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  • Nov 3rd, 2016 @ 10:15am

    Common Sense

    > "Rampant underage access." That's a hell of a phrase. I
    > wonder if the Israeli government has any stats to back up
    > this assertion.

    It's pretty much common sense. I remember what it was like being a pre-teen boy. We were always trying to sneak looks at dad's Playboy stash or descramble Cinemax After Dark. It's just what boys (and girls, also) do.

    Given the ease with which anyone can access porn on the net, it's absurd to think hormone-driven kids aren't going after it with gusto.

    Not that I support government censorship, but let's be realistic here.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 @ 2:52pm

    Re: "Trust me... or else."

    People wanting to verify the security of the system should just have their research published online by proxy outside of Argentina.

    If someone in Kansas posts the info, Argentina can't do dick about it.

  • Sep 10th, 2016 @ 3:50pm

    Re:

    The bigger issue is why you and so many others find simple nudity and parts of the human body so distressing in the first place.

  • Sep 10th, 2016 @ 3:44pm

    The Essential Facebook

    > It's easy for some people to just say "Well, don't use Facebook," but for many
    > people that's not really an option these days. You may have that luxury, but
    > many people do not. Facebook has become a key way to stay in touch with
    > family.

    I can't imagine how horrifying it must be to wake up one day and find out that doing without Facebook simply isn't an option anymore. I mean, seriously. That would be depressing on a level I can't comprehend.

    Also, I wonder how families stayed in touch with one another in the pre-Zuckerberg Epoch? What dark, hellish times those must have been.

  • Sep 10th, 2016 @ 3:32pm

    Re:

    > Okay, but what if they *lie*, Chris?

    Then it's the job of the other journalists after the debate to highlight the lies and provide the truth.

    The moderator is just the moderator, not a journalist. Even if he/she is a journalist in their day job, when they're acting as a moderator, they're not journalists. They are two entirely different jobs.

  • Sep 10th, 2016 @ 3:28pm

    Re: Re: Agree and disagree

    > This was an interview, not a debate.

    Masnick light-bulbed this like that was his point all along, but he wasn't only talking about Lauer's show in the article. He brought up Matthews' and Wallace's comments regarding the proper role of a moderator at a debate, to which Masnick responded:

    "If that's what they think, then they should all find new jobs. Because they're not journalists."

    Therefore, it's perfectly appropriate to address the larger point of what a moderator should and shouldn't be doing at debates even if this most recent show with Lauer wasn't a debate. And David was absolutely right. The role of the moderator is to ask the questions and play referee, keeping each candidate to their allotted time, etc. Not to fact-check the answers and call out lies.

  • Sep 10th, 2016 @ 3:20pm

    Journalist or Moderator?

    > If that's what they think, then they should all find new jobs. Because
    > they're not journalists.

    But when they're moderating a debate, they're not acting as journalists. Wallace is right-- a debate moderator's job is not to be a truth squad. The job of the moderator is to ask the questions and make sure the candidates follow the rules--, i.e., stick to the time allotted, respond only when allowed, etc.

    Wallace is also right when he said that it's each candidate's job to expose their opponent's lies, not the moderator's.

  • Sep 1st, 2016 @ 4:39pm

    Re:

    > I wrote about this for a law firms blog not long ago:
    > http://morrislawcenter.com/2016/07/pokemon-go-and-park-
    > areas-for-children-only/

    "The North Las Vegas Code of Ordinances 12.16.060 reads "No male person over the age of right years shall occupy... any park which shall be reserved and designated for the use of parents and children only."

    Seems like that ordinance has some Equal Protection problems. Singling out just males from exclusion from such areas is problematic. The gov's justification for the law is likely child safety, however, lone females without children can be just as dangerous to the welfare of the kids in the park as a man-- a homeless, schizophrenic woman, for example-- yet they aren't banned.

    And eight years old? Really? Like a 10-year-old boy in a children's park using the swings or the monkey bars is something that needs to be prevented?

  • Sep 1st, 2016 @ 4:25pm

    Re:

    > The reality is that this game is making people do stupid
    > things

    No, it's not. People are choosing to do stupid things in order to play the game.

    They are responsible for their poor choices, not the game-maker.

    Why is it that so many people in this society have a near-allergic reaction to personal responsibility?

  • Sep 1st, 2016 @ 4:15pm

    Re: Attractive Nuisance

    > they developed a game where players could place 'objects'
    > in other peoples private property, without permission

    Niantic is not actually placing anything on private property. They're putting graphics on a map of the city, which is not owned by anyone. There's not actually any trespass by the game-makers onto private property, nor are any tangible objects being left there.

