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  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 4:48pm

    How will they enforce this

    How will they enforce this when so many people don't know or care about where they get stuff? How many people take images from Google Image Search without knowing the images are copyrighted? How many people simply say "I found it on the internet"?

  • Apr 8th, 2015 @ 1:04pm

    Two thoughts

    1) How would the UK feel if Iran or North Korea issued a similar statement? Would the people in the UK be okay with following the laws from another country?
    Or are laws like these okay as long as it's porn?

    How would they feel if Iran decided that viewing Christian websites was amoral and decided to fine people?

    2) Who are these survey people that get such respect that all of the government listens to them? Oh, that's right, they were probably *paid* by the government to come up with these results. If so, then why isn't the media asking more questions about the survey?

  • Apr 8th, 2015 @ 12:48pm

    Re: The outrage should be about the illiteracy

    I bet the "college educated students" (and I use that term loosely) never expected that their letter would be picked up and picked apart.

    But, yes, I agree that there should be outrage over the fact that supposedly college educated students can't write coherent sentences.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 11:23am

    What do we know about this judge?

    It seems to me that a case like this proves that the judge is either 70 years old, out of touch with the electronic world, or both.
    There's no reasonable explanation for kicking anyone off of anything just because they're accused of something. What ever happened to due process of law? If someone is accused of illegally downloading files, then provide proof in a court of law, find him guilty, and then punish him.

    Does Ireland have any kind of constitutional right to due process? If so, who's going to be the first lawyer to challenge this judge's decision?

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 11:16am


    And what's your suggestion for getting members of Congress to listen to people? Comcast has millions of reasons (dollars) to make sure members of Congress don't listen to the public.
    Then the members of Congress use this money to fund their re-election campaign to make sure no one else can elected and do something about the issue.

  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:29pm

    Playing the devil's advocate...

    ... I looked at the crest and immediately recognized the Olympic logo. Could someone please explain how this is any different than displaying the Apple or McDonalds' logo?

    Okay, maybe these are different industries and the Olympics didn't enforce the trademarks and so on and so on, but the "moron in a hurry" will recognize the Olympic logo. Then, by extension, people may ask why the school is displaying the logo on their crest? Is the school a training site? Did they host the games? Then why would the school use that specific combination of colored rings?

  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:23pm

    Re: Stupidity

    And have you also destroyed all of your Leica camera gear? After all, Leica sent a takedown notice that Zazzle followed. Sure, Zazzle could have stood up for its artists and said Leica was wrong, but their lawyers probably said it was cheaper and easier to along with Leica.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 10:45am

    Re: BART huh?

    You beat me to it!

    Maybe the beer company should ask Fox for some legal support since Bart Simpson may be BART's next target of a lawsuit. After all, there's TONS of merchandise with Bart Simpson's name on it.
    Maybe people have been thinking "Bart Simpson" is actually "BART Simpson", a stealth way to market the train service!

  • Mar 23rd, 2015 @ 1:49pm

    In my day...

    In my day (which was 4 years ago), we didn't have selfie-sticks: we had tripods. I would put on in on a bench or in a tree, aim it at my wife, set the timer, run over to her, and then the camera would go off.
    But the risk ask always been that someone will steal the camera or it'll fall over or something else will ruin the shot.
    Or you can hand your camera to a stranger and hope he doesn't run off with your iPhone 6.

    If we're going to ban selfie-sticks because they're less risky than handing your camera to a stranger, then we should ban selfies because they're poor photos.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 5:52pm

    Ignore him

    To be honest, I think Rex Sorgatz is being a busybody just to get attention. Look at me, everyone, I'm complaining about something that's popular!

    And I have the same message to him as I have to all busybodies who like to tell people what to do: what gives you right to tell me I have to watch House of Cards only once a week because you're too afraid of spoilers, so Netflix has to change their schedule because of you?

  • Mar 14th, 2015 @ 11:01am

    Getting back to the subject...

    Getting back to the subject at hand, I think there are two issues here:
    1) Why are we becoming a society of busy-bodies where we report someone playing a flight simulator as "suspicious"?

    2) I understand that the agency has to investigate all SAR's, but how hard is it to see that "person playing a video game" isn't a terrorist?

  • Mar 13th, 2015 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Why yes, I speak jive politician. Allow me to translate...

    Let's translate from political-eese:

    I've never sent an e-mail.
    Means: I dictated the message to my staff and they did it.
    I've never made a phone call.
    Means: I told my staff to dial the phone for me.
    I've never driven a car.
    Means: I've used a driver my whole life.

    Hmm... I don't think this sounds any better. So is this person a king or what? Why doesn't he do the same things as everyone else?

