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  • Jun 16th, 2017 @ 11:39pm

    Re: Re:

    I already know that he doesn't let mere facts stand in his way, but -- why in hell would Richard Bennet even give a damn, one way or the other?

    I would have thought he'd be too busy carrying a torch for the ISPs against Net Neutrality and/or Title 2, to have any time for this, anyhow.

  • May 27th, 2017 @ 10:14pm

    (untitled comment)

    It seems to me that this is less a matter of "customer confusion" between two trademarks, than a case of "customer carelessness" choosing between two icons...

    ... so, hardly a matter for a trademark law dispute.

  • May 27th, 2017 @ 5:33pm


    IIRC, there have been incidents of people being detained for complaints about them speaking a "suspicious sounding" language.

  • May 24th, 2017 @ 6:42pm

    Re: "So long as the bot agrees with what we've decided..."

    They wouldn't find it that hard to identify "fake" pro-NN comments...

    ... they'd just borrow and adapt one of the computer scripts that the RIAA or MPAA uses for identifying on-line copyright infringements.

  • May 24th, 2017 @ 6:34pm

    Re: Re:

    "If you spend your time building a machine that can be used to blow you up, you have little to bitch about when someone makes it go "pop" in your face."


    Who would'a thunk?

    I, for one, had absolutely no idea that Roger Ailes posts on Techdirt.
    That's pretty good detective work -- how did you identify him?

  • May 17th, 2017 @ 8:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: It's Time For The FCC To Actually Listen:

    Chess or Poker, Baseball or Basketball, the Justice system or the Economy... Without rules (a.k.a. "regulations") and effective enforcement, what you're left with just doesn't work.

    (Hell -- eventually we figured out that even full out War is worse for everyone, without some regulation. )

  • May 16th, 2017 @ 9:17am

    Deflection and scapegoating

    Sure, blame the NSA...

    ...even though the NSA actually informed Microsoft in time for Microsoft to release an effective patch for this critical vulnerability. And Microsoft in fact did release the patch in time.

    But Microsoft chose to only make such patches available to those versions of Windows that Microsoft wants people to use, and to those computers who's owners haven't (often couldn't) "upgrade" to the newer product, but who are willing (and able) to pay significant additional fees to receive the same patches that Microsoft has already released for more recent iterations of their software.

    Microsoft already had the patch, even for Win XP, but only relaxed their control when the disaster became sufficiently grave and sufficiently embarrassing. Now Microsoft is vigorously casting itself as "the good guy" and slyly directing the blame and attention to other parties.

    It seems to me that Microsoft is speaking out so strongly chiefly because Microsoft hopes to divert awkward questions, and to shift attention away from its own significant role in creating this mess?

  • Apr 27th, 2017 @ 10:21pm

    Re: Re:

    "Which is why copyright enforcers and supporters are so against fansubs, because it shatters their narrow worldview and convinces governments against giving them funding."

    At first I considered this statement to be, basically, pure snark.

    But upon reflection, I suspect that this interpretation does indeed correctly and precisely identify a major element in the "content industries" motivations.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 4:13pm

    Re: Re: correction

    Some jurisdictions do appear to understand that the issue is one of striking a sensible balance among all parties concerned -- not just hotel/motel/AirB&B, but small and casual operators as well as the broader community -- rather than simply protecting a traditional monopoly on the part of the established short-term accommodations industry.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 4:07pm

    Re: regulations

    Here in Vancouver, the concerns about AirB&B are more about the pressure such enterprise seems to be putting on a very tight rental (ie. not hotels/motels, but houses and apartments for long-term tenancy).

    So over here, we figure that "the AirB&B problem" is not so much problem that the hotel chains don't like the competition, but more a problem that we're having too much trouble finding reasonably affordable homes, reasonably near our workplaces, etc. (Ironically, even the building trades/construction workers are having trouble finding suitable domiciles).

  • Apr 19th, 2017 @ 9:19pm

    Re: RE: "Fearless Girl is an ad"

    Actually, I'm pretty sure that the bull statue can be characterized as an ad, itself. It just didn't have a logo (or perhaps it is the logo).

  • Apr 4th, 2017 @ 9:41pm

    Re: Re: I don't get it

    If I'm part of Organized Crime, aren't I already "found"?

