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Old 03-21-2018, 07:25 PM
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An idiolect, a linguist would definitely say.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:53 PM
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Y'all should see the facebook recipes I'm now getting from reading that post.

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Old 03-22-2018, 12:32 AM
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On a completely unrelated note, I also think Pea is flying some of these planes.

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Old 04-06-2018, 10:57 PM
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So then, that Backpage case came along, where some underaged girls who'd been trafficked on the website sued Backpage for damages, and IIRC, a couple of DAs wanted to charge them with violating state laws. Those failed, in part because the lawyers for the victims just didn't make their case. Since then, though, several victims brought much better argued cases and settled out of court with Backpage, Backpage took down their adult services section, and it is an open secret that there is right now a federal grand jury considering the case. All under the CDA 230.

So it's working exactly as intended, and exactly as it should.
Oh, hey. Hey.

Guess what's happening right now.

The FBI is seizing Backpage.com and raiding one of the cofounders' houses. (Sorry about the stupid Slashdot blurb, but the Reuters article is not coming up for me.)

SESTA was all predicated on the notion that none of this could be done under existing laws because CDA 230 was a safe harbor for sex traffickers and all, but SESTA is not the law yet.

Oh my goodness, how is such a thing possible?
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Thrad about Backpage and sex workers:

Start:




Somewhere in the middle:

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Old 04-07-2018, 07:28 PM
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Well, Backpage really did need to go down. They were allegedly actively and intentionally trafficking minors for sex.

What didn't need to happen was passing a law that penalizes every platform that anyone might be using for consensual sex work, which is what SESTA-FOSTA would do.

So far, Craigslist has shut down all their personal ads, Reddit shut down a ton of marketplace subreddits (looked like pretty much anything related to personal services, alcohol, tobacco, and firearms), stuff started disappearing from Google Drive, and I think I'm forgetting a few other things too.

Bet some dating sites start going down or getting lots harder to use soon. Instagram might take a hit, too, but with Facebook's massive surveillance machine at their disposal, they'll probably just up their censorship filters.

But yeah, I don't see a way around shutting down Backpage, at least temporarily, SESTA or no.
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:39 PM
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In other news:

Congress Asks FCC Not to Kick Poor People Off the Internet - ExtremeTech

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Old 04-07-2018, 11:32 PM
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I should've just posted this Jim Jefferies segment when it got posted to YouTube (aired on the 3rd, posted on the 4th), but better late than never:


Really, you should just be watching him on principle anyway. Anyway, he's pretty much right about everything in this segment from what I've been able to ascertain.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:29 AM
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SESTA had nothing to do with Backpage being seized. It had nothing to do with them shutting down their personals section, which they did some time ago. I don't think I've seen a single media story that's gotten it right.

Again, SESTA (or whatever we're calling the SESTA-FOSTA hybrid) is not law yet. It probably didn't exist in any form when the investigation began, although I'm not positive about that. I'm positive it wasn't the law, though, and had nothing at all to do with that case and how it's playing out, because it is not the law. The laws this is happening under are all preexisting laws, including but not limited to CDA 230. Everyone needs to stop fucking up this incredibly basic fact.

In fact, it's almost exactly the opposite. SESTA was written to ride the wave of the Backpage case, and the facts being argued in that case are pretty horrendous. The claims are that Backpage was intentionally and explicitly helping pimps--not sex workers, but pimps--sell underaged girls in their personals. Doing things like helping them rephrase such common code words as "Amber Alert" so they could continue advertising the sexual services of children. And leave their pictures, which were child pornography, up on their site.

The Backpage case, by all reports, has zero to do with consensual sex work, and everything to do with enabling serial child rape. And if the accusations are true, they needed to be taken down, charged, and those responsible need to go to prison.

There are arguments to be made that a platform that allowed advertising for minors could be a harm reduction kind of thing as well, but actively helping people who are trafficking children to slip under the radar is not an effective harm reduction technique, and that's what Backpage is being accused of doing.

So it is a very good thing that Backpage was taken down.

It is a very bad thing that it's not going to be replaced with a platform for those offering consensual adult services, because that is an enormously effective harm reduction tool.

