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  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 8:02am

    Re: Scientologists apparently need to move to Spain

    Hint: all sorts of writings talk about Jesus being born of a virgin long before he was actually born. Trying to figure out who originally came up with the idea is an exercise in futility and pointlessness.
    When crying about "facts", let's keep to facts we can actually prove. It really doesn't help our position to pretend our opinions fit into that category.

  • Sep 6th, 2018 @ 9:36pm

    Re:

    While you can certainly do anything on a website that you can accomplish in an app, the ultimate reason so many companies go with an app instead is simply because an application on your phone is far superior to trying to do the same thing in a browser.
    The app gives far more control over things like presentation, data usage, and performance. With an app you also don't have to worry about supporting 12 different browsers and trying to force them to present your application the way you want them to.
    The web browser is a very powerful tool for simply presenting information over the internet, but at the end of the day an application running natively is far better for many other purposes.

  • Aug 13th, 2018 @ 12:59pm

    (untitled comment)

    Nintendo is not on nearly as solid a legal ground as is being pretended here.

    Most of the sites I've looked at have clear language saying you are only allowed to download ROM's for games you actually own, which puts the usage of the site well within the realm of fair use.

    But of course Nintendo doesn't have to care about fair use when issuing legal threats thanks to the courts refusing to punish anyone for doing that without having at least considered fair use first.

    Bring on the digital apocalypse.

  • Aug 8th, 2018 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The number of false conclusions you're coming to in this is just astounding. People choosing to act violently and people choosing to own guns have absolutely nothing to do with each other and both of those conditions exist completely independent of the other all over the place as proof of that.
    I also find it hilarious that you ignore the last 200 years of history so you can pretend that something that hasn't changed at all is somehow the cause of this wave of violence.

  • Aug 3rd, 2018 @ 7:53am

    Re:

    The problem with following this line of thinking where you're trying to take it is that it makes it impossible for anyone to obey the law because the law becomes impossibly complex.
    You cannot ever define every possible thing that can ever be done or not done. If you honestly had to do that in order for it to be enforceable the entire legal system would fail.
    The problem with this ruling is that it expects exactly that kind of detail. The fact that should have been important to the judge is that it was NOT ILLEGAL to film. Whether or not it was protected by the first amendment never even should have needed to be brought up unless there was some state or federal law in place trying to make it illegal. The officer should have been charged for arresting someone who had not broken any law.

  • Aug 2nd, 2018 @ 7:48am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Having visited the city several times because a good portion of my wife's family grew up there, I can say it's a beautiful place that I love to go to as long as I'm with someone who knows the area pretty well.
    It is however reasonably off-putting to anyone who doesn't for good reason. We have no idea what areas we should avoid or what to be cautious of. While the above statement may not be factually correct, it is truly alarming to know just how many people are murdered there every year.
    It's also largely a matter of opinion whether that statement is correct or not. It is perfectly reasonable to count the highest number of murders regardless of number of people.

  • Aug 2nd, 2018 @ 7:37am

    Re: Re: Speaking about bullies

    The guys comment was an obvious sarcastic joke about Nintendo's litigation habits. Stop taking it seriously.

    Also, Poke literally means "to slice" in the context of Hawaii. It has nothing to do with the context of Japanese at all and so literally does not mean the same thing.

  • Aug 1st, 2018 @ 7:50pm

    Re: Bad cases make bad laws...

    3d printed guns are a legitimately frightening idea

    No, they're not. I understand that you find that frightening, but that doesn't make you "right" and everyone who disagrees with you "wrong".

    I honestly find the idea of stripping guns away from all law abiding citizens an insanely frightening idea. Far worse than acknowledging that it is impossible to prevent the spread of knowledge to those who are seeking it and willing to break the law to get it and maybe instead encouraging those same law abiding citizens to seek said knowledge as well for the benefit of everyone.

  • Jul 25th, 2018 @ 6:35am

    Re:

    Only if you have no clue how IP law works and didn't care to read the article.
    IP law is not there to protect your reputation, and using it to do that is abusing the law for quite literally illegal purposes.
    Trademark law is also not as simplistic as you present it to be.

