He's a petty tyrant, he doesn't understand what "elected by the people to govern, or run the government" means, and I suspect he slept through all his history classes. "L'etat, c'est moi!" "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Our existence is tolerated so long as we pay the bills. Democracy is doomed so long as the electorate continues to fall for BS like him.
I'd prefer to just shoot the politicians and lawyers who let them get away with this. I'd love to be able to carry around my $10,000.00 worth of books with me everywhere I go, but that's infeasible. An e-reader could let me do that, but Amazon won't let me. Why? Because they insist I remain in their walled garden, ignoring my personal reasons for purchasing it.
I resent their intention to interfere with my personal affairs which are none of their damned business.
You're wrong and he's right. You're assuming it's obviously for infringement that they're doing it. Certainly many are, but just as certainly, many are not. I couldn't care less about the content I see out there these days. I do care that a PS2 could be used to run Linux with its other OS feature. Many bought them just to do that. Rooting it could allow owners to "pirate" video games, but that's nothing I care about.
Think Apple and its music players. You could get all your content from iTunes, or you could use them to play any mp3 you want. Bricking a machine because the owner isn't also buying your content is assault on the customer post-purchase. I refuse to support vendors who assume I've joined their club just by purchasing something. When you've got my money and I've got my hardware, we're done; end of story.
That's silly, and childish. The NSA's job is to spy, and they're good at it. "Know thy enemy" is a time honoured practice. It's simple self-defence. Far too many wars have been started because one side didn't understand what the other side's problem was.
I object to non-USA governments and politicians helping them. "Five-eyes" is an atrociously bad idea for the citizenry outside the US. It's simply laziness. They're like sycophants following and cheering on their bully of a leader.
Those trade agreements ought to be opposed by everyone, including the USA. They're protectionist bludgeons promulgated by special interests who are bribing corrupt politicians and governments, in opposition to whole countries' consumers and economies. Outside the US, we should be looking at our own credulous (or corrupt) politicians for letting this happen to us, not blaming the US (or NSA) for doing its job attempting to protect US citizens.
You see someone running towards you, looking over their shoulder, then ducking down a side street. Moments later, a couple of Met officers run up to you asking if you saw where this person went.
"I can neither confirm, nor deny, ... No comment."
Why not? You don't know why that person was running, nor if they're even the same person the cops are looking for. Why stick your neck out? It's none of your business what that person was up to, nor why the cops want them or suspect them.
Do the cops really want to go there? If you can't be honest and open with those who're paying your salary on something as trivial as this, what right do you have to expect me to help you pull !@#$ like this?
which was widely mocked by the Liberty University students who were forced to attend
Uh, what? Universities are now forcing students to attend partisan political rallies? First, isn't that wrong (they're paying big bucks for tuition)? Second, isn't that stupid? I'd be organizing a mass heckle trying to get as many fellow students to shout him down to get us all thrown out.
Will they be forced to attend all the parties' candidates' announcements?
A bunch of entitled talking heads sitting around in front of cameras, catered coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, evening excursions in team building, lots of hangers-on technical support staff, yada, yada, and five rounds of it all.
All the leadership (as well as many of the backbenchers) across all of the parties (of which we have a much larger range than you have in the USA) seem to be touched with an infantile and corrupt mindset.
To me, it appears as they spend their time in cocktail discussions with marketroids. They don't care to listen to input from the backbenches (ie. IETF, et al).
Re: Re: Re: Re: Simple fix that Netflix could do...
i thought modern TV sets just show the blue screen when they detect too much "static"?
Play around with the buttons/settings. It might still work. Disable CATV settings. :-)
sad really, used to be a good way to illustrate how much radiation there is in everyday life.
You know you get a bigger dose from enjoying sex than your dentist's XRay machine, yet they make you wear a lead impregnated cook's uniform to do it? Ah, the good old days, when people weren't quite so credulous. Not you, btw.
You're not alone. I've seen article after article pushed out by tech reporting outfits, but I don't care about pop culture, so I've no idea, nor care about, whatever buzz the popularizers are trying to push. "Meh" or "Yawn" pretty much says it for me. Haven't even looked. I've got interesting things to do, sorry.
Why do international trade deals need to be classified secret? What purpose does that serve, from the perspective of a US citizen, that is? Why is it we didn't used to do this, and why is it we now are?
There is simply no reason to keep these details secret.
Sure, there is. Who's pushing the USTR to implement this? They want to keep their names out of it letting the USTR carry the spear instead. I wonder why? I'll guess Hollywood and Big Pharma are in front. I'll guess there's plenty of other "moochers" standing right behind them cheering it on.
You've created a uniquely accessible form of government, USA, but for special interests, not you. Kind of stinks of Imperial Rome, but whatever works right?
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, Congressional Republicans are all for this [fast track], even though it means directly giving up Congress's Constitutional authority to a President that the Republicans appear to hate. Meanwhile, Democrats seem reasonably skeptical of these new trade deals.
So the White House and the USTR have been pushing a charm offensive on Congressional Democrats concerning these trade deals ...
Is this fscked up or what? WTF is going on in Washington? Are you people crazy?
If only there was some sort of nationwide investigation thingie that would look into anomalies such as this ...
Don't mince words. It's either insane or illegal or both. Taxpayers pay USTR's and his boss' salary! Everything the USTR does, and how it demands it done, is ridiculous. How politicians get away with !@#$ like this, I don't know. They should be laughed out of town when they present it for consideration. The whole thing's a pathetic farce!
Reminds me of civil forfeiture. Insane on its face.
Re: "now that many people see no reason to continue to fork over money"
Right off, Masnick states the crucial first problem: someone has to pay for content to be produced.
Right off, you forget someone needs to produce content that's worth paying for. They're not. I don't want what they're selling, yet I pay a blank media levy to pay for my non-sins anyway. Some of my favourite music I've owned in LP record form and cassette tape and CD, and now I have it on a computer disk. I paid for the former. The media levy pays for the latter.