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Comment Re:Why not right away? (Score 1) 152

"We're committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we've decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,"

I'd like to know why they do not implement this right away. It cannot be because they do not know what works well well for both users and advertisers now.

Likely contract reasons for this. If that is the case, then they have to wait until those contracts with the affected advertisers and advertising agents are up for renegotiation and renewal. That seems like the simplest explanation.

Comment Re:Timing! (Score 1) 152

We're gonna wait 11 months just to make sure everybody is really sure this is what they want....

I suspect that nearly 1 year wait before implementing this is likely due to contract reasons with with the ad agencies. They are probably required to continue having unskippable ads on some videos until the contracts with the entities that show those types are up for renegotiation/renewal.

Comment Re:Copyright term rollback? Plead the Fifth (Score 1) 157

Under the legal theory that a term rollback is a taking, each year of the term of a subsisting exclusive right that the Congress has granted is a thing of value. Then by cutting back the "limited Times" for which the Congress has granted an exclusive right in a particular work or invention, the Congress takes "private property for public use". This would obligate the Congress to provide "just compensation", which courts have interpreted as the fair market value of the property, for each year of the remaining term.

Just give back what the MAFIAA gave to the public in exchange for the privilege of having their copyrights extended to infinity minus a day.

If they gave the public nothing of value for that privilege, then if copyrights get miraculously rolled back to something sane, they can have a huge heaping helping of nothing back in return, the exact thing they gave the public.

Comment Re:Solved: move to San Jose, you morons (Score 3, Interesting) 504

>> Ten of the staff who work on early education programs -- one-third of the total -- commute two or more hours each way a day because they cannot find housing they can afford.

Bullshit. Here's your solution: move to San Jose, then commute 45 minutes to work. Here's some listings for rooms and apartments starting at just $500 if you're too fucking lazy to use one of the hundreds of "find an apartment" web sites.

https://www.trulia.com/for_ren...

Even better would be for them to find a way to make the move to San Jose, and then get a job they are qualified for locally. If enough did that, the affluent citizens of Palo Alto will find themselves freaking out that there are no longer any people to prepare or serve their meals when they eat out, sell them their overpriced coffees, clean their buildings, take care of their lawns, etc.

Oops! You fuckers just drove away the majority of your labor pool.

Comment Re:I don't understand this... (Score 1) 456

Considering the bile he spread toward anyone that did not follow his specific ultra fundie mythology, and that many of my generation, who were forced to go to church in our formative years were exposed to his works early on and were led to believe his garbage because you do not question any "church authority" ever... Yeah, the universe is a little brighter with him rotting in his grave.

Don't get me wrong. I never went around actively wishing him to die, but I did feel a sense of peace upon news of his passing, a sense of peace because he can no longer create any new filth to influence impressionable young minds.

And truth be known, now that I am fully capable of rational independent thought, I do actually find his twisted little universe amusing and mildly entertaining for the train wreck that it is. Chick Tracts are best experienced while drunk or high, and with the commentary of the YouTube personalities known as Hugo and Jake (aka The Bible Reloaded).

Heck, I was watching their review of the Dark Dungeons movie last night and found myself hoping that they could redo the Dark Dungeons Chick Tract reading, with Jeff Dee as a guest voice, like they did Big Daddy with AronRa, and a few other tracts with guests in the antitheist community.

Comment Re:I don't understand this... (Score 1) 456

Thinking back, on the upside, 2016 also took Fidel Castro and Jack T. Chick from us at long last. I thought there were a few other "evil" celebrities as well that bit the dust, but I can't name any at the moment. Thought Fred Phelps was one of them, but looks like he went to nonexistence way back in 2014. Perhaps we can get lucky and his shitty diet will cause Kim Jong Un to complete the 2016 evil triad within the next 3 1/2 days.

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