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Rick Boucher To Chair House Internet Committee

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the friend-in-a-high-place dept.

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Misch writes "Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) will be taking the chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Rep. Boucher has been an advocate for consumers rights, is a co-founder of the Congressional Internet Caucus, and has participated in a Slashdot Interview. He was instrumental in defeating key escrow, back in the day."

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Red? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386157)

Why is the banner red? Communists.

Re:Red? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386185)

When you click on the story it becomes blue.

Re:Red? (1, Funny)

Stormx2 (1003260) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387239)

Why is the banner red? Communists.

Isn't red also the colour of the GOP? :/

Re:Red? (1)

tuxgeek (872962) | more than 5 years ago | (#26390039)

Yep
The Nazis also used Red with black
So GOP == Communists, Nazis, Red China, the colour of hate (seeing red), aggression, spilled blood of the innocents, the list goes on ...

You can do iiit!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386183)

Foosball Post!!

You ain't never gunna get nowhere playing foosball, Bobby Boucher.

He needs to look out... (5, Funny)

Urger (817972) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386201)

A piece of advice to him, before calling anyone wearing a black hat before the committee make sure to check the sub basements for bouncy balls.

Re:He needs to look out... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386635)

Nice xckd reference ^_^

http://xkcd.com/498/ [xkcd.com]

Posted anon, because I've got good karma already, and don't need to whore.

Re:He needs to look out... (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388485)

Perhaps the most on-topic xkcd soundbite ever:

"...it's like herding lolcats." [xkcd.com]

Not posting anonymously, 'cuz it's not whoring if you do it out of love.

Hopefully (4, Funny)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386287)

He will not support net neutrality, but rather will support federalizing and then heavily deregulating franchising laws so that cable, telephone and wireless companies don't have to really pay any taxes or face any regulatory burdens when they decide to set up shop in a new market. In addition, hopefully he will support the first half of Lessig's suggestion that the FCC be abolished, but will stop short of creating the "iEPA" (innovation Environmental Protection Agency) replacement. These laws and agencies only serve to enrich the well-connected at the expense of competition.

Re:Hopefully (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386371)

See, and here I thought the CEOs of the major cable companies would be too busy to post on Slashdot...looks like I was wrong.

Re:Hopefully (5, Insightful)

JesseMcDonald (536341) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387031)

The entrenched cable and telco companies wouldn't argue in favor of reducing regulatory barriers. On the contrary, they willingly accept such minor restrictions as they can't work around in exchange for effective protection from competition. An invasive regulatory environment best serves the incumbent providers.

Re:Hopefully (2, Informative)

GaratNW (978516) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388235)

And it's clear deregulation has worked so well for us so far! Look at our financial sector!

Re:Hopefully (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26390511)

The financial sector is one of the most heavily regulated sectors in the market. The real problem was that banks were encouraged by the government to take more then a safe level of sub-prime mortgages. They were more then willing to do so because it increased revenues (thus they are partially at fault). If you need further proof all you have to do is to look at the studies from the last real estate collapse, which did not take the financial sector with it.

Tell me about it. (4, Insightful)

Balinares (316703) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388249)

Over here, they created telco regulations at the turn of the century, at a time the incumbent providers were already very few and very entrenched.

It was horrible.

The regulations got used. When the entrenched telcos tried to stifle the growth of up-and-coming providers with underhanded tactics, they got punished -- I kid you not! The mind boggles. Those guys were only trying to keep making money!

So now we got up to 20Mbps (in the countryside, don't know about cities) with no cap, with such things as custom reverse DNS and IPv6 as free options, installation on Linux officially supported, TV-over-DSL with hundreds of channels, and, oh, free phone to half the planet, too, all for a fixed monthly rate of about $22. The horror! The former entrenched telcos weeped a lot as they lost the marketshare they were rightfully entitled to.

Some silly liberals are probably going to bring forth some silly theory about the point of regulation being to prevent attempts by private interests to stifle competition, but that's a silly notion, of course. And probably a little subversive.

