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  • May 23rd, 2018 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Take their time

    Another idea would be to take all the fines from red light cameras and give the money to public projects like educational programs, road maintenance, or you know, anything where politicians and corporations can't dip their hand into.

  • May 23rd, 2018 @ 9:52am

    Use it against them

    How long would it take for a politician to say something "offense", as in the people expect him to say it, but it runs afoul of the new law?
    Then could enough people complain about the politician's statement and get him or her banned from Facebook or Twitter? If that happened, I suspect the law would be repealed real quick.

  • May 22nd, 2018 @ 10:00am

    Re: This isn't an artist.

    Actually, I'd say this guy is a modern artist. He knows not many people will see his graffiti or if they do see it, they won't even recognize that it's his. So what's a good way to get exposure? Run an ad in a magazine? Not big enough.
    Step 1: Sue HBO and make sure the graffiti put into the public record as part of the court case.
    Step 2: Make sure legal-analysis sites (such as this one) cover the story.
    Step 3: Profit from the exposure bought for just the cost of filing a court case.

  • May 21st, 2018 @ 3:20pm

    Support the creators and artists

    I wholeheartedly, 100% support the creators and artists. What I *don't* support are the corporations that hold the copyrights to all the music. Extending the copyrights on music doesn't help the artists when almost all of the royalties go to the corporations and record labels.
    Remember the dust-up a few years ago where Apple was accused of not paying the artists? Even Taylor Swift argued against Apple. Yet the media didn't mention the fact that Apple's contracts were with the record labels and not the artists, therefore, Apple didn't have to pay the artists since the record labels were supposed to do that. But it's always easier to argue against a large company like Apple than to look into the details.

    The second problem is that it sounds like this law will cover every recording, whether or not the rightful copyright-owner can be found. Then what? Does the public lose out on the recording because a radio station is too afraid to play it and get sued because they didn't pay a royalty?

  • May 20th, 2018 @ 9:07am

    The most important question

    I think the most important question is why it took 3 months to decide the case.
    If it took that long for the case to get heard, then that's probably pretty quick.
    But if it took the judges 3 months to decide a verdict after hearing the case, then that's absurd.

  • May 20th, 2018 @ 9:04am

    You'd think Erdogan would be smarter...

    You'd think Erdogan would be smarter than this. He's seen what happens to leaders that out-live their usefulness to the western world: we invade.
    The US decided Noriega of Panama was a drug dealer, so we invaded. Yet years earlier, he was a friend of the CIA.
    The US decided Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, so we invaded. Yet years earlier, he was a friend against Iran.

    So how long will it be until the western countries decide Turkey is too valuable to be in the hands of Erdogan?

  • May 18th, 2018 @ 9:41am

    Marketing versus underlying problems

    You have to love American companies for their distracting marketing ability: let's sell everyone on the fancy new features and hope they never mention the underlying problem.
    If we fixed the underlying problem with cars (that they use gas), maybe we'd be using electric cars since the 1990's. But instead, we get marketing people pushing rounded designs and fins and large trunks.

  • May 16th, 2018 @ 10:26am

    Maybe the filters are working correctly

    ... after all, if no one can get to the Disney Movies website, then people can't illegally download them, which means people can't illegally share them.
    So there you go- the piracy issue is solved!

  • May 16th, 2018 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re:

    I'm not sure if you're being serious or sarcastic, but in case you're being serious, the 1 line of text at the top of TechDirt is FAR, FAR better than other sites:

    At DeviantArt, the top half of the screen would be taken up with a big message saying "We know you're not here for ads, but please turn your AdBlocker off". They're telling their users that the "best experience" involves letting the ad-system serve them annoying, flashing ads and possibly malware.

    At ComicsAlliance, there's a javascript pop-up that's coded so you have 3 minutes to disable your ad-blocker (and allow ads, malware, etc) or a big banner will cover the entire page and stop you from reading it. Yes, you can disable javascript which disables the pop-up, but that also blocks the images from appearing, which isn't helpful on a comic book site.

  • May 15th, 2018 @ 11:28am


    "so when is the repeal going to be filed, then?"
    I would say, never.
    Even though there's a lot of evidence saying the law actually hurts people, politicians passed it assuming it helped people. They're not going to go back on their campaign promises to get the law passed and then say they were wrong.
    Like other posters have said, this is a morality law and politicians rarely, if ever, change their stance on morality.

