[i]Facebook made its case publicly, agreeing that there were some privacy and civil liberties concerns with the bill, but that on the whole the bill was good.[/i]
I feel a strong irony of the fact that facebook agrees there are "privacy concerns" but agrees with the bill anyway, because that's pretty much the way they feel about user privacy isn't it?
Not quite as ironic as how EA used the trumped up 'social aspect' of the new SimCity as a way to pretend that always-on DRM and no single player was legitimate. Little did they know that the ultimate social aspect of their game would be all the gamers, message boards, news articles and blogs that were bitching about how much EA (and Maxis) royally frakked up a loved franchise.
But EA has been digging this hole for years, so I don't see them doing an about face anytime soon -- whereas Facebook apparently thinks it still needs to save some face.
BSG: Blood and Chrome was released onto youtube a week at a time. I thought that was pretty good. I feel like getting all 13 episodes in one shot is sort of like Caprica did at the end, just to burn off the episodes. You need some sort of time delay, I think, just to make people want it. A handful of people want to consume the series when it is all out all at once at the end. However, plenty of others enjoy just having a couple of shows to watch a week. But, it should be neat to see it play out.
The comment about cracking safes is golden. Our country has a really big problem with this train of thought in general -- they attempt to fix the symptoms of problems, not the cause (ie. it's not bad security practices to do this -- just avoid this one guy who who know may be able to crack your safes!).
Politicians are especially bad at this, because usually causes are much more complex than the symptoms they manifest as. So it looks like they're "doing something" and getting that re-electability cred they so desire.
Whether some law abiding citizen chooses to own a gun or not is *THEIR* business. Putting their name and address out there for the whole world to see, as happened in NY, seems to actually run counter to the whole public safety ideal, doesn't it?