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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is That Anonymous Coward with a response to ICE’s warrantless raid of a private farm:

We have to trample your rights to protect you!!!
Stop squirming, we’re tasing you for your own good.

Perhaps ICE would like to explain why if they were looking for the wife, they decided to detain someone else.

This ‘Merika is what you signed up for when you demanded to be protected at all costs & surrendered your rights to create a safety bubble.

While you might think they only use it on bad people…
They violated the farmers rights, the rule of law, & harassed someone working legally.

Perhaps it is time to stop pretending they are super soldiers that are our only defense against the horde. That perhaps all of the cover they;ve been given time & time again for their actions have turned them into those willing to abuse anyone who crosses their path b/c nothing bad happens to them.

In second placee, we’ve got an anonymous response to a copyright apologist on our post about the EU commission’s call for public comment on mandatory content filters:

Copyright was and is the tool by which traditional publishers seize control over a creators work, and via which the publishers get rich while most creators starve.

For most of human history creativity has been funded by either live performances and/or patronage. With the Internet, patronage supported by many small donations has become possible, and is used by many creators to fund their next work. With patronage, copyright is not necessary, so long as plagiarism can be dealt with, and the ability to create new works is a unique ability that people will pay to support.

For editor’s choice on the insightful side, we’ve got a pair of responses to Microsoft defending the case that put a computer recycler in jail for manufacturing Windows recovery disks. First, it’s Doug Wheeler pointing out a key detail:

No sales = no loss

Another point that keeps getting glossed over is that Eric Lundgren never sold any discs. He had them made at the request of Bob Wolff who, after receiving them, didn’t want them and stored them in his garage. There they sat until, in a sting operation, an undercover government agent purchased discs from Wolff.

Next, it’s Uriel-238 with a simple, one-word response to our point that nobody tries to shut down used book stores:


Over on the funny side, our first place winner is Ninja with some abstract jokes about China’s censorship of history:

“If historians discover facts that conflict with the official narratives, the facts must go.”

World Historian: “This [insert Chinese govt-approved martyr here] has a long documented history of being a dipshit.”

Chinese historian: “This [the same martyr above] was a hero that could come back from the dead and who could shot energy blasts from his hand to purify Japanese barbarians!”

We the Nerds: “So that’s the Chinese name for Goku?”

Trump (because why not?): “COFVEFEFE!”

In second place, we’ve got a little scenelet from Roger Strong about drug tests:

Cop: “You’ve tested positive for opiates…”

Citizen: “It was probably the bagel I had.”

Cop: “…and cocaine, marijuana, steroids, other drugs, and also you’re pregnant.”

Citizen: “It was an everything bagel.”

For editor’s choice on the funny side, we start by returning to the China story, where one anonymous commenter had fun with a translation idiosyncrasy referring to “the departments of culture, press, radio and television, film, Internet information, and so forth”:

I wonder what the department of so forth does. It sounds like it could be a great place to slack off.

And finally, we’ve got a math quip from DOlz in response to the trademark dispute over square donuts:

Silly people

It’s not donuts are square, it’s pie are square.

That’s all for this week, folks!

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Author: Leigh Beadon

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