Top Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit OtherWe are iFixit and EFF and it's time to fix the DMCA. Let's take back our right to bypass DRM and unlock our phones. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/3554/we-are-ifixit-and-eff-and-its-time-to-fix-the Why now: Every three years, the copyright office decides which freedoms we should have. Copyright law is shaping up to be the next big battleground in technology. It's fundamentally redefining ownership. Due to a terrible clause in the DMCA (section 1201), by default it's illegal to bypass digital locks on hardware that you own.

We've been chronicling the problems this is causing:

It's that time again and the Copyright Office has asked which freedoms they should grant! A whole bunch of friendly organizations have submitted requests for 27 exemptions, for everything from modding your car to fixing your tractor to reading e-books in braille and unlocking tablets. EFF has posted all the exemption requests here.

What you can do:

But the most important thing you can do is to show the Copyright Office how the DMCA is hurting you or your business:

Kyle Wiens is the co-founder of iFixit and has been crusading to make it easier for people to fix things for over a decade. I've testified in front of the International Trade Commission, written hundreds of open source repair manuals, and campaigned online and in DC to pass the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act that re-legalized phone unlocking.

Parker Higgins directs copyright-related activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a badass non-profit fighting to make sure your civil liberties make it onto the web and into your devices intact. EFF has participated numerous times in the DMCA rulemaking, previously securing important exemptions such as jailbreaking of phones.

Sherwin Siy from Public Knowledge was instrumental in getting phone unlocking legalized and has filed an exemption request for using the feedstock of your choice in 3D printers and another for ripping your DVDs to your iPads/tablets. He also wants to plug another proposed exemption for unlocking data from medical devices. Sherwin Update 11:30: I'm going to step out a bit, I'll check in later. OK, folks, I'm going to step out for a bit. The Copyright Office wants us to prove to it that moving a move from a DVD to an iPad isn't illegal, so I'm off to dig up all the stuff from the history of the Copyright Act, through the Sony Betamax decision, through this year's Fox v. Dish case. I'll try to stop by later to pick up any stray questions, but thanks everyone for the great chat--and especially Parker and Kyle for letting me butt in! PS: The structure of the DMCA makes me mad because it allows twisted applications of the law, but its restrictions also means something to me personally, in exemptions that PK didn't suggest.

Proof: Kyle, Parker, Sherwin

As of 4:16 Pacific, we're up to 1670 comments to the Copyright Office. Keep them coming, and make them as personal + detailed as you can!

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerTerry Crews (back again on reddit). AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3555/terry-crews-back-again-on-reddit-ama I play “Sgt. Terry Jeffords” on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, host syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire," AND host The World's Funniest Fails airing Fridays at 8/7c on FOX...

That is a lot. Let's just say: I'm Terry Crews. Actor, host, currently in the airport doing this AMA. Victoria's helping me out via phone. AMA!

https://twitter.com/reddit_AMA/status/560910661077962752

Edit Yeah, you know what? I wanna say - I want to thank you for being FRIENDS. Because fans, they know your successes.

But friends know your failures.

So I want to thank the people who've read my book, the people who follow me on Twitter, the people who just discovered me, and just want to let you know that I'm no different than any other person out there. I hope I can encourage you to go for your dream, no matter what it is, and if you can look at me and be inspired, I want to inspire me.

I love you all. You are talking to the most thankful man in Hollywood. Thank you so much.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
OtherIamA audio tech and monitor engineer who has worked for bands such as Flogging Molly, Whitechapel and Amon Amarth AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3557/iama-audio-tech-and-monitor-engineer-who-has My Proof: http://postimg.org/image/rfygji56l/ http://postimg.org/image/a4gfzfhof/

EDIT: I am only 20 years old, so I am by no means a veteran in my industry nor do I claim that any techniques or methods I mention are the best. My industry is very creative, and every engineer mixes differently.

EDIT 2: Thanks for getting this to the top of the metal subreddit!