Re:Tell me about it. (3, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388503)

Indeed!

I hope the FIRST thing he does is start working on eliminating all these local-municipality "time warner/cox cable/comcrap/etc paid the city council a bag of money and sent them some whores in exchange for a local monopoly right" practices, and require equal-infrastructure access so that 'net service works the same way that power and phone service now do.

Yea, regulation always fails. (2, Insightful)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 5 years ago | (#26389389)

It's a good thing our finance industry has stayed so heavily regul.. oh. wait.

It's a good thing regulations protected the people who got screwed by Enr... oh wait.

It's a good thing regulations protected the town that the movie Erin Brockovicth was based on.. oh, wait.

You, sir, got lucky, and think that because things went a certain way for you, they go that way for everyone. They don't. The world is a larger sample set than the town you lived in.

Re:Yea, regulation always fails. (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26392943)

It's a good thing our finance industry has stayed so heavily regul.. oh. wait.

It's most of the deregulation effects (things like repealing Glass-Steagal and entering into "free trade" with GATT/NAFTA/WTO from the Carter age onwards) that caused our problems there, actually. Just like how Radio has been effectively fucked to smithereens with the removal of mass-market ownership limits; we dropped from having over 5,000 radio station owners, most of who were comfortably making a profit (if not insanely rich), and converted to where 99% of the radio market is owned by 5 companies all of which are claiming to be "on the edge of bankruptcy" and dropping all the local shows and local commentary to push prerecorded crap and "the same rotation of songs every hour" formats instead... and then wonder why people aren't listening anymore.

It's a good thing regulations protected the people who got screwed by Enr... oh wait.

Most of Enron's crimes were already on the books; the "responsive" stuff (Sarbanes-Oxley) was really fluff to tell people "look, we responded, see we passed a law" while being utterly fucking redundant. The problem was enforcement, not the regulations and laws themselves.

It's a good thing regulations protected the town that the movie Erin Brockovicth was based on.. oh, wait.

You're going by a movie? Again, the problem was that enforcement didn't happen, not that the laws and regulations themselves weren't right.

You, sir, got lucky, and think that because things went a certain way for you, they go that way for everyone. They don't. The world is a larger sample set than the town you lived in.

You, sir, need to realize something very basic: if we just enforced the laws we already have on the books properly, we'd solve so many problems it'd be unbelievable. The problem today is that 99% or more of the laws exist on the books without ever seeing enforcement, and politicians convince the sheeple that "passing a law" means solving the problem, even if the law they just passed is already redundant to 4-5 other fucking laws already on the books that aren't being enforced either.

If we cleaned up the law books, consolidated all the redundant crap, cleaned up/repealed the really stupid or badly worded ones [dumblaws.com] and then simply enforced what we have properly, we'd be a lot better off.

Re:Yea, regulation always fails. (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 5 years ago | (#26393355)

I think I agree with you actually. I think you thought I didn't understand that the bank industry was caused by deregulation. I do. But the existing regulations not being enforced means that deregulation is simply that much stupider, and the point about the regulations that were there not working is still true, regardless of if the reason is that they are stupid, or not being enforced.

Erin Brockovitch is based on a true story, by the way. To raise awareness that yes, things like this happen, and good luck getting any justice when they do.

I might have been unclear or argumentative, but what I'm saying is: Deregulation sucks as bad as not enforcing regulations -- it is de facto the same thing. I'll add to that that OVER-regulation really sucks as well! Some (or all!) situations need to be taken case-by-case, but regulations that exist also need to be enforced so as not to muddy up our conversations!

Re:Hopefully (2, Insightful)

DustoneGT (969310) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388733)

Federalizing...good rarely comes from federalization. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Why isnt parent +5 funny yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386559)

N/T

Re:Hopefully (2, Funny)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387021)

heavily deregulating franchising laws

This would go farther towards real network neutrality than any misguided law. Comcast wants to cut off google and iTunes? That's ok, a half-dozen more companies will show up and advertise the "real internet" to Comcast's customers.

