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Comment Political Speech (Score 1) 832

Twitter, being a private entity, can make whatever policies they want and kick anyone off for almost any reason. All these responses about BLAH CENSORSHIP and BLAH FIRST AMENDMENT and BLAH FREE SPEECH are nonsense. Twitter can set whatever content standards it wants.

That said, you have to be really careful when political speech is involved. Even if Trump really is violating their policies (I don't know he is, I just don't follow him because he's an idiot saying idiotic things), kicking him off might constitute an illegal campaign contribution to everyone else.

Political speech is a live wire they likely don't want to touch.

Comment Re: What in the fuck? (Score 1) 216

No, that's not true.

By making a DCMA claim, you're attesting under penalty of perjury that you own a right to whats being copied, or represent a rights holder, or otherwise have a right to make a claim. That's actionable if untrue. Just because its not usually acted upon -- that's a sad state of the imbalance of our legal system -- not the lack of a cause of action.

Now it requires someone else to actually fight it before it goes anywhere, and most DCMA claims end up in a kind of internet oblivion, but to make a claim is not -- in fact -- a zero liability action.

Comment Re: What in the fuck? (Score 1) 216

That's entirely different.

YouTube is hosting content, and they don't simply throw up their arms at all: they provide ample tools for rights holders to file DCMA claims and promptly disable content that is claimed, according to the obligations the DCMA sets upon them.

There is actually an opposite problem with Youtube: they accept dubious and wrong claims, which sucks, but from their POV they have to -- if someone puts in an incorrect DCMA claim on penalty of perjury, its on them in a court of law. But Google is a neutral party and has neither the right nor responsibility to judge these things.

So they readily take down content claimed infringing.

Google, the web search engine though? They aren't hosting content. They aren't providing content. SOmeone else is. They're indexing stuff, and to put on them the obligation for what is legal or not (that is hosted by someone else entirely) is a completely unfair burden.

Comment "Few"? (Score 4, Insightful) 188

I think you underestimate how many people this sort of thing stops. Yeah, it won't stop most techheads, but the inconvenience is enough to stop most people. Hell, most people don't even know you can turn off javascript. Most people don't even know what javascript is.

That's sufficient for their purposes, really. They can't stop everyone, no system is perfect, its enough for them to minimize it.

Comment Re:Shouldn't be an argument (Score 1) 886

Sorry, that argument went the way of the dodos fifty years ago with the Civil Rights Act. If a business is open to the public, it has to be open *to the public*. Its called being a Public Accommodation.

Consider, for instance, if a town has only one grocery store. If that grocery store owner decides he doesn't want to serve black people, then that one owner can effectively make that community neigh on impossible to live in for black people.

Your freedom doesn't extend to exerting control over other people. Withholding a service offered to the public is a kind of control (as is getting between doctors and their patients in making healthcare decisions).

Comment Re:18B on 75B (Score 5, Interesting) 534

Look, someone compares market wants to religion. Again. Because they can't fathom that people decide to buy things with reason and knowledge behind their choices.

No. It *has* to be the Cult of Apple, nothing else explains why someone makes a different choice from you.

The funny thing is, you say we're the religious ones. Your faith fails to work as you want and predict the reality you experience, so we're the cultists. Its us who are irrational, not you who say things should be different from how things are.

Good luck with that.

Comment Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 1) 894

I have some questions if historical Jesus existed, but the idea that he popped over to North America is absurd.

Why? If he can come back from the dead, certainly traveling to a different continent isn't so difficult.

Uhh, no. Nope. Not certain at all. That a local phenomenon may have happened that is described as coming back from the dead -- something easily possible for a wide range of reasons -- does not provide evidence that magic teleportation halfway around the world is equally possible or likely. Apples to dark matter, that comparison is.

If he preached to the Native Americans, he did a pretty shitty job of it, and the whole thing is absurd.

Given that the civilizations of that period vanished (archaeologically and per the history given in the Book of Mormon), what remnants of that visit would you expect to find?

Says who? Where is the evidence of the native americans having some kind of civilization collapse around 200 AD with absolutely nothing left behind that even vaguely represents the like of a Judeo-Christian god showing up and saying Hi?

I'm not an expert on Native American civilizations, but I'm not a layman either, and I've studied several through various ages and I've never seen anything at all like a remnant of Jesus hopping over and being like yo.

Your claim is incredible, you need incredible things to back it.

the idea that some guy thousands of years later wrote a book in Elizabethan English is absurd on its face

That's not actually what the Book of Mormon purports to be. It claims to have been written between 600 BC and 200 AD, and translated in the 19th century, to English... in a "scriptural style", mimicking the Bible that Joseph Smith knew. So your complaint is that he chose to use that style, rather than his contemporary language? Okay, but that's a pretty weak criticism.

I find the criticism far from weak.

It rings very, very true as forgery, to me.

A prophet speaking in anything but his own voice makes a lie of his words.

The list goes on.

Is the rest of the list equally weak?

No. But you haven't even kind of gotten past the first items yet, well.

Comment Re:Works as designed (Score 1) 191


QTF = Quote for Truth.

I'm saying he's right. He said truth. (To be fair, I didn't quote, but its a thread so there's no point)

I'd mod him up, but can't, because I have no mod points, so the least I can do is add my higher karmic voice to the anonymous voice in hopes it gets more views from those who do have points.

Jeez, you'd think recognizing Anonymous Cowards being right and sensible instead of blathering idiots would be worth something. Then a blathering idiot responds to ruin it all.


