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  • Mar 19th, 2021 @ 10:05am

    Accountability

    "But the Sheriff's Office may soon find itself shelling out its own ill-gotten gains to replace the ones it apparently unlawfully took from the plaintiff during its drug warring."

    Um, I don't think the Sheriff's Office will be the ones to pay- the money will come out of the city taxes, which means the costs will be passed onto the tax-payers And how many taxpayers go through the sheriff's budget to see that $X have to repaid to people whose items were illegally seized by the police?

    In other words, the behavior won't change unless the police are held accountable. I don't know- maybe dock the officers' pay until the items are paid back or put them on suspension without pay.
    And before someone says police shouldn't have to pay back items like this, remember that even the sheriff admitted the items weren't seized as a part of a crime. If there was no crime, then the items were illegally seized and someone should be held responsible.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 8:15am

    Who should be held responsible?

    Who should be held responsible?

    • The judge who issued a non-knock warrant?
    • The police officers who shoot and kill someone while executing the no-knock warrant?
    • The police department that has a no-knock warrant policy in the first place?
    • The DA who doesn't prosecute the officers for killing someone, because it was part of the officer's job?
    • The judge who doesn't take the case because again, the officers were just doing their job?

    So if no one will be held accountable, then why should the police stop doing it, especially since "drug raids" get good coverage on the local news. Even though, like the article said, the "drug raid" is a merely a cover to seize some illegal weapons.
    Where's the media (besides John Oliver) asking why the police need to raid homes with such small amount of drugs in the first place? Ah, but then that would start to peel back the reality that the "drug war" isn't really a "war" like the government thinks it is.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 8:10am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "My child just studied hard & did really well in school, you're kid just screwed around to much."

    I don't know if you're using bad grammar to make a point, but that sentence should be:
    "My child just studied hard & did really well in school, YOUR kid just screwed around TOO much."
    Though I suspect it's an ironic use of bad grammar since people who say "your kid screwed around" would probably be the same ones who use bad grammar.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 7:40am

    Tour not available

    I think the tour company should list every campus, but then add a notice to the ones filing this suit that says "Tour not available due to legal reasons".
    Then let prospective students decide whether they want to go to that school even if they can't go on a tour... I'm guessing plenty of student won't go. But I'm not a university marketing department, which probably has plenty of other ways of convincing people that they have a beautiful campus.

  • Mar 2nd, 2021 @ 11:22am

    How about some evidence

    Since this guy wants to ban a video game and directly impact a company's business, then I assume he has proof. So...

    How many people were carjacked last year?
    Of those, how many of the carjackers played GTA?
    Of those, how many said playing the game influenced their decision to carjack a car in real life?

    By contrast:
    How many copied of GTA were sold in the past 5 years?
    Of those, how many were purchasing in Illinois?

    So, then what percentage of people were influenced to carjack a car in real life compared to the total number of sales just in Illinois? So even though ALL of those people played the game without any issues, the game should still be banned?

  • Feb 17th, 2021 @ 10:03am

    What government regulation?

    So when AT&T doesn't deploy services as promised to people they promised to serve, there's no talk of government regulation.

    But Twitter bans racists for posting hateful comments and Republicans want to pass regulations telling Twitter how to run their business.

    So the moral is- a company is free to do whatever they want as long as they aren't seen as censoring conservatives.

  • Feb 10th, 2021 @ 2:08pm

    Blame the media

    Once again, I have to ask: why didn't more people in the media push back on this nonsense story? Why weren't more people saying there were more important things to worry about?

    So, once again, we should blame the media for going along with Trump's ideas rather than standing up to him and saying his TikTok deal was a bad idea.

  • Jan 26th, 2021 @ 8:54am

    Re: Re: It might be reasonable for impairment behind the wheel.

    "Ever person should learn how to politely say you won't answer questions."

    And in theory, that's an excellent idea.
    However, the reality is that this was a cop who was already going down the path of charging the guy with something. The choice was to either politely say no or have the cop arrest him, take him to the station, hold him, impound his rental car and weed, then hold him for a few hours for "not cooperating". Either way, it's still a major hassle to deal with. At least this way, the court threw the case out.
    So I'm not sure what the right choice would be, in this situation.

  • Dec 22nd, 2020 @ 2:08pm

    I'm an adult, I should see nudity if I want

    Here's an idea: how about if Facebook treats people like adults and has a "nudity" checkbox when they sign in: check yes if you don't mind seeing nude images, check no to not see them. Then only show nude images to people who checked the box.
    Then there's no need for AI or automated moderation: if someone reports a nude image and they checked "yes", then Facebook rejects the report because the user opted-in.

    Just imagine the kinds of groups that could form if they allowed nudity! And more groups mean more users on the site, which means more user engagement, which means higher ads rates, and so on.
    Heck, Facebook could even mine people's data just by seeing which groups with nudity they join (which they probably do already).
    And continuing with this argument, how much money is Facebook leaving on the table by not allowing nudity and adult groups?

