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  • Apr 26th, 2017 @ 12:46pm

    you keep using that word....

    ugh.... it is not meta-data. It is data. Any information you collect and organize is data. Just because it is a summary of other information does not mean it is no longer data. The people who managed to change the meaning of what data is and find a term that minimizes what they are collecting are geniuses.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 2:24pm

    Catching them in the act is hard!

    "So it could mean that individuals who illegally download copyright content will be able to get off scot-free because their identities will never be known, short of being caught in the act," said Mr Lau.

    It must really suck to be a part of a legal system in which you actually have to catch someone in the act of breaking the law in order to prove that the person broke the law. Madness!

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 5:08am

    (untitled comment)

    Judge Galasso says:

    Even on other aspects, Facebook, something gets published on Facebook or Twitter and something like that, even if it's false, people are harassed out of their houses, they are chanted in stores. This is not what America is about, and it has to be decided by a higher authority, all of this set aside. Nobody wants to limit the First Amendment rights from freedom of speech, but you don't want chaos either.

    Wow, I certainly do not want to go to the places he shops. He must live in an awful world where people cannot even show their faces without fear of being hunted down and harassed. Either that or he lives in Oz and likes building a straw man.

    Then again, I also do not want to live in a place where a judge gets to decide what people want rather than what the law specifies. The higher authority he cites does not come from judges but from the written laws.

    Having said that, it is interesting that he likes to ignore other higher authorities such as Strunk and White.

  • Apr 19th, 2017 @ 10:43am

    Maybe grandstanding pols is a problem too?

    various grandstanding politicians have often argued that filming crimes should be illegal, arguing (often without any evidence) that the only reason these people were doing stupid/illegal things was because of the draw of being able to film them and post them online.

    I suspect that the only reason these folks are grandstanding in this manner is that they know it will draw attention. Perhaps we should limit the ability of people to post stories and videos of themselves clutching their pearls as a way to draw attention to themselves.

  • Apr 12th, 2017 @ 5:12am

    So much for closing the gender gap

    Universities are making strides to close the gender gap and make the environment less toxic for women in computer science. The gamer culture has traditionally not helped the situation, so I hope that this aspect will be considered as this trend moves forward.

    Also, this is not new. Engineering schools have long had dune buggy teams, snowmobile teams, and a large variety of other technology focused competitions including concrete canoes. The only difference here is that the schools are giving out scholarships specifically for the competition. The esports teams appear on the surface to be relatively passive with respect to technological creativity, and there is no reason to give these kids more perks and treat them differently than the kids who work hard to achieve success in engineering design competitions.

  • Apr 11th, 2017 @ 3:00pm

    Law abiding or just complacent?

    and the absence of any benefit to law-abiding citizens from its enactment.

    I always get a little nervous when politicians decide a prior who is following the law and who is not.

  • Apr 10th, 2017 @ 12:58pm

    Are they sure it was hacked?

    The state of Texas is inching closer to making unlicensed masturbation illegal, and this may have been part of a test to enforce the new regulations. Given the time and large geographic area it is plausible that the authorities were making sure they were prepared for the eventual implementation of the new law.

  • Apr 6th, 2017 @ 9:27am

    Stay away from MySpace!

    Condition 54 prohibits him from having a social media page or using MySpace, Facebook, or similar social media programs.

    To be fair asking him to stay away from Facebook is probably in his best interests and should be more broadly enacted across the general population. The exclusion from MySpace.... well, yeah, that'll learn him.

  • Mar 15th, 2017 @ 10:35am


    Just how would Techdirt protect itself from the so called inventor of email if such a law existed?

    That is the opposite problem. The inventor of Email is going out of his way to make sure nobody forgets he invented Email. Whatever his relationship is with email is something that the courts have to determine. Unfortunately, that will happen on techdirt's dime.

  • Mar 10th, 2017 @ 10:08am

    Re: About time

    It is a little bit ironic that Canada finally found the will to stand up for themselves by citing their subservience to their obligations under NAFTA. Reuters is reporting today that the Trump administration is close to taking the first step towards renegotiating NAFTA.

  • Mar 9th, 2017 @ 12:31pm

    That is not what "firewall" means

    On the plus side this is a nice demonstration of the lie that a "firewall" can easily be placed between the news and the rest of a media organization. It has always been amusing to hear media organizations say that the editorial staff is behind a firewall when discussing potential sources of bias. Every time I hear some spokesperson talk about a firewall I keep getting a picture of Inigo Montoya repeating his famous line about the misuse of that word.

