Actually no, its not. While we don't know how long this service will last, the 40$ offer has been around since the store launched last week. I don't know when the offer will truly expire since when it launched it said 2 days left, and after the expired came back for another week. 40$ is low enough though that I am picking this up this evening. Even if I get just one year out of it, it will be worth it.
Two things to mention though from my questions with the company. They do not retain any logs related to specific traffic carried (or so they told me). Also, they are owned by a US based company.
What is somebody made a license plate cover that restricts viewing of the license plate. You know how there are the monitor privacy screens so you can only see your monitor from a mostly directly in front of position? What is somebody used those types of screens to make it so license plates could only be read from ground level? That way anything up higher aimed down would have a very hard time reading the plate. Does something like this exist already?
I know I don't post much on TD compared to my days of years past, but I do still at least read every post title and a good half of the posts. I am enjoying the podcast so far. Thank you guys for doing it. This one particularly was enlightening as to how both services work and how far they've come. Being where I am at in Michigan I don't think I have ever seen the mustaches or other signatures in person. Although, as stated in the podcast that doesn't mean as much these days.
So, now the cops are concerned about privacy. And they are talking about what goes on in their cars and while they are out in public? Why are cops and organizations like them pushing for so much surveillance then huh? The exceptions to the bills should not have been allowed until at least all license plate scanners and similar tracking had been completely halted. They are pretty clearly just trying to maintain their system of cops being above the law, and everyone else gets to be monitored. Despicable.
The sexual assailants. They probably are pretty interested in keeping all of their names under wraps since they assaulted her when she was not in a capacity to resist or give proper consent. I am not going to judge one way or the other how that poor girl ended up so drunk, whether it was her fault or whether they technically drugged her. Either way that took place, those boys had no right whatsoever to do what they did.
They probably have a very large interest in keeping the names hidden though. They got away with rape and don't want their names associated with the heinous act they committed.
I use Podcast Addict on Android. Contains most of the great features that were mentioned about most apps. I am not sure about syncing between devices and I only fast forward at 1.6x speed so far so I am not sure about anything over 2.
It is the second app I tried for podcasts and since I only use on phone while in car so far, it has sufficed nicely.
After the Awesome Stuff article from TD related to podcasts, I finally got a podcast app (on android, settled for Podcast Addict for now, which feels pretty good actually) and so far have subscribed to This American Life and Fresh Air. One of the Fresh Air podcasts was an interview with Risen and related to his book Pay Any Price and he was talking about confidential sources and how the federal government has been harassing him for these years over it. I agree with him that he should not have to talk about his sources, period. That is journalism and out congress really needs to get around to passing the federal shield law so that the feds can't harass people like Risen anymore.
seems immensely worrisome if you believe in an open internet or basic principles of innovation.
Since they target entire websites and not just specific content (also wrongly) we could continue that sentence with a few items. or freedom of speech. or artists right's. (the industry has taken down music that artists wanted shared before) or due process.
There are others of course, but there are tons of reasons not to let a few asshats with a proven track record of abuse and disregard for others to have power over anything at all, let alone sites on the internet.
Funny short story to add (didn't want previous post to get too long .. even though its pretty long). I wore my TechDirt T-Shirt to a class I took at Oakland University (in Michigan) for the first day of an Intellectual Property class that I took (an elective in my general area). The professor got quite a kick out of the shirt, and apparently he follows TD too. He was teaching people about a view very similar to TD since most students that went through the school didn't know how much there was to copyright. A lot of people view it as horrible now, but somehow necessary. He helped expose them to more of the remix culture, a lot of fair use (which some people only have a minor grasp on), and also to more of the abuses that go on regularly (aside from the obvious ones like Youtube takedowns).
It was a really fun class and the professor was great. A lot of people left that class with a much broader view.
I have been reading TechDirt articles for the last nine to ten years total now (its been a long time but I can't remember exactly when I first found it). At first I was younger and much angrier at things that happened before I realized more how things seem to flow on the national level. So, after the first couple years I changed my handle to KillerTofu. I have been around using this handle for just over 7 years now and my posts have usually been a lot less angry than how I posted before.
I come to TechDirt because I feel it is an easy to reach source that encourages readers and discussions around topics and has a good collection of topics covered that I am passionate about and feel need more attention drawn to them. I tend to link to these articles when I am discussing a topic with somebody and the article was my source and it can add detail beyond what we discussed. You guys do have a very well thought out argument and while I can make most of the same points, I tend to feel I don't quite do it as well as you guys do. As such I will sometimes link people to articles written here anyways. Even if I haven't raised a discussion, if the post covers anything that I know a friend is passionate about, I will link them to it as additional news for them to cover. I know two of my friends who regularly scan the headlines here now because of that even though they don't read much.
Over the last two to three years I have posted a lot less in the comments than I used to as well. This is partially due to time restraints. I also enter a lot of articles with intent to post something, but will see that somebody said my exact thought or noticed what I noticed, and then I won't post. It was already posted and I don't want to just add a "me too!".
I used to read every single article as well during some slow times at work but over the last four years I started following more online and now I tend to skip some articles if I feel that from the title I already know what it will say. After following for so long, I have a general feel for how responses to certain items will be and not every topic covered greatly interests me (although all topics interest me at least some). The topics that greatly interest me I still read every article sooner or later for.
There was an era where I tried to shoot down the deniers and anti mikes, by replying with logic and analogies and comparisons and reason. That didn't end well for me. I won't say that they won, since there are still others here holding that torch. I did put in my time doing that though and due to having less time these days, I don't partake of that anymore really. Much thanks goes out to my fellow TDers who now make sure that baseless arguments and strawmen are not left standing.
Overall I still love TD, still love my T-shirt I got from here back when (and still wear it). Keep up the good articles guys!
Since the officers seem to be inclined to waste work time, they should be forced to use 1 hour of their work time every day towards the following goal until completed:
Watch through all baywatch scenes containing David Hasselhoff, watch all Arnold Schwarzenegger movies after he was a governor, a twenty four hour Spongebob marathon, the OJ Simpson trial, twelve hours of Glee, four hours of Youtube ads (no actual videos), a nikki minaj cd, and six hours of other music from various "artists" on that list. All of this must be done by streamining the content over a Comcast network to a Windows Vista machine while wearing magnum condoms on their fingers.
If they are bored with work then they can spend more than one hour a day working on this task's completion.
I was thinking much the same thing myself. Would it really be so bad if all carriers and large internet entities were forced into respecting privacy? I know that the state of California has at least debated a bill that would move us in the next step towards internet privacy. It more closely followed what people would like of privacy and the rules in place over in Europe. I didn't hear much of it though after that. Wouldn't be surprised to find out that the feds came in and squashed it. We all know how much they and the large telcos hate having to respect the public.
We can steal whole copyrights now?!? Somebody, quick, tell the authors and songwriters whose copyright has been locked up by the cartels. They may finally be able to get their copyright back and earn some money!