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Ajit Pai Backs Out of Planned CES 2018 Appearance (techcrunch.com) 277

New submitter sdinfoserv writes: Ajit Pai, the most hated person in tech since Darl McBride, backed out of a speaking engagement at CES 2018. Apparently he lacks the spine to justify himself before the group of individuals his decisions affect most. Consumer Technology Association head Gary Shapiro announced: "Unfortunately, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is unable to attend CES 2018. We look forward to our next opportunity to host a technology policy discussion with him before a public audience."
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Ajit Pai Backs Out of Planned CES 2018 Appearance

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  • by pete6677 ( 681676 ) on Wednesday January 03, 2018 @09:12PM (#55859577)

    Best case scenario, he would only get pelted with rotten tomatoes. I can't imagine why he wouldn't show...

    • Re:Rotten Tomatoes (Score:5, Insightful)

      by sheramil ( 921315 ) on Wednesday January 03, 2018 @09:23PM (#55859647)

      I'd say his concerns are entirely justified. All it would take is one ignorant neckbeard with a gun, who doesn't appreciate that Pai is a puppet and easily replaceable with someone else who can authorise the same laws. I don't think they pay him enough to die for the job.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        He's no puppet. He waited for the opportunity and he's moving forward with his and his buddies plans to fuck over Americans for a buck. He is deeply involved and getting huge paychecks from Comcast, verizon and the others. He's been carefully crafting his way to this for years.

      • Keep shooting the puppets. At some point, nobody wants to be the next puppet anymore.

        People learn from negative reinforcement.

        • by gtall ( 79522 )

          Really? Name one member of the alleged administration that has learned one fucking thing from being repeatedly shot down by facts?

          • Their skull are impenetrable for facts. Or at least they routinely refuse to let them affect them.

          • But politics is not about facts. You should know this. You can lie with facts. Just as you can tell the truth without facts.

            For every fact I have a narrative. For every narrative I have a counter narrative. For every counter narrative I have a name to call you. People Agree With Me (TM). That is politics.

      • The danger is not one ignorant neckbeard with a gun..

        it is one informed neckbeard with a gun,

    • Maybe he doesn't like bad movies?

  • More than that (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tempest_2084 ( 605915 ) on Wednesday January 03, 2018 @09:13PM (#55859583)
    >>Apparently he lacks the spine to justify himself before the group of individuals his decisions affect most.

    I'm guessing it's more like he fears for his life at this point. Never underestimate what a group of angry people will do. If society can justify punching out people they disagree with then they can just as easily justify beating the crap out of Pai.
    • by pezpunk ( 205653 )

      fuck you. i'll punch any nazi i see, you piece of shit nazi sympathizer.

      • by gtall ( 79522 )

        Same here. I had 7 uncles and a dad who fought in WWII, only two in the Pacific but I would still count imperial Japan as a bunch of Nazis given their racial purity fixation and the way they treated every other nationality. It is galling to think some alleged Americans believe in anything like Nazi principles and I'm damned pissed at them for that.

  • by QuietLagoon ( 813062 ) on Wednesday January 03, 2018 @09:39PM (#55859711)
    Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity. - Charles Gates Dawes
  • the market's not very good right now trying to find someplace to unload crates of rotten tomatoes and eggs....

  • He can't justify his decisions, they're unjustifiable. He is Verizon's stooge, pure and simple. I wonder if the other telecoms are chipping in.

    Calling his appearance a discussion is laughably generous. He was going to get curb-stomped, at least figuratively.

    • by swb ( 14022 )

      The problem is this only makes it *more obvious* he's nothing more than a paid for stooge to telecom companies, possibly making the backlash worse. You would think he would need to show some moxie and stand up in public over this a couple of times to make it look more like a genuine policy issue.

  • Seems like the only clever thing he's ever done.

  • Of course he's cancelled. He won't be able to do neutral networking amount such a biased crowd.

  • by NeumannCons ( 798322 ) on Thursday January 04, 2018 @12:01AM (#55860291) Homepage
    Gosh, I hope instead of attending in person, he sends a humorous video which will calm the audience carrying torches and pitchforks...
  • Maybe they should interview a chair.
  • All this commentary about Ajit Pai and not one mention of the giant Reese's candy coffee mug that Pai so ossentatiously flourishes?

    Gosh, you'd think that that prop does not establish him as a bona fide "regular guy"! What's a predatory CEO, now fox-in-the-regulatory-henhouse handing out favors to his former (and again future) employer, to do?

  • TFW your first guess gets confirmed a few days later: "Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at a major upcoming tech industry trade show after receiving death threats, two agency sources told Recode [recode.net] on Thursday." After a Bernie supporter tried to kill a bunch of Republican politicians and staffers at baseball practice, it should not surprise anyone that people take death threats seriously.

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