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Comment Re:Conflating several issues here (Score 1) 133

Canada isn't some third world mud hole. They have a regulatory process as well. I have every confidence in the drugs sold there. Same for the EU.

The FDA has gone well past the sweet spot and is now killing people rather than saving them. Their desire to have their asses kissed has gotten to the point that they are 're-evaluating' drugs with centuries of proven safety just because they pre-dated their authority. The result is that the prices jump by a factor of 100.(Yes, literally the price is now 100 TIMES what it was before).

Drugs people can't afford might as well not exist. It seems that health care is one of those things where a free market just won't work.

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 1) 128

No one is stopping you from spewing whatever inane stupidy passes for incitement commentary among your crowd. You'll be just as free to make an idiot of yourself on Twitter once these changes are in effect.

Really? You should pay more attention, because that's exactly what's happening. This is just one case of many, where there is one set of rules for one group of people and another for the "right kind of people."

Or you're missing context, when someone is currently the target of a harassment campaign they're given a little more leeway than someone who tweets something out of the blue.

And even if there was a double standard (which I don't concede) your comment is still wrong, the alt-right would still be free to say whatever it wants, it would just be that only one side would be able to harass.

Keep in mind that Milo never did that

Milo was clearly encouraging his followers to go after Jones and his other targets. Twitter isn't a court of law, "everybody knows" can be a sufficient standard for them to bad someone for persistent harassment.

Again context, Jones was trying to retaliate and protect herself from a campaign initiated by Milo.

So have several other people who were verified including a rapper, reporter, and a EiC of a magazine ...all of whom sic'd their followers on other people for engaging in wrong think. There's also another case of a person threatening a reporter with rape...for weeks(wish I could remember her name but it escapes me atm). Those are just off the top of my head. You know what the difference between them and Milo is? Milo doesn't carry the same political ideology as them. That reporter? She's a conservative. But in both cases when there are actual threats against them? Twitter has done nothing.

I'm not familiar with all of those cases, certainly not the rape threats, and Twitter may have been inconsistent in the past. If so, they will hopefully fix that in the future. No one should be the target of harassment.

But you're also conflating harassment with with social campaigns, like trying to excerpt pressure against shady businesses, or outing people who have done something bad (these campaigns are very troubling, but different from harassment).

For instance I don't think I'd mind as much if Milo had encouraged his followers to call the producer or studio to complain about the movie. The problem is that he was making Twitter into a place where a black actress couldn't really stay.

Submission + - Sheriff's Raid to Find Blogger Who Criticized Him Ruled Unconstitutional (theintercept.com)

schwit1 writes: An appellate court in Baton Rouge ruled Thursday that a raid on a police officer’s house in search of the blogger who had accused the sheriff of corruption was unconstitutional.

The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals argued that Sheriff Jerry Larpenter’s investigation into the blog ExposeDAT had flawed rationale: the alleged defamation was not actually a crime as applied to a public official.

The unanimous ruling from the three-judge panel comes after police officer Wayne Anderson and his wife Jennifer Anderson were denied assistance in local and federal court.

Comment Re:So does Slashdot have a quota? (Score 2) 248

There was a powder-keg of misogynist bullshit just waiting to go off

Maybe, but GamerGate wasn't it. Unless you can provide enough evidence to counter the vast tract of material demonstrating collusion amongst games journalists, lapses in ethics and the intentional vilification of the people pointing those out.

Since miso- means hatred, lets skip straight to the biggest manifestations of hatred: Death threats and bomb threats.

Draw me up a list of the documented death and bomb threats that have been validated by the police as legitimate and worth investigation, and lets see where the fucking hatred sits.

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 0) 128

Thank you for demonstrating exactly what we're all talking about. Thoughtcrime is "harassment", disagreement is "threatening".

No one is stopping you from spewing whatever inane stupidy passes for incitement commentary among your crowd. You'll be just as free to make an idiot of yourself on Twitter once these changes are in effect.

What they are trying to stop is harassment, douchebags like Milo Yiannopoulos sending hordes of his minions out to spew their drivel at whomever was so outrageous as to try and be black and/or female without knowing their place and drive them off of Twitter.

