Tech at Night: Internet anarchist and Silk Road founder gets life
Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, founded an online crime syndicate using the Tor network. Drugs, human trafficking, guns, and even possibly murder for hire were traded in the network. He was caught, and he got life in prison. These are the threats, not monitoring terrorists.
Tech at Night: Democrats and fellow travelers shut down more of the War on Terror
Yeah, at this point Rand Paul is pretty much running as Hillary Clinton-lite. You see, through various intelligence programs, the US government is able to identify foreign terrorist organizations. When those terrorists then contact folks in the United States, we have legitimate reason to know who they’re talking to, so NSA has developed means of sifting that information. And yet here we are, 13 and change | Read More »
Tech at Night: Rand Paul wins more privacy for the Islamic State
Part of the USA PATRIOT act ensured NSA could check up on conversations foreigners were having, that involved data passing into America, by going to the FISA courts and getting a warrant. After 9/11, when terrorist cells came here and murdered many Americans, we understood the need for that. Well, some Republicans remembered, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 88% forgot, and it | Read More »
The right way to criticize the H1-B Visa program
The H1-B Visa program is a lightning rod. Conceptually it’s a great idea: Find a way to bring productive, skilled people into the United States to boost our economy. In practice it’s become a mess of big government micromanagement, which has made it an easy target for anti-immigration critics. Here’s how we need to fix H1-B, and mollify the (somewhat legitimate) fears of those in | Read More »
Tech at Night: A summary of the patent fight
Let’s recap the patent situation, and why it’s so heated right now. Back before Republicans took the Senate, Reid and Obama made a deal with Boehner’s House to get the America Invents Act. It ended up being a huge gift to the lawyer lobby (at the time I warned that the American Bar Association was backing it for a reason, in a time of relatively | Read More »
Tech at Night: Radio ga ga
No industry should ever get special privileges in this country. That’s picking winners and losers at a basic level. Radio gets a cutout, and it should be ended. Copyright is copyright. Just ask any freelancer what having your stuff given away for free, in exchange for ‘exposure,’ is really worth.
Tech at Night: Combating Net Neutrality
We’ve exposed the entire Net Neutrality gimmick as a fraud. Netflix was lying, FCC was lying, none of it was honest. In fact they’re now turning antitrust into the next crisis not to waste. So now there are people out there trying to beat the Obama power grabs.
Tech at Night: Sober look at USA PATRIOT, FISA, and “Surveillance” facts
So it turns out that while Google, for months now, has been driving all sorts of hysteria about NSA and “spying,” the firm has been grossly negligent in its own privacy protections. The firm admits Google Hangouts is completely open to spying within Google, a basic design error that shows Google is not at all taking seriously the idea that government is spying on people. | Read More »
LSU is having none of your flag burning
Some progressives decided to put on a show of hate for America at Louisiana State University, but real America lives in Louisiana and some Americans decided they weren’t having any of it. This is the best U-S-A chant I’ve ever heard outside of a sporting event.
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.
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.