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  • Sep 15th, 2021 @ 7:43pm

    Re: Re:

    I don't know about that. Without the Constitutions clause specifically allowing Congress to create intellectual property laws, the First Amendment's free speech clause would appear to prohibit Congress from passing a law that keeps someone from duplicating someone else's speech.

  • Sep 9th, 2021 @ 6:01am

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    The article points out that even if he nominated someone today, it would take most of the rest of the year to actually get them confirmed. It also points out that Interim Chairperson Rosenworcel's term ends at the end of the year which will require another nomination and set of confirmation hearings. I had thoughts like yours after reading the title and before reading the article but, the article cleared up the issues for me.

  • Sep 7th, 2021 @ 9:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    A tapeworm is also not part of one's body and has a DNA sequence that is "unique and completely distinct from" the person it resides in. Should people not be allowed to have tapeworms or other unwanted parasites removed from their bodies?

  • Aug 19th, 2021 @ 7:47pm

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    I saw this comparison coming. Unilever decided not to sell Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the West Bank and Gaza two small (disputed) parts of Israel. In N' Out Burger only sells food at a single pop-up restaurant in Australia for a few days every three years. These situations are not comparable.

  • Aug 19th, 2021 @ 8:44am

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    T-Mobile is only planning on supporting devices that use Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) for voice services starting on January 1st, 2022. This is based on the notifications I've been getting since the merger since one of the phones on my plan doesn't support VoLTE and therefore needs to be replaced by the end of the year.
    Effectively, that means that all voice services will use data (but not be charged as such). Both Verizon and AT&T also support VoLTE (I even think Verizon was first), they just don't require it yet.

  • Aug 18th, 2021 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Re:

    Whole milk is already 87% water. Most liquids ingested by humans to quench our thirst are mostly water. Even if you're just talking about milkfat, whole milk is ~3.5% milkfat and the other varieties go down from there.

    Most of the differences in chicken raised for meat are related to their size. Chickens that are raised for meat are bred to grow fast and large. It has been illegal for years to provide antibiotics to chickens in the US so that's not the issue. I've had non-factory farmed chicken before, other than the price, I didn't notice much of a difference.

  • Aug 16th, 2021 @ 9:05pm

    Re: Facebook what?

    Based on your comment, username, and the fact that you comment here I'm guessing that you are reasonably tech-savvy. Those of us who fit that mold, don't really need a service like Facebook to connect with others like us. There are plenty of internet communication services that don't treat their customers like a product but, they tend to be harder to use, have fewer features, and have smaller userbases.

    The people who aren't as tech-savvy as many of us prefer ease-of-use and free over all else. Facebook has provided a way to easily keep in contact with every acquaintance you've ever made very easily and for free. 2.89 billion people (as of Q2 2021) have seen the trade-off and decided that it's worth it to them. Once a company has a userbase of over a quarter of the human population for a product that isn't a necessity for life, (food, water, shelter, etc) those of us who have access to the service but choose not to use it are the strange ones.

  • Aug 13th, 2021 @ 6:35pm

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    Utah runs a program where they simply put homeless people in houses, and the vast majority, once they have a permanent address, manage to get on their feet. They have had a bit of an issue where homeless people move there to get housing but, once they are housed, they can get jobs, and once they have jobs, they become taxpayers paying into the system that houses people. This is a positive feedback loop. While Utah still has a homeless problem, it's not nearly as bad as anywhere else in the US.

  • Aug 6th, 2021 @ 9:47pm

    Re: 'Here's a nickel, now beat it before we beat you again.'

    I'm willing to bet that the Republic of Turkey has funds in accounts in the United States since many nations do. Those funds would be in reach of any judgment against the nation in this case.

  • Jul 28th, 2021 @ 1:35pm

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    No, the goal isn't for companies to perform stock buybacks. In fact, until regulatory changes during the Regan era, stock buybacks were considered illegal market manipulation. Corporations can borrow money using the market but they generally do that by issuing bonds that pay a set amount of interest annually until their maturity when the corporation is supposed to pay whoever holds them their face value.

