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  • Jan 17th, 2018 @ 12:14pm

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    All of these suits will highlight the numerous instances of FCC incompetence or fraud, ranging from the fake DDoS attack the FCC apparently manufactured to downplay the John Oliver effect

    This one leaves me scratching my head more and more overtime.

    There's literally nothing for the FCC/ISPs to gain by denying the John Oliver effect. Especially when they're just going to ignore all the millions of signatures in support for Net Neutrality that the Oliver effect created. All they accomplished was making themselves look like a bunch of idiots who ought to be fired from their jobs due to incompetence.

    Not to mention who knows if they broke any laws with this BS claim. It's against the law to file false police reports. It wouldn't surprise me if the FCC violated a law by falsely claiming they were a DDOS attack victim.

  • Jan 16th, 2018 @ 7:23am

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    News flash, there's competition among private Internet companies. There's not competition among the ISP industry.

    Also read up on the DMCA and other Internet laws, private social media giants DO have to remove certain content to obey laws.

  • Jan 12th, 2018 @ 10:07am

    Re: What's the loss in this 7 year old "tweet"? -- And out of HOW MANY MILLION REMARKS MADE THIS YEAR?

    So, you're fine with censoring tweets that use the word 'idiot' because it's 'hate speech'?

    If calling a politician an idiot is hate speech and enough to get your posts deleted, then we might as well declare saying anything bad about anyone is now hate speech.

    Because really, if "Politician is an idiot" is hate speech, how is "Politician sucks at their job" not hate speech to?

  • Jan 11th, 2018 @ 10:43am

    Re: I want to appologize to everyone...

    I wish all these senators wanting to run for president got off their high horse and just did their job instead of trying to campaign for president.

    The senate is historically a very bad place to run for president from. Counting only politicians who made it to the general election, senators are far more likely to lose then to win.

    (The governor's mansion has historically long been a better place to run for president from)

  • Jan 11th, 2018 @ 7:35am

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    Nebraska's legislature is 'non-partisan' so that might also have something to do with this.

    By 'non-partisan' I mean you can't run as a member of a political party. Everyone is listed as unaffiliated on the ballot.

  • Jan 11th, 2018 @ 7:29am

    Re: Re:

    They're also trying much more to actively undermine the federal government when they harm them.

    Some high tax states like California and New York are making creative loopholes to get around the new $10,000 cap on SALT deductions (deducting taxes paid to state & local governments from your federal taxes), by allowing you to donate to state run charity organizations for dollar for dollar credits on your state taxes. (charity donations are deductible with no limits if you itemize in the new tax law)

  • Jan 3rd, 2018 @ 12:07pm

    Re: Well that's one way to clear out the employee roster...

    The most ironic part of the $5 million dollar fine for employees is that it'll likely make sure that more 'obviously illegal' content stays up longer.

    Because if you can't find anyone to take the job with a $5 million dollar penalty for screwing up (which is sure to be at least 20 years worth of salary), then who is going to remove the illegal content?

  • Dec 8th, 2017 @ 7:28am

    Re: As The U.S. Turns Its Back On The Concept

    I was thinking more "Corrupt as hell politicians and rich as hell jerks who bought the politicians". Much more fitting then "US", or "US Government".

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 6:51am

    Re: And so the customers suffer.

    Really in a lot of ways it's a repeat of the bad old days of railroad companies that used to dominate.

    Railroad companies were constantly trying to undermine their competitors by PURPOSELY blocking the railroads they all shared. The people running the railroad companies thought if they can brag that their trains are on time more then their competitors it would make them more money. Trains were constantly delayed HOURS because of this.

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 12:00pm

    Re:

    Nah, Roy Moore is only interested in under aged girls, not teenage boys.

  • Dec 1st, 2017 @ 12:50pm

    Re:

    That was my thought exactly.

    In theory under this proposed law you could propose a tech company that's an Uber for hiring an assassin or hit man/woman, and get an exemption from laws against murder.

    And you only need to get 1 or 2 people to agree to it according to the article!

    This sounds like a major recipe for potential disaster if literally ANY criminal law can be wiped out. And as mentioned in the article, civil laws being wiped out can cause a ton of problems like (like environmental protections).

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re: Sherman Act and Net Neutrality are band aids

    Wealth also tends to accumulate at the top, without the government stepping in in some way to redistribute some of the wealth (such as welfare programs for the poor, free high quality public education, etc.).

    Too many people today have forgotten about that, and consider any redistribution of wealth as an unfair attack on the rich and successful.

