Thanks to a lapse in DMCA regulations, cell phone companies now have the power to prosecute you for unlocking or jailbreaking your own phone that you bought from them, even if you own it outright and don’t have a contract. It’s completely ridiculous, and after a petition to the White House quickly got over the necessary 100k signatures, the White House responded, and they agree… the law is dumb.
I suppose at some point, someone in the White House thought it would be a good idea to officially ask the dirty, stupid, unwashed masses of the Internet for their opinion on national policy and what they got was a flood of idiotic petitions asking for Death Stars and a national Pokemon and deporting Piers Morgan and free cupcakes every Tuesday. So now, the White House has upped the required number of signatures for review from 25,000 to 100,000.
In an interview on Dateline last night, America’s favorite weatherman Al Roker confessed that after his weight loss surgery in 2002, he was at the White House for some sort of thing when he accidentally sharted his pants.
While Obama’s White House petition site has its heart in the right place, if you ask the internet for stuff, the internet is gonna ask for stuff. Like getting enough petition signatures to have the White House review the idea to secure funding and resources to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
I think that will happen. Call it a War on Terror expense.