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FTC Taps Ed Felten As First Chief Technologist 76

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from the smart-fella dept.
An anonymous reader contributes this snippet from Digital Daily: "Looks like the Federal Trade Commission got its first choice of Chief Technologist, because it's hard to think of anyone better to serve in that capacity than Princeton computer science professor Ed Felten, a guy whose CV makes everyone from Microsoft to Diebold shudder in embarrassment."
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FTC Taps Ed Felten As First Chief Technologist

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  • So he's the FTC's FCT?
  • by www.sorehands.com (142825) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @03:34PM (#34128470) Homepage

    He and that criminal piracy organization that he works for, Princeton, should be locked up!

    He and Princeton only works to provide tools to pirates and to destroy the movie and music industries.

    How dare he support piracy and takes the food out of the mouthes of deserving industry executives! Without the repeated extensions of the copyright periods, there will be no incentive to produce new versions of Snow White. 75 years is just not enough time to make back the money invested in making a song or a movie!

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by magusxxx (751600)

      Without the repeated extensions of the copyright periods, there will be no incentive to produce new versions of Snow White. 75 years is just not enough time to make back the money invested in making a song or a movie!

      Finally someone has a clue! If my landlord can make money off of something 100 years old then so should Scott Joplin!

  • First article ever contributed by Ed Felten's mom.

  • by BitHive (578094) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @03:48PM (#34128630) Homepage

    Anyone else get the feeling that these ivory tower intellectual types are looking down their noses at us? I'd much rather we have someone like CowboyNeal as national CTO. Now there's a guy I could have an e-beer with.

    • by blair1q (305137) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @03:54PM (#34128726) Journal

      Anyone else get the feeling that these ivory tower intellectual types are looking down their noses at us?

      Every time someone asks that I think, or say, "yes, and it's well deserved."

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      I'd much rather we have someone like CowboyNeal as national CTO.

      What makes you think he isn't?

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by geekoid (135745)

      Yes., nothing worse the having someone educate, and knowledgeable person rendering an opinion. Only the ignorants should be listened to! Just because I don't know something, doesn't mean you educated and smart people can tell me how it works!

      Sorry, didn't mean to steal the Tea party's platform.

      • by sumdumass (711423)

        Sorry, didn't mean to steal the Tea party's platform.

        I didn't know that was their platform. But it makes sense now that you mentioned it. That is if the other side thinks they have all the answers even after demonstrating their solutions don't work. But hey, who am I to tell someone that knows everything something?

      • by Shark (78448)

        You realize that by ridiculing the tea party like this you are helping them win, right? I'm assuming you're just trying to be funny (so do the mods), but really if you want to consider yourself a worthy opponent of their ideology, you ought to study it better and defeat it with rational arguments.

        Anyone can sling mud at an idiot, but that doesn't make them look any smarter than their target. If you really are the better man, you ought to show it.

        • Sometimes, and I don't want to comment on the tea party situation specifically, it does no good to rationally debate people. People are not inherently rational and so sometimes cling to positions that are not rationally defensible despite hearing arguments to the contrary (and everyone is subject to this, incl. myself) - so an alternative can be to mock them. People are more likely to respond to social arguments (you will be laughed at if you believe this) then rational arguments (you will be logically wron
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by TapeCutter (624760) *
          "you ought to study it better and defeat it with rational arguments"

          If rational arguments were effective most politicians and priests would be unemployed.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by TheStatsMan (1763322)
      And we need even more elitism in government. The non-knowledgable need to be nay-sayed.
      • by Urza9814 (883915) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @05:14PM (#34129854)

        I think you're confusing 'elitism' with 'intelligence'...

        'elite' implies wealth and power. True, that typically also leads to a better education, but you can put any idiot through Harvard and he'll still be an idiot.Just because you do well at an ivy-league school does not mean you're intelligent. Hell, I find that people who do well on exams are just good at memorizing information. When it comes to actually using that information or having any common sense at all, many of them can't and don't. So you can remember the formulas the prof gives you, remember the problem formats, and manage to pull numbers out and plug them into the right formula. I've seen plenty of people do that without having any clue what the formula actually _means_. Hell, there have been times where I've done that myself.

        What we really need in government are people who know how to interpret and use information. That's about it. I'm not saying Ed Felten can or can't do this, I'm just saying that that's certainly not part of being 'elite'. It is, however, a large part of intelligence.

        • Whether I take this definition:

          A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.

          Or this one:

          The best or most skilled members of a group.

          I still want those people in governance positions. Certainly when posed with this question I prefer elite to rabble.
          • by Urza9814 (883915)

            I'm personally not a huge fan of having the government entirely composed of people who have no idea what it's like to not have health insurance. People who have no concept of life on less than a 6 figure salary. People who don't know the meaning of the word debt. Yes, that's exactly who's in there now. In some cases it works. In many others, it's a complete failure. Not everything can be understood through numbers and statistics. How can you claim to represent people when you don't have even the tiniest con

        • "'elite' implies wealth and power."

          No, it isn't.

          Elite simply implies "the top notch". Think tenis elite, football elite, intellectual elite, political elite...

          The wealth and power elite is listed in Forbes.

          The intelectual elite comes (mostly) from top rank universities and it is showed by their merits (coming from top rank universities or not).

          When it comes to think, I for one want prefer the intelectual elite to the unwashed masses.

          • by Urza9814 (883915)

            And top universities cost a lot of money. I know plenty of people who are far more intelligent than I am that are going to far worse universities - or no university at all - simply because they can't pay for it. The most intelligent person I ever met is currently working at McDonald's, trying to earn enough money to pay for tuition at a rather terrible university.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by byteherder (722785)
      I went to school with Ed Felton. He is not an ivory tower intellectual type, he is just extemely bright and extremely curious.

      Oh yes, by the way, you can have a beer with him. I have done so many times.
  • by Chapter80 (926879) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @04:13PM (#34128972)

    Why would someone's CV make you shudder in embarrassment?

    Just because he's quite talented and has a strong background, why would that cause Microsoft to shudder?

    Jealousy maybe, But embarrassment? Are there pictures of Ballmer dancing, on his CV?

  • It'd be great if we had someone who truly understood "eVoting" advising the folks who mandate/monitor election activity.

  • by russotto (537200) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @10:42PM (#34132480) Journal

    ...when he realizes that he has no decision making power, and all the decisions are made on politically basis with his job being to justify them.

  • Hey, what's going on here? Do you know what you have just done? Praised a government decision, that's what! I mean, surely the man is corrupt or something...

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