Not an Electronic Rodent’s Techdirt Profile


About Not an Electronic Rodent

Not an Electronic Rodent’s Comments comment rss

  • Jan 13th, 2018 @ 2:53am

    Re: We are right there with them

    The US has tapped the backbone of the internet and has enough storage and processing power to literally rewind the internet and follow the actions of people they wish too.

    Internet traffic currently estimated at about 100 Petabytes/month with approaching exponential growth rate year on year. Even if there in fact is enough storage manufacturing in the world to keep ahead of that and allow even a short, rolling window of "the historical internet", I'd hate to be the storage tech that has to install all that! I've no doubt the hoover up vast quantities of data they shouldn't have, but let's keep the hyperbole at least within reason?

  • Jan 10th, 2018 @ 3:12am

    Re: Re: This Is What Happens When You Let Teh Pirates Make Copywright Laws

    You do realise you've just excluded a lot of the corporations you champion from holding copyrights there, right?

    Actually, given the state of copyright at the moment and just how ludicrously easy it is to infringe even unintentionally, (e.g. anyone who's ever photocopied anything) doesn't that exclude, well, pretty much everyone?

    Come to think of it, that's a great idea!

  • Jan 2nd, 2018 @ 4:33pm

    For the synaptically challenged

    No one is having trouble getting old content for free.

    Getting old content for free isn't the problem. The problem is that said content and often anything with even a passing resemblance to it, is basically forever forbidden as inspiration for new creations for fear of being sued. But then I suspect the "person" who claimed that is well aware.

  • Dec 27th, 2017 @ 2:40pm


    Do you want to bet the safety of innocent people on how this guy felt at any particular point in time?

    Well, I suppose the could have gone for the opposite approach - encourage the disturbed gentleman to purchase a reasonably-sized arsenal of small arms and then ignore any signs of increasing mental instability until he shoots up a school or shopping mall... That seems to be the most popular US approach to such things (unless you've got brown skin or any connection, however vague, to nutters that happen to have). It's certainly cheaper, if not as headline grabbing.

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 10:58am

    I'd like to buy an analogy, please.

    Smart Handgun Safe Not Smart Enough Not To Let Basically Anyone Break Into It

    Well, if that isn't an analogy for US gun laws.....


  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 10:53am


    So that a robber can shoot the house owner with his own gun.

    Statistics would seem to suggest this is a valuable design feature....

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 12:54am

    Well, not quite...

    Whatever problems we might have with the practical application of trademark law in modern times, the phrase is creative, unique, and with the ad campaign it has become an identifier for the Bud Light brand.

    Hmmm "identifier for the Bud Light brand" I can't comment on since I've never seen that ad ever (which, I guess would make "identifier for the Bud Light brand in the US" more accurate), but I'd dispute "unique" given the phrase appears in a C17 nursery rhyme. "Creative" looks a bit shaky too given its appearance in, for example, the 1985 Marillion song... I guess that just leaves the first bit, then.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 2:27am

    Re: "only exists because of them"

    Websites with user-generated content existed before the DMCA, and still exist in countries that don't have an equivalent law.

    Isn't that kinda the point? Before the DMCA, no one would have even thought of user-generated content being a liability for the site it's on. After the DMCA, basically everything seems to be potentially infringing unless specifically "allowed".

  • Oct 3rd, 2017 @ 9:00am

    Re: Re:

    Truly, you are a never-ending font of entertainment.

    Possibly the most entertaining bit is trying to work out if replying to himself is to make it look like support, or if he's just that nuts.

  • Sep 6th, 2017 @ 9:36am

    Opinion is divided

    Mr Hill conceded that experts were divided as to whether such checks were feasible but that it was a debate “worth having”.

    Mr. Hill has clearly been "up the old sea dog" and talking to Captain Redbeard Rum.

  • Aug 5th, 2017 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Fulsome support

    I don't think that YouTube would be affected, and I don't see how that could be used for human trafficking.

    You think that a tenuous connection wouldn't be sufficient for someone to try it? Besides, "advertising videos" would seem to be a pretty obvious, if icky, possibility. In fact, one could argue any extremist video encouraging young women to become so-called "ISIS Brides" would qualify as trafficking related, no?

  • Aug 2nd, 2017 @ 12:11pm


    The purveyors of far-Right extremism pump out their brand of hate across the globe, without ever leaving home.

    Um.. here in the UK, we usually just call them "The Government"...

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 11:14am

    Re: Response to: Not an Electronic Rodent on Jul 31st, 2017 @ 6:39am

    This is true. An "adversarial relationship with the truth" seems to be increasingly de rigueur for most governments, whether nominally democratic or not. Certainly, "because terrorism" and "for the children" are familiar enough excuses, with the US largely being master of the former with the UK slightly edging them out on the latter without having to cope with that pesky First Amendment thing. Putin? Pah! Mere amateur!

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 6:39am

    (untitled comment)

    As with most countries that have an adversarial relationship with the truth, the entire effort has been couched as necessary to protect national security and cultural morality, though the real agenda is to help prop up the country's domestic surveillance efforts and Putin's ham-fisted internet filters

    For Putin, also substitute US or UK as applicable... especially the UK

  • Jul 13th, 2017 @ 1:12pm


    "Many of the companies that I work with ask the producers and the artists to declare all of the tracks that may have been used as inspiration for their new tracks,"

    Well, that's easy; In that box under the question you write, "Every single piece of music I've ever heard may have inspired this track"... Because that's how creation works!

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: Re:

    So again, am I missing something?


    Do you see another option to actually solve this problem?

    Well, I dunno. Maybe starting from the premise of your country that all people are created equal and accepting that you're talking about people and not abstract and awkward results of an unbalanced equation of law? "Rule of law" does not have to mean "inhuman"

    but if sufficient support does not exist to legalize more immigrants (and I see little evidence that there is), why is supporting the existence of a disenfranchised underclass and its endless drip of misery so OBVIOUSLY superior to the (admittedly more dramatic, more sudden, and more visible) misery of deportation?

    This seems like pretty spurious argument to me. For a start it's not like the US has a huge welfare state, so I'm not clear how much "supporting" would need to happen beyond what already happens simply with them being there, which they already are. Secondly, from what I've read a fairly large amount of these immigrants work so they're actually contributing to the economy rather than sponging off it.

    Also not sure how you get to the binary choice of "supporting the existence of a disenfranchised underclass" vs. "misery of deportation", but the fairly obvious answer to your rather contrived question would seem to be; "It's 'obviously' superior because the people to whom it is happening repeatedly choose the one over the other"

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 9:57am


    As Cato's David Bier points out, the ICE memo has "rogue agency" written all over it.

    Or (hastily dons tin-foil hat), an agency operating exactly as desired? The "president's" words on the subject lean more to what's actually happening than the EO, which is written that way because; "This wording is in the excutive [sic] order for two reasons: to avoid legal challenges and to prevent manpower waste."

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 7:28am


    and then coming out saying that people are leaving because its down to piracy

    Well of course! Piracy is the root-cause of terrorism too, isn't it?

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 9:39am

    Re: Re: Extremist views

    Given insightful vote for this, even though technically it comes under the category of "well, duh!"

  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 7:18am

    Re: Re: Hah!

    Because evidence matters, dumbass.

    Think you should have started that one with "Once upon a time..."

More comments from Not an Electronic Rodent >>