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
JournalistWe are Wall Street Journal reporters and authors Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, here to answer your questions about our new book on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. http://www.topiama.com/r/3558/we-are-wall-street-journal-reporters-and-authors Hi, we’re Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, Wall Street Journal reporters and authors of the new book “The Age of Cryptocurrency,” about how bitcoin and digital currencies are poised to overturn the world of finance. ( Buy with old money here Buy with bitcoin here!

In our day jobs, we cover the goings on in global markets and economics. But over the past year, on nights, weekends and holidays, we explored the rabbit hole that is cryptocurrencies, the tumultuous, sometimes confusing, but always surprising, wild world of bitcoin.

Some pre-reading: An essay on the digital currency revolution, published in last weekend’s Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-revolutionary-power-of-digital-currency-1422035061

Ask us anything!

https://twitter.com/reddit_AMA/status/560816101559660544

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitHi Reddit, I’m Bill Gates and I’m back for my third AMA. Ask me anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/3550/hi-reddit-im-bill-gates-and-im-back-for-my-third I’m back for my third AMA. I’m happy to talk about anything. Philanthropy, technology, what it’s like to drink water made from human waste... (Short answer: Just like drinking any other kind of water, except that people get a little freaked out by the whole idea.)  

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at the annual letter that Melinda and I just published (gatesletter.com). This year we make the case that in the next 15 years, life will improve faster for people in poor countries than it ever has before.

 

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/lBMmhsA.gif  

https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/560503503274008576

 

UPDATE: I have to go. But thanks for all the questions. This really is a fantastic community: Thanks! http://i.imgur.com/aHGlmuI.gifv  

I’d like to sign off with one last plug for the Annual Letter, www.gatesletter.com, and my blog, www.thegatesnotes.com.

 

FINAL UPDATE: Thanks for joining in, Reddit. I knew all that time I spent writing signs would pay off: http://youtu.be/9p4bm-RAlLA

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
OtherI am Craig Watts, chicken factory farmer who spoke out, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3551/i-am-craig-watts-chicken-factory-farmer-who-spoke I'm the Perdue chicken contract grower from this r/videos post on the front page last month. After 22 years raising chickens for one of the largest chicken companies in the US, I invited Compassion in World Farming to my farm to film what "natural" and "humanely raised" really means. Their director Leah Garces is here, too, under the username lgarces. As of now, I'm still a contracted chicken factory farmer. AMA!

Proof: http://imgur.com/kZTB4mZ

EDIT: It's 12:50 pm ET and I have to go pick up my kids now, but I'll try to be back around 3:30 to answer more questions. And, no ladies, I’m not single!

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIamA Marketing Specialist in Coca-Cola, Russia. AMA about Coke or work in Russia! http://www.topiama.com/r/3552/iama-marketing-specialist-in-cocacola-russia-ama Hello everyone! I am Marina and have been working for Coca-Cola Hellenic (the world's second-largest Coca-Cola bottler) for almost 2 years already. I started as a Manager Trainee and now am a regional traditional trade and premium alcohol (everything from Brown-Forman company) specialist. Ask me anything about our brands or their presence in Russia or any other questions about working in this country. Proof!

P.S. Yes, in Soviet Russia Coke drinks you.

P.P.S. Thank you for your questions, dear redditors! I will answer all of them, just give me some time! :)

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicWe are the band Motion City Soundtrack. AUA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3553/we-are-the-band-motion-city-soundtrack-aua Hey Reddit! It’s Justin, Josh, Jesse, Matt and Claudio from Motion City Soundtrack here.

We are currently on the road for the “Commit This To Memory” 10 Year Anniversary Tour.

If you want to check us out on tour, you can grab tickets at motioncitysoundtrack.com/events.

If you want to hang out, converse, take a photo, and sing a couple songs together while staring longingly into each others eyes, you can pick up a VIP package at motioncitysoundtrack.groundctrl.net/events

We will be here answering all your questions starting at 3pm EST, so get to it: Ask us anything!

Proofs

We are: joshuaallencain (Josh) elvisdechico (Claudio) jcpmcs (Justin). Matt and Jesse will answer from this account!

Edit: Hey guys, we gotta wrap it up, but it's been awesome! Josh, Justin, and Claudio will continue answering questions throughout the future and all eternity, perhaps...

