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  • Jan 16th, 2019 @ 8:47am


    That's the kicker though, their problem with it is not that it's too toxic, it's that it's not toxic enough. Their objection is not that it's bad, it's that it's not as bad as they want it to be, and that if they can't get everything their way then why even bother?

  • Jan 16th, 2019 @ 8:37am

    When 'dead' would be an improvement

    Worse actually, if it was just dead it would't be doing anything good, but it also wouldn't be going around trying to constantly stab the public in the back either.

  • Jan 16th, 2019 @ 7:49am

    Congress, senate, president...

    'If they're not getting paid, neither are you. If they can be expected to work without pay and hope that they get back-pay after the fact, then so can you.'

    Yeah, if that were a rule in place government shut-downs like the current one would be all but unknown, and any that did crop up would be over within a week.

  • Jan 16th, 2019 @ 6:53am

    The real question is...

    ... what excuse will he use to blow them off(again) once the government is actually up and running once more?

  • Jan 15th, 2019 @ 8:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Truly, your extensive counter-citations and well reasoned arguments is most compelling, easily besting the argument they put forth and showing in detail how and why it's wrong.

  • Jan 15th, 2019 @ 7:48pm

    Strange bedfellows

    There's something extremely odd about having that lot as (extremely temporary) allies, in that they also want the thing stopped, even if only for all the wrong reasons.

    It's like someone supporting a law that allows them to stab you in the back suddenly opposing it because it says they can only stab you five times, not six. They certainly not on your side as they still want to stab you, they've merely objecting because they want to stab you more, and if they can't shank you as many times as they want then what's the point in the first place?

  • Jan 15th, 2019 @ 5:47am

    The emperor's new gaslit clothes

    Seems they've been taking notes from the finest of conmen(or are said conmen taking notes from AT&T at this point?).

    If your scam/lie gets exposed never admit fault, instead double-down on your lies, insist that it's the other person in the wrong and project total confidence in your position/claims, with bonus points if you throw in some arrogance and/or condescension about how foolish the other person is for not 'getting it'.

    Feel free to redefine things to suit your whims, even better if you do so in such a way that it's difficult if not impossible to call you out on your assertions.

  • Jan 15th, 2019 @ 5:20am

    'I love the smell of stockyards in the morning...'

    That's almost impressive really. In a single document they managed to put forth enough bullshit that if it took physical form you'd be able to fertilize the entirety of europe with it.

    It's telling that their 'defense' is comprised basically entirely of dishonesty and lies, as if they had anything honest to use you can be sure they would have done so. That they instead choose to lie constantly shows how utterly without a basis in reality their arguments really are, not to mention how grossly dishonest they are.

    At this point they should hope they face another ACTA-style mass protest sufficient to kill this, because if they manage to push this through I suspect they are going to be wishing it had been shot down beforehand, the backlash is going to be so significant.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 11:19pm

    Re: I'm confused...

    Because reasons, namely The Holy Copyright seems to cause temporary(or occasionally permanent) insanity, resulting in truly crazy ideas being presented and accepted as perfectly valid and sensible.

    I guarantee you, if they thought they could get away with making recording the radio illegal such that if you wanted to hear something again you had to pay they would do so in a heartbeat.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 8:30pm


    The reality is that traditional residential internet does not generate enough revenue to attract real competition.

    Which would seem to be a pretty good argument in favor of treating it like any other utility like water and power, where the aim is consistent service without a need to constantly ask 'is this profitable?' because it's just something the government(local or national) does.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 8:07pm

    Applying that logic to other fields...

    Cars can be used to violate the speed limit.

    The effect of selling cars is that people can violate the speed limit, which is an illegal act.

    Therefore the act of selling cars should be ruled illegal and shut down in australia, as doing so results in people performing an illegal act.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 8:01pm


    they send letters advising of their intention to litigate unless the company pays the group money (called administrative charges) and takes steps to fix the issue (which they frankly hope the company won't do so the can be fleeced again later).

    That does strike me as suspect, given the 'give us money to go away' half. If they were just saying 'fix your shit or we'll see you in court to make you' then assuming valid complaints I wouldn't really see a problem with it, as it accomplishes the goal of solving the problem with minimal hassle, but the fact that they expect others to foot their bill does kinda bring into question their motives.

    Now, that said, barring some evidence that that sort of action is widespread and the norm, I'd chalk it up to people who have at best gotten a little too self-righteous and have fallen pray to Good Guy Syndrome('we're the Good Guys, therefore if we do it it's by definition Good'), if not outright corrupted, and would argue that even then laws like the one struct down here would still be a bad idea as overly broad on their impact on protected speech, not to mention blatantly dishonest in their stated justifications.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 7:40pm

    Gutless, spineless cowards in robes

    As always in cases like this, Grow a spine or get out.