  • Jul 24th, 2018 @ 7:49am

    Re: Well not quite ...

    The fact that you wouldn't want that to happen is irrelevant. There are many things I don't "want" to have happen. That doesn't make it ok to insist on control over things and spaces that are not mine.
    The BBC never entered any private space belonging to him. Sure what they did was silly and ridiculous, but that doesn't make it reasonable to make it illegal.

  • Jul 21st, 2018 @ 9:18am

    Re: Re:

    Except that you've fallen for the fallacy that intellectual property laws deal with property rights.
    "Intellectual property" has nothing to do with property. Putting it into the name doesn't magically make it so. It's literally only saying that no one else can do the exact same thing that you did. Which is also why it is in fact contrary to a functioning society. Thus making it a great argument against intellectual property.

  • Jul 11th, 2018 @ 3:16pm

    Re: Not clear on how far-reaching

    "That's NOT court costs."

    So what? Nothing in the article or the judges ruling ever says this idea only applies to court costs. They're talking about any fees levied by the government against a citizen for any reason.

    The last paragraph also doesn't say anything about the "indigent" or whether they should have to pay fines or fees. I'm not sure what paragraph you might actually be referring to, but the whole point of this ruling was that taking away their privilege to drive is not an effective or reasonable punishment for not paying a government fee. That doesn't mean some punishment can't be used. Only that this one isn't reasonable because it unjustly punishes poorer people over wealthier ones.

  • Jul 5th, 2018 @ 8:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Anonymous Coward

    Except that no one in the article ever said that Ketamine should never be used by EMS personnel. Your argument is a strawman.

    Go read the article again and the links provided as proof of what is being presented and then come back and explain this is being used in SITUATIONS that it absolutely should never be used in and under the direction of individuals who have absolutely no training or authority to direct its use.

  • Jul 5th, 2018 @ 8:00am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Considering they provided evidence to prove that what they said is in fact true and all you've given is your own opinion while actively pretending they said something they never did, I find their statements far more credible than yours.

  • Jun 27th, 2018 @ 12:59pm

    Stupid laws

    How the heck is a video/picture recording considered protected speech, but an audio recording isn't? These ridiculous laws trying to pretend there's some significant difference between the two need to die. The only thing they're ever used for is to protect bad behavior.

  • Jun 25th, 2018 @ 8:27am

    (untitled comment)

    Another side to this problem is that many of these streamers are using the music in such a way that they'd have a strong case for fair use. But Twitch doesn't care to provide any possibility for that since it would likely cost them to defend it.
    Part of me seriously just wants all Copyright holders to get what they dream they want. Just so we can all watch the world implode as the freedom to create new things ceases to exist.

  • Jun 12th, 2018 @ 12:31pm

    Re: Your notion of Public Forums is not consistent except with YOU!

    Public schools are 1. built by the government 2. managed by the government and 3. funded by the government.

    The fact that it is not a governing BODY does not separate it from being a government ENTITY. Any activity run by it constitutes a public forum in the legal sense and therefore the first amendment absolutely applies.

  • Jun 4th, 2018 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: not surprising

    It's that kind of thinking that produced legalese. The fruitless attempt to make something that is inherently unclear somehow become clear.
    Language is not clear. People are always going to misunderstand what you say. You can't blame the speaker purely based on that metric. It's an impossible standard to ever keep.
    The real problem here isn't even the fact that they misunderstood him, although I find the direction they chose extreme. It is how they chose to react once they got the chance to talk to him.

  • Jun 4th, 2018 @ 12:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: not surprising

    The fact that human language is incredibly vague and ridiculously easy to misinterpret is not a fault of the person speaking.

    There's nothing wrong with the grammar in that statement. Your (and the school administrations) choice to interpret it in the absolute worst way you can possibly think of is the only problem here.

  • Apr 27th, 2018 @ 7:30am

    Re:

    He didn't miss it, he pointed out that the judges got that math backwards.

    They decided that a disc without a license is the same value as one with a license, and that value must be $300. So to your point they failed to understand what actually has value here.

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