Thursday Open Thread

“Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”

–Robert Ingersoll

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pita says:

    @ David – are you still coming over?

    If so, I suggested Ale House, 12th and Patterson at 2 p.m.

    Chime in all that can come if you prefer some place else and a different time.

    Pita

  2. Aristotle says:

    Too bad it takes a German magazine to point out the obvious.

       Africa is a country. In Libya, the Taliban reigns. Muslims are terrorists; most immigrants are criminal; all Occupy protesters are dirty. And women who feel sexually harassed – well, they shouldn’t make such a big deal about it.

       Welcome to the wonderful world of the US Republicans. Or rather, to the twisted world of what they call their presidential campaigns. For months now, they’ve been traipsing around the country with their traveling circus, from one debate to the next, one scandal to another, putting themselves forward for what’s still the most powerful job in the world.

       As it turns out, there are no limits to how far they will stoop.

       It’s true that on the road to the White House all sorts of things can happen, and usually do. No campaign can avoid its share of slip-ups, blunders and embarrassments. Yet this time around, it’s just not that funny anymore. In fact, it’s utterly horrifying. It’s horrifying because these eight so-called, would-be candidates are eagerly ruining not only their own reputations and that of their party, the party of Lincoln lore. Worse: They’re ruining the reputation of the United States.

    I fully expect A-GOP and any other remaining right winger to ignore this, or dismiss it without merit.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    Google rips Senate’s online piracy bill: ‘This is what is wrong with Washington’

    Google is exhorting senators to oppose an online piracy bill, arguing it would threaten national security, shackle the Internet with regulations and imperil free speech, according to a document obtained by The Hill.

    What I think a lot of people in Washington don’t understand is a lot of digital piracy is not people who would otherwise buy, it’s people who would otherwise find other free alternatives. We hit this at my company – there’s people out there with illegal copies. But if we added onerous copy protection they wouldn’t buy from us, they would steal from someone else.

    • Protect IP (the Senate bill) and SOPA (the House bill) are both crappy pieces of legislation that have unintended (or perhaps intended) consequences far beyond preventing piracy.

      They would overturn the apple cart of current law, forcing ISPs to become active participants instead of service providers.  If the phone company had to live by these provisions (and who knows, it might if it goes digital), it would be out of business the first time a wiretap revealed copyright law violations that the phone company didn’t report.

      It is the wrong solution to a poorly defined problem.

    • I know a lot of people who download content who then go on to purchase that content.  I know a lot of other people who think it’s fine that they’re stealing the content.  And I know some content creators who are perfectly fine with you stealing the content they created and which the RIAA is screwing them over on.

      The RIAA doesn’t IMHO have much longer to live as a useful organization, and the major music studios are probably not far behind them in dying off.  They are, like any other dying monopoly, trying to hang on to their market.  Perhaps they’ll realize that they’re better off developing solid search engines to detect Copyright violators, and reselling their services to copyright holders.

      (The MPAA is in a different position; it’s still a massive effort to create a movie, and studios still dominate the market for that reason.  Still, they’d be better off enforcing distribution than going after grandmoms without Internet connections who they think might have made a download.)

      Software providers don’t seem to have the same problems with distribution so long as people aren’t also distributing licensing keys (okay – some do…  WTF is up with someone paying a monthly subscription for an online game but can’t access certain content because they didn’t buy the original game disk?).  My biggest gripe with the software industry is the “license vs. sale” crap – which is also pervading DVDs.  If one area of copyright law need revision, it’s this concept.

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    How to Make an Impact During the First Month of Your Startup Job

    Good entrepreneurs spend their days trying to figure out ways to make seemingly impossible things happen. It’s way too easy to think of reasons why something won’t work, and much harder to envision a way that it will. It’s a common trap to want to debate all day the problems with a solution rather than test the solutions to a problem. At least initially, train yourself to focus on the latter.

  5. … for the middle class.

    From Think Progress – Grover Norquist delivered a message to House Republicans that, while allowing the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire last year would have been a tax increase, letting the payroll tax cuts expire would not be.

    Even Eric Cantor isn’t buying this one so far – but Saint Norquist can’t be wrong, can he?

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