Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the histories-and-hypocrisies dept
Recently, Bell seems to have woken up to the fact that lots of people use VPNs to access Netflix in other markets — and has decided that’s a terrible thing. This week, they urged the public to shame such users, prompting both our first and second place comments for insightful this week. First, it’s an anonymous commenter pointing out just how absurd this whole thing has gotten:
You know we’re in crazy land when even paying for content is theft
Next, it’s DB underlining the double standard when it comes to regional restrictions:
Businesses want to choose in a global labor market, but they don’t want ‘their’ customers to have unmediated access to the global services marketplace.
If it’s possible to give up due process, then “due process” means nothing at all.
Next, we head to our post about how police and the media make efforts to disparage those who have died as a result of bad police behavior, where one anonymous commenter highlighted how the system inherently favors bad cops over good ones:
That’s why I automatically assume the police and press are lying when they say anything negative about the person they just shot.
Although I did once meet a former officer who had quit after almost shooting an unarmed man, and I do believe his story. The problem is, he quit because he was a good cop and couldn’t stand the thought of shooting someone who was unarmed, even though the officer thought the person he was chasing had a gun and was about to shoot him.
So the problem is, people who should be cops quit when they come close to shooting an unarmed person, and those who shouldn’t be cops don’t quit. So you see how police forces quickly become full of people who shouldn’t be cops.
On the funny side, we start out on our post about a UK official claiming that torrents are a gateway to more serious crime, and expounding the need to prevent kids from going down that path. That One Guy won first place by noting a certain unintended wisdom in his words, and adding an additional statement to his list:
“There are many of our young people, and not only young people, who are becoming highly skilled and capable in a digital environment,” he said.
“It’s important that they put those skills to good use and are not tempted to become involved, unwittingly in cyber criminality.
“They are members of forums and are exchanging ideas in a marketplace that criminals are looking (at).
“They are looking for people with technical skills who can compliment their criminal business.
“They are looking to recruit those people.
“They try to induce and manipulate them.”
“And that is why it’s so important to sit down and talk to your sons and/or daughters, because if you don’t, they might end up working for the government.”
From threat letter:
Your act also amounts to a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Information Technology Act, 2000. This act of you have caused great damage to our client’s business, as well as to its name and reputation, and although such looss cannot be compensated in terms of money, our client will be entitled to claim and recover from you substantial amount by way of compensation/damages.
I was expecting to see an additional paragraph:
We will forego any damage if you will help our wealthy client to move a large sum money out of the country in exchange for half the proceedes. Please to be sending us your bank account informations so we can be depositing the large sum into your account.
For editor’s choice on the funny side, we remain on that post for a moment, where we also examined the whole idea of copyright and code and just how such things should work. Is simply viewing source code copyright infringement? One anonymous commenter adapted an old defence to this new purpose:
i looked at the words, but i didn’t inhale.
Finally, we head to our post about the ongoing fears (and fights) related to cellphone radiation. One commenter pointed out the deja vu feeling of this issue for those who were told to fear radiation from good ol’ television sets, leading to a conversation about the days before remote controls, and finally this gem from commenter RightShark:
My dad had a voice-activated remote control back then.
He would say “Son, go change the channel.”
That’s all for this week, folks!