Saturday, October 24, 2015
Regulations vs. Free Speech
Regulars here know that I am no fan of regulations, particularly those pertaining to campaign finance. That said, even I was shocked by the latest John Stossel column on the subject:
We like to think speech is free, but when government can investigate you for possibly violating countless little rules, and then order you to shut up, it censors without the public even knowing.If that prospect is too abstract to bother you, then you should definitely read the rest.
Campaign finance rules -- and the political incumbents and prosecutor-bullies who manipulate them -- are a major threat to our freedom.
"The polite setting of boundaries makes for genuine relationships without make believe." -- Michael Hurd, in "'Dropping By' ... Benevolent or Boundary Violation?" at The Delaware Wave
"A sense of loss after making a major change doesn't mean that your choice was wrong; it simply means that your emotions need to catch up to the new reality." -- Michael Hurd, in "Change Means Tradeoff, Not Always Calamity" at The Delaware Coast Press
"And now the Wall Street Journal has fingered the awful truth: the world's most vulnerable don't want the system of sacrifice, of plundered wealth, of everyone's enchainment to everyone else." -- Harry Binswanger, in "Socialism Loathes the Poor, Capitalism Loves Them" at RealClear Markets
Oh. That's the Same, Too!
It seems that the more I hear about the newest, allegedly "different" offerings from Microsoft, the more I remember why I started avoiding them as much as possible two decades ago. Recently, I took a look at an article claiming that Microsoft has made major changes in the past few years, and immediately noticed an odd lack of Linux compatibility in its flagship product, Office. And now, I see that they're ramming an OS upgrade down the throats of their customers.
While switching to a new OS, especially Windows 10 is definitely a good move but forcing users to do it on the manufacturers time frame instead of whenever the user wants is a serious imposition and could hurt Microsoft really bad. It was discovered in September that Microsoft was forcefully pushing update to users even though they hadn't yet requested it, but this move takes the cake.This reminds me of a Windows partition I had to have on a netbook so I could use some legacy software and a scanner that can't run on Linux. I had to figure out how to get it to let me tell it when to update, so I wouldn't be stuck with it automatically doing so if I were in a hurry and needed to use Windows for only a short time.