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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to LAwLz in [India] Social media platforms must remove content within 36 hours of govt order and other Censorship rules   
    Ehm, what?
    So your argument for why it isn't happening is "because India has too many people"? That's a lot of assumptions being made.
     
    1) We can see that government oppression works in China, which has slightly more people than India.
    2) There is absolutely no evidence that totalitarianism can't be successful in a country where it hasn't been established before. Hell, you can even find evidence of the contrary. You might have heard of this guy called Adolf Hitler who kinda did just that. Another fun guy was Napoleon. Other cases would be Venezuela, Hungary, Chile and Iran. Although Chile and Iran are kind of special cases because they were influenced from the outside (the US). 
    3) There is no evidence that "more people = harder to take control over". Especially not in a country like India where they have large diverse groups of people, where you only need to convince a majority (or even a minority, as long as it's bigger than the other minorities) that you should rule the country.
    4) There are strong cases to be made for "boiling the frog" in this case. For example, as Rohith pointed out, democracy in India is actually slipping, and slipping quite fast.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Spotty in Changes on March 16th, 2021 to Lastpass free tier will prevent you from using Lastpass on more than one type of device   
    The biggest problem I see with this is if someone's phone is stolen and they are unable to access their accounts/passwords from a desktop because of this (or vice versa). Very, very stupid.
    I bet once this change goes through if you try logging in on the unselected device type it will just prompt you to sign up to premium. If someone is stuck in a situation where they need to get access to LastPass and don't have access to whichever device type they set it to they'll be stuck paying the $35 premium subscription fee or be locked out.
     
     
    The update will also mean that free users can't contact Lastpass support, they'll be stuck using the FAQ on the website. Not that the email support would be much help anyway...
    Lastpass: "Oh, you can't access from your device because you have the free version? Aww, that's too bad"

     
     
    I can understand companies that offer free packages wanting to give incentive for people to use the premium versions, but they should do that by offering additional features that make it worthwhile subscribing to the premium version - not intentionally ruining the free service and locking people out of devices unless they pay.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Syfes in CD Projekt Red ask Nexus Mods to remove Keanu Reeves sex mod - but issue a misleading statement as to why   
    Okay was the 4 page litany in the original post about the legality and whatnot really necessary? As far as I understand they sent a simple request to Nexus, not an agressive demand and it doesn't sound like anyone at any time threatened anyone else with legal actions. And it doesn't sound like CDPR'S message was intended to cover any legal bases but was simply a short message towards the public explaining why they made such a request of nexus.
     
    I'm alright with calling people and companies out when they're in the wrong, but this just feels like you're looking for fire where there isn't even smoke.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Trevorq243 in CD Projekt Red ask Nexus Mods to remove Keanu Reeves sex mod - but issue a misleading statement as to why   
    Quick disclaimer: I haven't played through much of the story. Just did the mission "Down on the Street", so that's where I'm at. If I made an incorrect assumption about content below, that's why.

    There exists a contract between Reeves and CDPR. I don't know the details, I don't work there, but Reeves didn't just walk in and say, "Hey, put me in your game I'll do whatever you say." In that contract, which, if CDPR has half a legal brain, there are many rules and stipulations about what can and cannot happen with Reeves' likeness. I'm willing to bet, since as far as I know, there isn't much Silverhand nudity (yet, could be wrong there) that contract includes not having Reeve's digital dong waving around, much less depicting intercourse with anyone. 

    If that's true, then there's a good chance that CDPR could technically face trouble for breaching that contract if they don't stop the mod. It depends on the legalese of the contract but think of it this way; if a person puts their likeness and identity into a game on the condition that their character will never, ever, under any circumstances, juggle while riding a unicycle, the person will not be happy to see that anyone has modified the game to have them juggling on a unicycle. The person has little to no technical knowledge, all they see is that CDPR isn't holding up their end of the bargain since people are making them do the specific thing they were told would not happen.

    In other words, if CDPR agreed that there'd be no Silverhand sexuality in their game, it wouldn't matter much that it was a mod or not, it's still happening. CDPR is most likely just trying to cover their assets here, because if there's nastiness for a breach of contract, CDPR can say "We tried our best to stop it but it simply isn't in our control" and hope that the courts agree. That will all come down to legal precedent, and I'm no lawyer, so... yeah.

