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Not as politically engaged as I would like. I'm quite glad the Internet provided me with forms of activism and political participation while allowing me to develop my daily activities. I do believe we are going through convoluted times but I see light in the end. Other than that I'm a technology enthusiast and I'd love to spend much more money trying new stuff!

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  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 1:20pm

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    The guy has got the "IT'S A CRIME!" hammer in his hands and he is not afraid to use it. He's a lost cause, what we need is to get the senators that aren't deaf to the matter to see the many issues and just isolate Blumenthal. Though job, it's not like you can rally people up like the SOPA thing because many will see the bill as something good just because its stated purpose is to prevent sex trafficking... Though job.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re: I think your wording can be wrongly interpeted

    Or they have said shady interests. I wonder if the MAFIAA came in support of the law...

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 1:04pm

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    Dude, free market CREATES monopolies as much as bad regulations do. Your UTOPIC vision of free market fails in the same way capitalism and socialism fail in practice even though they are great on paper: they IGNORE the human factor. Did you know Nestle buys competitors just to shut them down and when they do they even break industrial equipment beyond repairing possibilities to prevent them from growing? Did you know big market chains force local markets out of business by maintaining low prices artificially just because they can sustain the losses? This is what free market produces in practice, big players emerge and consolidate being extremely predatory. And this is why you need to regulate it.

    This is also why we have some good and some bad regulation out there. Because there are bad/clueless humans legislating. What we need to do is to follow the process and help to prevent the poisoning of it somehow. Will it be successful? Not always. Will it solve all the woes? Not always. Will it be abused by strong players? Absolutely. But going without is not a viable option. Applying regulations without overdoing it and in a sensible manner is the path we have, absent ethics in free-market (which by itself would be some sort of regulation, ironically).

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 12:55pm

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    Ooooh, now we have something. If you favor even those regulations then you can't have your free-market utopia. Because the market will be healthy specifically because of the regulation you say you don't like.

    You are the one that needs some deep cleaning. The regulation being discussed is precisely what is needed to keep the ISPs in their best behavior. You can't simply leave basic infrastructure to develop by itself. You need to force their hand into going for rural and other areas that money says not profitable and to punish behavior thats profitable but screws the customer. Even if you do consider more competitive areas that can be somewhat disrupted with ease you'd still need to block more egregious behavior (just check the online advertising businesses). The other alternative is to let the government build the infrastructure... Which I believe we will both agree should be avoided almost like the plague. Almost.

    So, yeah, keep being clueless.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Oooh, bullet points! You must see SESTA as dire indeed!

    Just like the MAFIAA predicted doom for years because of the internet and is still around breaking record after record on revenues?

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 11:45am

    Re: Say. Is anyone here sponsored by Google?

    New around here? Check the Google tag and you'll see plenty of criticism towards Google.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 11:44am

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    The guy flat out lies and makes up facts. Wouldn't this make for a successful defamation lawsuit?

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 11:27am

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    "There is no free market right now, no, but there is such a thing."

    Please, entertain us how this magical free market will materialize without the proven, historic consequence of huge monopolies raising and starting to be abusive. I am very interested in understanding how your regulations-free regulated market to avoid such things would work.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 11:24am

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    "This means laws that are only anti-monopoly or anti-trust, really anti anti-free-market laws. Anything that threatens a free-market should be illegal. No monopolies of any kind. Businesses can create only 1 contract that must be the exact same for all customers be it government, another business, or just a consumer."

    So you want to enable free-market by placing anti-trust regulations, forbidding (via regulations) that monopolies form and overall use a deregulated regulation approach. No, seriously, how would you prevent monopolies and whatever else sans regulation? I'm really interested in how you'll protect workers from abuse, monopolies from forming and overall stuff that will happen naturally (as very easily explained by that nice Monopoly game) without regulations.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Nothing shocking here

    Aaand Mike destroyed your CL argument while I was typing. Awesome.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 8:05am

    Re: Nothing shocking here

    "Let me preface my comments by saying that I think the section 230 protections are overbroad, and have long since passed the level of being a protection against something, and instead has become a shield for some pretty bad business models."

