Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

Summary: SI model Jessica Gomes, if you must know.Our own Maggie Reardon expands on a  Denver Post story that notes the Denver International Airport has chosen to block Wi-Fi access to such sites as boingboing.

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SI model Jessica Gomes, jessicagomes.jpgif you must know.

Our own Maggie Reardon expands on a  Denver Post story that notes the Denver International Airport has chosen to block Wi-Fi access to such sites as boingboing.net,  the website of Vanity Fair magazine, and even the web link to Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

Maggie notes that the airport's spokesman Chuck Cannon told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he would rather "weather infrequent complaints about access than handle angry parents whose children might see pornography."

Well, excuse me. Aren't magazines with far more "pornographic" sold at DIA newsstands? And how many children would be Web surfing via WiFi at any airport?

Well, I suppose that if you and a couple of your kids are at the gate, waiting on a plane, and a guy sits next to your brood and directs his Wi-Fi enabled notebook to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue landing page, well, would your kid is on the road to ruin.

One more note of hypocrisy. Some of the same parents who presumably would complain about access to the SI swimsuit issue over airport WiFi might be proud of their son, nephew, sister, husband, etc., for fighting for "our freedoms" in Iraq.

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  • These same freedom fighter are at the front of organizing dips in taxes,

    I am sorry as any parent exposing their children to a swimsuit model that you should never mention a bunch of drop-outs in a high technology session. This is a no brainer; Success breeds itself, less Microsoft's hold in software. The percentages of losers and the projected hike to inflation are directly related.
    rtirman37@...
  • Griping about

    ... a loss of freedom and dissing the relatives of our troops in the same blog makes you a pinhead. Take your political leanings back to the Huffington Post where they belong.
    ShadeTree
  • Free speech is also

    about people who don't want certain things said on their
    property.

    Were you complaining as loudly when religious proselytizing
    was banned at airports?

    I didn't think so.
    frgough
  • RE: Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

    Huh? Ok so the airport filters the Wi-Fi....its their right. They own the network and the infrastructure and they are free to do so. Normally I would agree the public would do its part to "filter content" because most decent people wouldnt look at objectionable content in public ANYWAY (but hey why are they nosing all up on your screen?), but when they start blocking legitimate sites based on content (IE. political, business gain reasons) then you have a story, otherwise, its just a public Wi-Fi site trying to do 'the right thing' and head things off before it becomes a problem.
    JT82
  • RE: Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

    Wow, this story certainly took a sharp left into liberal moonbat land with that last paragraph.

    Tell me: what on *EARTH* does the complex issue of access to publically-visible "offensive content" (and the knotty problems of defining "offensive") have to do with the war in Iraq?

    I suppose that some columnists revile the United States military so much that they'll twist any story to grind that particular axe.

    ...Bonus points for including the superfluous cheesecake shot, though. Exploit much?
    Churlish
  • RE: Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

    To borrow a quote from BILLY MADISON,

    "What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
    Churlish
    • Previous message directed at rtirman37...

      ...Not the story.

      I guess I'm one of those knuckle-dragging "drop-outs" who have no place "in a high technology session" (whatever that means).
      Churlish
  • RE: Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

    We have a right to bear arms.

    The assult weapon ban is an infringement on those rights.

    Furthermore, the weapons can be used to protect against hostile opponents.

    The porno defiles those who produce it, those who consume it, and those who distribute it, but benefits nobody.

    Let's make the porno illegal, and legalize the weapons.

    Get your priorities straight, people...
    fde101
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  • RE: Over WiFi at DIA, free speech is DOA

    The First Amendment is to protect your rights from the government, not from private enterprise. Go back & re-read the meaning of free speech before you start spouting off idiocy. Is the DIA wholly-owned by the state or federal government? If not, they have the right to block the Sesame Street website if they so choose. It's not about free speech and no one's rights are being infringed.
    Also, be a tech reporter not a HuffPo tool. Avoid the mindless ad-hominem attacks on the troops and their families. It just makes you look like bitter and unqualified.
    GAnne