Yeah, I wanted to look at it to see if there was a reference to "intellectual property" at all. From the quotes here it looks like a slant piece trying to frame people's understanding of patents and copyright to fall under normal property laws. "Google is taking people's property, your house and car could be next!"
"The bottom line is that the Copyright Office did not approach stakeholders, selectively or otherwise."
Yeah! The government shouldn't ask specific people who likely know things to come in an educate them. They should just hang around the office waiting for whatever unvetted information wafts in the window. You don't see Congress or the FCC actively asking for input when they have to make decisions on complex topics. I mean, COME ON!
Then again, the Copyright Office was supposed to be the fraking expert on Copyright, which is why they were "asked" in the first place. So I'm not sure why they needed to gather input from stakeholders at all.
They own the poles blocking public right of way and are unable or unwilling to allow others use of them. Okay, fine. Next step is local loop unbundling, how do you like them apples? And before you complain too much, remember the next option on the list to fix the god-awful "market" is splitting all you ISP and content providers in half so we can regulate the SHIT out of the common carriage sector. We're running out of options, but leaving everything as-is or allowing you to just buy up more competing companies isn't one of them.
It's a complicated topic and difficult to refuse legitimate philanthropy. If we really can't just deliver all the Internet, I think we should run the program similarly to the public library model. Certain free resources are available to the people in this area, and the available content is managed by independent local curators to meet the needs and desires of their population. If Facebook wants to make a donation to the library that's fine, but they don't get to pick which books their money buys.
Disclosure: I was pissed when SpaceX's Falcon 9 exploded on the launchpad, but the fact that Facebook's satellite was destroyed as well almost makes up for it.
Yes, another Comcast payment that's 1) a drop in the bucket on their bottom line and 2) less than the fraud brought in.
Not only that, but this is again a SETTLEMENT to end the INVESTIGATION. Paying a token amount so no one finds out how bad/widespread/egregious the offense actually was. That, as much as bribery, should be illegal in itself.
So, a browser exploit was immediately patched? Because all the cars are Internet connected? This is exactly how it's supposed to work. That's the benefit to having devices connected; which you constantly poop FUD on. Programs will have bugs, computers will have exploits. That shouldn't keep us from using them and fixing them when necessary.
As far as I'm concerned the modern olympic revival is dead and should be burned to the ground. Maybe a post-modern olympics could be reborn from the ashes after a break but the current machinery needs to stop.