Bonus points if it leads to the installation of empty conduit, the real infrastructure solution to "wah I don't want everyone and their dog to be ripping up the road every other day!"

Let me be the first to say... (4, Funny)

verbalcontract (909922) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386305)

Let me be the first to say that I, for one, welcome our new sane, Slashdot-answering, fair-use-aware internet overlord.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386455)

Let me be the first to say that I, for one, welcome our new sane, Slashdot-answering, fair-use-aware internet overlord.

I've never heard the Chairman of a Subcommittee referred to as an overlord before ;) At least know I'll know who to blame when my friends send me an internet and it gets tangled up in enormous amounts of material.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386835)

"Sane, Slashdot-answering, fair-use-aware internet underlord", then.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (2, Interesting)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387103)

"Sub" because it's a subset. The smaller the committee, the greater the actual power.

Freedom in a few easy steps! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386477)

* 1 Case Regular Pint size Mason Jars ( Used for canning)
* 2 Boxes Contact 12 hour time released tablets.
* 3 Bottles of Heet.
* 4 feet of surgical tubing.
* 1 Bottle of Rubbing Alchohol.
* 1 Gallon Muriatic Acid ( Used for cleaning concrete)
* 1 Gallon of Coleman's Fuel
* 1 Gallon of Aceton
* 1 Pack of Coffee Filters * 1 Electric Skillet ( If you don't know what iam talking about i will have pics later)
* 4 Bottles Iodine Tincture 2% (don't get the declorized it won't work)
* 2 Bottles of Hydrogen peroxide
* 3 20 0z Coke Bottles (Plastic type)(with Lids/caps)
* 1 Can Red Devils Lye
* 1 Pair of sharp scissors
* 4 Boxes Book Matches (try to get the ones with brown/red striker pads)
* 1 pyrodex baking dish
* 1 Box execto razor blades single sided
* 1 digital scale that reads grams
* 2 gallons distilled water \
* 1 Roll Aluminum foil tape
That's what you would have to go buy if you wanted to make meth.

First things first -- the Iodine Crystals. Take one 20 oz, plastic Coke Bottle and pour 4 Bottles 2% tincture into it.

Add Hydrogen Peroxide to this. Use only 1/2 a bottle of Hydrogen peroxide. After this you know, the gallon jug that the Muriatic acid comes in take the cap off and fill this cap level with the acid. Add the acid to the coke bottle (Place in a freezer for at least 30 mins).

While the Iodine crystals are being made we are going to extract the Phsuedo from the Contacts. You are going to need a towel for this so go get one. Take the pills out of one box, add it to one of the mason jars fill with rubbing alchohol just enough to cover the pills let set for 3 minutes. Remove pills and take the towel and wipe the top coating off the pills this will remove the wax. Do the same with the other box of Contacts as well, after this add those wiped off pills only 10 to a clean mason jar. On top of this add 1 bottle of Heat do the same for the other box of Contact. Let theese two mason jars with pills, heat stand for 30 minutes. Then shake the jars till pills are completly broke down then let the jars sit again for 4 hours or until the Heats is completly clear . Once clear cyphon the heat off (Not the powder stuff at the Bottom you don't want this it will fuck your dope up).

Well anyway syphon the heat off with a piece of the sergical tubing syphon this into a pyrodex baking dish place in microwave on high till the heat is almost evaporated. Take out of microwave. Now plug up your electric plate set the pyrodex dish on this on about 180 deg continue evaporating till you get a white powder on the pyrodex (Carefull not the burn the phsudo if it turns yellow it's burned) after you get it dried take a razor blade and scrape this powder up. (put this asside for later use)

