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  • Jun 18th, 2021 @ 7:04pm

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    what can we the people do to make a change?

    Errr, implement term limits? You get only so many years to suck at the public teat, and then you receive a free ride to go home.

    And stay home, you've done your civic duty, TYVM.

  • Jun 18th, 2021 @ 8:39am

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    I'd be fine with this, given one proviso: no paywalls, period. If you're getting money for linking, then you don't get to double-dip for the same operation, that of actually using the link. The law should read: "You are permitted to earn revenue from one source or the other, but not from both at the same time.".

  • Jun 17th, 2021 @ 8:29pm

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    I also use it when driving into Mexico or Canada....

    What I wanna know is, do you honestly travel 1,380 miles to cross the border into other countries, only for the pleasure of pissing off the border patrol??? Weird sense of humor there, Jack. Expensive one, too.

    (Interstate 5 is alleged to be 1,379.4 miles between the two end points, San Ysidro, CA and Blaine, WA.)

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 7:17pm

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    Jeez, I don't even understand how that happened! I even checked it with Preview, like I always do.... no sign of doubling up like that. Hope that doesn't start happening any too often.....

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 7:14pm

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    The way I see it, if the government declares it to be 'authorized', then it is so, and that puts the matter to rest. However, if a judge states otherwise, then indeed the insurance company may be on the hook, and you can be sure that they have enough high-caliber lawyers on call that they can and will rake the government over the coals until well and truly done to a crisp.

    Here's a dichotomy for you: suppose a victim actually gets a day in court. I can see an insurance lawyer filing an amicus curiae brief arguing that the government did no wrong. Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it too....

    The way I see if, if the government declares it to be 'authorized', then it is so, and that puts the matter to rest. However, if a judge states otherwise, then indeed the insurance commpany may be on the hook, and you can be sure that
    they have enough high-caliber lawyers on call that they can and will rake the government over the coals until well and truly done to a crisp.

    Here's a dichotomy for you: suppose a victim actually gets a day in court. I can see an insurance lawyer filing an amicus curiae brief arguing that the government did no wrong. Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it too....

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 6:59pm

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    (it's tp btw)

    Yeah, caught that error right afterwards, sorry 'bout that.

    Yes in fact, that was the whole point of my treatise, that things are changing for Nintendo's economical outlook when they feel the need to pull a stunt like this. Prior to just now, I would've agreed with you that a decent budget would not attempt to take "free publicity" into account, but when things are tight you start looking into every corner for relief.

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 4:31pm

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    IMO patents shouldn't exist at all.

    I'm gonna leave that one alone, I've got a different fish to fry. I'm sure someone else will be along in good time to deal with this nonsense.

    To C. Gellis's list of patent reforms, I'd add that an applicant should be limited to re-applying only once in every 6 years. If it wasn't good enough the first or second time around, then you should not be allowed to waste the USPTO's time. If it's no longer worthwhile after 6 years, then you should've done a better job of innovating the first time out the door.

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 2:19pm

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    Thinking on this some more....

    It seems to me that the FBI didn't rob just the individual box holders, they also robbed the company providing the service. Unless the contract for services was written with some very fine print, then they quite likely are on the hook to reimburse those folks. Very sadly for USPV, if they had insurance (and they were probably required to by law), they're not going to be happy - it's a de facto standard of the insurance industry that no "authorized legal activity" is insurable, full stop.

    Oh my, I think the courts are going to see all kinds of action in the near future. Could be time to re-stock my pile of Amish popcorn.

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 2:00pm

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    What happened to the vault company's record books showing the ownership of each box?

    They were meant to be kept hidden, presumably "for security purposes", until after June 24th.

    I'd like to think that any judge would see this for the sham it is, and order the return of all assets, period. But my dream world is a reality unto itself, so....

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 1:43pm

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    ^^^ And that would be because the money for those repiars and such went where it should never have gone in the first place, as pointed out by AC in the very first response.

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 11:31am

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    Apologies not needed. If he were alive today, he would've beat you to it.

