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NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

jtwiegand Re:Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.... (116 comments)

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. "I fear the Greeks, even though they bear gifts." I believe is the line. It could also be rendered as "I fear the Greeks, especially because they bear gifts," as well. Either way.

about two weeks ago

About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

jtwiegand Re:Insightful comment lost! (227 comments)

Write up those kinds of posts in a word processor in the future. That way a broken plugin or accidental reload won't hose your progress.

about three weeks ago

Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

jtwiegand Re:Metro Skype is useless (74 comments)

This is probably why it's more difficult to exploit; it's a simpler program.

about a month ago

FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

jtwiegand Re:Good news (123 comments)

I mean the oversight which is necessary, not that oversight is always necessary. So its not that all oversight is always necessary, but, there are necessary oversight functions for the various levels of government. For the most part I would prefer to be regulated by state and local agencies, but the Federal government has some legitimate oversight functions. The main point is that the issue with oversight isn't the fact of oversight; its the way in which the rules are made an enforced, and especially how there are simply an unmanageable amount of rules to follow which never seem to expire.

about 2 months ago

FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

jtwiegand Good news (123 comments)

This is a very good sign on the whole as it shows that out-innovating the regulatory state is not only possible, but actually happening right now. Our regulatory regime is stuck in the 19th century centralized command-and-control model, and it will stay there. Better to let it fail so that a useful and effective method of necessary oversight can come to replace our gilded age government with an information age government.

about 2 months ago

Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

jtwiegand Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (136 comments)

Lawyers work on a contingency basis all the time. There would likely be a market for a contingency-based lawyer in the loser-pays paradigm where the less-moneyed party can get a lawyer who is willing to bet his fee on the outcome of the case. Sure, the fee would probably be high under that model, but that's still a fair bit better than risking financial ruin for losing a case you ought to win because you're outclassed in the legal department. At least in a loser pays system there is an actual incentive to win the case, instead of wear the other side down with endless legalese. There are obviously no perfect solutions in the legal arena, but a loser-pays system is certainly the least bad when it comes to patent trolling and other litigious litigation. Then there is some hazard to reckless litigation, where currently the side with the most money nearly always wins. Under a loser-pays paradigm the side with the better case would have a much better chance of winning, and bad-faith actors in the legal system would have an incentive to act in bad faith less often.

about 3 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

jtwiegand Short answer: Yes (156 comments)

At least in America, "the press" means "the printing press" and by extension any technology which accomplishes the same purpose as the printing press, i.e. the dissemination of information. Blogs would certainly fall into this category. You can either believe me or read this very convincing paper by Eugene Volokh: So sorry, "media," you aren't "the press." The protection is for the medium, not a particular type of messenger.

about 5 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

jtwiegand Google Isn't Free (409 comments)

If a product appears to be free, you are the product. People write down data in documents, and Google is in the data business. Google docs is far from free, you just pay them different.

about 5 months ago


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