There is some irony to be found on those who are taking pot shots are doing so anonymously, as is recognized by the 1st Amend. as being important.
Of course they won't say who they are, because many of them have a personal axe to grind & are giddy at the idea of bad befalling TechDirt and who gives a fuck if establishes a shitty legal tactic that will be used more. They won't see it as a problem until someone uses the tactic on them, then they will be screaming how unfair it is & trying to understand why people are pointing and laughing saying they were asking for it.
This is a meritless case, brought to financially harm TechDirt. The plaintiff is a conman, who has been running this con for years. Dare to question the story, and you are a racist in the backpocket of the military industrial complex. He has a lawyer who worked on a strategy of finding enough people to complain to bankrupt a media outlet. (We could debate Gawker being media, but thats not the point). Now they move onto TechDirt & the real reason behind the case might be mentioning someone bankrolling this type of lawfare was gay in print again, its all it took the first time.
If you can help, please help. Make a stand today, even if you don't always agree with what TechDirt has to say. If you won't stand up for the rights of those you disagree with, don't be shocked when no one comes to help you.
And of course this extra money is being set aside to deal with maintaining the network & not to upgrade the CEO's office with a make over.
It's a fun system we have going. They demand more & more money to do things they agreed to do, because they took the money they got before to pad their wallets and not for the intended use.
As things get better, faster, stronger, cheaper they find ways to pocket the savings and pretend it costs more because more money is always good. It is a pity that there isn't anyone with enough juice to call them out on their lies & punish them for it.
When parents refuse to parent meets well someone should do something.
Once upon a time, students would face detention or a parental meeting. Of course now parents more often than not insist their special snowflake would never punch another kid in the head & that video doesn't tell the whole story. The kid who was punched obviously did SOMETHING horrible & should be punished but not their child.
Schools should not be put into a position where funding is threatened because there are issues happening. They should be involved in teaching the children not only the 3 R's but how to get along with others. But we can't have sportsball stars facing punishment, we might lose a game. We can't have girls hitting puberty & using their breasts to distract good boys. We can't blame boys for assaulting girls, boys will be boys. We can't risk a lawsuit, so we bring the cops in. We can't explain to cops that the school beat isn't a prime time crime drama where someone needs to be in jail in 22 minutes. We can't fund our library, because some parents feel they have the right to dictate what all children get to read. We can't fund science, because some parents feel that their deeply held religious beliefs demand equal time. We can't upset people by ignoring their pet complaint.
Mean girls have bullied others long before their were computers, adding cyber doesn't make it worse. What makes it worse is parents & other adults jumping up declaring this is something very different that needs a different legal response. Sometimes the snowflake needs detention. Sometimes the snowflake needs suspension. Sometimes the parents screaming about how it'll keep the snowflake from a good college at the school should explain that to the snowflake. That if you behave like this, there are consequences to your actions & we aren't going to blindly look away & pretend you are perfect.
Lists fix nothing, and somehow this message hasn't made it into thick skulls.
Do Not Fly List - because an 8 month old COULD be a terrorist. Sex Offender List - because someone who peed in an alley deserves the same treatment as someone who raped a child. Cyberbully List - because creating a list you can get your target on when they decide to fight back will work out well. Members of Congress - because being on this list tends to prove they respect money more than people.
While these Congresspeople are busy talking about protecting children they have actually endangered them more to get media coverage.
Pity that no media has the courage to report the truth that their witchhunt is a waste of money & resources that does nothing but allow them to grandstand. Runaways will still be pimped, and now there is a lower chance of them being located & helped. How many children need to be forced into prostitution so that these Congresspeople can call it mission accomplished? Media fawning more important than actual reporting.
Maybe the next trafficked kids who want to sue someone for being responsible they can name these 2 idiot Congresspeople who made rescuing them harder.
I'm sure that the cases of cops raping minors is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops getting witnesses killed is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops stealing from cop charities is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops covering up & lying in shootings is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops beating handcuffed people is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops running black sites is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops claiming unarmed suspects made them fear for their lives is just fake news.
Only thing I think I am sure of is this guy is a liar, who is issuing statements devoid of fact to score points with a barrel that defends its bad apples.
FBI finally makes it to the bottom of a stack of complaints about Geek Squad employees lifting personal information & pictures from machines they repair. Rather than prosecute the smart agent looks for a way to make this benefit his case win ratio by paying the Geeks to look for CP while they shift the drives looking for nudes of the hot owners.
Because "Bad People" don't deserve the same rights, and if they did bad things we should overlook the bad things they did to prove it because the ends justify the means and if you want rights get a lawyer.
Because an open fair system should totally allow for overreach and secret methods. We should completely run CP sites & entice the creation of more CP, so we can get to court and then have to run away because exposing how we got the data might be bad for us.
Imagine if NIT was just a nice way to cover-up parallel construction, a secret black box no one can question because they are bad enough that we can suspend the rule of law to get them.
This behavior is making it much harder to tell the 'good guys' from the 'bad guys'. Everyone breaking the law in pursuit of something and when push comes to shove no one gets found guilty having wasted time, effort, cash, & subjected more children to abuse.
And no one can get much traction with suggesting perhaps the system needs reform because it is a scared cow we can not touch (unless it is to expand mark holders rights).
It doesn't cost much to get a shitty mark that shouldn't have happened, but the cost to get that mark thrown out is much to high. In the mean time the mark becomes a great weapon to crush competition (even if you aren't doing anything in that market) and to extract nice sums of cash.
It would be nice if the USPTO would get its shit together & stop issuing overly broad things for the courts to sort out later. The metric shouldn't be see we approved 10,000 marks this month... it should be we approved 5,000 good marks and rejected 5,000 troublesome ones.
But we've screwed up to many times because we can't handle the data we have now, so the best course of action is to get even more data to keep us blind to actual threats. This data will come in handy for us to target people who dare question what we are doing. If we can silence those people, we can go forward with implanting GPS chips in everyone who enters our borders & track them everywhere and this will totally keep us safer & not be used for personal gain.
If only there were like some internal system that was supposed to take care of these things & there were actually punishments for those that violated the rules.
Protecting the image constantly trumps living up to the rules. Nothing bad ever seems to happen to those who violate the rules, but those who dare report violations are burned at the stake. And they wonder why people lose faith in the systems.
The monolith remaining silent about things... that never happens. Just wait until the new algorithm tweak rolls out where submitting a delisting order raises the score of the item in question in search results.
One wonders if the monolith is gearing up to tell the **AA's to stop burying them in crappy notices for content they don't host.
I wonder if Popehat would like to take the case of every person Woods has tweeted insults similar to the one at the base of this case. One would enjoy seeing him bleeding millions of dollars when people merely have to claim to be inconvenienced by what Woods said while offering no proof of the same.
Perhaps the fact no one will insure him has less to do with Abes tweets, and more so with Mr. Woods unhinged ranting at anyone that upsets him online. That perhaps a 'star' given to suggesting random people are drug abusers and other insults doesn't track very well for a big budget film.
So I hope he gets sued by someone he insulted, and they point to this case as why they are entitled to keep mocking him online & demand full access to the details of his life.
As I learned on the interwebs.... Christ what an asshole.