Indeed. Can you imagine libraries remaining legal?
Maybe some one should try this next time they're accused of perjury.
"How plead you to one count of perjury?"
"Innocent, your honor."
"On what grounds?"
"Well, since the prosecutor told you I was lying, you knew I was lying. So, it wasn't really a secret was it. So, you knew what I really meant. That's not really deceiving the court and doesn't really count as perjury does it?"
Because it seems the patent office now takes the meaning of the word "novel" to be literally anything they haven't seen before (and they very often haven't seen much of what's actually out there), instead of "new or unusual in an interesting way." i.e. something that not everyone and their mothers would have and could have easily designed if they had had the need.
I still can't get over the fact that people are so dumb at computers that we even need a law like Section 230. No one has any problems understanding that you don't hold Honda responsible for the actions of a bank robber because they used a Honda brand car in their getaway; or the gun manufacturers for that matter.
"I'm not saying the cop in this story wasn't a racist, he may well have been, but he also could have just been a "RESPECT MUH AUTHORITAH" asshole like the dickhead that pulled me over, who latched onto the first thing he saw."
It seems there a lot of overlap between racists and "RESPECT MUH AUTHORITAH" assholes. Probably because they both come from the same supposition, that they feel that they are inherently better than some other class of people.
It's like setting up a fake Best Buy, then arresting people who tried to shop there because you're pretty sure they were there to buy stolen TV's.
Imagine if the court ruled that being a patent troll was a matter of fact rather than opinion. And then ATL was forced to prove in court that they weren't a patent troll. And then imagine the court definitively finding that they were in fact a patent troll.
Additionally, a string of nine digits could easily crop up in code itself - and heaven forbid the code happens to deal with physical or mailing address formats. The lawsuits assertions are made from the perspective of someone who doesn't know a goddamn thing about what they are stating should be easy.
Or hell, the git hub project could be some code to specially handle social security numbers and have mock social security numbers in some unit test class!
Fun fact, since social security numbers are only 9 digit numbers, there are only 999,999,999 possible numbers. With each numeral being a single byte and a billion bytes in a gigabyte, it'd be fairly trivial to produce a file that contains all valid and all unused social security numbers. Uncompressed, the file would only be ~1GB, and it would probably compress very well.
"there is nothing illegal about being a white supremacist"
Correct, but it's not a protected class either. So, there's nothing illegal about twitter banning a user for being a white supremacist. And people are arguing that maybe they should. This is not silencing them. They will not go to jail for saying these things. It will just be twitter deciding not to provide a platform for them to help spread their hateful ideology.
As always, there's a relevant xkcd for this notion. https://xkcd.com/1357/
It's worse than that. In addition to proving that any one was censored for their conservative views, they'd have to prove that this happens to conservatives disproportionately more than other other groups.
Almost. But from the Nazi-logic point of view, all of those different Mastodon groups and orgs are obviously under the control of said "cabal of (((globalists)))".
Because that's how conspiracy theories work. Anyone who acts or argues against the claims made by the conspiracy theorist is either a direct member of the conspiracy, under the thumb of some one who's part of the conspiracy, or has been brainwashed by the conspirators. And this makes the set of conspirators ever growing, until the conspiracy theorist sees almost everyone as part of the conspiracy except for those "righteous" few fighting against an overwhelming system, which really feeds into the underdog and persecution complex of the conspiracy theorist and makes them feel even more special and righteous as they "know" they are one of the few people fighting for the "truth".