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  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 11:08am

    What about the shows?

    Okay, so now the TV channels will show less commercials and increase the amount of content? How, exactly, are they going to do this when they're the ones who have been pushing the content creators to make shorter shows, simply so they can run more ads?

    So a production company which is used to making 43 minute programs now has to make a 44 or 45 minute show? How does this change the script or the editting or the story flow?

    And before you say "1 more minute doesn't matter", tell that to channels like TBS who take that extra minute to run commercials.

    Or instead of adding an extra minute of programming, how about shows bring back the 1-2 minute title/ opening credits? It seems like shows stopped running titles/ opening credits around the time the networks wanted more time for ads.

  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 11:00am

    Re: Techdirt Inaccuracy, Again

    And TechDirt called David Cohen a magician, when none of his job duties actually involve performing magic tricks. Whether some of his actions can be perceived as magic is another story.

    Instead, he should be correctly referred to as "don't call him a lobbyist" David Cohen.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 11:09am

    Go ahead

    Let's go ahead with his proposal and see where it leads:
    1) All sites that talk about ISIS are blocked.
    2) ISIS attacks.
    3) Government officials (like him) then complain that the attack could have been prevented if only the intelligence agencies found "chatter" about it on some website.

    In other words, this proposal is just as dumb as telling YouTube to take down videos of criminals filming themselves, even though police agencies use the videos to track down the criminals!

    But, hey, something has to be done!

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 10:24am

    Re: Re: if only we had accountability

    And who's going to vote them out of office over this issue?

    Too many people still believe the idea of "if you've done nothing wrong, then you've got nothing to hide". So why should they care if there's a backdoor?

    And too many people also use insecure, public wifi because it's easy, without even thinking that their data could be stolen.

    So another hole in security isn't really that big of a deal.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 10:19am

    We need to call him out for the lies

    Almost everything in Cotton's statement is a lie.
    We need more media outlets to cover this story and call out these lies. Instead, we get articles about we should stop refugees from coming into the country because they're Muslims ISIS might be hiding in them.

    It's interesting how people talk about gun rights and such, but no one seems to talk about the right of privacy and how this collection of data needs to stop.

  • Nov 16th, 2015 @ 4:09pm

    Re: How is this different from broadcast TV?

    Don't forget the same commercials from the usual companies selling beer and trucks. How many times does Ford have to run a commercial for an F-150 for someone to buy it?

    At what point does "brand awareness" turn into "brand annoyance", as in "I remember that commercial! I hated it! I'll buy something else!"

  • Nov 16th, 2015 @ 3:37pm

    No crime here

    I doubt there will be any reporter asking the Rubio campaign these kinds of questions simply because no reporter wants to be thrown off the campaign for asking the "wrong" questions.

    And I doubt the pizza restaurant will push for charges since they're getting free publicity for giving the campaign free wi-fi... not to mention the customers they'll get when Rubio supporters come to visit.

    So, even though the law can be stretched to say there was a crime, it'll be hard to show anyone got hurt.

  • Nov 12th, 2015 @ 4:50pm

    Make them a deal...

    Make them a deal: you'll stop using the word "lobbyist" if they'll start calling data caps "data caps". There, now everyone's happy... and customers will actually know that their data plan is capped not by the head lobbyist, but by the "Chief Diversity Officer".

  • Nov 10th, 2015 @ 11:45am


    As another poster started to say, but then failed to support: But please think of where animal "personhood" might lead.

    Would we extend personhood to cows, chicken, and other animals raised for food? Do they somehow get a say about whether or not they're eaten?

    Or does personhood only extend to animals that are similar to us, such as monkeys and gorillas, or to animals that we keep as pets, such as cats and dogs?
    When does a pig receive personhood- when it's bred to be eaten or when it's bred to be a pet?

    And if dogs and cats can get this personhood, why not snakes and lizards? And will I be charged with mass murder when I kill a colony of ants that's received personhood?

    Okay, those last examples are getting absurd, but the point remains: once one animal is treated like a person, where do we stop?

  • Nov 10th, 2015 @ 11:28am

    Re: Sad to say, but the only REAL way to deal with this is...

    I agree, especially when read in this context:
    That's about 500 students based on the initial stages of the investigation.
    So how many total students will this come to?

    As much as it would hurt all the students, I sort-of wish the DA would simply say "Sorry, that's the law and I have to enforce it". Then maybe we'll see some outrage as that town (and school) get the reputation as home to over 500 sex offenders.
    How does it work when you have to tell your neighbors that your son or daughter is now a sex offender when their sons and daughters are also sex offenders?

    And how does getting a job work out when every single one of these kids are now on the sex offender registry and companies aren't allowed to hire them?

