to) the following:
National security secrets
Bomb and weapon-making information
If you stand for unfettered freedom-of-speech and information sharing, you must also be capable of accepting much of the above.
Personally, I think the above examples of information are not nearly as dangerous as some make them out to be - I'd rather live in a world where global transparency and honesty is more important than my personal safety - we stand a better chance of surviving the future that way.
How is it that if a site like Wikipedia is taken offline for a day by it's owners people are robbed, but if ICE takes sites without any due process it is acceptable?I'd guess it's because the sites they take down are sites Hackford doesn't like. So in his world view, it's fine.
For editor's choice we've got blaktron with his response to the fear mongering in Congress about why we need cybersecurity legislation due to "threats to air traffic safety."
I'm pretty sure the most egregious threat to air traffic safety is putting the TSA in charge of it.Short, sweet and to the point. For the final editor's choice, we've got jupiterkansas explaining how the RIAA and MPAA work:
The RIAA and MPAA cannot exist unless they push for more and more legislation. That is their purpose.Enough seriousness... let's move on to the funny. Coming in at the top of the pile was a mock (I hope) trolling from an Anonymous Coward that was pretty spot on for the type of trolling we get these days:
Elected officials can't get campaign funds from Hollywood unless they also push for more and more legislation. That is how they get re-elected.
The only way they keep going is to keep making more rules. It doesn't matter if they're good or bad or necessary, but that you just keep pushing for more. That's how the system works. Lots of people are getting paid a lot of money to just keep pushing.
Hollywood learned its lesson in the 1950's witch hunts - pay the government off and you can do whatever you want. This is the result.
At this point any new law is probably bad or unnecessary, but there is no payout for repealing laws, no payout for easing off the legislation. There is only money for more laws.
Once again Mike criticizes and offers no solution.Coming in second was Josef Anvil for his response to the government taking down JotForm:
So, tell us, Mike, who is better qualified to write legislation to benefit Hollywood?
Damned pirate sympathizerFor editor's choice, we'll start with another faux-troll, this time Prisoner 201, who responds to Peter Sunde's recent article about corruption in the Swedish judicial system by explaining why it's really all Peter's fault:
Piracy is a fuckin' problem and just to prove the point, wait til you see the drop in piracy now that we took down jotform.com.
It is really Peter Sundes fault all of it.Amusingly, that comment got a lot of "report" clicks as well, so apparently it was so good that many people thought it was real.
If he hadn't stolen those mp3's, then WB would not have been forced to corrupt Sweden.
You have to be blind to not see it (or a pirate apologist) - it's the pirates own fault that major media companies have to corrupt law enforcement and politicians worldwide. They have no other choice if they want to keep their business models alive.
It's typical Mike McThief Masnick double-talk to point the blame anywhere but on himself and his fellow apologists that spearhead the destruction of culture.
The Wild West is ending, chubbies. Soon y'all have to get real jobs.
And, my final editor's choice comment (and the one that did make me laugh out loud) was Rikuo, also responding to the Taylor Hackford story:
Every time Hollywood Accounting occurs, a math teacher dies.And that, ladies and gentleman, is why Hollywood Accounting is bad.