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(RYOT.org)   California's new "Erase Law" will let minors delete embarrassing posts from the Internet for good before they get screwed out of jobs because of them. If only the law were for adults too   (ryot.org) divider line 102
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2014-03-03 08:52:55 PM  
California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.
 
2014-03-03 09:47:55 PM  
Yeah, this will happen...
 
2014-03-03 09:50:02 PM  
Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".
 
2014-03-03 09:50:15 PM  
FTA: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

Because if there's one thing California needs its legislature to spend time on, it's unenforceable laws.
 
2014-03-03 09:50:24 PM  
This will not go over well in Russia.
 
2014-03-03 09:50:46 PM  
cdn01.cdnwp.celebuzz.com
 
2014-03-03 09:51:24 PM  
seems like it would be easier to just ban minors from the internet.
 
2014-03-03 09:52:56 PM  
Yea, good luck with that CA.

So what relative of a CA politician owns a patent on "deleting shiat off the intwebz" and will now expect the ISPs to figure out how to do it and then pay him for it?
 
2014-03-03 09:53:14 PM  

generallyso: FTA: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

Because if there's one thing California needs its legislature to spend time on, it's unenforceable laws.


This

Sticky Hands: seems like it would be easier to just ban minors from the internet.


And this.
 
2014-03-03 09:53:28 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.


Huh.
Was thinking along the same lines of what California has jurisdiction over and what it doesn't.

I wonder if they can block an IP. Get major providers to block a specific address/site.

/Fark? Well...bye
 
2014-03-03 09:55:59 PM  
Apparently California has never heard of The Streisand Effect.
 
2014-03-03 09:59:31 PM  

Resident Muslim: I wonder if they can block an IP. Get major providers to block a specific address/site.


It's far, far more likely that major website and forum operators will simply IDP California.
 
2014-03-03 10:00:45 PM  
Have any of these legislators ever used the internet for anything other than porn?  Google Cache? Archive.org?  and I'm sure there's others.
 
2014-03-03 10:02:38 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-03 10:02:46 PM  
This ranks up there with "series of tubes". These people are in no position to dictate rules on something they cannot understand.
 
2014-03-03 10:04:46 PM  

super_grass: [img.fark.net image 177x278]


truly epic 4chan meme, bro
 
2014-03-03 10:05:04 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: This ranks up there with "series of tubes". These people are in no position to dictate rules on something they cannot understand.


This is why we need term limits and younger blood in office.
 
2014-03-03 10:06:03 PM  

generallyso: FTA: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

Because if there's one thing California needs its legislature to spend time on, it's unenforceable laws.


Facebook and Twitter absolutely will have to comply with it though. They are both based in Cali. Of course it will  be laughably ineffective but they will have to do something to appear to comply.
 
2014-03-03 10:06:11 PM  
Would this apply to the NSA?
 
2014-03-03 10:06:18 PM  

SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".


Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.
 
2014-03-03 10:07:05 PM  
To bring an enlightened and conscise opinion how this works on the Internet, I throw it to our expert commentator, Morbo.
 
2014-03-03 10:07:26 PM  
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-03 10:08:00 PM  
Huh.  I've never seen a state so desperate to get one of their major industries to leave.
 
2014-03-03 10:08:26 PM  
Everyone knows posting stupid shiat on the internet is like pissing in the pool: to get rid of it, you gotta drain the entire thing.
 
2014-03-03 10:10:53 PM  

Warlordtrooper: Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.


Don't bother man. The guy is a terrible troll.
 
2014-03-03 10:11:15 PM  

Warlordtrooper: SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".

Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.


I do feel sorry for kids today. Prior to the internet, your "permanent record" was a bullshiat threat made up by teachers to make you straighten up. There were plenty of times there wasn't enough proof that a kid did something, but they knew the kid did enough to tell them you can't do that sort of thing.

Now you can get in permanent trouble for things that used to be quietly forgiven after a stern talking to. Imagine, how political candidates will work in 20 years. Will we be so jaded that being caught with ultraporn and murderhatedeathkill speech is par for the course or will it devolve even worse into Idiotocracy/Jerry Springer hooting and gotcha games.
 
2014-03-03 10:12:22 PM  

gaspode: Facebook and Twitter absolutely will have to comply with it though. They are both based in Cali. Of course it will be laughably ineffective but they will have to do something to appear to comply.


