Tech at Night: Taking down the newest copyright infringement ring
BitTorrent is a technology that distributes data faster by enlisting the bandwidth of downloaders in order to serve more downloads. That’s well and good for legitimate users, however the technology has been used heavily by copyright infringement rings. The latest scheme, “Popcorn Time”, is under heavy attack as copyright holders and the law strike back.
Tech at Night: The Obama administration wants to criminalize retweets
Yeah, terrorism is terrible, and we need to run Islamic State folks into prison, but the idea that a retweet is criminal, given the nature of how Twitter works, is kind of silly. It’s clear to me the Obama administration is just out of touch, as much as its FBI under James Comey is ridiculously power hungry.
Tech at Night: Catching up before the Gathering
So the Red State Gathering is this week, and it’s going to be fun. Hopefully you’re coming. Since Wednesday night I’ll be packing to go, and Friday I’ll be in Atlanta, so this is probably the one shot I have this week to look over Tech news, so let’s go.
Tech at Night: Corrupt Democrat supports corrupt radio bill
So the Local Radio Fairness Act is purely an act of picking winners and losers, a corrupt means of trying to curry favor with local media stations, come re-election time. I normally hate arguments like that but look, what legitimate reason is there to hand out copyright exemptions?
Tech at Night: Ted Cruz is a champion
Since the founding of the Internet, the US Government has had ultimate oversight over its critical institutions. There was a conference in Brazil pushing to end that, and replace the US with the UN or some ‘multilateral’ system, creating a power vacuum that could be filled by China and/or Russia. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% is saying ‘not so fast’ to that. | Read More »
Tech at Night: Weekend Update
Two colds in two weeks thanks to tourists rushing into DC. Let’s catch up with the stories of the week and hope that next week I’m doing better.
Tech at Night: Clarence Thomas is right about regulation
As I sit here at nearly 1am, I fear I may be getting my second cold, 7 days from the previous one. I blame tourists. Clarence Thomas once wrote something very true about regulation, and the ever-growing power of unaccountable regulators: “We seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why.” FCC, in what it’s been | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Return of the Revenge
We had a good long stretch where tech policy was the most important thing going on in Washington. Now though, it’s gone on the back burner. The Obama administration has made its big power grabs, passed its bad bills, damaged American credibility abroad, but an ineffective Republican Senate is going to have trouble making a stand against it all. But tonight, despite being sick as | Read More »
Tech at Night: The FCC really is that terrible
It’s not surprising that the Obama FCC, after making a massive power grab with the pretext of solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist, that now the FCC is moving on to an entirely new scam. Ajit “The Man” Pai says they’re engaged in a ‘regulatory bait and switch’ with respect to AT&T.
Tech at Night: Preserving American stewardship of the Internet
We can’t hand oversight of the Internet over to Russia. Much like how the US Navy secures the world’s waterways, so too do we secure the free flow of information on the global Internet. So the DOTCOM Act by Senators Rubio, Thune, and others seeks to constrain the President’s ability to cede oversight of ICANN and IANA, fundamental Internet organizations. I hope the House passes | Read More »
Tech at Night: …. but NSA gathering public information was the REAL threat
On a multi-user computer system, different user accounts have different permissions. In most Unix-based systems, there is a special account besides. Account zero, the ‘root’ user, bypasses all permissions checks. The Chinese attackers had root access to Office of Personnel Management servers. But NSA was the real threat ah, Rand Paul?
Tech at Night: Dueling bills on patents and sales tax
It’s never a good sign when a piece of legislation is a major priority for lobbyists, but that’s what comprehensive patent reform is. It’s time ACU and HAFA scored against it.
Tech at Night: Congressional action on patents and Internet taxes
Bad news first: The Senate passed a comprehensive patent bill, and now the House is checking on it. ACU is coming out strongly against a comprehensive bill, to which I say: Bravo.
Tech at Night: Yes, we still need to defeat Net Neutrality
I know it’s been a while since we talked about it but Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet is coming. It’s a terrible plan and we’ve got to stop it. It’s not helping the Internet. After all, this same administration decided against search neutrality. Why pick winners and losers this way? I’ll leave you to guess why the thing Google didn’t want, didn’t get done, | Read More »
Tech at Night: Weekend Update
Good post by Moe Lane on Edward Snowden and the Glenns Greenwald. Snowden is now outraged that NSA would target foreign (read: Russian) hackers. Gee, who’s paying his rent again?