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  • May 9th, 2019 @ 12:17pm

    Re: Re: The real problem

    You have to understand the Facebook business model. "We" are their product. Without people getting on FB directly, their whole business falls apart. Sure, they will host news articles posted by users. Provided, you have to log on to FB directly to get it. That is the source of their revenue, not what is being posted. That is why the third party apps you mention, are not allowed.

    FB pulling things down is them being fearful of what actual government regulated moderation might arise, if they did not. The entertainment industry did the same with the voluntary Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film rating system, back in the day. If that had not occurred, the government would have intervened, to force the issue.

  • May 9th, 2019 @ 12:04pm

    Re: Re: The real problem

    Agreed. The mainstream media has not only gotten lazy, but they have put an emphasis on being the first to put out a story, as opposed to putting out an accurate one. So, they let others do the garbage collection for them. That is solely their fault. I don't fault Facebook or Twitter for that. News is not social media's purpose, and social media never claimed it to be, unless you've heard something I haven't.

  • May 9th, 2019 @ 11:55am

    Re: Re: The real problem

    Political parties do for elections, what paint by numbers does for art.

  • May 9th, 2019 @ 11:29am

    The real problem

    The white elephant in the room is the fact that people use social platforms as a [sole] news source, instead of exercising independent thought and common sense. No legislation, or private action is going to do that for them. We all look at the symptoms, and never the actual problem. Anyone who allows their views to be shaped by social media is an idiot. They need to stop being lazy and do their own research. That goes for blindly following political parties during elections, as well.

  • Mar 13th, 2019 @ 9:22pm

    Re: God News

    I agree these calls are free speech. But put people on those phone lines. Then we'll see how badly those marketers want to reach consumers by paying the salaries. They will certainly be good "starter jobs".

  • Jan 30th, 2019 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Re: What are they preventing exactly?

    "What in the hell does Medicare have to do with the First Amendment?"

    If the PRICE you can charge for your product was relevant to the 1st Amendment, the AMA would have brought a huge constitutional challenge for all the doctors forced to undercharge their patients. And they would win, barring any of the usual government tom-foolery. But price has never been a component. If it was, the whole free market wouldn't exist as it does now. Correct me if I'm wrong but, didn't Citizens United establish that money was speech, however didn't specify an actual amount? The money itself is important to speech, but not the amount. Otherwise we would have limits in campaign funding.

    "No, but it does imply that the government is not allowed to impose a penalty on protected speech based on the political content of that speech."

    That aspect only goes so far. The government imposes all kinds of fees and penalties for being able to speak, or speaking out of turn. Money has never been part of the issue. (I concede there are exceptions.) In some states you need to pay for a state issued ID just to exercise your right to vote. That's a penalty. Permits to assemble... and the list goes on and on. Sure, people have their panties in a bunch because this happens to be a paper, but there is no right for that paper to make any money. That's up to them.

  • Jan 30th, 2019 @ 1:08pm

    What are they preventing exactly?

    I don't see the clear First Amendment violation here.

    No one is saying they can't participate in a boycott.
    No one is saying they can't sell papers.

    They're only saying you have to give a discount. Any of you on Medicare already know the government does this on doctor fees charged to Medicare. If this is a violation, so is Medicare for dictating what can be charged by doctors. And as someone else already pointed out, the paper can jack up it's price and give everyone the discount, or give the paper away for free. (Unless the article is leaving something out.)

    Freedom of speech bars the government from preventing publication of the paper. It does not imply that one should be paid [full price] for it, in any case.

    But, a stupid law and likely unenforceable, nonetheless.

  • Dec 10th, 2018 @ 10:08pm

    The main reason publishers hate piracy (the word gets out)

    I have always been of the opinion that the real main goal of DRM was to DELAY potentially bad reviews via the piracy "preview". If game gets cracked and the game sucks, word is going to get around much faster, during the initial sales push (and kills those sales off). Have you ever noticed that it's the bad movies that push infringement the hardest, before the word gets out? Same principle in play here.

    But game reviews on YouTube have made this tactic completely ineffective, so I wonder about the point nowadays.
    Now they're "doing what they always do" out of habit. Except Bethesda. They just over-hype in the pre-order phase, and sell buggy games that way.

  • Dec 6th, 2018 @ 12:41pm

    Some will like this...

