Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the says-who dept

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is an anonymous comment that does a great job at summing up much of the content moderation question:

The real problem is not that YouTube is too big to fix, but rather that the Human race is too large to moderate.

In second place, it's Thad with a response to Marco Rubio's accusation that Huawei is using patent troll tactics:

Perhaps, but the difference between Huawei and a patent troll is that Huawei actually makes things.

Nice of Senator Rubio to notice that our patent system is rife with abuse. Maybe try and fix that, instead of singling out one specific company that's abusing it.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out with a comment from Anonymous Anonymous Coward about the notion of breaking up Google:

So they break Google up...

...and what do we get. A separate search engine company. A separate video platform company. A separate email company. A separate whatever else Google did company.

Assuming YouTube gets to keep their name and users continue to upload at the same rate, how does that fix the problem of moderating YouTube?

So what other excuses can the haters come up with to break up Google, or for that matter any of the other large tech companies (excluding telecom and cable and other ISP companies, we have plenty of excuses to break them up).

Next, we've got a comment from That One Guy about the Supreme Court ruling that clearly signals social media sites are not public forums:

'Now go away or we shall taunt you a second time.'

With all the bad news on a regular basis, nice to see a good legal ruling for once. I imagine it will be promptly ignored and/or spun by the usual tools here and elsewhere, but given how explicit the ruling is that platforms can indeed engage in moderation and/or choose who to allow their platform, and that simple involvement with the government doesn't change that, they're going to have quite the uphill battle there arguing against property rights, the first amendment, and now a ruling by the US Supreme Court.

As an added bonus if they're willing to make such a strong stance in this ruling I'd imagine any attempt to enforce 'political equality' on online platforms would face a similar fate, such that any attempt to undermine or re-write 230 along those lines would be DOA and nothing but PR(which is not to say that the politicians wouldn't do it, just that the damage would likely not be too bad before it was struck down).

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is another anonymous commenter who, upon seeing the assertion that correct spelling isn't open to interpretation, couldn't resist the opportunity for a good old fashioned swipe at American English:

Actually, correct English spelling leaves plenty of room for interpretation... as the Americans haven't managed it since 1776.

God Save The Queen!

In second place, we've got Gary putting the SCOTUS ruling about public spaces in language one can only hope a certain commenter will understand:

Long read, thanks for the rundown Mike. Interesting that they explained to cover beyond the MMN.

Thus it is now Common Law that YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are not public spaces.

For editor's choice on the funny side, we start out with a comment from AgonizingFury about Caterpillar's trademark attack on a coffee company:

I don't know why everyone is upset about this. This could be very serious business.

I drive a caterpillar Hi-Lo for work. Imagine how badly I could be injured if I tried to pick up a 2000 pound pallet with my coffee cup because I was confused by confusing branding!

Please stop hating on caterpillar for trying to ensure that the users of their products are fully informed of exactly what they are using and keeping them safe.

And finally, we've got an anonymous commenter who saw the words "US policymakers can't seem to think more than a single move ahead" and, in them, another irresistible opportunity:

I find this statement extremely surprising. I didn't think our policy makers could think at all.

That's all for this week, folks!


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  1. icon
    Optical Point (profile), 23 Jun 2019 @ 12:54pm

    What’s Your Opinion #1

    Thousands of people complained about how slow 2018 was. Then all of a sudden, 2019 arrives, and before we know it we’re near the end of the month of June. To me, I think this is the karma for those who complained about last year. But I’m curious. What do you think about this? Is there a different reason why 2019’s going by faster than 2018 ever did?

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Jun 2019 @ 2:07pm

    Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    mu

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    Pixelation, 23 Jun 2019 @ 4:27pm

    Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    "Is there a different reason why 2019’s going by faster than 2018 ever did?"

    I'm not certain but I think Huawei is behind it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Jun 2019 @ 5:37pm

    Funniest comments for the week?

    All replies to out_of_the_blue and John Smith over the Prenda meltdown. Hahahahahahahaha!

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 23 Jun 2019 @ 5:39pm

    Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    Time fly's when you're having fun...and the fun from our government is spiking?

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    Aaron Walkhouse (profile), 23 Jun 2019 @ 6:45pm

    Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    This world has been accelerating down the cliff since 2001.
    At this point most won't notice when it goes into freefall. ‌ ‌ ‌ ; ]

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    Aaron Walkhouse (profile), 23 Jun 2019 @ 6:52pm

    Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    This world has been accelerating down the cliff since 2001.
    ‌ ‌ ‌
    At this point most won't notice when it goes into freefall. ‌ ‌ ‌ ; ]

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2019 @ 2:28am

    Its very nice to see the anonymous commenters scoring well.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2019 @ 4:35am

    Re:

    Why was this truth censored?

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2019 @ 5:17am

    Maybe before they go after huwei for using patents they should go after real patron trolls who prey on us startups with mediocre useless broad software patents ,
    and make it hard to file broad patents on software that just describe in legalese how to do something on a pc ,
    something that has been 10000 times by software programmers ,
    who do not bother to file useless patents .
    IF something is legal to do in the us its not fair to criticise a foreign company for doing it and taking advantage of your overly broad laws on software patents.
    Its interesting how the whole web and internet tc ip server infrastructure and windows os was invented
    without the benefit of software patents .
    if They wanted to do so chinese companys could buy old failing tech companys and make billions just by using the old patents they own
    against american companys .

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    Bobvious, 24 Jun 2019 @ 5:27am

    Re: Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    Huawei? Weren't they that tribe from F-Troop?

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 24 Jun 2019 @ 6:15am

    Re: Re: Re: What’s Your Opinion #1

    Fukawis, where the Fukawis. Say it fast and you will approach how the creators of that show managed to get over the FCC's words you can't say on TV rules.

    An NPR interview with Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch a long time ago describing this was more fun than the show, partly because I was too young (or innocent) at the time of the show to understand what was happening.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2019 @ 8:23am

    Re: Re:

    Because naming the trolls only emboldens them. These kinds of posts are pure noise.

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    TFG, 24 Jun 2019 @ 8:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Plus, it wasn't censored. Just hidden.

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