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  • Aug 16th, 2021 @ 6:28am

    We all know this is performative

    If everyone here on this site knows this idea is performative and stupid, why aren't more people going on the offensive and pushing back? Where's the media calling out these AG's for their dumb idea? Why aren't we seeing Democratic politicians calling out this stupid idea? I would think Democrats would get a lot of mileage out of blasting the "party of personal responsibility" for their claims of censorship.
    And as a bonus, the Democrats could post examples of the posts that are getting Republicans "censored".

  • Jul 8th, 2021 @ 10:21am

    Go after his law team

    If this law suit is actually frivolous then the judge needs to throw the book at Trump and his law team. Though I'm sure Trump will figure out a way to not pay any fines (or even pay his own legal team).

    But what will happen to the lawyers if they're looking at thousands or millions in legal costs and punitive court fines? Or do they not care about fines since they'll get tons of attention from the right-wing conservative media sphere? Sure, they'll have to sell off all their assets to pay the court fines, but look how many conservative followers they now have on Twitter!

  • Jun 28th, 2021 @ 9:32am

    What do they want to post?

    I know this has been said before, but all say it again. Whenever conservatives accuse websites of censoring thier posts, ask them what they were trying to post.

    If they're trying to talk about fiscal responsibility and a smaller government and they're getting banned, then there might be an issue. But I somehow doubt this is what they mean by "censorship".

    If they're trying to post racist comments or if they start discussions about killing Democrats or even overthrowing the legitimately elected president, then yes, those kinds of comments should be removed.

    Basically, if the average person thinks the comment is racist or hateful, then the site has every right to remove it. But it seems like their "right" to post crap is more important than a community's right not to deal with crap posts.

  • May 3rd, 2021 @ 11:40am

    Re: This demonstrates the purpose of Tucker Carlson

    Yes, of course this.

    I don't remember where I saw it, but Rupert Murdoch said he'd switch to left-leaning news if it got more attention than right-leaning news. But it doesn't, so he keeps FOX spouting information that appeals to right-wing people and gets left-wing people upset.
    Either way, he gets more attention.

  • Apr 27th, 2021 @ 12:39pm

    Don't use other people's IP

    Playing the devil's advocate...

    Is this is a risk taken by anyone who bases their creation off of someone else's IP? Maybe he should consider himself lucky Square Enix didn't object and send him a cease and desist order before now.

    I know people are fans of things, but the only way to keep copyright maximalists from suing is to not use anything of theirs in any other form.

  • Apr 27th, 2021 @ 11:30am

    That word "indefinitely"

    I wonder if lawyers will argue over the term "indefinitely" as it applies to digital files.

    When you buy a physical good, like a CD or DVD, you literally have it forever: you can give it to your kids and they can give it to their kids, for hundreds of years, or until the DVD falls apart. Though whether you can play the DVD is another story.

    But what about digital files? Should Apple keep an iTunes server up for 25 years or 50 years or 100 years? What happens when Apple is bought by Disney? Should Disney keep the iTunes server up and running?

    And even if the server is still running in 25 years, does Apple (or their new owner) have an obligation to convert the file to other formats as technology changes?
    Or would this fall under the idea that the media is there, but the maker isn't responsible for providing a player?

  • Apr 27th, 2021 @ 11:24am

    Re:

    When we "buy" Netflix and HBO, it's marked very clearly that we're buying a subscription service to watch whatever they offer.
    There's no offer of owning a movie or TV show.

  • Apr 9th, 2021 @ 1:47pm

    Re: Re:

    "widespread economy of illegal bribes going on for decades. I figure someone would have reported on that by now."

    If the economy of illegal bribes has been going on for decades, then they've probably gotten so good at it that no one has reported on it.
    I'm sure it's nothing like the old days where a lobbyist gives a stack of $100 bills to a senator while a reporter snaps a photo.
    Instead, the company gives the senator's son some free toys and maybe gives the daughter an internship with the company. Nope, no "bribe" here since there's no money changing hands.

  • Apr 9th, 2021 @ 1:40pm

    Not sure who's the bad guy here

    Yes, it's bad that the NRCC website has evilly-worded check boxes and takes money from people, but on the other hand, they're taking money from rubes.
    And, yes, I use the word "rube" in the classical sense, meaning "people who know the con man takes money from people but they give him money anyway".

    Who are all these people who still give money to Trump after all stories about how Trump keeps so much money for himself. Okay maybe they don't believe all the stories, but how many stories does it take to realize there might be a grain of truth?

    On the other hand, maybe the credit card processors are the good guys since they gave people their money back when the complaints came in.
    Is there any word if the card processors banned the NRCC from processing credit cards due to all the complaints?

  • Apr 9th, 2021 @ 1:29pm

    Re:

    This is an interesting point.
    Why does Microsoft allow any software to install anything in the system32 folder in 2021? Haven't we reached the point in PC game development where every file can be contained within that specific game's folder? I thought the days of installing and registering dll's in the Windows or system32 folder was long gone.

  • Apr 5th, 2021 @ 9:54am

    Watch it escalate

    First, Georgia passes a bad bill.
    Then organizations like Major League Baseball and Delta protest the bill.
    Then the governor says MLB is part of the liberal "cancel culture".
    Then the legislature passes bills against Delta.

    So what's the obvious next step? Delta and Coca-Cola leave Atlanta.
    Then what happens to all the money that the politicians would get from these companies? What happens to all the jobs? Okay, maybe all the employees move to another state, but that means the jobs aren't in Georgia any more.

