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  • Oct 17th, 2018 @ 4:47pm

    Re: tl;dr

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia

  • Oct 17th, 2018 @ 3:00pm

    Re:

    ...why not go with the one that's actually right in this situation?

  • Oct 17th, 2018 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Wait..

    It's generally held (though never tested in court) that the president can't be criminally charged while in office.

    People can, however, sue a sitting president in civil court. That was decided by the Supreme Court when Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton.

  • Oct 17th, 2018 @ 10:48am

    Re: Waste of time by a waste of an organization

    Why is Amazon's abuse of the postal system downplayed?

    Because it's not a thing. Amazon gets the same bulk rate as everybody else.

    If someone was in my house, making up lies, I'd kick them out. They can stand on the street and 'report'.

    You're not the President. See "Reminder for the slow class" above.

    Why shouldn't the big tech companies be investigated? Sure, it's their platform, do as they please, but do it honestly. The hidden censoring is evident.

    This is gibberish. What are you even talking about?

  • Oct 17th, 2018 @ 9:56am

    (untitled comment)

    Reminder for the slow class:

    The First Amendment restricts the government from punishing speech.

    The President is part of the government.

    The President is not allowed to punish people or organizations for saying things he doesn't like.

    This is completely different from Techdirt, or Twitter, or Facebook, or Google, or any other private entity, punishing people or organizations for saying things they don't like. That's legal. Because those are not government organizations.

    (Pedants who think they are being clever may note that the First Amendment only mentions Congress; it doesn't say anything about the President. Well, here's the thing about that: if Congress is not allowed to make a law giving the President the power to punish people for speech he doesn't like, then the President doesn't have that power.)

  • Oct 16th, 2018 @ 3:24pm

    Re:

    Lots of people assumed “build the wall” was “just a slogan”…up until he won the election and gained the power necessary to make his slogan a reality.

    Well, he gained the power necessary to try to make it a reality, anyway.

    And I can assure you that if he could do so without being seriously questioned about an (ab)use of power, he would have Hillary Clinton tossed in prison for even the smallest charge his attorneys could level at her. (Or for no reason other than he hates her.)

    I don't see any sign that Trump's worried about being questioned about abusing his power.

    The reason Trump hasn't gotten "his attorneys" to charge Hillary Clinton with anything is that's not how the presidency works. Trump hired a crony in Jeff Sessions thinking that he was hiring a lawyer for himself, but that's not what the AG is; he's not the president's attorney, he's the country's. And while I don't have much positive to say about Sessions, I'll grant that he's proven to be less of a lapdog than Trump expected.

    Never assume a slogan is just a slogan with Trump. If he says he wants to open up the libel laws, believe him.

    He certainly wants to. But he doesn't actually have the power to do that.

    Trump has demonstrated, time and again, that he has a child's understanding of how the US government actually works. The president doesn't actually get to do whatever he wants. He can't make laws, he can't force the DoJ to do what he wants, and he can be challenged in court. (And while he's certainly got a friendly Supreme Court, there's no way "opening up libel laws" would pass muster in the Roberts Court, even with two Trump appointees on the bench and even if it could pass Congress.)

    Trump has a lot of power. But there are limits on that power, and he seems to be continually surprised and angry that those limits exist.

  • Oct 16th, 2018 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Claiming to want to open up the libel laws is just a slogan.

    No, he was threatening people with vexatious litigation long before he went into politics. He really does want to be able to sue people for criticizing him.

    He just doesn't think that the laws apply to him in the same way they apply to everybody else.

    And given his entire life to date, it's no wonder he would reach that conclusion.

  • Oct 16th, 2018 @ 12:39pm

    Re:

    Your shocked avatar is a green line?

  • Oct 16th, 2018 @ 12:38pm

    Re:

    I doubt Trump would get behind it simply because he likes playing lawfare & any law that might be used to blow any of his famed 'i'mma sue you for making me look bad' threats out of the water.

    I'm inclined to agree, but Trump's opinions often shift based on the last person he talked to.

    My first thought was Betteridge's Law of Headlines, but my second was, who the fuck knows what Trump is going to do?

    He has an extremely poor sense of irony and self-awareness. I find it very easy to believe that he doesn't even realize that he won this case because of the very same libel laws that he wants to "open up".

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 3:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Linux Support

    Correction: GOG Galaxy is available for Windows and Mac.

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Re: Linux Support

    There are many games that have native Linux versions but which are Windows-only on GOG. The Saints Row series, for example, has Linux-native versions; they're available on Steam but not on GOG.

    Further, GOG's Galaxy client is only available for Windows. This means that if you're a Linux user, you don't get cloud saves, automatic updates, access to betas, or access to online multiplayer in games that use the Galaxy API to implement it.

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 11:29am

    (untitled comment)

    I love GOG but I sure wish their Linux support was better.

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 11:28am

    Re: Congress

    So at this point I'm legit wondering if all the people making that same joke are commenting without reading any of the other comments first, or have actually read the other comments, decided "Yup, somebody definitely needs to make that joke again," and then posting it?

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 9:57am

    Re: Re:

    Thanks, yes, that's the kind of conversation I'd like to see.

    I do see a trend toward some candidates refusing PAC money or otherwise resisting special interest influence. It's a start.

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 4:27pm

    (untitled comment)

    ...you know, it might be helpful if there were comments on this article that weren't just variations on "lolno".

  • Oct 3rd, 2018 @ 4:21pm

    Re:

    The problem is that nearly everybody, in both houses, supported this.

    If you're saying people should just vote against every incumbent, okay, but what if there's no evidence that the challenger would have voted any differently?

    The problem is just how universally this was supported, and how hard it is to find anyone in Washington politics who opposed it.

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 @ 5:45pm

    Re: Jackass and intercultural differences

    If you see a cute doggie rubbing his ear you're allowed to smile, look more, and feel warm and fuzzy. Your own doggies don't give you a mean look, withhold affection, or in any way seek to "punish" you (or call you a jackass) for this.

    Well, first of all, if the first analogy your mind goes to is "women = dogs", and you don't see any problem with that...well, dude, this is probably an issue where you should be talking a lot less and listening a lot more.

    Second, clearly you have never met my dog.

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 @ 10:31am

    Re: Re:

    or Gameboy as long as that's still supported.

    I'm...assuming you mean 3DS?

    The Game Boy family was discontinued in 2010 (with the last Game Boy Advance game having been released in 2008), and none of them ever had network connectivity. (There was a wireless adapter for the GBA, but very few games supported it, and it could only connect to other GBAs at close range; it wasn't wifi.)

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 @ 10:23am

    Re:

    Is this the same SONY that bricked thousands of computers with their root kits

    Bricked? Not that I know of. Installed rootkits and spyware and opened them up to various other kinds of malware, though.

    and didn't get preosecuted or recompense consumers?

    Prosecuted, no, but they were sued (including by the State of Texas) and settled out of court. They did recompense consumers, though as usual in class action suits most of the money went to the lawyers.

  • Sep 28th, 2018 @ 2:29pm

    (untitled comment)

    While I don't think hosting providers or content platforms should be treated as utilities or public squares, I think there's an argument to make that domain name registrars should be. If there were a regulation requiring registrars to provide service to everyone and never take down a domain without a court order, I think that would be defensible.

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