Now we are going to get the red phosphorus from the book matches take a pair of scissors and cut along the edge of the phosphorus do the whole four boxes of match book matches then take 1 small coffee cup will work to this coffee cup add about 1/4 the way with Acetone dip the match book strike pads into the acetone for 10 seconds this will loosen the phosphorus so it will be easier to scrape with the razor blades. ( put the phosphorus in an empty match book box to let dry. Now it's time to get the iodine crystals get a clean mason jar on top of this place 1 coffee filter and pour the contents of the iodine +muriatic+Hydrogen Peroxide into the filter ( do it slowly don't over pour) well once you get though with the filtering on top of the coffee filter will be a black substance ( This is iodine crystals) dry them by wraping in more coffee filters till you get a pretty good thick pile around the original filter place on ground and step on it to get the rest of the liquids off save this for the cook.

next take your digital scales wiegh your pills first say you had 2 grams of pill powder then weigh out an equal amount of iodine crystals then for the phosphorus devide the total weight of pills by 3 3 will go into 2 1 time so if you had 2 grams pill powder you should have 2 grams iodine crystal 1 gram phosphorus Now its time to make the cook jars you will need 2 clean mason jars with lids 1 foot surgical tubing poke a hole in both jar lids place one end of the tubing into each jar lid and seal with foil tape (buy this at walmart for about $ 1.60 well anyway seal off the tubes as well as you can so you should have 2 mason jars with lids that have surgical tubing foiled taped and sealed. ok this is the cook in one mason jar add distilled water in it fill it half way close the lid on it. now get you hotplate hot first at 180 degreese F when the plate get hot then its time to add the Iodine+pill powder to the other mason jar not the one with water in it once you get both Iodine and pill powder to the jar add 6-10 drops of distilled water to this place it on the hotplate now add the phosphorus once you put this in the jar there is going to be a imediatereaction place the other lid with hose onto the jar screw on tightly then turn your hotplate up to 400 degrees f let this cook for 1 hour to an hour and a half the best way to tell when it is done is when the contents of the cook jar doesn't boil anymore once this has happened turn the hotplate off and let the jar cool so you can touch it now its time to see if we have dope once it has cooled open the lid and you should smell rotten egg like smell if it has this smell congrads you have dope now we have to remove the dope from the black goey substance to this jar add about 1/4 cup of distilled water and seal the jar with a lid that has no holes in it and shake the jar till all the substance on the botom of the jar has come off into the water

next take another clean mason jar and place a coffee filter and filter the cook jars contents though the filter now on the filter is your phosphorus save this for another cook later on just putt it in a dry coffee filter and put it somewhere dry and safe now you have a jar filled with a yellow honey looking substance if its this color you have done good at cooking the dope now to this add colemans fuel fill the jar about full just leave anough room for shaking now add 1-2 table spoons red devil lye let the jar sit for about 5 mins then place lid on the jar and shake the hell out of it then sit the jar somewhere to rest for about 30 mins Now we are going to pull the dope out of the coleman fuel and the product is going to be 90% methamphetamine to do this fallow what i say exactly syphon the coleman fuel into an empty 20 oz coke bottle syphon off much as you can trying not to get the substance off the bottom of the jar once you have the coleman fuel in the coke bottle add about 4-6 coke bottle caps of water to this now add one drop of muriatic acid to the coke bottle place lid on bottle and shake the hell out of it place upside down so it want fall and get your hotplate hot 400 degrees f on top of the hotplate place a clean pyrodex bowl on it now take the coke bottle still upside down and loosen up on the cap let the water drain into the pan don't get any coleman fuel into the pyrodex bowl now the water will evaporate while it is doing this take a coffee cup add acetone to it fill it 1/4 the way up now once the water has dried on the plate take plate off with gloves and add a small amount of acetone to the pyrodex bowl it will sizzle swirl it arouund and if all works out good ther will be cirle crystals all over the pyrodex bowl scrape up with a razor and enjoy Methamphetamine :-) This with 2 boxes of Contacts will make anywhere from 2-3 grams meth....

Re:Freedom in a few easy steps! (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386681)

* 1 digital scale that reads grams

But what if I wanna sell my meth in US customary units?

Re:Freedom in a few easy steps! (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386865)

You forgot to rent a house or apartment for cooking the stuff up, because your own house or apartment will end up being condemned as a hazard to public health if it doesn't burn down before the cops bust you.

