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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is an anonymous commenter with a response to the Goldman Sachs analyst asking whether curing patients is a sustainable business model:

If curing patients is not a sustainable business model then perhaps health care should not be a for profit endeavor.

Obviously, treating the symptoms will be much more profitable than curing the disease, however – what kind of an asshole verbalizes such revolting thoughts. Everyone has dumbass ideas, but most refrain from embarrassing themselves with same.

In second place, we’ve got a comment from That Anonymous Coward in the discussion about his own recent Twitter suspension:

The easiest solution is to make people use the tools they have been given.

Dislike a word? Filter it.
Think that users a tool? Block them.

Reporting shouldn’t be a weapon, it should be more like 911 when something serious is happening… not because McD’s is out of fscking nuggets.

Because everyone has a different level of comfort its impossible to have a single approach, and in trying to do it you just piss both sides off a bit more each time.

For editor’s choice on the insightful side, we’ve got a comment about the MPAA’s quiet shutdown of its legal movie search engine. We noted that to succeed the company must innovate, and Personanongrata spelled out in more detail why they feel like they don’t have to:

Au contraire, MPAA can continue to hire lobbyists to shape the “law” in the industries favor while using the states security agencies (eg FBI, DHS) and courts to investigate industry related violations of the “law” at tax-payer expense.

MPAA can also retain swarms of attorneys to harass/intimidate/litigate.

Next, we’ve got an anonymous upgrade to our suggestion that pre-1972 sound recordings need to be unified under federal copyright law:

Or how about we just put them in the public domain now? If someone hasn’t made money in 46 years or more, the next 46 years are unlikely to be much more profitable.

Over on the funny side, our first place comment comes from Roger Strong in response to our post about a copyright troll accusing Google, Popehat and BoingBoing of “black hat SEO”:

This guy doesn’t care about his reputation. What he’s desperate for is attention and relevance. Before trying to trash him via SEO, remember the old saying:

“If only our tongues were made of glass. How much more careful we would be when we speak.”

  • John F. Kennedy

In second place, we’ve got Capt ICE Enforcer with another response to the MPAA’s search engine shutdown:

Not good

Great. Now I need to find a pirate site to show me where all the legal content is…

For editor’s choice on the funny side, we start out with Pixelation applying some Apple branding to the company’s leaked memo warning employees not to leak stuff:

Oh, the iRONY.

And finally, we’ve got an anonymous comment about the New Hampshire first amendment ruling that said it’s okay to call a patent troll a patent troll:

Reminds me of the Brit who was haled into magistrate’s court for calling a noblewoman “pig”. The magistrate fined him.

“So that means I can’t call a duchess “pig”?” he asked.

“No, you can’t,” the magistrate explained.

“But can I call a pig “duchess”?


So he strolled out of the courtroom, nodding to the plaintiff and saying “Good day, duchess.”

That’s all for this week, folks!

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Author: Leigh Beadon

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