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  • Sep 18th, 2018 @ 8:42am

    Re: We'll see

    Like most government regulation... it usually ends up backfiring in the long run...

    Black and white statements like that are always wrong. There's literally tons and tons of government programs that worked great and didn't backfire in the long run. Here's just a short list of what things I can think of off the top of my head that you can thank the government for, that you can't say anything bad about how they backfired.

    • Having safe food that's not laced with poison or other things that will make you sick.

    • Knowing that up to $250,000 worth of assets will the safe in the event of your bank going under thanks to FDIC insurance required by law.

    • Not having rivers and oceans that literally catch on fire because of how polluted they are with harmful chemicals/etc. that businesses dumped in them (yes, this really happened in the US).

    • Having much cleaner air because of the same environmental regulations, and not having air so polluted that people have to wear smog masks just to go outside, and some wealthy literally go on 'clean air vacations' where it's less polluted (this is the reality today in China in a number of cities thanks to lack of regulation).

    • Knowing that any car you purchase has passed rigorous government safety inspections when it was designed, and any used car you purchased was inspected as well to make sure that it's still safe to drive. Such regulations are responsible for a consistent decline in automobile accidents (which has long been the #1 killer in America).

  • Sep 17th, 2018 @ 1:03pm

    Re: I bet there is a way around this geo blocking thing

    And then they're legally a pirate for downloading their own property that they already purchased.

    Congratulations copywrong law for turning another innocent civilian into a criminal!

  • Sep 17th, 2018 @ 11:13am

    Re: So, obviously, your hysterical screeching was wrong.

    There you go. You surround that with usual attack on copyright, your only purpose again:

    So then you'd be fine if say clothing makers did the same thing, and tried to confiscate all your clothing if you moved to another country?

    "Sorry but that clothing was legally purchased in the USA and you're in Europe, you aren't allowed to use it in other countries. You'll have to purchase clothes from a local European clothing store".

  • Sep 17th, 2018 @ 11:10am

    Re: Re: Re:

    No it doesn't censor search results in the US.

    I assume you're referring to the conspiracy over how Google search's auto-complete refused to suggest negative things about Hillary Clinton like the email scandal?

    Google already answered that, by default their search engine auto-complete doesn't suggest negative results about people, unless you've previously searched for that term. Hence you'll only be suggested auto-complete's like 'Donald Trump is a racist' if you've previously searched for that on your account.

    And yes, reputable news organizations tried that out with all sorts of other politicians of both parties, and Google auto-complete never suggested negative things on them.

  • Sep 17th, 2018 @ 7:23am

    Re: Re:

    Except, in Jefferson's time the people and government had access to the same technology for warfare, guns and rifles which only fired 1 bullet before needing reloaded.

    Today by contrast, no individual has a reason to own a tank or a nuclear missile. And only the very wealthy can afford their own private plane, let alone a military war jet.

  • Sep 17th, 2018 @ 7:20am

    Re:

    If the courts will invent QI out of thin air, what makes you think they won't strike down a law repealing it, citing some made up BS reason like they did last time when inventing it.

  • Sep 14th, 2018 @ 12:53pm

    How long till Donald Trump is censored by this?

    Given how the EU has shown they think they can censor the Internet globally, how long will it take for some of Donald Trump's tweets to be censored like this?

    Twitter will have to have all reported content taken down automatically to comply with this. And as a big celebrity who says controversial things all the time, no doubt some troll in the EU (or even the US) will report some of his tweets as 'terrorist content'.

    Imagine the shit-storm that could cause if Trump gets angry at Europe for censoring his tweets.

  • Sep 14th, 2018 @ 12:50pm

    (untitled comment)

    Crap like this are why I keep dreaming of the day where a new generation puts their foot down and says "enough is enough already" and massively scales back copyright and it's reach.

    All it ever does is take stuff away from us and turn us into criminals for stupid things that shouldn't be illegal like this.

  • Sep 13th, 2018 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re:

    What you describe sounds a lot like the Facebook problem where if you like baseless conspiracy theories and fake news stories that's been debunked already you keep getting suggested more lies like that.

  • Sep 12th, 2018 @ 11:07am

    Re: Question

    That's what I was wondering.

    The problem is the GDP is EU is so high that simply not doing business with them will be giving up a lot of money. It's a bigger sacrifice then just not doing business in Spain/Germany with their existing link taxes.

    But of course, if EU makes it too expensive to do business there, then people will drop out of it anyway I imagine.

  • Sep 12th, 2018 @ 10:59am

    Re: Re: The scariest thing

    If outlawing something stops it from happening then why haven't our politicians outlawed violent crime already?

  • Sep 12th, 2018 @ 7:16am

    Re: Pissed about Origin

    Yeah, I know what you mean.

