At least the PATRIOT Act had actual, verifiable statistics. Sure, they were emotionally loaded as hell and based on a tragic event fresh in the public conscience, but they still had something concrete and provable data to justify their 'doing something', unlike the imbeciles in CT's legislative branch.
I mean, the NSA's self-declared mission is to monitor data in order to stop potential terrorist threats (more or less). That's a defensive role.
The CIA is... well, the CIA. That whole "carrying out/overseeing covert ops" part of their job description kinda makes them seem the default offensive role [but only in international matters of course], which means Cyber Command should be part of the CIA instead.
Although the thought of having the CIA control Cyber Command instead of the NSA is not very comforting...
Speaking of anime, has anyone else here noticed the rather unsettling trend of anime series only getting 1 season of 12-13 episodes these days, which means the ones based on manga tend to get completely warped beyond all recognition plot-wise halfway through the season?
I noticed this 'shows only getting 13 episodes per season' trend in some of the live-action TV shows here in the US. Case in point, FOX's Almost Human only had 13 episodes for its (hopefully first) season, when it clearly needed 26 to fill in some of the gaping plotholes.
Seriously, why the general shift from 24-26 down to 12-13 episodes per season?
Obviously the CIA doesn't want any of this to see the light of day, so I doubt we'll even get the official title of the actual report.
Or someone in the CIA will just open MS Paint, doodle a hand flipping off the viewer, paste that doodle in MS word and stretch it out until it fills the whole page. Then they'll black that out copy it 6,300 times.
It's not just pirates anymore. Unless you're an internet troglodyte/been living under a rock for the past couple years, the vast majority of netizens should have adblock installed on all of the browsers they use at this point.
Recently Ars has been closely following the outcry of some tech community over the fact that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich [who describes himself as not especially religious], made ONE donation of $1,000 to that mess known as Prop 8 back in '08. Not actively involved mind you, just one simple donation of funds. Since he's been appointed CEO there have been people publicly pressuring him, from outside and inside the company, to step down from that role because of that contribution.
The comment sections of those articles have been the most vitriolic sections I've ever seen on Ars. The majority of the comments immediately condemn Eich as a hateful anti-gay bigot and/or Mozilla as hypocritical for appointing him CEO.
Now every time I see a new article about the subject, my mind goes 'oh great, how is Ars going to vilify Mozilla's new CEO this time?' even though the site's just reporting the mess and not actually publicly shaming Eich for his views.
So yeah, this research seems right on the money, at least as far as this topic goes.
While it's certainly possible that Putin and his cohorts could use copyright in order to silence any opposition, I propose a much more simple explanation for their decision to double down on useless anti-piracy laws.
I mean, the copyright maximalists must have bribe-er, I mean, "lobbied" something fierce to get the Russian government to actually give a shit about all the infringing content on Russian sites like VK in the first place, right? Whose to say this isn't just empty lipservice to pacify the constantly whining copyright crowd while Russian officials just sit back and count their money?
Considering Feinstein is a senator, and her 'district' is the entire state of California, I'd say the odds of the alternatives being worse than her are about 50-50, regardless of political affiliation.
Depressingly, the last time Feinstein was re-elected was in 2012. Not only did she win her re-election in a landslide, she BROKE the all-time record for the most votes cast for one candidate in one state in one election. 7.75 million Californians voted for her in an election where voter turnout for the state reached 55.2%.
Although to be fair, I don't think anyone realized how much of a yes-woman she was for the NSA back then...
They should start requiring law students to take courses specifically dedicated to important things like safe harbor protections and fair use. That way, when those law students eventually become lawyers and judges, we don't have morons who understand the tech world about as much as the late Ted Stevens presiding over important Internet-related cases.
Despite how the older generation seems to treat the Internet these days, the web not a passing fad or children's toy. Like it or not, It's a ubiquitous, almost critical part of society in the 21st century. People need to get up to date with the world, or at least understand how Wikipedia works. If parts of an article have reputable sources, they'll keep popping back up on Wikipedia no matter how many times you edit it.
More importantly, has our Streisandee's Wikipedia page been locked yet so no one else can try and remove the unflattering statements about him?