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  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 8:31am

    Just Fishing

    So a filter for words or phrases would suspend my account if I posted a tweet and said "I caught a perch yesterday and cut myself. That filet is going to have a little extra bloody flavor. Band-aid should fix it right up."

    Based on a word filter, I am a person at risk and my account should be suspended. In real life, I need somebody nearby with some anti-biotic and a band-aid.

    If I actually meant to hurt myself, I need somebody to see the tweet and respond that they are there to help or will get help.

    On the other hand, Twitter seems to want to follow the "head in sand" method of dealing with it and hiding the problem, not resolving the problem.

  • Sep 9th, 2020 @ 5:48am

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    Except for bragging about a satellite system, you would think that burying fiber once would end up being cheaper (and way more permanent) than a satellite. Based on the launch and maintenance cost fiber sure does seem like a cheaper long term option. See here for cost references: https://science.howstuffworks.com/satellite10.htm#:~:text=Launching%20a%20single%20satellite%20into, be%20almost%20%2414%2C000%20per%20pound.

  • Aug 14th, 2020 @ 12:39pm

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    AND, after 8 years in the film business, they have not found a way to properly secure their property and/or start suing over hosting the films in torrents. If they sued a torrent host, they could stage (and film) the raids on the locations of the computers hosting the torrents and stop the downloading. However; that would stop the potential revenue stream from the "settlements" of the suits every month (provided their new lawyers aren't stealing it from them - https://www.torrentlawyer.com/lipscomb-claimed-malibu-unprofitable/

  • Jul 20th, 2020 @ 12:23pm

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    Ah, you missed another point, now the CIA is going to be asking for more and more money for another eternal war like the war on terror and the war on drugs. This is the beginning of the approved cyberwar on whomever they feel is the enemy of the moment. No supervision. No prior approval. No public documentation. Just more and more taxpayer to give a cyber-beatdown to the bad-guys-of-the-moment or whatever else they feel like attacking. Look out Google and Amazon, TenCent and TikTok! The CIA feels like gunning for you today.

  • Jul 8th, 2020 @ 12:28pm

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    Second, the line about 230 being a shield "that is not enjoyed by any other industry in the same way" is also nonsense.

    Oh come on, if every industry was liable for what others did, then road builders couldn't build roads, car builders couldn't build cars; just in case somebody else did something bad with them. Knife makers, gun makers, all sorts of explosives makers would be liable if others did something bad with the things they made. AND, all the different companies involved in communications (phones, equipment, backhaul, towers, even the people leasing the ground used for towers) would not do any of it if they could be sued because someone used a phone call to do something bad. When will the idiocy of correctly assigning blame to the wrong-doers be firmly established. The idea of suing Twitter, Facebook or other providers because one of their users did something illegal on the platform is just stupid. Instead of changing 230, we need a smart politician to put in place a law that immediately does a treble legal fee back-charge (plus a $100K nuisance charge) to anyone who files the frivolous lawsuits against the platforms when they are found innocent of any violations because they were protected by 230 (or let's throw in the 1st Amendment as well).

  • Jul 7th, 2020 @ 10:55am


    Welcome to the facts optional 2020's. It's easier to generate FUD if all the meanings are very blurred and no actual facts presented, just grumblings about vague fears and conflated ideas.

  • Jun 23rd, 2020 @ 11:59am

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    Mike, you missed one reason why we desperately need to get rid of Section 230 altogether: "IT'S A RICO ACT VIOLATION".
    Now go get rid of 230. /sarc

  • Jun 23rd, 2020 @ 11:49am


    However; in any real conversation about this article, please notice that in every one of his statements, he directly references the section of the law both in the article and with a link to the actual law. NO VAGUE HAND WAVING, links to the actual law.

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 11:48am

    Re: The problem with peaceful protests...

    One of the issues with a "peaceful" protest is that there are more bad apples running around out there just looking for opportunities. And, I'm not even talking about cops. As soon as a peaceful protest lasts more than an hour or so, and especially if it starts to run into the night, the really bad opportunistic apples start coming out for the burning and looting. There is no way to visually determine who is a good apple protesting for the cause, and who is a bad apple looking to start trouble, start a fire, and then start the looting to try to get away with grabbing something of value for nothing during the disturbance while the cops are busy trying to protect or suppress the protesters.
    The Posse Posse Comitatus Act (of 1878) prohibits the use of the Armed Services on US soil. However; the Armed Services by definition recognizes only the designated organizations of the US Government. It doesn't recognize the newly ARMED police forces that show up in MRAPs, body armor, smoke grenades, and machine guns to shoot with at the crowds. So let's get the newly armed police departments classified as Armed Services since they have all of the equipment of the actual Armed Services and not let them operate on US soil.

  • May 27th, 2020 @ 9:02am

    This Will Probably Come Back to Bite Them Later

    So, I'm a fictional AT&T customer. I have my little AT&T phone in hand and I decide it's time to get a new phone. I walk into the AT&T shop and start looking at phones. The salesperson starts touting the WONDERS of 5G, it is so fast, it will cure cancer, it will auto-magically drive your car for you. And, here is our newest most wonderfullest 5G phone for just an extra million $$$ a month you can be one of the few that actually access the 5G network. And said customer looks at their current phone at the 5G symbol on it, and the "other" phone they were looking at and sees that it also says 5G on it, and so then says to the sales rep, I'll take this cheaper one and not pay extra for that 5G phone and plan because "SEEEEE" I already have 5G and it is not faster and this here cheaper phone also gets 5G and is a lot cheaper. Give me the cheaper phone and plan please. NOOOO, stop lying to me about how much better that 5G phone is, "SEEEEE" this one has 5G also, I'll take this cheaper one and the cheaper phone.

