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  • Mar 11th, 2019 @ 7:24am

    Rembember Evil Cookies?

    When the EU announced their stupid 'cookie notification' regime, I was sure that after just a year or two, the powers-that-be would see that their blunder didn't solve any problems and just annoyed users of websites. I expected it to die a quiet death and disappear.

    Instead... we are still dealing with those stupid cookie notifications and now they are pushing through this ridiculous legislation.

    This time I don't hold out hope that they will see the errors of their ways. Goodbye, European friends. I'll miss you on all of the message boards and discussion threads you will be geo-blocked from after this comes into law.

  • Jul 31st, 2018 @ 11:09am

    Deepfake today -- Dynamic Video Option Tomorrow

    The thing I am upset about this deepfake controversy is how a couple bad actors did some bad things with it and now everyone is in a moral uproar over it. This is a new technology that has a lot of potential LEGITIMATE uses. For example:
    - A movie where you can cast yourself and friends in a role
    - Recast a movie with specific actors/actresses (who doesn't want to see Christopher Walken as Han Solo!)
    - Shooting pilots and pitching ideas using cheap talent and augmenting your preferred candidates instead
    - Instead of reshooting scenes after an actor either dies/does something stupid and gets fired, just use this technology in its place

    TECHNICALLY... as it is worded any of the above would be for failure to take down deep fake or other manipulated audio/video content."

    Quit demonizing a SPECIFIC technology just because a few people did something bad with it...

  • Jul 2nd, 2018 @ 2:41pm

    Behavior Interactive -- Learn to negotiate contracts!

    So here's the thing... If a company pays you to build an game, and you build a game engine (let's be honest, its the game ENGINE we are talking about here...), you need to make sure YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE ENGINE FOR REUSE FOR EXACTLY THIS PURPOSE...

    This entire case would fall apart if you owned the engine source (separate from the 'game' source).

    However, this could also come down to semantics. Behavior Interactive could say that they built an engine that they own (hopefully they have contracts to prove this is the case) and that the final product (Fallout: Shelter) was a game based on that engine.

    However... if they structured the project as building a game with a one-off engine (or didn't consider what they were building was an engine) and didn't put in any distinction between engine version and game version... yeah... they're gonna get sued and lose badly. I doubt they clean room rebuilt that engine from scratch. Ain't no one got time for that!

  • May 23rd, 2018 @ 2:20pm

    GDPR Nighmare Scenario #634

    Dear Techdirt,

    I want a record of all my posts along with those that I posted as an Anonymous Coward. I also want you to delete them. I also want all sub-threads and other mentions of my avatar name, Anonymous Coward, and real name (which I will not give you) deleted as well because, GDPR

    Have fun complying!

    K thx bye!

    P.S. please don't really do that... i'd be sad.

  • May 14th, 2018 @ 7:04am

    More 'Acceptable' Collateral Damage

    Par for the course for this administration. They want deterrence of sex work through fear; the same way they are handling the immigration at the southern border. A few more dead women trying to eek out a living is an acceptable trade-off in the eyes of the 'morality wing' of the Republican party...

    Kind of disgusting when you think about the value these politicians put on these women's lives...

  • May 4th, 2018 @ 2:44pm

    Fining Suburbanites is unpopular politically

    Seems to me that Santa Monica wants to yell, kick, and scream about AirBnB but you and I both know they will not lift a finger against the people that are illegally renting their homes. That would take time, energy, and pissing off your voting base is never a great look for politicians... But attacking this 'giant evil company that is destroying the neighborhood'... no political backlash there. Just slap a giant fine on them and make them take care of the problem for them!

    Gotta love the world of perverse incentives...

  • Apr 10th, 2018 @ 2:24pm

    Badluck Zuck

    I'd say that given the back and forth of that one, if the Booze Cruz was making statues up out of thin air, I'd probably have responded the same way as Zuckerberg. Even if I had CDA 230 memorized and prayed it like the rosary, that doesn't mean that the junk interpretation Cruz is citing isn't some stupid lower court precedent from Backwoods Alabama... Better to just say 'I'll have my lawyers call you on your bullshit later' and back away slowly... never losing eye contact.

  • Mar 12th, 2018 @ 6:05am

    Bring back the commercials!

    Mac: Hi, I'm a Mac

    PC: And I'm a PC

    Mac: I make a product that is easy to use and encourage a cult-like customer base. If you have problems, just come down to the Genius Bar and we'll help you out.

    PC: And I sue to lock people up who make recovery CDs for my customer base; because the only thing worse than customers are customer's that are using my product without going through our non-existent support channel when things break.

  • Feb 2nd, 2018 @ 1:52pm

    Disjointed PSA

    Netflix's sitcom Disjointed has a commercial of ex-NFL players who are promoting the use of cannabis over pain killers for sports injuries. They 'had' to refer to the NFL as the 'North American, non-Canadian football league'...

    At the end of the day, it is easier just not to say it so you don't get sued. No matter how stupid the lawsuit, you still have to pay lawyers to defend against it. So the NFL gets its pound of flesh one way or another...


  • Feb 1st, 2018 @ 9:38am


    I agree; Instead of legislating design, just legislate that if a COMPANY can repair a device, they make the equipment to do said repairs available. Apple has a device that can reauthorize the home button. Stores let you create new car keys. Auto manufacturers sell diagnostic tool kits...

    It should be as simple as: if you make a device, and you have an in-house tool to repair it, you have to make it available to third parties as well.

