by El_Segfaulto

El_Segfaulto's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

from the winner's-circle dept

Last week, el_segfaulto scored a rare double win, getting both "most insightful" and "funniest" comments of the week -- on two separate comments (it's been done on a single comment before). Given that, we figured he easily deserved to write up this week's "favorites" post...

Good weekend everybody. Welcome to the recap and another round of favorite posts. When Mike first asked me to write this, I started brainstorming ways of doing it fairly. I wrote an algorithm to compare the number of total comments to the percentage of those that I find troll-like for each article. I solicited opinions from coworkers, friends, the crazy homeless guy that hangs out on the route I take to get coffee in the morning. Unfortunately for you all, I realized that all of that work was for naught and I decided to simply list off the articles that I enjoyed reading and the articles that elicited the best comments. A big thanks to Mike for the opportunity to write this up and for letting me have a little extra time to get everything in order.

So...without further adieu, let's geek it up a notch!

Honorable mentions:

10) I wanted to start with an encouraging article. As was noted throughout UK Government Announces Copyright Plans, the UK seems to be taking a surprisingly reasonable route towards copyright reform.

9) Apple Continues To Scream To The World How Competitive Samsung's Tablet Is By Getting It Banned In Australia in a number of tech blogs throughout the internet. It's always fun to see the Apple fans come out in droves to protect the mothership. Unfortunately most of the Techdirt readers kept it civil and time I want flames.

8) More good news! Apparently the Economist is starting to recognize that patents have become far more of a hindrance than an incentive to create. The Economist Once Again Worried About Our Innovation-Hindering Patent System may not have brought out a ton of comments, but the story itself was interesting and the comment thread good, albeit a little meandering.

7) I try to avoid reading too many patent articles if at all possible (they anger up the blood) but reading Hulu Sued For Violating 'TV Guide' Patent led me on a long rant at work so I felt it deserved some recognition.

6) 20th Century Fox Claims 'Dice Age' Game Sounds Too Much Like Ice Age Movie was a good read, but for whatever reason a lot of the comments had me in stitches.

5) Is Google Antitrust Investigation Simply A Repeat Of Wasteful Microsoft Antitrust Effort? brought up a lot of good points and actually changed my opinion of the software behemoths slightly, and that's all anyone can ask from a written work.

4) For some reason I find that reading about multinational megacorps going at it reminds me of watching a Godzilla movie, no matter which monster wins the citizens of Tokyo lose. Amazon Stops Accepting Apps In Germany Due To Apple's App Store Trademark Claim is a great story and thread of trademarks gone amok.

3) Really Bad Idea: Make ISPs Liable For Cybercrime Efforts was a good read and, as always, the comments failed to disappoint.

2) The infuriating post of the week has to go to Court Shuts Down Zediva: Apparently The Length Of The Cable Determines If Something Is Infringing. Hearing a court make this kind of judgment made me die a little inside.

1) As a security geek my favorite post of the week has to be Defense Department Pretty Much Incompetent In Dealing With Online Threats. Over the past year there has been a multitude of hacks and attacks throughout the world. Although I'm not convinced that the DoD is that inept, it was an eye-opening article with a ton of insightful comments.

If you've gotten this far...congratulations! Thanks for reading and enjoy the summer, while it lasts.

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    Pickle Monger (profile), 6 Aug 2011 @ 11:42am

    Uhm... "further adieu"? Is my sarcasm-o-meter off?

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    weronika, 6 Aug 2011 @ 12:28pm

    my sexy photo :)

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    xenomancer (profile), 6 Aug 2011 @ 1:00pm

    "enjoy the summer, while it lasts"

    Shit! Its summer already?!?!?

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    xenomancer (profile), 6 Aug 2011 @ 1:03pm

    Re: my sexy photo :)

    Your link has killed my faith in advertising. You are not, in fact, sexy.

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    jip, 6 Aug 2011 @ 1:48pm

    Should have used that algorithm : )

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    Atkray (profile), 6 Aug 2011 @ 6:54pm

    +1 for "anger up the blood".

    Very well done.

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    Chargone (profile), 7 Aug 2011 @ 3:46am


    no, it is stupid american spelling fail because somewhere along the way they've lost the ability to distinguish the sound of 'you' (that is, 'u') and the vowel in 'do' (that is, 'oo'. there's proper IPA symbals for these but they're a pain in the arse) and they've lost the fact that 'ado' is a word. (i've seen 'do' in 'make do' spelled 'due' a LOT as well)

    basically they all sound the same, they get corrected for spelling these other words as 'do' enough times, they over correct, and we get this maddening nonsense.

    the part that drives me nuts isn't even the error here, its the breaking of one of English's nice, consistent, standardized parts (and face it, it doesn't have enough of those) in favour of More Complex options. i mean, if you're going to screw up, at least screw up in the way that makes things make More sense rather than less.... :S

    fear the pet rant. (the rant isn't particularly directed at El_Segfaulto. the correction is, but not the rant :D)

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    abc gum, 7 Aug 2011 @ 7:37am


    Licensing was too damn high as it's already patented.

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    Tor (profile), 7 Aug 2011 @ 7:58am


    Now, now, please calm down. That's much adieu about nothing ;)

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    el_segfaulto (profile), 7 Aug 2011 @ 9:28am

    Re: Re:

    It was an intentional play on words (one of my hobbies is driving my girlfriend crazy with intentional confusion of there, their, and they're) but i should have closed it with a smartass tag. My apologies for any increase in blood pressure or strokes that my dry sense of humor may have caused.

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    abc gum, 7 Aug 2011 @ 10:41am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Yes - by all memes, we should not jump to confusions.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Aug 2011 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re:

    no, it is stupid american spelling fail...blah blah blah...

    At least we have working shift keys on our keyboards.

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), 8 Aug 2011 @ 2:23am


    what summer? We went from Spring to Autumn without stopping.

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), 8 Aug 2011 @ 8:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I also hate it when my symbals get all mixed up. Happens when I drink too much licker.

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