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Comment Re:Congress wrote DMCA law, not Google (Score 1) 241

But to go back to what someone else said in another thread, when Warner Brothers is asked if they're sure, and they answer yes, it becomes admissible evidence of a higher level of culpability. Knowing no other facts, a bad takedown could conceivably be the result of conduct that doesn't even rise to the level of negligence--maybe someone got bad info somehow, maybe someone copied all the torrents linked from a page that contains a dozen Transformers torrents, and inexplicably, one for Ubuntu. I can see a jury of reasonable men accepting that with the sheer volume of piracy WB has to deal with, its agents can still make mistakes even when exercising reasonable care.

The counter notice changes that. It's like the difference between an author making a typo even after a round or two of self-editing, and an author getting an marked up draft from his editor with a big red circle around the typo in question, and still not fixing the typo. The counter notice is a big favor to WB, it's a warning to pay extra attention to a specific issue, and WB, by responding Yes, is either saying "We looked again, and this Ubuntu torrent actually contains a terrible movie," or they're saying, "GTFO google, we don't actually care to check our work." At this point, it would be hard for WB to argue that its agents weren't extremely reckless, if not acting intentionally.

Sending the counter-takedown may not get immediate results, but it will yield a treasure trove of useful evidence for anyone with the standing to sue or to trigger relevant enforcement actions under the DMCA or related laws.

Very well said ... and sadly a day when I have no mod points.

Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 1) 579


Thanks, I was wondering what:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

had to do with taxation.

Comment Re:T-Mobile is even better than you think (Score 1) 196

Pretty much this.

Been using T-mobile for the past 15 years or so (since they were VoiceStream before T-Mobile acquired them).

Stayed with them through some dark days in there because their coverage where I needed it, was okay, and the price was the best out of all the carriers.

Ever since AT&T failed to acquire them, it opened up a huge opportunity for T-mobile to really compete in the marketplace (they walked out of the failed takeover w/3B$ in cash, and access to 1B$ in wireless spectrum AT&T controlled. This gave them the spectrum to upgrade their network to be competitive, and the cash on hand to make it happen.

The results we're seeing now are the fruits of that opportunity when a company wants to cater to and woo customers instead of just pad their bottom line as much as possible.

In short, the competition that AT&T claimed would disappear if they weren't allowed to buy T-mobile instead flourished as a result of that very decision.

Comment Re:Ah, Summer (Score 2) 246

"Cuomo said that people on the sex offender registry are now banned from "downloading, accessing, or otherwise engaging in any internet enabled gaming activities, including Pokemon Go."

Yeah, I don't think that's legal on the face of it unless it's part of the offender's court order, and I don't think a Governor has the power to do that in any case.

Ah, Summer. Your first witch hunt.

Gotta burn them all.

Comment Re:Compared to 430 computerized shots in the origi (Score 1) 304

Story should always be the primary focus, but lets not forget that CGI can help if done right.

Not to switch away from the big screen to the small screen, but take a look at either Game of Thrones or The Expanse.

Both definitely have their share of CGI scenes, and when they DO go CGI, they go heavy, but in both cases, even if the CGI scenes are sometimes meant to "ooo" and "ahhhh" the audience, they are also in service of the story ... not the other way around.

The simple fact is that way too often a director gets his mind around an action/fight/chase/whatever that will wow the audience, and tries to deliver a bunch of these instead of a good story. Summer blockbusters have usually been especially egregious of forgetting this.

Comment Re: A brief history of Slashdot tr0lling (Score 1) 369

... and here I am without mod point.

Nice addition (and +1 for showing value in an AC post).

I would add that sometimes the IN SOVIET RUSSIA posts (along with some of the other meme trolls) were actually used in a clever or silly way that did invoke a bit of laughter and humor, but there were often few and far between.

Comment Re:It's Heartbreaking you're not in Jail (Score 1) 482

If Trump had demonstrated a consistent set of responses besides "how outrageous can I be for the media" I might be inclined.

Right now, he reminds me more of the crazy old coot sitting on his porch rocker cradling a shotgun and talking about "government".

I might listen carefully to what he says (he IS holding a shotgun after all), but there is no way in hell I'd want to put him in charge. He doesn't even pretend to think about what he says. Thats not a sign of a leader, thats a sign of being in an echo-chamber of people too unafraid to tell you when you're being an idiot (probably because of his beloved catch-phrase of "Your Fired!").

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