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Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 150

I guess you missed the irony. There is no bug push from "leftist agitators" to censor YouTube, if anything the opposite is true as more and more progressive leaning channels appear like Shaun and Jen, H. Bomberguy, Garret and many others. Any ban on the words that seem to trigger these problems would affect their videos as well.

On top of that, there has been a huge amount of criticism on social media from the left because what Youtube has done is indiscriminate and affects many non-controversial videos (unless you consider make-up tips for trans women to be a problem), while ignoring the "Dindu Nuffin'" channel and many others that carefully skate around the rules by subverting the simple text filters. In fact it actually helps channels like that by giving credibility to their previously untrue argument that certain words are "banned".

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 384

Even Trump has to admit that healthcare is complicated. The reason it is so long is that there are so many corner cases to deal with. Even Trumpcare spent three pages just detailing how big lottery winners wouldn't get any more tax credits.

And if you actually look at Trumpcare, it's obviously and horribly broken. For example, you get tax credits towards your health insurance. Problem is, the credits come at the end of the tax year, not when you need to buy your health insurance. So if you are due thousands of dollars of credits, you need to have thousands of dollars you can spend today while you wait for the next tax year and hope the IRS doesn't screw up.

It's clearly been thrown together, slap-dash in a hurry, with little thought into how it will work in practice for people. That's why it is relatively short.

Comment Re:German approach (Score 1) 112

Indeed, this would be illegal in the EU in general due to the European Charter on Human Rights and EU data protection laws.

It's interesting how the EU and the US treat freedom differently. The US has extreme negative* freedom, that is the government doesn't interfere to either restrict or protect. The EU has more of a mixture of positive and negative freedom, where some interference is accepted as necessary to protect human rights and allow people to live some kind of meaningful life. Both options have merits.

* Note to idiots: "negative" in this context does not mean "bad", just like negative numbers are not "bad".

Submission + - Windows 10 forced upgrades spark legal action

AmiMoJo writes: Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers. The complaint, filed in Chicago's US District Court on Thursday, charges that Microsoft Windows 10 is a defective product and that its maker failed to provide adequate warning about the potential risks posed by Windows 10 installation – specifically system stability and data loss. The attorneys representing the trio are seeking to have the case certified as a class action that includes every person in the US who upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and suffered data loss or damage to software or hardware within 30 days of installation. They claim there are hundreds or thousands of affected individuals. Last June, a California woman won $10,000 after a Windows 10 update disabled her PC.

Comment Re:What videos exactly? (Score 3, Interesting) 150

The few online ads that make it through to me are usually totally irrelevant

So, slightly better than most other forms of advertising then... Like TV and billboards which are usually totally irrelevant. Also remember that AdBlock makes the tracking/profiling less effective so you are probably not getting typical results. People without ad blocking find ads creepily following them around the web and stuff like that.

All they really care about is that their ads don't appear next to overtly racist content, stuff that uses the n-word and is thus easy for journalists to find.

Comment Re:What videos exactly? (Score 4, Insightful) 150

The advertisers don't want to police it themselves, checking individual channels for suitability. They want it to be like TV, where they say "we want X minutes/day, and only during family-friendly programming" and the network does the rest. That's kind of the whole point about how YouTube advertising works - Google has massive analytics and targeting capability which obviously they don't want to share with anyone, so you just get to select your parameters and they do the rest.

Comment Re: Alternative media. (Score 3, Interesting) 150

I think you have misunderstood what is happening here. YouTube is not removing these videos, it is simply preventing adverts from these companies from appearing next to them. That generally means that the content creator can't earn revenue through YouTube any more, but the videos are not being censored or removed.

This has actually been happening for ages due to copyright issues. For example, a lot of Mario players on Twitch also post clips to YouTube, but they can't be monetized because Nintendo won't allow it and will file copyright claims if you try to. So they make their money from Twitch and Patreon and merchandise, rather than YouTube ads.

Sucks but you can't really force advertisers to give you money.

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 2, Informative) 150

And refusing to give you a platform is now genocide.

Don't get me wrong, YouTube has fucked up royally here, but your claims are laughable because I can still go to YouTube right this second and watch neo-Nazis spouting off, or Carl of Swindon ranting about feminazis, or The Golden One living out his liberal murder fantasies in video games, and all still monetized.

It's obvious to anyone with a level head that YouTube is just incompetent. You can't attribute any political or philosophical or moral motivation to their actions, because they are too inconsistent to be rational.

Comment Re:And masterfully so (Score 5, Insightful) 384

Obamacare isn't imploding though, for the most part it's working much better than anything that can't before it. So many people are now invested in it, reliant on it.

Trump is losing hard. His two flagship policies are on the rocks. The Muslim ban he promised isn't a Muslim ban any more and even then gets stuck down again and again. And now Trumpcare, because he sucks at making deals and massively underestimated how complex healthcare is.

Don't forget that he promised to defeat Isis by now too. He's a used car salesman who promises to fix everything, tells you it's going to be the best wagon you every owned...

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 384

Just pointing it out or showing clips of himself describing his future self as a loser won't make it stick. We have to create a narrative, just like he does.

A narrative about Trump the loser. The biggest loser. Losing bigly. The kind of loser who can't even make a deal with his own party. A whiney loser who blames everyone else, like a child.

Comment Re:Law mandated technology (Score 1) 244

We can legislate lower energy use, because at the moment we are so wasteful. For example, ban inefficient cars and require people to demonstrate a need for bigger engines. We already do that with other kinds of pollution.

There is not the political will to do that in some countries, while others are talking about banning most combustion engine vehicles in the next few decades.

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