What the hell do you mean "shouldn't be controlled and regulated"? Even lamp on my desk right now is "controlled and regulated" (by me). So, who's going to ensure core routers talk correctly to each other? Some mystical "everyone"?
If you're about to promote some dystopian anarchist-like government, my answer to you "go f..g away, nutjob".
On the other hand, "belong to everyone" usually mean "controlled by local government", since it's government's job to speak for everyone, no matter what kind of government we're talking about.
So, since UN mission (at least in theory) is to promote inter-government cooperation, I see no big deal here. Politics as usual, US being a bully and so on.
Um, no. Only from US-is-the-center-of-the-universe perspective.
Explain, how exactly the fact that US DOJ can hijack .com domains is a good thing?
Saudi Arabia/Iran/China/whoever want to sensor their net - let them.
If you're afraid that they will block youtube.com - there's obvious solution for that. How about Google register youtube.co.us instead?
Not every society on face of Earth is developed in same way. Some went forward, some little late, while others are stuck in equivalent-to-medieval.
What's so new about it? Go to Africa and see tribes hunting with spears and/or praying to totems. Or go to some muslim countries and see local Inquisition version in action.
In short - give them 100 years and they will change many of their ways.
Yea, really no surprises here. Seeing internet as essential communication channel I see no reason why US will give up control.
All this "freedom of ..." discussion have nothing to do here, given recent domain seizures.
On the other hands, if ITU manages phone country codes, I see no reason why it can't manage DNS database either. At least US DOJ won't "seize" domains over stupid copyright claims.
>> Why? What point does it serve?
Strange question. What point do you think this Twitter account serve? Shutting down enemy propaganda always "serve a point".
>> it does remove a potential source of intelligence
Not really. Hamas members were targeted long before Twitter existed.
>> ... that the United States government is, in fact, not as pro-freedom as they claim to be
Freedom for whom? For Hamas members or US citizens? Again, strange point of view.
Actually, assuming you agree that Hamas IS real terrorist organization, shutting down it's Twitter (or any else) account is perfectly valid thing to do.
Moreover, some people would like to see Hamas members removed from Twitter by point-blank shot, not by account suspension. If you like to allow enemy propaganda being carried on by your corporation - more power to you, but there's nothing intrinsically "right" about it.
Only in US you can see this sort of crazy discussion. Red light cameras are widely used _all_ _over_ _the_ _world_. As any technology it has a potential for abuse.
But, techdirt reader would say "you don't blame technology, you blame (ab)user". Hint: guns are abused match frequently, where's outrage about "police abusing guns"?
Running to red light is real, very dangerous thing. Hard to protest false accusation? Protest broken legal system. City officials turning it to profit center? Fight corruption (US is democracy, right?).
But obscuring license plate is offense in same category as speed radar jammer - fun until you caught.
And clam about " circumvent the constitution" is complete nonsense. What is this "no certifiable witness" ?! Camera IS "certifiable witness", it's a f..ng camera, you know.
>> ... and the US discovering that they are NOT the only country who can create code.
Ah, what a lovely arrogance. Some people in US _still_ believe in modern version of "manifest destiny".
Yep, there are people on this planet capable to write encryption program and not living in US. What a surprise, really.
What "civil liberties" activists have to understand, is that phrase "if you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide" have some sense.
I, personally, wouldn't spend single minute of my life on some "encrypted-p2p-whatever" app, for very simple reason. Since virtually all other mine (and of other people) communications are plain-text; using encryption of _some_ is like posting note for police - "here is stuff you want to look at".
Contrary to most people here, I (unfortunately) had an experience of living in totalitarian country - USSR. And you know what - KGB need not read everyone's mail or wiretap every single phone call. This stuff is as nice as painting your helicopter in black. Yea, that's cool too - but serve little function.
If for some reason, some intelligence agency (not necessary from US, mind you) will need to know contents of your mail/phone/sms - you _already_ in trouble. They won't bother to break encryption, they will break _you_.
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Re: Re: Let's not "push it"
>> Actually most of what we've discussed are neither commercials nor concert tickets.
What happen to "advertizing is a content" idea? What happen to "access to musician is a scarcity"?
>> It's legal, but it provides a much better experience.
I don't think that idea "founder goes to jail" is what "legal" means.
>> Amanda Palmer ...
Mike, do you sleep with her or something? Please find another example, this one is overused.
>> ... through things like crowdfunding
Like I say before, option c) is begging. I'm glad it's working for Amanda.
It's not "many many ways", its a) commercials, b) concert tickets (we're talking about music). Now, since wast majority of people hate commercials (it's not "content") - we left with concert tickets. While I agree that it should be primary income source for musicians, in my book "one" is not "many many".
And if we're talking about movies - entire industry is based on concept of "pay to watch". All this "pirate bay as promotion" work only because its illegal.
Should pirate bay modus operandi become legal tomorrow, all Hulu/Netfix and similar pay-for-streaming shops will have little reason to exist.
Of cause she can. But why is this interesting in any meaningful way?
Point of article is not "social media blah blah", but "Amanda Palmer something".
Why "forget Amanda" if she is the major point here? All this stuff boils down to "Indy artist Amanda is fantastic in one more way", and forget about insurance or whatever she was talking
Another post about incredible Amanda.
Wannabe singer have something to say about ... wait for it ... health insurance!
Now, I understand that you don't have to be field specialist to express opinion. But from all random people with opinion about random subject you choose _this_?!
Does she has some valuable insight? Experience to share? What do you mean "no"?
The problem with this statement, is that science don't do "innovation". And of cause, science's result is not patentable.
Those "design patents" actually make sense same way as trademark make sense - to avoid (possible confusion). So, it is perfectly OK to have "patent" for distinctive design (no, rectangle w/ rounded corners doesn't count).
Question of abuse is unrelated here - corruption always happens (see mortgage crisis for another example).
So, fight bribery and corruption wherever it happen, vote for honest politicians (are they exists?), start political movement and so on.
As already pointed out, this is keyword spam. And yes, this is bad thing, please don't do it.
Google decision to clean up their AppStore is good idea; isn't a selling point of Android is ability to choose your own source for apps?
Mike's post makes almost no sense: the very point of Android is free/open system - choose another store if you don't like Google's approach. What keyword spam and another app-trash has to do with DOJ/piracy/etc? Absolutely nothing.