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White House Realizes That Outlawing P2P No Excuse For Gov't Employee Stupidity

from the phew dept

Over the summer, we saw Congress mistarget its anger over stupid government employees misusing P2P software to reveal government secrets by blaming the P2P software. It didn't take long for them to propose a law to deal with the problem. Thankfully, the White House is actually pointing out how unnecessary this is and how silly it is to target a single type of technology, when the issue is about how people use the technology, not the technology itself.

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    You never know, 15 Feb 2008 @ 2:24pm

    Whoa!!!!!!! Some one in the Whitehouse is actually paying attention?

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    Xeno, 15 Feb 2008 @ 2:31pm

    I think hell just got a little colder

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    Stute, 15 Feb 2008 @ 2:34pm

    This is clearly unpossible.

    I mean... How can the government say something like that! It's so out of character.

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    Tipu, 15 Feb 2008 @ 2:35pm

    More likely the WH realized that ...

    More likely the White House realized that RIAA is paying more money to Democrats than Republicans, so out of spite it is opposing banning P2P. Otherwise I doubt that the current white house will miss an opportunity to not dance to Big Businesse's tune.

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    Tipu, 15 Feb 2008 @ 2:35pm

    More likely the WH realized that ...

    More likely the White House realized that RIAA is paying more money to Democrats than Republicans, so out of spite it is opposing banning P2P. Otherwise I doubt that the current white house will miss an opportunity to not dance to Big Business's tune.

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    Danny, 15 Feb 2008 @ 2:51pm

    I know!!

    You see since this law was shot down the RIAA/MPAA now have incentive to further "motivate" legislators the next time this comes up. And no doubt it will be tacked on to some law two years from now that has nothing to do with file sharing.

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    Poet N. Didntnoeit, 15 Feb 2008 @ 3:23pm

    There once was a poster named Tipu
    His postings were full of dudu
    Ignoance is bliss they say
    He must be mightly happy today
    People like him drive me cucu.

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    Poet N. Didntnoeit, 15 Feb 2008 @ 3:23pm

    There once was a poster named Tipu
    His postings were full of dudu
    Ignoance is bliss they say
    He must be mightly happy today
    People like him drive me cucu.

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    BigEd, 15 Feb 2008 @ 4:51pm

    Now What do we Do...

    We were all so convinced that the white house so so full of idiots and jerks that someone there had to go and do something smart. What's this world coming to...

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    BigEd, 15 Feb 2008 @ 4:52pm

    Now What do we Do...

    We were all so convinced that the white house was so full of idiots and jerks that someone there had to go and do something smart. What's this world coming to...

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2008 @ 6:37pm

    @Danny

    Haven't you heard? After exploiting the ability to do that, the Bush administration is going to put the kabosh on that as they leave.

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