The hard numbers they used were to point out that less than 1% of site visitors leave comments.
A more relevant number would be the number of visitors who read the comments.
I would guess that the number of visitors who comment here at Techdirt to be less than 1% also, but the number of visitors who read the comments to be up near 80-90% based on how fast "inside joke" comments get up voted.
You're confused- Masnick isn't interested in facts here.
What facts do you think are missing?
These are the facts that I know:
1) The US government is charging Dotcom/Mega with a convoluted mixture of "criminal conspiracy of civil offenses" that doesn't actually exist in our statutes/caselaw.
2) Dotcom/Mega have not been found guilty of any crimes (civil or criminal) in the US.
3) The US government has now punished Dotcom/Mega without actually gaining a conviction of any sort.
I honestly hope that everyone who is cheering this ruling can experience the joys of asset forfeiture for themselves. All would take is for DEA confidential informant giving the Feds a wrong address and you would have a wonderful, expensive couple of years trying to get your property back.
The solution for fixing the problems with asset forfeiture are easy ones. Simple as tying them to a conviction of a crime. Everything seized gets held in escrow/storage until the outcome of the criminal trail. If the defendant is found not guilty, the government has to return everything. If the defendant is found guilty then anything found to be instrumental or a product of the crimes that were determined by a court of law to have actually occurred gets forfeited.
Both these people are OLD! They don't hate the tech, they just didn't grow up with it. It wasn't until their later years that all this stuff came out. It's hard to teach a old dog new tricks!!!
I disagree that age is a huge factor as you make it out to be. For example, my wife and I are roughly the same age (within a year) and we are both just over 50. While my wife is very competent using her computer and new technology, she has never had the desire to know what makes them work. (She also feels the same about electricity: she couldn't care less about electrons, parallel circuits or calculating amperage - she just expects the light to go on when the switch is flipped).
To be honest, with all of apps and "app stores" and whatnot, we are creating a generation of what I always called "application idiots" - people who can run a basic application, but not much else. This group is worse (IMHO) than those who are actually completely clueless about technology because they tend to "think" they know a lot more than they actually do.
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Everyone knows that it's the owner of the camera that owns the copyright. Like when you hand your camera to someone else to take a photo of you with your own camera. You still own the copyright, not them, because it was your camera.
That is wrong. The other person using your camera actually owns the copyright. This explains it pretty well in layman's terms:
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The truth is, we have absolutely no idea what the fuck would happen. The were getting different results in countries right next to each other.
We have some idea of what would happen. We just have to look at our own history. We've been through this once already and our society didn't crumble to the ground in 1933 when we repealed Prohibition. Here is a former Seattle Police Chief pointing out the parallels between Probation and our current "drug war":
Throwing that switch would be a disaster right now here the U.S.
I disagree that it would be the disaster you predict. We certainly aren't anymore culturally mature than we were in 1933 and we worked that out OK. Would there be growing pains? Sure. Would it take time to readjust our justice, law enforcement and health care systems. Absolutely. I just don't think sitting on our hands until you think we can handle it as a society is any kind of answer. I believe the status quo is worse than any of effects of legalization would be.
The idea of vaccinations has been around for a thousand years, dating as far back as AD 1000 in India . The smallpox vaccine was introduced around the late 1700's, the polio vaccine was licensed in 1955 and the MMR vaccine has been administrated in the US since the early 1960's.
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Just to clarify, I advocate the legalization of small amounts for personal use. That "magic switch" is feasible and plausible.
Manufacturing and distribution should be regulated and taxed, like alcohol. The funding of our police forces should come from some of these taxes, instead of having "drug asset forfeitures" as a major source of their operating budgets. We should also let our judges do their jobs and evaluate situations on a case-by-case basis, instead if being forced to use mandatory sentencing requirements which basically treat a 17 year old kid smoking a joint in the park the same as the guy caught selling crack on the corner.
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I disagree. I don't think were ready. We would first need to completely overhaul our police forces, treatment and abuse systems, education systems.. and a vast host of other things.
I think your logic concerning this is incorrect. It's like telling someone not to have a child until they can afford one, which is basically saying "don't have children" (because you can never really afford them). Also, who gets to decide when we've become "culturally mature". You? Me? Space Aliens? Who?
I suggest YOU read it more carefully. Simply pointing out that other nearby countries increase as well does not mean shit, and can be interpreted many different ways. The actual study suggest that in numerous places. It suggests that their may be a correlation between the two, but it doesn't prove anything.
It's a pretty accepted practice to compare results with control groups. That doesn't, by any means, equal a direct correlation, but it does give some pretty strong indications that Portugal's policy changes were not the reason for the increase.
Look, it been nice chatting with you and all and it's obvious that you have your opinions about this, but you might want to ask yourself why many respected people are currently question our drug policies, from Eric Holder to some well respected Harvard alumni and beyond. It's been my personal observation that those arguing most stridently against legalization are those whose livelihoods depend on the "War on Drugs" remaining well funded.
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It's illegal nasch. As in against the law. Yes, we should enforce the law until we reach a point where we can responsibly change it.
I think we have already reached that point - about 20 years ago as a matter of fact. I realize that's currently illegal and what I am advocating for is legalization of small amounts right now.
If it's so "tiny", why make a big deal out of it being illegal?
Cause and effect. 30 years of the "War on Drugs" has done nothing to curb usage. It has however caused the over-militarization of our police forces, police tactics of targeting our minorities and the largest incarceration rate of any developed country. A lot of the friction between police forces and citizens that we are experiencing today are a direct result of our drug policies.
It has an after legalization drug use comparison of Portugal. Yes. Drug use went up significantly, including the hard drugs. I'm not making this up, the data is right there.
Yeah, you probably need to re-read that link a bit more carfully:
The increase in drug use observed among adults in Portugal was not greater than that seen in nearby countries that did not change their drug laws.
I was saying that just throwing some magic switch that suddenly legalizes drugs across the board would be irresponsible and damaging to our way of life.
I disagree 100% with this sentiment. You should probably educate yourself a bit more on this subject before making such blanket statements.