    Yet this issue with Delta could have been prevented if the governor just admitted that there were some bad parts of the bill instead of doubling-down on the whole "cancel culture" and saying MLB was falling for "liberal lies".

  • Apr 1st, 2021 @ 11:45am

    Social media posts

    "Nike also does claim that there is confusion and highlights a bunch of social media posts..."

    Well, if there were some social media posts saying people were confused, then that's all the proof I need! Someone get me a team of lawyers- we have lawsuits to file!

    I intended that to be sarcasm, but it seems like too many people put too much weight in random social media posts. I saw a commercial for a TV show which had tons of quotes about how great it was. Yet if you looked quickly, the quote were from "John123" on Twiiter or "Bob345" on TikTok. Why would anyone use a quote from a random person? Why do their opinions matter?

  • Apr 1st, 2021 @ 10:00am

    An experiment

    Here's an experiment:
    Who wants to post a left-leaning comment on his site, such as "black lives matter" or "gay people deserve equal rights", then get banned, and then complain about how the site is censoring liberal voices.
    Bonus points for taking the issue to Congress and getting them to debate whether Donald Trump's website is actually trying to censor liberal voices.
    Extra bonus points for getting Congress to haul Donald Trump in front of them and explain why his website is trying to block what liberals have to say.

  • Apr 1st, 2021 @ 9:54am

    Re:

    " only to find their favourite services and propagandists swept up in the flood of lawsuits."
    And? So?

    Republicans have been using scorched-Earth policies for years. They don't care how many of their own constituents or voters are swept up in their bad policies as long as they can "own dem liberals".

    As an example: they claimed there were tons of fraudulent mail-in ballots (without evidence) so they want to restrict mail-in ballots, even though a large number of rural, white, middle-age Republicans use mail-in ballots.
    But it's better if 100 Republicans can't vote by mail than let one more Democrat mail-in ballot get in.

  • Mar 29th, 2021 @ 9:55am

    How to fight back

    Whenever I get an unsolicited text, I:

    • Forward it to 7726, which is the spam text reporting service for most carriers. Check your phone instructions for how to forward a text.
    • Block the number on your phone.
    • Report the number to call-screening services like Hiya, MyNumber, etc.
    • Report the number to the FTC Do Not Call List and your state's do not call list.
      As more people report the numbers, these sites will build up a database of spam-text numbers and will be more likely to flag the call.

    And if you flag spam from legitimate sources that don't have your permission to text you, those places won't be able to send any more texts. Granted, MoveOn.org or sign-the-petition sites might have a political exemption to send texts, but again, if enough people flag their texts as spam, then more people will get warned, and their texts won't get read.

  • Mar 19th, 2021 @ 10:05am

    Accountability

    "But the Sheriff's Office may soon find itself shelling out its own ill-gotten gains to replace the ones it apparently unlawfully took from the plaintiff during its drug warring."

    Um, I don't think the Sheriff's Office will be the ones to pay- the money will come out of the city taxes, which means the costs will be passed onto the tax-payers And how many taxpayers go through the sheriff's budget to see that $X have to repaid to people whose items were illegally seized by the police?

    In other words, the behavior won't change unless the police are held accountable. I don't know- maybe dock the officers' pay until the items are paid back or put them on suspension without pay.
    And before someone says police shouldn't have to pay back items like this, remember that even the sheriff admitted the items weren't seized as a part of a crime. If there was no crime, then the items were illegally seized and someone should be held responsible.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 8:15am

    Who should be held responsible?

    Who should be held responsible?

    • The judge who issued a non-knock warrant?
    • The police officers who shoot and kill someone while executing the no-knock warrant?
    • The police department that has a no-knock warrant policy in the first place?
    • The DA who doesn't prosecute the officers for killing someone, because it was part of the officer's job?
    • The judge who doesn't take the case because again, the officers were just doing their job?

    So if no one will be held accountable, then why should the police stop doing it, especially since "drug raids" get good coverage on the local news. Even though, like the article said, the "drug raid" is a merely a cover to seize some illegal weapons.
    Where's the media (besides John Oliver) asking why the police need to raid homes with such small amount of drugs in the first place? Ah, but then that would start to peel back the reality that the "drug war" isn't really a "war" like the government thinks it is.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 8:10am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "My child just studied hard & did really well in school, you're kid just screwed around to much."

    I don't know if you're using bad grammar to make a point, but that sentence should be:
    "My child just studied hard & did really well in school, YOUR kid just screwed around TOO much."
    Though I suspect it's an ironic use of bad grammar since people who say "your kid screwed around" would probably be the same ones who use bad grammar.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 7:40am

    Tour not available

    I think the tour company should list every campus, but then add a notice to the ones filing this suit that says "Tour not available due to legal reasons".
    Then let prospective students decide whether they want to go to that school even if they can't go on a tour... I'm guessing plenty of student won't go. But I'm not a university marketing department, which probably has plenty of other ways of convincing people that they have a beautiful campus.

  • Mar 2nd, 2021 @ 11:22am

    How about some evidence

    Since this guy wants to ban a video game and directly impact a company's business, then I assume he has proof. So...

    How many people were carjacked last year?
    Of those, how many of the carjackers played GTA?
    Of those, how many said playing the game influenced their decision to carjack a car in real life?

    By contrast:
    How many copied of GTA were sold in the past 5 years?
    Of those, how many were purchasing in Illinois?

    So, then what percentage of people were influenced to carjack a car in real life compared to the total number of sales just in Illinois? So even though ALL of those people played the game without any issues, the game should still be banned?

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