    This sentence alone should suffice to know you would be full of bullshit. I did read on anyway. And I wasn't wrong. Bad has a very peculiar definition in your dictionary, no?

    So let's put this out of the way: prostitution is like marijuana. It's a crime because a small group of moralist assholes insist in making established, wide-spread and generally tolerated stuff illegal. This is bad for the girls/guys selling their work and for the customers looking for them along with victims of real trafficking because it makes police waste resources in perfectly good, consensual stuff.

    As for the services, Backpage seems to have engaged in pretty bad behavior which is why they are being charged under EXISTING laws and will probably end up in jail. CDA 230 did not protect them at all. What CDA 230 did protect was Craiglist because even with the DOJ after them they could not produce anything against them to start a lawsuit much less to put them in jail because it was something their USERS were doing and CL was helping law enforcement when proper warrants were produced. Please provide citations for what you said though it's clear by now that even if there are citations even the government could not find evidence of what you said. Remember that demanding a payment for adult ads does not mean profiting of traffic because adult content != sex traffic.

    And don't come with "omg, going after the ones actually committing the crime is hard so let us extract money from the platforms instead!". Law enforcement should be doing their investigative jobs, not screwing entire platforms that are useful for thousands, millions just because a tiny portion of it is used for crime. You are pretty lazy, no?

    Ah your paragraph on child prostitution. If they are that careful they are not using such services not to leave traces. And if they are stupid enough to use they are going to get caught because as said before they cooperate with law enforcement when due process is followed and they have knowledge of the criminal activity. Not general knowledge because every single service that allows user input is used for criminal purposes. End of the story. You are only liable if you have specific knowledge of specific crimes being carried on your network. We still don't prosecute Ford for crimes perpetrated using their cars.

    And then you complain about due process. Omg, it's slow! It's expensive! People should not have access to this, they should just shut up and go to jail based on the govt say so! Screw false positives, they can rot in prison for the greater good! Despicable, no?

    The changes are far from narrow. You say 230 matters but you are ok with a law undermining the core of it while current laws are far enough to do what this abhorrent law pretends to do in the surface. I don't expect you to change your mind, you are just a plain moron but it's important to counter your bullshit.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 7:39am


    You almost got me!

    "Why do you see things so differently than many highly experienced legislators?"

    Good joke! Have my funny vote.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 7:37am

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    Part of me says "let the chaos ensue". The impact would be so huge that he backlash would have the rules reverted in record time after the initial flurry of lawsuits and most big companies relocating themselves to safer countries.

    It would be awesome to see coordinated responses from tech companies laying all their American workforces and moving abroad.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 6:58am

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    "regulation is not the cure
    neither is complete surrender to big telecom."

    "Free-Market is the only possible path forward if you want real freedom."

    Yeah, let them all fuse into MaBell again and charge as much as they want because nobody else has the financial incentive to enter the market neither the regulation to prevent them from making the extra buck by selling their customers to the devil.

    But not to be unfair, what's your proposal to make free-market magically work after years of a hands-free approach?

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 6:54am

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    Set up a donation/patronage system. I'd surely back some mods. Other than that I pretty much agree, mods should remain free.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 6:11am

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    I like how EFF is being consistent with their core beliefs even if they recognized the need of 'swallowing' EME to make things happen. I do think they would be better equipped to fight the MAFIAA if they stayed in. The assholes (the MAFIAA) seem to spoil everything they touch nowadays.

    As for W3C... Shame on you.

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 2:28pm


    1/3 of pure entertainment of somebody making a fool of themselves!

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 11:22am

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    So you have Godwin's article in Masnick's site. At which point so we witness Hittler singing ["People"](


    On a more serious note, it's kind of good that Backpage stuck their feet in the mud and will be prosecuted using current laws. It will help in the fight against SESTA.

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 8:55am

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    ACLU and EFF. This is gonna be a fight worth watching. And financing via donations.

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 8:31am

    Re: So if Godwin's law meets the Streisand Effect...

    It's Schrodinger Mike! It's Mike and Hitler. And Barbra. And dinosaurs. And this would probably make an awesome movie.

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