Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the you-said-it dept

This week, we were concerned to see the Canadian Supreme Court make a hugely problematic ruling that Google must block sites worldwide. Bergman won most insightful comment of the week by summing up one example of why this is a bad way to approach the internet:

It occurs to me

That Google could de-list the Canadian government's own websites, including those of the courts, because Canada's laws that protect the rights of LGBT people violate the laws of places like Iran.

After all, if compliance with laws is global without regard for jurisdiction or sovereignty...

Meanwhile, we were a little more pleased to see a court order a copyright troll to pay all the legal fees of the people he spuriously sued, but as hij pointed out in his second-place winning comment, it'd be nicer to see this happen to the really dangerous, deep-pocketed copyright abusers:

Bring the hammer down on the little guy

It would be nice if judges did this to the large corps that do this to individuals. Seems a bit one sided if the big guys get to screw over the little guys with impunity. Meanwhile Zillow gets to screw over students for transforming their photos into bombastic sarcasm posts.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we've got a pair of comments responding to the general idea that cops deserve some leeway because they do a dangerous job. First, it's David with some context:

Like a garbage collector or other person employed in the vicinity of heavy operating equipment. Turns out that the risk of dying on the job for garbage collectors is higher than for policemen but they still don't get extra privileges like being allowed to shoot truck drivers when feeling endangered.

Next, it's an anonymous commenter responding to the idea that it's really the public that needs to learn to shape up and behave better around cops:

Wrong, it is up to the trained professional to learn how to approach people, who may behave in different fashions depending on their mental health, intoxication level, etc. If someone panic at the sound of the word gun, and empties a magazine into someone, either their training is insufficient, slanted towards towards shoot first, or they are in the wrong job

Over on the funny side, our first place winner comes in response to a comment requesting that we refrain from using profanity in headlines (not an unreasonable request, but one I have mixed feelings about). Roger Strong, however, had an addendum:

Also don't mention Comcast in your headlines as that inevitably leads to NSFW language.

In second place, we've got another response to the Canadian Supreme Court decision about Google, from stderric in the form of a friendly dig at Canada:

The easiest letter in the world to write, and it would make the whole problem go away instantly:

__________

Dear Canada:

You're Canada. We're Google. Who can the world afford to live without?

Humbly Yours,
Google

__________

For editor's choice on the funny side, we've got a pair of responses to the TSA's new plot of checking what passengers are reading. First, suggestor proposed a small trolling operation:

Titles, such as "Becoming a TSA agent and dealing with the loss of I.Q. thereafter" or "The TSA catalog of resellable confiscated goods" would be neat for book covers...!

On the other hand, Tzzeeeman saw it as a potential new audience:

Excellent. Now I'll have someone to read my bad fanfiction.

That's all for this week, folks!


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    ECA (profile), 2 Jul 2017 @ 12:46pm

    lOVE THE IDEA..

    The TSA/border patrol/OTHER PARTS OF DHS..
    Taking away devices that could be used to PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR PLANES..

    Who is causing more problems??

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 3 Jul 2017 @ 12:04am

    Does Trump Know The Truth About What Happened At Roswell, Do You Think?

    Or is he part of the coverup now?

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  3. icon
    stderric (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 2:02am

    Re: Does Trump Know The Truth About What Happened At Roswell, Do You Think?

    Know what happened? Is what happened. That ain't no 'toupee' perched on his head.

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 6:01am

    That's some pretty effective spam right there.

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  5. icon
    ECA (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 7:20am

    Re: Does Trump Know The Truth About What Happened At Roswell, Do You Think?

    TRUMP is what Roswell was all about..they just thought he was Docile..

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  6. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 7:47am

    Re: Does Trump Know The Truth About What Happened At Roswell, Do You Think?

    Trump is how we know nothing happened at Roswell. If he had found out about aliens, he would have told the world as soon as he did.

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  7. icon
    Seegras (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 8:15am

    Re: Does Trump Know The Truth About What Happened At Roswell, Do You Think?

    We do know what happened at Roswell.

    Apart from the stealth-fighter development, it was one of the biggest psy-ops of the 25AF, where it created this alien/UFO story as a cover for the above stealth-fighter project.

    And it's even more successful than anybody ever imagined.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 3:06pm

    Re: Re: Does Trump Know The Truth About What Happened At Roswell, Do You Think?

    Donald Trump is what happens when nobody kills Batman's parents.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 3 Jul 2017 @ 9:46pm

    Techdirt is taking a long weekend for the 4th of July. We'll be back on Wednesday!

    Happy 4th of July!

    I have refrained from trolling Trump by tweeting pictures of crowds watching nuclear tests back in the 1950s - and declaring that the only reason Trump can't let Americans watch the ultimate firework on the 4th of July is that other countries won't let him.

    That was hard.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Jul 2017 @ 6:28pm

    Read bad fanfiction?

    Just have "Artemis' Lover" on your devices and have them read that.

    Of course, that would require you to go and download anything by Oscar.

    TBH, we could use that for torture of terrorists.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 4 Jul 2017 @ 10:06pm

    Re: Read bad fanfiction?

    Pfft. That is low-level bad fanfiction.

    Now, “A sorcerer, a demon, and Emeralds”? That is some High Octane Nightmare Fuel.

    (Also: Holy shit, someone referenced “Artemis’ Lover” on Techdirt; my week is made. 😄)

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Jul 2017 @ 11:51pm

    Response to: orbitalinsertion on Jul 3rd, 2017 @ 6:01am

    Clearly the Techdirt spam filters are the best around.

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