Karl, let me compliment you on this high-quality journalism. You're doing the public a great service by presenting them with such a sober and well-researched account of the Trumpers' Evil Plans for World Domination.
I'm sure they're scared now that you've blown the lid off their scheme.
It's time to stand up to Trump. He may believe he knows more about email than Dave Crocker and Ray Tomlinson, but that's delusional. Donald Trump didn't invent email or any significant feature thereof.
This is cute, but when are you going to respond to Ayyadurai's lawsuit?
I don't like Techdirt and what it stands for - piracy and abuse - so I'm very unhappy about the fact that I have to take your side against the loathsome scammer who claims to have invented email a decade after it was in common use.
Kick his ass, take his assets, and have his lawyer disbarred. Nothing less will do.
My, your comments are becoming increasingly divorced from reality.
First, I don't work for AEI anymore, but when I did nobody told me what to say. I wouldn't have taken the visiting fellowship on any other terms.
Second, you played the shill card first: "you and your friends have helped to block off competition through bullshit crony laws."
Third, your views on net neutrality have changed radically since you started blogging. Once you were against regulatory means to force IPS behavior, and now you support the most inappropriate means of protecting the Internet from imaginary harms: Title II.
And no, I'm not a climate change denialist, a vaccine denialist, an organic food supporter, an anti-nuclear delusionist, or a pot regulationist. That's entirely in your head.
By your logic, Google Reader simply had its "focus changed." How much traffic did its shutdown cost you?
Google has bought all kinds of companies, but that doesn't endow the company with any insight. Google has a history of championing unworkable regulatory models for wireless and that hasn't changed.
You attack me as a shill and then get your panties in a bunch when I return the favor? That's cute.
Look, genius, I've had consistent views on network technology and regulation since you were in diapers and they don't depend on how I make a living. I support myself mainly from expert witness work today that has nothing to do with regulation.
The head of Google Fiber has left the company and the "Access" division has laid off 10% of its staff, more than 100 workers. Google has some ongoing projects to dabble around in, but it's safe to say that the dream that Google Fiber would wire the nation has blown up.
Sure, the company will still buy bankrupt munis and maybe do something with wireless - if they can figure out how wireless works - but that's about all.
Of course, it could be that $1 bankrupt munis was the plan all along and nothing has really changed but the appearances.
As far as ISPs' history with advertising goes, I'm sure you're aware that GoogBook has been fighting them at the gate since the late 00s. T2 makes regulatory arbitrage easier, but before T2 GoogBook was whining about DPI. Congress held hearings on that nonsense from the 2005 onward.
Ask your overlords for a fuller briefing, they know the story.
Not a bad idea. And while TechDirt doesn't want you to know it, several of the news articles on this appointment have pointed out that Jeff and Mark are in favor of either eliminating Google's FCC or radically downsizing it.
Dude, are you high? Since Title II was imposed Google Fiber shut down. It was supposed to be the savior of our sad urban markets where it's virtually impossible to get a connection above 300 Mbps. Pay attention.
Title II has everything to do with advertising because it required the FCC to create privacy regulations for ISPs. This mandate allowed Wheeler to require opt-in for access to data by ISPs that's opt-out for Google and Facebook.
Is this public policy stuff completely over your head or what?