  • Sep 1st, 2016 @ 3:26pm

    Metadata

    > The new laws allow police and other investigative bodies
    > to seek access to the phone records, emails and browser
    > histories of journalists in order to track down sources

    > At best, they only give the appearance of adversarial
    > proceedings before the government is given the greenlight
    . to go digging through metadata.

    If they're allowed to access a journalist's emails, they're digging through a lot more than metadata.

  • Aug 26th, 2016 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Ah, you're one of those jackasses who edits what people say and pretends that's what they meant all along, huh?

    But even with your edit, you can sod off if you think I should voluntarily forego all entertainment to support your personal agenda. Ain't gonna happen.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re: Hollander

    > 1) You don't like the ladies night at your local pub?
    > Well then - don't go there.

    Utterly irrelevant as to whether such practices violate state/federal anti-discrimination laws.

    > 2) You think the draft is a good idea?
    > Have a look at what went down in the 60's

    I never said the draft was a good idea or a bad idea. I merely stated that if we're going to have a draft (or registration for a draft), it should be applied equally to all citizens.

    > If you can come up with some valid points, perhaps they
    > would be worth discussion

    All evidence so far indicates that you wouldn't know a valid point if it jumped up and bit you in the ass.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 11:16am

    Hollander

    > Or the time he sued a bunch of night clubs for violating
    > the 14th Amendment by having "Ladies' Nights." Or the
    > time he sued Columbia University for offering women's
    > studies courses. Or the time he wanted to file a lawsuit
    > to force women to register for the draft.

    His suit against the media over Trump coverage is deluded, as was his suit against Columbia, claiming feminism classes are a religion and therefore unconstitutional.

    However, he's got a point when it comes to some of his other legal gripes. This guy is a kook, but even a kook makes a good point every now and then.

    Why should a night club be allowed to discriminate on the basis of gender by having "ladies nights" and charging men more than women? We don't put up with that kind of discrimination by businesses in any other context. Why here? If the same night club started hosting "white people nights" where whites got in free and everyone else had to pay, they'd be shut down and sued into oblivion instantly. What's the legal argument that discriminating on the basis of gender-- in contravention of state and federal laws that prohibit it-- is okay if it's a night club trying to lure in female customers?

    And he's also right about the draft. Even when women were banned from combat roles, there was still plenty to do in the military that didn't involve combat. Remember Rosie the Riveter? And the military always needs administrative personnel to organize and file the mountains of paperwork it generates. (And now that the Department of Defense has opened up combat positions to women, even that weak argument for exemption goes out the window.)

    If we've reached a point of national crisis where we're forcing men against their will into the army to fight a war, then women can and should do their part as well. They enjoy the privileges and benefits that citizenship in this country bestows. They have an equal responsibility to help preserve it when necessary. There's no reason why they should be exempt from the draft or registration for it.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 10:55am

    Re:

    > PS: thanks to the fucking idiots who paid money to see
    > the latest Star Wars and Marvel movies, in less than 5
    > years, we're going to see how those billions are spent
    > when copyright law comes up for renewed extensions.

    Huh? I shouldn't go to movies I enjoy because you're worried copyright law will get renewed in a decade or so?

    Get bent.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 @ 8:19am

    Statute of Frauds

    > Now, to be clear, a verbal agreement is just as binding under the law as a
    > written down contract

    That's not completely true. Under the Statute of Frauds, which has been incorporated into the Uniform Commercial Code, certain contracts *must* be in writing in order to be enforceable. Two examples: any contract for more than $500, and any contract involving the sale or transfer of real property.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: If they are going to take medals away from athletes...

    Thousands? All of Japan isn't a thousand miles long.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 @ 7:37am

    Me too

    The exact same thing happened to me, except the teenagers that banged on my door asking to be let into my backyard to catch their critter did at 01:15 in the morning, waking me up out of a deep sleep. A couple of days later, I found a couple of kids climbing my fence. They didn't even bother to knock and ask.

    Difference between me and this New Jersey guy is that I don't blame the game makers. I blame the little shits whose parents didn't raise them well enough to know how to behave better.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 @ 3:31pm

    Need

    Associated Press: Police in Baton Rouge used armored "bear cats" to safely collect and transport officers who had been shot.

    Equipment that TechDirt says cops don't need.

  • Jul 11th, 2016 @ 2:18pm

    AI

    > a strict "right to an explanation" seems like it may
    > actually create limits on machine learning and AI in
    > Europe -- potentially hamstringing projects by requiring
    > them to be limited to levels of human understanding

    "Skynet Averted by Robust EU Bureaucracy"

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