  • Dec 10th, 2020 @ 5:51am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Congress could impeach him"? I had a good laugh at that.

    I'd be willing to bet good money that if Trump had a second term in office, he'd become brazen enough to kill off critics. Sure, the killing would be made to look like an accident, but still.

    Then when killings were linked back to Trump, the House would impeach him (again) and the Republican-controlled Senate would refuse to hear the case (again), so Trump would get away with it (again), and he'd further learn that there are no consequences to anything he does.

  • Dec 10th, 2020 @ 5:36am

    Stupid tweet? Yes, but so are the people who believe it

    I know I'm a little late, but...

    "Oh, and it's even stupider. On so many levels."
    This is a great observation, but the problem is that you're preaching to the choir. I'd say that most people reading this article agree with you.
    However, how many followers does Trump have? The tweet itself has 119.7 likes, which means 119,700 people liked it.

    How many people on Twitter see a tweet and think it's true without doing any research on their own? How many of Trump's followers blindly believe what he says?
    So, yes, this has the potential to spiral out of control as Republicans rush to please the Trump supporters, even though there's no risk of them getting voted out of office.

  • Nov 25th, 2020 @ 2:11pm

    Re: '... Wait, where did that sales spike go?'

    I think it was more a case of:
    "Hey, that guy's getting us a lot of free attention and marketing. What the (bleep) are we paying the marketing department for?
    So, it's either fire the marketing department for not coming up with a better sales promotion or fire Anthony for making the marketing department look bad."
    Guess which one they went with?

  • Nov 25th, 2020 @ 1:47pm

    (untitled comment)

    Since we don't know the details of the settlement, here's my theory:
    Netflix makes CYOA popular with the Black Mirror series.
    CYOA feels wronged because they think Netflix didn't get permission to use their idea.
    Neither side wants to create any official court precedent, so...

    I'd be willing to bet Netflix starts making some officially-licensed CYOA movies or TV series, which is fun for viewers and a cut (of something) goes back to CYOA.

  • Nov 13th, 2020 @ 11:20am

    Re: Trumpist beliefs.

    Is the entire ballot illegal or just the vote for president?
    Because if the entire ballot is illegal, then all the votes for Republicans candidates have to be thrown out also.

  • Oct 28th, 2020 @ 2:10pm

    Go after the advertisers

    Instead of complaining about how EA put ads into the games, why don't people boycott the advertisers who paid EA to run their ads like this? Obviously, someone in some marketing department thought it was a good idea to pay EA to run ads like this, so many people need to tell them how wrong they are. This might make more a difference than promising to never buy another EA game again... until the next must-play game comes out.

  • Oct 28th, 2020 @ 9:06am

    A private company offering a public space

    I love when people say sites like Facebook and Twitter have to accept anything that people say because they're a public business. What makes them any different from other private companies that offers a public space?

    For example, suppose you go to the Magic Kingdom park in the middle of Walt Disney World. We can argue that this is a very public place (never mind that you have to pay to get in), so can people say whatever they want?
    What if someone acted as bad in the theme park as they act on Twitter: calling people names, hounding people, and so on. Do they expect to be able to get away with it or would security throw them out... and then would they claim they have the first amendment right to say what they want... while on private property?

    Honestly, if people acted as racist in Disney World as they act on Twitter, I'd expect Disney to ban them for life!

  • Oct 23rd, 2020 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Now the tool is to blame?

    I was just about to say this.
    If Zoom is somehow responsible for the user's actions, then we need to keep going up the service chain:

    • How about the ISP providing the internet connection? After all, if there was no internet, there would be no bad user activity.
    • How about the electric company? If there was no electricity, there would be no internet connection...
    • How about the bank that owns the building? If the user wasn't in that building, then there wouldn't be any bad activity.
  • Oct 23rd, 2020 @ 1:45pm

    (untitled comment)

    We all know the whole "censoring conservative voices" is nonsense, but has anyone actually tested this idea? You know, by sending out tweets talking about true conservative points, such as:

    • The government should balance it's budget.
    • Government shouldn't tell businesses what to do since the free market will sort it out.
    • Reduce the size of government, which goes back to point #2 about not needing government regulators.

    Has anyone ever been kicked off of Twitter for talking about a balanced budget or fiscal responsibility? No? Then there is no bias against conservatives- it's bias against hate speech.

  • Oct 23rd, 2020 @ 1:32pm

    A new G arms race

    How soon will it be until we get a "G" arms race?
    AT&T announces it'll soon have 6G.
    Verizon responds that it's working on 7G.
    T-Mobile will soon come out with 8G, because 8 is more than 6.

    Then after everyone buys 4G phones that show "8G" on the display, will we realize that we're still getting 4G service and all this "G" marketing is nonsense.

  • Oct 7th, 2020 @ 12:29pm

    Re: What about addiction to techdirt...

    I knew it!
    It seems like every time I read a story here about copyright, it leads to another story about copyright. Then I've lost half my day reading informative articles! Then I start thinking about these issues!

    How dare they make me addicted to learning things!

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