Privacy vs. Safety – OR – To decrypt or not to decrypt

Q Causes, Legal news, Politics, Tech News, Tech Opinion 2 Comments

Fair warning, this will most likely be a controversial post.  While I’m generally in favor of a citizen’s right to privacy, and I support companies that actually go to bat for our civil liberties, I’ve gotta side with law enforcement on this one–well, sorta.  Let me be absolutely clear, this isn’t a question of where my political loyalties lie, but …

QPrivacy vs. Safety – OR – To decrypt or not to decrypt

FCC generates a lot of hate over Net Neutrality

Q Geekery, Legal news, Society, Tech News, Tech Opinion Leave a Comment

The FCC seems to have ticked off a whole lot of people (don’t worry, the hate is well deserved).  See, Tom Wheeler, and his buddies created a proposal that would basically create a “fast lane” for services that are willing to pay extra fees to ISPs for the privilege. What the hell does that mean, you ask?  Great question!  Basically, …

QFCC generates a lot of hate over Net Neutrality

I’m petitioning the US government to do something smart

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Hello there. I’ve created a petition to the US government on their official site that I’d like some support on. The idea behind it (the short version) is to end government corruption stemming from compensation from private entities (like corporations, lobbyists, special interest groups, etc). I think it’d be kind of a good idea to make all campaign donations and …

QI’m petitioning the US government to do something smart

Let’s regulate video games because they’re more dangerous than guns

Q Geekery, Legal news 2 Comments

Chris Christie: “We need common sense laws that regulate video game sales!  Those things are dangerous, and they eat children’s souls!” Inigo Montoya: “Common sense.  You keep on using those words.  I do not think they mean what you think they mean.” Look, I’ve got to write my name in a little book to freaking buy Sudafed.  Yeah, I get …

QLet’s regulate video games because they’re more dangerous than guns

Random House has turned to the dark side?

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Well . . . sort of–at least a little bit.  I just read an article up on i09 about RH’s new eBook-only imprints, and it sounds pretty crappy.  Also, yes, I know that Harry Potter is not published by RH (or one of its imprints).  The picture just seemed too perfect to pass up. (For those that don’t know, imprints …

QRandom House has turned to the dark side?

Impavid judge lambastes cantankerous companies

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Judge Robert Scola gets mad props from me today for two reasons.  First, he censored both Apple and Google for using litigation has a never-ending business strategy. I’ve written about this before, but I’ll summarize: litigation to limit competition is shitty for the consumer (that’s us). The second reason he gets “mad props” is for his verbal skillz.  Not only …

QImpavid judge lambastes cantankerous companies

Patent trolls, meet the troll slayer

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So today I read a news story on Ars Technica about how NewEgg defeated the mighty patent troll, Soverain Software. The timing was perfect!  I’ve been having a stressful few weeks at work, and today was shaping up to be just like the others.  Around lunch time, I decide to see what was going on in technology news. Let me …

QPatent trolls, meet the troll slayer