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Comment Re:treating the symptoms (Score 1) 359

Bingo. Alternative media is flourishing because the MSM has utterly fucking failed. True investigative journalism is dead.

Canada has a law which makes it illegal to broadcast false or misleading news. Seems to work pretty well. Sadly, this is unlikely to ever happen in the States, because MUH FREEDOMS OF SPEECH!

Freedom of speech has limits. Just like you can't yell "fire!" in a crowded theatre, you shouldn't be able to label yourself "news" if you knowingly lie. Just my opinion of course.

Comment Re:DCMA Fair Use / Parody (Score 1) 219

Samsung is legally-required to protect its trademarks, else they lose them.

This is largely a myth.

Trademark Law Does Not Require Companies To Tirelessly Censor the Internet

The circumstances under which a company could actually lose a trademark—such as abandonment and genericide—are quite limited. Genericide occurs when a trademark becomes the standard term for a type of good (‘zipper’ and ‘escalator’ being two famous examples). [...] Courts also set a very high bar to show abandonment (usually years of total non-use).

Comment Re:A defect is a defect (Score 1) 204

That's a fair point. Disease doesn't necessarily imply communicability.

But it sure as hell implies malaise in a biological organism. And frankly "touch disease" does sound like something that can be spread via touch.

So yes, it is a stupid name for this engineering defect. There are plenty of (still dramatic sounding) phrases that would be far more accurate. How about "touchscreen death" for example?

Comment Re:Really (Score 1) 569

Fair enough. I respect your opinion.

My point though, is that there are plenty of arguments of the "Anybody who reads this stuff and votes for TRUMP is a moron" variety too.

It's too simplistic to just say "candidate X is bad so don't vote for them". Because they're all bad.

Comment Re:Really (Score 4, Insightful) 569


You're in this shit because the FPTP electoral college system makes a two party lock-in inevitable.

  • - Nearly 1 in 5 Americans voted for Ross Perot in 1992, and didn't receive any representation in government whatsoever.
  • - The last time a "third party" gained traction was 1860, with Lincoln's Republicans. There is a reason it hasn't happened since.

The system is broken. And the two-party duopoly has no interest in fixing it.

I'm sorry but acting like things would get better "if only more people voted for better candidates" is a hopelessly naive pipe dream. That requires viable 3rd party candidates, and the US system makes that effectively impossible.

So I'm afraid I must repeat (and I take no pleasure in saying this, believe me) your only three options this election are Trump, Clinton, or throwing your vote away.

Of course Clinton is horrible. But would you prefer Trump?

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