  • Mar 7th, 2017 @ 11:56am

    Are they borrowing my money?

    Every time I think about purchasing a Nintendo product they find a way to remind me why I should not. Perhaps I should let them borrow my money while I borrow one of their shinies? Surely they would be happy to let me add restrictions on what they do with my money?

  • Mar 3rd, 2017 @ 10:29am

    So much for my plans....

    Dang nabbit. So much for my plans to build a website for lol-popes. I am not willing to wait that long before I can publish silly pope memes.

  • Mar 1st, 2017 @ 10:42am

    What does this have to do with the internet

    This guy cut his teeth in a traveling revue playing on the road. He moved from playing small events to big time concerts. All of the issues he brought up have nothing to do with the internet. You can replace "internet" with any other venue. The problems he brings up are exactly the same whether or not it is a bunch of local bands playing down on the corner bar, big name productions at a nearby city's stadium, or some nebulous internet people.

    Then he explicitly says the problem is not technology it is the business models. If that is the case change the business model. The world does not owe him a chance to play in his studio. The world wants to see him on stage playing. It is not up to the government to provide a way for him to create a monopoly and force people to listen and pay for his music the way he wants it. It is a two way street, and he needs to listen to his fans. Both the fans and the artists need to adapt. Rigidly clinging to a way for him to control his fans will only result in him watching them walk away regardless of the technology.

    As for his disdain for the mega corporations getting fat off the backs of the poor artists, he is right that it is a problem. Trying to go back to a time where it was his buddies in the recording industry who were taking advantage of the artists is just a quest to go backwards to a time that is not so different than the present dystopia he insists we are living in. (We are not.)

    As for bemoaning the idea that the internet is turning into a corporate playground designed to take people's money away.... Sorry, but that happened 20 years ago. That train left the station a long long time ago. When T-bone Rip Van Winkle wakes up and realizes that it is 2017 he is going to be surprised.

  • Feb 24th, 2017 @ 2:29pm

    Schadenfreude is not for the rich

    Sadly, Tiffany can simply strike a deal and buy their way out of this without too much pain. They are too rich to worry about schadenfreude.

  • Feb 15th, 2017 @ 11:16am

    Re: tribal affiliations

    There is no need to go to deep into the analysis on this one. It is about any sort of principle but about tribal affiliations. Partisans only see two kinds of people, us and them.

  • Feb 6th, 2017 @ 5:09am

    Re: Sigh

    Since you seem to be new here you may want to go back and read through some of the older articles. Techdirt has always been political. The writers here have always written about court challenges, legal issues, and government practices. In fact a large number of articles have focused on the practices of the executive branch and have generally been unflattering to all presidents. So, yeah, it has been quite political and relatively consistent in pushing for openness, accountability, and strict interpretation of the law.

    I have not always liked or agreed with what has been written but have respected the thought and attention given the majority of articles here. Really, you do not have to be that forthright to appreciate a differing opinion.

    If you do not like what was said then feel free to loosen up the ole brain cells and form a rebuttal. Otherwise you are still welcome to just complain and moan that the site is *still* political. Just do not be surprised if folks do not take you seriously.

  • Feb 3rd, 2017 @ 11:48am

    Not so good for the academy

    On the up side this just gave every student in a programming class a way out of completing their assignment. Instead of saying, "the dog ate my code," now students can say, "I wrote the code, but I cannot distribute it since it is under copyright."

  • Feb 1st, 2017 @ 4:51pm

    Schools and intellectual copyright.....

    and the school is super into intellectual property protection.

    The Bayh-Dole act has had a corrosive effect on higher education. A publicly supported school has no business acting so aggressively to take sole possession of any idea. The idea that this is about football in Texas seems to have overshadowed the larger implications about how public institutions are supposed to serve their constituents.

    Disclaimer: Sadly, my own institution is not without sin on this, and this is a nationwide problem.

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 7:19am

    Rather it is a more better kind of lie

    It is not about switching messages. It is about gas lighting. The idea is to take away the opportunity for competition and then claim the competition already exists. So it is not necessary to help create competition since it already exists. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

    The first step in serial abuse is to convince the person how good things are for them.

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