"The victims of these trolls are upset the rest of the day. They are driving aggressively on the roads, yelling at their co-workers and being consumed with a way to find out who that person on the Internet was.
This is not good for public safety."
This is great! If this were law, most politicians could be arrested for getting people upset, like the 800,000 government employees about to be furloughed. Imagine how aggressively they're going to drive home...
The article doesn't explain why the telcos are silent. Based on other news stories on the subject, e.g. http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Telcos-Vastly-Overcharge-Government-for-Snooping-124937, which in part says "AT&T, for example, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass." it seems fairly obvious why they aren't saying anything. And for this article to say the telcos have "given" the NSA access isn't exactly what's going on.
No one has mentioned dash cams in police cars. Remember the dash cam in Russia that caught the meteorite? If they legislate against Google Glass, dash cams should be on the list, as well as cell phones with video, etc.
If I have the opportunity to video police (or other government agents) in action, I hope to do it with Qik video live, so if the confiscate my phone, I'll still have the video.
While saying that the $500M is wasted money and does not get applied to innovation, it's probably not entirely accurate. Sure, a lot of the $ goes to the lawyers, and that's not contributing to innovation, but whatever amount gets to TiVo might actually be spent on R&D.
However, I definitely agree with the overall idea -- patents these days are a hindrance to innovation.
If your example of "hot news" is correct, then to continue the example, you'd wait until AP (or some other news organization) published a story about the worthy event, then sue them for infringement, and your lawyer can retire on the proceeds.
You might get a few bucks for a t-shirt.
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