every year the internet eats more destructively into the business case for old-fashioned journalism. That is at least one of the reasons why some journalists have been driven to behave so disgracefully
What a load of bollocks. Tabloid journalists behave disgracefully because they are unprincipled shits and know no other way to behave. It's not like this behavior is anything recent. I worked for a company in England, in the early 1990s. One of my colleagues kept on his desk a radio scanner and a cassette recorder. When I asked him why, he told me that we were within range of a cell tower that was, in turn, within range of a Royal residence, and back in those days, cell tower relays were analog and unencrypted. Occasionally, if you paid attention, you could catch one side of a conversation between a princess and her lover, for which Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid would pay handsomely. He had already sold them several.
As for the internet, back in those days I'd be surprised if any journalist had ever heard of it. I myself had only read stories about it in Phrack.
While on the face of it this sounds like a good thing, why is the solution always more laws? A law for "internet freedom" will end up as a reservation, with everything not specifically included being excluded by default. We need the opposite, repeal of the laws that threaten internet freedom. We could start with the DMCA.
Maybe if people would stop calling the fuckers "lawmakers" and start calling them "representatives", they might get their priorities right.
"One regional staff accountant ran into the "no-porn" wall 1,800 times in a two week period, yet remained still employed."
There, restated the problem in two words. I doubt if an individual in private industry would get much further than a tenth of that block total before he was asked to step into the boss's office. The problem with government jobs is they're all carrot, no stick.
Bring it on, I say. There's a wonderful opportunity here for a killer app (patent pending) that automatically turns pages and makes cross-reference notes while the owner eats, drinks and sleeps. Great scores all round, $$$ for me.
...it raises serious questions about why they were purchased and put into use in the first place...
Oh, I think we all know why they were purchased. As for why they were put into use, it's a principle established by long precedent that the government never negotiates away or takes out of service any piece of Congressional pork until it's been paid for and its sponsors adequately compensated.
Let's say that I make available a copyrighted work in a share folder, and the 1,000 people download it from me. Under Mike's view, where there's no distribution right, I haven't done anything wrong since I didn't violate the reproduction right.
If you want to get pedantic about it, you did violate the reproduction right when your computer retrieved the data and transmitted it on request. I did not violate the reproduction right when I simply received and stored the data that you reproduced for me.
The FTC is upset over the robocalls because they have personally been pestered by these people.
The FTC doesn't care about the fraud as they haven't fallen victim to the scam.
Not quite. It's the FTC's job to do something about the robocalls, but they aren't law enforcement and have no power to deal with the fraud. It's the FBI's job to tackle the fraud, but they have no authority to prevent people using the telephone network.
Perhaps now the FTC have shown a lead, the FBI will stir themselves.
I think the truth is that the President just doesn't have the power people expect he has. The Federal government is less about Congress and the President than it is about what might be called the permanent civil service, the agencies that go on and on with their own agendas regardless of which party holds office. I don't believe George W Bush had anything more to do with the abuses of his administration than blindly signing the papers that were put in front of him, and I don't believe Obama (or for that matter, Eric Holder) has enough of a leash on the security agencies to restrain their existing power, let alone roll them back.
And let's not forget what happened to the last President who acted decisively against the wishes of one of the agencies. No other president has taken that chance for fifty years.
Re: Re: Is Liebowitz an "econmist"? If so, then like all, he's crazy.
Yes, but the effective tax rate is asymptotic to the marginal rate - the more you make, the closer it gets. When The Beatles released "Taxman", they really were paying a marginal rate of 95%, and an effective rate probably well over 80%.
Well, simply, everyone should use encryption for everything as a matter of course. It should be built into mail applications. You wouldn't post a letter unsealed, or write your correspondence on postcards, so why would you not take the trouble to seal email?
I'm regularly asked to sign Draconian non-disclosure agreements for my business, yet the people who are so concerned for their secrets are quite happy to exchange drawings and sensitive business information by unencrypted email that can be snooped from any place on the planet. I've had PGP or its equivalent for twenty years and I always ask these NDA folk to exchange keys, but so far nobody has ever bothered.
I don't think Sweden is corrupt, just careful and conservative. They make sure the cases are judged by the right people, so that the right verdict will be returned. All right-thinking people will agree that's the right way things should be done, all right?
Microsoft is being very, very clear that they are and will do everything they can to get rid of the desktop eventually.
As long as there are desktop computers, or should I say computers with keyboards, they will have operating systems. They just might not run Windows. I suspect this fact will sink into Microsoft sometime soon and they'll reconsider their policy.
Meantime, they can do as they please with their latest unnecessary version of Windows. I won't be using it until I need a new computer and I can't get one with anything else.