Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the which-is-more-important? dept
So... this is awkward. For the first time ever, the winner of the "most insightful" comment is... um... me? I assume this won't help with those who insist this whole voting thing is rigged. Anyway, it was on the post about DHS's ridiculous demand to Mozilla to remove the MAFIAAfire add-on, and Mozilla's wonderful response. One of our "regular" critics chimed in to say that he didn't think it was a good idea "to get 'cutesy' with the DHS and the DOJ." To that, I responded:
I find this to be an interesting statement on two levels.I don't know that that's really all that insightful, but thanks for the votes either way. The second place comment (just a few votes behind mine) was actually also responding to that same "cutesy" comment. This comment was from Gwiz, and actually gave a similar, but more concise response than mine:
1. I don't see how requesting that a government agency back up its demands with a legal basis is, in any way, shape or form, getting "cutesy" with the government.
2. I find the general sentiment you express here horrifying. You actually think that if the government comes to you and makes a request outside of the law, you should just obey? That seems to run entirely counter to the American way of standing up for what you believe in and not being bullied by the government.
I really find it sad when people who claim to be patriotic Americans really are just willing pawns of authoritarianism.
Asking relevant questions about important issues that effect everyone is not being "cutesy" at all.Since we're piling on concerning that particular ridiculous "cutesy" claim, I'll have my first editor's choice insightful comment be yet another response to that from an unregistered user named AW who brought some more historical perspective:
It's called being a good American.
"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
-- Benjamin Franklin
Yes and those darn colonists shouldn't have gotten "cutesy" with the King of England...did you miss the basis of liberty in the USA? We don't give in because government told us to.As for my final editor's choice on insightful, we'll jump over to Friday's post about the FBI lying to the court about information related to a Freedom of Information request. btr1701, who has noted in the past that he, himself, is a federal agent of some sort, clearly was not pleased with the FBI's actions here and said so:
Seems like the agents who did this should get a contempt citation and the US Attorneys that allowed it should be brought up before the bar on ethics charges.On that note, we switch over to the funny side of the field. The winner there is, once again, Gwiz (nice week!), this time for his comment responding to Sony's claim that because it found a file that was named Anonymous the non-group "Anonymous" must have been responsible for its latest data breach. Gwiz likes that kind of thinking and intends to use it elsewhere:
I just found a text file on my hard drive named Ed_McMahon.txt and when I opened it said "You may have won $1,000,000".In second place is an anonymous commenter responding to the same story above about Mozilla standing up to DHS, leading to this new browser market comparison chart:
Sweet! This is *proof* that I am rich!
Off to tell the boss where he can shove this job...
Mozilla: "Chrome's got speed, IE's got name recognition, and Opera's got indie cred, but we've got bigger balls."As for editor's choice, we've got one from fogbugzd concerning a proposed bill in Chicago to require phones to have software that would disable SMS txting software for teens if the phone was travelling above 5 mph. fogbugzd did a nice job highlighting one issue with such software:
Rumor has it that this feature is already built into smartphones, but we can't get the kids to tell us how to turn it on.And, finally, as the second editor's choice, we have DannyB's response to the claims from the content industry in the UK that fair use is bad because it "leads to litigation." DannyB notes that the same argument can be used elsewhere:
Copyright is bad because it leads to litigation.And... we're done. Enjoy your Sunday. Monday comes soon enough.
Patents are bad because they lead to litigation.