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  • May 20th, 2018 @ 9:07am

    The most important question

    I think the most important question is why it took 3 months to decide the case.
    If it took that long for the case to get heard, then that's probably pretty quick.
    But if it took the judges 3 months to decide a verdict after hearing the case, then that's absurd.

  • May 20th, 2018 @ 9:04am

    You'd think Erdogan would be smarter...

    You'd think Erdogan would be smarter than this. He's seen what happens to leaders that out-live their usefulness to the western world: we invade.
    The US decided Noriega of Panama was a drug dealer, so we invaded. Yet years earlier, he was a friend of the CIA.
    The US decided Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, so we invaded. Yet years earlier, he was a friend against Iran.

    So how long will it be until the western countries decide Turkey is too valuable to be in the hands of Erdogan?

  • May 18th, 2018 @ 9:41am

    Marketing versus underlying problems

    You have to love American companies for their distracting marketing ability: let's sell everyone on the fancy new features and hope they never mention the underlying problem.
    If we fixed the underlying problem with cars (that they use gas), maybe we'd be using electric cars since the 1990's. But instead, we get marketing people pushing rounded designs and fins and large trunks.

  • May 16th, 2018 @ 10:26am

    Maybe the filters are working correctly

    ... after all, if no one can get to the Disney Movies website, then people can't illegally download them, which means people can't illegally share them.
    So there you go- the piracy issue is solved!

  • May 16th, 2018 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re:

    I'm not sure if you're being serious or sarcastic, but in case you're being serious, the 1 line of text at the top of TechDirt is FAR, FAR better than other sites:

    At DeviantArt, the top half of the screen would be taken up with a big message saying "We know you're not here for ads, but please turn your AdBlocker off". They're telling their users that the "best experience" involves letting the ad-system serve them annoying, flashing ads and possibly malware.

    At ComicsAlliance, there's a javascript pop-up that's coded so you have 3 minutes to disable your ad-blocker (and allow ads, malware, etc) or a big banner will cover the entire page and stop you from reading it. Yes, you can disable javascript which disables the pop-up, but that also blocks the images from appearing, which isn't helpful on a comic book site.

  • May 15th, 2018 @ 11:28am


    "so when is the repeal going to be filed, then?"
    I would say, never.
    Even though there's a lot of evidence saying the law actually hurts people, politicians passed it assuming it helped people. They're not going to go back on their campaign promises to get the law passed and then say they were wrong.
    Like other posters have said, this is a morality law and politicians rarely, if ever, change their stance on morality.

  • May 15th, 2018 @ 11:07am

    What is fake news?

    Isn't banning "fake news" the same as banning "porn"? The first problem is defining what exactly needs to be banned.

    * We can probably agree that posts from trolls trying to sway the election are bad, but should they be banned? Or should people be adults and make up their own mind about whether the story is true?

    * Stories from known satire sites like The Onion. Of course their stories are "fake news" and they even say their stories are satire. Should these be banned?
    What about the Chinese media that thinks these stories are true? Should those be banned?
    What about legit sites like the Huffington Post that see the story in the Chinese media (again based on the The Onion article) and report it as true because they never verified the original source? Should these kinds of stories be banned? And if you're banning this story from HuffPo, should you allow the rest?

    * And will the "fake news ban" block any stories are scientifically proven false, such as how vaccines cause autism or how the world is flat?

    * If California can get its own fake news ban, can other states and countries? Will we go along with Middle East countries when they say any negative information about Islam is fake news?

  • May 10th, 2018 @ 2:37pm


    Yes, exactly: stop buying the game.

    Sure, people can protest and say how evil loot boxes are, but game companies will *never* change their behavior until it affects their bottom line. And as long as people buy the games with loot boxes *despite* the protests, game companies will keep doing it.

  • May 9th, 2018 @ 9:56am

    What about other states?

    It's interesting to hear how so many law-enforcement types complain about how their state will go to hell if marijuana is passed. Can you blame them? Just look what happened to California and Washington state: every city has turned into a drug-fueled "Mad Max" wasteland as people seek out harder drugs. And the drug dogs in those states have turned into rabid, wild packs that go around eating babies!!!

    Wait, none of this happened. I don't remember hearing *anyone* talk about drug dogs when debating marijuana. In fact, his position completely ignores all the benefits: lower arrest rates for drug use, more tax revenue, and so on.

  • May 8th, 2018 @ 10:14am

    The usual formula...

