Is he really that wonderful a writer? Wow. Granted, nobody just dashes off a response to such an award... an acceptance speech, really... but that's pretty damned eloquent, whether it took an hour or a day. Then again, he's had a while to craft language around his philosophy and motivation. But, still.
It's true that the Grey Lady is notorious for its condescending tone; but remember that the Times' audience is broad and often non-technical. In terms of literary style, it's common to set off unfamiliar jargon with quotes; or, as in this case, words that have taken on a secondary, non-intrinsic meaning... "scrape", a physical action, is used descriptively here to avoid an even starchier, longer, more obtuse description. Yes, I really believe that a significant part of the readership has no idea about web crawlers and scraping, and that the quotes are correct usage for a non-technical audience. And to snicker and point at non-insiders, mocking their pathetic ignorance of specialized terms, makes us look like even bigger idiots.
... here's a tip for the BPPE enforcers: Groups of gassy old men are teaching the code... the Morse code, that is... along with advanced electronics theory to anyone who's seeking an Amateur Radio license. These villains hold clandestine meetings, use arcane jargon and communicate in an obscure binary code. Come to think of it, Homeland Security might want to help those BPPE'ers remove this plague from polite society.
New strategy: CRUSH! Games with the word "crush" in them; apps with the word "crush" in them; refrigerators with the word "crush" on their ice makers. Dole canned pineapple: number one target! Unless you mean the kind that's sliced in neat round rings -- that's okay. Note to REM: Somehow you snuck that "Orange Crush" song out to market before our game came out, but we'll figure out your dastardly trick, and get you for it!
And does AMC have a Red Phone, or a Silent Alarm button under the counter, that notifies both MPAA and ICE whenever an individual theater operator suspects something? I can't picture part-time manager Brad looking up ICE's phone number in the yellow pages, on his own authority... there's got to be some rapid-response system in place. Try getting the Feds to respond to ANYTHING within 90 minutes... good luck. Guess infringement is REALLY important.
And what ever happened to, "Hey, you... stop that!" rather than federal agents?
Nice to see a check-in on this subject from the CEA... thanks for that. Lends legitimacy to note that it's not just IP libertarians and contrary-thinkers who feel strongly about this.
We should note a semantic problem, however, with characterizing the adversaries as "broadcasters". In very many cases, that term really ought to refer to the thousands of small station owners, sometimes mom-and-pop outfits, who try to serve their regions and communities with local programming. In my experience, they're not too concerned with monetizing their signal with per-subscriber payments from a cable system. That only comes into play when you're dealing with millions of subs; and that means that the true opposition... the villains... would be the media conglomerates, the Viacoms and Universals of the world. As you note, they're using the airways free of charge, and attempting to generate millions -- billions? -- in unearned revenue with cable carriage fees. That's a revisionist business model (translate: carpetbagger); the original idea was to monetize with advertising sales. Aereo is a threat to their double-dipping scheme.
But be careful about tarring small broadcasters with the same brush as greedy corporations...
Scientific American recently ran an excerpt from Adam Minter's book Junkyard Planet -- a terrifying snapshot of large scale recycling turning a city, and a region, into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, thanks to the convenience of so-called single-stream recycling in the US. If your gut told you it would be difficult to separate and recycle massively intermingled materials... and I think that's implied in this new initiative... your gut was right; the US shipped huge quantities of mixed plastics to towns like Wen'an in China, where poverty-wage workers would separate it, sanitize with caustic chemicals, and melt/process, all without any form of safety precautions or personal protection; leftovers and unrecyclables were burned in open campfires all over town. A fascinating read; and, unfortunately for those of us who believe in reuse and recycling, a profoundly troubling challenge to our comfortable, do-it-for-me culture.