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.
Tech at Night: International fights on Patents and Trademarks
The patent fight in Washington just got bigger. You’ve got the push for a ‘comprehensive patent reform’ monstrosity the House, using patent trolls as cover, as favored by the Chinese. You’ve got actual narrow, targeted patent reform legislation. Now The Senate seems to be going with the narrow approach. I’m favor the House approach on demand letters, and Vitter is moving on that. However I | Read More »
Tech at “Night”: Weekend Update
Sorry all. On a personal note this was a physically taxing week on me. The tourists gave me a bad cold early this week, and while I was only symptomatic for one day, I was physically weak and had difficulty getting things done the whole rest of the week. So I’m going to look through what looked like the important and interesting stories most of | Read More »
Tech at Night: Obama’s Inter-nyet policy
So last week Comcast gave up on a free market deal under extreme government pressure. It’s the ongoing power grab by the Obama administration that Mike Wendy calls the Inter-nyet policy. Planned economy, one industry at a time.
Tech at Night: It’s time to pass cybersecurity information sharing
Some libertarians may be choosing to side with anarchists and progressives on cybersecurity, by reducing prosecution of privacy and security online (which would make it harder for us to argue government surveillance online is a big deal), and by opposing cybersecurity information sharing, but we need to go forward in the direction of security and rule of law here.
Tech at Night: Net Neutrality will hurt the poor
Who benefits the most from competition and innovation in Internet services? The people who have the most need to save money: the poor. Further they more than anyone have the need to use the Internet to save money and to seek opportunity. They need cheap Internet. And Net Neutrality will take it away from them.
Tech at Night: Verizon is right about unlimited data
Sorry, as much as the fat pigs online, the massively large data users, don’t want you to agree, Verizon is right about unlimited data being bad for most people. Most people are much better off paying less for a data cap they’ll never exceed.
Tech at Night: Republicans move to stop the picking of winners and losers
Picking winners and losers in the marketplace is a common theme in the Obama era, and Republicans want to put a stop to it. Marsha Blackburn has a bill to quit picking favorites in Radio and close up some copyright ‘loopholes’ (really just favoritism) in the current law. Meanwhile efforts are underway to block Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet misleadingly named ‘Net Neutrality’.
Tech at Night: Obama misses the point on Cybersecurity
They tell me it’s a very good thing Obama did, threatening to send the hackers to the cornfield. Or at least to take their stuff. But I’m not sure in practice it’ll matter much since, you know, the attackers are abroad. We can’t even get Edward Snowden, but Russia can get into Obama’s servers. What good is Obama’s order going to do?
Tech at Night: The Internet’s dangerous, but the NSA is there to help
I’ve said it pretty regularly in this space: the Internet isn’t for kids. However the scary thing is that even if you don’t realize you’re putting your kids online, you really might be, as those parents with an online service-based nanny cam found out. Be careful out there. NSA does the dirty work, but there’s only so much they can do.
Tech at Night: Democrat thinks global censorship is possible
Look, anarchists are terrible. America should restore the old policy of deporting foreign anarchists, and jailing domestic ones. It’s a dangerous ideology and should not be treated as legitimate. That said, Dianne Feinstein is an idiot. She’s blinded by ideology and believes in an all-powerful government, but in fact government can’t accomplish what she hopes.
Tech at Night. Obama’s plan is “playing God with the Internet.”
He do have some conservatives in DC, and Louie Gohmert is pushing Obama’s FCC on Net Neutrality. He told Obama’s rubberstamp, Tom Wheeler, “You’re playing God with the Internet.” And he’s making great points on innovation. Innovation is the life blood of growth, and regulation kills it. By design.
Tech at Night: Weekend Update
They’re always telling us Tor is so great because it’s used by foreign dissidents and all that, yet the anarchists keep using it to commit crimes, and the Tor mavens do nothing to stop it. And they wonder why Tor has a perception problem.
Tech at Night: It’s time to use the Founders Option against the FCC
I’m going to try to coin a phrase here. The Founders, before the revolution, were strong believers in the right (or even the duty) of the legislative branch to defund a hostile executive. There were (appointed) colonial governors who came, immediately raised the ire of the (elected) legislature, and never got a dime appropriated for them for their entire terms of office. It’s time to | Read More »
Tech at Night: Tennessee leads the fight against socialized Internet
While the Net Neutrality power grab got all of the attention, just as important was the FCC strike against federalism the same week, that unilaterally attempts to override all state laws against socialized Internet in this country. Imagine the audacity, to do that without a an act of Congress or anything. Fortunately at least Tennessee is standing up to Barack Obama and his lap dog, | Read More »