See, this is a good example to use to explain why I am personally torn on some of these matters. And also reveal how some of the more extreme NSA actions have put "good" parts of the program in trouble.
Personally and in theory (because the practice have proven the theory moot), I don't have a problem with the NSA having the capability of digging into any communications. My issue with the NSA has been how they have been exercising that capability-- with no oversight, no accountability, not even auditing. Storing vasts amounts of data, and using even the most tenuous excuse to collect & store more data even when a plain reading of the lie makes it clear that the NSA is spying on those they're prohibited from spying upon.
There are good reasons for the NSA to have this capability, and if properly used could be properly employed to find the bad guys. Instead, we see the NSA abusing this power (which may, I concede, be an inevitable outcome of the program) to simply enlarge the haystack. As a consequence, the NSA ability to dig into any & all communications will be hurt, even as the haystack grows in other ways. Meanwhile, all the needles will have moved elsewhere.
If the NSA wasn't so broadly overreaching elsewhere, I'm not sure that leaking this information *alone* would serve any purpose other than to harm the NSA's ability to perform its mission. However, we know how far beyond its mission the NSA has crept, and this simply provides more evidence that the NSA can crack just about any data on the internet.
The program is brilliant in a way, and if they were just using it to narrowly target foreign or terrorist agents acting against the US, as a citizen I would support the program. In light of the whole mess, it's just more evidence that the NSA wants to vacuum up everything. Laws be damned.
but I think we're all witnessing the ongoing mental breakdown of Edward Snowden. From joining an NSA contractor with the goal of stealing state secrets, to his half-planned attempt to flee, to his embracing of Russian autocrats and Wikileaks provocateurs, it looks like the progression of someone who is having difficulty staying sane. His self-created situation has only exacerbated and accelerated the process.
How long before the University of Michigan chimes in with a trademark claim? Gosh, all we're missing is a patent attorney and we'd have the grand slam of intellectual property: copyright, trademark, patent & publicity.
Not exactly a Venn diagram that would contain a lot of smart listeners."
It's juvenile & insulting. Bad enough that it got voted funniest comment of the week. It's downright pathetic that it got voted most insightful, given the high level of insight Techdirt commenters come up with week after week. As someone who has been following Techdirt for the better part of a decade, it's clear to me that while the audience has grown considerably, the level of reason among the average contributor (commenter) has fallen notably. The best stuff is still there.
If you think I'm just being curmudgeonly, how well would the comment have been received if there were a couple small changes?
"Hardly surprising, given:
A) It's Baltimore, and
B) It's a Rap station.
Not exactly a Venn diagram that would contain a lot of smart listeners."
Either way it's juvenile, factually incorrect, intolerant and elitist.
musicFirst is an organization founded by a group of co-aligned cartels. Collectively, they have not earned profits by competing on the basis of creating better products. Rather, they conspire amongst each other to maintain high prices in order to extract monopoly profits. When even that fails as the market routes around a broken business model, they resort to Plan B.
Plan B, of course, has been spectacularly successful. Essentially they compensate (via lobbying jobs, campaign contributions, and movie cameos) elected officials to pass laws that guarantee these dieing businesses a certain level of revenue. They enlist the FBI & other law enforcement personnel to act as their private police force against the interests of the citizens they are supposed to serve & protect. And finally, public prosecutors serve as their personnel law firm, pursuing average citizens and imprisoning them for what are, at worst, minor torts.
Given the massive sense of entitlement that these failed industries have come to expect, it's no wonder that they have no idea how real businesses work. As the RIAA continues to fail financially, there only recourse is to enlist the state to increase their legally mandated compensation. So, of course they expect Pandora and other businesses to do the same. Not making enough money? Just tell people to give you more! Maybe Pandora should follow the RIAA playbook and begin bribing (because that's what it is) government officials to force advertisers to spend a minimum amount advertising on Pandora each year.
Of course! That's the real solution. Let's make Apple & GM & Coca-Cola support the lazy, unethical RIAA executives by forcing them to each spend $100 Million/ Year on Pandora so that Pandora can continue to pay government-mandated monopoly rents to 4 failing businesses. Or maybe it's 3. I dunno, but pretty sure it will be zero eventually, then maybe we can move past all this. Once the rent-seekers are removed from the equation, I suspect revenue will increase at a greater pace and artist income will likely double or triple as the inefficiencies of the dieing record labels are eliminated and the middlemen found themselves out of a job.
The studios & TV companies have been giving away DVDs for years with the purchase of new televisions and DVD players. I think it's more a case of saving the $1 it costs to print each disk rather than a real attempt to push the New Crappy DRM.
This shouldn't need to be said. But the price itself is obviously part of an art project. It's an exploration, the price is supposed to elicit deep thoughts from the reader, not compel them to buy. If Mr. Cushing got the point of the pricing, he certainly failed to convey his understanding in the article.
Totally disagree with the summary statement, "good to see France apparently realizing that punishing the public is even worse."
While 3 strikes is anticonsumer and a mess as implemented, at least (in theory, if not in practice) its effect was limited to users that were infringing. The new approach would be 10x worse, with the government attempting to insert themselves into the decisions of every company on the internet. One step closer to governments legislating the results of search queries. One step closer to destroying revolutionary communications platforms like Flickr & YouTube. One step closer to chilling business innovation.
This is one tiny step forward, and two huge steps backwards.
Thanks for picking up the story. The good news part of this story is that since Flickr reformed their take down process, fraudulent notices now only result in temporary removal of the images. Still a lot of misconceptions in the Flickr community that Flickr "must" immediately comply with a takedown notice, as if there are automatic penalties for inquiring with the subject first or evaluating the validity of the notice themselves.
How is this insightful? Listen what B&N did is crappy. But nothing was deleted off the device. The customer was simply not allowed to download copies of books he already bought. That's a shitty policy. But it's not at all the same thing as remotely deleting content from a device.