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This Week In Techdirt History: November 4th - 10th

from the can-we-fix-voting-machines-please dept

Five Years Ago

This week in 2013, UK officials were going a bit nuts in response to the fallout from their detention of David Miranda, first arguing that he was, in fact, a terrorist, then that they didn't know he was a journalist, and then that the Snowden leaks would help pedophiles — leading us to wonder of the State Department would condemn their stifling of journalism (okay, not really wonder...)

Stateside, Mike Rogers was claiming that more NSA transparency would hurt privacy, while also being opportunistically concerned about the privacy implications of the Affordable Care Act. The agency was positively comparing metadata searches to stop-and-frisk, and making a similar argument that curbing metadata protection would harm privacy. And of course the Inspector General was rejecting a request from Congress to investigate the agency, while the Senate Intelligence Committee advanced a bill to give the NSA more funding.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2008, while we were wondering why the MPAA gets to review and approve DVD players, the Copyright Alliance was fighting to outlaw remote DVRs. A UK ISP was threatening to disconnect anyone who has open wifi, the French Senate approved the three strikes law that would create the infamous Hadopi, and Italian authors were fighting for a piracy tax on DSL connections (while Italian officials were moving forward with criminal charges against Google executives over a user's video).

Today, there's a lot of concern about issues with electronic voting machines and their poor security. Naturally, if people had known about this ten years ago, it would have been fixed by now. Oh, wait...

Fifteen Years Ago

But certainly if we'd known about it all the way back in 2003, it'd definitely be fixed by now, right? It's not like we'd need advocacy groups and law clinics to fight to stop Diebold from C&D-ing people who talk about its security issues, right? Oh...

Well anyway, also this week in 2003, we saw the first big record label merger of the 21st century, with Sony and BMG turning the Big Five into the Big Four. The RIAA was bragging about the success of its lawsuits based on dubious causality, while studies showed they were somewhat effective in making people delete MP3s and really, really hate the record industry.

It was also around this time that the trend of making computers look cool started taking root beyond the world of Apple.


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  • identicon
    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 10 Nov 2018 @ 1:52pm

    Do You Check Links In Those Old Articles?

    Sometimes they are gone. Sometimes copies can be found archive.org.

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      Leigh Beadon (profile), 12 Nov 2018 @ 11:34am

      Re: Do You Check Links In Those Old Articles?

      I do know a lot of them are dead but the time it would take to check all of them, find alternative links, and replace them would just not be worth it for the fairly low number of people who click through and then through again from this post every week. I'd love to do it for you folks but I gotta prioritize :) At some point I will think about trying to automate it, but that could get finnicky...

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        Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 12 Nov 2018 @ 2:12pm

        Re: Do You Check Links In Those Old Articles?

        OK. Sometimes I add comments to the original articles indicating where to find replacement links.

        At least you are not one of those sites that block comments on older postings after some arbitrary time.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2018 @ 10:50pm

    Re: This Week In Techdirt History

    Still better than blue.

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