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Submission + - SPAM: 'Clock Boy' Loses Defamation Court Case 1

kenh writes: Ahmed, the clock boy, from Texas had his day in court, and lost. His father sued Fox News, Glenn Beck, the mayor of Irving, and others for defamation... but when the hudge asked if any of the defendants said anything that was false, Ahmed's father's lawyer had to admit he had no examples of false statements by any of the defendants. During the lengthy hearing, Judge Moore pressed Mohamedâ(TM)s lawyer, Fort Worth attorney Susan Hutchison, to provide any facts that would suggest that Hanson and the other defendants had said anything false or defamatory about Mohamed or his son during the television broadcasts. After spending a painfully embarrassing 15 minutes flipping through reams of paper, Mohamedâ(TM)s lawyer was unable to provide any such evidence.
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Comment Re:Just get the memo already: (Score 1) 74

But seeing how well that separation of church and state worked, I'd rather not hold my breath.

Are you talking about the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment or the Thomas Jefferson Letter to the Danbury Bishops?

If it's the former, I'm not aware the Federal Government established a National Religion...

If it's the latter, Jefferson himself allowed that individual states could keep their state-sponsored religions, that the federal government would not create a national religion.

Jefferson's letter is the only source of the phrase "separation of church and state" and as a private letter is not a binding legal document.

Submission + - U.S. government allegedly falls for 4chan troll's "fanfiction" about Trump

Lirodon writes: Yesterday, it was reported by CNN that, as an appendix to an intelligence briefing about Russian hacking during the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump was provided with unsubstantiated reports that his personal data may have also been compromised by Russia. The same day, BuzzFeed published an unverified copy of the full report, which contained a claim that Trump had "[hired a] number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ show in front of him" at a hotel under Russian surveillance.

However, a 4chan user has argued that this claim was entirely fake, stating that users of its political section /pol/ had "mailed fanfiction to anti-Trump pundit Rick Wilson about Trump making people piss on a bed Obama slept in". Furthermore, on November 1, 2016, another user stated without context that someone had "took what I told Rick Wilson and added a Russian spy angle to it" — which may have been said fanfiction.

Submission + - SPAM: Click Boy lose sign court case 1

kenh writes: Ahmed, the clock boy, from Texas had his day in court, and lost. His father sued Fox News, Glenn Beck, the mayor of Irving, and others for defamation... but when the hudge asked if any of the defendants said anything that was false, Ahmed's father's lawyer had to admit he had no examples of false statements by any of the defendants. The judge rendered his decision, and the defendants are free to counter sue for legal defense fees.
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Comment Re: Unlimited? (Score 1) 196

I always wondered how "unlimited" used to not even include an asterisk that redefined it wasn't considered false advertising.

Really? You don't understand the difference between 'unlimited' and 'unthrottled'? The unlimited plans we are discussing today have no actual defined data 'limit' you can consume as much data bandwidth as you like, only the first 100-200 or more Gigabytes of data are unthrottled, after you exceed the carrier-defined threshold your data rate slows down, but does not stop - if it stopped, it would be limited.

Think of bandwidth like the 'unlimited' breadsticks at Olive Garden - the first few hundred bread refills are of multiple breadsticks, but then, after say 200 refills, the waiter starts bringing you one breadstick at a time. He never refuses your request for more breadsticks, but they just start coming slower... No reasonable person would say that dropping refills of breadsticks from several per refill to one at a time was a denial of breadsticks, but when it comes to data packets people think "unlimited" = "unthrottled" and "throttled" = "no data".

Comment Re: Unlimited? (Score 0) 196

I moved it to unlimited when it was offered and it worked until Trump won and they figured net neutrality could begin to be ignored.

What the hell does net neutrality have to do with the data limits on cellphone plans?

What the hell does Trump's winning the US Presidential election have to do with cellphone data plans?

What the hell are you talking about?

Comment Re: This is a great time... (Score 2) 196

Me and my wife are out of home all day working, and we reach easily 200GB-300GB per month without doing much besides streaming our favourite series, and the occasional movie - and no 4K videos involved.

If you are consuming 7-10 Gig/day, every day of every month watching your "favorite series, and the occasional movie" on your cell phones you are most definitely NOT an average cellphone user. Myself, I've never streamed a feature-length movie on my cellphone, and I suspect that is true for many/most cellphone users with data plans.

Comment The Average Viewer (Score 3, Informative) 435

Was the then -- still quite new -- 1080p HD 2D television simply "good enough" for the average TV viewer?

Short answer - yes.

Longer answer - For "most" people when they first came out, 1080p was simply a bigger picture and they never even choose HD channels when available... I had several relatives that bought rear-projection HD TVs then simply watched standard definition TV on a bigger screen.

Comment Because... (Score 1) 435

Why Did 3D TVs and Stereoscopic 3D Television Broadcasting Fail?

Because it was expensive...

Because it required goofy glasses...

Because the vast majority of TV watching won't benefit from 3-D imaging...

Because 3-D content was rare...

Because the various formats were incompatible...

Because it was a solution in search of a problem?

Comment Re:A problem that is worth having (Score 1) 295

This could be solved with very high tax rates on corporate profits, dividends and income from stock sales.

I'm not sure how old you are, but in my half-century plus walking around this country I've come to the conclusion that very few problems are solved through higher taxes, at best they create as many new problems as they intended to solve.

I have a file drawer full of stories about states that implemented "millionaires taxes" to combat some certain problem, only to find the millionaires found a way to avoid the tax, eventually costing the state lost tax revenues, not increasing them. There was a story in the news recently about a state that had to redo their budget to address the loss of a single multi millionaire from the state...

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