The funny thing would be all of the random penis and breast enlargement sites they accidentally go to and try to enter their information into because they were just told "you will receive a special penis enlargement email".
Pretty soon they will be pissed at the Nigerians for taking their terrorist funds.
Just the fact that the above comment got rated insightful is further proof of how all of those here as well feel the same as the citizenry there.
We all just feel that the cops are no longer on their side. We don't feel this way just because, but we feel this way because cops around the country are working overtime to make sure that we feel this way. If they can't see why, then maybe they should take some time to reflect and possibly read these discussions online. Might help them figure things out of their aren't overly closed minded.
Anyone else notice that the authors of these laws and acts that are being abused always come out later after the abuses to say "It wasn't intended for this!". Well, maybe they should have listened to the critics who at the time of proposing it were telling them it was open to abuse later on. The internet has raised plenty of concerns on plenty of acts and each time the writers say "Oh, it won't be used that way, just trust us". Then later on the laws are abused to oppress the public.
Anyone else noticing this pattern? And then they want to put in place laws like SOPA and such but don't worry they say, it won't be abused. Ha!
Until they show up at your house with professional locksmiths while you are out away. And they know when you are, because they know you address, your phone number, your phone provider, and the same info for anyone else who lives with you.
And since they have access to all other records from major entertainment and communication services, they will know exactly when you leave and most likely for how long.
They can just do a friendly drop in, copy your hard drive, and then poof back out. You need a pretty intense system to know that they were even there. Or just a non-bribable dog perhaps.
Back when I was young, I was always proud to call myself an American. These days not so much.
America felt like it used to stand for freedom, and a great opportunity to make things better. These days it feels more like I am telling other countries not to bow to the US' paid off reps who just want to push policies globally that benefit the few rich people and those in power. Now it feels more like our government itself is the best ally the terrorists could have ever hoped for. Terrorists want to instill fear and get people to live in terror. They hated us for our freedoms. Apparently our government does to.
Taking most of the chances they get to degrade the educational system or hinder it (the less educated we are the easier we can be controlled). Constantly spewing lies about the threats around every corner everywhere you go both online and off. When the entire government system is acting as the terrorists, who is there to protect us from them?
They obviously don't care about the constitution anymore and are trying to work around it every chance they get. "Legal" monitoring to evade the 4th. Trying to redefine what a journalist is so they can beat people up for trying to use the 1st.
I have spoken out to those who would listen about why a bunch of bad laws aren't needed, and why people shouldn't help promote bad laws because of temporary emotional lapses. Seems the country got bad anyways. I just am not sure how to fix it at this point. It is just such an anti-American group running the American government right now.
I used to be proud to be an American, but right now our government is atrociously bad on a lot of fronts. I don't feel pride anymore, but more sad for the world at large.
The fact that they considered all of the bad ideas seriously means I won't touch it.
I have long been a PC gamer but also liked a lot of features of the 360. I will be returning to the PC exclusively for games from "next gen" (next gen always sounds funny because the PC is always already there).
I just don't trust the big companies and their consoles anymore. Through software updates they seem to think it is okay to make huge changes to the way things work. We can already see that they want to take things in a direction that is not good for the consumer. I will stick to PCs for the new stuff now. Thanks.
Re: Wrong from start: Copyright Isn't A Business Model
Techdirt: the only forum where "give away and pray" is taken seriously.
OotB, you have been here long enough to see the articles Mike has written where he expresses serious doubts about the Give away and Pray model.
Why spout such outright lies? They discredit anything else you are trying to say.
The legacy middlemen know that there are plenty of ways to make money without copyright. This is what scares them. The more ways there are, the harder it is for them to sit in the middle and collect money they didn't work for.
So, what they do work for, is to oppress and hide as many artists and creators as possible by using copyright. They use it as a blunt tool to attempt to maintain control over the entire ecosystem.
With secondary liability, their lives will be made so much better. Who will large tech and internet companies have an easier time listening to, the large middlemen currently in place, or tons of individual content creators pointing out where their content is wrongfully blocked?
We have seen plenty of stories in the past here on TechDirt about artists who have been wrongfully blocked under the current system, be it on YouTube, on review sites (dajazi anyone?), or through other avenues they used to distribute THEIR content. This private distribution and direct to fan is their absolute Worst enemy. It cuts them out. They cannot collect money for doing minor paperwork anymore once the new systems flourish.
As such, copyright is all about one thing, control. They built up tons of money under this old system from back when it actually was more efficient. Now they will use that to try to maintain their seat of power.
Re: Re: Re: I'll never understand the guilty pleas. Always a mistake.
I rarely even click to show them anymore, but the topic in the replies made me show the comment. It has an insightful flag even though it was reported. I added an insightful because I completely agree. Doesn't happen often with OotB, if its the same one.
I have tried to get that d-bag out of office every chance I have had since I was old enough to vote. I honestly want to send him a simple email that just asks "How do you fit so much d-bag into such a small minded meat suit?". I at least feel a little better that Amash is also from Michigan to make up for some of Roger's asshattery.