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  • Mar 13th, 2019 @ 10:11am

    Re:

    And how would the penalties be enforced? Remember that we're talking about companies that have no problem spoofing their number (which should be illegal), using automated callers (which is illegal in most states), and hiding their identity (which should be illegal).
    And if the company is found, will they be operating outside the US? Will the US government really go after robocall spammers when they're too busy enforcing the War on Drugs?

  • Mar 7th, 2019 @ 10:12am

    Disbar the lawyers

    I hope that Twitter gets each and every one of these patents invalidated... and the lawyers disbarred for starting a case like this.

    As I've said a few times, the lawyers either:
    1) Don't know the law, in which case they shouldn't be filing the court case.
    2) Do know the law, but they're being paid by their client not to care about it and file the court case.

    I think these kinds of cases will quickly get stopped if the lawyers start getting threatened with disbarment.

  • Mar 6th, 2019 @ 10:12am

    Re: Spirits

    In the Middle Ages (and even now), people would say "The Devil made me do it". The modern version is "YouTube made me do it".
    In either case, it's blaming an outside factor for something they should have known better.

  • Mar 5th, 2019 @ 10:46am

    Re: A few disjointed thought.

    You missed one big factor: commercials.

    • If I want to see commercials for Microsoft, BMW, or ABC TV shows, I'll stay at home and watch them on TV. Yes, I have seen commercials before movies, in the movie theater, that I literally saw the day before during a TV show.

    • I use an HD antenna to watch ABC so technically I'm getting it for free. Why do I have to pay to see a movie and then see commercials for ABC?

    • And technically, don't commercials for ABC drive people from the movie theater to a TV network? ;)

  • Mar 5th, 2019 @ 10:17am

    Re: Re:

    GoT is ending this season so it's probably too late to add ads for Coke and Apple.

    But the new Watchmen TV series, which HBO hopes will replace GoT in the pop culture world, is set in an alternate 1980's. So there's every opportunity to add product placement for almost anything you can think of. In fact, seeing Coke and Apple in the Watchmen world would only increase the realism... or that's what a typical marketing executive would say.

  • Feb 22nd, 2019 @ 10:07am

    It's called crying wolf

    Mainstream conservatives really need to push-back more on these kinds of "studies" since it gives them all a bad reputation. Then like the boy who cried wolf: We're being censored on Twitter! No you're not. We're being censored on Facebook! No you're not. We're being censored on YouTube! No you're not. We're being censored on some other site! No you're not. We're being censored for real this time! Sorry, no one cares any more.

  • Feb 20th, 2019 @ 11:19am

    Re:

    I like the way you think. Trump has obviously studied past walls to know what happens later. The Great Wall of China was built to keep invaders out, but it later fell and China became one country. The Berlin Wall separated Berlin, but it later fell and Berlin became one city in a re-unified Germany. So my theory is that the wall between the US and Mexico will be painful now, but with 25 years, it'll come down and the US and Mexico will become one country. I admire Trump for taking the long-view of history.

  • Feb 20th, 2019 @ 10:29am

    Re: the pronunciation is important

    And that reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit where Rob Schneider played a character named "Oz-weep-aye", but spelled "asswipe". :)

  • Jan 29th, 2019 @ 10:57am

    A point about statistics

    I know this is a little nit-picky, but it bugs me when articles say "over X number" but the number is exact. For example:
    _ over 38 VPN apps... Also, over 27 VPN apps _

    What exactly is "over 38" and "over 27"? Would that be 38.1 or 27.5? How do you get 1/10 or 1/2 of a VPN service? Wouldn't "over 38" be "39" or "40"? Why not say "39" or "40" instead?

  • Jan 29th, 2019 @ 10:44am

    Every company has to follow every country's rules

    So if Europe is forcing Google, Facebook, etc to follow the Right to Be Forgotten and GDPR, how long will it be until China forces them to follow their rules? After all, if one country/ region can tell companies what to do, why shouldn't even country be able to?

  • Jan 29th, 2019 @ 10:21am

    What about the white kids

    On a related topic, are there are statistics for how many white, upper-class kids were detained because they wore blue shoes, drew "the devil" (the school mascot), and hung out in pairs? Oh, wait, there are no statistics for white, upper-class kids? Oh, wait, there are no statistics because the number is *zero*? But can't white kids be part of MS-13, especially in white neighborhoods?
    And why aren't the police intervening with white boys since they seem to be ones who tend to be school shooters?

  • Jan 24th, 2019 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: Re:

    You hit the nail on the head. Saying "Build a wall!" certainly plays better than "Let's streamline the institutional and bureaucratic processes of immigration so those coming from another country can become legal, productive citizens of the United States and... sorry, did I put you to sleep with that explanation?"

  • Jan 22nd, 2019 @ 10:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Gasp

    And this is exactly why the emoluments clause was added to the Constitution.
    It's simple courtesy to woo a CEO by using his company's cars or hotels, but Trump is the president of the United States, arguably the most powerful man in the world. Do we really want ANY companies (US or international) wooing the president so he'll create policies that favor them or hurt their competitors?

    What's to stop Apple or Google from booking an entire Trump hotel and then asking President Trump to nuke Europe so they can be done with the GDPR and "right to be forgotten" and other EU privacy laws? Okay, not literally nuking them, but he could create sanctions or tariffs or blockades or whatever.

  • Jan 22nd, 2019 @ 10:12am

    Does LucasFilm even have a say any more?

    Since Disney bought LucasFilm years ago, does LucasFilm have a say in how the IP is used? If Disney says "these are the rules", then how can LucasFilm say otherwise?
    It would be exactly the same thing if you got permission for a project from ABC or ESPN or Pixar. How long do think that project will last if you didn't get clearance from Disney, their parent company?

    Sorry, but I'm going to say that LucasFilm's opinion is irrelevant.
    Not to mention there's the issue of how LucasFilm's policies may not line up with their parent company's policies, which could be confusing to fans.

  • Jan 17th, 2019 @ 10:13am

    Re:

    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

    Re:

    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?

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