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  • Jan 18th, 2019 @ 7:02pm

    Other options for choosing ones own adventures

    Does choose your own adventure apply to the court proceedings as well? Make motion A and go one course, make motion B and choose another? Will Chooseco then sue the attorneys for violating their Trademark?

    On the other hand, this certainly seems to be making claims on an idea rather than trademark. Where are the logos? What was the actual trademark violation?

    "Early on, the main character informs his father that “Bandersnatch is a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book” and holds up a copy by fictional author Jerome F. Davies."

    Seems more like advertising the Choose Your Own Adventure book rather than any competition.

  • Jan 18th, 2019 @ 4:49pm

    To Think

    That Facebook will be only 15 years old next month, yet they did things 'years ago' that might shock ones consciousness. Come on, they are still teenagers themselves.

    Yet they are a corporation, and a big one at that. One would tend to believe that they could hire some competence, and then display it.

  • Jan 17th, 2019 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Amendments

    "The question isn't if the publication is illegal, but if withholding the source is."

    By making that the question one creates a slippery slope. What is the dividing line? Wherever the investigator/prosecutor wants in a particular case? It has been, for most of US history, that the media can protect their sources, and only in very unusual circumstances does that veil get removed.

    When every leak is considered to be 'national security' even when it might be only 'administration or bureau embarrassment', then the line has been crossed. When the purpose of whistleblower protections has been abrogated into negotiated whistleblower punishment, then the whistleblowers will feel that they have no choice but to try and leak anonymously, and sometimes rely on journalists to aid in that process. The journalist needs to know, so they don't spew unsubstantiated nonsense. Then what is the virtue of revealing the source when the issue is embarrassment rather than something actually bad.

    And this is without thinking through the notion that any leaker that wanted to do harm would be turning the information over to some other government secretly, rather than getting it published for the whole world to see.

  • Jan 16th, 2019 @ 6:44am

    Re: Re:

    Then there is the problem of...

    "Young Guns 2 - total domestic theatrical box office $44 million"

    plus Hollywood accounting where they have no profit...ever.

    VS

    "Red Dead Redemption 2 - $725 million in sales in the opening weekend"

    plus unlikely Hollywood accounting where there might actually be some profit.

  • Jan 15th, 2019 @ 9:35am

    Re: Re: Re: The emperor's new gaslit clothes

    It sounds more like they are creating a religion. It has many of the same characteristics, and expects others to accept things on faith.

  • Jan 10th, 2019 @ 5:58pm

    Re: Re: Nebulous systems

    One question. Where is this Google based 'platform' that Google controls? Google+? Gmail? Their search engine? The blogs they support? Something else?

    Near as I can tell the position Google is taking is to satisfy some international issues, ie., EU issues, even if those issues don't apply in the US. Other than the EU, why would they care? Their advertisers are complaining? Well there are lots more advertisers out there. In the US Section 230 gives them cover, so that isn't it. In fact in the US section 230 tells them they don't need to audit the comments sections of websites, so why would they?

    I think that Google is trying to apply EU directed platitudes across the board, Whether they should or not is a different question.

  • Jan 10th, 2019 @ 12:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Maybe if you compare the dollar amount received against the cost of living in say Bangladesh, but not when compared to the cost of living in the US.

  • Jan 10th, 2019 @ 7:47am

    Re: Re: Trickle down

    Followed by a shitstorm washed down with more urine, where the liquid waste are the tax cuts and the solid wastes are the layoffs and lack of network improvement.

  • Jan 9th, 2019 @ 6:02pm

    Underdeveloped

    The answer is so clear. They need artificial intelligence (or machine learning) to reconfigure their algorithms. Every time the algorithm screws up, some human goes in and tells the AI that it screwed up. Then, over time the machine will learn what the humans actually think is wrong which will improve its correct score. That is until the human is replace with someone secular, who is then replaced by someone fundamentalist, who is then replaced by someone with severe sexual phobias, and then a Neanderthal, and then a rhesus monkey.

    Look, it will work for music and videos and political commentary as well, whatever you want. Just give it enough data and it will sort out all we need to have sorted out. Just ask it.

    /s

  • Jan 9th, 2019 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Easier?

    Without going down the nutty conspiracy rabbit hole (or maybe I am) there is enough evidence floating around to say that our government wants to operate as they want to operate, without any oversight from the electorate.

    The evolution of the political parties (reversing sides and controlling who gets on the ballot and gerrymandering voting districts in their favor, when they have the majority in any given state, then gerrymandering them back when things reverse, etc.) and indoctrinating their constituents to continue unfettered support, even with the policy reversals says a lot.

