Archive for 2003/06/17

Downloading a Timebomb

Stolen from Drudge:
Orrin Hatch, the man who you saw live on C-SPAN firing questions at Lars Ulrich during the waste of taxpayer dollars Senate Hearing a few years ago is advocating “..developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet.”.
Since when has it become OK for what is essentially vigilante justice? Would Orrin mind if the big networks fried your entire entertainment system just because you might have an illegal cable box, or have Ford impound your car because you installed an illegal chip mod on your car?
It pisses me off to watch these guys who have no frigging clue how to use a computer trying to make legislation that will only add to the chaos that is the internet. Oops, sorry that you daughter downloaded the latest Linkin Park song, we had to fry your network.
OK, I’m done ranting for now. 😛


Obligatory link about Bill O’Reiley and about how bad it is for people with no financial motive to say what they think.
Now, to a point I do agree with Bill. I do agree that some sites are pretty nasty to him, but to sit there with a national audience and bitch about how these people are hurting his feelings is just stupid. This is supposedly a guy who has a “No Spin Zone” but now is probably trying to figure out how to stop the backlash on the Internet.
Will his ratings drop? Of course not. Bloggers probably make up less than 1% of the Internet population, most of who already didn’t watch Bill.
And BTW Bill, did you really think that being a public figure would immunize you from criticism? Just wondering…