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  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 7:43am


    For the record, it seems to be fixed now.

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 6:26am

    (untitled comment)

    There's something wrong with the formatting on this article - the lines extend beyond the width of the allocated center column, meaning they get cut off and can't all be read. The same effect is visible on the front page.

    Not sure what could be causing that, unless it's something about the imgur embed...

  • Feb 26th, 2017 @ 4:30am


    I got the same thing on the first try.

    The reason is that I have my mail client set to display the plain-text version of the message, and apparently that version omits the newline between the confirmation URL and the "If you did not request a password reset", so doing a right-click and "Copy URL" on the link gives you a URL with the word "If" appended to the confirmation code - which of course gets interpreted as an invalid confirmation code.

    Paste the URL into the address bar and delete the "If" from the end, and you'll probably see it work just fine.

    (This should still be fixed on the backend so that future reset mails get sent out with the plain-text copy correct, of course. This is just a workaround.)

  • Feb 26th, 2017 @ 4:23am

    Re: Re: works the other way, also

    Of the subversion methods you listed, I'd think the FEC would be the _least_ important, aside possibly from "pressuring voters to vote a certain way". What basis do you have for considering it "probably the main systemic reason for third party candidates getting suppressed"?

  • Feb 25th, 2017 @ 4:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Justice

    I think it means something like "if you lie, you have no room to complain about being lied to".

  • Feb 25th, 2017 @ 4:25am

    Re: Re: Violent Protests

    Actually, he's right about that part. If you had a right to force people to hear you, then for a third party to delete your comments on their Website - or even to prevent you from posting them in the first place - would be unconstitutional.

    He's just wrong about what that means in practice.

  • Feb 24th, 2017 @ 1:15pm

    Qualifications for being a violation

    Comcast's FAQ on the new Roku beta correctly notes that this technically isn't a net neutrality violation, because this traffic never actually touches the general internet:

    The Xfinity TV service delivered through the Xfinity TV Beta app is not an Internet service and does not touch or use the Internet. Rather, it is a Title VI cable service delivered solely over Comcast's private, managed cable network, so it will not count toward your Xfinity Internet Data Usage Plan.

    Is the bandwidth available over your Internet connection while using this service the same as the bandwidth available over that connection while the service is not active?

    If so, then yes, I would agree that this is not a net-neutrality violation.

    If, however, they're using (a differently labeled segment of) the same pipes - such that this service consumes resources which would otherwise be available for use with other services - then it's still just as much a violation as any other form of zero-rating.

    (If the cable company permanently segregates off a chunk of the cable bandwith for its TV services, and never uses that bandwidth for Internet service - not even for people who don't receive TV service at all - then using that bandwidth for this service wouldn't reduce the available bandwidth for the Internet service, and so would not be a (new) violation. It would also mean less Internet bandwidth than would otherwise be available, however, so I wouldn't be surprised if cable companies don't do this.)

  • Feb 24th, 2017 @ 9:14am

    Re: Compare to Vanna White

    There is so much wrong with the reasoning in that decision I can't even.

  • Feb 24th, 2017 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Of Course It's IMDB's Fault

    Bring back "Murder: She Wrote"!

    I don't know if she'd still be physically up for it, but I read a few years back that Angela Lansbury would love to return to the role of Jessica Fletcher, despite being in her late 80s (she'd be 91 now, per Wikipedia). If anything can show old-person as outstanding-protagonist, that would do it.

  • Feb 24th, 2017 @ 6:12am

    Re: Re: Waiting for charges to be filed against Ishit Poo

    His poll numbers don't reflect that popularity (though, to be fair, they didn't reflect his electoral victory either); IIRC, he started out at a 38% approval rating, and barely a month later is now down to 32% with no end in sight.

  • Feb 23rd, 2017 @ 5:59am


    Also, as I understand matters, his final album; he's fulfilled the requirements of his contract, and will be releasing songs individually (rather than as part of larger albums) henceforwards.

  • Feb 23rd, 2017 @ 5:05am


    At a guess: because the circumstances today are different from the circumstances back when those results were achieved, and different circumstances require different methods.

    Or I imagine that's what the reasoning would be, anyway. I'm not convinced that it necessarily holds true.

  • Feb 22nd, 2017 @ 4:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Article is very inaccurate in substantial matters

    I think that the idea is that "conspiring to commit a civil offense constitutes a criminal offense", regardless of what the civil offense is.

    I also think that this is exactly the idea which you are objecting to as absurd, and I might well agree, after I spend the time to think it through fully - but its being absurd would not prevent it from being the law in some jurisdictions, and if it's the law in NZ (I haven't checked), then this ruling would make perfect sense.