    "Sorry, that's the law and it has to be enforced."

  • Nov 6th, 2015 @ 1:41pm


    Robocalling, or the act of using automated dialers and automated messages, is illegal. The trick is catching the companies using them, especially when they're spoofing their number. Then once the company is caught, the second trick is prosecuting them, especially if they're operating out of Russia, China, or India.

    However, it seems like the solution to stopping robocalls is the same as stopping spam: people need to stop buying the products. As soon as robocallers and spammers realize it's not profitable to do these things, then they'll stop.

  • Nov 5th, 2015 @ 4:02pm

    Who are these people?

    Who are the people responsible for this and why did they think there wouldn't be a backlash?

    Did did they really think the public would approve of paying for police officers to check (and rob) unlocked cars rather than doing traditional police work? Don't the police have enough to do than to wander around a parking lot or people's driveways?

    And I agree with one of the previous posters: what's going to happen when a homeowners hears his car alarm go off at 3:00am and finds someone robbing his car? Chances are good that he's going to shoot before the officer can explain that he's being robbed for his own good.

    However, this also sounds like yet another example of the old "Let's pass a law that blatantly defies the US constitution. We know the state supreme court will invalidate the law, but it'll take a few years and that gives us plenty of time to do what we want".

  • Nov 5th, 2015 @ 3:49pm

    Just pick a new name

    I've said before in similar articles, but the obvious solution is to change the name to something that reflects Washington. This way, everyone can save face. For example, the Senators (baseball) or the Capitols (hockey).
    How about the Washington Representatives, with a cartoon senator on the helmet? Or the Washington Beltways, with a cartoon highway? Or the Washington Monuments, a team so strong they can't be pushed around?

  • Nov 5th, 2015 @ 12:04pm

    Mein Kampf is a bad example

    As people are saying, Mein Kampf is copyrighted by the German government, which just muddies the waters.

    Instead, how would these Senators react if someone like China told US sites to take down any information that wasn't positive towards the communist government, like coverage of the Tiennamen Square protests? Would the US order the sites down to please the Chinese government? Or would they argue "free speech"?

  • Oct 31st, 2015 @ 12:22pm

    No legal help?

    How does any company, especially a fertility clinic, not have legal counsel? Even if they can't afford a legal department, don't they have someone on retainer? Of the top of my head, I can think of 50 different legal issues that could occur, yet they think it's okay to start looking for a lawyer when they have an issue?

  • Oct 31st, 2015 @ 10:51am

    Re: Re:

    Of course pot is a gateway drug. After pot was legalized in Colorado, the whole state is now hooked on hardcore drugs. Just look at Denver- the whole city is nothing but a druggie wasteland.

    Oh, wait, that didn't happen? And Colorado is bringing in tons of tax revenue from the sale of pot? And the number of people in prison has been reduced since they're not arresting casual pot users?
    Nah, it's definitely a gateway drug.

  • Oct 28th, 2015 @ 5:19pm

    Playing devil's advocate

    If they had tried this with bigger teams or at a different time, would the servers have been able to handle it? So instead of people complaining about watching lower-ranked teams, people would be complaining about how the servers went down and connection speeds were down, and so on.

    In other words, there's always something to complain about. ;)

  • Oct 28th, 2015 @ 5:11pm

    I hate to be pedantic, but

    I hate to be pedantic, but when referring to the toys, they're called "LEGO bricks" or "LEGO toys", never "LEGOs". This is even on the LEGO site, but I can't find the actual page.

    So, expect LEGO to come after you for a correction. :)

  • Oct 22nd, 2015 @ 4:30pm

    Sue the deepest pockets

    Let me fix this for you:

    The person in the photos would like these photos removed (and presumably the posts themselves). Who should they approach sue about this that their lawyer thinks has the most money?
    1. The party that posted the photos and text?

    Nope, the party that posted the photos probably don't have much money.
    2. The website hosting the photos and text?
    No, they may only have a few million.
    3. Google.
    4. And Bing... I guess.

    There we go- they have billions, so let's sue for everything we can.

  • Oct 16th, 2015 @ 3:03pm

    Not such a panic over War of the Worlds

    According to this article in Slate from 2013:
    "The supposed panic was so tiny as to be practically immeasurable on the night of the broadcast. Despite repeated assertions to the contrary in the PBS and NPR programs, almost nobody was fooled by Welles’ broadcast." yth_the_infamous_radio_broadcast_did.html

    So I don't think the "marketing strategy" of comparing a tweet about a terrorist attack compares to the "War of the Worlds" broadcast.
    Far more people care about terrorist attacks in 2015 than they cared about supposed alien invasions in 1938.

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