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It seems like we keep hearing people insist that the internet, and things like Twitter and Google, are making us dumber because we're no longer really delving into anything with any depth, but rather just finding and spreading short snippets of text. I have to admit that I'm still a bit surprised that pop-up/pop-under advertisements still exist. The concept is so annoying and so anti-consumer that pretty much all browsers figured out ways to build in pop-up blockers many, many years ago. Most people in the US still associate government use of drones with far away places. But they might want to start paying more attention to what's happening over their own heads. We've argued for years, that there are different kinds of middlemen involved in making markets. Some are efficient, leading to better reach, easier access, and more convenient transactions, while some are inefficient, blocking access, keeping prices inflated, and generally limiting a market.
Red light cameras have proven popular in certain communities (mainly the "law enforcement community").
Last year, we found it absolutely bizarre that the DOJ would seize all of Megaupload's servers, and then, just weeks later, tell its hosting partners that they could wipe those servers clean. There's a really good point in a recent Washington Post article talking about how nearly 4 million people have top secret clearance in the US these days.
Here on Techdirt we've had stories about how the ubiquity of digital cameras is changing the way we look at public events and art.
Last fall, we noted the absolute hypocrisy of the major Hollywood studios, who repeatedly argue that they're fighting for copyright to make sure "the little guy" on the movie set gets paid.
Techdirt readers may recall that over three years ago, the UK's Digital Economy Act was passed in totally disgraceful circumstances.