  • May 15th, 2018 @ 11:07am

    What is fake news?

    Isn't banning "fake news" the same as banning "porn"? The first problem is defining what exactly needs to be banned.

    * We can probably agree that posts from trolls trying to sway the election are bad, but should they be banned? Or should people be adults and make up their own mind about whether the story is true?

    * Stories from known satire sites like The Onion. Of course their stories are "fake news" and they even say their stories are satire. Should these be banned?
    What about the Chinese media that thinks these stories are true? Should those be banned?
    What about legit sites like the Huffington Post that see the story in the Chinese media (again based on the The Onion article) and report it as true because they never verified the original source? Should these kinds of stories be banned? And if you're banning this story from HuffPo, should you allow the rest?

    * And will the "fake news ban" block any stories are scientifically proven false, such as how vaccines cause autism or how the world is flat?

    * If California can get its own fake news ban, can other states and countries? Will we go along with Middle East countries when they say any negative information about Islam is fake news?

  • May 10th, 2018 @ 2:37pm


    Yes, exactly: stop buying the game.

    Sure, people can protest and say how evil loot boxes are, but game companies will *never* change their behavior until it affects their bottom line. And as long as people buy the games with loot boxes *despite* the protests, game companies will keep doing it.

  • May 9th, 2018 @ 9:56am

    What about other states?

    It's interesting to hear how so many law-enforcement types complain about how their state will go to hell if marijuana is passed. Can you blame them? Just look what happened to California and Washington state: every city has turned into a drug-fueled "Mad Max" wasteland as people seek out harder drugs. And the drug dogs in those states have turned into rabid, wild packs that go around eating babies!!!

    Wait, none of this happened. I don't remember hearing *anyone* talk about drug dogs when debating marijuana. In fact, his position completely ignores all the benefits: lower arrest rates for drug use, more tax revenue, and so on.

  • May 8th, 2018 @ 10:14am

    The usual formula...

    The usual formula is...

    Plan A:
    1) Get a flimsy copyright.
    2) Threaten to sue people who don't know copyright law or who don't want to spend the money to defend themselves.
    3) Profit... and make more money than actually writing books.

    Plan B:
    1) Get a flimsy copyright.
    2) Threaten to sue people.
    3) Receive tons of media attention from actual copyright experts who say this is a bogus copyright and a stupid law suit.
    4) Profit from all the media attention. After all, any attention is more attention.

  • May 5th, 2018 @ 10:44am

    Re: The solution is easy.....

    This is a good idea in theory, but the reality is that everyone will complain to their ISP and the ISP should work with the EUC to unblock everything. People will say they're paying the ISP's for access and they're not the ones who should have to write letters to commissioners.

    For example, imagine if Congress said Comcast had to block The Pirate Bay. If you were a Comcast customer, would you write a letter to your Senator or would you complain that Comcast wasn't letting, you, a paying customer, get the sites that you want to visit?

  • May 2nd, 2018 @ 1:55pm

    What about country bias?

    What I mean is that many (or most) people in the US blindly trust US media, for good or bad. Yet when you mention something like The Guardian or the BBC or Al-Jazeera, people claim those aren't US-sources so they can't be trusted.

  • Apr 22nd, 2018 @ 8:46am


    And hw do we pronounce the name of your band? Is it "Black Hat See-oh" or "Black Hat Ess Eee Oh"? :)

  • Apr 18th, 2018 @ 7:45am


    I was just about to say the same thing, but then I realized: if Facebook really blocked all German traffic, would the people blame Facebook or would they blame the government? Something tells me that people would yell at Facebook for not cooperating with the government rather than complain about a bad law.

  • Apr 17th, 2018 @ 10:04am

    I say proceed with a lawsuit

    I say to proceed with a lawsuit since the first thing Gizmodo will do is file a motion that their article is truthful. And how do that do that? By subpoena-ing every customer of SmileDirectClub to see how many of them wound up with screwed-up teeth.
    Is this really something SmileDirectClub wants revealed in a public record? I'd bet they also run the risk of having a judge smack them down and require a warning that their product may or may not do what it claims to do.

  • Apr 2nd, 2018 @ 10:01am

    Re: Pardon me being the devil's advocate...

    That's an interesting "what if", but here's another: what if someone with a differing opinion actually has a good point to make? I know it's rare, but those people are out there.

    So I think what you're suggesting is a system that weeds out the far-leaning people that rely on "I just know it" rather than evidence and logic.

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