    Why on earth would they want to convince their current customers they already have 5G? There's no need to upgrade if the customer already has it.

  • May 15th, 2020 @ 7:45am

    At the Time of the Writing of the US Copyright Rules....

    The 28 year possibility of copyright for a work was a lifetime. Now, however; the lifetime of current copyright holders is quite literally hundreds of years. Disney CORPORATION, a legal artificial person, in its current configuration or when it is bought out, will last for centuries. Why would they want to let go of their "property" and have other use it when they can legally wrest control of it possibly for centuries. What they probably really want is for Disney itself to be the "artist". Then, it will never die. Therefore it has a forever copyright. Currently, copyright is until the death of the author plus 75 years. Just imagine if Disney itself were the author? It would probably never die. Of course, then the monkey selfie would be held by the suddenly created corporation that was created solely to hold the copyright!
    Can't you hear the corporate chants already "We live forever, no more free riding on the public domain by those real people" and "long live the corporations, the sole owners of copyright".

  • Apr 25th, 2020 @ 7:52am

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    And unlike the Hollywood/RIAA member nitwits, it is going to be exclusively broadcast everywhere they can to get maximum exposure. That's got to be something new and out-of-the-box, eh!

  • Apr 22nd, 2020 @ 7:51am

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    So, I just want to know. All of the big telecom companies campaigned very, very hard to be NOT classified as a public utility. Why then, do we have to give them subsidies? Let them build their own networks and where they don't provide service, let somebody else do it. Just stop giving them the free money for executive compensation and actually start letting them do it themselves. THEY ARE NOT A UTILITY. Just like they wanted. STOP GIVING THEM MONEY LIKE THEY ARE ONE.

  • Apr 13th, 2020 @ 7:32am

    Re: Re: Re: But that's the point

    It can barely make it through a hundred feet of open air in a stadium; the skin on one's face has probably killed most of the signal before it even gets to the skull.

    Now we need a graduate student to do a study by taking some of the conspiracy theorists that claim 5G is bad, install a sensor under their skin and on top of their skin to measure the signal strength of the 5G signal. That would get them off the streets and upon completion of the study it would prove one way or another if the signal even could get to the brain to affect it.

  • Mar 28th, 2020 @ 11:22am

    A Question About 5G

    OK, so all the big telcos have been complaining about "the congestion" on their lines. Not from the device to the pole, from the pole on out to the Internet. If that's the case, why are they investing in the magical pixie dust of 5G. All that is going to do is increase the congestion, you know, because 5G is so much faster (in the 3 little spots it actually works). Could you imagine if they actually deploy at scale? All of the ----WAY---- over congested backhaul lines are going to get even more congested. So, they are going to need even higher fees and lower caps to "manage" the network. Those 5G fees are going to have to go higher, not lower because once (and if) they ever get deployed at scale, there will be so much more congestion that us poor 4G customers are just going to have to wait wait wait while the 5G devices use up all the bandwidth on the backhaul. What am I missing here?

  • Mar 9th, 2020 @ 7:27am

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    Diaz said the man told her the media reported the accusations, but not his acquittal, so he was left with a damaged reputation and no recourse. Diaz said the man gave her a copy of the bill, which appears to echo a bill filed in Mississippi.

    Maybe Rep. Diaz should instead support a law that would post the acquittals on the court docket instead of always requiring FOIA lawsuits to get to the outcomes of "public" court documents. Then with Google indexing the court dockets and the decisions, (and maybe some emphasis by the Google algorithms) the final decisions would automatically be available to the general public without multi-year lawsuits being the "norm".

  • Mar 3rd, 2020 @ 7:45am

    Re: Re:

    Now, how do we get some group like the EFF or ACLU to keep submitting amicus briefs to remind the judges of this fact and start swinging the needle in the other direction to stop the "preexisting on-point" case fallacy of qualified immunity defence of lawsuits. It is crazy that EVERY case is found not guilty unless it has already been predetermined by a prior exactly the same case that has already has a judgement saying something is unconstitutional.

  • Mar 3rd, 2020 @ 5:43am

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    [W]hen police officers leave their precincts every morning, there are no crowds on the highway cheering you. And when you come home at the end of the day after a job well done, there are no ticker tape parades.


    [W]hen sanitation engineers leave their buildings every morning, there are no crowds on the highway cheering you. And when you come home at the end of the day after a job well done, there are no ticker tape parades.


    [W]hen construction workers leave their job site every morning, there are no crowds on the highway cheering you. And when you come home at the end of the day after a job well done, there are no ticker tape parades.


    [W]hen teachers leave their schools every morning, there are no crowds on the highway cheering you. And when you come home at the end of the day after a job well done, there are no ticker tape parades.

    Funny, nobody seems to be getting a ticker tape parade every day when they go home. Why is that? Oh, yeah, everybody else does a days work (without the benefit of having guns handy to abuse people) and they just go home at the end of the day.

  • Feb 28th, 2020 @ 5:56am

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    OK everybody, now's the time to find out where to send prior art for Netflix to use at trial to show that the trademark should never have been granted in the first place.

  • Dec 5th, 2019 @ 11:40am

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    With all of the talk on TechDirt about the idiots filing defamation suits for telling the truth about them, here is a great opportunity for the EFF to file a defamation suit against Creative Future and their blatant lying about the good professor. At least to get filings into the courts about their membership (as in not really grassroots), the discovery process should be a lot of fun against this organization, including their board of directors and their past history of association, etc., etc. If indeed they are false statements, then it would not be a SLAPP suit and should move ahead with discovery and go to trial. This would be an especially good chance to out the front group, their theology of hate, and there associations. PLUS, the EFF could include a RICO charge (too far maybe /sarcasm).

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