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!
So, am I the only one who sees how those pushing the "nothing to hide" are quiet when it comes to stuff like this?
Weren't the copyright cartels pushing for the FBI to be able to bring civil suits against people for infringement?
Topics such as this are just more evidence to me how the government needs to stay away from copyright entirely unless it is to massively scale it back. It also shows yet more reasons why total surveillance that the feds are pushing is a horrible thing. If you upset anyone in power, they will just hand your info over to some copyright oppressors and then boom, your life is tied up with lawsuits. Wouldn't be hard for them to do. It seems like the US is trying pretty hard to catch up to where China and Russia are at these days with control of the populace so I wouldn't put it past them.
So, where is everyone now saying that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear? That statement is blown further away by the wind of situations like this. A police state is a horrible thing, no matter how much or how little or how much "nothing" you believe you have to hide.
I am glad to see others posting that they recognize much the same thing. Sometimes it feels like almost everyone else out there is focused on the whole "but These guys are so much better than Those guys!" type aspect, and for what seems to me like small things compared to everything else they are really up to. Yes, some of the issues are important, but on the whole, both options are pretty sour.
Anyone trying to claim these accusations are from the "leftists" or just saying to look at the current administration is completely missing the point. I am pretty sure the whole right vs left thing is merely a distraction at this point. Both parties appear to be acting in the interests of those with power now, to ensure they maintain power and keep that money rolling in. They may not work for the exact same groups, but in both cases they are selling out America.
Really, do you guys saying this is brought up by the left not remember Bush? Do the people saying it was because of Bush not pay attention now? The democrats and republicans are the same in this. Neither values the constitution so stop helping them misdirect people by bringing up arguments about "right vs left" please. This is about what America is supposed to stand for and how all of the asshats are running it these days from "both sides of the aisle".
More people are killed a year by cars than are killed by guns. The only way to get guns to have have anything nearing any statistical significance is to include suicides, which likely won't be stopped either even if all guns are removed completely (which any suggested legislation A: wouldn't do, and B: would never pass if suggested).
Time would be far better focused on solving the issues that lead to gun violence, rather than trying to limit anything related to guns. Limiting guns hurts the 99% of guns owners who have done and will do nothing wrong with them.