Some news links from this week about my favorite politician and my favorite operating system:
DSL Reports: Ted Cruz Pushes Bill to Hinder Community Broadband
Bloomberg: Boehner Would Vote for Trump but Not Cruz
“Lucifer in the flesh,” [Republican former House Speaker] Boehner called Cruz on Wednesday during a talk at Stanford University, the student newspaper reported. “I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
The Inquirer: Microsoft’s heavy-handed Windows 10 tactics may be its undoing
Online media have been atwitter about a recent guest on the Maury Povitch show, 21-year-old Searcy Hayes, who some people think bears a striking resemblance to Republican candidate and open-Internet foe Ted Cruz. According to “If Only You News,” Huffington Post says that the porn company X-Hamster has offered Searcy US$10,000 for a 6-minute sex tape:
Being an internet meme doesn’t pay the bills, though, so the “female Ted Cruz” is hoping to capitalize on her newfound internet stardom by filming a porn scene.
X-Hamster, a popular porn website, has offered to pay Hayes and her fiance $10,000 for a 6-minute sex tape.
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who has recently become a GOP establishment favorite, has long opposed consumer rights and protections for Internet users. This week, reports have surfaced about a legal brief he wrote in which he claimed that “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”
According to urban legend site Snopes.com he did in fact write those words, although it was in his capacity at the time as solicitor general of Texas in defense of an absurd ban on dildos. Nonetheless, the brief has generated much humor, including the following tweet from his former college roommate Craig Mazin:
DSL Reports recently noted that US presidential contender Ted Cruz and former candidate Marco Rubio had proposed a bill to kill consumer protections for Internet users in Februrary. They hilariously called it the “Restoring Internet Freedom Act,” although the only “freedom” it would restore would be the ability of phone and cable companies to abuse customers and charge exorbitant fees for mediocre Internet service without having to answer to the FCC.
House Republicans have also promoted a newer bill with the same goal, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act,” which would completely eliminate the FCC’s ability to protect Internet consumers from any bad acts by ISP’s. The White House has said that it would veto the bill.