This is all fine and good, but its not the right 1 (3, Interesting)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386549)

Legislation related to the copyright into the committees of the judiciary and courts, the internet, and intellectual property.

Occasionally copies of bill go to the commerce and energy committee, but mostly its just a gesture rather than actual authority, as any approved bills usually get passed back to the afore mentioned committees for another pass.

If he's leaving either of the others, it's actually a reduction in the influence of reformists. Either way i'm at least glad he's still there.

Re:This is all fine and good, but its not the righ (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386825)

Very true. Markey wasn't that great an advocate as the former chair of this subcommittee, but it's not the coup we were all hoping for. Howard Berman did head over to chair Foreign Affairs after Tom Lantos died, but it's apparently not clear yet whether he's ever going to relinquish the Judiciary IP subcommittee chairmanship that the Content Cabal pay him to cling to. [opensecrets.org]

Thank GODDESS Berman didn't get this appointment.. (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 5 years ago | (#26391023)

Boucher hasn't been 100% perfect, but I'm sure the Content Cabal wanted their fair-haired kept boy in there instead. For the record, Berman IS my congresscritter. And I didn't vote for him this time. Just as I didn't vote for him two years ago.

Re:This is all fine and good, but its not the righ (3, Insightful)

Slothy (17409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387661)

Legislation related to the copyright into the committees of the judiciary and courts, the internet, and intellectual property.

I read this sentence a number of times, and I tried really hard to parse it. First, it has no verb at all. I tried concatenating it to the title of your post, and it still has no verb.

How did this get +4 Interesting? "Occasionally copies of bill go"? Your first sentence does not parse. The second sentence says, "Occassionally bills go to the committee, but approved bills go back to the committee for another pass". Again, this is not a logical statement. You're also talking about commerce and energy committee, where this story is about the Internet committee.

Third paragraph is talking about him leaving, and him being still there. The article is about him gaining a chairmanship of a commitee.

So, first sentence makes no sense. Second sentence also makes no sense and is off topic. Third sentence makes no sense.

In conclusion, please posts on the slashdot.org webpage and onto the internet, the universe, and the grand unification.

OK mr grammar nazi. (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26390949)

I made some typos and left a couple words out of my sentences while i was distracted, Whoopdy-freakin-doo.

The third paragraph is SPECULATING about him leaving other committees he was seating last I checked, if you'll notice the "If" at the front of the sentence.

I'm not proud of the mistakes, but the message is still quite clear.

I'd be happy to have one of the /. editors or admins correct the typos, but attacking the idea expressed based on typing mistakes is beyond nitpicking.

Re:OK mr grammar nazi. (1)

Slothy (17409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26391131)

I think you misunderstand me. I REALLY, TRULY can't understand your post. I have no idea what you're trying to say. It SOUNDS like you have something to say, but I can't follow AT ALL.

Something about copies of bills not being distributed? Something about copyright law and the internet?

I'm totally up for a better explanation of what you're saying - I suspect you're far more informed on these issues than I am these days.

Then I submit to you a corrected copy. (2, Informative)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26391371)

Then I submit to you a corrected copy.

Legislation related to copyright generally goes into the committee of the judiciary and from there to the subcommittee on courts, the internet, and intellectual property.

Occasionally copies of bill go to the commerce and energy committee, but mostly its just a gesture rather than actual authority, as any bills which are approved by said committee usually get passed back to the judiciary anyway (or a copy is sent to the judiciary at the same time), just to show they're the top dogs.

If he's leaving either of his other committees (IIRC he was seated on the one on courts, the internet, and intellectual property), it's actually a reduction in the influence of reformists. Either way i'm at least glad he was re-elected.

I hope this clears up any problems.

Re:Then I submit to you a corrected copy. (1)

Slothy (17409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26391429)

Very much so. That was a very informative post! Thanks!

