I remember hearing my parents discussing the Dunblane massacre when I was three, so I kind of understood when I was told there was a zero tolerance policy on guns in place 'to express solidarity with the survivors of Dunblane' when I entered the reception class of my local primary school over a year later. This all came to a head two years after that when an eight-year-old girl was charged by the school over an illustration of a gun in a book she had brought in, so one of us six-year-olds (I admit nothing) found an English text book with a picture of a gun, then copied it onto the blackboard with chalk during dinner break. When the teacher walked into the room, he knew one of us had done it and called in the headteacher. Once he had, we pointed out the picture in the book to both of them, and a week later, the older girl was back without a criminal record and the zero tolerance policy was gone. When I pass the playground on my way to the shops now, I see children playing with water pistols and cap guns they've taken in, and nobody cares about such obvious toys unless they're used to injure someone else.
Reality check: the way self-defense with guns works is primarily by killing people. Try telling that to anybody who's ever inflicted a non-fatal gunshot wound on a home invader, see what kind of answer you get.
So basically, Burton could charge other companies sponsorship fees to PepsiCo, Crapple, and other non-official companies for the Winter Olympics and the year prior, and there's nothing the IOC can do about it? Fight, fight, fight!
Except that the Something Awful article wasn't libellous in any way. I mean yes, it is full of untruths made as statements of fact, I admit, but whereas you read "Completely Libelous Review of Universal Combat" as saying, "We hold our hands up to actionable libel and defamation of character," I read it as saying, "You shouldn't believe a word of this, it's complete bullshit from beginning to end." Declaring that an article is untrue in its title means it can't be libel, and no one can make anyone think any less of you than you already have, so the threshold for defamation hasn't been met.
Everything that I posted in my response, is in the public domain. No, it's not. It may be published, but that doesn't mean it belongs to the public, not under the Berne Convention. Derek Smart: smartly misunderstanding copyright, again. /facepalms
Actually, you're supposed to look in the mirror and say 'Derek Smart' five times to make him come and rip your guts out with his billhook. Apparently, if you're a legitimate reviewer, I mean an egregious troll, then Janus will also show up to gore you with his horn. Who's Janus, you ask? Well, he's the unicorn that Derek Smart met while raping him at the petting zoo, and he enjoyed the experience so much that he married the human after his release from the island of a man named Dr. Moreau, to which he'd been sentenced for five years on account of his violent bestiality.
I have to admit though, that the rogue US Fed is now so unpredictable that it might just arrest and incarcerate half a million US citizens, simply to protect the DMCA system and its abusers. Which is exactly why I suggested that people outside the US do it. The worst punishment I know of for abusing DMCA procedures is a large fine, something that would be difficult at best to enforce, even under the unilateral extradition treaty currently in place between the UK and the US.
When [Nielsen] called me to do the screening survey, the representative specifically told me that a TV tuner card, watching OTA broadcast TV, doesn't count as television if I use a projector or a computer monitor as output [...] Seriously? I think I'll inform TV Licensing of that the next time I have to pay the TV tax.
Dear Customer Unfortunately, the prices listed on the Amazon website for our products were incorrect. We are currently working to rectify this situation, but in the meantime, are pleased to offer you a discount of a third of the official price on each of the products you selected as a goodwill gesture if you still wish to go through with your order. Yours sincerely, Hannah's Attic and Place.
How many complaints you think the guy would have got if he'd just written something like the above to customers who'd placed orders before all this kicked off? Customer Service: it ain't just for corporations.