As a longtime fan of Techdirt and consumer of the Podcast every week, this is a really bizarre reaction. If you're in the UK, a US court has zero reach or control over the UK legal system. Putting something under seal in California has zero jurisdiction here.
Further, a reporter tipping off a UK MP that a person of interest to the wider Mueller and DMCS investigation - with a part that follows people, money flows and timelines that took place ahead of Trump and BRexit - was in the UK staying at a particular hotel - whoopie do. Quite a stretch to allege an ethics violation.
The whole foreign powers influence thing is playing out like "all the president's men" but across several continents. CW is doing class work to out the full extent of it, one piece at a time.
I thought they were still trying to find the 24 million emails from the George W Bush Presidency.
Always amazed at the US political scene (and the most ardent supporters) pee'ing all over each other rather than running the country. If an anti establishment figure emerges without Trump's trail of destruction (from either side), they'll easily win in 2020. Just a question of who susses it first.
Thames Valley Police here in the UK offer body cameras to officers. A friend of my sons is in the force, and he says that most officers request them voluntarily and leave them switched on by default.
He says that folks he's engaged with tend to be less assertive when they know everything is being recorded. He also says it makes any physical contact he has to enact is much more carefully considered and executed.
Overall, cools everyone down then. Being able to turn it off is not a good thing...
I think of two brilliant examples. Some time ago, Clare Enders (who was Strategy Director of EMI Music earlier in her career) wrote an analysis of Napster - back when it was being sued to death - looking at the end result if it was left alone. Conclusion was that increased exposure in the music industry benefited every single constituent in that industry with one sole exception; the top 10 acts of each of the top 5 record labels. 50 people (or small groups) worldwide.
Recently Paul McCartney tried to justify increased copyright terms by saying he feared for the new artist trying to make a living. This is factual bullshit and in fact completely self serving - just like this Qualcomm inference that they care about 'the little guy'.
Lies, damned lies, statistics and false controversies...
They ought to do what no rag does (as none of them has sense of ethics nor the balls to ever do it): To publish a retraction with headline and copy in the same font size, and on the same page, as the original lies.
FOSSpatents is historically a paid Oracle and Microsoft shill, posting stuff sourced from them without citing the fact he is retained by them. Hence about the least trustworthy source you can find on the interwebs... fact checks elsewhere hence actively encouraged.
The Minister for Work and Pensions is persecuting people on benefits who have too many bedrooms in their house, while trousering ?150,000 per year from the public purse for leaving farmland around the mansion he lives in Fallow. And please don't mention the validity of his University Degree either...
That of Plumpergeddon - a guy mugged at a cashpoint in London, losing his wallet and MacBook. Then a long example of police imcompetence, closing the case for "lack of evidence" despite 6,000 photos and screenshots from the "hidden" app on the MacBook.
I think he's had a phone call do a sting, and the police are back - and now interested in persuing things. But a shocking read if you follow the story as it unfolds. See: http://plumpergeddon.tumblr.com/
Her book "Captive Audience" is a good read. I guess the FCC and DOJ need to apply a number of preconditions without end dates to cover the potential areas ripe for abuse, namely:
* Net Neutrality both in the network and to its edges * investment in increasing speeds of the core infrastructure * Separating out the current vertical integration between content & wires * putting catastrophic penalties in place for violations of the above, or in support of legislation to undermine competitors and municipal alternatives
Somehow, I don't think the FCC or DOJ are smart enough to go close. About the best result is to decline to merger, or put a precondition to spin out the infrastructure and content sides to separate trading entities...
In the final analysis, the consumer pays. This whole scam is a magnesium flare to divert attention away from net neutrality.
The funny thing I head this morning was that Comcast, at the request of the FCC, had a precondition from their NBC acquisition to obey net neutrality rules until 2018. Stupid or not? Why end date anything like that. It's like telling the Taliban the date they won't be confronted with any US troops in Afghanistan. I mean, what do you expect to happen if you're given a date beyond which you can gouge customers to your hearts content?