You'll just love it. I mean, it will be the best, classiest treaty you've ever seen. Everyone who's ever read a treaty that I re-negotiate has just loved it. And if the other parties to the treaty don't like it, we'll make the other treaty signatories pay for it! Believe me, I know what I'm talking about. My foreign policy will put America in a position with foreigners like we've never seen before! Trust me. It will be great.
Re: Re: There are good reasons lawmakers get easy treatment
There are many, many examples I could give of how lawmakers and insufficient intelligence go hand in hand.
I'll just point out one of the latest examples. "working together" to create magical unicorn encryption that only works for good people but is magically breakable when bad people use it. If nerds would just work harder, it could really happen.
When they begin a statement like "I may not be an expert at rocket surgery but . . ." and then proceed to make bold statements contradicting what actual experts say. Basically claiming (rightly) to be an idiot, and then demonstrating clearly for all to see. Just as your post does.
Smoking does not kill people, says our (potentially) next VP.
There are good reasons lawmakers get easy treatment
There is a very good reason lawmakers get treated with kid gloves when they break the law.
Because lawmakers CANNOT BE EXPECTED to know what the laws are. Therefore they SHOULD get some slack for not knowing the law. How could you expect a lawmaker to know the law?
Reasons, any combination of: [_] Lacks reading skills to have read the law [_] Lacks reading comprehension [x] Insufficient intelligence to understand the law [_] Lacks basic abstract ideas like 'property', 'ownership', 'propriety', etc. [x] Too busy doing what is important: raising money from any corporation that will give large amounts of money [_] Any of the above [_] All of the above
This is why lawmakers can violate copyright and get no serious penalty. Or treat classified information as though it is a newspaper. (And I'm NOT singling out any one politician here, there are plenty who are guilty of this!)
The structure, sequence and organization of both implementation code and public interface code might be highly creative.
Google used a complete re-implementation of Java from scratch. So none of Oracle's (actually Sun's) implementation code was copied. To the extent that API public function and other public member names were copied is strictly for compatibility purposes. The names could trivially be changed -- but must be kept the same for compatibility.
Here's an idea. On some web site that congress critters all visit, place a link to an ISIS web site. Be sure to use phishing and social engineering techniques to ensure that a significant number of congress critters will click on it.
Overnight a large number of congress critters become felons. Hey, they all visited an ISIS web site. They should all go to jail.
US warrants against Megaupload are different. That is about copyright. Therefore silly notions of due process, evidence, laws, or the constitution do not apply.
Megaupload was simply Hollywood's temper tantrum the day after the internet went dark, exposing SOPA. As the bright light of news coverage shone on SOPA, its supporters distanced themselves, slinking back into the shadows.
Terrorists may use encryption, they may use it poorly, or not at all. Or they may then reveal an encrypted communication after the fact, not thinking.
But you are missing the real issue about Going Dark.
American Citizens are increasingly Going Dark by using encryption. For everyone's protection, decryption must be very easy, or even unnecessary for even the dumbest of cops. This makes it easier to access everything about your private life when looking for something to charge you with.
A system can scrape content from a web site without disrupting it. Facebook is happy to have Google send robots to visit their site. Facebook simply doesn't like this other company visiting their site.
This is very different than someone disrupting the operation of a walk in store.
Whether or not Power should visit Facebook's site, the CFAA is a law that has, is and will be abused. Unlike trespassing law.