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  • Jul 06, 2022 @ 05:42am

    "hey have already done that, just look at article 17 in the EU Copyright Directive – the only way to accomplish that is to monitor users." I keep saying the only good thing about article 17 is that it's so hamfisted the first time someone actually tries to enforce it the ECJ will be smacking it down the same way they did the german Störerhaftung which tried to make providers of internet access liable for malfeasance committed on their networks. That the GDPR is in direct conflict with copyright enforcement isn't hard to understand - copyright in itself can not be enforced in any legal paradigm which meaningfully honors personal privacy.

  • Jul 06, 2022 @ 05:37am

    "Not a typo, when you try to go after pirates, it is possible that in order to do so, you may have to invade privacy." There's no "may" about it. In order to find out for sure whether a person just legitimately downloaded a book, synched their personal data to cloud storage, or leeched a copy of a movie indexed from a torrent site you first need to violate the privacy of the suspect with the same unavoidable logic as when you're trying to find out whether the contents of someones pocket are legitimate or not. And the basis copyright cult outfits have to go on are still about as solid as it was in 2008 when the EFF published a study regarding how often university laser printers were sued for infringement. Copyright enforcement remains a grifter's game with fraudulent outfits relying on bought judges to provide the outcomes they want based on "evidence" which is the equivalent of a child's crayon drawing.

  • Jul 05, 2022 @ 02:22am

    "So a group of women got mad that the city removed a statue of a man that didn’t much do anything beside land on an island? Lol." "columbus atrocities". The man did quite a bit more than just "land on an island". He was an industrious slaver, to begin with, and his response to unrest was to literally parade the dismembered bodies of natives in rebellion through city streets. Columbus became a known entity for his role in "adding" a new continent to a european monarchy. Leif Erikson, on the other hand, made a far smaller footprint, just founding a small settlement which, by all accounts, did not set out to attempt subjugating the natives. According to the natural trend of history the person hailed as the "discoverer" was the brutal conqueror rather than the trader viking.

  • Jul 05, 2022 @ 02:14am

    "So if they’re removing Columbus, I think its appropriate to also remove the Spanish." Removing a statue of a bad guy dead for 500+ years means you should eradicate a currently living people? You must be an alt-righter. That sort of "logic" does not come from the sane and rational.

  • Jul 05, 2022 @ 02:13am

    Not quite true. A few first nation people are descended from the first humans to migrate over the northern land bridge. However, I'm pretty sure Naughty Autie was being sarcastic regarding "anon" deciding that removing a statue of a bad guy dead for 500+ years was the equivalent of a call for genocide of currently living people.

  • Jul 05, 2022 @ 01:45am

    "According to AIW, the decision to remove the Mussolini statue arose from the City’s “pro-African American/anti-Italian American policy”, a policy that the City deliberately “established and perpetuated.” Fixed that for them. I mean, if not glorifying a conquering slaver is "anti-italian" then that same principle applies to more than just Columbus. Something I'm pretty sure the AIW may have failed to consider.

  • Jun 27, 2022 @ 02:19am

    "See where that comment was hidden because a gang of the regulars didn’t like the view that was expressed? Theeere ya go." I guess the fundamental difference between "private moderation" and "government censorship" went over your head? Us flagging your assertions as irrelevant bullshit is our opinion - which, I believe, is still supported by 1A. Government deciding to set a law prohibiting such opinion, otoh, is a different kettle of fish.

  • Jun 21, 2022 @ 03:54am

    "That’s not what you usually say when others make even small claims without links to back them. Why is that?" "...he whined, triumphantly, in response to an assertion **which had the exact linked resources he was asking for..." I'm pretty damn sure that was less of a 'gotcha' and more of a solid shot to your own crotch. At least think before you troll.

  • Jun 20, 2022 @ 05:32am

    "I thought that Hymen Rosan was the shark. 😎" More of a hagfish than a shark, really. You know, from a distance just ugly but up close more revolting than most shit you'd expect to see trying to communicate.

  • Jun 20, 2022 @ 05:29am

    The real irony here is that he's literally quoting Mein Kampf doctrine, the nazi belief that insidious jewry would by necessity result in right-thinking steel-eyed teutons being forced into subjugation. It really isn't a good look for a self-professed jew to quote Adolf Hitler. So much so that I'm starting to suspect what we've got here may just be an anti-semitic troll trying to false flag a minority sympathy card.