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 11:28am

    Re: Our real challenge

    Assigns the status of 'factual truth' to feelings. Not acceptable as evidence.

    [Gavel:] BANG!

    Bailiff, call the next case please.

  • Jun 16th, 2021 @ 9:24am

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    Paul, I'm a bit tempted to give you the same treatment as you just gave to td, but I promised the wife I'd be a nice guy today, so....

    td is correct, but he lacked using the one word that would've clued you in - beancounter. Yes, the times they are a'changing, and even Japanese companies have come to the realization that a company in fierce competition for entertainment dollars has to watch what it's doing, and has to make every effort to control costs and maximize profit. Beancounters have only one metric for this, and that's to... count visitors (read: eyeballs).

    Since these guys can't quantify anything outside of their immediate control, they get all upset when things like 'free publicity' come into play. After all, and it does make a kind of sense, you can't depend on free publicity, so how much should you allocate for your advertising budget. That's case study right there, in almost any business school.

    But the fact that said 'counters appear to 'running the show', that's a bit more concerning, at least to me. It tends to show that things in Japan are getting tense, and planning for the long-term is giving way to Harvard MBA-style thinking. And that's bad for everyone, not just the Japanese economy, trust me on that one.

  • Jun 15th, 2021 @ 4:12pm

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    If he'd been a civilian with this kind of record, he'd've been locked up for life as a serial offender, a long time ago.

  • Jun 15th, 2021 @ 11:37am

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    Having read the Bill itself (as linked) to research a response above, I found this particular tidbit interesting;

    [from Section 2, subsection (f), paragraph (3)]

    (3) REPEAT OFFENDERS.--If the fact finder determines that a covered platform has engaged in a pattern or practice of violating this Act, the court shall consider requiring that the Chief Executive Officer forfeit to the United States Treasury any compensation received by that person during the 12 months preceding or following the filing of a complaint for an alleged violation of this Act.

    Seems to me that someones wants to codify a way to more easily pierce the corporate veil, no?, But horrifically, it states "any compensation", not just some random percentage keyed to how much money the CEO made per the actual offense. That's stupifying right there. Like as in, every CEO would immediately shutter all possible places where one or more persons could post.... as in, post anything - blog responses, advertisements, lists, anything at all. Thus quoted each and every CEO: "Not in my wallet you don't!"

    Thus rendering the Internet null and void after barely reaching nascent adulthood. Sad. JUST. FUCKING. SAD.

  • Jun 15th, 2021 @ 11:11am

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    There is no subsection (f)(4)(i)-(iii).
    Now in (g)(4)(B)(i)-(iii).....but then, it's not referenced in main text

    True, but then again, I don't see anywhere in TFA that either section, or their contents, are referenced.

  • Jun 15th, 2021 @ 8:32am

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    The 'garden variety' will eventually wander off into the sunset, mumbling about people who fail to "get it". The 'extreme' class will continue to double down until you become innurred to the bullshit and walk way, mumbling about batshit-crazy ass-hats.

  • Jun 14th, 2021 @ 1:56pm

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    Are you going somewhere with that statement, or did did you slip out of your wrangler's grasp in the wrong thread? You're this close to earning a Abuse/Spam/Troll click, but I'd thought I'd be nice and ask first.....

  • Jun 12th, 2021 @ 8:35am

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    Sorry, but where electricity runs the respirator, the internet does NOT run the computer. I deduce that you missed the whole point of 'air gap'. Try looking up "computer security", you might get a clue.

  • Jun 11th, 2021 @ 2:03pm

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    If it's too sensitive/critical to allow even a momentary outage, why in the name of Gawd is it connected to the internet, public facing or otherwise??? Has everyone supposedly in charge forgotten the meaning of 'air gap'?

    I should think that The Forbin Project would be required lecture material in a good CS program, the thrust being the danger of interconnectivity just because it's possible, and not for any good reason.

    Ramifications, people, ramifications! Geez, Louise.

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