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicI am Matisyahu, a reggae/rapper/alternative rock musician chatting with you from Los Angeles, CA. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/3556/i-am-matisyahu-a-reggaerapperalternative-rock redditors, today you are the first to watch the world premiere of “Hard Way”, the new music video from my latest album, Akeda.

Director Joe Baughman and I are breaking down the new video and I'm excited to answer your questions!!!

You can watch the video here.

0:00 - The ropes and the mirrors. Each mirror dangling has a straight edged side and a wrinkled side, representing the many inescapable angles to every problem and the different perspectives the can be seen. The ropes attached to Matisyahu all venture off to unknown places in the darkness, pulling at him from different directions.

1:02 - Possibly my favorite shot of the video. The tub plays the role of the ritual mikvah cleansing. I love the symmetry of the flower and the rope, mirror opposites, as well as the intimidating color of the water. There always seems to be an intimidating aspect to the cleansing process, a darkness to the water.

2:12 - Jaden, the child who has been in the last 3 videos I've made for Matisyahu, has been great. He embodies the innocence of Matisyahu, and sort of a purity that is remembered but just out of reach.

2:37 - There is an obvious sparseness to the audience in this video. They are the perceived judges of Matisyahu, aged, stern and unamused.

3:30 - Matisyahu is hoisted up (rather crudely in real life). The smoke and the mirrors cause too much perplexity to make any sense out of anything. Sometimes a god's eye perspective, or a higher-level view, needs to be attained, but it's not easy to see things that way.

Victoria helped me get started...

https://twitter.com/reddit_AMA/status/560558348610060289

https://twitter.com/matisyahu/status/560559124854108162

***** Thanks so much for your questions and your support. I hope you enjoy the hard way video. Thank you JOE. I gotta go pick up my boys from school. I'll try and hop back on after the kings beat the blackhawks tonight or tomorrow during the day. bless

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
otherI'm Richard Kirkendall, founder & CEO of Namecheap (The EFF-supporting registrar), AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/3546/im-richard-kirkendall-founder-ceo-of-namecheap Move Your Domain Day started on December 29th, 2011 when Namecheap and Reddit users teamed together to spark a mass exodus from registrar and hosting companies that did not support a free and open Internet. Since then, Namecheap has hosted an annual Move Your Domain Day, raising funds for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

I'm doing this AMA today, on Move Your Domain Day 2015, to show our continued support for a free & open Internet, and to honor the community who helped start this whole thing (AKA: YOU GUYS!). Ask me anything! #MYDD15

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EDIT: Thank you for all the questions! Signing off and calling it a night. Until next time! -RK

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA Anthony Cumia, host of The Anthony Cumia Show. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3548/iama-anthony-cumia-host-of-the-anthony-cumia-show After my separation from SiriusXM and The Opie and Anthony show, I now host The Anthony Cumia Show. We just finished our 100th live episode!

I’m also live streaming my answers over at http://www.AnthonyCumia.com - check it out.

My proof: https://twitter.com/AnthonyCumia/status/560218796473192448

Edit: We're done - thanks for all the questions! Don't forget to subscribe to our show if you want to watch live from 4-6PM Monday thru Thursday - and all of our past 100 episodes are available on demand. Over 200 hours for you!

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicI’m Dan Mangan. I play Dan Mangan in the band Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Ask me anything (except my lurker username). http://www.topiama.com/r/3549/im-dan-mangan-i-play-dan-mangan-in-the-band-dan First AMA! Common lurker, but the guilt of never actually getting involved has taken over.

My band Dan Mangan + Blacksmith is celebrating the recent release of our new album CLUB MEDS (Arts & Crafts / City Slang).

Big thanks for all the love the album has gotten from NPR, The Guardian, Q, Uncut, etc. We’re headed across Canada (& Chicago/Minne) supported by Hayden and Astral Swans starting Feb 18. Europe in April, and more USA dates soon, also (incld SXSW).

  • You can get some more info about (and stream/listen to) “Club Meds” HERE.
  • You can watch the music vid to VESSEL HERE.

Annnnnnnnd PROOF HERE.

