Rep. Jared Polis on his opposition to SOPA

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    I just hate laws that read

    (m) DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Section 337(n) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337(n)) is amended,(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting, or section 337A after this section; and (2) in paragraph (2)(A) in subparagraph (A)(i) in clause (ii), by striking (j) and inserting (j) of this section; (ii) in clause (iii), by striking (g), a cease and desist order issued pursuant to subsection (f), or a consent order issued pursuant to subsection (c), and inserting (g) of this section, a cease and desist order issued pursuant to subsection (f) of this section or subsection (f) of section 337A, or a consent order issued pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or subsection (d) of section 337A; and (iii) in clause (iv), by striking (i), or a consent order issued under this section and inserting ,(i) of this section or subsection (f) of section 337A, or a consent order issued under this section or subsection (d) of section 337A;(B) in subparagraph (B), by striking (j) and inserting (j) of this section or subsection (e)(5) of section 337A; and (C) in subparagraph (C), by striking (g) and inserting (g) of this section.

    This looks like steampunk JavaScript.  Or Talmudic commentary.   The most important part of the OPEN Act, written by people trying to save the Internet from beastly jackbooted thugly types and now I have to go through the goddamned Tariff Act of 1930 to figure out what is meant thereby.

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    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

      How dare they shut off my Wikipedia?  I have a RIGHT, I tell you — a RIGHT to use Wikipedia!Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      BlaiseP, someone who’s as familiar with government work as you claim to be should be used to stuff like that.Report

      • Avatar BlaiseP says:

        As someone who writes an awful lot of JavaScript, I know what bad substitution code looks like.   And yes, I’m used to fixing other people’s horrid JavaScript:  this is why God in his infinite mercy allowed Firebug and Greasemonkey to be invented.  Bad code cannot be fixed with IFDEF and PRAGMA.  Nor can bad law.

        When I do government work, I’m the one writing the architecture specifications.   I have a simple rule for validating those specs.  If the people who must use the system cannot understand the spec, it must be clarified.

        This may come as a surprise to you, but I don’t take orders from bureaucrats.  They bring me in to build these things, having proven themselves incapable.   I have specialized to fixing busted systems and ones gone far over budget.  Well, not so much these days, I’m trying to avoid Gummint Consulting.   It’s heart-deadening work.Report