>It would eventually win of course — and as a result, fuel the innovation that gave rise to P2P sharing and torrents. Mission accomplished!
Torrents seem to be dying out though. Or maybe I'm just out of the loop on where the good ones are hiding. I can still find (normally new episodes of various shows [I use the files for video editing]) what I'm looking for but the swarms are smaller than they were and they tend to die off faster.
CNN is down to having one comment thread a day. And most of the time its only open for six hours.
OTOH, very seldom do I find reasoned, intelligent discussion within CNN's comment threads so I don't consider this to be any loss.
In fact I very seldom see well-reasoned intelligent conversation in the comments of a story at any general news site. Most of the time, regardless of what is being reported, comments will devolve into the same old unwinnable debates about Politics and Religion.
So I can see where Reuters is coming from. I don't think I will miss the comments there either.
What you are writing about is really nothing new. Metrics have driven journalism throughout the history of the industry. Before there were pageviews, there were Neilson Ratings and circulation numbers. What we now call comments used to be referred to as "Letters to the Editor".
Conflict and breathless coverage of non-issues have long dominated the headlines. The real problem with today's media coverage is that there is no room or time for anything but headlines. Stories that would have run on the inside pages of a newspaper are now ignored because they aren't worthy of the homepage and there is no where else to put them.
I think Carreon might even exceed Prenda. Not sure that Prenda exceeds Roca though. Prenda's incompetance is deeper, wider, and crazier. The fact that they are *still digging* after the 7th circuit ruled against them is indicative of that.
In fairness, which I find difficult, database stuff doesn't have file properties as you are used to thinking of them. Yes there would be a "date collected" property but if I was building this infrastructure I would also input a hard-coded fail-safe that would throw up all sorts of alarms if that field was modified.
This case is not being fought on a level playing field. Justice is not blind where the NSA is concerned nor are the courts independent and impartial. They are run by the federal government which also runs the NSA.
That's called a conflict of interest and our government is long past the days where it would go out of its way to avoid taking advantage of such things.
I'd of been shocked if the ruling had gone the other way.
>No, you don't get it. You might as well keep your mouth shut, >because what ever you say can be twisted and used against >you. Nothing you can say will help you, so the less you say, >the better.
And silence can't be used against me?
Let me give you a little bit more details about the "safety stop"s. They are already set up when I get there. Every car is stopped and every driver is questioned. Even at 3 in the morning there can be a line. There wasn't a line at this stop (when I got there) which is probably why I got more attention than I had received the week before. But although the cop may have been bored, the answers I gave and the way I gave them made me too boring to be worth his while.