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  • Feb 1st, 2018 @ 3:53pm

    Re: Re: Well, this is the place to learn about sneaky tricks and unwritten rules -- but only applied to dissenters! VILE AD HOM IS OKAY IF YOU'RE A FANBOY!

    "The humans (Mike Masnick and helpers) behind Techdirt obviously moderate...where do you suppose weekly "editor's choice" awards come from?"

    WTF? That's not moderation. That's not even vaguely related to moderation. The editors choices are simply comments selected from those with high vote counts.

    "How do you suppose those "flag" choices get converted to hidden comments, especially in the presence of ill-behaved visitors who flag at random? Make accidental clicks?"

    The process of hiding comments that receive a certain number of flags is easily automated. Any any flag, accidental or not, can be undone by clicking again.

  • Jan 25th, 2018 @ 12:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: These are not ISPs...

    Thank you Captain Obvious, you've (repeatedly) made the point that everyone already understands. Nobody here is criticizing small ISP's that stick to NN principles and don't fuck over their customers.

  • Jan 25th, 2018 @ 12:08pm


    "Its funny how you guys will act like these shitty rules are now awesome just because they are less shitty than the existing shitty rules."

    It's funny how you think blatantly lying about other peoples' opinions makes for something resembling an argument. Nobody here has ever used the word awesome to describe the current rules, and there has been plenty of criticism of them while acknowledging they're miles better than nothing.

    "All I need to do to get you to like shit, is to bring even shittier shit than the shit I brought last time. Then you all of a sudden become happy with the old shit."

    And that's a perfectly normal reaction to any similar situation. If you were only allowed to eat bread and water, and then were denied even that, I'm pretty sure you'd really miss that damn bread and water. Again, this is a very lame excuse for an argument.

    "We are going to lose NN entirely because you clowns don't even understand how to property fight it."

    And what exactly are you doing to fight it "properly"? For all this big-man talk you must surely be doing something to show up all up right? Or are you just another keyboard warrior like you think everyone else is?

  • Jan 23rd, 2018 @ 12:11pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "If an ISP says, "Hey! Do you like Netflix? We do too! So we partnered with Netflix to offer you a smooth streaming experience!"

    Why should that be illegal?"

    If you're seriously asking this question at this point in the NN debate you're either really new to the topic or being deliberately obtuse. The main crux of NN is not letting the large established players pay for better market position, effectively locking out smaller competitors tp cant afford to do the same. Do you really want Netflix to be the only option? That's called a monopoly remember, we're trying to avoid those.

    "If I don't want Netflix, why would I care if my ISP slows it down?"

    MAybe because others do want Netflix and you're not a selfish prick? No?

    "And if my ISP slows it down, I can use a different ISP that doesn't."

    Chances are you can't. Again, claiming there's serious competition in this market makes you look ignorant or disingenuous.

    "I might understand if I needed Netflix, or any other website, to stay alive, but I don't."

    Netflix is just one example, this all applies to any internet service. And if you think this requires a life or death situation before we should care, maybe you are just a prick...

  • Jan 23rd, 2018 @ 11:34am

    Re: Re: H.R. 4682 will stop states from doing this

    So the ISP's are going to take the state government to court to force the award of contracts they missed out on because of anti-consumer behavior? That'll be a great look...

  • Jan 19th, 2018 @ 8:40pm


    At the very least they should be the gift that keeps on giving for any defence lawyers on cases where they give evidence.

  • Jan 18th, 2018 @ 1:53pm

    Not menacing?

    "The good news is that neither Lewis nor Clark look menacing."

    Not sure if is entirely agree with that. They look pretty grumpy to me, and they're armed...

  • Jan 17th, 2018 @ 8:43pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Ignorance, stupidity, and greed are human values. ;)

  • Jan 16th, 2018 @ 11:50am


    "So I would express my full support for Rep. Blackburn, on the grounds that anything opposed by double-standard promoting leftists is most likely in fact a good thing."

    In other words you're just too damn stupid to consider the facts for yourself and come up with an opinion on your own, so you'll blindly follow a bought-and-paid-for politician who is actively working against your best interests. Of do you actually want your internet service to be even slower and more expensive? Is that some weird new conservative life goal?

  • Jan 10th, 2018 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow!

    ""Had Dick lived longer, he would have made a lot of money. Had he made a lot of money and then died, he would have left that money to his children. Given those basic facts, not allowing his copyrights to pass to his children seems like it's effectively punishing the families of people who die young."*

    And for every PKD there's a thousand dead artists who did not become successful after death, so that seems like a pretty weak reason for excessive copyright terms. Any family is punished in numerous ways when people die young. Why do artists' families deserve special treatment?

