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  • Jan 17th, 2019 @ 10:13am


    The problem with this idea is that most people won't connect the dots. They'll see that Google isn't showing the news sites and complain that Google is "broken". Maybe Google could include a disclaimer about why the news sites aren't appearing, but even then, it's doubtful people will storm the EU parliament demanding change. Instead, they'll demand that Google comply with the EU so everyone can get their news from Google, instead of you know, actually going straight to the sites with the news.

  • Jan 15th, 2019 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Label wars

    Well our company has Infinity G, which is infinitely better. We just slapped the infinity symbol on the phone and everyone gets an instant upgrade.

    And no calling "infinity +1".

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 10:32am

    I thought Mexico was paying for the wall

    Maybe a better economist or political-scientist can explain it, but I thought Trump said Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Why is he fighting for funding for the wall in the US' budget? Or have people not realized that one action (asking Congress for money) completely negates his previous action (Mexico pays!).
    And, yes, I know this issue all about political grand-standing and how Trump can't go back on his work(um, Mexico pays, remember) and how he has to keep fighting those evil Democrats ("better to be a Communist than a Democrat t-shirts, remember).

  • Jan 2nd, 2019 @ 10:20am

    Re: AT&T is always innovating

    Why wait until actual 5G or 6G is here when the marketing department and programmers can slap any label on their phones. Why not call it "10G"- it's not the government's going to do anything about false advertising.

    And even if someone complains, AT&T can simply say the 5G, 6G, and 10G labels are "puffery" and people should know they're only getting the speeds they paid for in their contract.

  • Jan 2nd, 2019 @ 10:15am


    If choreography is a dramatic work, then who gets the copyright? In photography, the photographer usually gets the copyright on any photos taken. (Let's not get into the monkey selfie photo.) So in this case, wouldn't the choreographer own the copyright since he or she came up with the dance?
    And then like the article mentions, what happens if the dance is created as a "for hire" work, such as for a character on a TV show? Does the studio own the copyright to the dance?

    In other words, Alfonso Ribiero's case should get thrown out of court for lack of standing since there's no way he can own the copyright to the dance. Sure, he might be associated with the dance, but that's not a copyright issue.

  • Dec 14th, 2018 @ 10:20am

    What's good for the goose...

    I assume this law will also apply to super-conservative sites that delete any comments from liberals? Will the state of Arkansas fine Brietbart if I post a comment saying how great Hillary Clinton is, and then the admins delete it? Isn't that what the law says?

  • Dec 14th, 2018 @ 10:14am

    Re: Insanity

    I think the better example would be:
    Ford makes a lot of money selling cars.
    You buy the car and pay taxes to the government so they can repair the roads.
    The government gets jealous of how much money Ford makes so they try to charge Ford a "drive on the road" tax, even though drivers already pay this.

  • Dec 12th, 2018 @ 10:46am


    In this case, I absolutely blame the victim:
    She set her phone to "accept from everyone" or didn't turn it off. (I can't believe Apple turns this on by default.)
    She's the one who accepted a message from a stranger that could literally be anyone in 200ft radius or more. Does anyone know the radius of AirDrop? She might not have even been in the same train as the person who sent the picture.
    And she's the one who opened the message and saw the picture.

    She's *very* lucky all she received was a naughty picture and something worse, such as spyware or ransomware or a keylogger or anything else than can be sent over AirDrop.
    Would she open an attachment in a random e-mail sent to her? Then why open a random AirDrop message?

    So she needs to explain why there needs to be a law to stop people from sending pictures to random people. While we're at it, let's stop spam e-mails with virus-filled attachments and telemarketers who call during dinner.

  • Dec 10th, 2018 @ 10:24am

    Artwork isn't sex trafficking

    Can someone from Facebook please explain how "Content (hand drawn, digital, or real-world art) that may depict ... suggestively posed person(s)" has any affect whatsoever on sex trafficking? You mean my adult drawings, which I drew from scratch using my own imagination and no real people, somehow contributes the issues that FOSTA is supposed to stop?
    Then why didn't they name the law "to stop sex trafficking and all adult artwork"?

  • Dec 10th, 2018 @ 10:09am

    Just wait until it happens to them

    The only way this law will get clawed back is if something bad happens to them.
    Let's say Google actually installs a government-mandated back door in the Android operating system. How long will it be until "bad guys" (meaning anyone against this dumb law) takes advantage of the back door and hacks into every government phone?