    All of that to say, does CDPR have the right to take down the mod? No idea. Could they get in trouble because of the mod? Absolutely, and they're probably just trying to avoid that.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Distinctly Average in YouTube demonetized Onision for violating its Creator Responsibility policies off the platform   
    Here in the UK there is a very famous case involving a serial scumbag, Jimmy Saville. There were rumours about him for years, but lack of proof as well as seemingly some institutional protection meant he died without being punished for his actions. Many people had suspicions about him, one or two even spoke out as far back as the 70s, even on live TV. However, there was never proof. That case has had a big impact worldwide making many media outlets including YouTube more aware of their duties and how it could affect their business. 
     
    I too have never heard of this chap. If the allegations are true then he should be punished as far as local laws allow. YouTube seem to for once be doing the right thing and have obviously taken their time in coming to this decision. It is a big case and one where human intervention has obviously been at play rather than just AI. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from panzersharkcat in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    The big stuff is actually simple math though.
     
    Like people saying even one example is too many, well Facebook took down literally 5 million sexual content posts in 2020. That ignores the mistakes or claims they reject.
     
    Dedicating thousands of moderators (which they actually do, 15k at last count), is thousands of human beings they are literally torturing in order to remove this stuff from the platform for the rest of us. Like actually imagine it being your only job in life to comb through just the worst scum the earth has to offer. Imagine being completely crushed or potentially even desensitized to the horrors of full work week constant exposure. And then do it again the next week. And repeat. And repeat 
     
     
    Like imagine these moderators have a failure rate of 1 in 1000 (unbelievably generous given the strain of such a job, or even potential language/cultural barriers). That's 5000 posts that slip through the process. Just of those that get reported even. And I expect the content backlogs on these responses are not small.
     
    People saying 1 is too many are honestly delusional about the state of the world. Hell, Facebook even went so far use hugely overbearing AI tools that ended up banning huge amounts of collateral damage (notable examples being famous portraits and sculptures), then people got super pissed and forced FB to tone down/revoke that system. 
     
    Can we demand FB/Twitter do better? Yes. Can we try to make rules more consistent and clear rather than each company wild-westing it out? Also yes.
     
    Is the problem anything less than extremely hard? NO. Can we ever expect perfect results? NO.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from DutchGuyTom in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    The big stuff is actually simple math though.
     
    Like people saying even one example is too many, well Facebook took down literally 5 million sexual content posts in 2020. That ignores the mistakes or claims they reject.
     
    Dedicating thousands of moderators (which they actually do, 15k at last count), is thousands of human beings they are literally torturing in order to remove this stuff from the platform for the rest of us. Like actually imagine it being your only job in life to comb through just the worst scum the earth has to offer. Imagine being completely crushed or potentially even desensitized to the horrors of full work week constant exposure. And then do it again the next week. And repeat. And repeat 
     
     
    Like imagine these moderators have a failure rate of 1 in 1000 (unbelievably generous given the strain of such a job, or even potential language/cultural barriers). That's 5000 posts that slip through the process. Just of those that get reported even. And I expect the content backlogs on these responses are not small.
     
    People saying 1 is too many are honestly delusional about the state of the world. Hell, Facebook even went so far use hugely overbearing AI tools that ended up banning huge amounts of collateral damage (notable examples being famous portraits and sculptures), then people got super pissed and forced FB to tone down/revoke that system. 
     
    Can we demand FB/Twitter do better? Yes. Can we try to make rules more consistent and clear rather than each company wild-westing it out? Also yes.
     
    Is the problem anything less than extremely hard? NO. Can we ever expect perfect results? NO.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Dr_Whom in YouTube has deleted SemperVideo, a 13 year-old educational German IT channel   
    There's a joke here somewhere.... Help me out here.
     

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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to wkdpaul in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    Can't remember, I just remember how fast internet broke it, it was hilarious.
     
     
    Right, because the Tay bot turned racist because the dev made it? AI is very complex, users do have influence on the end result, that's the whole point of it. If we wanted a specific desired result, then AI and algorithms aren't the way to go. You make specific word and content filter and don't care about context. But I'm pretty sure that's not what anyone wants.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from Commodus in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    The big stuff is actually simple math though.
     
    Like people saying even one example is too many, well Facebook took down literally 5 million sexual content posts in 2020. That ignores the mistakes or claims they reject.
     
