It's been a quiet week for government news the world over. That doesn't mean everyone in government is avoiding doing stupid things. It's just that last year's stupid things are getting old, and this year's stupid things haven't yet trickled up into news stories. No worries: if there's government, there's stupid. Stay tuned.
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Are you bored of the NSA yet? Are you suffering from NSA-fatigue? Apparently the fourth estate just can't help themselves, because the NSA news keeps on comin'. Is anything else interesting happening in the World 'o Gov this week? Not much. Nope.
You can describe 2013 in four words: NSA, shutdown, twerking, and selfie. Sigh. We need to do better this year. Humanity had better step up its game.
Is that too much to ask? One frickin' week of no disasters. I'm not asking for competence, just a quiet week of no mistakes. Yeah, like that's going to happen. Ah, well. Feast your eyes below on the spectrum of news and idiocy that is government in action.
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It's never a dull week watching and mocking the shenanigans of governments worldwide. This week is no different, except there's more NSA, a little nostalgia for 2013, and, well, porn. So pretty much same ol' same ol'.
As we move forward into a new year, fully aware of all the data gathering, surveillance, and big data out there, I have only one simple piece of advice: Watch where you step.
Legitimate patent owners won't be substantially negatively impacted by this bill. It's a little weak (leaving the door open to the big-boy trolls who use a different bag of tricks), but it's good, robust progress.
ZDNetGovWeek: Yahoo decides to be unhelpful, so does the US, but HP is all about helping Healthcare.gov
Yahoo has decided that it's easier to call something a feature than a vulnerability (oh, joy), the US doesn't like the idea of privacy rights, despite a UN resolution (who's surprised?), Verizon didn't save ACA, so it's HP's turn at bat, and we run down all the tech turkeys we could think of (and speak politely about). So, did the tryptophan wear off yet? Welcome to the silly(er) season!
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