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So the Local Radio Fairness Act is purely an act of picking winners and losers, a corrupt means of trying to curry favor with local media stations, come re-election time. I normally hate arguments like that but look, what legitimate reason is there to hand out copyright exemptions?

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Tech at Night: Ted Cruz is a champion

On July 25, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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Since the founding of the Internet, the US Government has had ultimate oversight over its critical institutions. There was a conference in Brazil pushing to end that, and replace the US with the UN or some ‘multilateral’ system, creating a power vacuum that could be filled by China and/or Russia.

Ted Cruz is saying ‘not so fast’ to that. Good on him.

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Tech at Night: Weekend Update

On July 18, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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Two colds in two weeks thanks to tourists rushing into DC. Let’s catch up with the stories of the week and hope that next week I’m doing better.

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As I sit here at nearly 1am, I fear I may be getting my second cold, 7 days from the previous one. I blame tourists.

Clarence Thomas once wrote something very true about regulation, and the ever-growing power of unaccountable regulators: “We seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why.”

FCC, in what it’s been up to under Obama, shows he’s right.

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Tech at Night: The Return of the Revenge

On July 7, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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We had a good long stretch where tech policy was the most important thing going on in Washington. Now though, it’s gone on the back burner. The Obama administration has made its big power grabs, passed its bad bills, damaged American credibility abroad, but an ineffective Republican Senate is going to have trouble making a stand against it all.

But tonight, despite being sick as a dog, I’m going to try to catch up with the back burner stuff.

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Tech at Night: The FCC really is that terrible

On June 24, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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It’s not surprising that the Obama FCC, after making a massive power grab with the pretext of solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist, that now the FCC is moving on to an entirely new scam. Ajit “The Man” Pai says they’re engaged in a ‘regulatory bait and switch’ with respect to AT&T.

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We can’t hand oversight of the Internet over to Russia. Much like how the US Navy secure’s the world’s waterways, so too do we secure the free flow of information on the global Internet.

So the DOTCOM Act by Senators Rubio, Thune, and others seeks to constrain the President’s ability to cede oversight of ICANN and IANA, fundamental Internet organizations. I hope the House passes it, too.

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On a multi-user computer system, different user accounts have different permissions. In most Unix-based systems, there is a special account besides. Account zero, the ‘root’ user, bypasses all permissions checks. The Chinese attackers had root access to Office of Personnel Management servers.

But NSA was the real threat ah, Rand Paul?

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Tech at Night: Dueling bills on patents and sales tax

On June 16, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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It’s never a good sign when a piece of legislation is a major priority for lobbyists, but that’s what comprehensive patent reform is. It’s time ACU and HAFA scored against it.

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Bad news first: The Senate passed a comprehensive patent bill, and now the House is checking on it. ACU is coming out strongly against a comprehensive bill, to which I say: Bravo.

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