...Chicago recently announced it was postponing portions of the new tax until next year to field criticism and manage plan logistics. ...it remains unclear how the city plans to collect the tax. Would it demand that Netflix and Spotify tax users themselves, even if they have no physical presence in the city proper? Would Chicago residents be required to report this revenue (which they either won't do, or would hide behind VPNs)?
It seems like these are things that should've been hammered out BEFORE passing the actual law.
Every time I read a story about a company using ham-handed DRM to block out competition and lock their customers into their own little corporate eco-sphere, I think of the Princess Leia's line from Star Wars:
"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."
That quote seems incredibly appropriate given the content of the video.
About a year ago I had the idea that that what we needed was to establish a Kickstarter project to represent a particular view (say, the Comcast-TWC merger) to try to raise money to hire a powerful DC lobbying firm. Then maybe we could get our message across to Congress.
Then it occurred to me that that's what Congress is supposed to be doing anyway, and that's it's pretty damn sad that it's gotten to the point where we feel we need to hire somebody to represent us to people who are supposed to be representing us already.
Hold on a sec. You mean to tell me that a bunch of technologically illiterate politicians passed a sweeping law affecting the entirety of the networked world, and didn't give a single thought to the ramifications and unintended consequences of such a law?
NO. FREAKING. WAY.
It's like thoughtful deliberation and civil debate have gone out the window with the governments of the world.
Just what is it going to take for people to recognize the corruption and take action?
Shutdown ComicCon. Shutdown the NFL. Shutdown Tesla Motors. in progress Cancel Game of Thrones Cancel Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Cancel Star Wars VII Cancel all pizza delivery service Cancel Mountain Dew Have George R R Martin killed Have Tupac killed check
And you never know what data you may need in the future. . .
That's when you get ANOTHER FUCKING WARRANT, you dipshit.
Jeez, I took a semester of Civics in 9th grade, taught by a football coach, at a redneck school where 90% of the arguments were about Skoal vs Copenhagen, and it appears I learned more in that class than most of these government morons.
Greetings, citizen. The NSA is concerned that the latest Heartbleed vulnerability circulating around the Internet (aka, "the Web", "the Net", "Google") is exploiting the computers and mobile devices of the American populace. As such, the security experts at the NSA have come up with some best practices all Americans can apply to keep themselves from falling victim to any nefarious Al-Qeada, Russian, or alien schemes.
1. Turn off any firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, and anti-virus programs. These applications are being actively exploited by this vulnerability and, if infected, can cause grave harm to your computer. There have even been reports of entire houses being burned to the ground when Heartbleed mixes with ZoneAlarm. Additionally, many of these programs are open-source, meaning that terrorists could easily modify the application code to accomplish their own anti-American goals, such as draining your bank account and turning your pets and/or children gay.
2. Change your DNS settings to point to boris.nsa.gov and natasha.nsa.gov. These are the NSA's highly secure DNS servers. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to the NSA. By default, all DNS queries will be logged on super-secret systems housed in concrete bunkers buried 200 meters below the Arizona desert. To opt-out of this and request that none of your queries be logged, send a postcard with your return address to "DNS OPT-OUT, Box 42, Langley, VA" (no quotes). An agent will personally contact you to make arrangements for an in-home visit. Please leave your door unlocked.
3. Contact your federal representatives and request that more funds be provided to the NSA in order to protect Americans and American interests both at home and abroad. What good are free school lunches, libraries, and homeless shelters if terrorists are raining hellfire and releasing locusts with herpes across the United States heartland? This additional funding will go towards capturing terrorists, seizing their assets, and shuttering their propaganda websites such as Fox News, The Guardian, and TechDirt.
These tips have been provided as a courtesy by the United Stated National Security Agency. Remember: Be Safe. Be Smart. Don't be afraid to report your fellow citizens to your local law enforcement agency if you see something suspicious, such as taking our the trash (they could be disposing of terrorists materials and/or correspondence) or leaving for work (building missiles, mixing anthrax, or visiting a mosque).
How else are they going to track you when that public MPAA report shows up on torrent sites? This is the MPAA - even freely available pubic data must be subject to rigorous distribution controls. Just like everything else they put out, this report can ONLY be distributed through the MPAA's authorized sources.
Once you've gone control-freak to the magnitude that the MPAA has, you can't just do a 180 and start half-assing it.