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  • Oct 20th, 2020 @ 4:49am

    Re: Fox News will get it right

    True. They looked at the story before the NY Post had it and didn't want to touch it with a ten foot pole.

  • Oct 15th, 2020 @ 4:54am

    Re: Re: (which you’ve proven you can’t)

    What kind of dumb-ass community would say your non-sensical post was insightful?

    2 of Stephen's comments on this thread are marked insightful while none of yours are. So, draw your own conclusion. It seems you are too smart for Techdirt, so go away.

  • Oct 9th, 2020 @ 1:51am

    Not the answer you'd like

    The question is how long can this authoritarian approach expand before the rubber-band reaches its limits and snaps back on the regime.

    Unfortunately probably longer than you might hope. It's a well known fact, for example, that some North Korean defectors still believe that the Kim family is the best thing that happened to Korea. If North Korea is a hell hole that's because of the people that are working against the Kims. They believe that even if they're in South Korea where they should be able to see that's a lie.

    That's how powerful propaganda is. Compare that also to the Trumpist army that believes many blatantly untrue things about their savior and messiah, like that he is a successful business man. If they stay in the echo chamber it doesn't mater what the facts are.

    I think most Chinese will assume that the government/communist party edited out some lies form Pence about China to protect them and keep their blood pressure in the Zen zone.

  • Oct 7th, 2020 @ 7:39am

    Follow the money, always follow the money

    And there's a long line of journalists and experts who still somehow haven't quite figured that out yet.

    All journalist have seen their livelihood threatened because all that sweet advertising money went to big tech. It seems that, regardless of their political leaning, they might not object to seeing facebook et al taken down a notch.

  • Oct 6th, 2020 @ 2:52am

    Re: Re:

    Just going along with the insanity here:

    Could the tattooed person claim the same right that photographers have? They only have copyright on the composition, the way I understand it. Since the size, location on the body and the combination of different images is decided by the person being tattooed (usually), they could claim copyright on the composition?

    Of course, this whole case is nuts. However, I can't wait for the first lawsuit over prison tats. "I own your ass!" would have a different meaning if the copyright is granted to the artist.

  • Oct 4th, 2020 @ 11:59pm

    Re: The epidemic of Nazi ideologies

    Has Hugo Boss?

    I'd be kind of open to let the past rest in cases where companies produced SS-uniforms 80 years ago. Probably nobody that worked there then, works there now and they changed their idol from Hitler to Mammon, so let it go.

    However, recently they did make me annoyed with a commercial that used the word integrity. I can't remember the actual phrasing but they claimed it (integrity) was important. I'd think that, seeing their checkered past, they might steer clear of statements like that.

  • Sep 25th, 2020 @ 2:13am

    Re: Re: Re: 'If you won't do it we will' is never a pretty pictu

    That's why it is so shortsighted of the Republicans that they want to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg with a stock conservative judge.

    Not only that. So, the upside for them is minimal, they go from a majority to a larger majority. However, if they make it part of the election they might rile up their base to go voting. I'm pretty sure there is a voter group out there that would hold their nose and vote for Trump again if they could be sure to overturn Roe v. Wade for example.

    That and they could maintain a semblance of integrity although that does not seem to be a high priority.

    Makes you wonder if they're already convinced they're going to lose...

  • Sep 25th, 2020 @ 1:51am

    Re: Again, LEOs Rely on Criminal Stupidity of Criminals

    It is also a sign of the time where everybody feels the need to document and share everything.

    I'm an old geezer and I would never dream of photographing or videoing evidence for police to find and use. If I planned on throwing Molotov cocktails, or worse, I would probably lock my phone in a faraday cage someplace other than my own location, just to be sure. Even searches for "How to make Molotov Cocktails" or "How to create explosives from fertilizer and Diesel oil" would be done on a computer I don't own and which would be hard to tie to me.

  • Sep 22nd, 2020 @ 6:19am


    One can see parallels to how other oppressive regimes came to power... (1930's anyone?)

    "If History repeats itself, the second time is a farce." (Marx, I think) Seems perfectly apt in this case.

  • Sep 17th, 2020 @ 10:54am

    Careful there Mr. Barr

    Barr also wanted DOJ prosecutors to find some way to go after Seattle's mayor over her handling of protests in her city.

    I think this government specifically should be very careful setting precedents around prosecuting people for things they did while in office...

  • Sep 2nd, 2020 @ 11:55pm

    Re: Murderous left wingers

    You have to look for copious quantities of soup apparently.

  • Sep 2nd, 2020 @ 11:52pm

    Re: Re:

    No, no, no! In that case the instigator was "in a difficult position and I heard he was a fine person."

  • Sep 2nd, 2020 @ 9:30am

    Re: Re: Re: No, the gander gets sawdust, not sauce.