    Dedicating thousands of moderators (which they actually do, 15k at last count), is thousands of human beings they are literally torturing in order to remove this stuff from the platform for the rest of us. Like actually imagine it being your only job in life to comb through just the worst scum the earth has to offer. Imagine being completely crushed or potentially even desensitized to the horrors of full work week constant exposure. And then do it again the next week. And repeat. And repeat 
     
     
    Like imagine these moderators have a failure rate of 1 in 1000 (unbelievably generous given the strain of such a job, or even potential language/cultural barriers). That's 5000 posts that slip through the process. Just of those that get reported even. And I expect the content backlogs on these responses are not small.
     
    People saying 1 is too many are honestly delusional about the state of the world. Hell, Facebook even went so far use hugely overbearing AI tools that ended up banning huge amounts of collateral damage (notable examples being famous portraits and sculptures), then people got super pissed and forced FB to tone down/revoke that system. 
     
    Can we demand FB/Twitter do better? Yes. Can we try to make rules more consistent and clear rather than each company wild-westing it out? Also yes.
     
    Is the problem anything less than extremely hard? NO. Can we ever expect perfect results? NO.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from Dr_Whom in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    The big stuff is actually simple math though.
     
    Like people saying even one example is too many, well Facebook took down literally 5 million sexual content posts in 2020. That ignores the mistakes or claims they reject.
     
    Dedicating thousands of moderators (which they actually do, 15k at last count), is thousands of human beings they are literally torturing in order to remove this stuff from the platform for the rest of us. Like actually imagine it being your only job in life to comb through just the worst scum the earth has to offer. Imagine being completely crushed or potentially even desensitized to the horrors of full work week constant exposure. And then do it again the next week. And repeat. And repeat 
     
     
    Like imagine these moderators have a failure rate of 1 in 1000 (unbelievably generous given the strain of such a job, or even potential language/cultural barriers). That's 5000 posts that slip through the process. Just of those that get reported even. And I expect the content backlogs on these responses are not small.
     
    People saying 1 is too many are honestly delusional about the state of the world. Hell, Facebook even went so far use hugely overbearing AI tools that ended up banning huge amounts of collateral damage (notable examples being famous portraits and sculptures), then people got super pissed and forced FB to tone down/revoke that system. 
     
    Can we demand FB/Twitter do better? Yes. Can we try to make rules more consistent and clear rather than each company wild-westing it out? Also yes.
     
    Is the problem anything less than extremely hard? NO. Can we ever expect perfect results? NO.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from DriftMan in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    The big stuff is actually simple math though.
     
    Like people saying even one example is too many, well Facebook took down literally 5 million sexual content posts in 2020. That ignores the mistakes or claims they reject.
     
    Dedicating thousands of moderators (which they actually do, 15k at last count), is thousands of human beings they are literally torturing in order to remove this stuff from the platform for the rest of us. Like actually imagine it being your only job in life to comb through just the worst scum the earth has to offer. Imagine being completely crushed or potentially even desensitized to the horrors of full work week constant exposure. And then do it again the next week. And repeat. And repeat 
     
     
    Like imagine these moderators have a failure rate of 1 in 1000 (unbelievably generous given the strain of such a job, or even potential language/cultural barriers). That's 5000 posts that slip through the process. Just of those that get reported even. And I expect the content backlogs on these responses are not small.
     
    People saying 1 is too many are honestly delusional about the state of the world. Hell, Facebook even went so far use hugely overbearing AI tools that ended up banning huge amounts of collateral damage (notable examples being famous portraits and sculptures), then people got super pissed and forced FB to tone down/revoke that system. 
     
    Can we demand FB/Twitter do better? Yes. Can we try to make rules more consistent and clear rather than each company wild-westing it out? Also yes.
     
    Is the problem anything less than extremely hard? NO. Can we ever expect perfect results? NO.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Commodus in Twitter Profited from Child Porn, Refused to Take it Down   
    The passive-aggressiveness is strong in this thread.
     
