Even if you like the idea that they are helping US industries compete, they are only doing that for certain large, well-connected, legacy industries. Yet, the price is being paid by everyone, perhaps even in greater proportion, dollar for dollar, since the larger companies evade their taxes. Therefore, this is a transfer of wealth from the smaller US companies to the larger.
"An example for illustration: as part of my work on Sophia, I created a scrollbar from scratch, which means I had to implement the click and drag behavior (along with buttons) that causes a scrollbar to do what the average user expects a scrollbar to do."
That says it all. Every time I see some organization has written its own scrollbar code I know to RUN AWAY FAST! Do you think Batelle got paid to write scrollbar code that already exists? And it is certain that the scrollbars suck compared to professional bars.
In the past, police were given a few license plate numbers every day to look out for, and they visually scanned the plates they came across each day to try to find one of them. If that's legal, then doing the same thing "on a computer" shouldn't be a problem, and in fact I expect the police to automate menial tasks the same as every other business sector. See the recent discussion on TechDirt about bank tellers and ATMs.
Saving those plate reads in a database is a different story. That ain't right.
This article is about people from different viewpoints agreeing that the NSA is out of control, which is great. And guess what, the same thing happened here: people who usually disagree agreed. That should be a good thing but it was rejected. I hope what happened here today isn't copied by Senators Wyden and Udall just because they might not like other things Rand Paul has done.
There is nothing wrong with this post. I don't understand why people reported this. Can't our comments section be "bipartisan" too? It seems there are some people who report OOTB's comments no matter what he says, and that's just wrong.