Tech at Night: We can trust no one but ourselves on IP protections
One of the basic rules of intellectual property is that we can’t ever count on other countries to protect Americans. Even New Zealand can be bought off (Kim Dotcom has made large donations to the NZ government in exchange for being shielded from prosecution). So it’s a problem of Comprehensive Patent Reform won’t protect Americans against foreign thieves. That’s just one reason conservatives are increasingly | Read More »
Michigan Democrat wants state monitoring of homeschooled kids
Did you think the purpose of government-run schools is to teach kids to read, write, and calculate? Silly citizen. The real purpose, in the eyes of today’s progressives, is to ensure that children are being monitored by the state. That’s the natural conclusion I draw from Michigan HB 4498, a Democrat-introduced bill that would place special monitoring requirements on homeschoolers.
Kickstarter is the pinnacle of the Indie era of Video Games
Over at the long-standing video game development website Gamasutra, Andrew Pellerano has a featured post saying Kickstarter threatens innovation and the whole video game industry. This is nonsense, and his own example, meant to be full of impact, doesn’t even hold water.
, Keiji Inafune
, Koji Igarushi
, Mighty No. 9
, Shigeru Miyamoto
, Super Mario Bros.
, Video Games
Tech at Night: Rand Paul replaces one data gathering program with another
wants you to think that large-scale data mining on (publicly available) metadata is a horrible thing, and a massive threat to your privacy. Even when that data gathering is done with a warrant. So it shows just how disingenuous his whole stunt was, that he’s doing his own privacy-threatning database building. His supporters have been duped. He was grandstanding with the national interest in order | Read More »
Tech at Night: Internet anarchist and Silk Road founder gets life
Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, founded an online crime syndicate using the Tor network. Drugs, human trafficking, guns, and even possibly murder for hire were traded in the network. He was caught, and he got life in prison. These are the threats, not monitoring terrorists.
Tech at Night: Democrats and fellow travelers shut down more of the War on Terror
Yeah, at this point Rand Paul is pretty much running as Hillary Clinton-lite. You see, through various intelligence programs, the US government is able to identify foreign terrorist organizations. When those terrorists then contact folks in the United States, we have legitimate reason to know who they’re talking to, so NSA has developed means of sifting that information. And yet here we are, 13 and change | Read More »
Tech at Night: Rand Paul wins more privacy for the Islamic State
Part of the USA PATRIOT act ensured NSA could check up on conversations foreigners were having, that involved data passing into America, by going to the FISA courts and getting a warrant. After 9/11, when terrorist cells came here and murdered many Americans, we understood the need for that. Well, some Republicans remembered, but forgot, and it sounds like Paul won. I wonder if the | Read More »
The right way to criticize the H1-B Visa program
The H1-B Visa program is a lightning rod. Conceptually it’s a great idea: Find a way to bring productive, skilled people into the United States to boost our economy. In practice it’s become a mess of big government micromanagement, which has made it an easy target for anti-immigration critics. Here’s how we need to fix H1-B, and mollify the (somewhat legitimate) fears of those in | Read More »
Tech at Night: A summary of the patent fight
Let’s recap the patent situation, and why it’s so heated right now. Back before Republicans took the Senate, Reid and Obama made a deal with Boehner’s House to get the America Invents Act. It ended up being a huge gift to the lawyer lobby (at the time I warned that the American Bar Association was backing it for a reason, in a time of relatively | Read More »
Tech at Night: Radio ga ga
No industry should ever get special privileges in this country. That’s picking winners and losers at a basic level. Radio gets a cutout, and it should be ended. Copyright is copyright. Just ask any freelancer what having your stuff given away for free, in exchange for ‘exposure,’ is really worth.
Tech at Night: Combating Net Neutrality
We’ve exposed the entire Net Neutrality gimmick as a fraud. Netflix was lying, FCC was lying, none of it was honest. In fact they’re now turning antitrust into the next crisis not to waste. So now there are people out there trying to beat the Obama power grabs.
Tech at Night: Sober look at USA PATRIOT, FISA, and “Surveillance” facts
So it turns out that while Google, for months now, has been driving all sorts of hysteria about NSA and “spying,” the firm has been grossly negligent in its own privacy protections. The firm admits Google Hangouts is completely open to spying within Google, a basic design error that shows Google is not at all taking seriously the idea that government is spying on people. | Read More »
LSU is having none of your flag burning
Some progressives decided to put on a show of hate for America at Louisiana State University, but real America lives in Louisiana and some Americans decided they weren’t having any of it. This is the best U-S-A chant I’ve ever heard outside of a sporting event.
Tech at Night: Rand Paul goes judicial supremacist while Netflix goes cronyist
So the US Congress is debating whether to renew the part of the USA PATRIOT act that ensures NSA can watch the communications of foreign terror cells that set up shop in the US, and communicate back home with their terror networks. That’s a good debate to have. We need to debate legislation before passing it.
Cameron beats the polls in the UK
Politics in the UK were looking very messy as last night’s general election approached. There was so little we knew. UKIP – the conservative upstart UK Independence Party – was going to make gains over the last election in 2010, but how many seats would they spoil for the Conservative Party? SNP – the leftist Scottish National Party – was going to do very well, | Read More »
, David Cameron
, Ed Miliband
, Nick Clegg
, Nigel Farage