  • Feb 21st, 2017 @ 8:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think what he meant is that if that there is proof that a crime was committed, the government doesn't have to prove who committed it in order to be able to charge someone with aiding and abetting whoever did commit it.

  • Feb 21st, 2017 @ 8:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Strategy?

    See the comment below from ArkieGuy. Basically, if you don't make an argument up-front, you can't make that argument on appeal. If I'm not mistaken (which is possible; I most certainly am not a lawyer), that is what is referred to by "procedural posture"; the derivation of the phrase is a little complicated to explain, although it makes structural sense in my head.

    That's one major reason why you see so many legal filings which make a case for prevailing because X, then say "even if X doesn't hold, we still prevail because Y; even if Y also doesn't hold, we still prevail because Z", et cetera. That way, all arguments are made up-front, and the right to use those arguments is preserved for appeal.

    (One consequence of this is that if a lower court is bound by higher court precedent saying that argument X fails, and what you want is to have the higher court (or a court above it) overturn that precedent, you do in fact have to make argument X to the lower court even though the court has no choice but to reject it; otherwise, the higher court will reject your appeal out of hand.)

  • Feb 19th, 2017 @ 7:28am

    (untitled comment)

    Just over a year later: the video at the given link is presently available, and the cited clips are all present, at full length.

    I haven't found any coverage of later developments in this incident or in the takedown's reversal, but apparently it has been dealt with.

  • Feb 19th, 2017 @ 4:27am

    Re: Why were government employees lobbying?

    I suspect their idea was about the free-association rights of the representatives. (Bear with me here.)

    The state university is a facet of the state government, particularly in light of being publicly funded.

    Using a logo of an entity creates an association between oneself and that entity.

    The government, just as much as the rest of society, has a First Amendment right to freedom of association - the right to choose who to associate with, and who to not. (Even if that doesn't hold for the government as a whole, it certainly holds for the representatives of that government.)

    Thus, by granting the student organization permission to use this logo, the state university is creating an association between this organization and the entirety of the state government, including but not limited to the representative in question. (As well as engaging in political speech itself.)

    What's more, being publicly funded, the university must have used public funds in creating the logo and the trademark thereon, and must also use public funds in maintaining that trademark.

    Thus, by using the trademark in political advocacy (even with permission), the students are effectively causing the _government_ and its representatives to engage in political activity in _support_ of their campaign.

    And so by having that permission rescinded under threat of withholding public funds, the government is actually staying _out_ of political speech, while at the same time protecting its representatives' own First Amendment right to freedom of association.

    (Is that logic twisty enough for you?)

  • Feb 19th, 2017 @ 4:12am

    Re: Re: Privatization

    I suspect his(?) position is that if it had been a private university rather than a (public-funds-dependent) public one, it wouldn't have been in a position for the withholding-of-funds pressure to be put on it in the first place, much less have felt the need to succumb to that pressure.

    I'm not sure how independent-of-government-funding many private universities really are, but the idea doesn't seem as inherently backwards as you seem to have read it as being.

  • Feb 18th, 2017 @ 11:54pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    > My only hope is that the current sideshow gets people motivated enough to vote out enough Republicans in 2
    > years to get some form of balance in Congress so he has to fight for the worse stuff.

    My understanding is that this is extremely unlikely, regardless of what level of voter activism there is at that point, simply because of which Congressional districts are up for re-election in that cycle; IIRC (from a source I no longer recall), there is at most exactly one such district which is neither held by a Democrat nor a near-100%-"safe" district for the Republican incumbent.

    It really looks as if the "permanent Republican majority" strategy/initiative, from a decade or two back, of focusing heavily on gerrymandering "safe" districts on a per-state basis may be paying off...

  • Feb 12th, 2017 @ 7:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Don't why even have even customs checkpoints. Every person in the world has a right to come here and stay.

    Sadly, the Trump brigade (and I wish I had a better term for the group of people I'm thinking of than that, I just haven't been able to think of one) have already been pointing to that as support for the idea of _excluding_ some people.

    Specifically, I've seen it argued that the qualifier "yearning to breathe free" means that only people who come here because they want freedom are covered by that exhortation - usually with the understanding, and often the explanation, that people who want to import the culture of the place they're coming from rather than adopting our culture ("of freedom") aren't coming here because they want freedom.

    The people who argue this usually seem to be the same people raising the specter of sharia law being imposed in (parts of) the USA, and that gets pointed to as an example of importing restrictive native culture rather than adopting freedom-loving American culture.

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