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Comment Bastard child of the lobbying industry (Score 3, Insightful) 131

These cushy arrangements are the result of blatant political corruption. "Fund my campaign, and we'll see to it that you get these bullshit unfair laws to prop up for decaying business model and undermine the free market"

Lobbying == legalized political corruption.

The American disease is spreading, first to the Anglo countries, and developing countries with weak governments, then Europe, then everyone else.

Too bad the anti-corruption movement, e.g. Lawrence Lessig's Rootstrikers can't getting any critical mass.

Comment Re:Related: White LEDs (Score 1) 417

Not to mention, traffic lights.

Somebody I know worked in local government, and I helped him with a project where we sat around working out how much power we'd save my converting a set of street lights from convention to LED bulbs. The savings were massive -- little surprise then that they're appearing everywhere.

Comment Easy (Score 1) 281

Tell the govt, police to start doing their jobs. What are we paying them for?

The one thing which really scares crooks is a decent chance of facing serious jail time. I'd imagine that in the US, the significant chance of getting raped in county/medium security prisons too, is a good deterrent -- so you want to put them in county jail with the gangbangers and meth heads, not the minimum security holiday farm. As the Chinese say, "kill the chicken to warn the monkeys".

Once some of the big players see what they're up against, it puts the fear of God into all the other little crooks and chancers.

Comment Thin skins (Score 1) 116

Aren't these Communists delicate little flowers? Amazingly thin skinned, even though they block anything even vaguely political from mainland China.

I think they are a bunch of stupid Third World pussies, with stupid Third World attitudes. No wonder they're Pakistan's only friend in the world. It takes a dirty, illiterate loser to know one.

Comment Thin skins (Score -1, Flamebait) 203

Aren't these Communists delicate little flowers? Amazingly thin skinned, even though they block anything even vaguely political from mainland China.

I think they are a bunch of stupid Third World pussies, with stupid Third World attitudes. No wonder they're Pakistan's only friend in the world. It takes a dirty, illiterate loser to know one.

Comment The nuclear option (Score 4, Interesting) 307

I have a feeling this is a nuclear option.

If this is implemented, then pro-copyright extremists will argue that running or using a proxy is prima facae evidence of criminality and then lobby hard to make it illegal. Result? Anybody with a legitimate (or illegal but ethically necessary) reason to use a proxy will lose out.

The OPs' hope that the pro-copyright extremists won't fight back hard, with legislation to ban proxies, or force China-style "real ID" laws on Internet users, is naive at best, and ultimately, dangerous.

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