    Much simpler than telling companies they have to design things in a certain way...

  • Jan 29th, 2018 @ 6:48am

    Lets talk about fees...

    So, if you have Comcast cable, you are paying anywhere from $8 to $16 for the privilege of having a cable box/DVR (more if you need a second receiver) to watch the content you paid for. So you can pay for an entire subscription of Netflix or HBO NOW for the same price. Local channels + Regional Sports, whether you like it or not, will cost anywhere from $8 - $12 as a below-the-line fee. That is almost another streaming service of your choice; again, for free. Want to watch anything in HD? Add $10 on top of that (at this point... really? but yeah... it is there).

    So i'm not sure how $26-$38 in BASE FEES each month is cheaper than just streaming. HBO + Netflix + Hulu still come in cheaper! We haven't even talked about the ACTUAL CABLE BILL YET!

  • Jan 19th, 2018 @ 3:22pm

    (untitled comment)

    So will this officer be reprimanded for lying and wasting tax payers' money for concocting this charade?

    Oh wait, this is America; he'll be given a promotion...

  • Jan 19th, 2018 @ 12:32pm

    Once again with feeling

    Just because a company acts like a jackass when trying to bully somebody into shutting up doesn't give them the right to then sue them for making themselves look bad...

    That is quite literally what happened.

    Southwest: "Take down your site... you keep posting about how we were dicks to you."

    SWMonkey: "No, I have this thing called the First Amendment. Ever hear of it?"

    Southwest: "I have these things called 'lawyers' who don't give two shits about the First Amendment... prepare your asses for bankruptcy because you are making us look bad at how we handled this situation! #merica"

    So yeah... definitely no reason to have a federal SLAPP law to shut this lawsuit down. Pretty sure the system works as intended; make corporations the arbiters of speech because they have money, power, and little else to do.

  • Jan 19th, 2018 @ 7:51am

    University's position: rock... meet hard place

    So, I totally understand the idea of not violating rights. It's wrong m'kay.

    And if you do violate rights. settle early.


    You have to remember a lot of universities are political animals that have to cowtow to the morons holding the purse strings. In Iowa... it is DEFINITELY the republican lawmakers.

    A perverse incentive exists when you have a gaggle of fools tell you they want you to do something and they hold the purse strings... Say no... well, that extra funding you were expecting magically dried up.

    So while I disagree with the university's decision; one has to wonder if they made the right choice. I mean... the state is paying for their screw-up, not the university. And they didn't make any enemies with the lawmakers so their funding stream is intact...

  • Jan 12th, 2018 @ 8:35am

    Best learning tool ever

    In some ways I'm happy that this law passed. It will be used as a case study for all future administrations and freedom-of-speech advocates on what NOT to do. Too many times these laws never make it this far (for good reason) and all pundits have are hypothetical harms, which are easy to ignore. Harder to ignore something like this... silver linings and all...

    Too much to hope that this will help stop SESTA here in the States?

  • Jan 4th, 2018 @ 8:23am

    Re: Re:

    There is nothing 'left' about this. The majority of Americans are for Net Neutrality and for better internet for all.

    This is quite literally the definition of market failure and regulatory capture. If you don't see that, you are purposefully burying your head in the sand.

    Market Failure -- 10.6 million homes have NO access to fixed-line broadband internet. 2/3 of Americans only have ONE option for broadband internet. That is by definition market failure.

    Regulatory Capture -- Stopping municipalities from creating their own alternative when there isn't one; Throwing up nuisance lawsuits to stop other companies from competing, such as Google. Suing city-by-city to stop One-Touch-Make-Ready pole attachments to speed adoptions. Stopping states from passing their own Net Neutrality laws written almost exclusively by the big telcos... That is by definition regulatory capture.

    If users actually had competition, TD would quit covering this since there wouldn't be a problem, no matter what the FCC did. If a company acted like an ass-hat, they'd be held accountable by users leaving them in droves. Currently that isn't possible since you literally can't leave for another provider.

  • Dec 18th, 2017 @ 1:25pm

    Your guilt is a foregone conclusion...

    I see that you printed out a random series of words on a paper we believe to be a coded message. Tell us what it says or you will be held in contempt... It is a foregone conclusion that you know what this code means.

    How on earth is this example any different than providing a PIN?!

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 5:10am

    Fail in grand style...

    I'm just hoping that the ISPs piss off too many people too quickly that the next FCC re-establishes Title II and mandates local loop unbundling... I'd love to have real competition in America...

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 5:19am

    Only YOU can prevent the deaths of millions...

    Every day in the United states 6,775 people die. That... is a lot of people. Some of those are sick and disabled; and with these nefarious Net Neutrality rules that are in place... more people will die tomorrow. Until you stop Net Neutralitting, people will continue to die. Shame on you for killing people for protecting a few consumers.

    Grand Wizard Ajit Pai has promised us that people will quit dying when these rules are replaced. Do you really want the blood of 6,775 people on your hands? Just give him what he wants! Stop the carnage!


  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 12:00pm

    Race to the bottom

    Get ready for cable company 'blackouts' on the Internet of Things. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    I really think once we get this net neutrality thing solved 'once and for all'... which is probably never with the oscillating political theater we call our government... I'm sure there will be a Platform Neutrality law in the wings that works similar to FRAND patents... You can't just block someone's device just because you don't want them to use it... it's either open or closed... not open for some, blocked for some...

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