  • Jun 20, 2022 @ 05:19am

    Oh, he never will. If there's one thing you can say about the transphobes it's that they're predictable. He's simply scared that at some point some trans woman will come on to him and a judging crowd of "woke" people will all be standing around ready to condemn him if he doesn't immediately shag her. Which is on the face of it as ridiculous as that of homophobes harboring that deep-set fear that at some point a gay man may...oh, horror...approach them with a pickup line. As a cis-gendered strictly heterosexual caucasian male who actually has been hit on by gay men and politely managed to turn them down I completely fail to see where the problem is. But then again that may be because I have sexual preferences not phobias. It would be nice if the people who have those would just seek professional help rather than try to invent justification for their mental illness.

  • Jun 20, 2022 @ 05:09am

    "You feel righteous about proclaiming a millennia-old religion as “ridiculous horseshit” while having no problem proclaiming men to be women." Sure do. That millennia old religious horseshit insists you classify and judge others by tenets passed on in a millennia old game of chinese whispers. Us recognizing that the social construct which is a person's gender is determined only by that person in question, on the other hand, just us recognizing that the only person who gets to determine who and what they are is that person themselves. You being a raging bigot is your own problem. Kindly just stop inflicting it on the rest of us.

  • Jun 20, 2022 @ 03:43am

    "There is one other. After all, Hyman won’t have to live in the same community as “men pretending to be women” if he’s dead. 😜" Ah, the "You can have my penis when you pry it from my cold, dead hands" argument? I'd be OK with that. I think everyone would be OK to leave Hyman to stew in whatever misery he feels compelled to boil up for himself. That's not the issue. The issue is that he feels compelled and entitled to decide for other people. His whole premise is that of a man stating he's all in favor of black people having the same rights as everyone else as long as he won't have to put up with black people actually being treated like everybody else. Bluntly put, he's one streak of honesty away from a Unite The Right marcher.

  • Jun 20, 2022 @ 03:34am

    Never went away. Just been spending some scarce spare time on Ars Technica as well. And, of course, vacationing, which I normally do by staying away from anything electronic.

  • Jun 17, 2022 @ 01:19am

    "You have already said you don’t really care about women, so why are you so insistent on policing language that has zero impact or connection in your life?" Because the bigotry surrounding LGBTQ has always been about control? At the end of it this is about certain members of the majority - white, cis-gendered heterosexual males, usually - doing their damndest to deny that other they're so mortally afraid of. The first step of which is to deny that those others have a right to exist, even as a concept. You know, like the implication that jewish people are lebensunfähig, the poor and ill have only themselves to blame, or that Ukraine shouldn't be considered a country of its own. Of course, confronted with that fact these people will fervently deny they're anything like the examples I mentioned, because after all, "they're not advocating gas chambers - they just don't want them around". And they don't grok that still makes them the exact same as those nazis who decided they didn't want to share living space with semites.

  • Jun 09, 2022 @ 04:02am

    Well, yeah...old Baghdad Bob/Jhon Smith/Out_of_the_blue/bobmail has a lot in common with the woman in the OP. Although to be fair it has to be said that one reason he's never made headlines might be because unlike the woman in the OP his arguments are so hamfisted and self-defeating if he ever tried to file a suit it's almost given he'd manage to incriminate himself right into a prison sentence the second the judge looked over his complaint...

  • Jun 09, 2022 @ 03:58am

    Concur. Shit like this is clear proof the "rotten apples" within US law enforcement have more authority by far than any presumptive "good cop". And to underline that - this is just that one set of gangs which has been revealed. I have no doubt you'll find similar organizations in every state.

  • May 18, 2022 @ 01:50am

    "This is SONY after all..." True enough. It's pretty telling that every time a sony executive opens their mouth and speaks what comes out is either what marketing and press relations department spent hours coaching them to say...or something utterly horrible, like what we see in the OP, their reasoning around the rootkit, or a bile-laden rant about how the internet never brought any good to anyone. Some companies have a culture so toxic you really can't call them anything other than purely malicious.

  • May 16, 2022 @ 03:02am

    It's nothing TP isn't already trying. When ACTA was sunk we knew that wasn't going to be the last of it. One way or the other, this shit will get pushed through. As usual pirates won't be affected. But the legal part of the net will be brought to its knees in short order. At which point the bill will be reversed, but not before billions will have been wasted in taxpayer money on senseless enforcement, several sectors of legitimate business will have abandoned Europe, and the online marketplace stifled for decades to come. The copyright cult, ladies and gents. Along with terrorists and the child porn crowd the reason we can't have nice things.

  • May 16, 2022 @ 02:57am

    "After all, if there’s nothing to ‘Notice’, then there’s nothing to take down." Tens of thousands of fully legitimate youtube videos miscategorized by ContentID and taken down under false DMCA claims beg to differ. Just because there's nothing to notice doesn't mean you won't spend hours every week fending off the recurrent false positives.

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