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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

taustin Re:Why not? When you have kids.. (323 comments)

You are, in fact, saying libel and slander laws (which specifically sanction the person who speaks or writes them) are bullshit.

Which is to say, you're go stupid you have no idea what you're saying.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

taustin Re:Stay in perspectve... (193 comments)

Would you rather have another reality show about an ugly woman and her abusive husband who both have an IQ of 98?

Or Sex Box. Because "Naked Dating" was such a smash hit.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

taustin Re:Mediocre? How about godawful? Terrible? (193 comments)

Dude, you missed the best part, at the end, when they're driving a Ferrari under the jet liner that's flying eight feet off the runway, with the copilot sitting on the lowered landing gear dangling an Ethernet cable down to the car so they could grab a copy of the magic software off the plane's flight systems.

It was so ridiculous, I kept looking for Bruce Campbell with a chainsaw for a hand. What made it funny was how earnest they were about it all. How anyone could keep a straight face long enough to finish a single scene, I don't know. Funniest new show of the season. Far funnier than any of the comedies, like Two and a Half Years Past When It Should Have Been Canceled And The Entire Cast Put in a Home. Or Mysteries of Laura, which is based on the premise that using police powers to blackmail your children (who had been kicked out of preschool for peeing on each other) in to a new preschool, then drugging the children to keep them quiet while interviewing with the headmistress, well, that's the funniest shit on television.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

taustin Re:Then, he's the writer of the series? (193 comments)

From the sounds of it ... he's making some pretty deluded statements about his life, passing them off as if they're true, and then selling it to people who are making it into TV which says 'based on a true story'. In many places, that's called fraud when you financially gain from it.

In Hollywood, however, it's called "a day that ends in 'y'."

"Based on a true story" means "based on the title of a book that you might recognize." If you don't know that, you should be kept in a home for the mentally insufficient, for your own safety.

It sounds like this guy has been going around making extraordinary claims, and nobody has had the slightest inclination to challenge him on it.

Why would they? It doesn't make any difference whatsoever if the producers (or network) believe him in any way. It doesn't matter how credible he is.. All that matters is if they think they can sell more advertising during the show than they think they could during a different show. They thought they could.

I expect they're wrong on that, But that's hardly unusual, either.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

taustin Re:'Inquiring minds want to know' (150 comments)

I think you have mistaken me for someone of your own species, living in your own world. I'd tell you to smoke less dope, but I suspect the real problem is not enough drugs, rather than too much.

In any event, dude, have fun.

about three weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

taustin Re:Outrage burnout (150 comments)

There's no point in submitting them for publication in a format that nobody is going to bother to read. PDFs are nice for stuff that's going to be printed. They're marginal on a desktop sized screen. They're utterly useless on a bookreader sized screen.

And PDFs can't be converted to other formats worth a damn, DRM or not.

about three weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

taustin Re:Outrage burnout (150 comments)

You've clearly never tried to read a PDF on a book reader with a small screen.

about three weeks ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

taustin Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

"Think" is not the word I would use to describe what they do. But yeah, that's how they believe.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

taustin Re:quit interpreting statements (87 comments)

Nor does brain size particularly correlate with intelligence, or we wouldn't have the big, stupid oaf stereotype.

I do find it entirely plausible, however, the idiots have short attention spans, and flit from distraction to distraction constantly.

about 1 month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

taustin Re:CDC "Estimates" (280 comments)

From my experience, CDC estimates should be taken with a grain of salt, as they often seem dubious at best.

They're not the least bit dubious, or hard to understand. CDC estimates, like all their actions, are designed o get them more tax dollars to play with. They're reasonably good at it, and never ones to miss an opportunity to profit from public hysteria.

More people die in Africa every month from dysentery than have died from ebola ever. But there's no public hysteria, and thus no tax dollars, in that.

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

taustin Re:eyebrows raised. (280 comments)

They're assuming cases are underreported by a factor of "give us more money."

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

taustin Re:Meanwhile (280 comments)

As you note, the US has some experience with corrupt government embezzling aid money. Once bitten, twice shy, and all.

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

taustin Re:Meanwhile (280 comments)

p>I don't care how justified you think you are, but right now you're getting up there with "voting national socialist in 1935" levels of awful.

And I don't care how you think Americans should spend their money, especially when you resort to namecalling and are too ignorant to recognize Godwin's Law, even when it's humping your pantleg.

Maybe we should contact the government of Nigeria and offer them millions in aid, but we need a little seed money to free it up from the bank account it's currently in.

about a month ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

taustin Re:Only cost them 25 percent of customer bills? (249 comments)

I believe their plan is to deliberately violate Yelp's terms of service - by paying for reviews - to force Yelp to enforce said terms by removing the listing entirely. Which is what the restaurant wants - to not be listed at all.

It's a very clever plan. At best, they get everything they want, and at worst, "real" bad reviews get buried in amongst the snarky ones.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

taustin Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

That sounds great until there is a conflict between the laws of different countries, like the Microsoft/Irish data center case. When a company can't obey the laws of one country without breaking the laws of the other, it's not a legal issue involving the company, it's a political issue between two governments.

And if it comes to One World Government taking precedence over all others, it won't be Canada deciding what international law is.

Canada only has jurisdiction over what is can enforce its orders on. If Netflix has no employees or assets in Canada, Canada has no jurisdiction over Netflix.

about a month ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

taustin Re:I can't see this happening (108 comments)

a lot of niche content will no longer get funded, so choice might actually be lessened

If not enough people are watching it to get it funded in an al a carte environment, then it's not worth funding in the first place.

about a month and a half ago

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