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Old 08-25-2008, 01:44 PM  
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VP Candidate Biden Is No Friend to File Sharing, Net Neutrality or Online Privacy

VP Candidate Biden Is No Friend to File Sharing, Net Neutrality Protection or Online Privacy

CNet's Declan McCullagh wrote up an informative history of Joe Biden's tech-related voting record--if Biden's name rings a bell, it's because he's the guy Barack Obama picked to be his vice president last Friday night. Maybe you don't care about the doings in Washington, but you may want to know that Biden considers a lot of what you do care about criminal activity. Here's what I'm talking about:
He asked Congress to spend $1 billion to monitor peer-to-peer activity. (In fairness, much of this is to prevent child pornography, but the tactic is apparently a little blunt.)
Two Biden bills have been explicitly anti-encryption, because you know, encryption makes it hard for the FBI to read people's e-mails.
He has expressed support for internet taxes and internet filtering in schools and libraries.
The RIAA seems to be one of his best buddies: Biden sponsored a bill that would restrict recording of songs from satellite and net radio, and another one that would make it a felony to "trick" a computer into playing back unauthorized songs or running bootlegged videogames. That latter one died when Verizon, Microsoft, Apple, eBay and Yahoo all argued against it.
Biden was one of just four senators invited to attend a celebration of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act hosted by the MPAA's Jack Valenti and the RIAA's Hillary Rosen, two of American file-sharer's most wanted.
When he was asked in 2006 about proposing net-neutrality laws, he said there was no need, since any bit-filtering violations would provoke such a huge public ruckus they'd have to hold congressional hearings anyway--and they'd be standing-room only. (Wonder if Biden reads Gizmodo.) [CNet]
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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VP Candidate Biden Is No Friend to File Sharing, Net Neutrality Protection or Online Privacy

CNet's Declan McCullagh wrote up an informative history of Joe Biden's tech-related voting record--if Biden's name rings a bell, it's because he's the guy Barack Obama picked to be his vice president last Friday night. Maybe you don't care about the doings in Washington, but you may want to know that Biden considers a lot of what you do care about criminal activity. Here's what I'm talking about:
He asked Congress to spend $1 billion to monitor peer-to-peer activity. (In fairness, much of this is to prevent child pornography, but the tactic is apparently a little blunt.)
Two Biden bills have been explicitly anti-encryption, because you know, encryption makes it hard for the FBI to read people's e-mails.
He has expressed support for internet taxes and internet filtering in schools and libraries.
The RIAA seems to be one of his best buddies: Biden sponsored a bill that would restrict recording of songs from satellite and net radio, and another one that would make it a felony to "trick" a computer into playing back unauthorized songs or running bootlegged videogames. That latter one died when Verizon, Microsoft, Apple, eBay and Yahoo all argued against it.
Biden was one of just four senators invited to attend a celebration of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act hosted by the MPAA's Jack Valenti and the RIAA's Hillary Rosen, two of American file-sharer's most wanted.
When he was asked in 2006 about proposing net-neutrality laws, he said there was no need, since any bit-filtering violations would provoke such a huge public ruckus they'd have to hold congressional hearings anyway--and they'd be standing-room only. (Wonder if Biden reads Gizmodo.) [CNet]

The more I read about Biden, the less I like him. And the less I can vote for Obama. As if Obama didn't already have enough issues as it is.


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Old 08-25-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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McCain is in the pocket of the War Machine.

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Old 08-25-2008, 01:51 PM   #4
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Meh. Don't like most of that, but the last point sums up why I don't think it matters.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:52 PM   #5
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Meh. Don't like most of that, but the last point sums up why I don't think it matters.
What about his thoughts on the War on Drugs?
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:54 PM   #6
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Meh. Don't like most of that, but the last point sums up why I don't think it matters.
I agree. I definitely don't like those stances at all but hey I don't Obama's stance on immigration either. There is no perfect candidate.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:55 PM   #7
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What about his thoughts on the War on Drugs?

good in principle hard to enforce
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:56 PM   #8
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good in principle hard to enforce
You like his stance on the War on Drugs?

The War on Drugs is a horrible principle.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:02 PM   #9
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If we put the military on the borders like they should be we could immediately stop illegal immigration and stop 90% of the drugs coming into this country. To bad no one has the balls to do that.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:06 PM   #10
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If we put the military on the borders like they should be we could immediately stop illegal immigration and stop 90% of the drugs coming into this country. To bad no one has the balls to do that.
I'm with you on the immigration issue. However, I just don't see the drug issue.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:06 PM   #11
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What about his thoughts on the War on Drugs?
Don't care for the War on Drugs, but that's an issue that's so far down the list of things I care about I can't even get riled up about it. It doesn't effect me because I don't do drugs and I really don't have any strong opposition to cracking down on hard drugs. I'd definitely like to see some lax on marijuana laws because it's not in the same ballpark as other drugs it gets lumped in with.
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I'm with you on the immigration issue. However, I just don't see the drug issue.
IIRC 90-95% of the drugs that are imported illegally into the US come across the Mexican border
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I don't like Biden's vote for the 2005 bankrupcy bill (but he's from DE, so it's understandable). But I seriously doubt the 65 year old Biden will have much sway in terms of Obama's tech policies.
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I don't like Biden's vote for the 2005 bankrupcy bill (but he's from DE, so it's understandable). But I seriously doubt the 65 year old Biden will have much sway in terms of Obama's tech policies.
What are Barack Hussein's tech policies? Does he agree with Biden?
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What are Barack Hussein's tech policies? Does he agree with Biden?
Stricter tire pressure regulation laws.
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