from the giving-thanks-for-the-comments dept
It's a short week, but we've still got plenty of great comments to highlight, so let's dive right in. In first place on the Insightful side we've got Bob with a response to the revelation that Keith Alexander offered to resign, but was refused because the White House didn't want Snowden to "win":
He didn't just win, he continues winning...
Snowden won. Period.
They should accept this, and move into the world with the rest of us where this is an undeniable fact of life.
They were doing something that the majority of people would not support, without justification or oversight.
Snowden exposed them to the world. The world got pissed. That all happened.
Continuing to live in the delusional alternate reality where Snowden is a traitor, and they are going to get to go back to business as usual is only going to drive more people away from the American tech industry.
They need to sack-up, pardon him and bring him home, initiate a national debate on the use and abuse of the programs, and start restoring our credibility as a nation committed to essential, universal, civil liberties.
In second place, we've got an anonymous comment pointing out one of the most plainly absurd flaws in the patent process:
This is what really cheeses me about the patent system. One of the requirements for patent validity is that an invention be non-obvious to one skilled in the art. Yet at no point is anyone actually skilled in the art really involved in the decision making process. Sure, they can make various filings or be expert witnesses. But the final decision still always lies with an examiner, judge, or jury that more often than not has no idea what is sitting before them.
For editor's choice, we start with a comment from Greevar, noting that when cops described a teenager they near-fatally tazed with the vague label of "aggressive" it suggests they had no concrete reason for what they did:
The use of that word makes it quite plain that the police are lying through their teeth. If that student was an actual threat to anyone, they would be able to be much more specific about what he did. "Looked ready for a fight" is a bullshit excuse, the kind of bullshit a kid would try to push on you if they wrecked the car when they didn't even have permission to take it. Are the police so immature that they make up lies as weak as a teenager would?
I think the evidence will show that the officer recklessly endangered, and possibly killed, a young man who's only crime was being brown and getting in the way of a thug with too much power that lacked the brains to use it properly.
I will never trust a cop so long as they continue to cover up the crimes they commit with impunity. No cop that breaks the law deserves to be protected. I don't care how great they are and how much they've done, police should be held to a stricter standard than most because they have been trusted with the authority and safety of their community. Power goes hand-in-hand with accountability and responsibility. If you abuse it, you deserve to be held accountable for it. If you have it, you need to use it to protect the people, not force submission. Leave your ego at home; this isn't an arena to live out your power fantasies.
Next, we've got Javarod, countering the old "if you don't have anything to hide, you have nothing to worry about" statement about privacy concerns with one of the best responses I've heard:
I have nothing to hide...
But its still my nothing, and i want to decide who gets to see it.
Over on the Funny side, we've got a dominant winner this week, with ChurchHatesTucker taking both of the top slots. First place goes to his more-sarcastic take on the news about Keith Alexander's stymied resignation:
Good thing they prevented Snowden's revelations from having any kind of impact on the NSA, AMIRITE?
And for second place, some more well-targeted sarcasm, this time directed at United Airlines for nearly killing a passenger's dog with mistreatment and trying to keep it quiet:
What possible trouble could a large faceless corporation get into by mistreating dogs and/or kittens on the internet?
For editor's choice on the funny side, we start out with a comment from peter, who heard about a patent troll's attempt to discredit NewEgg's all-star roster of cryptography experts, and imagined a conversation that may well have happened:
Lawyer 1. "Hey. I've heard they got an expert witness in cryptography" Lawyer 2. "So what? Get our own expert to confuse the Jury"
Cryptography Expert Witness. " You want me to testify against WHO?"
And finally, when we pointed out that the DOJ was finally beginning to accept that Julian Assange didn't break the law, one commenter asked if anyone in the department lost their jobs for launching such a fruitless crusade against him. Pixelation knew it doesn't work that way:
Fired? This is how you fast track yourself to Senator.
That's all for this week, folks! I hope everyone had a great long weekend — we'll be back to business as usual tomorrow.