Why You Can’t Comment

I got spammed through the comments section.

Not a little bit spammed, I got hit hard.  The comment section had a section where you had to enter a list of words and numbers from a scrambled set. I thought that would prevent spamming. Whatever they did, went through those defenses as if they weren’t even there.

So, no comments.

I’m sorry. I’m very sorry.

Reality is often bitter and this is one of those cases.

James Pilant

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WEEKEND PLUS: News Corp woes shadow real issues (via ECM Plus – The Voice of Content)

The author has an excellent observation – this scandal, this pain for so many people, would never have happened if those tapped communications could not have been tapped. This is what he says in the key paragraphs of the article –

The point is that this should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. A virtual, mobile firewall or encrypted voice tech with unique access ID should always have been in place – as part of these corporations’ license obligations. And given that they have failed to ensure that this was the case, they too should be the focus of the media and political, regulatory scrum.

This whole sorry saga should be thrown before the courts and the regulators with the telcos in the dock alongside the greedy, opportunist perpetrators of these heinous anti-privacy protagonists. Privacy must be sacrosant under the British constitution, its common law upheld irrespective of who has the most money to bribe police officers to pass on private information.

It was cruel of these companies to have saved money and time and compassion by refusing to secure their networks privacy. I appreciate the author’s perceptiveness.

James Pilant

WEEKEND PLUS: News Corp woes shadow real issues Infatuation with celebs and politicians clouds issue of weak data protection laws and further telecoms oversight by independent accountability councils of citizens BY PAUL QUIGLEY Truth is the first victim of war. The disgusting charade that has been paraded this last week … Read More

via ECM Plus – The Voice of Content

Netherlands becomes second country to make net neutrality a law (via VentureBeat)

I would like to see the United States do this. I would like to point out that the time to get to my site after hitting a link has increased by a third. I believe that is due to other services being given priority. I wonder how many people will bother to read my stuff when the wait becomes double or triple.

James Pilant

Netherlands becomes second country to make net neutrality a law The Dutch Parliament on Wednesday passed a law that prohibits Internet service providers from slowing down any kind of Internet traffic unless it's to ease congestion, preserve security, or block spam. The practice of treating all Internet traffic equally—whether it's text, e-mail, audio, or video—is commonly referred to as net neutrality. This move makes the Netherlands the second country in the world to put net neutrality into law, after Chile. … Read More

via VentureBeat