  • Jan 10th, 2018 @ 12:46am

    Re: The worst fake news is from NYTimes or WashPo. -- You still believe the "Trump-Russia collusion"!

    "However, we're not quite there yet, so if want to impeach Trump, still need some substance, not fictions."

    So... we should have an investigation then?

  • Jan 10th, 2018 @ 12:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Now, now, kids: relying on technicalities likely means DOOMED.

    That's NOT a technicality, it's an extremely important part of the justice system. Protections like this were put in place because of rampant historical abuse by the authorities. You absolutely should but be belittling them, since you obviously don't know where they came from.

  • Dec 21st, 2017 @ 11:51pm

    Re: Expecting BAD corporations to police bad people IS foolish, true...

    "Common sense is so HARD for snowflakes!"

    Ooh, look at you using a buzzword you think is edgy and insulting! So witty and clever! It's like you think we give a shit about it...

  • Dec 21st, 2017 @ 10:25pm

    Re: re-writing history?

    *"However, he forget (or ignored) one basic thing, which is the moment he is out of office, the next person can just do what Pai is doing now and remove the Title II status, which kills off NN.

    The true evidence pointed to the need for legislation and not regulation. but Wheeler didn't do it right - and now you are paying for it."*

    So in your learned opinion Wheeler is bad because he did the thing he could do (regulation) but didn't do the thing he couldn't do (legislation). By that argument we should also be complaining about why you haven't fixed the problem yet. Well, why haven't you?!

    Also, it's constantly amazing how often TD critics constantly bitch and complain about all these things TD supposedly missed or didn't understand, despite how often and in how much detail they were covered. You think you're all smart and clever showing up us dummies, but you look like an idiot every time you bring up these obvious and well understood points. In other words, thank you Captain Obvious!

  • Dec 21st, 2017 @ 10:16pm

    Re: See?

    "Hate to break it to you guys, but simply agitating - keyboard wars, even bringing legal action isn't going to repeal the old golden rule - the gold rules. Trying to blame it on one team - red or blue, ignores the fact that they are all on the "gimme the green" team..."

    Remind me again which team just voted to give a huge and economically unjustifiable tax cut to the companies that pretty much write the laws they got the ISP market into this problem in the first place...

  • Dec 19th, 2017 @ 3:42pm

    Re: Pai bashing

    "FCC NN decision has been made, but can be reversed at some future date."

    Not if the ISP's get their way and write the laws they really want, which is very clearly their real aim, and quite probably Pai's too.

    "The more sober NN supporters should focus on NN itself, rather than emotionally bashing Pai and NN opponents."

    That's a nonsensical statement. Pai is directly and personally responsible for undermining the current imperfect but not completely crap scenario. And the only real NN opponents are the ISP's who want to fuck over their customers for more profit. They're exactly who the focus should be on.

    "If NN supporters are correct ... very bad consequences will now develop with NN repeal -- What are those specific consequences (??) and When will they become apparent (??)"

    Is that a serious question? The answers have been discussed at length quite a bit recently...

    "NN supporters now have a full real-world test of their views -- if disaster strikes with NN abolition ... then NN re-establishment should be easy."

    This shows your gross ignorance of the topic. That test has already taken place and the results are well documented. It was difficult to fix then and it'll be difficult to fix again.

  • Dec 19th, 2017 @ 3:22pm

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

    "...I am still going to point out bitching about Trump is just the loser's way of keeping the focus on him so they don't have to face the fact that their shit stank too!"

    Trump is the one currently fucking up the country, not Clinton. There is absolutely zero reason to keep bringing her up other than to deflect from criticism of Trump and your inability to defend his actions.

  • Dec 19th, 2017 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Re:

    "Sorry but how is ensuring our constitutional rights are upheld on social media platforms with millions of users a form of fascism?"

    It's not a form of fascism, but neither is it a thing at all. You have zero constitutional rights to force a privately owned platform to host your content. If you're going to demand your rights are upheld you'd better learn what they actually are first.

  • Dec 18th, 2017 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Use the tools that are available

    Because this is not a good purpose. If you're happy for messages you disagree with to be censored then you have no right to complain when messages you agree with are also censored.

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 5:31pm


    "This woulnd't be you calling the "experts" wrong would it Mike?"

    Whether or not they qualify for the simplistic term "expert" is irrelevant. One group are being paid to say what their client wants them to say, the other is under genuine threat of jail time for not being truthful. Hopefully you're able to judge who's more likely to be reliable.

    "I notice you like experts when you agree with them but not when you don't."

    That's real kindergarten-level analysis there.

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