Switch reader: You can make a career of explaining when Donald Trump is wrong.

October 27, 2013

Self-appointed IT expert Donald Trump (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The Switch's Brian Fung explained why hair icon Donald Trump's assertion that Google would have built the health-care exchanges better and for free was divorced from reality. One reader, csmith932, liked the article enough to suggest a new path for Fung, telling him he could spend "an entire career" writing ""Donald Trump thinks __________. Here's why it wouldn't work."

Earlier this week my colleague Timothy B. Lee wrote about the 15th anniversary of Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act -- which extended copyright terms by 20 years. Reader wmkos has a novel plan for testing the limits of Congress's ability to set time limited protections of creative works:

Perhaps it may be time for Congress and the entertainment industry to test the limits of the Supreme Court's "limited time" requirement. Congress should just extend the copyright period to 10,000 years and be done with it (think of all the money the entertainment industry could save in lobbying costs). That still would be a "finite period" in Supreme Court parlance, even though in practical terms it clearly would be forever. Retroactively extending the copyright period an additional twenty years every twenty years ultimately amounts to the same thing, and it is sad to see that a majority of the Supreme Court couldn't see that for what it really is. It's just so sad that the country's "greatest legal minds" sitting on the Supreme Court really do not seem to be all that smart. Doesn't say much for the rest of us, does it?

And finally, reader six one way half a dozen another, commented on Fung's post about the relationship between Facebook and journalism:

The problem with getting your news from Facebook is that you have to "Like" a news service's page or app or site which puts you in the position of "endorsing" that news service in possible future ads. I just have the important news sources bookmarked already and even have accounts with some of them.

And no "endorsements" involving myself.

Thanks for all of your feedback this week!

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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