    And like you said, bad laws spread. How long will it be until China, Iran, or even England says US companies have to install back doors for use in their countries as well?

  • Dec 5th, 2018 @ 10:40am

    Re: Hit their pensions!

    I was just about to say something similar. Why will the police "learn from this" when they can simply say they were doing their job (however badly it may be) and the taxpayers will pay the bill for the lawsuit.
    I know people hate to hear this, but "there ought be a law" that when police are found guilty of such egregious behavior, they're fired and banned from all law enforcement work. This means they can't be hired by the neighboring county (which usually happens when they're fired) or even hired as a security guard. Then maybe police will be a little more careful about how they gather evidence.

  • Nov 7th, 2018 @ 10:21am

    Re: There is a special place in hell...

    I agree with the idea of picking it up, hitting 1 to be connected to a person, and then putting the phone down.
    Calling 4.4 billion numbers probably costs scammers next to nothing, but having a person answer the phone costs them money, especially if there's no one on the other end.
    And remember that if everyone wastes the scammers time, even by saying nothing, it will quickly add up: 1 person wastes 1 minute of their time; 10 people waste 10 minutes, but 100 million waste 100 million minutes or 1,666,666 hours. Even if the scammer companies pay $5 an hour, that's about $8,333,335 in wasted time!! No scammer company can afford this loss!

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 1:03pm

    Doesn't this guy have work to do?

    Let's back up a minute and look at the root cause. Why in the world is *anyone* looking at 9,000 pages on the internet, whether that's porn or a news site?
    If this guy is at an office, doesn't he have work to do? Obviously, he doesn't, so why doesn't he have any work? And is he missing any project deadlines? What is his manager doing to make sure he actually gets his work done?
    Does the agency need to fire the manager and his manager for not keeping a better eye on their employees?

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I don't know and I'm not a lawyer, but isn't slander verbally saying something that isn't true and libel is saying it in writing? So technically, all of the comments should be considered libelous... assuming they weren't opinion and protected speech.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 11:09am

    Party loyalty comes first

    When I started to read the quote from the city manager as: "It’s political season, and a citizen here placed a yard sign..." I thought he was going to talk about her right to free speech *especially* during an election year.
    But, nope, this is America in 2018, where party politics rule and rights are trampled to protect the party.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 10:55am

    States should make their own rules

    Why don't these 35 AG's follow California's decision on net neutrality: if the federal government won't do anything, then do it themselves. Tell the phone carriers that they have to include these new policies or they can't do business in the state. Start fining the companies for every 100 or 1,000 spoofed calls they allow over their network. After all, like other people have said, if the phone companies know where to send the bill, then then know where the call originates from.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 10:52am

    Re: Have fun with them

    This is actually a good idea since it wastes their time and costs them money every time hit a "sucker" like you.
    If everyone else played with scammers like this, their scams would start to become unaffordable, and there would be no reason to do it any more. After all, I'm sure it's like any other call center and they have to hit certain metrics like scam victim per calls or credit cards per calls or whatever. They don't want to spend 15 minutes per call with someone who wastes their time.

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 10:24am


    I was just about to say something similar.
    If you hired a marketing company for your business and they sent out 5 million flyers, is this a "victory"? Or would you ask what the results where: how many people responded to the flyers, how many people used the coupon, and so on.
    Though I guess there's a reason AIM reports how many takedown notices were went out rather than how much content was taken down. Like Tim said, the AIM members would be shocked to hear that out of 5 million takedown notices, only 10 items were taken down... or was it even that high? :)

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 10:13am

    Re: 3 things

    How will the government handle sensitive data is a good question.
    Wasn't there a case recently where someone from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or Lockheed cross a border and had his devices seized because he had brown skin? Yet the device was owned by the company, had company secrets, and was encrypted. Yet he got into trouble (maybe even arrested) because he refused to unencrypt data on his *company-issued* computer.
    So then how how "border security" collide with national security when dealing with employees of government contractors?

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 @ 10:23am

    Give them what they want

    From now on, every user in France must submit a notarized document saying they give Twitter the license to publish a tweet that they themselves make.
    And by the way, since this is a French court ruling, it only affects citizens of France. The rest of the world doesn't have to do this.
    And French citizens are upset that they have to do this? Then complain to the judges and law-makers that create rulings like this.

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