Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, ACLU, Google

It’s hard to take seriously Google’s talk of respecting privacy when CEO Eric Schmidt keeps saying that the only recourse you should take if you care about privacy is to change your name and move to a new home. … And ironically, as Motley points out, the ACLU is sacrificing the first amendment, in pushing for state control of speech online, in order to make this rights argument! … All the utilitarian arguments have failed, so the radical hope talking about rights will excite people emotionally enough that rational centers of thought shut down, and this takeover will be allowed…

Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, ACLU, Google

It’s hard to take seriously Google’s talk of respecting privacy when CEO Eric Schmidt keeps saying that the only recourse you should take if you care about privacy is to change your name and move to a new home. … And ironically, as Motley points out, the ACLU is sacrificing the first amendment, in pushing for state control of speech online, in order to make this rights argument! … All the utilitarian arguments have failed, so the radical hope talking about rights will excite people emotionally enough that rational centers of thought shut down, and this takeover will be allowed…

Votivation – The New Walking Around Money

It means the consulting class now has to arm itself with an arsenal of linkers, bloggers, SEO specialists and technologists whose sole function is to accentuate the positive and remove the negative. … Just as the MSM clearly has a strong bias which permeates news coverage, we are in danger of ignoring the existing bias present in organizations like Google who purport to be neutral when they are far from it. … What rarely gets attention is that organizations like Yelp have been accused of bias and extortion (please pardon the link to the Huffington Post- it is purely for illustration)…

Tech at Night: Google, Daily Kos, Net Neutrality

No, we need legislation, and even if Henry Waxman is announcing his new desire to shirk his duty to legislate, Republicans need to judo the Democrats by backing his old bill, loudly and publicly, as well as announcing the intent to push legislation hard next year to ban Title II Reclassification. … What we are given to assuage us is Chairman Julius Genachowski's promise to apply only certain Title II rules to the Internet, and to practice forbearance with the rest. … As we have previously pointed out, the FCC reclassifying the Internet from Title I to Title II would place broadband companies under ALL the rules that apply to telephones – not just certain ones…

Tech at Night: The home stretch for Net Neutrality

Meanwhile, since Google defeated Search Neutrality at the FTC, they’re busily going along making their search service even less neutral than before by rigging the algorithms to punish disfavored firms even more than before. … The FCC could still be seriously discussing disastrously bad proposals, such as the Title II Reclassification scheme to declare that ISPs are now phone companies, and try to regulate the Internet with the same kinds of price and content controls that New Deal Democrats thought made sense for phone companies in the 1930s. … Meanwhile some of the Net Neut supporters are engaging in doublethink: They simultaneously claim Net Neutrality is not a new regulation… while asking for new regulation…

Tech at Night: Google, Daily Kos, Net Neutrality

No, we need legislation, and even if Henry Waxman is announcing his new desire to shirk his duty to legislate, Republicans need to judo the Democrats by backing his old bill, loudly and publicly, as well as announcing the intent to push legislation hard next year to ban Title II Reclassification. … What we are given to assuage us is Chairman Julius Genachowski's promise to apply only certain Title II rules to the Internet, and to practice forbearance with the rest. … As we have previously pointed out, the FCC reclassifying the Internet from Title I to Title II would place broadband companies under ALL the rules that apply to telephones – not just certain ones…

Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, Google, free weights

Honestly I’m glad we’ve pushed the debate to the point where Net Neutrality is so radioactive that no Republican wants to get anywhere near it, but we all must remember that the FCC remains under Barack Obama’s control, not ours, even if we win the election. … The push continues for Republicans to listen to us and and join to pass legislation preventing the FCC from implementing devastating, systemic regulation of the Internet through the Title II reclassification power grab. … All summer I got virtually no exercise because, as it turned out, I’ve developed asthma triggered by the air pollution that gets worse during the summer here in inland southern California…

Tech at Night: Privacy, Apple, Copyright, Patent, FCC, Bill Shock

“Bill Shock,” as worked on by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps’s new chief of staff, is a movement to try to eliminate personal responsibility, and force ISPs to coddle you and track your own Internet use for you. … Not that I think the government ought to be going out and helping patent holders any more than I think the government ought to be helping copyright holders. … Even as Mary Bono Mack seeks to legislate on the news, or at least introduces a bill to make people feel better, Apple explains that the “location tracking” story was a non-story all along, just as I predicted…

Tech at Night: The home stretch for Net Neutrality

Meanwhile, since Google defeated Search Neutrality at the FTC, they’re busily going along making their search service even less neutral than before by rigging the algorithms to punish disfavored firms even more than before. … The FCC could still be seriously discussing disastrously bad proposals, such as the Title II Reclassification scheme to declare that ISPs are now phone companies, and try to regulate the Internet with the same kinds of price and content controls that New Deal Democrats thought made sense for phone companies in the 1930s. … Meanwhile some of the Net Neut supporters are engaging in doublethink: They simultaneously claim Net Neutrality is not a new regulation… while asking for new regulation…

Tech at Night: The Internet Sales Tax roll call. Obamaphone survives. Do people care about Privacy?

