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Comment: Re:There are limits to freedom of speach (Score 1) 466

by CanHasDIY (#48184129) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

You also don't seem to understand that the first amendment only banned congress from passing laws limiting speech. Nothing about other levels of government including the courts (common law) or even the President (as CiC he can limit soldiers speech rights).

Actually, per the Constitution only the legislature can enact laws; the judiciary and executive branches merely interpret and enforce the laws, respectively.

Thus, as the legislature is forbidden from creating laws that limit speech, by natural course the judiciary is barred from interpreting them, and the executive is unable to enforce them.

Comment: Re:The law comes to Deadwood. (Score 3, Insightful) 466

by CanHasDIY (#48184099) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

I think it qualifies as free speech. But a threat that seems likely to be acted upon may require an investigation to see if it's going to be acted upon.

Hence the difference between online and offline speech - "I'm going to rape your pets to death" is far more actionable when you're standing in front of the person's house as opposed to some maternal basement half a world away.

Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1, Interesting) 466

by CanHasDIY (#48184069) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Where does the freedom to "say what I don't like" end and harassment begin?

That's for the law to decide. Don't be such a pussy that you can't handle some punk ass talking shit.

Besides, if the cops are going to show up either way, wouldn't the smart money be on you calling them rather than you being the idiot they're coming to arrest?

Comment: Re:You don't know, do you? (Score 4, Insightful) 407

by CanHasDIY (#48169027) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

We teach our children that making money is more important than being happy, ie 'that degree is useless' or 'don't go into that field, you won't get paid much.' Our economy is based on wealth (gotta have money to make money), and our media is obsessed with how great the rich have it (next on Cribs, some athlete's ridiculously huge mansion and garage worth more than the GDP of a small nation).

The schools, the media outlets, hell even the sports teams are owned by the same cabal of very, very wealthy people.

So, if there's a 'wealth envy' issue in America, it's cultural, and the rich have no one to blame but themselves.

Comment: Re: 2 Questions (Score 1) 291

by CanHasDIY (#48168815) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Can't believe that to be the case, because that would mean the people in charge of Tesla's Marketing Department are complete morons - never has a new car salesman tried to "steer" a potential sale to their competitors.

Remember - most dealerships sell multiple makes.

Right, but from the same manufacturer. That's why the signs say things like "Ford-Lincoln-Mercury" not "Chevy-Dodge-Ford" on the sign.

Look. Tactics like these laws are simply fear. Dealerships suck. Everyone knows they suck. The only people I know who defend dealerships are people who work there.

I know that's precisely the sort of emotional response I didn't want to see. And judging from your description regarding how you think dealerships work when it comes to pushing this model or that, I'd say you don't know nearly enough about new car dealerships to make an informed judgement on the topic.

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 2, Interesting) 407

by CanHasDIY (#48168595) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Indeed, it sounds like "Oh no, economic crisis! Not enough prisoners! We need to do something to reverse this trend and get the prisoner counts growing again!"

If you read the prospectus for one of those for-profit jails, it basically says just that - we need more laws so we can incarcerate more people so our shareholders can turn a quick, tidy profit.

Comment: Re:And he is, probably, right (Score 1) 280

by CanHasDIY (#48164135) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Voting for evil scumbags means you're an idiot

But if all the candidates are evil, that means the only non-idiotic (smart) thing to do is: don't vote.

No, no, it just means that putting Mickey Mouse or Hitler down as a write-in candidate is actually a much smarter joke than we thought it was.

Comment: Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (Score 1) 832

by CanHasDIY (#48163929) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Because, generally speaking, human beings aren't nearly as intelligent as we tend to consider ourselves; creatures willing to sell their entire species into slavery for the price of some petty, selfish desire, and the delusion that "maybe someday I'll be a stupid rich, avaracious fuck myself!"

Were we the pinnacle of evolution we fancy ourselves, one would think we would have overcome our instinctual urge to smash the other cavemen with rocks and take all their stuff.

Comment: Re:2 Questions (Score 1) 291

by CanHasDIY (#48163677) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

They feel that existing franchised auto-dealerships will not give them a fair shake. They'll steer customers unfairly to buy the Ford, Chevy, Nissan, whatever else they're selling if Tesla doesn't give them a bigger commission.

Can't believe that to be the case, because that would mean the people in charge of Tesla's Marketing Department are complete morons - never has a new car salesman tried to "steer" a potential sale to their competitors.

Ever.

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