I don't know about the overlay that covered TechDirt's site, but I pulled up the battleforthenet.com site in another tab to read through the letter and submit later. Then I noticed that it will not let me click in the form fields so that one's worthless if they want me to participate. Maybe you could ping them and tell them it's got a problem? Or provide some kind of direct link in one of those posts today?
I don't even care about the NFL and have already seen at least one article pointing out someone is lying about if and when the NFL saw the newly released video. From news reports back in May you see reports that the NFL reviewed all video available, including everything the police had, stuff not released to the public. Yet now they're saying they didn't see this one. Hmmm...
On the plus side, Goodell has said they screwed this one up initially and it gave them the chance for a redo with appropriate penalties. So maybe it works out overall.
Got to love those overlays linking to other videos
I love how the overlays begging you to click on them for other videos cover up the entire damn video. And you can't close the top one in the embed, since the top dropdown covers the X you need to click every time you move your mouse over the video.
Worked okay on YouTube, but what's the point of the huge overlays lasting the entire video? Why post it at all if you're just going to cover it up with crap.
The fact that Steeles recent remodel on his McMansion has lead to the builder placing a lien to get paid clouds the future. It could be calculated to make it look like he is broke. It could be calculated as part of the run away plan. It could be he shuffled the money so far and lost control of it to shady men who offered to help hide it.
Given his past actions with Prenda/etc., I'd think it's probably he has some "brilliant" plan to avoid paying and getting away with it.
I wish that I had your certainty of the way things are. Seems just as likely for the moment that the officer fired in self defense against someone who assaulted him, tried to take his gun, and was coming back for more.
Doesn't really matter what the reality is, that's the impression the local residents have, particularly the black ones. The police has to deal with that reality, and needs to handle things as if it was true to help calm the situation. There's a time to insist on resolving the truth of the issue, and that day will come, but it hasn't come yet. Right now trying to defend the cop, or paint the black kid in a bad light (e.g. the thing with him allegedly stealing cigars), is just pouring fuel onto the fire.
I'd have agreed with you once upon a time, after all the Snowden revelations, I have trouble dismissing claims of agent provocateurs. It's less crazy than a lot of the stuff we know the government's really doing nowadays. :(
What I mean, exactly, is perhaps firing every single officer and head of law enforcement in the city. It would be an extreme measure, but if the police are the ones disturbing the peace, getting rid of them all and hiring new ones from, say, the ranks of the peaceful protestors would go a long way towards restoring the peace. It would fix one of the main problems and get some cool heads in that are ready to fix the other big problem: police militarization.
The local police are a big part of the problem. I particularly liked how they decided to stir up things AGAIN last Friday by releasing the info that Brown was suspecting of robbing a convenience store of some cigars. Even though the justice department asked them to not do so. Given the timing (Thursday the Governor put the Highway Patrol in charge and things calmed down), it seemed to be nothing but pure spite.
Now there is also the problem of people coming in to riot and loot, most of which are apparently outsiders. But the local police just keep egging things along and making it worse. I would imagine the Governor's about had it with them.
I wasn't aware of that case, but I can't see any way they can claim copyright on the video created by someone other than themselves. It would seem to me that the copyright holder on those Vines and other videos made with a fan's own phone just can't belong to the EPL. That case just makes that much clearer. If they're going to send takedown notices (they'll probably use the DMCA, even though they're not in the US), then they'll be lying when they say they own the copyright.
Now they might have some kind of trademark claim over the uniforms/etc. shown in the clips. But since the vast majority of the clips will be used non-commercially, even that is pretty bogus.
All around it just seems insanely stupid and not even what the law really allows.
Well, logically it should work that way. But that's unlikely to keep Comcast from trying to sue you for making them look bad publicly. You'd likely win, but it'll cost you dearly. So check the laws to be safe, and notify them you're recording them if your state laws require it.
How about this, LEO unions need to fully co-operate with investigations into officer wrongdoing, as well as allow for back-confiscation of earnings of officers that are convicted of wrongdoing.
THIS! I was just saying to someone the other day this should be done. If the public (and the officers) knew that the cop would be docked that back pay, then the paid leave wouldn't look like nothing but a paid vacation for misbehavior that it is now.
They also need to be quicker to charge cops. As far as I can tell, the NYPD has yet to charge the cop in this case for murder even after the medical examiner ruled it a homicide. The managed to arrest the guy who filmed it though!
I have never understood why investigations of police misconduct are performed by internal police department units. Those should be done by an outside, necessarily antagonistic (the police will view it as the enemy, even if they shouldn't), entity that will actually try to find the truth, not whitewash things to get the officer back on the job faster.
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing NYPD officers, said in a statement that it was “criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”
See now, this is genius, because the guy's death was ruled a homicide, the criminals include at least part of the police officers. So let's rephrase that, shall we?
“criminals like the officer who choked Mr. Garner to death who [sic] stand to benefit the most by demonizing the public.”>
I don't think that'd give you a fair result. If it was a book I was interested in I'd go for it at $1 with DRM, and just strip the DRM off it. I'd pass at $9.99 though, I see too many (nearly all) poorly edited/typeset eBooks and won't pay that much for one. I figure if they can't be bothered to put in the effort to make it a quality eBook, I can't be bothered to spend like it is one either.
Wait,this was a serious description about how digital books are published in 2014? This wasn't a joke?
I'm pretty sure it's the truth. I see OCR-type errors in eBooks I've bought regularly. One I was reading this week had a line with an I as 1. This applies even to books first published in the last couple of years.
Then again, eBook formatting/editing is regularly atrocious. I have yet to understand how the publishers can claim it costs them so much money to copy-edit them when, as a reader, it appears no one even spell-checked the damn thing.
Comcast is hardly an unbiased source on this, and I've never seen them provide anonymized data for others to verify their claims. They also like to switch between mean, median and average in their usage claims (they seem to use them almost interchangeably, which is incorrect, they're different things), so it's hard to really tell if they have increased over time at all, much less in sync with bandwidth usage (like the rise of streaming video).
So while it may be true that most people don't get near their cap, that link isn't proof of anything beyond "Comcast is using this to justify their data caps".