I think the question of that fight being smart or not depends on who you are really. I agree that for most people the end result would be jail with little effect for government.
On the other hand. What would happen if a company as big as Google put their foot down and said "We are done with this bull shit". Government then has to stop and question the economic impact of going to war with a company of that size. Even better is if a group all did it as one, you know, like Google, Microsoft, and others all working as a team.... Would our government be willing to toss our economy into the trash?
"That's not the way our government is supposed to work."
It is very sad that this sentence might as well just stay in reporters clipboard these days. Seems like non-stop run of stories of different examples of "That's not the way our government is supposed to work."
You know, it is seeing things like this that really make me think I need a government job. Good pay, good benefits, and you can still just go in put a "busy" sign on the door and take a nap all day. That is obviously what a lot of these guys must be doing....
Do you really think the leaders of these organizations have gone from hiding in a compounds and using only trusted messengers that hand deliver messages, to instead just grabbing nearest phone and setting up a conference call? Next they are going to want me to believe they intercepted a top terrorists Skype video conference.
What I find funny is they sat down and came to the conclusion this was "practical". So trying to spy on everyone and send popups is practical, but offering a good streaming service with ALL their content at reasonable price... that is not practical?
Re: But when I tell these FACTS here at Techdirt, I get censored.
I would also like to take this moment to point out something you seem to have missed.
Your always ranting about Google and how evil they are tracking our actions, but here you suggest that Tor users all are just criminals hiding from the law. You ever stop to think maybe some Tor users are actually just avoiding the evil google tracking?
Re: But when I tell these FACTS here at Techdirt, I get censored.
"But when I tell these FACTS here at Techdirt, I get censored."
I know I am just wasting my time, but I just so happen to have some time that needs wasting so...
I think it is worth pointing out that most people here would be more than willing to have an intelligent discussion. The reason most people report these post is because of your "holier than thou" tone. This results in us having no sympathy when your comments get hidden.
Well, it did at least warm up a little bit. We are no longer worried about the world getting blown to bits. Talking of the cold war though...
What I considered a "slap in the face of all Americans." was Obama coming out saying "we need another sputnik moment" and then shortly after that he kills the space shuttle program making us buy rides into space from..... Russia. Is it just me that finds those two things put together extremely insulting?
Follow that up by our government feeling the need to promise "we won't torture or kill him"..... It seems like every day I get up and loose a little more respect for the government. I'm not even sure how it is possible anymore really....
I was once proud to be an American, and I guess in some ways I still am. I am proud of what this nation once was and of the ideals it was built on. What I am ashamed of is what our government has become and what it is doing to this nation.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it"
I think maybe it is time for those that are in government to sit down and study a little history. They obviously have lost sight of the core values this country was built on, and if they do not go back to those values.... I think the Declaration of Independence is quite clear on what happens next.
I was going to say something about how cool the US is that we made the stuff to be able to see it from space.... Then I remembered are oh so wonderful president figured we should trash our shuttles and beg for rides from Russia.
You know, I was once proud of the US, then I realized the US I was proud of no longer existed. That got me so I was just kind of indifferent... Then Obama comes along and makes me flat out embarrassed to admit I have anything to do with this country. I'm still holding onto the hope that maybe we can drag it back to what it should be though.
Well how about we stop and look at your IP law gives incentive to make new drugs. It is a good thought at first.... but stop and think about it for a minute.
You run a drug company developing new drugs. You will own the patent on the drug and make money for each pill sold. So, knowing your profits are tied to # of pills, do you:
A) Work on developing a cure for cancer that after taking the medication the patient recovers and no longer needs the drug.
B) Work on a "treatment" for cancer that will not cure the person but instead mask the symptoms and make them reliant on your drug for the rest of their life.
The point is, relying on profits as the motivation for new drugs..... is a really really really bad idea. I can promise you that there are plenty of people that would take option B. Most will not admit it openly, but I'm willing to bet it has happened more than once.
What really amazes me about all this is that they did seem to screw thing up bad enough to make Kim Dotcom come out looking like the good guy. I'm not even sure how they did it. Kim Dotcom is not exactly a likable character, and yet I still find myself cheering for him.
" And kids, that's the ONLY draw those file hosts have, they don't rely on your garage band music to get eyes on ads."
You really do a good job of keeping your head deep in some dark place....
The reason I noticed the disappearance of MegaUpload when it got taken down was due to me looking for Android ROMs. You know.... TOTALLY LEGAL CONTENT. Finally had to give up my search because everywhere I would go to look for the roms I would find they had been hosted on Mega.
"a group of Congressional Representatives have sent a letter to Google raising a bunch of questions about the supposed "privacy concerns" of Google Glass."
I would say a fair number of people are attacking Google glass. Yes, it could be used to violate privacy, but why the focus on Google glass? You don't see people throwing fits over sale of spy cams and demanding the government ban them. Instead you see them protesting Google glass, a device with a lot of really great potential for many things. Taking pictures and recording video is just one feature, a feature I would probably rarely even use if I had a pair.