Let's rock.

EDIT: HOLY CRAP FOLKS! It's been almost 5 hours!! My wife fed me a rice cake. Seems like it's slowing down here.. Thanks so much for all the amazing questions, this has been a blast. I'll linger a bit longer here and see if I missed anything..

EDIT #2: Put the kid to bed and now am back. really trying to make sure each question gets answered.. I'll check back periodically throughout the evening when I'm able

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am stand up comedian, D.J. Demers aka 'The Hearing Aid Guy' AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/3542/i-am-stand-up-comedian-dj-demers-aka-the-hearing I've gotta get out of here, guys! Thanks so much for all your questions. I had a lot of fun.

Thanks to DRBUCKET2 for posting the Conan video a couple days ago. I don't know you, but you helped me out!

Follow me on twitter or Facebook

Thanks again everyone!

I'm a stand-up comedian from Toronto. I recently performed on Conan. I also wear hearing aids, but I don't like to talk about them much.

Some people said I should do an AMA. Let's see if anyone cares about me or if I'll be hanging out by myself. Either way, gonna be a blast.

(https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/2tie5s/this_guy_might_have_hearing_problems_or_something/)

My Proof: Imgur

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerWe are Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos. Ask us anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/3543/we-are-jerry-springer-and-steve-wilkos-ask-us Hello everyone.

We're back with all-new shows this February. You can check out the trailers here for The Jerry Springer Show and the Steve Wilkos Show.

A little bit about each of us: We're celebrating 20+ years of working together this year. The Jerry Springer show began in September of 1991. And I'm figuring we've done at least 4,500 episodes. And we've had... at least 10 guests per show... at least... that's 45,000 people who have been on this show. That is a nation of dysfunction. And I am proudly its leader.

Steve will be merging in shortly. In the meantime...

Jerry Springer:

And for Steve Wilkos:

Victoria's made the trip to help us out in-person today. Go ahead and AUA.

https://twitter.com/jerryspringer/status/559789598684217345

EDIT

Well, I would just say that the relationship that I have with Steve for all these years has been great. And I've been given a great life, in large part thanks to this show, so thank you, thank you, thank you. - Jerry

Thanks, I appreciate people watching' - having my own show certainly has changed my life. I get to do a lot of wonderful things thanks to the show, being on TV. I feel very very fortunate. I don't have to drive a squad car around anymore! - Steve

And if people could watch, I'd appreciate it. - Jerry

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceI moved to Japan, grew and sold marijuana until I was caught AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3545/i-moved-to-japan-grew-and-sold-marijuana-until-i Hello Reddit

10 years ago my best friend passed away and I decided to leave the gang I was a part of since I was a teenager. I got engaged to the girl who was with me through it all and moved across the country to start a new life.

Going straight proved to be more difficult than I ever imagined and after 6 months we decided to leave the country. I had always wanted to go to Japan and so we bought tickets but at the last minute my fiancé decided that this new adventure was a bit too far for her to handle so she boarded one plane and I boarded another.

I spent the first year teaching English and travelling around the country but after the Nova English school chain crashed and flooded the market, jobs became few and far between. Old habits die hard and instead of returning and settling down I decided to tough it out and create my own business.

I started growing top quality weed and selling it in Tokyo and a few other cities to other foreigners who were looking for a little taste of home. After a few years I decided the risk vs. reward was too little and tried to grow a lot more outdoors over the summer which eventually led to my arrest, imprisonment and deportation.

The official length of time I’m banned from returning to Japan is “long time” but I hope to be able to return one day far off in the future.

TL:DR – Got engaged, left a gang and fled the country. Engagement crashed along with employment and so I sold drugs rather than come home. Got caught, got deported. AMA

(Mods can verify)

EDIT: Well it's getting late and I'm going to call it a night. I have some time tomorrow to answer any other questions I get overnight so I'll check back in the morning. It's been really fun going down memory lane and I hope you all enjoyed tales of my functional derelict lifestyle. I'll go through some note books I kept from my time over there and see if I have any other interesting stories. See you tomorrow.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 0:00:00 EDT