Comment Re:18B on 75B (Score 5, Insightful) 534

Who runs on 4% margins that has any choice at all in it? There's nothing more moral or good business about razor thin margins. If you run at single digit margins you have absolutely no ability to invest in development.

Yes, they could still make more profit then anyone else -- because everyone else is putting out crap that isn't profitable, sustainable or with the economics of scale factoring into production.

That last bit is important. Samsung can match it, but they do so by making many products and they're suffering a lot lately on making money via that strategy. They're keeping share, absolutely, but making money is waning.

Apple margins are high relative to its bottom-feeding competitors partly because they are leveraging scale. They make very big deals over long terms, invest in suppliers and buy out supplies for years (Yes, at a premium rate, someone's going to mention the sapphire plant that went bust: they signed onto a deal they couldn't execute and you blame Apple? Please.)

As to the comment on taxes, I don't know what it means but it makes me think you don't know how taxes work.

Comment Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 1) 894

There's too much to count.

I have some questions if historical Jesus existed, but the idea that he popped over to North America is absurd. There's evidence that there were Jews in the particular areas where Jesus was at the time of his possible story, and maybe one had ideas and gave rise to things-- son of god or not, there was perhaps a Jewish Rabbi who splintered his faith into a new one. If he preached to the Native Americans, he did a pretty shitty job of it, and the whole thing is absurd.

I have some questions if the Gospels were written by people at the time of historical Jesus, or were handed down through vocal tradition and changed with passage, but the idea that some guy thousands of years later wrote a book in Elizabethan English is absurd on its face. Either the tablets he found were in a proper language spoken by Jesus-- aramaic, for instance, or perhaps Navajo because if he was preaching to native americans he surely spoke their language-- or they were in the modern language by some grace of God, but the fact that they matched the otherwise out-dated dialect of Elizabethan English rings the fraud-cault bell quite strongly. The only reason to put the Book of Mormon in those terms is to lend it legitimacy so it sounds like the common-at-the-time translation of bible, but that's fundamentally deceptive.

The list goes on.

Comment Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 2) 894

I'm not confusing them at all.

I am friends with people who I deeply disagree with over religion and beliefs.

I don't smile in their faces and curse them behind their back: to their faces I say what I believe, and we argue over it from time to time. We agree to disagree, often, but at least we respect our individual beliefs, and we can recognize that there is a great deal more we agree on.

My Grandfather was a devout Christian, and fairly conservative: he loved me until the day he died, and I know every day he prayed I'd hear God's grace. We would never see eye to eye on this, yet his belief was not hatred, it wasn't rejection, it wasn't disavowal of my life and happiness. Yes, there was something between us like a wound that couldn't heal, and it never did heal, but it didn't stop him loving me, and it didn't stop me loving him, and it didn't mean he was mean, cruel or even rude to me or my boyfriend.

We argued about God, the world, goodness, evil, sin, grace, and we disagreed and were stronger for our arguments. My beliefs are stronger, clearer, more meaningful to me because of our disagreements.

I wish I could have convinced him to believe in a world that was just slightly different, but I couldn't -- but that doesn't mean he wouldn't have done, without hesitation or consideration, anything at all to help me if anything happened that I needed his help on.

It makes me sad now that he's passed, that I know the last time he prayed, he prayed for my soul, believing I was on a path away form God.

Yet, we agreed on so much more then we disagreed on. We agreed on the value of good works and what it meant to help people and leave the world better then we find it. He was proud of me for my accomplishments, my successes, and when I was sad he comforted me.

There isn't this wall between us and them: we are all far more alike, with far more concerns alike, then what separates us.

That's just one relationship, but its not the only one by far. I can be, have been, will be, friends with those who are strong in their faiths that diverge from my own. Its a choice. You can choose to make them the enemy, or you can choose to recognize your shared humanity. Choosing to be friends with them is how you can begin to show them that you are a human being just as they are, and not just some other.

The alternative is to demand recognition and deny their own humanity because it doesn't embrace you. Its your right, you don't have to be the better person, but the world would be a much better place if we all gave it a try first.

That doesn't mean you stop fighting for your rights, but that struggle doesn't have to make people who disagree into enemies -- even if they can't see themselves as anything else.

Change one mind, show one person there's such a thing as you, who is a real, thoughtful and good person, and you change the world a little bit.

Comment Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 4, Insightful) 894

Its not stupid at all.

I can coexist quite well with Catholics who think my being gay is a sin; we can do good works together, have lunch, be friends. I can coexist quite well with Seventh Day Adventists who think alcohol is sinful, too. We can all be friends. Heck, I can coexist with people who have a religion I think is patently absurd (I'm looking at you, Mormons), because when it comes down to it -- everyone has beliefs, and things they think are right and wrong. As long as it goes no farther then their skin, we can all be friends.

Tolerance doesn't mean you beat someone until they agree with you, its that you recognize peoples differences and don't try to force them to change. Now, where a minority of Catholics and I part ways and will have problems being friends is at the point where those Catholics try to enshrine their beliefs into law.

It has nothing really to do with my sin being a choice at all (for the record, it obviously isn't), but at the line between beliefs and mandates.

Hate the sin all you like, I don't care. Teach that the sin is against God's given path all you like, I don't care. If that's what you believe, all power to you to believe whatever it is. I'll argue the other side and we'll see who is more convincing. Try to mandate that the State give you special rights that I don't have, there I start caring. Try to argue for violence or discrimination based on your beliefs, there I care a lot.

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