2012 people making fun of rapture people. It’s the sort of irrational, biting irony that makes my cynical go all the way to 11.
Just read a phenomenal David Foster Wallace piece and I have been fighting the urge to put footnotes in my emails.
The website ffffound.com is better than any museum that I am aware of.
- filed under: the department of unpopular opinions
Today, Donald Trump announced that he is no longer running for President (despite being sure he would win the primary and general election). In some ways I’m happy, because his very prominence in politics drags the national dialogue to a new low.
But in other ways I’m sad, because it would have been amazing to watch him blow millions in a pointless and humiliating spectacle. I was also looking forward to all of his shady personal dealings being dragged into the national spotlight.
C’est la vie!
Several recent government raids on computer users suspected of sharing child porn online hit the wrong targets. Instead of getting the perpetrators, some of the raids nabbed a neighbor with an open WiFi network instead. One obvious takeaway: letting total strangers use your Internet connection for any purpose comes with some risk. But there’s another lesson: IP addresses simply don’t identify the people behind the computers.
One federal judge in Illinois has already taken the lesson to heart and applied it to the P2P file-sharing case before him. John Steele, the main lawyer in Illinois who has brought such cases, recently came up before judge Harold Baker and tried his standard tactic: requesting expedited discovery so that he could turn his list of allegedly infringing IP addresses into names. (Steele has also attempted to lodge the case as a “reverse class action” in which unknown copyright infringers of a pornographic film are named as a “class” to avoid problems of jurisdiction.)
Judge Baker was having none of it, rejecting Steele’s request on two occasions. Steele then sought leave to take the matter to an appeals court; Baker last week rebuffed him once more (PDF), saying it was totally improper to do expedited discovery against anonymous individuals with no representation of their own before the court.
“Could expedited discovery be used to wrest quick settlement, even from people who have done nothing wrong?” asked Baker. “The embarrassment of public exposure might be too great, the legal system too daunting and expensive, for some to ask whether [plaintiff porn company] VPR has competent evidence to prove its case.”
Baker then went on to cite a recent mistaken child porn raid, where an IP address was turned into a name—but the named person hadn’t committed the crime. “The list of IP addresses attached to VPR’s complaint suggests, in at least some instances, a similar disconnect between IP subscriber and copyright infringer… The infringer might be the subscriber, someone in the subscriber’s household, a visitor with her laptop, a neighbor, or someone parked on the street at any given moment.”
Steele’s request was denied until he can name at least one specific person in the case over whom the court has personal jurisdiction—though it’s not clear he can do this at all without going to the ISPs for help. But the judge doesn’t care about Steele’s problems.
“The imprimatur of this court will not be used to advance a ‘fishing expedition by means of a perversion of the purpose and intent’ of class actions,” Judge Baker concluded.
:: via Ars Technica ::
Your request for a refund of 2011 blah blah, which was paid [back in fucking January] in the amount of 25$ was denied since blah blah blah. If you disagree with the result you may file a claim for refund with the Controller’s Office. You have blah blah. blah blah city controller, eat a bag of dicks, tax refund claims forms available at the claims division some address in the middle of nowhere.
So it turns out that it would take me at least an hour and probably closer to two to go down to the treasurers office and successfully dispute this bullshit decision. But I’m not going to because it is not worth my time. Nor will I allow the raw satisfaction of besting the insidious clerks at the treasurers office to guide my day. The emotional payoff from investing 2 hours in 25$ financial joust is simply not worth the trouble and so instead, I will seethe. If I were a petty man (which I most certainly am not) I would just smash a window and call it even.
tl;dr It simply rustles my jimmies that the city can steal 25$ from me and I don’t have the time or energy to fight for J U S T I C E. So instead I will write an angry blog post. THERE.
Naturally, I distrust anything coming out of the mouth/blog of politicians. However, there is something that makes me extraordinarily happy that the Whitehouse is releasing infographics with major policy objectives. It’s the right direction for governance even if you don’t agree with what the president is doing.
Definitely curious if anyone has critiques of the policy behind this or views on how it’s being spun.
This is a wonderful debate, fully stunning in it’s execution. My favorite part is when Paul brings out a story from the good old days and Spitzer destroys him. It reminds me of this Paul Krugman line:
In the various responses to my posts on libertarianism, here and here, some commenters have made a point that sounds reasonable, but actually isn’t. I pointed out that the libertarian alternative to regulation — just use tort law to make people pay for the damage they cause — doesn’t work in practice, because when push comes to shove politicians will shield the rich and powerful from paying the real cost. Commenters say, but isn’t that an equally strong reason to believe that regulation won’t work either?
Well, here’s the thing: regulation demonstrably does work where tort law doesn’t. Consider the environmental issue: in reality, the perpetrators of oil spills never pay most of the cost; but in reality, environmental regulation has led to much cleaner air and water. (Look up the history of Los Angeles smog or the fate of Lake Erie if you don’t believe me.)
So why does regulation work? If polluters can buy off the system ex post, after a disaster, why don’t they manage to totally corrupt regulation ex ante? There’s a lot to say about that, and I’m sure there’s a literature I haven’t read. But one thing we tend to forget in this age of Reagan is the importance and virtues of a dedicated bureaucracy: when you have professional government agencies with a job to do, and treat them with respect, that job often gets done.
:: The Krugs ::
This is worth reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necessary_and_Proper_Clause
Atmosphere, an old Rhymesayers favorite, has a new video that is both aurally catchy and visually engaging.
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