Tech at Night: Clarence Thomas is right about regulation
As I sit here at nearly 1am, I fear I may be getting my second cold, 7 days from the previous one. I blame tourists. Clarence Thomas once wrote something very true about regulation, and the ever-growing power of unaccountable regulators: “We seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why.” FCC, in what it’s been | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Return of the Revenge
We had a good long stretch where tech policy was the most important thing going on in Washington. Now though, it’s gone on the back burner. The Obama administration has made its big power grabs, passed its bad bills, damaged American credibility abroad, but an ineffective Republican Senate is going to have trouble making a stand against it all. But tonight, despite being sick as | Read More »
Republicans must use Donald Trump to move the ball forward
Donald Trump isn’t a serious candidate for President. Sure, he has the notoriety and the money to prop himself up and pretend to be a credible candidate, much as Ross Perot bought his way to a lot of noise but no electoral votes. But the only reason people pay attention is to enjoy the spectacle. He’s not a serious competitor. The worst thing for any | Read More »
From the Mailbag: #LoveWins edition
So I got a great email today from the tolerant, loving, progressive left: From: thad rueter <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: You and what army? Date: June 26, 2015 at 1:31:49 PM EDT To: [Me] I got a giggle out of your call for civil disobedience because you and the other cavemen get the vapors about gay citizens having civil rights. Bring it Can’t you just feel the | Read More »
It’s time for Civil Disobedience
In a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court today declared war on Christians. Justice Kennedy, writing for the court, held that “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” Having taken this decision out of the | Read More »
Tech at Night: The FCC really is that terrible
It’s not surprising that the Obama FCC, after making a massive power grab with the pretext of solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist, that now the FCC is moving on to an entirely new scam. Ajit “The Man” Pai says they’re engaged in a ‘regulatory bait and switch’ with respect to AT&T.
The war is over. These men won it for Liberty.
Like most of us, Nikki Haley is lucky to be alive today. Had she been born 60 years earlier, she’d have had few civil rights, stuck under one-party Democratic Party rule enforcing a racist system of tyranny. Had she been born 150 years earlier, she might have had none at all, under one-party Democratic Party rule enforcing a racist system of chattel slavery. Yesterday she | Read More »
Tags: Abraham Lincoln
, Civil War
, Confederate Battle Flag
, Confederate States of America
, David Dixon Porter
, nikki haley
, South Carolina
, The Peacemakers
, Ulysses S. Grant
, William Tecumseh Sherman
Tech at Night: Preserving American stewardship of the Internet
We can’t hand oversight of the Internet over to Russia. Much like how the US Navy secures the world’s waterways, so too do we secure the free flow of information on the global Internet. So the DOTCOM Act by Senators Rubio, Thune, and others seeks to constrain the President’s ability to cede oversight of ICANN and IANA, fundamental Internet organizations. I hope the House passes | Read More »
Tech at Night: …. but NSA gathering public information was the REAL threat
On a multi-user computer system, different user accounts have different permissions. In most Unix-based systems, there is a special account besides. Account zero, the ‘root’ user, bypasses all permissions checks. The Chinese attackers had root access to Office of Personnel Management servers. But NSA was the real threat ah, Rand Paul?
Tech at Night: Dueling bills on patents and sales tax
It’s never a good sign when a piece of legislation is a major priority for lobbyists, but that’s what comprehensive patent reform is. It’s time ACU and HAFA scored against it.
A quick guide to the what’s happening in the trade alphabet soup [Updated]
The abbreviations are flying fast and furious, and it can be hard to keep up. Here’s a guide to where we’re at.
If you don’t like GOP opposition to TPA and TPP, thank Leadership
I’m seeing a lot of nasty, bitter comments lately from hard core free traders about the growing GOP opposition to giving Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, usually known as Fast Track), so that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can get an up-or-down vote. Populism, hurting Americans, protectionism, rabble rabble rabble. Well, you know what? Don’t blame the politicians turning on this. Blame the GOP Establishment | Read More »
Tags: Barack Obama
, Free Trade
, GOP Establishment
, John Boehner
, Mitch McConnell
, Trade Promotion Authority
, Trans-Pacific Partnership
Tech at Night: Congressional action on patents and Internet taxes
Bad news first: The Senate passed a comprehensive patent bill, and now the House is checking on it. ACU is coming out strongly against a comprehensive bill, to which I say: Bravo.
Ben Carson: Unfit to be President
I’m not the first person to come across this story about Ben Carson, but the truth about Ben Carson’s ties to the ‘glyconutrient’ Mannatech movement are troubling. Even if you listen to his entire defense of his ties to the snake oil Mannatech product line, it’s clear he’s been fooled, and I can’t imagine considering anyone promoting this stuff being fit to be President of | Read More »
Tech at Night: Yes, we still need to defeat Net Neutrality
I know it’s been a while since we talked about it but Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet is coming. It’s a terrible plan and we’ve got to stop it. It’s not helping the Internet. After all, this same administration decided against search neutrality. Why pick winners and losers this way? I’ll leave you to guess why the thing Google didn’t want, didn’t get done, | Read More »