‘Is the squeeze worth the juice?‘ by Glen Fuller at New Matilda.
The hyperbolic vitriol of some of the commentators about the case currently underway is a bit disconcerting. Chief among them is Mike Masnick, TechDirt.com CEO and editor, who has consistently represented himself as an evangelical apologist for the worst excesses of digital capitalism in his attempts to understand new business models. He does, however, isolate one crucial point:
“Can you imagine the impact on the internet as a whole if Tasini actually won? It would basically uproot the entire concept of the internet. Any site that involved user contributions would have a massive liability.”
I am sure I wasn’t the only person who laughed a little at Masnick’s suggestion that the “entire concept of the internet” was at stake (is the dream of the ARPANET creators orTim Berners-Lee under threat?). What is actually under threat is the ability to use the internet to induce users into surrendering their labour for free.
‘Chapter 6: In which Ralph is called Ralph‘ by Mark Dapin, in “Sex and Money” (2004), Allen and Uniwn, p.103.
Howard counterfeited political capital by characterising the whole Keating political culture as ‘PC’, and smeared his attempts at reconciliation with the noxious grease of commonsense racism. The subtext to the sneers was always, ‘Nobody really likes Abos/slopes/queers – so why pretend?’ The campaign against politica correctness became a One Nation policy platform.
‘Dark Clouds‘ by Scott Juster at Experience Points.
As more and more of our lives move into the cloud, it’s likely that outages and problems will become more crippling despite likely being less frequent. In other words…the ubiquity and reliability of on-line storage will continue to grow, but with so many more people, devices, and services relying on the Internet, any problems that do crop up will be extremely inconvenient, if not devastating.