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Comment: Re:Supremes never said corps are people ... (Score 1) 434

by PopeRatzo (#48624555) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Groups of people have the same speech rights as individuals.

For-profit corporations are not groups of people, they are aggregated capital.

The nature of the group (corporation, labor union, activist group, etc) does not matter.

See above.

Media corporations (i.e. traditional news) have no special rights with respect to speech, all corporations have the same speech rights.

They don't deserve ANY rights at all. They are just aggregated capital allowed to exist for the purpose of deferring liability. Why should money have rights?

Comment: Re:Slight reality check here (Score 1) 436

by jbolden (#48622819) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Sony is a big corporation. They do about $200m in revenue per day. The idea that some tin pot dictator can import his censorship into the United States is unthinkable.

The head of the Port Authority was not fired for 9/11, no one is going to want to fire the head of Sony pictures for this.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 2) 436

by PopeRatzo (#48622743) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

If somebody damages your car, would you want your insurance company to pay to fix it?

That means they can set prices based on risk. And risk in this case means "perceived risk". It's not brave or not brave. It's just corporate behavior. This is why corporations are not considered people except by reactionaries and the far Right.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 3, Insightful) 436

by PopeRatzo (#48622559) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Yes, I'd go to the mall. I have a better chance of being killed in an accident driving to the mall.

I will bet your chances of being killed in a mall go way up if there are specific threats against that mall.

I would bet that the decision to not show this movie was made entirely by whoever provides insurance to the theater chain. It must be killing the theater owners not to show a movie that has gotten this much publicity at opening. But if your insurance provider says "No", you do what they say.

Comment: Re:Imagine that! (Score 1) 191

by jbolden (#48622255) Attached to: Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Note the difference between "flow" and "revenue". Two completely different things. The reason why most of google's money flow goes through EU is various tax break arrangements. As a result, if it were to get kicked out, not only would it lose the market, it would lose lucrative tax deals.

I have no idea where Google is hiding money. But I'm sure there are plenty of African and Latin American countries that would happy to play the role of illicit bank.

Suggesting that EU is "losing" here sounds a lot like "oh EU is losing to microsoft, what can it do?" back in the days of browser monopoly fight. Until EU decided to actually take action and suddenly "oh EU is losing" whine changed to "oh evil EU is oppressing this nice US company" tune here on slashdot

What are you talking about? Microsoft managed to hold the line on browsers for almost a decade and thereby prevent the transition to web based applications. They finally lost share to Safari, Firefox, Chrome... as those browsers advanced. The evidence for that being the transition happened in the USA as well as the EU. There is no evidence that the EU was able to effectuate an early switch.

Comment: Re:11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed to Water Ri (Score 0, Offtopic) 311

by PopeRatzo (#48614705) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Actually, the main crop that is quite profitable but requires vast amounts of water is not rice, but nuts, specifically Almonds.

I like almonds, but they kind of bind me up, you know? We make almond milk and add some flax oil and then use the almond pulp to make delicious cakes. It's better that way. If you put some ground flax seed in with the almond pulp, it makes you shit like a goose so it all works out.

I think the fact that I know these things is a sign I'm getting old. Oh well.

Dennis Ritchie is twice as bright as Steve Jobs, and only half wrong. -- Jim Gettys