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  • Jan 30th, 2014 @ 11:20am

    Free to write what you want

    Not to preach, but I need preamble to make my point.

    Freedom of the press and of speech gives the right to write about anything and let society decide whether they wish to read.

    Freedom of the press does not grant the right to possess property of another taken against their will or the right of refusal to return the property.

    Anyone holding copies of documents not yet released has the freedom to write anything further about them that they wish.

    The Clapper statement does not limit what members of the press can say about the documents, it asks for them back. Enough has already been said about the absurdity of that idea.

    The press don't have immunity. They're people subject to not only the rights they're given but also the boundaries imposed on all of society. Possession of stolen goods is a topic covered by the boundaries of our laws.

    No matter what anger exists toward the practices exposed, we shouldn't overly generalize the protections granted to journalists because we abhor the related events.

  • Feb 17th, 2012 @ 8:46am

    As Joe Biden once said, "I use the Google"

    I think we're looking at a solid decade before we've got anyone on the Hill that actually has the most remote knowledge to accurately discredit cyber security fiction.

    We are the terrorists. Americans are the biggest threat to the American government, and the government is getting damn scared of us. With elections so polar and nearly equally divided, we actually are a fairly scary bunch. Look at the hate toward Obama and Santorum, add media zombification to that and any government would want monitoring to know how we're reacting to their policies.

  • Aug 25th, 2011 @ 1:01pm

    Ra: Ra: Ra:

    @33++. Small letters: tech. Big letters: DIRT.

    I guess if the matter was as squeaky clean as the fruit farm's marketing art, there would be little to say here. I'm glad you found that the dirt was how the technologists were going supernova covering it and being covered by it. Starbucks baristas blew their steam jets, me bets.

  • Nov 16th, 2010 @ 8:37am

    Must consume now!

    TechDirt, Slashdot, Wired, CNN, the Beeb. All the frenzy about this. Must be a slow news day.

    I once had a music provider, or should I say it once had me.

  • Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 4:18pm

    Re: Re: I can understand Apple's point

    Nope, mouse goes to Stanford University's research institute. Doug Englebart to be specific. Actually most of the items in #28 were also SRI and Xerox PARC. I think you'd enjoy this read (the book, not the tiny stub article):


    For the most part, we have hallucinogens to thank for much of the work in graphical user interfaces.