Since moving to CT about 7 years ago, there have been a lot of times that I've been slightly embarrassed to admit that I live here. This is not one of those times. I am not slightly embarrassed, I am down right ashamed...
Not considering he doesn't have to worry about re-election...
"it seems somewhat ridiculous that President Obama has rushed to stop spying on Germany, while refusing to do anything to stop the surveillance of Americans themselves."
It only seems ridiculous if you forget that he doesn't have to be re-elected, and apparently no matter what his crimes in office, once he's done, no one in the U.S. will go after him for them. Germany doesn't have that "proud to be American" mentality that handicaps U.S. citizens, so he knows if he doesn't look like he's appeasing them, they might actually do something about it. And considering what we know so far, thinking that there's an international war crime he could be guilty of somewhere that Germany could track down and bring upon him isn't too far fetched...so it really comes down to who's bad side to you want to stay away from? The citizens who blindly love their country and wouldn't dare to speak ill of it unless caught red-handed, or the rival country that would love to see you fall if you pissed them off??
I'd actually bet that they're lobbying at this point to make sure the government keeps it's mouth shut about how cooperative they've been in violating constitutional rights, since that's where the debate is clearly headed already...
LOL. I'm not new here, I love this site and have for years. Tim has written a lot of funny stuff about a lot of things, and I normally enjoy his posts.
I'm just a little bitter because I feel like he wasted his time and ours by writing anything at all about this one. It's not his fault, it's just my opinion, but I felt it strongly enough I wanted to express it. And it could have been anyone in the contest (though I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a crush on Taylor Swift) that wasn't the point... Stupid things that stupid people do on the internet are stupid.
Well that response won't help anything. I'm sorry if I offended you, it wasn't meant to be personal...I usually get, appreciate, and enjoy your humor.
But, jest or no jest, I felt almost embarrassed for having read about this. It might be newsworthy if I were in the contest area, but then I would have heard about it on the radio. Maybe file it under don't-waste-time-reading-this-one or speaking-of-attention-whores-look-what-reddit-did-this-time-IF-YOU-CARE but really giving it any attention at all is sort of a reward..
Maybe it's just me, but I think this site is one of the more respectable news outlets on the web. I get that you need to have your fun too, I appreciate that, but please mark the trash more clearly... I mean, I haven't commented in months and this was just such a waste of webspace that I couldn't restrain myself from saying something...
As recently as 10 years ago only 34% of Americans thought that Marijuana should be legal, while 64% said it should be illegal. The most recent data I saw shows 48% now think it should be legal, with only 50% still claiming it should be illegal.
The United States of America did not cement its status as an independent nation overnight just by signing the declaration and telling the King it was so... Progress takes time...education takes time...
I'd also add for the people trying to downplay it as "big deal, they hacked an old site" that, hey, you noticed it didn't you? Maybe they took down that site, because they wanted to be heard, more so than do harm...like a warning shot or something.
I agree that they use it as a tool to gain popularity, but that popularity is a double edged sword. They have to be popular enough with the public to get votes, but also popular enough with the people who fund campaigns so that they can run. They probably really did mean everything in the report, until someone told them they make a lot of money for taking it down (or lose money for not taking it down..)
"All they have to do is be willing to tell some Hollywood lobbyists to pipe down."
Honestly, Obama should do exactly that now that he doesn't need anything from Hollywood to win his next election. Kind of stinks that we always seem to need to wait for someone to stop campaigning in order to take a stand for the people...
Also, ending the "war" on marijuana might save enough money all by itself to eliminate the need for the income tax. After all, we're not just fighting the "enemy" in that "war," we're then providing them all with room and board after they've lost a battle....only to set them free to fight in more battles. If that's not the definition of a war you can't win, I don't know what is.
I see it as Craigslist is cutting itself out of the market by doing things like this.
PadMapper isn't stealing listed adds, it seems exactly like a specialized search engine that displays some factual info and a link to the original posting. It's got other cool features too, but that's beside the point. I'd bet PadMapper's goal isn't to disrupt and take customers away from Craigslist at all, in fact, I'd bet that they hope Craigslist stays around for a while so that they can still be useful. But I'd also bet that they don't want to limit their information database to Craigslist either. If you look at the real world, Craigslist isn't popular in all areas of the United States, and I don't know for sure, but I'd have to figure that in at least some of those areas, there is a different local site that does something similar.
I think that if Craigslist were smart, they'd try and partner up with these types of sites...make it mutually beneficial for the companies that users post any and everything on Craigslist in order for it to show up in all of the most popular search sites on the web (Google, PadMapper, 3taps, etc.). It's really up to Craigslist to keep people interested in posting their stuff there, and I think limiting the people who view Craigslist data to only visitors of the real site while all these other sites with cool features pop up all over (ESPECIALLY if your site isn't EVER getting any better...) is basically putting a noose around the company's neck.
I agree with you to a degree on 3Taps though. They are likely to be hoping to take users from Craigslist...but mostly because they are a site with better features. No one would be out there wanting to copy Craigslist data and make it more usable if Craigslist would make it more useful itself. Maybe the smarter thing would have been (or hopefully their next move will be) to make a "better"list(.com?) that does interface with sites of the future.
Truth is...the time for holding back innovation is over. It's get on the train, or get out of the way time.
Yes, I agree that it was good. I think it was a good advertisement for how bad "anti-piracy" laws have become... When someone tries to tell you that you have to go a website to make sure you're visiting the right websites....we've gone too far...
By now, the world should realize that if that asshole (You Rupert, Rupert Murdoch) is in favor of any form of legislation, we need to take a second, and third look at it. This would be like the guys in charge of Enron during that scandal coming out to lobby for a new energy bill so that they could get back in the game... We should know that there are NO good intentions behind it.