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  • Sep 11th, 2017 @ 7:57am


    They already do that. Traffic tickets for meaningless offenses have been a staple of funding for local police departments for decades. This just expands the pool a bit to add those who run their months to those who drive a bit over the limit or fail to signal when changing lanes.

    I think most people would support making those nasty Nazi's pay or those nasty Antifa's, or those nasty Christians, or those nasty gays, or those nasty free speech advocates, or those nasty BLMs, or those nasty... <insert group you're affiliated with here>

  • Aug 29th, 2017 @ 10:54am


    Yes. The tinfoil hat brigade is out in force today.

  • Aug 24th, 2017 @ 6:51am

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    iGoogle was how I discovered Techdirt as well. Congratulations on 20 years.

  • Aug 24th, 2017 @ 6:46am


    "We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason"

    Too late. We live in a world where 000's of violent counter protesters show up to fight against free speech. Unpopular, offensive speech is still free speech.

  • Aug 17th, 2017 @ 1:45pm

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    It’s times like these that all Americans must do some soul searching. Diversity is hard, but as a recent article in the WSJ pointed out, it’s worth the effort. Diversity of opinion is perhaps even more difficult.

    Few in the media will note that the ACLU went to court to defend the neo-Nazi’s right to protest in Charlottesville. Even though the opinions expressed are repugnant to any rational human, these groups have the right to peacefully demonstrate. Unfortunately, there are violent groups in America who champion, not free speech, but ‘right’ speech and believe that any opinion they don’t agree with must be violently opposed.

    The Orwellian name for one of these groups is the Antifa or anti-fascist. These and other movements appear to have the support of many in the media, some politicians, and even some in the clergy.

    As Americans, we must stand against violent extremist groups on the left as well as those on the right. Those who seek to shutdown opposing opinions through violence must ALSO be denounced as anti-American hate groups.

    The path of intolerance, as demonstrated by these groups, will lead us to another civil war.

  • Aug 17th, 2017 @ 1:39pm

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    Can anyone make the case that if Antifa hadn't shown up or if the police had actually done their job and separated the demonstrators from the illegally assembled counter protesters, that violence would have still occurred. The death was tragic but it was entirely avoidable - I blame the city and the cops.

  • Aug 10th, 2017 @ 6:35am

    Yes, but...

    I often disagree with the points Techdirt raises, especially when Mike claims that Techdirt doesn't lean one way or the other on the ideological spectrum (it leans left). I realized a long time ago that I'll probably not change anyone's mind with my posts. Some of y'all drank the kool aid a long time ago. And I get my share of flames for speaking out for what I think is right. But, to my knowledge, none of my comments have been suppressed. I've even flagged a few comments myself (those calling for violence) - those comments never got hidden either.

    But the articles do make me think about what's going on in our society and that's a good thing. I appreciate the fact that sometimes when I post I get a reasoned response from folks that I could probably agree to disagree with. Our socioeconomic positions may be so far apart that we can't see the world the same way - but I'm still interested in what you have to say.

    All that being said - I donated to Techdirt's legal defense fund. Did you?

  • Jun 6th, 2017 @ 6:58am

    Not sure about the merger, but Charter delivers...

    I get it that the merger may result in decreased competition and all that, but I gotta say that Charter has delivered excellent service. I've had other ISPs and Charter has gone above and beyond on every occasion. With AT&T I paid for 18Mbs and only got 11Mbs if I was lucky. With Charter, I paid for 20Mbs and got 30Mbs most of the time. When they came out with Spectrum, they upgraded me to 100Mbs at no additional charge. I usually get 130Mbs on Speedtest.

    I know, no one on this board likes to hear anything good about cable companies and I'm sure many will consider me a paid shill for the cable companies, but I gotta be fair and give praise where praise is due.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 6:04am

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    Just more over reaction by the liberal left to anything Trump. It's not like these companies are actually harmed by the travel ban. Just how many Somali software developers are being banned from entering the country? I realize they work cheap on their H1B visas, but there can't be many of them.

    Please donate to the Techdirt survival fund. I did.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 @ 5:48am

    More please

    The rule, which as you point out hadn't even taken effect yet, is just one example of the massive bureaucratic over reach that was the Obama administration. Instead of making laws, they made rules and executive orders which are much easier to nullify. We need to reel in the power of the deep state and get back to making laws that have some teeth and will stick. Of course, in order to do that the laws need mainstream support beyond some left wing, nanny state, big government types. I look forward to more reversals of Obama era overreach and the return of government for the people by the people.

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 7:21am

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    Yes, the story is about REPUBLICANS freaking out. I guess from a certain point of view - that's unusual enough to make an interesting story. DEMOCRATS freak out all time, so no story there I guess.

  • Jan 11th, 2017 @ 2:05pm

    Google "Who invented email"

    Mike, can't you get your friends at Google to fix this one? You have to dig quite a bit to find the real (true) store. If you setup a legal defense fund, I'll donate.

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 1:41pm

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    Found the answer to my question on kim komando's site:

    Frantic Locker was first reported to spread via spam text messages and malicious web links. To avoid getting your Google TV infected, be careful when visiting websites using the built-in TV web browser. Additionally, checking email and clicking unknown links through your TV can also put it at risk. However, in Cauthon's case, it appears that his TV was infected by a rogue app. It goes without saying, please refrain from downloading and installing apps from unofficial and unknown app sources.

    Don't install 3rd party apps, don't browse the web, don't check your email on your 'smart' TV. In short - don't do stupid stuff.

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 1:30pm

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    The Smart features on my Sony (with Android TV) are pretty worthless. The ARC will not pass Dolby Digital+ (only Dolby Digital) so I bought a Roku. They could also do away with the worthless TV speakers as far as I'm concerned.

    Anyone know how this guy got infected? What features did he use? Email? Browser? Google store?

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 1:22pm

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    Maybe the security briefings were a worthless as the factory reset code that didn't work.

    Maybe the security briefings were politically biased so as to delegitimize the rightful owner who won the TV fair and square.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 1:35pm

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    The EFF defines the legal standard for defamation as:
    Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone's reputation, and published "with fault," meaning as a result of negligence or malice

    So the list the WaPo published presumably only included right leaning sites and it could be argued that the WaPo is not absent malice in opposing such sites whose views differ mightily from it's editorial board. The WaPo should have known the story was bogus as other newspapers did but it furthered their narrative so they went with it. Could it be considered defamation? Doesn't appear to be as open or shut a case as you intimate Mike.

    I get most of my fake news from cable news channels.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 1:17pm

    Nicely done

    I read the article through twice and couldn't find anything to disagree with. This represents a slippery slope to more overt censorship which is bad no matter which side of the political divide you reside on. Nice job Mike.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 1:15pm

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    Thanks Aric, you made me laugh.

  • Nov 16th, 2016 @ 1:37pm

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    So Mike, Why didn't you include the original tweets? This guy is threatening folks. Of course, he was only threatening Trump voters and random white people. Not really that big a deal, right?

  • Nov 15th, 2016 @ 6:37pm

    Fact checking isn't the issue

    The issue is that the mass media has lost the trust of the American people. You can agonize about people not accepting the facts, but unless the facts come from a trusted source they won't be accepted. Fact checking is worthless unless there is some degree of trust the fact checkers, it's not that complicated.

    A better column would be an analysis of why the mainstream media has lost the trust of the American people. (And no fair blaming it on stupid people, that's an elite cop out.)

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