  • Jul 17th, 2021 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Help Me

    The First Amendment only applies to the federal government, contractors of the federal government, state governments & their subdivisions (via the Fourteenth Amendment), and contractors of the same. Even if the various tech companies are monopolies, (given the fact that Facebook and Twitter themselves are competitors, I'm not completely on board with that assumption) they aren't subject to the limitations of the First Amendment. In fact, as the article makes clear, trying to use government power to force them to carry speech they don't want is a violation of their First Amendment rights.

    I don't have the right to come to your home and put signs in your yard without permission and if I do manage to do so you are allowed to remove them and make me leave. Even if you do grant me permission to place signs in your yard, you can rescind that permission, remove the signs, and make me leave if my agreement with you allows such action. The Terms of Service of all these tech companies allow them to revoke anyone's access at any time for any reason and, in order to use their services, any of us with accounts agreed to those terms.

    A simple rule of thumb for, "Is the First Amendment being violated here?" is, if a private individual or corporation says, "We don't do that here." your rights probably aren't being violated (protected groups [think sex, race, religion, etc.] make this one complicated). However, if the government says, "You can't say that anywhere." your rights are almost certainly being violated.

  • Jul 17th, 2021 @ 2:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Duh!

    Everything is biased in some way. That's just how humans work. The point of media literacy is to know how your news sources are biased and learning how to remain aware of that bias.

    For example, CSPAN is about as close to unbiased as I can imagine but, they also don't actually provide any context about what's happening in government. So, most people just won't understand what's happening even if they watch every session. News programs on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and others do provide that context but, as you pointed out, their programs tend to be biased one way or another. Out of those three, I find that CNN is closest to the middle with MSNBC being more progressive and Fox News having gone far enough to the right that it's literally called at least one of its own programs "entertainment" in court.

  • Jul 10th, 2021 @ 3:23pm

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    Nissan Cup Noodles and Coleman camping gear come to mind from that game. It was honestly a bit unnerving when I saw those for the first time.

  • Jul 10th, 2021 @ 3:18pm

    Re: "urge" = puffery, or worse

    The problem is that Biden doesn't see himself as a dictator over the Executive Branch. Wherever you see "encourages", "urging", or "urges" those are places where he can't legally order an agency to do something. Where you see "directs" or "requirement" those are places where he can (and has). Unless the Senate deadlock breaks, we're stuck with Executive Orders.

  • Jul 10th, 2021 @ 3:15pm

    Re: Executive Orders

    This isn't completely correct. The various agencies are considered part of the Executive branch, not the legislative. They were created by the Legislative branch to perform some of the duties of the Executive branch (executing the laws passed by Congress) which means that, while independent, they can be nudged by the will of the current President.

    For example, this order only "encourages" the FCC to do things while it directly orders the Department of Health and Human Services to do other things. This is because the FCC is considered independent but the HHS isn't.

  • Jul 10th, 2021 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Amazon's unchecked market power poses a threat to competitio

    Walmart is also a huge retailer that sells its own brands in its stores and on its website. In fact, most (if not all) major retailers sell their own merchandise in their stores. What makes Amazon any different?

  • Jul 7th, 2021 @ 9:29pm

    Re: Re:

    Google is an LLC (and so is YouTube, have a look at the embedded lawsuit). They're both owned by Alphabet, Inc since they reorganized their corporation a few years ago.

  • Jul 2nd, 2021 @ 8:23pm

    Re:

    Unfortunately, because of laws passed in the names of both the "war on drugs" and the "war on terror" and questionable jurisprudence concerning the same, such seizures aren't considered unconstitutional.

  • Jul 2nd, 2021 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Yellow pages

    That's the thing, Google does have a program that allows you to pop up at the top of the search results. If you pay to advertise on certain search terms you appear above the "organic" search results.

  • Jun 30th, 2021 @ 9:22pm

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    Since I watch a mixture of things on YouTube, including educational videos, I sometimes get offered Prager U videos. I know that Prager U is pretty far to the right and that I generally don't agree with their content so, I don't click on their videos. The algorithm offers me fewer Prager U videos since I've been not clicking them. Sometimes, if I watch a video that is specifically arguing against the content in a specific video (I went down a bit of a rabbit hole watching anti-flat Earth videos a few months ago) then I'll see a bunch of "pro" that topic videos in my recommendations but, part of media literacy in the 21st century is knowing when you're being led astray by content.

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