Disagree all you want, but when you cross into harassment then GTFO. No one is under any obligation to stand there while you abuse them.

Submission + - How the new season of "Halt and Catch Fire" recreated 1986 (fastcompany.com)

harrymcc writes: The third season of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," a drama about the tech industry in the 1980s, debuted this week. The new episodes are set in San Francisco and Silicon Valley in 1986, and are rich with carefully-researched plot points, dialog, and sets full of vintage technology (including a startup equipped with real Commodore 64s and a recreated IBM mainframe). I visited the soundstage in Atlanta where the producers have recreated Northern California in the 80s, and spoke with the show's creators and stars about the loving attention they devote to getting things right.

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 1, Informative) 128

The problem for Twitter is there just aren't enough Feminists/SJWs out there to keep a dying social media platform alive.

So is the only draw of Twitter the opportunity to harass Feminists/SJWs?

Because that's the only piece of functionality you'll actually lose with these changes.

As it is impossible to have an Intelligent discussion, andy any disagreement == harassment, yes.

Intelligent discussion?

We're apparently thinking of entirely different things because I don't know how anybody could classify these as examples of an intelligent discussion.

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 1, Troll) 128

I don't even use Twitter, but it sounds like they'll just end up making a clbuttic mistake.

On the contrary doing nothing would be a mistake.

The risk twitter faces isn't being taken over by "Feminists" and "SJWs", it's harassment driving ordinary people away until there's nothing left but the alt-right.

It's the same decision reddit made, there's some communities that are simply unable to co-exist in the same ecosystem.

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 1, Troll) 128

The problem for Twitter is there just aren't enough Feminists/SJWs out there to keep a dying social media platform alive.

So is the only draw of Twitter the opportunity to harass Feminists/SJWs?

Because that's the only piece of functionality you'll actually lose with these changes.

If you're harassing someone and they don't want to hear you anymore that's not "Feminist/SJW" talk, that's just common sense.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 143

Semantics my ass!

YOU as the driver decide whether or not to pay attention to driving. Your phone doesn't force you to play with it. Your makeup doesn't force you to apply it. Your food doesn't force you to eat it , etc while you are driving. YOU the driver make the choice, it is all YOUR fault and responsibility.

People like you, looking to blame inanimate objects for this type of thing are the second most ridiculous part of the problem, right behind the drivers themselves...

The driver was negligent.

Pokemon Go gave that negligent driver an unusually tempting opportunity to be distracted.

Negligent drivers are not uncommon, and the arrival of Pokemon Go means that those negligent drivers will get distracted more often.

Comment Re:I don't have any yoga emails .... (Score 1) 487

Yes, of course she is. If any of us worked for an employer who provided us with a company email system for use with company-related things and we just decided to conduct business via our personal Gmail accounts, or some home-brew Linux server? How long do you think we'd stay employed there once that was realized?

If that employee is a high level manager? Probably indefinitely.

In a case like hers, it's only magnified as a problem because we KNOW she was allowed to handle classified content in her mail. So the hunt is on to prove she actually possessed some of that on this unofficial server.

No it isn't, they've had those emails all along.

And if her lawyers did their jobs properly, there won't be much concrete proof that she did so, or at least that she ever accessed it once it was sent out. That doesn't make her less guilty though .... just smart enough to dodge some legal repercussions for her behavior.

Irrelevant. The question is whether she was intentionally disseminating classified emails, and even then it needs to be more than a handful or classified emails among thousands if they're actually going to pursue charges, it just doesn't happen.

Feel free to criticize her for being careless, she was. And the fact that no one realized or felt comfortable saying that the situation was amiss is pretty disturbing.

But criminal charges and jail time? The idea is, and always has been, absurd.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 487

All indications are she wasn't very careful while actively using the server. However, once she started getting requests to produce data from it, then she suddenly got very careful. Even if she did do nothing wrong, that is a very stark change in behavior that just happened to coincide with legal requests to hand over data.

It also happens to correspond with the realization that she (and/or her IT person) had been acting carelessly before.

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