- Driving businesses to foreign countries. Check! - Losing more respect from the people even though they already have none. Check! - Keep blabbing about "stealing" and "theft" while blatantly stealing from the artists. Check! - Living in a delusional world where they think people will give a shit to their pseudo victories. Check!
He stood at the microphone with a laptop reading the comments and demanding I answer for them, despite never having even read those comments, let alone created them.
So ootb is German. Suddenly a lot of things make sense now.
Ahem. Jokes apart, you could have replied that every bit of the site operation falls under American jurisdiction since TD has no operations in Germany and then proceeded to ask him if he would like to police thousands of comments daily looking for something that someone could subjectively think it's offensive to someone around Germany. You know, because everybody shares the same opinion.
Could this sort of behavior be due to knee jerk reactions to the Nazism?
These platforms are pretty good regardless of the issues they may present. I don't log into facebook for weeks and yet I like the fact that it is there. Recently we managed to gather a big bunch of people from high school and organized an amazing meeting in a pub (we closed the place for a private event). I also manage to keep in touch with people even though they don't even live in my country anymore, changed mail, phone and everything else. Social networks do have their usefulness. It is a pity though that they are failing in the freedom of speech front.
Report buttons are kind of double edged. See Techdirt for a very close example. At times sensible comments from the usual critics get hidden because the community as a whole decided they aren't worth reading (reasonably I should say). There are also times when regular users get hidden because they post something that a good number of people don't agree or find that it's not needed (ie: preemptive trolling). However there is a VERY important difference. Here the comment is merely hidden and no further action is taken unless there's real abuse (and Mike surely can weight in here if any explanation is needed).
Facebook should NOT prevent the person from accessing their account based on mere reports even if there is reason to do so. There should be a system to allow the person to see the post was reported and that Facebook took action (ie: the post is hidden and a warning is issued). Many people developed real 'facebooks' there and losing access would mean losing lifelong pictures and content. This is not right. In the worst case they can be prevented from posting but NOT from accessing past content. And even the "offensive" content should not be deleted (rather hidden).
The key point here is that there is a need for appealing any decision from the company. There's no such a thing in the big companies unless it becomes public that they are censoring stuff arbitrarily.
And because there are attacks in Iraq there's the need to spy on Americans. You know, I'm not American and it would be mildly understandable if these programs were spying international traffic. But even if we assume it's alright to fuck up with the privacy of the world it still doesn't justify spying on Americans and violating the Constitution....
The MAFIAA fucks up everything they touch till the point when they are dragged kicking and screaming to the future only to discover how to rip off the customers AND the artists with the new technologies. If I were Larry Page I'd be on a quest to obliterate the labels (for starters) by either assimilating them (direct buy) or making them go bankrupt (ie: helping lawsuits against them and other destructive processes) always while maintaining the looks as if everything was alright. Good for them I'm not him ;)
You'd be surprised how perfectly 'innocent' dads, granddads, moms and so on are involved with the most absurdities. The world ain't a pretty place. I'm actually surprised they managed to dismantle the site.
I'll bet that at least one had a password in the realm of 123456 or the likes. There is no end to human stupidity (and yes I'm pointing at you and including myself in), every once in a while we do stupid things regardless of how seasoned, experienced or smart we are.
Which only emphasizes and reinforces the point made in the last paragraph. If we ignore the cynic in us, it's much much better to have focused efforts than throwing such broad, deep net. If screw ups happen you won't be compromising the entirety of the population.
Epic win for both South Africa and Brazil (and others who are giving the middle finger to these bullshit treaties). If the "developed countries" want to build their little club they can do it among themselves. It's not like they'll find minerals, food and other commodities elsewhere in the quantities they need.
Kittens pretending they are lions are not threatening.
Re: Re: Looks like a typical race to the bottom, Mike.
The pseudo-veiled protest is epic. I'd say that they are already successful considering how young the project is. They do need some tweaking (I'd start with the site layout) but I'm sure it'll be a huge success much like HB is.
I've come to ignore ootb by default but as I've said before sometimes his idiocy generates awesome comments. Nice.
Perhaps instead of putting more money towards stopping the next Ed Snowden, the Senate should give that money to the inspector general to investigate the NSA and encourage the next Ed Snowden to come forward.
Or perhaps they could simply shut down the NSA and save 10 billion dollars per year while also giving another billion for oversight procedures within the Govt itself. Not happening.
I've watched that movie "The Siege". It was plain prophetic. The US Govt wiped their asses with the Constitution and now legislate 'on-the-fly' as the situation requires (in their view) with the "terror" justification. Being in New York adds further depression to it.
One can only hope these kids don't grow up with distorted personalities and that those morons holding such positions die a swift death. I'm guessing these morons are in their 50-60s so there's some time before the idiocy starts fading. What a fucked up generation... I hope there's a lawsuit coming.