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Thursday links

  • Verizon makes a sadly hilarious response to the FCC’s “Throwback Thursday” decision to apply steam-engine-and-telegraph standards to the Internet. Get another laugh by clicking on the translation.
  • Prove your identity to Microsoft or they won’t “allow” you to use their products that you’ve paid for? (H/T cat) The author’s claims about U.S. tech losses thanks to snoopery are right on. Will now be interesting to see how U.S. residents and companies route around the new FCC regulations.
  • Beware of being neighborly without a permit.
  • Nice infographics show what’s allowed and what’s not in the four places that have now legalized recreational cannabis.
  • Jim Bovard’s tribute to Mike McNulty includes full-length versions of Mike’s most important (and heartbreaking) videos. I know nothing so far about how Mike died, but Joseph Baltar, who worked with him, left this comment.


  1. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair February 26, 2015 1:50 pm

    I posted the text of Verizon’s post at . Their translation was only an image, but I ran the Morse code through an on-line translator, then prettied it up in a text editor.

  2. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair February 26, 2015 1:57 pm

    Actually, their translation was text, but in a font that resembles an old typewriter.

  3. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 26, 2015 4:06 pm

    “The question is WHY should I have to PROVE who I am to Microsoft to use a product I already paid for?”

    Microsoft may do anything it pleases with its products, including mandating that you click your heels together three times and face toward Belleview while reciting the EULA. Don’t like it? Find another operating system or use another office suite. That’s liberty for ya.

    I hadn’t been aware of those Little Free Libraries, thanks for that link. Of course the ruling class does its best to look foolish and arbitrary, thus inevitably decreasing its perceived legitimacy. What’s the old saying about not interrupting an enemy in the process of making a mistake?

  4. LarryA
    LarryA February 26, 2015 11:08 pm

    It will be interesting to see what happens when all the techie Democrats find out what 300 pages of regulation feels like when they get it where the sun don’t shine.

    I keep asking them how fast their car will go when the only gear left is neutral.

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