    If you're not willing to follow the law and what it says, and enforce that on anyone in your court, whether they've got a badge or not, you have no business being a judge. Get out and let someone less corrupt and/or incompetent take your place, someone who believes that the law applies to everyone rather than just the peons.

    Cases like this highlight just how broken and corrupt the legal system(calling it the 'justice system' would be laughably wrong) in the US has become, with the very people who should be held to the highest and more stringent standards instead treated as though the law simply does not apply to them, allowing them to violate it not only with impunity but keep their otherwise illegally obtained evidence.

    The likes of Prenda and similar scum/parasites may ding and dirty the image and reputation of the legal system in the US by their actions abusing it(and more to the point how long they can get away with said actions), but ultimately they have nothing on judges like this when it comes to destroying respect for the legal system.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 9:22am

    Not just petty, spiteful AND petty

    That both events were cancelled the day(and not just that but the hour for the first event) they were intended to be held is something I find rather hard to chalk up to 'coincidence', and instead strikes me as squashing then in a particularly vindictive manner, as though to show those stupid little students who's really in charge and what they think of said students.

    The Pakistan Telecom Authority comes out of this looking beyond ridiculous, to the point that I'd call them thin skinned and childish if I didn't feel that would be an insult to actual children. If their idea of 'hate speech' is simple discussion of current social movements and a memorial for a murdered student, then I'd say they've demonstrated just how tyrannical and/or desperate to hide anything that might leave people questioning just how great their country/places of education they really are.

    As for the universities, whether they were pressured into killing the events at the last minute or did so on their own they don't really come out looking any better. Gutless cowards or vindictive thugs, neither of those are exactly flattering for institutions who would probably like to at least pretend to be places of higher learning and critical thought.

  • Jan 14th, 2019 @ 4:48am

    Good start, now about that follow-up...

    The report doesn't pull punches in accusing Frontier of violating at least 35 state laws and state guidelines, and routinely neglecting paying customers, putting some customers with medical conditions at risk:

    Violation of 35 state laws and regulations, 'customer service' that would make Comcast proud, wonder what the result will be?

    Wait a second, the mists are clearing, I can see it now... a few 'donations' will change hands, a few wrists will be slapped(with said slaps to be delivered at a to-be-determined point in the future), and the matter will quickly be buried with a declaration that it will be 'looked in to' some more.

    You don't offer 'customer service' of that caliber if you think for a moment that you stand any chance of actually facing any sort of penalty for it, and while I'd love to be proven wrong... I don't for so much as one second expect to be.

  • Jan 11th, 2019 @ 9:25pm

    (untitled comment)

    But neither should he be praised for his posts that, IMO, suggest stealing Bird scooters because of his dislike for "scooter sharing" companies.

    [Citation Needed]. Be specific.

  • Jan 11th, 2019 @ 9:24pm

    Option #3: Response to groundless claims asserting bogus intent

    Yeah, that's why your comments got flagged...

    Your comments weren't flagged for being 'contrary to the dog pile', they were likely flagged because they aren't 'backed up with quotes and citations', and instead are you asserting that someone is advocating illegal action based upon a stretch so severe that you can see light through it.

    'These scooters are a public nuisance, and if the city seizes them and sells them at public auction here's a way to mod them for personal use' does not even remotely come close to 'therefore you should steal them right now', no matter how much you try to twist it.

    If you've got some actual evidence of him suggesting and/or promoting illegal activity along those lines that don't require squinting really hard and translating his words back and forth between a few languages first then by all means present it, until then you're just making claims that are not only baseless they're insulting to the man and anyone who reads your claims about him.

  • Jan 11th, 2019 @ 5:56pm

    Not a difficult concept(you'd think)

    If you work for the government that prevents you from engaging in certain activities that a non-government employee would not be, like blocking speech on certain platforms.

    If you want to maintain the ability to fully control your personal social media page do not use it for government related work. Once you start doing that then the argument can be made, and accepted in court, that it is now a platform used by a government agent, at which point restrictions apply.

    Or in tl;dr format: Keep your personal stuff and business stuff separate unless you want the restrictions from the latter imposed on the former.

  • Jan 11th, 2019 @ 5:27pm

    'Oh look, another case that said we can do anything...'

    There hasn't been a presidential administration yet willing to put an end to the DHS's mission creep. And it really doesn't matter how well the CBP knows its Fourth Amendment caselaw.

    Unfortunately I suspect that they have been paying attention to fourth amendment cases, in particular the repeated rulings where gutless and spineless judges see violations of it(and other rights) and not only look the other way but support those violations, since doing otherwise would force them to tell a government employee/agency 'no', something they are too cowardly to do.

  • Jan 11th, 2019 @ 5:22pm

    Re: Question

    If they haven't tried that one in court yet I imagine it's only a matter of time. When you argue, and courts accept, that there are parts of the country that certain constitutional rights simply don't apply in it's all but inevitable that the list of which rights don't apply will grow as more and more (effectively unchecked) power is sought.

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