    The usual formula is...

    Plan A:
    1) Get a flimsy copyright.
    2) Threaten to sue people who don't know copyright law or who don't want to spend the money to defend themselves.
    3) Profit... and make more money than actually writing books.

    Plan B:
    1) Get a flimsy copyright.
    2) Threaten to sue people.
    3) Receive tons of media attention from actual copyright experts who say this is a bogus copyright and a stupid law suit.
    4) Profit from all the media attention. After all, any attention is more attention.

  • May 5th, 2018 @ 10:44am

    Re: The solution is easy.....

    This is a good idea in theory, but the reality is that everyone will complain to their ISP and the ISP should work with the EUC to unblock everything. People will say they're paying the ISP's for access and they're not the ones who should have to write letters to commissioners.

    For example, imagine if Congress said Comcast had to block The Pirate Bay. If you were a Comcast customer, would you write a letter to your Senator or would you complain that Comcast wasn't letting, you, a paying customer, get the sites that you want to visit?

  • May 2nd, 2018 @ 1:55pm

    What about country bias?

    What I mean is that many (or most) people in the US blindly trust US media, for good or bad. Yet when you mention something like The Guardian or the BBC or Al-Jazeera, people claim those aren't US-sources so they can't be trusted.

  • Apr 22nd, 2018 @ 8:46am


    And hw do we pronounce the name of your band? Is it "Black Hat See-oh" or "Black Hat Ess Eee Oh"? :)

  • Apr 18th, 2018 @ 7:45am


    I was just about to say the same thing, but then I realized: if Facebook really blocked all German traffic, would the people blame Facebook or would they blame the government? Something tells me that people would yell at Facebook for not cooperating with the government rather than complain about a bad law.

  • Apr 17th, 2018 @ 10:04am

    I say proceed with a lawsuit

    I say to proceed with a lawsuit since the first thing Gizmodo will do is file a motion that their article is truthful. And how do that do that? By subpoena-ing every customer of SmileDirectClub to see how many of them wound up with screwed-up teeth.
    Is this really something SmileDirectClub wants revealed in a public record? I'd bet they also run the risk of having a judge smack them down and require a warning that their product may or may not do what it claims to do.

  • Apr 2nd, 2018 @ 10:01am

    Re: Pardon me being the devil's advocate...

    That's an interesting "what if", but here's another: what if someone with a differing opinion actually has a good point to make? I know it's rare, but those people are out there.

    So I think what you're suggesting is a system that weeds out the far-leaning people that rely on "I just know it" rather than evidence and logic.

  • Mar 27th, 2018 @ 10:39am

    An odd quote

    I think this quote from Spielberg is odd:
    "I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination."

    Is he trying to argue that Netflix has a "token release" just to qualify for awards? Yet how many Oscar-bait movies are released on Christmas Day in New York and Los Angeles (only) simply to qualify for that year's Academy Awards?
    How many times have we seen TV commercials for movies that say "Opens in New York on Christmas Day, opening everywhere February 15th." A month and a half later for the rest of the country?? Really?? That's not a token release at all.

  • Mar 27th, 2018 @ 9:48am


    Actually, CBS started their CBS All Access experiment with "The Good Fight", which is the spin-off of "The Good Wife". It started in January 2017, when "Star Trek: Discovery" was originally supposed to air.
    So now CBS should have all the fans of "The Good Wife" and all the Star Trek fans as subscribers.

    But if their streaming service is so successful, how come they teamed with Amazon to offer CBS All Access as an Amazon Prime channel? Could it be because of convenience? Did CBS realize that Amazon Prime provides a better user experience?

    So, like you say, let's see some real figures for CBS All Access.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 9:25am

    Other industries

    How long will it take this decision to affect other industries? I'm thinking about comic books in particular.

    It's been an accepted practice by artists to "homage" (or copy) previous artists' works. Will this come to an end, not because another artist will sue, but because the artist or publisher doesn't want to take a risk?

    Here's a good example:

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 9:13am


    Do some research on Weird Al. ;)
    Even though all of his parody songs are covered by the parody defence, he pays the license-holders a cut of the royalties. In an episode of "Behind the Music", Weird Al told a story about how the original artist got upset by his "Amish Paradise"... until the royalty checks from Weird Al started coming in.

    In this case, Weird Al paid Pharrell and Robin Thicke since they were the owners of the song, so I'm sure he's probably safe from being sued by the Gaye estate.

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