    The various three letter agencies performing searches in violation of the clear meaning of the 4th Amendment. Agencies (as in this case) refusing to follow the letter of the law with regard to FOIA requests, and (as in this case) at least trying to create additional roadblocks to FOIA requests. Agencies failing to follow through on directives from their own Inspector Generals for failures of many stripes. Then there are other things like creating sting operations that have no foundation in any truth. Arresting US citizens and trying to deport them to some other country. Trying to use US law to take down a company that wasn't based in the US. Etc..

    And this isn't just federal. Look at how the police are acting. Using military equipment when it isn't necessary, asset forfeitures when no crime is involved, shooting first then considering circumstances, etc.. In that light, look at the current federal response to police misconduct where the DoJ announced they would no longer look into such episodes.

    I think it is a bipartisan issue as these behaviors have developed, unchecked, even with changes in administrations and different configurations in congress. It is all about power. What the endgame is might cover a significant area of the spectrum, but through power is how they intend to implement it. It is difficult to tell just what the game is, as the players (politicians and bureaucrats) change over time, and this has been in development now for decades.

  • Jan 9th, 2019 @ 9:39am

    Re: Re:

    Or that the cardboard cutouts kept the money.

  • Jan 9th, 2019 @ 8:27am

    Re:

    But they are not going to build 5G networks as 5G doesn't exist yet, and may never, just like 4G. Those billions are for Executive bonuses and investor dividends.

  • Jan 9th, 2019 @ 7:58am

    Were just doing our jobs

    Perfect practice when promulgating parallel construction, evidence washing, covering up, and other obfuscations, makes perfect the agenda promotion which is whatever the current administration wants (and never spoken out loud), so long as it enhances bureaucratic power for now and into the future.

  • Jan 9th, 2019 @ 7:19am

    Re: US cops as well

    "There are plenty of examples of cops here in the US..."

    I got that far into your comment and my minds eye started to create a series of cardboard cutouts of US police officers who were more ethical than actual US police officers (by merely not acting) who were then pissed that their image was being topped by cardboard cutouts.

    Then I finished your comment and you are right, which doesn't mean my thought was wrong.

  • Jan 8th, 2019 @ 7:51am

    Re: Re: If Musk...

    What are the needs for low latency outside of gaming or VOIP? Would satellite connectivity be a big issue for VOIP? I think a bigger issue for current broadband providers is that if enough users jump to satellite connections it would impact them enough to, maybe, change their behavior. Real competition could have the impact we want, in the long run. Of course if current broadband providers change their behavior, it would hurt the satellite connections.

    I doubt we get to the point where terrestrial broadband has the gamer's and VOIP users and the satellite gets everyone else, but having that competition could be really good.

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 6:42pm

    Seems bad all around, and doesn't accomplish the goal either.

    Great, so now someone only needs a good picture of someones face to get in. And what about the children, as they grow up their faces change, and one day they won't be able to go home?

    Then there's the idea of curfews, if I get home late I have to spend the night on the street? Or I invite some acquaintance over, not knowing their 'social score' and find they can't get in? Or worse, meet them at the door an let a 'socially unacceptable' person in, not knowing (or maybe knowing) they are 'socially unacceptable' (probably meaning anti-government control, but could be actually bad)?

    So this is just another step in the government taking control over the population, at least until the population decides it doesn't want that control anymore. There are an awful lot of them.

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 6:26pm

    Re: Re:

    Well, does it matter that the guy who gave that pardon seems to think he knows more about everything than anyone else?

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 11:53am

    Re:

    I might be wrong, but the Government keeps the legal meter running by fighting the appeals. The 4 million was for costs to that point. The meter is still running.

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 9:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Depends...

    Walmart seems to have a policy that requires their security people to want to search me every time I leave one of their stores. I don't and won't allow that, so I don't go to Walmart anymore. In addition, because of that policy, I don't and won't do business with them online.

    So Walmart isn't the one who licensed the photo, they purchased and sold products from someone who did license the photo, and used it on their products. Which leaves Walmart innocent in this instance, but it does not absolve them of their other wonky policies. Which means Walmart is easy to hate and therefore easy to apply blame to, even when it is actually innocent.

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 9:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Then there is the problem with the company reserving the right to change their terms of service upon any whim. Which leaves the customer, who agreed to the original term of service (whether they agreed or not but were willing to click 'agree' because they wanted in) having agreed to something they never had a chance to 'agree' to.

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