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PRIVATE Corp's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Hello everyone. My name is Cory J.G, better off known as Cory of PRIVATE Corp or Cory of PC for short, and I'm a fan-fic writer. I'm really a story-teller, with a wide array of skills under my belt, and I am in the process of trying to get a job. I do like to see myself doing something related to the entertainment business and, after much reading of the stories here on Techdirt, I am hoping that if I do enter the field, I would like to completely change things for, hopefully, the better.

Anyway, today I'm here to share my favorite stories for the week. So I won't waste any more time here, let's get started!

OOO

I found it strangely odd that when I went on Techdirt in the morning, I found two different stories involving the Pirate Party and suing. Granted one of them deals with the Swedish PP doing the suing against banks for their "discriminating" of WikiLeaks, and the other deals with the UK PP leaders getting sued by BPI personally for Internet proxies. I was thinking there was going to be a trend. No, we didn't get that, but we did get something that has the City of London's police force setting up a special copyright task force to deal with those inflicting infringement damage. Yes, I'm sure this will work out oh so perfectly... and that last part was sarcasm.

When I heard about the shooting that happened up in Newtown, I was getting back from school, and I was walking to my room. I was surprised to see a couple of the guys, who are your average sports fanatics, watching a news station until I saw what was going on. It is sad to see so many children injured or killed from such a tragic event (and I even shouted "hang him!" at the shooter, but he's already dead...), and I do wish all the comfort in the world to the families that were hit by this.

With that said, I'm beginning to develop some new opinions on the matter about laying blame. With all of the new studies coming in to say "hey, video games aren't the problem," you'd think that someone would catch on and put two and two together. And allow me to add that I'm a kid with Asperger's, a form of autism, and I've played a few violent video games in my time, including TF2, and I'm a genuinely nice boy!

For someone that spends most of his day in front of a computer and part of it on the Internet, I would hate to come across a block in data because I'm going over my limit. Really I would hate to be in the middle of watching one of my favorite Internet shows and then have my Internet crawling or come to a complete stop because of that limit. So there's a proposal made by one Senator Wyden about doing something about these stupid caps and making things better for those who love to upload and download stuff on their phones and computers, and it's a good first step. To have no data caps that will allow people to freely download as much as they like is great! Now if only I had access to better, faster Internet myself...

Finally... now I'm not one to curse or swear, mainly that's me being a bit courteous, but I'm going to drop it for this moment: what the hell is Kony 2012? No really, what is it? I had no idea what this was when it came on and when people were talking about it, but never once did I muster up the interest to look into the matter, simply because 1) it didn't matter to me and 2) there's are a whole lot of things to worry about other than one evil person. Now I really don't care about it, though I am interested in a short summary of it, but I didn't think a graphic novel would provide that summary... or that said comic would be accused of being a terrorist product.

What.

I, for one, don't read a whole lot of comics. Sure, I do read the stuff that comes out of Japan, but not much here in the US or anywhere else. Comics are one form of media that you can express your own views and tell it in a story format, but this? Well it's one thing to do this, but then to have the government come in and take away all the money you made off of a comic based off of some guy from the Congo. Yeah, and I thought those shouting "video games are the problem!" were bad...

OOO

So that does it for now. If you're getting out of your bunkers (or wherever you were hiding) or reading this because you have a connection, then congrats, the world didn't end and you can still access the Internet... Really, what are the odds of you still being online if the world's coming to an end? Wouldn't there be no power for your computer or connection to allow you to be online? Still, if you are reading this, then you know that you are very much alive and the Internet is still active.

For now, this is Cory of PRIVATE Corp, reminding you all to please support those who are truly in need and not the ones begging for attention. Feed the trolls if needed, and don't forget to feed yourselves this Christmas. Do enjoy yourselves and have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Now if you excuse me, I got some work to get done on my end...

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Dec 2012 @ 1:40pm

    Folks, it's never really been about violent video games. There have been insane people and people that have troubles telling the real world from the world of their imagination ever since swords were the weapon of choice and even before that I am sure.

    As one politician said, "Never waste a good crisis". There are those that some how believe that if you can control the information feel someone sees, you can control their behavior. Now who would want to control people's behavior to conform to their vision of the world?

    Well religious fanatics are always at this point in other forms mostly. Look at the Middle East. There's all sorts of violence because others don't conform to their vision of the world. Somehow I don't acquaint being behind a real AK47 as being in a video game, nor real life terrorism as being inspired by video gaming.

    The problem isn't guns in itself. Lay a rifle in the corner it will be there come doomsday if no one picks it up and will kill no one. If you blame weapons, I want to know how you or anyone is going to control knives. Most folks kitchens have plenty of them. If they didn't sell them at a store, exactly how hard is it to make one? It is not beyond the average skill of the average person to craft one.

    The problem no one wants to address is we aren't funding psychological facilities that the public has access to. Especially those that aren't rich. It's one of the first things cut in tight money times as being a waste of money...until the day comes some unbalanced person shoots a bunch of innocents. When that comes the answer in the US is to throw them in jail as a danger to the public. There they learn they weren't smart enough to get away with it in criminal school. But next time... (if there ever is a next time). Privately operated jails aren't there to rehabilitate the criminal. They are there to keep them in jail for as long as possible because that's how they get paid. As a result, the US is the world's leading jailer with the largest prisoner per capita of any nation in the world.

    But it's all video games because some think the world would be better off with you not living in a fantasy world but rather going out and doing that in the real one.

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