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Comment: Us Yanks are just trying to understand this. (Score 1) 922

by xx_chris (#39487419) Attached to: UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'
Again, we'll grant that the guy is a dick. There are a lot of dicks in the world. Catch me on a bad day and I'm a dick.

Slander and libel are handled in the civil courts. If I say, Beckhem can't play the game of soccer, Mr. Beckham can sue me. Fire in a crowded theater is immediately dangerous, accent on immediate. Advertising is commerce.

I'm not saying you're wrong. At all. But our First Amendment says Congress shall make no law ... abridging the Freedom of Speech. It's only these incidents that illuminate differences for us.

As for the penalty, from this side of the pond jailing and getting kicked out of school for being a drunk dick on Twitter, I see that as excessive.

Comment: Re:It's not just the textbooks (Score 1) 446

by xx_chris (#39241287) Attached to: Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks
You're disagreeing with something the parent didn't say. He said that it's ok to keep reusing a standard text rather than coming out with the 2012 Social Media Enhanced Edition of First Grade Arithmetic. He didn't say that profs can/should write their own texts. In particular, he narrowed his argument to "Pre-university mathematics". I rather like my university math texts, Stewart Calculus in particular. Even in university there is a churn that requires students to buy the latest edition. But for elementary school and high school, I think Anonymous' argument is brilliant.

+ - An easy way to curb smart-phone thieves->

Submitted by xx_chris
xx_chris (524347) writes "Cell carriers can and do brick jail broken cell phones but they won't brick stolen cell phones. Except in Australia. The Australians apparently have been doing this for 10 years and it reduces violent crime since the thieves know they won't be able to sell the stolen phone. The FA points out that cell carriers have a financial disincentive to do this since a stolen phone means another sale."
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Comment: Non Sequitur Alert (Score 1) 339

by xx_chris (#35798574) Attached to: AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500/GB
Nope. It isn't a question of credit; it's a question of payment and price. If the unwashed poor have bad credit and they pay up front with their Go Phone account then they should pay the same rate as anyone else since ATT is incurring no risk by taking their money ahead of time. Or perhaps given the fact that they are prepaying and in fact extending credit to ATT maybe they should pay a little less. Or you could just rip off the poor. You could do that.

So... did you ever wonder, do garbagemen take showers before they go to work?