Tech at Night: Is Obama violating Net Neutrality during the Shutdown? Michael O’Rielly is using no ‘code words’
Still not a lot going on thanks to the shutdown, but there is the theory being floated that the Obama administration’s punitive shutdown policies are violating Net Neutrality rules. I don’t know that I agree, but it’s worth at least thinking about, as little as Net Neutrality even makes sense.
For all the people are claiming Silk Road wasn’t a significant part of the Bitcoin value, it could be that the feds are seizing 5% of all Bitcoins in circulation. But it is going to be interesting to see how seizing assets works when the assets are encrypted.
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, Michael O'Rielly
, Net Neutrality
, New York
, Silk Road
, Tech at Night
Tech at Night: FCC leaves the lights on. Snowden and Greenwald want us to stop trying to break Tor.
This is a really late Friday tech. Enjoy anyway.
There’s not a lot of government policy stuff going on right now in DC, thanks to the shutdown, but at least we’re spending money keeping the lights on all night at the FCC.
A cell of Anonymous anarchists tried to “pay back’ Hollywood for getting The Pirate Bay, but it is they who are paying the price. Ruining your life because you want to download free stuff on the Internet. Heh.
The fact is, it would be to our benefit to be able to listen in on Tor. Privacy is good, but anonymity is a tool of evil and of our enemies. Just ask yourself why there’s a push by traitor Ed Snowden and the Glenns Greenwald spy team to discredit Tor attacks. A good reason for them to do this is that they’re afraid and want us to get the government to stop trying.
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Tags: Barack Obama
, Compulsory Licensing
, Edward Snowden
, glenn greenwald
, Glenns Greenwald
, Tech at Night
Tech at Night: Google isn’t wiretapping. The anti-IRFA is a good idea.
I have to say, my initial reaction to accusing Google of wiretapping is absurd. Think about it: the whole concept of wiretapping is that you’re intercepting communications from person A to person B. If Google ads are wiretapping, them spam filtering would be wiretapping, since you’re also scanning an email to do that.
We’ve discussed in the past how Pandora was trying to get government to change the rules in its favor against copyright holders, because the government had previously tilted the scales in favor of broadcast radio against copyright holders, in the form of a proposed law known as IRFA. Pandora’s clearly wrong about that, as we should have a level playing field and not be picking winners and losers at all. But one good consequence could be a bill that would go the other way, an anti-IRFA: repealing the laws that favor broadcast radio to begin with. Just ditch the whole compulsory licensing system.
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Tags: Compulsory Licensing
, Tech at Night
Scandals Bode Ill for Dems
Jonathan Weisman and Matthew Wald write in The New York Times, “Since last year’s elections, Republicans in Congress have struggled for traction on their legislative efforts, torn between conservatives who drove the agenda after the 2010 landslide and new voices counseling a shift in course to reflect President Obama’s re-election and the 2012 loss of Republican seats in the House and the Senate.” Enter the | Read More »
Tags: 2014 Elections
, Election 2014
, Fox News
, New York Times
, polling analysis
, Wilson Perkins Allen
, WPA Opinion Research
Tech at Night: Getting proven right on CISPA, again, as Obama proves to be anti-privacy.
I’m on antihistamines and hoping I’m not getting too sick, so this is going to be less… focused than it usually will be. Hang on.
Let’s recap the CISPA situation. Anonymous is proving why we need it (though BGR is delusional for thinking Anonymous was “attacking North Korea” when it hacked Twitter accounts, though BGR does sometimes go gaga for radical propaganda). China is, too. But the administration is opposing CISPA on “privacy” grounds. Hold that thought.
The Obama administration is not opposing and may back government mandates for “wiretapping” Internet communications – that is, government-mandated backdoors into encrypted communications. What was that about privacy, again?
At least Republicans are still serious on the matter, looking at the large scale of thefts and spying going on. Make no mistake: this is aimed at China. In theory it would affect Iran, but we already embargo them, so this affects China.
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, Barack Obama
, Internet Sales Tax
, Marketplace Fairness Act
, Sales tax
, Tom Wheeler
Landrieu Dance: Conservative Icon James O’Keefe Dances Off Left-Wing Critics
Today conservative icon James O’Keefe released his latest project –Landrieu Dance, a music video dedicated to exposing the corruption of Louisianna Senator Mary Landrieu. In the video O’Keefe confronts Landrieu’s baseless accusations and then dances them off, one by one. O’Keefe starts by confronting Landrieu’s accusation that he attempted to “tap her phone line” -a serious felony charge. On what evidence did Mary Landrieu base | Read More »
Obama is Spying on you, Dad.
That began the email conversation I had with my daughter as she sent this link: http://www.acslaw.org/node/13922 . I began my response with a series of answers that I felt were both from a conservative point of view, while taking into consideration that the federal government, as it’s top priority – must keep us safe. They must know what plots are being hatched and respond. They | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi’s Stunning Lack of Curiosity
When the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a court-authorized raid of the office of Congressman Bill Jefferson, Nancy Pelosi said: The Justice Department was wrong to seize records from Congressman Jefferson’s office in violation of the Constitutional principle of Separation of Powers, the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution, and the practice of the last 219 years. These constitutional principles were not designed by | Read More »
EFF is *very alarmed* that Obama is… Obama, really.
When I read articles online, I sometimes play a game called How soon will it take me to say something aloud to the monitor? (yes, I have dumb names for some of the things that I do): doing it can give me an idea of how goofy the article is. In this one (“In Warrantless Wiretapping Case, Obama DOJ’s New Arguments Are Worse Than Bush’s“, | Read More »
More Defense Attack Posturing
As the days go by, hot and dry (Arizona is a wonderful place to breath) the people who would be, but are now no longer, continue to set up their defense by attacking.