Hooray for John Van Stry, slayer of pirates

John Van Stry, an independent science fiction and fantasy author, won his lawsuit against a notorious ebook pirate site that was stealing his work. He details much of what happened in a post on his blog

You should read his entire post, if you’re interested in issues of piracy and copyright. But here are a few relevant passages that I’d like to bring to your attention: Continue reading “Hooray for John Van Stry, slayer of pirates”

‘The Atlantic’ beats the drum for Chinese-style censorship

Yes, really:

Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

In the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong. Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.

I’m not saying that every journalist is a shill for the Chinese Communist Party, specifically. Or a closet fascist. Not quite. But their motives and their instincts corrupt them.

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Suing your state government to reopen

There have been numerous protest gatherings in Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina (not to mention my home state of Ohio) in recent weeks. You’ve seen the news.

The reason: the government-mandated closures of businesses around the country in response to COVID-19. They’re destroying the national economy and ruining people’s livelihoods.

And so people are protesting. Can you blame them?

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Online business and platform dependence

A follow-up to the recent changes in the Amazon Associates program:

Diversification Gains Urgency For Business Impacted By Amazon’s Reduced Affiliate Marketing Fees

The message here is clear, and I’ve written about it several times since last week: Never become too dependent on any single customer, or any one revenue stream. 

I learned this during my time in the automotive industry, working for both suppliers, as well as an automaker (Toyota). Continue reading “Online business and platform dependence”

If Kim Jong-un dies…maybe Kim Yo-jong?

As Kim Jong-un reportedly lies ill in the wake of heart surgery gone wrong, there are speculations about who might take over if the fat boy expires.

(Note: Ordinarily I would not make light of anyone being near death, but Kim Jong-un is a mass murderer. I’m making an exception here.)

It might be this woman: 31-year-old Kim Yo-jong, who has recently risen in power. Kim Yo-jong is Jong-un’s younger sister. Continue reading “If Kim Jong-un dies…maybe Kim Yo-jong?”

How long will Ohio be shut down?

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said that the state will begin to reopen after May 1. (Ohio schools, however, will be closed through the end of the current academic year.)

DeWine has never really seemed comfortable in his role as pandemic leader. All that science. This is why he deferred to Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton for so long. Dr. Acton hinted about keeping the state closed through the summer, and became the most unpopular woman in Ohio for a few days. 

But Governor DeWine seemed to be going along. Continue reading “How long will Ohio be shut down?”