    My mom (rest her soul), would have loved this idea.

    She was deathly afraid of screen burn in. She would raise the riot act, even if we paused to pee. (In spite of reassurances from her techno-son.)

    Anything to keep motion on the screen was a good thing in her book. And there are other techno-illiterates still out there who are going to think the same.

  • Nov 20th, 2018 @ 3:23pm

    What's really sad...

    Anyone from administrations BEFORE Hillary Clinton on up could have said, "Hey, if the rank and file employees have to use government accounts/servers for government business, so should I."

    None of the higher ups did. The problem is obviously systematic, regardless of to whom you are currently pointing the blame finger. Be that the political system, technical system, the hoop-jumping system, or the ass kissing system in Washington.

    No one in Washington cares. They haven't for a long time. They have been fighting FOIA since it was passed. Although in Mrs. Trump's case, it's just as likely to be idiocy, as anything else.

  • Nov 5th, 2018 @ 8:04am

    How can he not know?

    “The reality is television can be had fairly easy without paying for it."

    That's been the business model since the invention of TV. Talk about not seeing the forest through the trees.

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 11:26pm

    Always 10+ years too late

    "allowing for this would kick off "widespread hacking" of all the DVDs on the planet"

    Ripping DVDs has been standard for the masses for some time now. Talk about worrying about the barn door after the horse is not only gone, but has made many ponies.

  • Oct 23rd, 2018 @ 1:22am

    Re: Re:

    "...they must have some other reason to arrest someone in order to get the ID they wanted in the first place. Otherwise it will get tossed, and the made up reason for arrest might also get tossed."

    Agreed, but only after how much time and money is wasted by both the citizen and the government? The failings of the modern justice system, namely the perverse incentives for a quick guilty plea to get on with one's life, even in the face of innocence, make this point somewhat moot.

  • Sep 27th, 2018 @ 4:58pm

    Doesn't the CFAA come into play?

    I don't understand how the article can say fake Facebook accounts aren't illegal. Doesn't the CFAA make violating the terms of service a crime?

    Can someone explain? (Other then people with power can skirt the law. I already know that.)

  • May 24th, 2018 @ 6:51pm

    FOIA vs. CFAA

    This ruling makes me wonder what would happen if the FOIA and the CFAA had a deformed child, out of wedlock?

  • May 22nd, 2018 @ 4:53pm

    Re: Re: Mountain or molehill?

    I just question how much usable stuff someone could get, that isn't already available via other means. I could imagine, that's how Trump sees it. I know the GPS would be a non issue. And I have never seen anything done on how much a mic picks up while pocketed.

    There is also the other issue, how long it takes to upgrade things. I seem to remember Obama using an outdated Blackberry, because they couldn't "secure" an Android or iPhone. Trump would see having to wait, as ridiculous. I would agree with him on that.

  • May 22nd, 2018 @ 4:39pm

    Re: Re: Mountain or molehill?

    The mic is a good point. Taken. The camera and GPS, not so much.

  • May 22nd, 2018 @ 2:39pm

    Mountain or molehill?

    Serious problem? I don't see it from a practical standpoint (for any president). The President goes from the White House, to Marine One, to Air force One, to the presidential limo, rinse and repeat. Any one of those vehicles has a secure link. And we are worried about the chance he might use a cellphone for a fleeting moment in-between? Methinks they are more worried about his ability to tweet in general, not so much the security level of said tweet. What secret could he give away in a 30 second walk, that he doesn't give to the press already, just to show he can?

  • Apr 24th, 2018 @ 12:24pm

    Re: Re: The easiest solution is not a technical one

    As an additional note, I can see where a city might say that an app has made congestion worse. But it's all about perception for those side streets, not even close to an actual analysis of overall traffic flow, pre and post app. By their very function, nav apps distribute traffic more evenly over more routes to achieve the best travel times. That being the case, streets once not traveled so often fill up a bit, and [in theory] the traffic on the main through-ways is lessened. But of course, not everybody is using the apps to get around, so there's that.

  • Apr 24th, 2018 @ 11:47am

    The easiest solution is not a technical one

    Seems to me, the easiest solution is for the city to make Baxter Street one way going uphill. Drivers won't have to deal with gravity to maintain control. The apps will update themselves with the change.

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