    And in that case, I'm not caring what people in Law Enforcement "know" and have certain evidence for, if that doesn't mean the system is prepared to try me and put me in prison over it, even with that evidence at hand.

  • Apr 4th, 2017 @ 9:31pm

    Re: Re: Montreal

    In other words:

    "We won't take these Organised Crime mobsters to Court to answer for their crimes
    -- because then they'll find out how we caught them."

    Well, I've got news -- they're going to figure it out, anyhow.

    - - -

    So now, in an attempt to postpone the inevitable, they've created a new breed of "Untouchables" -- the sophisticated criminals who are known to have committed certain crimes, but are effectively protected from from prosecution, anyways, simply because the "justice system" is more concerned with protecting its own secrets, than with actually getting the job done.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 @ 5:17pm

    Re: Re:

    Their are some places that actually have more than one cable and one DSL provider.

    On the other hand, I've also heard from more than one american acquaintance, about receiving adverts for "competing" broadband service -- that wasn't actually available to them when they followed up on it.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 @ 5:07pm

    Re: Just wondering...

    That's simply because "Net Neutrality" is essentially a political/legal label for what was originally over-arching design principles (eg. the "end-to-end" principle) that guided the construction and development and build-out of The Internet, in the first place -- principles that had been carefully worked out and negotiated by all the stake-holders, and that had worked very well to encourage development and to respect the interests of all participants (and the nation as a whole.

    But with consolidation of consumer internet services into a handful of large, regional, effective monopolies, the ISPs realized they could subvert the principles that led to the Internet's amazing success, and exploit the resulting non-competitive, captive market in ways that a free market and the (explicit) design of the system just wouldn't have made practible.

    Net Neutrality was put into place only recently, because the need, to preserve those existing (founding), negotiated principles and accepted, negotiated practices through regulation, only became apparent as the ISPs consolidated and acquired enough market power to abuse their position and impose their own interests over those of the users, contrary to the system those users had created and functioned under till then.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 @ 4:41pm

    (untitled comment)

    And so it came to pass, that Donald J. Trump was not only elected to the great and powerful Oval Office as the President Of the United States, but was recorded to posterity in the Annals and Histories of the Nation, as

    Donald J Trump; "the Great Educator" -- damn him to Hell.

  • Mar 23rd, 2017 @ 8:18pm

    Re: Re:

    Let me second the call-outs for Smashwords and BAEN Books. The prices are reasonable, and the "No DRM" policy is a winning draw.

    Also, the Gutenburg Project is worth a mention, for classics and for older (copyright expired) works -- "free" and "legal" is hard to beat.

    I have more epubs from Smashwords or from BAEN Books than from everyone else combined (and the Gutenburg Project is the only other "publisher" that comes close to them).

    I don't have to worry about whether I can read it on this device, or only on that device, nor for how long I'll be able to keep them and read them again. Nor do I need to fiddle with stripping DRM and/or tinkering with them in Calibre trying to ensure the book will render properly on whichever device I want to use this time.

    If a book is worth reading, I'm certainly willing to pay for it. What I'm not willing to do is to wrestle with books I've paid honest cash for, just to be able to read them as I please on the device I please, when I can almost certainly get "pirated" versions for free, which I can just load and go, with no effort to speak of, on whichever device I find most convenient.

    Also: note that I said "ePub": I don't buy e-books from Amazon or for Kindle -- in my mind, "proprietary formats" is a concept even more incompatible with "books" and "Literature" than DRM is, and I simply refuse to support a publisher who tries to foist that brain-dead idea on the general public.

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 3:22pm


    "Techdirt is fake news. Fake news is for cows. You are all cows. Cows say moo. MOOOOOOOOOO! MOOOOOOO! Moo cows MOOOOOOO! Moo say the cows. YOU FAKE NEWS READING COWS!!"

    I am sooo tempted to put this lovely, illustrative gem up for "the Last Word"...

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 2:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Monopolists

    That's what certification/standards are for?

  • Feb 16th, 2017 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Adding Insult to Injury

    You are suffering from a basic misunderstanding.

    These sorts of xenophobic authoritarian thugs in uniform don't think it makes them look bad, they think it makes them look good -- even if (especially if?) the "Lie-beral Press" portrays them in a negative light over such incidents.

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