    Okay, it seems that some people lack comprehensive reading skills so I'll spell it out.
    For "Even if you're proven guilty" read:

    "Even if you're proven guilty and the perp-walk and public shaming was justified because you actually did what you were arrested and exposed for,.."

    So, if you already have a Civilian Complaint Review Board, it seems it is failing. I did however not say that was the silver bullet, my point was merely that oversight needs to improve. There are many ways you could do that.

  • Sep 2nd, 2020 @ 1:21am

    Re: No, the gander gets sawdust, not sauce.

    I think the problem here is not a lack of transparency, it's a lack of proper oversight.

    I'm not a fan of releasing the police records and neither am I a fan of releasing arrest records, including pictures, and I'm definitely not a fan of the so-called perp-walks. As mentioned above, regular citizens will experience real consequences as a result from having their face plastered all over the news, even if they are later exonerated.

    In theory everybody subscribes to the "innocent until proven guilty" idea but let's face it, if you see somebody that is arrested and walked out to the police car in the early morning in his underwear with his doughy belly hanging out and his hair in a mess you're going to assume that guy is guilty as hell.

    On this side of the pacific in many countries the identity of the accused are protected quite stringently, with full co-operation of the press. So, faces are covered with those black strips over the eyes and names are shortened to initials. Sometimes it gets a bit ridiculous even, for example if everybody knows who the accused is. However in principle I support this. Even if you're proven guilty, re-integrating into society is hard enough after a prison sentence without having been publicly exposed.

    I do have a certain amount of sympathy for the argument that opening the records up would increase the risk for the police and firefighters. But, I also believe in consequences! So if you make mistakes or, as in many cases, break the law, you should be properly punished. Either by being demoted or fired or having pay docked. If you break the law you should face the same consequences as other people and, if the transgression is serious enough, of course you should never be allowed to enforce the law again, nationwide.

    So, I think a much better solution would be to have better oversight, which is possible. Perhaps create a committee that includes civilians and/or judges to oversee complaints. Perhaps there could be an independent organization with far reaching authority to which you can submit your complaints. Something. Don't say that it is impossible because many countries manage it reasonably well.

    However, since that doesn't exist yet, I do think the records should be public until oversight improves. It's the only way you can work towards justice. Perhaps that is also a discussion that can be had with police unions: Transparency or proper oversight. Although that needs a bit more civic responsibility from the unions than they've shown so far.

  • Aug 14th, 2020 @ 1:01am

    What is good for he goose...

    Qualcomm might want to be a bit careful with cheering too hard about this.

    To my knowledge very few companies supply machines that produce modern chips.Suppose they apply the same logic?

  • Jul 7th, 2020 @ 11:33am

    I thought Trump was such a good business man?

    A lot of those students are kids from rich parents that spend a lot of money here, besides college tuition.
    They rent/buy expensive apartments or houses, buy cars, jewelry clothes etc. Why would you evict them from the country?

  • Jul 3rd, 2020 @ 4:53am


    Parley is what you do before surrendering, so I chose to read it like that.

  • Apr 30th, 2020 @ 12:28am

    Just thought I'd leave this here

    An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus:

  • Apr 16th, 2020 @ 2:24am

    (untitled comment)

    "...we can now focus on executing our strategy to drive operational efficiencies and position our business for long-term growth,” said Bernie Han, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    This statement should get Bernie fired immediately. If he was not focusing on the key parts of his job before, what was he doing? Lining his pockets?

    If you are in sales and you went to your manager and said "If you increase my expense account I can finally focus on acquiring customers and increase turnover." How long would it take him to fire you? Those are the actual things you were hired to do in the first place!

  • Apr 15th, 2020 @ 6:04am


    I also think that NASCAR (or any racing game for that matter) is a very different animal than MLB when it comes to esports.

    Racing games, specifically if played with a halfway decent race wheel + pedal setup require similar skills IRL as online. Mind you, similar. Real life racing requires a lot of physical fitness and games tend to be more sensitive to tweaking car set-ups in specific ways. However, they're similar enough that if you know how to properly do one of the two you'll have a much easier time doing the other.

    MLB or NBA or NFL or soccer, or any other sport that I can think of right now, needs a very different skill set IRL than online. Here, the esports is mostly about mastering the controls. Generally speaking, being good at John Madden has no bearing on your ability to play in the NFL.

    So, I think racing leagues might be able to create an on-brand spin-off with the same sports heroes that you see driving around the real-life tracks, especially with the younger drivers that have been sim-racing since they could walk. In F1, for example, you can see that the young drivers can actually compete quite well with pure gamers. Additionally you could have an interesting angle where you exclude the car from the equation and only focus on driving skills.

    For the other sports I see that as challenging, since many professional athletes will probably not be that good in the actual gaming part. So, in that case the MLB and the esports MLB would probably address different target groups and have very different players. Although I did hear some professional soccer teams are building up their own parallel esports teams, so perhaps that would be an alternative; The same brands but different players.

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