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SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith nominated for central comittee Role

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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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"US Republican leaders announced on 27 November their recommendation of Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, as the new chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Smith’s nomination is expected to be ratified by the House Republican Conference on 28 November."

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"SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The Texas Congressman whose proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) prompted dozens of websites to go dark or run protest messages this week said Friday he is pulling the measure from consideration "until there is wider agreement on a solution."

that lamar smith.

This is after the republicans propose copyright reform.

Here is a major hint for the republican party, if you want to be taken seriously, lamar smith needs to go.

No more than the dems can whine about corporate and wall street and take money from the same
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:iconunvalanced:
Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He's one of the few technically literate people in congress. It's a pity he uses these skills for the dark side.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
It's a pity that there aren't more technically literate congressmen.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I suspect that would result in more, rather than less, internet legislation.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Not necessarily. You are equating competence with malice. Granted a competent and malicious government is more deadly but a competent and non-malicious government is definitely the ideal. An incompetent government is the worst thing, whether for a small or large government.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
For an institution whose competence is, at its essence, competence at deciding who to be violent at, I'm not sure the distinction between competence and malice is as wide as you seem to think in this case.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Would you prefer a surgeon operate with proper tools or a rusty mess? Government is going to make policies about how a country is run either way so it would be better to have one that was run well. Incompetence leads to tyranny far more than competence does.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd prefer the surgeon work with a rubber spatula if it's an unnecessary surgery.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
So you'd rather risk extra harm to yourself for no reason other than the surgery is unnecessary?
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skulkey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ugh, you'd have a bureaucrat for every protocol...
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hell, they'd have bureaucracies entire for each protocol. There would be councils of bureaucrats whose sole jobs would be to decide on the standard principles for mediating between Windows-1252 and ISO-8859-1.

(There already are hundreds of bureaucrats for each protocol, though. I've worked with some of them in a state government, and I've read reports on technology standards generated by EPA bureaucrats whose sole job, as far as I can tell, is to justify why they use a proprietary standard for data transmission - nominally it's not proprietary, but in practice the company that created it intentionally designed it to be impossible for other products to produce or consume, because it was originally intended to be a proprietary format. Their "documentation" is garbage, to boot. I gave that project up, and I basically write parsers of proprietary data standards for a living.)
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
standards are generally non-binding principles that are put together by interested parties, for the common good.

This is how they work best.

Non-binding.
Intrested Parties.
Common Good.
Open.

Sound like Anarchy?

I think so. Call me an extremist, but principles I suggest are already in use by Intel, IBM, Red Hat, Google, and other large corporations, on some issues, and the result is that things just work better, and everything just works.
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skulkey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
interesting. i used to work with broadband network technology (mainly ATM and Frame Relay). i don't ever remember seeing a government bureaucrat during my time in the field, but that may be because i was a lowly test engineer...
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Right now the bureaucrats mostly manage other bureaucrats; they don't interface much. THAT would change.
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skulkey Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hah! true bureaucracy at work!
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Cenaris Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't elect him to supervise any of those catagories. He's one braincell short of knowing what they are.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He knows exactly what they are. Scientifically literate people are far more dangerous than the merely ignorant. The merely ignorant have a 50% chance of being right.
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Novuso Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Lemar Smith, screw that guy. I can't believe idiots reelected him.

The same thing goes for Lynsey Graham who sponsored NDAA. Lemar Smith and Lynsey Graham are pretty much the too biggest assholes in the Republican party. You are absolutely right JackMolotov the Republican party won't be taken seriously as long as trash like them has say in the party.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its this one area in texas that seems to be a haven for IP lawyers, and scam artists like this.
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Creamstar Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Well he's been in office since 1987. Clearly, his constituents don't care much for what he does or they support his actions.
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mgonzales041090 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm in his district. I care! I tried voting him out.
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:iconnovuso:
Novuso Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Indeed thank you for trying.
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:iconpsowill:
PSOWILL Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:( Thank you for trying.
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ShadowAngel3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Lord forbid!
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I'm registered as a Republican, and I'm pretty sure I won't like his policies on that committee, especially if they go the way he is going.

And yeah, we do need copyright reform. There is some absolutely stupid copyrights being talked about in the Samsung v. Apple case... things that should not be copyrighted to any degree.
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:iconunvalanced:
Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You can thank the Clinton administration (and the Republicans in congress during his administration) for the current state of copyright.
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
No... I can blame the companies that make the frivolous copyrights for making frivolous copyrights =p.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I blame the companies who made these frivolous lawsuits

I blame the politicians who passed these laws

I blame the PACs and SuperPACs who sponser this bullshit behind the scenes

I blame the industry trade groups who bring the companies together in this horrible mess of group think.

ALL OF THEM.
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Sure, that works.
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:iconunvalanced:
Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Do not blame the cat for chasing the bird.
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Why not?
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Because it is in his nature.

Copyright law determines how copyright will get used. And under upcoming patent law, expect to see loads of frivolous patents, because first-to-file means that refusal to patent is suicide.
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I think companies can do better than what you call 'in their nature'.
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Novuso Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I agree with all that but I would also add a few things. Copywrite laws have gotten so out of hand that it is actually stifling innovation.

The worst copywrite law I ever heard of was when Amazon.com copywrited "one click buying" and now it is actually against the law to set up a website where one can buy something with just one mouse click.

Aside from that I would like to see the DMCA repealed. In its place I would enact the Digital Fair use Act that protects citizen consumers from frivolous copywrite lawsuits.
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I'll have to look and see what this Digital Fair Use Act is.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I miss the days when IBM patented and copyrighted everything. They're actually, generally speaking, the good guys; they rarely enforce their patents and copyrights, and usually just do it to keep other people from patenting and copyrighting.
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Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Seriously? They're nominating that jackass?
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:iconmgonzales041090:
mgonzales041090 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think that's my Congressman. Eesh...
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:iconjackmolotov3:
JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
unelected him....please. please.
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mgonzales041090 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I voted for Pete Gallegos. I tried.
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PSOWILL Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
:paranoid: I'm sadly not in his district to vote him out. :( I wanted to try.
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:iconmgonzales041090:
mgonzales041090 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You've got Conseco?
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PSOWILL Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Another one not in my district. But if I could hell no. No Lamar Smith is in the fucking Alamo heights side where it's red as fuck. Which is a fucking mile just out of my district.
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mgonzales041090 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Alamo Whites...I'm on the SE Side of town (domesticated ghetto). I think I still fall under his district. I don't know how reds keep getting Congressional elections in an entirely blue county.
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PSOWILL Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Like I said he's under the right side of town that for some reason loves him.
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Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
We could always try impeachment. Or hope that this is actually a Kicked Upstairs sort of thing.
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PSOWILL Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
:paranoid: You and I both know none of the above will work.
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