Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the bait-troll dept
Trolls, as we all know, have a tendency to derail the conversation. But once in a while, the result is that they send it hurtling down a path of insight and hilarity—and that's what happened this week. Three out of four top-voted comments came in response to one of our more tenacious bridge-dwellers, on our post about the content industry continuing to punish paying customers with their misguided attempts to fight piracy. Forever the moralist, said troll dismissed economics and pragmatism in favor of beating the piracy-is-wrong! drum, and amidst many great responses, JEDIDAH won Most Insightful for reiterating our view that wrong or not, it really doesn't matter:
If you're really worried about the money, a pirate and a lost customer "doing without" look exactly the same.
Being sanctimonious gains you nothing.
The second Most Insightful comment comes from our post about Ustream's copyright enforcement bots blocking the Hugo Awards despite all the clips used in the show being fully licensed. Geeker called for some semantic clarity:
Isn't it about time that we all start calling it what it really is... copyrestriction
If the bobble heads at the Patent Office continue on the path they are currently following then we can certainly expect a rush of patents on all kinds of human activity with the caveat of it being done "with a robot" -- e.g., dig a hole with a robot, change a tire with a robot, build a swing set with a robot -- just as "with a computer" seems to justify patents being issued on things such as getting feedback from a buyer or scrolling through a document.
(Of course, he left out "sex with a robot")
For the second Insightful Editor's Choice, we'll circle back to our top winner. JEDIDAH's comment about pirates and non-customers being no different from each other was fantastic, but Richard realized you could take it one step further and replied:
Actually this is wrong - because a pirate may give you some extra publicity and that may attract others who will pay. The "doing without" customer doesn't do this.
And that takes us nicely into the funny side of things, where both of the community's favorite comments were also in response to the regular troll who mostly took over that thread. First up, there's an anonymous comment yet again underlining the fact that focusing on morals is missing the point:
Nothing you've said has any bearing at all on this article. You're like the guy at the rave who's had one hit of acid too many and spends the rest of the weekend talking to a floorboard with a few knots in close proximity that sort of resemble a face.
Of course, at this point, I suspect we'd have better luck getting the floorboard to understand these concepts.
Up next is a reply to a reply, where still another commenter had pointed that our troll missed the point of the article entirely, and ComputerAddict suggested a possible diagnosis for this critical and repeated brain failure:
Give him a break, it's just his ContentID system failing.
It saw an article by Mike that contained the word "Pirate" and it automatically started spewing the canned "Pirate Mike" response. Its not like there is a human behind these content identification systems that are actually reading for context.
Perhaps we need a YouTube-esque warning message. "This post has been trolled because it contains content from: Reality."
For Editor's Choice on the funny side, we'll dig into the surplus of stories about porn and sex that seemed to dominate (no, not like that) Techdirt this week. First up is Tunnen on our post about some laywers "patenting sex" (not really). He snagged enough votes (plus the First Word slot) to achieve the impressive feat of out-sex-joking Dark Helmet:
I'd tell you where you could stick that patent.... though that act may also violate it. =P
And last but definitely not least (in fact, my favorite, because I love a joke crafted from the mundane by the addition of a single piece of punctuation) we've got an anonymous comment on our post about the GOP's war on porn that tweaks (no, not like that) a common campaign topic:
No more porn? Think of all the -jobs we'd be losing.
That's it for this week! See you tomorrow.