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Comment Re:oh no my hugbox (Score 1) 138

Government censorship is a kind of censorship.

Government censorship is illegal. That's the big distinction.

Twitter users are not customers of Twitter. They are freely giving content. Nobody is forced to pay for Twitter or to use Twitter. You are forced to pay for the government. Nobody will stop you from creating an alternative to Twitter. If you want to form an alternative government, well, it was tried in the 1860s and didn't work out so well.

Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 138

Subject to the rules they must follow. Let us keep in mind that if they portray themselves in public, for example, as being the place where you can write what you think, and they censor you for writing what you think, then that's violating truth in advertising laws which a number of countries, including the US, have.

All of a sudden you want to enforce "truth in advertising" laws? Do you love Big Government that much?

Second, the people who are being "censored" on Twitter are not the customers of Twitter. Nobody pays to post on Twitter. So, I don't see how the "advertising" even matters in regard to Twitter users.

While what Twitter is doing may be broadly defined as "censorship", there is absolutely no law against what they are doing. Not in the Constitution, not in the legal statutes, and not in case law. It still comes down to, "if you don't like the way Twitter works, don't use Twitter".

Comment Re:oh no my hugbox (Score 1) 138

These scenes were cut when released in Britain. BBC was immediately accused of censoring.

The BBC is the government.

"The BBC is established under a Royal Charter[9] and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.[10] Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee[11] which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts.[12] The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament,"

I'll bet if you think about it, you'll see why the distinction is important.

Comment Re:"Old School" (Score 1) 51

Give me back my separate hardware buttons, including the search button [wikipedia.org] and get off my lawn you young whippersnapper!

You can have your hardware buttons once they give me back my RJ11 cable. I never had to worry about not getting enough bars when I had that good old wire to the wall.

People are soft nowadays. They're too good for things like wires and knurled knobs. I like a volume control that looks like a stove knob.

Comment Re:Was it ever? (Score 1) 193

Was radio ever anything other than that, in general? There have always been (and still are) DJ's that host radio programs that do hunt down "what music is best" (fyi, troll - that is an opinion-based issue). Everyone has the right to find that out for themselves and make their own decisions; there has never been a better time for that. There is more diversity than ever on the radio even if it is more corporate-focused, and with the internet and things like SoundCloud there is effectively no barrier for any music to reach any listener in such a context.

If you're willing to look a little bit, you can find all sorts of great music on the radio. I'm in Houston, Texas and I can hear straight-ahead jazz, zydeco, rock and roll, blues, and about 6 different flavors of country. I still haven't found a reliable source for opera or Finnish death folk metal (yeah, it's a thing), but radio is plenty good and worth every penny (it's free).

It helps to have an HD-radio, because I find little gems of stations that otherwise might not have a frequency in regular AM or FM.

I listen to a lot of streamed music (Google Play is my current preferred platform), but there's still a lot of life left in radio. We just need more college and "underground" stations, even though that's not likely to happen with the current administration in Washington, who seem to prefer turning the airwaves over to a handful of giant corporations, who don't know a goddamn thing about music.

In case you want to hear some Finnish death folk metal, here you go. I find it's great music to have on when you're gaming.

https://youtu.be/-2WqQY_xSSM

Comment tubalcain (Score 2) 72

My favorite YouTube videos at the moment are the ones by machinists. I have no aptitude or experience in this area, but for some reason I find it relaxing to watch machinists work while describing what they're doing. I also have no plans to actually do any machinist stuff, but I find the videos absorbing. I also like to watch fishing videos even though I do not fish.

Here's one that's particularly meditative for me. It's well-known YouTube machinist "tubalcain" giving a tour of his tool box.

https://youtu.be/rvM_SRrvvHo

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