    Really, the shame is that it took formal action to get this taken down; Twitter doesn't knowingly allow this stuff on a regular basis.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to bellabichon in Former Social Network Parler has over 50TB of Data Leaked Online   
    The fact that thousands of Americans uploaded images of the front and back of their state driver's licenses just to become 'verified citizens' on a social media app is the biggest indication I've seen that we need better privacy and technological literacy education. 
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Senzelian in Ticketmaster admits it hacked rival company before it went out of business   
    That $10 mil fine is not going to put their rival back in business, so it was probably worth it.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from Cavalry Canuck in Overclocking the 4790k - VCCIN, VCORE etc.   
    ... No. That is only showing that that game is not cpu limited in any fashion with two 770s.
    Not relevant.
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to manikyath in [Intel, come on!] Intel FUDing Ryzen 4000 Performance on Battery   
    isnt this intended behavior when you set your laptop to "conserve battery life"?
     
    this is literally how i ran my 2nd gen core i7 laptop for 8 years...
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to 2Buck in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Did NOT expect to see this covered on this site, nice. Yup, Nintendo is fucking dogshit.
     
    Facts:
    Slippi contains no Nintendo code or reference to any of their intellectual property.
     
    Project slippi is code injection, not directly modifying the original game code.
     
    Emulation is 100% legal and has been proven in court.
     
    ROM ownership in itself is not illegal, piracy is.
     
    Nintendo has done nothing but stand in the way of the Smash community (not just Melee).
     
    Nintendo doesn't have the rights to shut down Slippi. They do however have the rights to shut down any stream containing their IP (because of our dogshit 1700s copyright system). Most companies do not do this however as it's free marketing... Most successful games these days rely on it, Minecraft anyone?
     
    Slippi rollback netcode gave us Melee players a way to play the game with little to no lag during a global pandemic when we cannot gather at local events.
     
    Other companies embrace modding and community stuff, except Nintendo because they're ridiculously out of touch.
     
    Arc System literally hired fans when they made a rollback netcode patch for Guilty Gear. Sega has done similar stuff. Again, most other companies embrace this stuff as it's healthy for any popular game.
     
    Unrelated, Nintendo has also been shutting down content creators/streamers of streaming Age of Calamity. Even more dogshit.
     
    I could go on for hours. #FreeMelee
     
    EDIT:
    Bonus fact: You can 100% legally play Slippi online. You can rip your own ISO using your Wii (backing up your own games is legal), and the emulator used for netplay is also completely legal. Sure, there are people who will pirate, but emulation and piracy are not the same thing. My Brawl and Melee ISOs were created using my own discs with my own Wii.
     
    https://kotaku.com/nintendo-shuts-down-smash-tournament-over-some-absurd-b-1845719656
     
    Anyways, have some sick Melee combos ❤️
     
     
    And thank you OP for covering this!
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Delicieuxz in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    In the US, it's establish in law that people are lawfully entitled to bypass DRM when it's necessary in order to use software (such as a video game) that a person owns. If the people in the tournament own a copy of the game, then they are allowed to use a cracked version to play if there isn't a better method available. This has been ruled on by a US federal court and by the Library of Congress.
     
    In the case of the Big House tournament, it sounds like they are bypassing DRM in order to play Super Smash Bros when there is no better way to accomplish their ability to play their game and hold their tournament. Therefore, using a cracked version of the game should be protected lawful conduct in the US so long as all those participating in the tournament own a copy of the game.
     
    https://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/the-library-of-congresss-drm-exceptions-not-just-about-jailbreaking/
    In the case of Big House's planned tournament, it sounds like there isn't a better way to fulfill the purpose of playing the game for the sake of the tournament due to health and safety considerations, and due to Covid-19 lockdowns. I think that means that bypassing DRM to play the game another way is warranted and reasonable and protected by US law.
     
    It could be that Nintendo's C&D is akin to the RIAA's DCMA against a YouTube video-downloading program that was temporarily pulled from GitHub before being restored upon EFF notifying GitHub that the software didn't constitute a DCMA violation.
     
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2010/07/court-breaking-drm-for-a-fair-use-is-legal/
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/victory-users-librarian-congress-renews-and-expands-protections-fair-uses
    https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/26/18027200/video-game-drm-consoles-repair-dmca-library-of-congress
     
     
    Regarding a claim that modding a game represents a violation of something:
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    Curufinwe_wins reacted to Taf the Ghost in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    They would lose in a court case, but they can make it expensive. Right now they can get away with it because the cases have never gotten close enough to trial to make it a real risk. The important precedent, in the US Legal System, is Roy Orbison v. 2 Live Crew. We're eventually going to get something similar for video games, but it'll be a while. Until then, legal departments can be abusive because the cost of fighting is always too high.
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    Curufinwe_wins got a reaction from Blademaster91 in Toe to toe - 6800/6800XT reviews out   
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