Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the hear-ye dept

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is aerinai proposing a way to find out just how much cops and prosecutors believe in asset seizure as an effective means of law enforcement:

Just as an experiment, it would be interesting to see if these cops would feel the same way if 100% of the proceeds of this program were instead sent to the office that employs public defenders. I would bet that the program would stop immediately because not only are they not getting to 'keep' the cash. It would be a good way of funding the already underfunded staff at any public defender's office.

In second place, we've got Stephen T. Stone on our post about the CBP officer who demanded a journalist say he writes "propaganda" before giving him his passport back, responding to the idea that the officer wasn't wrong:

This situation reeks of a government agency attempting to stifle a free press through intimidation tactics. Whether you agree with what the member of the press in this situation says shouldn’t matter if you want a free press with which you will, at times, disagree. To wit: If a CBP agent did this to a Fox News anchor under the watchful eye of a Democrat president, how would you feel about that?

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out one more of Stephen's comments from that post, this time in response to the defense that it was just a joke:

When a person with both authority and the power to back it up tells a “joke” outside of a comedic setting that reads like an attempt to intimidate the press, take it seriously. Claiming backsies because it’s politically convenient — and doing so on behalf of another person so their position can remain ambiguous — doesn’t make what was done any less bullshit.

Next, we've got Rocky responding to the Ellen Show's copyright takedown of a critical video that modified her speech addressing her friendship with George W. Bush and reiterating the important point that transformative works are about transformation in purpose, not extensive material changes:

The video is a form of social commentary which counts as transformative.

Someone could have taken the DeGeneres video and replaced her face with a derp face throughout and it would have been transformative even though it would take minimal effort.

Unless, of course, one is simply pro-copyright and misses no opportunity to use copyright as a corporate censorship-tool.

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is Thad with another comment on that same post, this time simply underlining who the journalist in question worked for:

Ah yes, that famously biased and partisan media outlet, Defense One.

In second place, it's an anonymous response to someone who busted out the trusty ol' Rot13 on our post about Deputy AG Rosen's comments about encryption:

For better security you should really use DOUBLE ROT13.

Sincerely,
DOJ

For editor's choice on the funny side, we start with a comment from That One Guy, suggesting an ideal response for the reporter being hassled by CBP:

So very tempting...

CBP agent: So you write propaganda, right?

Reporter: To the same extent that you make the country more secure, yes, absolutely.

Finally, we've got an anonymous comment about Banksy's not-surprising-to-everyone heel turn:

"You either die a hero, or get rich enough to afford expensive law firms."

That's all for this week, folks!


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    ryuugami, 13 Oct 2019 @ 2:03pm

    The first editor's choice for the funniest seems to be missing?

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Oct 2019 @ 5:59pm

    blue and Hamilton not getting any funny or insightful votes?

    That's how you know it's a good week.

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    Samuel Abram (profile), 13 Oct 2019 @ 7:06pm

    Darnit again

    And yet I didn't make it again.

    If I were a conspiracy theorist like out_of_the_blue, I'd think this contest would be rigged.

    But I'm not, so I guess I'll take my ball and go home…

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      Thad (profile), 14 Oct 2019 @ 9:29am

      Re: Darnit again

      Is Blue mad because they include Funniest and Most Insightful but not Most Flags? Because he's right; if they listed that, he'd walk away with it every week.

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        Gary (profile), 15 Oct 2019 @ 5:26am

        Re: Re: Darnit again

        if they listed that, he'd walk away with it every week.

        Naw he'd still lose because of the way he posts from 20 different names and 50 different IPs.

        Because he is a cowardly racist who can't show his face in public. His "Common Law" is just farmers getting together to lynch undesirables.

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          Solidus, 15 Oct 2019 @ 6:08am

          Re: Re: Re: Darnit again

          Common law sounds communist. Is he a communist?

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          Thad (profile), 15 Oct 2019 @ 8:14am

          Re: Re: Re: Darnit again

          Yeah, but the awards are given for the most votes per post, not per person.

          Whatever dumbass name he may be posting under today, he's still gonna get flagged to hell and back.

          Because he is a cowardly racist who can't show his face in public.

          That's why he posts anonymously.

          The reason he keeps changing his name is because he has a man-crush on me and keeps doing weird shit to try to get my attention.

          I've got a userscript I use so I don't have to see his nonsense. Blue figured out (only about a year after I published the source code on my blog and linked it from every single post I wrote; he's very quick on the uptake, that one) that if he kept changing his name, he could get around my blacklist.

          This caused me about ten minutes of inconvenience as I rewrote the script to use a whitelist in addition to a blacklist. I'm not sure he ever noticed.

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          Samuel Abram (profile), 15 Oct 2019 @ 12:39pm

          Re: Re: Re: Darnit again

          [out_of_the_blue is] a cowardly racist who can't show his face in public.

          Isn't a "cowardly racist who can't show his face in public" also known as a "Klansman"?

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    Ninja (profile), 14 Oct 2019 @ 6:13am

    So very tempting...
    CBP agent: So you write propaganda, right?
    Reporter: To the same extent that you make the country more secure, yes, absolutely.

    Reporter (narrating): we both laughed out loud and I was sent to Guantanamo.

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