    I've been tempted multiple times to buy The Sims 4 from EA, but whenever I consider it I read up on it online, and see enough negatives from people with the games to change my mind. The last time I checked they literally had 25 Sims 4 expansions, and divided them into multiple categories of expansions (that I had to google an explanation for).

    Like seriously, talk about getting ridiculously greedy EA.

    I hardly seem to be alone either in sticking with The Sims 3. Sims 3 communities seem just as active as Sims 4 communities despite the Sims 4 coming out 3 or 4 years ago.

  • Sep 12th, 2018 @ 6:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Not metadata. But technically if someone did something like steal a joke you posted online, that's copyright infringement.

    In practice though, unless you're a famous comedian, and the joke is stolen word for word, you probably stand no chance in hell at winning a lawsuit against someone for stealing your joke.

  • Sep 11th, 2018 @ 12:33pm

    (untitled comment)

    it would make violent offenses are burglary, fleeing, and coercion through fraud.

    ... WTF is 'coercion through fraud'?

    Seriously, the definition of coerce according to dictionary.com is:

    to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition:

    So in other words... coercing already involves violence or at least the threat of it according to dictionary.com.

  • Sep 11th, 2018 @ 7:24am

    Re:

    What would a reasonable person expect from the public after having shot and killed an unarmed person?

    Did the officer expect to be greeted with a ticker tape parade?

    Obviously not, everyone knows poor police officers are a severely discriminated against minority group! That's why brave politicians had to stand up for them in some states and pass blue hate crime protection laws for these poor officers!

    Other minority groups have to deal with being arrested more frequently, and given harsher sentences for the same crimes as non-minorities. Some of them even have to deal with openly racist rhetoric by some of our politicians who demonize them and their communities on a regular basis, calling them a crime filled hell hole. Some of them were violently beaten for daring to protest for equal rights. Some of them were violently murdered. But poor cops like Shelby have to suffer an even greater injustice, being hated for shooting an unarmed civilian and getting away with it!

    When will big anti-police meanies stop discriminating against these poor blues who only murdered some random unarmed person they pulled over?

  • Sep 10th, 2018 @ 10:55am

    Re: Re: net neutrality?

    So, you're saying the GOP demands a Fairness doctrine, after demonizing it for decades after it's repeal.

  • Sep 10th, 2018 @ 10:54am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'd insert a clip to the SNL sketch where Dick Cheney said "where's there's smoke there's always fire, but I assure you that's not true in this administration!", but I can't find it. :( There were Firemen rushing to a put out a smoking fire in the background in the sketch, they eventually tell Cheney he has to evacuate the building, all while he still insists there's no fires among all the smoke in the Bush administration.

  • Sep 10th, 2018 @ 8:37am

    Re:

    I bet Gen Z hasn't even heard of either of these websites because of how irrelevant they are.

    If I was born 10 years later I know I wouldn't have a clue what either of these sites are if I heard their name.

  • Sep 10th, 2018 @ 8:19am

    Racial profiling is worthless against so few terrorists

    There's a certain paradox that law enforcement should be aware of, that explains why this racial profiling software is bound to fail miserably in practice.

    Imagine if there's a deadly virus that has only infected a tiny percentage of the population (a fraction of a percent). If left untreated it could spread a ton of other people and cause massive harm. But lets say we have a test that's 99% accurate at diagnosing who has this deadly disease.

    You might think with those numbers that we could safely find everyone with the disease if everyone is willing to get screened for it. But that's not true at all. Because such a tiny percentage of the population actually has the deadly disease, even a 99% accurate test for it would be worthless, it would flag far more people as having the disease then who actually have it. Even testing people a second time to verify the original test results wouldn't stop this problem, with such a tiny percentage of the population actually infected you'd still find far more people who don't have it then who do have it.

    This is essentially the situation with stopping terrorists. Law enforcement loves to rely on the crux of racial profiling to find terrorists, but because there's so few of them, and so many non-terrorists (over 300 million in the US alone), their racial profiling to find them becomes worthless because it will virtually always find non-terrorists instead.

  • Sep 6th, 2018 @ 12:21pm

    (untitled comment)

    And some have argued that the case against Trump is significantly stronger than the one against Edwards (in which he was indicted, but after an acquittal on one charge and a hung jury on the rest, the DOJ decided to drop the case).

    It should be noted that one of the reasons why the Edwards case was dropped (and why it struggled to convince a jury) is because Citizen's United happened after Edwards alleged crimes, but before the trial, which drastically changed the political campaign landscape.

    With how common Super PACs were by Edward's trial, all the money getting thrown at him was no longer so unusual to the jury pool.

    What also helped Edwards get off is that the money still kept flowing to cover up the affair, even after it was clear to even the most delusional person that Edwards stood zero chance at winning the party's nomination.

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