People unable to think things out to their natural consequences think they can continue pushing forever with no consequences. Not unlike the government printing money or borrowing whenever it seems necessary to avoid difficult responsible decisions. Copyright maximalists think they can just push and stretch the bounds of copyright to infinity. Sue the whole world for $75 TRILLION.
It's nice to start seeing some pushback on copyright insanity.
Delusional Dinosaurs to the last. I hope they can find a comfortable tarpit. They seem incapable of adapting to the 21st century.
Impose a substantial penalty for misusing any takedown mechanism (such as the US DMCA, or other national equivalents) when the person doing the takedown is not the owner, nor an agent of the owner, or the use is clearly fair use, or if the takedown is clearly to silence protected speech.
How about allowing reverse engineering or circumventing protection mechanisms for interoperability.
No more taxes on blank media.
Make it the law that search engines have no liability for doing the very thing they are designed to do -- help you find what you are looking for. Which is useful to copyright enforcers to find pirated content in order to get it removed at the source rather than removed from the search engine. Make it the law that copyright owners must go after the source of the piracy not intermediate parties or search engines. Or blog posts.
If Marriott were concerned for security, they would make sure their WiFi were free to all guests. Maybe to anyone in the area. Better to 'protect' everyone.
If Marriott tells the lie that it needs to make money in order to offer WiFi, then I would ask this. Why don't you also charge a special fee for: * Electricity * Indoor Plumbing * Air Conditioning / Heating * Television channels * Use of in-room phone
Each of the things I listed have a huge up front cost to install, along with an ongoing cost to operate. How is WiFi different?
> Not defending the company, but before the break-up, the government > was making sure AT&T wasn't abusing its monopoly power.
Uh, the way I seem to remember it (yes, I'm that old) is that the reason for the breakup is because AT&T was abusing its monopoly power.
After the breakup, there were a zillion inexpensive phones you could buy from everywhere in any color, size, shape, and style that you could imagine. Things customers were demanding that you couldn't from AT&T; such as a phone handset shaped like a small toilet that you hold to your face to converse.
After the breakup, there was an explosion of FCC approved accessories you could plug in to your phone line. Like answering machines that didn't cost over a thousand dollars. Imagine that! What was making AT&T's answering machines high prices? An abusive monopoly perhaps?
And let's not even talk about what happened to long distance prices after the breakup. MCI. Sprint. A thousand other wannabe long distance carriers.
The question is are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read. My answer to that question is: no, we must not.
The question is are we going to allow people to secretly whisper things to each other where the government cannot overhear?
What about window blinds? What self respecting terrorist wouldn't keep their doors closed and blinds pulled?
If groups of people larger than 1 wish to assemble together, shouldn't they be required to register so that the government has an opportunity to show up at the arranged time to ensure that bad thoughts are not being spoken?
At least with modern technology you no longer can hear the NSA breathing, listening in on the phone. So we should be thankful for that.
Imagine if the US could ban the learning of math. That would stop the development of sophisticated cryptography. Probably even its implementation. It has the additional benefit that it would prevent sophisticated programmers potentially writing piracy applications such as Netflix and Google.
But disguise it. Let people learn math, but make sure that its presentation is dull, dry and boring enough that nobody wants to learn math. Next introduce a program that doesn't leave any poor performer behind by holding back the rest of the class to their level.
Naturally without math, interest in science will wane.
But not to worry. We will never need to worry about US students doing poorly in math and science.
If AT&T could just do its job, nobody would even be talking about net neutrality. Or title ii.
Net neutrality was a principle of the internet for a long time. Because ISPs just did their job, nobody ever worried about enshrining net neutrality into law. Now that ISPs won't do their job, it is important to make net neutrality (which was the status quo) the law of the land.
What is their job?
To deliver packets. Period. Route packets closer to their destination. Don't 'inspect' the packets. Don't modify the packet's content. Don't route it to some alternate destination. Don't change the delivery priority of packets -- UNLESS the network is congested.
Another free clue: if the network is regularly congested, then you need to improve your network.
Or lazily filed takedown notices that shoot first, ask questions later. However, the lazy rapid fire takedowns based on simplistic keyword searches are a symptom of copyright owners' mentality that everyone else should do their work for them.
Don't waste time teaching kids things that they won't need in adult life.
High School graduation requirements should require knowing how to: * use a keyboard * use Google to locate information * use important applications like photoshop * ask some geek to fix their computer * locate the best torrent sites * update facebook single handed while driving * encyclopedic knowledge of dancing with the stars