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
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 »
Conservatives upend the political system in Alberta
What if I told you Canada has a province known for oil, cowboys, and conservative politics? It’s true, Alberta is like that. What if I told you that conservative activists in Alberta got sick of the establishment party of that province, and so stood up a new party that stands for, in the words of Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean, “smart spending, balanced budgets, and | 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.
Comcast learns you can’t make deals with Extremists
After spending many months and many dollars campaigning for support for the deal, Comcast has given up on acquiring Time Warner Cable under pressure from the extreme left. Comcast just spent the whole Net Neutrality fight appeasing the left by supporting their plans, and now they get no loyalty in return. There’s a lesson here.
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.
Ted Cruz will have the money to compete.
There are only four words we need to take away from this Bloomberg report about Ted Cruz SuperPAC fundraising: Thirty one million dollars. I don’t know whether he will win or not, but Ted Cruz will be able to raise the money to compete in this Presidential primary season.
It’s time for #WMATA reform.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or WMATA, is an organization created by interstate compact. It runs the DC Metrorail system (America’s second-largest subway) in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, and is governed by the compact between those jurisdictions and the US Government. It’s broken, and it’s constantly being found to be broken in new and disappointing ways. It’s time for meaningful fixes | Read More »
Pillars of Eternity: The radicals re-victimize a fictional victim
The game Pillars of Eternity, funded by users on Kickstarter, offered some of its backers at the $1,000 level the option to create an non-player character in the game. One backer told a joke, and the violent fringe left pounced.