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  • Apr 8th, 2019 @ 5:24am

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    Regarding the second insightful editor's choice: I've long felt there should be a rule in the US government that any bill should be public for a minimum amount of time based on its length before it's voted on. That would effectively prohibit the thousand-page bills that tend to be all too common in Congress where only lobbyists know what's in them. It wouldn't ensure the people putting their names to a bill would have actually read them, but it would ensure someone did, or at least had the chance to.

  • Apr 4th, 2019 @ 12:16am

    Re: Re:

    If you want a completely unmoderated free-for-all, check out 4chan. I think most people have good reasons not to want their discussion areas to be like that.

  • Apr 3rd, 2019 @ 11:54pm

    Re: Re: Democracy is dead in the world.

    The problem is not necessarily the concept of the EU, but the structure where the democratic institutions serve no other purpose but to rubber-stamp the will of unelected bureaucrats in the pocket of big corporations. The people of the EU must demand: real democracy or break it all up.

  • Mar 30th, 2019 @ 1:02am

    Re: The EU ends The Open Internet, but for a Deeper Reason?

    I knew when this comment adopted a solemn tone with regards to the increasing restrictions on the open internet and the "deeper reason" behind it, and when it twice used the grammatically incorrect phrase "millions of opposition", it was going to lead to some bonkers conspiracy theory. But even after mentioning the US military situation in Syria and North Korea, I wasn't prepared for it to jump all the way to "the world's governments are planning World War III and trying to shut down the Internet so we don't know about it until they actually launch the nukes and wipe out mankind". Presumably the reason why all these governments are planning World War III at the same time with no one knowing about it, despite the fact that they too would perish as part of "mankind", is because they're actually lizard people that would survive a nuclear war to become the new dominant species on Earth, and my questioning of this narrative is just because I've let their chemtrails infect my mind and prevent me from seeing The Truth(tm) because I don't wear a tinfoil hat like this one guy that has alone stumbled onto their plot to start World War III by locking down the Internet and wake up sheeple.

  • Mar 30th, 2019 @ 12:49am

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    Known Google shill Mike Masnick continues to stick up for them with an article that (checks notes) questions their current business model and suggests that the aggressive, invasive targeting they've been engaged in doesn't actually work.

  • Mar 27th, 2019 @ 1:35am


    As I keep saying, Brexit may be a bad idea economically but that doesn't mean there aren't serious problems with the way the EU works. Britain should say they're willing to remain in the EU but if it won't give more freedom to the member countries, it must become truly democratic. No country should be willing to give up any of their sovereignty to an entity run of, by, and for the corporations by its very structure (not just because of corporations exploiting flaws in the structure).

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 @ 5:20pm

    Re: Re: It's only about two months until the next EU election...

    Britain should tell the EU: We'll hold a new Brexit referendum and potentially stay in the EU after all, but only if you make yourselves actually democratic, not have all laws he proposed by an undemocratic commission in the pocket of big business and have them unable to be repealed, only overridden.

  • Mar 21st, 2019 @ 2:36pm

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    Known Google shill Mike Masnick with an article about how checks notes a bill he vehemently opposes will entrench Google's supremacy.

    Forget Axel Voss, I wonder what mental gymnastics a certain class of troll right here would use to write this off.

  • Mar 14th, 2019 @ 8:15pm

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    Oh, Voss perfectly understands copyright law, or at least what his masters want it to be. Basically everything published by big corporations with the money to bully everyone else is covered under copyright. Everything else is probably using images or concepts or words that appear in an actually copyrighted work and needs to be sued out of existence so that the major publishers can reclaim their rightful place as the only locuses of human creativity.

  • Mar 13th, 2019 @ 4:28am

    Re: Re:

    Interesting, but the rest of that sentence is important: building web pages completely independently from centralized platforms would realistically involve paying for a domain (relatively cheap but hardly free) and hosting (which often comes with the domain or vice-versa, but if you don't want to be entangled with particular companies you probably want it separate from the domain, and that's significantly more expensive). That effectively raises the barrier to entry and makes it the province of the relatively well-off. Is it possible to create something that people of all means can use to quickly and easily create an online presence using whatever protocols and standards they wish that gives the user complete control of their data and presence? More realistic is probably incorporating decentralized protocols in a number of blog platforms and free host sites, and making it as easy as possible to port from one to another.

  • Mar 13th, 2019 @ 3:55am

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    Neither this article nor the linked one points to anything specific the Bundesliga is actually doing that they aren't already doing, other than recognizing that this is the way it is.

  • Mar 12th, 2019 @ 8:38pm

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    Reminds me of Steven Pemberton's vision of "Web 3.0" I encountered ten years ago: In his eyes, the next evolution of the Web should have been built around individual web sites with machine-readable data that could be scooped up by individual apps. Realistically, it would have been near-impossible to get millions of people to start their own web pages from scratch that weren't themselves built on centralized platforms like Tumblr or Facebook (which is why to the extent his vision came to pass it was limited to aggregating large corporate sites like in the Google and Apple News apps), but the more general notion of decentralizing the web was and remains a valid one, and you're getting at what may be a more practical approach to it.

    I do have a couple of concerns, however: first, since Usenet eventually dwindled away to irrelevance, how do you ensure the new "protocols" wouldn't similarly be abandoned in favor of new "platforms"? Second, and this may be something you've addressed in previous posts, some sites could be "protocol-ized" more easily than others. It's easy to see how, say, Twitter could be protocol-ized, harder with something like Amazon. But what about something like Google? I don't see room for a middle ground between everyone at least relying on Google's search algorithm and creating full-on competitors that have nothing to do with it.

  • Mar 5th, 2019 @ 6:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    “If she weighs the same as a duck, she’s made of wood!”

  • Mar 5th, 2019 @ 6:31pm

    Re: Just an aside...

    Always a relevant xkcd (or at least alt-text).

  • Mar 5th, 2019 @ 3:11am

    Re: Consensus

    I still believe one of these days copyright will be restored to sane terms that it would have without the excessive lobbying by the entrenched industries and, while we might not have everything enter the public domain at once, we should at least have a phased freeing of content so everything that should be in the public domain becomes so over the course of a handful of decades.

  • Mar 3rd, 2019 @ 3:55pm


    Instead, there’s just an incentive to start a clock for however many years it takes after the death of the creator for the copyright to expire. Once they’ve been dead for longer than Walt Disney, you’re in the clear!

  • Mar 1st, 2019 @ 4:25pm

    Re: Yup. For all cases where Price > 0 and Ease < Impossible.

    As trolly as this is, it does underscore that people that don’t want to accept the facts will always find ways to dismiss them, so you can’t just expect “moar facts” to somehow change their mind.

  • Mar 1st, 2019 @ 4:24pm

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    “Yet it seems it's going to take a compounding series of these studies to get the point across” No it’s not. You are once again falling for the all-too-common notion that all we need is to throw more facts onto the pile to overcome existing forces despite how rarely that pans out. If all we needed were facts the fight over piracy would have ended long ago. What’s needed is mobilizing citizens with those facts and figuring out how to overcome the legacy media industries with them, because getting people that have internalized those facts into positions of power at legacy media companies is a far taller order.

  • Feb 26th, 2019 @ 5:21pm

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    That Justice didn’t do a good job of making the case against the merger is because they only went after it in the first place because Trump hates CNN. Any merger not involving TimeWarner or Comcast/NBCUniversal, especially Disney/Fox, Justice wouldn’t go after at all.

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 4:38am

    Re: Re: The EU is losing all legitimacy and credibility as a Dem

    And they wonder why countries like Britain are trying to get out...

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