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Comment RPG will take that out in a heartbeat. (Score 1) 88

The police wants to escalate to that level, Then the Unrest will also.

Cops with full battle armor are a danger to society, it means the ones that think they need to defend themselves from the police will up their game to a 308 high power hunting rifle that will rip through Military armor like butter, or start using Armor piercing 5.56/7.62 home made rounds.

Want to keep a crowd calm, you don't freaking roll in like storm troopers hell bent on extermination.

In he countries it's built in, RPG's are not hard to come by, hell even a home made IED would take that thing out.

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

Nonsense. Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon all lied plenty but none - not even Nixon - have come out with as much nonsense as Donald Trump.

I always feel the most ardent Trump supporters don't understand what a false dichotomy is. Because they believed others have lied, they must that Trump is always telling the truth. No, Trump lies regularly but they won't admit it.

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 151

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

When I do my taxes, I take advantage of every available loophole and write-off

Really? I doubt that. I mean sure, with write offs. That's what they are for, and that's their intent. Loopholes are all the unintended bits. So unless you've created an offshore corporation in a tax haven which gets paid when you render services, the chances are you're not remotely using every available loophole.

Comment Re:You are the one with the fantasy (Score 1) 384

In te real world, there are Democrats (increasingly irrelevant),

The Democrats got very substantially more votes than the Republicans in the recent elections. I'm not sure how winning by a fluke of the electoral system makes your opponent "irrelevant".

Oh I know how. You are incapable of discussing politics. You put yourself forward as a conservative, but you're not. You're simply a republican cheerleader.

That aside, the Republicans won, but by a negative margin. Voter turnout wasn't all that high. A *lot* of people have cover under the ACA. Thing is the Republicans much the Democrats really do like being voted into office. It's from their point of view a complete no-go to piss off 5-10% of the electorate when their margin is within those bounds too.

So basically, any forward motion now on anything is a compromise between Republicans and Trump supporters.

That seems unlikely to happen then for a while. With Obama in power the republicans adopted the attitude of never giving an inch, never compromising on anything. That way they got exactly what they wanted which was to stop whatever Obama doing. The trouble is that tactic doesn't work when you're in power and you want to have things rather than merely block things. The republicans are going to have to learn to actually compromise again before they can get anything of substance done.

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) 151

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) 151

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) 151

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) 151

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:What videos exactly? (Score 1) 151

Hmm, not sure I agree. Walmart is a retail store, and won't really care whether they're advertising on YouTube or not. There are plenty of other advertisement avenues for them.

However, Google's billions are made almost *entirely* from online advertising. I'm not saying they'll necessarily take a significant hit from this, but you can bet that this is *much* more concerning to them, as it's affecting the reputation of their most important service, financially speaking. I'd bet we'll see some sort of proactive response from them concerning this fairly shortly. There's no way they're going to risk their primary revenue source.

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