Re:This is all fine and good, but its not the righ (1)

bnenning (58349) | more than 5 years ago | (#26394291)

Re:This is all fine and good, but its not the righ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26398289)

The meaning is clear. An entity, referred to here as Legislation, related to the copyright. A comma was then forgotten, obscuring the meaning somewhat, but it's easy enough to go on from there to conclude that Legislation also related into the committees, the internet, and intellectual property.

That's an awful lot of relating, but it's easy enough to understand.

Good for Internet and Environment (5, Interesting)

stomv (80392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386601)

Boucher is great for this post, and I'm thrilled that he'll be there. I'm also thrilled that he'll be giving up leadership of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Boucher is a coal guy from a coal region of southwestern Virginia. He was weak on energy and environmental standards relative to the Democratic caucus.

So, this is good for Net Neutrality and other Internet issues.
It's also good for climate change and other environmental issues.

P.S. Like Boucher? Click on my sig link and send him some bucks!

Re:Good for Internet and Environment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26387167)

Yeah, the Internet isn't contributing to environmental issues through electronic waste. Climate change isn't affected by the need for energy to implement and use connected devices.

Well, I guess we're saving all that to define another crisis frenetic politicians can use in some future campaign.

Re:Good for Internet and Environment (2, Insightful)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388013)

I live in his district and still don't have high speed access at home, but I guess he is trying. Yeah if he went against coal here he would loose that battle and the next election.

Re:Good for Internet and Environment (1)

stalky14 (574130) | more than 5 years ago | (#26393377)

Is he the same Richard Boucher that was the State Department spokesman for so many years?

Re:Good for Internet and Environment (1)

Kalak (260968) | more than 5 years ago | (#26426019)

No. He's been in the House for 20+ years.

EXCELLENT CHOICE (4, Funny)

rlp (11898) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386843)

He's honest, smart, knowledgeable. Yet despite those handicaps he's served in Congress for many years.

Re:EXCELLENT CHOICE (1)

moxley (895517) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387069)

We know that while it is difficult to survive with that sort of integrity on the hill, it isn't impossible...Look at Ron Paul, and there are a few others...It looks like Franken will be one.

Re:EXCELLENT CHOICE (1)

wilder_card (774631) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388907)

And he serves for Virginia. As a resident of that great Commonwealth, I can't figure it out. :) Fortunately the Representative from my district looks to be more the typical reactionary obstructionist we expect.

Am I the only one... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26386997)

...who saw chair and thought this was another post about Steve and Windows 7?

I really need to get out of the basement

Re:Am I the only one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26387185)

And let yourself loose on mankind? Please stay in.

Obligatory paraphrasement (2, Funny)

seanonymous (964897) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387201)

"He was instrumental in defeating key escrow, back in the day."

Another way to say that is that RIck is never going to give you up, never going to let you down.

Re:Obligatory paraphrasement (1)

Random BedHead Ed (602081) | more than 5 years ago | (#26389275)

As long as he doesn't run around and desert us, he can give us up all he wants.

So he was Ringleader (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387529)

... of the Congressional Internet Circus?

It's that big tent full of tubes...

Had to happen. (1)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387933)

Heh. Apparently even Congress gets Rickrolled. (Yeah, yeah, wrong Rick -- but still. Maybe he can sing?)

You may know his brother (4, Funny)

Foolicious (895952) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387953)

His brother is Bobby Boucher -- who was a standout linebacker and special teams player at South Central Louisiana State University.

Reality defeated key escrow (1, Interesting)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388083)

I'm grateful to the politicians who kept that from going into law, but let's be realistic: key escrow never had a serious chance. If it were the law, everyone who needed/wanted security would just have broken the law. And the only time anyone would have been charged for breaking that law is when they were already being charged with breaking a bunch of other stuff too -- it would be one of those "let's add a bunch of extra counts to this" thing, sort of like a "robbery with a gun" charge.

Nobody knows if you're obeying a key escrow law or not, until they're already spying on you and find out, "Hey, that's didn't really decrypt the session key."

I still don't trust him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26398817)

I still don't trust him. He's a politician, and politicians are only truly concerned about themselves and how to obtain and maintain their power.

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