    The US used to have 90% tax rates on the richest people. Now the highest tax rate is just 35.9%.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 6:23am

    And this is why electing judges is bad

    This kind of crap is why electing judges is a bad idea. Elected judges know that talking about being tough on criminals looks great in TV ads, so they give out harsher penalties, and look less favorably on criminal's appeals, especially closer to an election.

    Letting just a single 'criminal' off the hook could cost you your job from an elected judge's perspective, if they go on to commit more crimes. See governors who have gotten into trouble for pardoning people who went on to commit more crimes in the future.

  • Nov 28th, 2017 @ 11:53am

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    I really just don't understand why Uber even thinks spending a bunch of money on self driving cars is worth it.

    Whenever someone invents and perfects them enough to use Uber can just buy their own fleet of self driving taxi's for much cheaper then the R&D costs (which may not even return anything worthwhile to them).

    If their owners think it's a good investment then fine, invest some of their own personal money on it in another company. Don't make your business invest in something that will literally cannibalize a profitable business. Especially when others are already spending plenty of money researching the exact same thing.

    The tech expertise to make an app to grab a taxi, and making a self driving car isn't even remotely close either, nor does it overlap all that much.

  • Nov 28th, 2017 @ 11:49am

    Re: "Uber sure did some shady, shady stuff. "

    Don't forget Uber's whole business is illegal in may places it operates, such as those that require taxi medallions, but they still do it anyway.

    Taxi Medallions may have become a bad system that let incumbents get away with crap service, but they were invented for a reason. During the great depression a ton of people were basically becoming their own 'uber' taxi drivers in urban areas to try to make a living after losing their job. They got so flooded with taxi drivers that no one could possibly make a living as a taxi driver.

    And so the taxi medallion system was invented, so that at least some people could make a living as a taxi driver, and the market wasn't ridiculously over-saturated with way more taxi drivers then were needed.

    The way taxi medallions went wrong over the years is that the population continued to grow overtime, but the taxi medallion supply stayed static, when it should have been raised overtime with the growing number of people in the area & growing taxi demand.

  • Nov 28th, 2017 @ 10:52am

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    > And, famously, Purdue got tons of people hooked on OxyContin by falsely claiming that it was non-addictive. The story of the rise of OxyContin and the false marketing involved in its success is legendary and has been written about in academic papers and the press over and over again.

    Whatever the fine they got for their false advertising clearly isn't enough. The courts need to strike down much harder on them for false advertising.

    I'd say revoking their patent on the drug would be a strong enough of a deterrent to send a strong message to ALL drug manufacturers that lying to the public about your drugs is not ok, and you'll be punished severely if you do it.

  • Nov 27th, 2017 @ 7:22am

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    Ironically the greatest mistake Pai made was claiming the FCC site was hacked when it went down from the massive surge of visitors due to John Oliver's Net Neutrality skit.

    It exposes how corrupt and technically inept the FCC is even more if they first claim they were hacked, even though no one else saw any evidence of it.

    But then everyone points to strong evidence of bots spamming the site with fake comments, and the FCC acts like nothing is amiss.

  • Nov 20th, 2017 @ 6:46am

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    Stuff like this is why I've been leaning towards the opinion more and more lately that we should just ban deal making between prosecutors and defendants to settle cases, especially in criminal court.

    Some countries have already done just this, because of the problems outlined in this article, of prosecutors overcharging people to try to gain leverage at the bargaining table. As well as poorer people being forced into plea deals because otherwise they'll spend more time sitting in jail then the maximum sentence if found not guilty.

  • Nov 17th, 2017 @ 8:01am

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    I hope this will inevitably blow up in their faces long term if they succeed, by a new administration breaking up all these monopolist jerks and straggling them all with even more regulation then utilities like water and electric companies face.

    These kinds of companies are EXACTLY why more and more young people are turning against Capitalism and in favor of Socialism. They're the best advertisement of why Capitalism doesn't work, and Crony Capitalism run amok.

  • Nov 17th, 2017 @ 7:57am

    Re: This isn't surprising

    The unfortunate reality is that most police officers who are killed deliberately (that is: not killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident or similar) are killed by white men.

    This is really not surprising at all, seeing as whites are a majority of the population.

    It's as meaningless a number as the often cited "blacks are most likely to be murdered by another black person" number cited as evidence that blacks commit more crimes. What they fail to mention is that whites are also most likely to be murdered by other whites, Asians are most likely to be murdered by Asians, and Hispanics by Hispanics. Why? Because you're most likely to be murdered by people who you know, and people to tend to be closest to those of the same race (think for example spouse murders spouse stories).

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