Missing Posts

For some reason, there’s quiet a few missing posts here starting August 2017

That will be rectified as soon as I figure out what happened to them, and rescue them. Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

A Glitch in Time

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Yes, it’s time for another time-lapse, or rather, another pair.

It’s back to my usual spot for some sunsets, but alas neither of the two gave me a good sky. One was too clear, and the other generated a lot of cloud.

What to do…

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CDA 230 Love Poetry

CDA230 – Image CC-BY EFF

There’s a whole shit-show about the Communications Decency Act Section 230 – better known as CDA230 – and how many want it to be gone.

It’s incredibly misunderstood by many, who think it gives special permissions for certain social media companies to do what they want without consequences, or that it requires some sort of neutrality to get its protections.

It doesn’t.

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Prenda Lawyer Loses Appeal Against $1.5M Restitution Order for Copyright Trolling

"Prenda" by JohnHenryLawyer
“Prenda” by JohnHenryLawyer

The US 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled today that Paul Hansmeier must indeed pay back more than $1.5M in restitution for his Prenda law activities. The former lawyer who filed his appeal in late 2019 while serving his 14 year prison sentence, did not convince the court that his scheme was not criminal, or that the amount he had to pay back was too much.

In copyright litigation, there are few stories that have such a roller-coaster tale to them as what’s become known as the Prenda Law saga. A tale of two lawyers, battling hard in the fight to make those that infringe copyright pay, might be a great tagline for a movie, but the reality was quite different.

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K`Tetch Watches… The Watch

There’s an old saying “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – Who will guard the guards. Today, it’s more specifically “Who Will Watch The Watch”? The answer to that would seem to be ‘No one who is a Discworld fan”.

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Encryption With A Back Door Is NOT Encryption

There’s been an increasing call in recent weeks and months for encryption to have government ‘backdoors’ put into them. This is a bad idea. No really, it’s an incredibly bad idea. Even if we took the assumption that it is a push that’s made with only the purest of intentions, and the government universal key is kept 100% safe and secure and never leaked or misused, it’s still a really, unbelievably, stupid idea.

I gave a talk on this back in September 2019 at Dragon Con on this topic, you can watch it here.

If you don’t want to watch that, or want it in specifics, then here’s why:

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EU Copyright Articles 13/15/17: What It Means in the USA – Dragon Con 2019

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As part of the ongoing series of Dragon Con panel videos, here’s the panel from the 2019 Dragon Con EFForums track, on the new copyright laws passed in the European Union (Articles 13/15/17) and what that will mean to those of us over here in the US

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