  • Mar 13th, 2015 @ 11:47am

    "Feels" wrong

    I think the bigger issue is how juries (and judges) punish people when they "feel" something is wrong, as in: Thicke and Williams must have done something wrong or they wouldn't be here, so we have to punish them.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 1:48pm

    Copyright or liability issue?

    This sounds more of a case of someone trying to duck liability and using the copyright issue as a cover. The library owners should know enough about copyright to know they can display artwork like this, but I'm sure someone stepped in and said "There might be a lawsuit from someone at some time, so let's take it down just to be safe."

    We all know a lawsuit would fall apart before it got very far, but I'm sure someone figured out that they library would still have to pay a lot of money just to get the case thrown out... and this is money the library probably doesn't have.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

    I'll see your Obama who is NOT lawfully the US President and raise you: Bush was NOT lawfully the US President because the popular vote went to Al Gore in 2000 and the Supreme Court decided the other way.

    And, yes, let's keep debating this issue even though the Bush v Gore issue was 15 years ago and the Obama issue will be over next November when someone else is voted in as President.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 12:00pm

    Re: The Order is Wrong

    I completely agree.
    I remember watching "How to Train Your Dragon" on DVD and thinking "That would look great in 3D"... but by that time, it was way too late to see it in a 3D theater. Sure, I could buy a 3D TV and 3D player and 3D disc, but it's sometimes easier to just take a trip to the movie theater.

    A trip to the theater could then include stopping for dinner or ice cream, which helps the local businesses. Why couldn't the theater partner with the businesses to help each other? For example, why not offer a "dinner and movie" pack?
    However, I'd bet that offering free or discounted tickets would be against the MPAA's rules of charging full price for a ticket.

  • Feb 20th, 2015 @ 10:21am

    This story is not true

    I would suggest changing the title of your article since this story isn't true. According to an article on
    The Hobbit Got A Kid Suspended: 6 BS Stories That Went Viral

    "The "millions" ballpark [number] came from an anecdotal report from a think-tank employee who noticed that slightly more Indonesians claim to use Facebook than the Internet, an interesting result that raises a legitimate question about how people think about and use the Internet. Quartz took that and conducted their own (1,000-person, confusingly worded) poll to confirm it, resulting in the misleading headlines you see above. Now, there most likely are Facebook users out there who think it exists outside the Internet, but we're guessing most of them are under 7 and using it exclusively to play Candy Witch Farmers Alliance or whatever."

  • Feb 17th, 2015 @ 5:21pm

    Why is there such a need to punish sex offenders extra?

    Putting aside the very real issues of people being jailed for minor "sex offenses", why does our society force sex offenders to go through this extra nonsense?

    How many people get arrested for robbery, are put in jail, serve their time, but they don't have to go on a "violent robber registry". How come they're not branded as robbers for the rest of their life, like sex offenders are?
    When was the last time a robber went door-to-door telling everyone in the neighborhood that he had just been released from prison for holding up a 7-11? Yet that's what sex offenders have to do.

    You might say, "Oh, but sex offenders will keep doing it so we need to keep track of them."
    Okay, then, prove that sex offenders have a higher recidivism rate than other violent crimes, including robbery.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 @ 12:03pm

    First world problem

    Wow- I'm amazed there are people that have such wonderful, meaningfull lives that their only complaint in life is that their friends send them text messages in green. The horror! How will they ever go on in life with such a burden?

    Seriously, though, like other people are saying: this is simply a color choice based on whether the text message is sent via iMessage or SMS. Would these complainers prefer another color?

    And is Apple really trying to get users to hate Android? Apple has more money than any other company in the world, even more than Google. Why would they stoop to this kind of pettiness? Why would their designers secretly choose a "bad" color? And why didn't they choose red, which is even worse than green?

    So, time for Occam's razor: either the designers thought green was close enough to blue to signal a change in text messaging or there's a huge conspiracy to get people to switch to iPhones by using a "bad" color rather than use advertising and marketing.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 @ 7:38am

    The terrorists have already won

    Yet again, this proves the terrorists have won. Why couldn't the TSA agent ask the guy to eat a PowerBar to prove it wasn't a bomb or ask the guy to show off his watch? And in a better world, the agent could pretend to be a techie and get the guy talking about features of the watch. After a few minutes, it would be obvious that the guy was a runner or a very good liar.

    But, instead, the terrorists have achieved their goal of making TSA agents live in a world of fear where everyone is treated like a suspected terrorist, any snacks could be bomb material, and any electronics can be a detonator.

    I also wish there was a way to hold agents like this personally responsible. Instead, the issue will be handled the sames as when police officers do something bad: the agency or union will pay out, the payment will come out of the agency's budget (which is funded by taxes), and everyone will have to pay a little more to cover the lawsuit.
    So how is the agent punished? Maybe he's suspended of fired, but does that really balance having a guy arrested and having an arrest record (even if the charges were thrown out), and then lying about it in court?

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