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Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 2) 285

by Blue Stone (#49120329) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

>If I own a newspaper I can decide what I publish in the paper.
If you own a newspaper, you pay people to write FOR you. These people are your employees.
If you host a *public* blogging platform, you can certainly disallow what people are allowed to publish there, but you don't get to not call it censorship.

Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 1) 285

by Blue Stone (#49120281) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Oh please. Why do people (mostly American) trot out this narrow, legalistic, definition of "censorship"?

Blogger is a site where the public can post their communications. If Blogger is deciding certain communications are unacceptable and is either hiding them or disallowing them entirely, it's still censorship.

Just because Google isn't a government, doesn't mean it can't engage in censorship.

Comment: Re:French politicians.... (Score 5, Interesting) 168

by Blue Stone (#48589959) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Yes, France's public transport system, for example is an example of the sort of failure that we, for instance in the UK, shudder at.

Cheap fares, efficient operation, a boon to the country and its people.

Ours in the UK, meanwhile engages in double-dipping (making shareholder profits while receiving public subsidy), has terrible roling stock and fucking high ticket prices that rise regardless of the economics of the country, all along with local monopolies(!!!!)

Those bloody French socialists and their incompetence!

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 1) 157

by Blue Stone (#48584155) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Again, I find myself agreeing with you largely, and would merely add that the President is mostly a figurehead (albeit one with *some* clout) and there are a body of people behind the scenes, who are not elected that run the show. And that includes corporate and wealthy power outside but with access. The US isn't a dictatorship, but the people who control what happens are just as unconcerned with the little people as any dictator.

Comment: Re:class act (Score 1) 171

by Blue Stone (#48582023) Attached to: Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

It's worth remembering that during the Edward Snowden revelations, the Independent tried its hand at a bogus leak, lying to make it appear as if it had come from the Snowden documents and leaking the sort of information that could have had serious implications for people's safety (which the Guardian/Greenwald had taken care not to do). Greenwald at the time revealed that no such information had come from them, and the Independent were exposed with their pants round their ankles and their cock in the family dog (so to speak).

I view them as a newspaper that's quite happy to whore iteself out to spread black and grey propaganda for the UK/US powers that be.

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by Blue Stone (#48581777) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

I feel what you say is entirely true, and yet am compelled to add ...

NSA (mass surveillance proven), CIA (torture, kidnapping, coups against democratic countries, assasinations, propaganda, funding of insurgents/terrorists/narco terrorists proven), America being instrumental in creating Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc (blowback) and ... Microsoft, Google, Apple, all the American tech companies who have a cosy relationship with their government.

At a certain point the difference between Russia under Putin and America under any number of presidents is largely that the USA has a more polished public relations strategy.

Comment: Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 3, Insightful) 642

by Blue Stone (#48403263) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

>A private entity cannot enforce anything upon the populace

You need to watch This Film Has Not Been Rated, buddy, and learn all about that private, non-governmental ratings board from the MPAA that ABSOLUTELY controls what films get seen and made and how.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.