The assholes who proposed SESTA came up with it in order to convince ignorant people and the media that it was necessary because of child trafficking on Backpage. They knew full well that existing laws would hold Backpage liable, and that they were settling out of court with victims and there was a jury empaneled, but they counted on the media and the public to be shortsighted and incurious enough to assume that the laws that already exist were somehow letting sex traffickers off the hook.

Literally no even remotely mainstream media I've seen so far has gotten this right. It's not even debatable. SESTA is not a law. Any action being taken now is being taken under laws that actually fucking exist.
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Old 04-08-2018, 03:51 PM
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LOL I emailed the guy who wrote this LA Times story telling him it was wrong, and he changed it.

It used to say, "That shield was stripped away late last month when Congress passed a measure to carve out an exception in the communications law after a high-volume political battle. The new law allows states to proceed against websites that knowingly assist or support sex trafficking."

Now it says, "Congress moved to strip away that shield late last month with a measure to carve out an exception in the communications law after a high-volume political battle. When signed into law by President Trump, the measure will allow states to proceed against websites that knowingly assist or support sex trafficking."

I thought you were supposed to point out when you've corrected something in a story, but what do I know? I'm glad they fixed it, though.

The real story here is that Congress just passed incredibly reckless, far reaching legislation by lying about the protections offered by current laws that were and are, for now, working just fine, and we should all be asking what their real motivation is.

Also that the two 'bipartisan' authors of SESTA, Rob Portman and Richard Blumenthal, are obviously the same guy. Look at that little weasel face and tell me that happened twice.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:42 PM
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misc thrad on slow and insidious changes so as to not shock the rubes. (Of you don't own an ISP, you're the rube.)


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Old 05-08-2018, 05:16 PM
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AT&T will ask Supreme Court to cripple the FTC's authority over broadband | Ars Technica

AT&T on net neutrality/privacy regulations: We are not a common carrier! We are a free market, self made business that owns all of our infrastructure! This is unfair, and we should be treated just like websites and other privately owned businesses, which are regulated by the FTC, not the FCC! All we ask is to be held to the standards of every other red blooded, independent American enterprise!

AT&T on FTC enforcement: We are a common carrier, not a regular business! It is a grave injustice that the FTC is trying to hold us to the 'truth in advertising' standards of regular, privately owned, free market businesses, when we are in fact a common carrier! Help us! We're poor!

(See also, for background on the Bell diaspora's long history of hybrid regulations.)
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Any Americans who enjoy yelling at their Senators should know today's reason is Net Neutrality vote.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:35 PM
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And thanks also for popping the thread back up, because I need to post this:

Police Realizing That SESTA/FOSTA Made Their Jobs Harder; Sex Traffickers Realizing It's Made Their Job Easier | Techdirt

And this:

Congress is forcing sex workers to revert back to a more dangerous, pre-internet era - The Verge

Great job, you venal little shits.
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So I've been predicting that SESTA-FOSTA was going to be used as a wedge to start instituting a Content ID like scheme for the whole internet, so I just assumed this type of proposal would originate in the US rather than the EU:

The EU's Copyright Proposal is Extremely Bad News for Everyone, Even (Especially!) Wikipedia | Electronic Frontier Foundation

So I guess I got the narrative a little off, but this is that worst case scenario.

Already, the majority of internet traffic (like 60%) is from mobile devices, which are walled garden environments controlled by the corporations that own them, and streaming services and IOT traffic is I dunno what percent, but it's got to be a whole lot more, and people actually intentionally and knowingly using the internet are a minority. And if this or something like it passes, that's just about the last step in the long march toward turning the internet into nothing more than a tool of the oligarchy.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:27 PM
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So, how long till a content aware bot sends a bunch of people who look like celebrities copyright infringement letters for posting copyrighted content? and how racist will it be?

2026 BBC -- Hundreds of thousands of people across europe have reported receiving letters accusing them of copyright infringement, claiming they had all posted pictures of Denzel Washington. Software makers say they don't understand the mistake, they never used the Matrix to train the AI, it's on the strict no list.
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