Jeff Flake. Jeff Sessions. Ron Johnson. Tim Scott. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Mike Lee. Rand Paul. I'm generally pleased with all eight of these guys being in the Senate. They were on opposite sides of the sales tax compact amendment vote, though. If you look at the way Governors split on the issues, you'll see similar responses. Effective conservative Governors have fallen on both sides, including neighbors Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal. I'm fine with the compact. It's Constitutional and merely lets states preserve existing revenue streams, without having to defy basic economic reality by unilaterally cooperating in the rewrite-the-sales-tax Prisoner's Dilemma. That is, any one first state that shifts from buyer-owes to seller-owes in sales tax, creating the marketplace of sales taxes that compact opponents favor, automatically creates a disincentive for businesses to set up shop there. So, we pass the compact as the best practical solution. Recently at RedState: Ajit Pai on Robert McDowell is worth a read. Then there's Seton Motley on Marco Rubio challenging Internet regulation.

Tech at Night: Yet more AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, Google, Net Neutrality

Meanwhile, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski goes to Brussels, clearly jealous of the European Commission’s relative free hand to regulate as it sees fit, without any Congressional Review Act to worry about, or voters to answer to. … Of course, when it comes to Net Neutrality itself, as much as I’ve talked about the outstanding job the GOP has done in the House on the matter, the Senate is a future battleground on regulation, says Seton Motley. … Sprint, meanwhile, is plainly desperate to acquire T-Mobile on the cheap, as the firm is making the absurd argument that the TEA party ought to rush in on its side, and call for big government to choose winners and losers in the wireless market…

Tech at Night: Yet more AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, Google, Net Neutrality

Meanwhile, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski goes to Brussels, clearly jealous of the European Commission’s relative free hand to regulate as it sees fit, without any Congressional Review Act to worry about, or voters to answer to. … Of course, when it comes to Net Neutrality itself, as much as I’ve talked about the outstanding job the GOP has done in the House on the matter, the Senate is a future battleground on regulation, says Seton Motley. … Sprint, meanwhile, is plainly desperate to acquire T-Mobile on the cheap, as the firm is making the absurd argument that the TEA party ought to rush in on its side, and call for big government to choose winners and losers in the wireless market…

Tech at Night: Net Neutrality, Google, free weights

Honestly I’m glad we’ve pushed the debate to the point where Net Neutrality is so radioactive that no Republican wants to get anywhere near it, but we all must remember that the FCC remains under Barack Obama’s control, not ours, even if we win the election. … The push continues for Republicans to listen to us and and join to pass legislation preventing the FCC from implementing devastating, systemic regulation of the Internet through the Title II reclassification power grab. … All summer I got virtually no exercise because, as it turned out, I’ve developed asthma triggered by the air pollution that gets worse during the summer here in inland southern California…

Tech at Night: Welcome to Net Neutrality

When ISPs cannot route traffic selectively, making sure the 98% of reasonable customers are not harmed by the 2% who are causing trouble with unreasonable and even illegal traffic, then ISPs only have one recourse left: blanket restrictions that hold everyone back. … Now look at what NN proponent Barry Diller says about content providers under Net Neutrality: “Asking Netflix to pay more for bandwidth is like “asking a toaster manufacturer to pay for electricity.” … Remember when Net Neutrality proponents were so adamant that they weren’t a bunch of freeloading sponges on the productive members of society, despite their strong efforts to give regulatory support to freeloaders?…

Tech at Night: Privacy, Apple, Copyright, Patent, FCC, Bill Shock

“Bill Shock,” as worked on by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps’s new chief of staff, is a movement to try to eliminate personal responsibility, and force ISPs to coddle you and track your own Internet use for you. … Not that I think the government ought to be going out and helping patent holders any more than I think the government ought to be helping copyright holders. … Even as Mary Bono Mack seeks to legislate on the news, or at least introduces a bill to make people feel better, Apple explains that the “location tracking” story was a non-story all along, just as I predicted…