That's an interesting theory but let's consider that if  the Syrian Electronic Army has an account on Twitter; ergo, Twitter maintains the accounts of a known terrorist group...thus...wait for it....

...any stockholder or any one generating revenue for Twitter would be materially supporting a company that provides material support for a terrorist group.

just sayin...
 
2014-03-03 10:12:29 PM  
So I can make everyone in the world delete my Saturn wallpaper with the shemale vids folder?
 
2014-03-03 10:15:13 PM  
cdn.uproxx.com
 
2014-03-03 10:18:19 PM  

SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".


But California.
 
2014-03-03 10:19:34 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: super_grass: [img.fark.net image 177x278]

truly epic 4chan meme, bro


You saying it like half of the mee-mees on Fark aren't stolen from Reddit, which was stolen from 4chan, which was stolen from elsewhere.
 
2014-03-03 10:19:41 PM  

Warlordtrooper: It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.


If a kid (or adult) is stupid enough to use their real identity on the internet for anything other than professional matters, they deserve whatever reputation they make for themselves on the internet.

Also, unless there's photos, video, or other solid proof that a particular post or profile is yours, most employers won't take a chance of denying a job or promotion based on something that is just as likely to have been posted by one of the hundred thousand or so other people named "John Smith".
 
2014-03-03 10:20:14 PM  

Warlordtrooper: SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".

Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.


Here's another plan.  Teach kids that actions have consequences when they are young.  Stop wrapping them in bubble wrap every day of their lives and let them scrape their knees and break the occasional bone.  Casts and stitches make you think about where you went wrong.

Let them know long before they are old enough to take a picture(or let someone else take a picture) of them shoving a popsicle in their cooter and it ends up on the internet.
 
2014-03-03 10:20:54 PM  

Fano: Warlordtrooper: SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".

Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.

I do feel sorry for kids today. Prior to the internet, your "permanent record" was a bullshiat threat made up by teachers to make you straighten up. There were plenty of times there wasn't enough proof that a kid did something, but they knew the kid did enough to tell them you can't do that sort of thing.

Now you can get in permanent trouble for things that used to be quietly forgiven after a stern talking to. Imagine, how political candidates will work in 20 years. Will we be so jaded that being caught with ultraporn and murderhatedeathkill speech is par for the course or will it devolve even worse into Idiotocracy/Jerry Springer hooting and gotcha games.



It's as if we'll have to mature as a civilization in order to continue to function.

Perhaps its not so bad after all.
 
2014-03-03 10:23:07 PM  
This is an excellent proposal.

Youth is supposed to be about "entering the world", learning, trying, experiencing, expressing yourself and deciding who you want to be prior to any other entities deciding who you should be.
 
2014-03-03 10:23:13 PM  

gaspode: Facebook and Twitter absolutely will have to comply with it though. They are both based in Cali. Of course it will be laughably ineffective but they will have to do something to appear to comply.


You seem to have mistaken Facebook and Twitter for small, local companies instead of immensely wealthy transnational businesses. If a particular region annoys them they can just switch to a different office.
 
2014-03-03 10:23:44 PM  

Callous: Here's another plan. Teach kids that actions have consequences when they are young. Stop wrapping them in bubble wrap every day of their lives and let them scrape their knees and break the occasional bone. Casts and stitches make you think about where you went wrong.

Let them know long before they are old enough to take a picture(or let someone else take a picture) of them shoving a popsicle in their cooter and it ends up on the internet.


What?!?!?!
no, an intenet without cootersicles is an internet i don't want.
 
2014-03-03 10:23:54 PM  
By requiring that websites extend this choice to minors, the bill sets up a big task for online companies. They'll now have to figure out how to determine which users are under 18 and in California.

Well, you could just give the same feature to everybody.  Implementing this sort of thing can be a pain in the ass, but on the surface it doesn't sound much different than the laws they already have in the EU.
 
2014-03-03 10:24:15 PM  
this won't undo all adolescent indescretions

lafashionspot.com
 
2014-03-03 10:25:43 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-03 10:29:21 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.


Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?
 
2014-03-03 10:33:58 PM  

OgreMagi: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.

Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?


They probably think they have sway over bay area tech companies.
 
2014-03-03 10:38:04 PM  

MooseUpNorth: t's far, far more likely that major website and forum operators will simply IDP California.


Heh. California on its own is the sixth largest economy in the world. That's pretty much not going to happen. And since a lot of these sites are headquartered in LA or Silicon Valley, they're quite within reach.

