Re: 'Who needs honor and integrity when you've got money?!' -Prenda
I think another element with this, and a lot of other things lately, it that so many outright insane behavior can be gotten away with, and bullshit has become a whole new class of both wild and accepted. So what you have are your classic crap scam artists gone large, and continue to keep right at it in one form or another after they are finally called on it by courts, and long after they are well enough know to a bit of the public.
The worst sorts of half-assed scammers have been emboldened by the climate of overwhelming bs from ever sector, passivity, and outright acceptance from enough people.
In a remotely sane world, a judge would have handed these guys a serious zomglolwtf sanction the first case they ever brought, when it is clear they are just not bad attorneys or disorganized or new (but even then, really...), but are clearly trying to game the system and extort people. Those sitting behind the bench seem to be rather free with slapping people and lawyers with contempt threats or charges over far less.
Re: Re: Freedom of expression - until you don't like it
Like if ICANN-MONITOR.ORG were, say, some group against the USG officially cutting ties with ICANN or some watchdog group?
All sorts of names may be registered and there is nothing to stop that. Even domain squatting. You can try to go through ICANN or sue over trademark or just try to buy the domain from the holder. But there isn't something that is going to stop one from registering almost any sort of name, whether used for nefarious purposes or not.
I love how recording and/or transmitting public happenings is _disorderly_. Cops. Congress. (It's more fun because almost always it is perfectly legal and no one is interfering with or disrupting anything.) But actually invasive surveillance in a plethora of forms, including those allowed by the same Congress, are totes OK.
We are definitely in a how-stupid-can-we-get contest. It doesn't matter who the challengers are because first and foremost, one must compete against oneself.
What, are the options for a response too boring if the targets purportedly hacked by purported Russians are not "critical infrastructure"? Smells more like an excuse du jour for expanding the definition for other reasons. And the Obama administration seems like it just wants to make absolutely sure that anyone paying the slightest bit of attention, and who was not already wildly disappointed with it, will be so by the time they pack their desks.
Yeah it's just so ISO 900x-something (an equally if not more hilarious thing than patents, but i digress) that i honestly fail to see anything patentable. Blah blah, on a computer. Blah blah, at a security checkpoint. Blah blah, moving trays, but at your Mom's.
It's a stupid risk to manage. That is, there should be no risk. The turkey company did not invent the word. In fact, this is one of those "how is such a broad trademark allowed on a common word in itself in the first place" situations. Smells like Monster Cable to me.
IT is. It is specific to how these things affect your search results.
That aside, techdirt cannot report on every single last thing. It isn't just a writing staff paid by someone. They have a business. And they don't just mention (re-report news like other outlets), they write when they have something to add -an analysis, pointing to a trend, etc.
I seriously don't know why people complain about some particular thing techdirt wrote or did not write about. Or when the same happens most other places for that matter.
But thanks for mentioning that about Google. I am not a particular fan of theirs and i welcome the confirmation to my bias. (Although their employees generally seem to be treated pretty freaking well.)
How does this even have anything to do with some unstated purported wrongdoing on Google's part? How is allowing yet another monopoly-boosting merger (far worse than what the original AT&T was dismembered for) address some putative wrongdoing of Google? Or is this just another boilerplate Mike-is-a-shill-for-X comment pasted wherever you see Google or whatever favorite target mentioned on techdirt?
As to that, I am hardly a Google fan, and have never seem Mike doing anything to shill or defend bad actions by Google, and i would be predisposed, i think, to see such things.
You want to kill these companies? Start infiltrating the advertising world and corporate marketing with people who think sensibly. Of course, the same companies who want Google or Facebook dead so bad are large corporations who must spend hefty amounts advertising on... Facebook and Google. Their ad revenue is not coming from the little guys.