This is really tragic. Rappler exists because the internet enabled it to exist. It allowed her to build up a truly world-class investigative reporting team that has done amazing work. And after spending all these years fighting the government trying to shut her down, you’d think she’d be more open to supporting the free speech of others, including the power of intermediaries to make it easier to speak.
It is pretty common for people/groups to go from fighting for something to "I have mine fuck the rest of you".
It is sad and disappointing to see it happen to someone that you thought had real principles. Finding out that all they cared about is getting ahead themselves rather than any real convictions sucks.
However it happens so often that I generally just assume that is what is going to happen.
As far as Netflix goes it is probably not so much a case of Hastings forgetting but a matter of there not really being any good choices.
Netflix is hemorrhaging content as every studio is removing their content to use for their own streaming service.
Creating your own content is expensive and the money has to come from somewhere and the only place is from subscribers or borrowing and last I remember seeing is that Netflix has around $20 Billion in debt. Considering that interest rates are finally increasing and the amount of debt borrowing more money is probably not a viable choice. Now that Netflix is losing viewers I doubt it can borrow more money without paying a serious premium. If I was running a bank there is no way I would lend Netflix any money at this point.
Unless Netflix comes up with a few "must see" shows or some of the studios realize that running their own streaming service is more trouble than it is worth (and that is possible) you are going to see the company continue to lose market share until there is little left and Disney or some other studio buys the company.
I foresee a path similar to Yahoo where Netflix never really dies but just keeps becoming less and less relevant.
The cops in this country are the largest organized crime family in the history of this country and maybe the world.
They pretty much own the judges.
They pretty much own the politicians.
They definitely own the prosecutors.
They can commit murder on camera and walk away with nothing but a paid vacation.
Al Capone never had it so good...
First off the only a few bad apples thing when applied to cops is bullshit.
Yes it is a minority of cops that are going around and killing and hurting people. However if you are a "good" cop and stand around and watch other cops do bad things or lie to help cover up the "bad" cops actions then you are a bad cop. There is no middle ground on this. The phrase "If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem" has never had a better example
Fixing the problem is actually pretty easy.
Make it so every single cop is required to have personal insurance. I would rather they pay for it themselves but having cities pay for it will probably not cost that much more than paying out settlements and probably much easier to accomplish. No insurance no law enforcement job.
One of two things will happen. The "bad" cops will continue to act they way they are and become un-insurable making them ineligible to be cops or they will change their ways and stop being so violent.
It is a win either way.
But nothing will ever be done about the problem. Most politicians will drop to their knees and start blowing cops any chance they get. Until we get better politicians (definitely not holding my breath on that one) the problem will continue.
I am a bit of a Musk fan (mostly for SpaceX rather than Tesla) but yes he is thin skinned, tends to be an ass-hat, and he most certainly is a bit of a whackadoodle.
However none of this is a secret. Did he really think Musk would just say "Ha Ha that is a good one?"
Now should he have been fired? There are arguments either way but if you had asked 100 people who knew anything about Musk at all 99 of them would have said "yes he would be fired".
Bernal had to know there was going to be some serious blowback on posting those vids and if he did not think about that at all then he is a bit of an idiot.
If Bernal had just been a guy on the assembly line I would say that Musk was being a serious ass-hat and had completely over reacted.
However this is a guy involved in testing and research. Someone in that position should really not be posting testing info on social media. How could you trust him going forward?
So I am on the fence on this one. It would depend on exactly what Bernal's position and duties were.
If I had to guess I would say that NetFlix is not going to go crazy trying to hunt down all the non-sharers. The cost would most likely be more than any extra income they get.
They will add something to the bills or send out notices and a good percentage of users that are sharing between households will just pay the extra $3 and move on with their lives.
Twitter in particular and social media in general is very rarely a good representation of any group which in this case is NetFlix users. Plus are all those people whingeing on Twitter really going to cancel their accounts that they are sharing between multiple households over $3? I seriously doubt it.
Over and above the violence and death handed out by cops which is obviously horrible is why are they never charged when they lie in court.
There have been times where a cop will testify in a case and then we see video proof that they lied there ass off.
Nothing happens to the cops other than losing the case.
Yet prosecution against non-cops for perjury happens on a regular basis.
I can understand if it is a he said she said situation as the cops are going to win them 99% of the time. However if there is clear video proof that the cop committed perjury they should be charged every single time.
And they are surprised when so many people do not trust cops and the justice system.
While I agree that the FCC gutting regulatory oversight was a bad move I think the bigger problem may be all the bad regulation that is being passed, especially on the state level.
You have state politicians selling out the voters by passing laws that protect the monopolies. This is happening on a pretty wide scale and is keeping many cities and counties from bypassing the horrid internet service that is currently in place.
Without these laws there would be a lot more competition which as we know would bring better pricing and service.
The sad thing is that these state and local politicians are selling out for very little money. In some cases just a couple of thousand dollars. It seems like if you are going to sell the voters down the river you should at least get a substantial amount of money to do so but in many of these cases the politicians are doing it for not much more than pocket change.
Corrupt Govt officials engaging in anti-competitive rent-seeking behavior has been around for thousands of years. Bribing Govt officials for "favors" was probably a thing in the first ever Govt that existed.
The mob has been taking tips from the Govt....
Section 230 is on borrowed time. Biden in on record as saying he wants to repeal it so it is not like a new administration is going to be any better in this respect.
The only reason it is still a law is the Democrats and Republicans can not agree on how to destroy it.
I doubt there will be an outright repeal though, what will happen is that the law will be gutted to the point that it is worthless leaving the politicians from both parties to claim that they fixed and improved it.
I am not generally in favor of coming up with new laws to solve every problem** but why do the publishers get to make a profit on science that is publicly funded? It really needs to end and if we need a law to make it happen then we need to pass one that will do so.
If the science is publicly funded they should be required to cover those costs before they can make a profit on it.
If I and other tax payers are already having to pay for the research there is no way we should have to pay to see the results. I am having trouble understanding how this ever became a thing since nobody really wins other than the publishers.
** Mostly because new laws never seem to solve the problem they say they are trying to solve. So many passed laws focus on sounding good rather than being effective.
I would think by now any company insuring OTR truckers would require at least dash cams by now.
Also why are cops allowed to turn off their dash cams? I can see that there might be a very limited number of reasons for turning off body cams but I can not think of any reason why they should be allowed to turn off dash cams.
You would think so but unfortunately no.
From what I have read it is illegal in most states for officers working jails and prisons to have sex with inmates but not for regular cops.
However even with jailers and prison guards they rarely get more than a slap on the wrist if they get caught.