Tech at Night: The Grand Return. FCC, FAA, FEC, Bitcoin, and More.
It’s been a week, hasn’t it? It turns out the night I last did Tech, I pushed it way too hard, and my illness stuck with me another week. But we’re better now.
For what it’s worth, Steny Hoyer doesn’t see the Trans-Pacific Partnership passing anytime soon. I’m all for free trade, but TPP seems to be going far beyond trade, and becoming a grab bag of special interest provisions, and so I’m fine with giving it a lot of scrutiny.
As I’ve said before, the key to fixing patents is to remove the incentive the USPTO has to give out too many. So I’m glad the House rejected Democrat plans to reinforce USPTO getting funding that way. We must not let the office keep the feeas it collects anymore.
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Only privacy rights Obama respects prevent births, not unreasonable searches
If President Obama is only continuing domestic spying programs initiated under Presidents Clinton (Echelon) and Bush (Patriot Act), then why were Major Hasan (Fort Hood) the Tsarnaev brothers (Boston Marathon) left to their known Islamist pro-death terror devices, while the substance of the prayers of conservative tea party pro-life patriot Republicans were searched before they could help prevent his re-election or avoid tax audits? Two | Read More »
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Tech at Night: A few quick points on FISA, NSA, and PRISM.
It’s the hot topic, so I’m going to start off with a few points on FISA and PRISM.
Point one: Foreign agents can control US phone numbers, particularly in this age of constant cybersecurity threats.
Point two: Searching a third party service provider isn’t the same as searching your home.
Point three: ECHELON is an old program, one where the UK’s intel team spies on us, and the NSA spites on them. NSA-avoidance advice that tells you to favor non-US firms is laughably stupid.
Point four: Data mining of metadata for mathematical analysis of networks, using known terrorists and allies as anchors, isn’t the same as spying on anyone.
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