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Comment Seriously, we have the government we deserve (Score 3, Insightful) 288

Russia has INVADED and IS OCCUPYING a neighboring country (one they laughingly signed a note to protect, no less).
China is essentially playing Age of Empires 2 in the South China sea, grabbing territory by building watchtowers and not giving a fuck about what anyone thinks.
The EU is disintegrating as people start to realize manually bolting countries together doesn't actually make them act like a single country.
Our economy is a sham based on completely phony numbers, contrived to enrich a tiny cadre of elites that drift in and out of power (always making more money with each step) like minglers at a garden party.
Our media is essentially a giant cumrag, soaked and dripping with the lowest-common-denominator vulgarity and venality.
We have one candidate for president that is a COMPLETE ASS and a know nothing buffoon who's like a cartoon character of himself, while the other candidate is corrupt to the very soul of her being, if she HAD a soul.

And what we're worrying about is whether films fairly represent women?

Where the fuck are the Visigoths to come climbing over OUR walls? Seriously, it's about time. If Rome was like this near the end, they probably welcomed it.

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 1) 348

To be clear:
1) I think the gathering of handles like this is stupid, egregious, ridiculous, and a host of other adjectives. Suffice to say I think it's a bad idea.
2) that said, I think you grossly overestimate the US's need for, and concern about, tourists. Certainly there IS a tourism industry here, and it makes good $ and incomes for lots of people. But most Americans to this day don't even have a passport. The US, with its domestic market of 300 million mostly-wealthy people, ultimately doesn't care that much if foreign tourists don't come.

Comment how far down this rabbit hole do we go? (Score 1) 415

I have strabismus (wandering eye) - is my group 'underrepresented' in the tech field, can I get free training and preferential hiring?

How about inverted nipples? My wife has them. Are there enough inverted-nipples in the tech fields that she could get some help too?

Without enough wandering-eye and inverted-nipple programmers, are we REALLY doing our best to promote diversity?

Comment OK (Score 1) 264 we're back to the 'impending death of the gaming console' again?

Seems like we just heard about the "death of the gaming computer" but I guess the cycles move more quickly.

How's that "death of the laptop" coming along by the way? I seem to recall the "experts" prognosticating we'd all be working on touchscreen tablets by now? Then of course there's paper - totally dead-tech too, amirite?

Well, I have to run and answer some of my 140+ work emails. It's a lot for something else I've been told is totally obsolescent and "dead".

Comment it's simple - we have precedents (Score 4, Interesting) 465

...if they in ANY way moderate their content, then they're akin to a bbs provider or chat room provider and thus liable to the content itself. If someone is abused or stalked or whatever, then Twitter should be held liable.
or ...if they refuse to control content in any way, then I think they'd have the protected status of a common carrier like a telco. I can't sue the telco (with any reasonable chance of winning) if someone calls me up and tells me I'm an asshole (ok the truth may provide a defense there in any case...).

Of course, from my understanding they have been practicing filtering, some might say tendentiously, so IMO that should make them massively vulnerable to anyone suing them because of trolls, etc.

After all, we seem to have forgotten a few fundamental fact of Twitter: NOBODY *HAS* to look at the fucking thing. If you're uncomfortable with what's being said...stop reading it?

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