Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

Rediscover BBSpot!

Tech news humor of the week:

"That's where a lot of dot coms failed. They tried to be too good, tried to innovate too much," said Merrill Lynch analyst Harry Vincent, "The secret of success is giving customers less than what they paid for, but not so much less that you piss them off." (AOL, Microsoft Battle for Control of Mediocrity)
and in a separate story,
The Free Speech Protection Act [FSPA] ensures free speech by encrypting the first amendment and only allowing properly licensed corporations and individuals to use it.

Use of free speech without a license would be punishable by heavy fines and 5-10 years in federal prison.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, explained "That's one of the biggest complaints we get about the new legislation, but Americans should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'."

In a confusing twist, the Electronic Frontier Foundation which fights to protect the free speech rights of citizens opposed the Free Speech Protection Act. "Congress wants you to believe that the FSPA protects the first amendment and it does in a way, but not in a good way. OK, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but trust us on this one. This law is unconstitutional and we're confident the Supreme Court will rule it unconstitutional."

The Supreme Court, brought to you in HDTV by Sony, will begin hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the law in October.

A quick search on Gnutella provided several cracks for the yet unreleased encryption scheme, making free speech available to anyone with an Internet connection. (New Law Protects Free Speech)
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