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Loonie Legislators and that Wacky Webernet Thingo

John Willoughby's Avatar Picture John Willoughby – December 31, 2007 10:13PM Reply Quote
The topic that just keeps on giving.


ARL (Moderator) – April 22, 2012 04:18PM Reply Quote
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DPBD!

This is probably a good thing in the long run...

I've seen some pretty nasty stuff posted on Facebook - perhaps this will dispel the notion that it's just open slather...

ARL (Moderator) – April 28, 2012 04:01PM Reply Quote
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TPBD!

About time!!



I'll be interested to hear Adobe's justification for paying double for its software. Apple, Microsoft and Amazon also...

ARL (Moderator) – May 03, 2012 04:12PM Reply Quote
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John Willoughby – May 30, 2012 11:19AM Reply Quote
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OK, it's not really webernet related, but it sure has loony legislators, you can't deny that!

"North Carolina considers outlawing accurate predictions of sea level rise"

ARL (Moderator) – May 30, 2012 03:52PM Reply Quote
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That's just brilliant. Why didn't others think to just legislate the problem away?

Let's see. I want legislators to:

1. Ban Global Warming

2. Make World Peace mandatory

3. Free ponies for every child...



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John Willoughby – June 08, 2012 07:54AM Reply Quote
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Here we go again.

You pay for "unlimited" internet. FaceBook pays for their internet. Yet, somehow, more money is owed to telcos because you and FaceBook are using the internet to communicate with each other.

johnny k – June 08, 2012 08:25AM Reply Quote
The governments need taxes to subsidize their postal systems.



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John Willoughby – June 19, 2012 07:39AM Reply Quote
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Heavy-handed attempt at stopping child porn could end up killing the internet.

Why is it so hard for single-issue activists to even consider the ramifications of their demands? I guess that would be the "single-issue" thing...

ARL (Moderator) – June 21, 2012 03:23PM Reply Quote
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So, the only legal place for hookers in the US is some parts of Nevada?

Did not know that...

John Willoughby – June 21, 2012 05:20PM Reply Quote
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I think that, in Delaware, prostitution is not illegal if the entire transaction takes place in a private domicile. E.g., escort is called, comes to home, cash exchanges hands within, adult activities ensue, escort departs.

ARL (Moderator) – July 19, 2012 03:43PM Reply Quote
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ARL (Moderator) – August 02, 2012 07:28PM Reply Quote
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Look out, its the Olympic Wi-Fi police!

Loved the bit about how fish & chip vendors aren't allowed to sell hot chips by themselves as McDonalds is "the official olympic chip vendor"...

Capitalism gone mad...

John Willoughby – August 02, 2012 08:20PM Reply Quote
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Gotta pay for the extravagance somehow. McDonalds paid big bucks (major poundage?) for that title.

John Willoughby – September 30, 2012 10:38PM Reply Quote
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Before you innovate, check with Congress. They'll make sure that no existing industries might be harmed by your technology. But don't worry, existing industries have always eagerly welcomed technologies with the potential to disrupt their business models.

johnny k – October 01, 2012 07:32AM Reply Quote
Also read:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/how-a-rogue-appeals-court-wrecked-the-patent-system/

Having this discussion about resistance to change in regards to higher education with my wife yesterday (NPR had some piece on online alternatives). There's too much money in the entrenched system. At least with edu, if the timing is right, something revolutionary and not evolutionary will come about, when society is willing to accept alternative forms of employability to diplomas. I expect/hope this by the time I have college-age children. I have a moral problem with paying a lot of money for a marginal increase in educational value, and incurring that debt. Just feeds the system.

With patents, the system is protected by a misguided, lobbied government, and I don't see a way out until new-generation tech companies (Google and newer) put the same muscle into lobbying that the old guard does. Or, as with Aereo or MP3 players, one industry goes up against another. Economic interest is going to get it done, nothing else.

ddt – October 01, 2012 07:48AM Reply Quote
Tangent: I signed up and started three (down to two) Coursera courses, and I find the online education thing facing both scale and form issues. It may just be my learning style, but getting video lectures, written notes, and interaction only via message boards/emails/asynchronous just doesn't cut it for me. Yes, they're trying to leverage meetups so people can form study groups, but that's neither new nor a replacement for at least on person in a live discussion Knowing The Right Shit and taking/responding to questions. I'm not clear how online learning can have any other modality; my best learning happens in questions and tangents that highlight the topic.

ddt

John Willoughby – October 01, 2012 09:29AM Reply Quote
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Cosine: I'm already gearing my kids towards mid-to-low level universities, unless they want to be doctors or lawyers. I went to a mid-level college that was trying to become a high-level college by charging Ivy League tuitions. (Didn't work.) My degrees have never mattered anywhere that I worked, except as a check-mark on HR's list of requirements. I could have gotten a better education for a lot less money. And the whole cycle of easy student loans to higher tuitions to massive debt for graduates needs to stop. It's hard enough to survive in this economy without a millstone hung around your neck dragging you down.



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John Willoughby – October 18, 2012 08:27AM Reply Quote
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El Jeffe – October 18, 2012 11:58AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Not surprising. People suck.

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