It's technically impossible to totally eliminate something from the Internet but totally feasible to make sure the big providers will comply.
 
2014-03-03 10:41:28 PM  

serial_crusher: By requiring that websites extend this choice to minors, the bill sets up a big task for online companies. They'll now have to figure out how to determine which users are under 18 and in California.

Well, you could just give the same feature to everybody.  Implementing this sort of thing can be a pain in the ass, but on the surface it doesn't sound much different than the laws they already have in the EU.


The EU version of these laws would never survive our first amendment, and the wording of this law seems tailored to avoid having it struck down on those grounds.... but it renders it functionally useless.  

You can delete your  own copies of your  own posts.  If I quote your embarrassing post and say, "Look at this idiot who just embarrassed himself!" you don't get to remove that.

So basically, this aspect of the law does almost exactly nothing that you can't already do on the majority (in terms of traffic, at least) of the sites where it might be relevant.

It's unenforceable, feel-good bullshiat that does absolutely nothing useful.
 
2014-03-03 10:44:23 PM  

Cyclometh: MooseUpNorth: t's far, far more likely that major website and forum operators will simply IDP California.

Heh. California on its own is the sixth largest economy in the world. That's pretty much not going to happen. And since a lot of these sites are headquartered in LA or Silicon Valley, they're quite within reach.

It's technically impossible to totally eliminate something from the Internet but totally feasible to make sure the big providers will comply.


You can delete a tweet, you can delete a Facebook post.  If someone took a screen shot before it was deleted and posted it elsewhere Twitter and FB can't do anything about that.  Now the question is if CA would try to hold FB or Twitter responsible for for a screenshot of their site or an image that originated on their site that was posted elsewhere.
 
2014-03-03 10:46:58 PM  
Hell, I'd be fine with the idea that any company that does business on the internet and allows minors the chance to comment the opportunity to wipe their account upon their 18th birthday and start over with only friends/contacts/age of account/whatever meaningless point or popularity system score is accrued.

Any kid who lies about their age to get around whatever restrictions are in place gets hosed and serves as a warning for the other ones. And at age 18, if they still want to be a farktard, you let them.
 
2014-03-03 10:47:05 PM  

Callous: Warlordtrooper: SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".

Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.

Here's another plan.  Teach kids that actions have consequences when they are young.  Stop wrapping them in bubble wrap every day of their lives and let them scrape their knees and break the occasional bone.  Casts and stitches make you think about where you went wrong.

Let them know long before they are old enough to take a picture(or let someone else take a picture) of them shoving a popsicle in their cooter and it ends up on the internet.


Exactly this!

The root cause is either a lack of education or sheer ignorance/stupidity. Instead of addressing the symptoms, address the root cause -- teach kids how to use the internet responsibly and make them aware of possible consequences.
 
2014-03-03 10:47:06 PM  
After reading the actual bill, I'm comfortable saying it's no big deal.  Anybody doing business in the EU is already dealing with worse.  Some key points:

- it only applies if you know they're a minor (but doesn't require you to ask).  So just don't ask for your users' birth dates.  "Are you over 13?" is enough to satisfy other federal laws, right?
- you don't have to provide a direct ability for the minor to delete it.  Just have to delete upon request.  Generally any web site that accepts user generated content has all the moderation capabilities they need to field these requests.  Lord knows we've all had a few fark posts get deleted in our time.
- You don't have to "delete" content, just render it invisible to other users.  The EU is stricter about actually deleting the stuff.

The big thing is that they restrict what kinds of ads you can show to known minors.  For most web sites this probably just means passing age and location info to your ad provider and making it their problem.  But I'd hate to be the ad provider.  Some of the items they list are things like spray paint.  So if you have a deal with Lowes to advertise their products, you have to have them label everything that might be a banned product.  Or you could just not show any Lowes ads to minors, but that would exclude a lot of items that aren't as dangerous as spray paint.  Like power tools.
 
2014-03-03 10:48:02 PM  

Callous: You can delete a tweet, you can delete a Facebook post.  If someone took a screen shot before it was deleted and posted it elsewhere Twitter and FB can't do anything about that.  Now the question is if CA would try to hold FB or Twitter responsible for for a screenshot of their site or an image that originated on their site that was posted elsewhere.


I think it depends on the wording of the law. Probably impossible to enforce that way legally or technically.

The stuff that prompts these kinds of laws are why my son is 14 is has an old flip phone with texting disabled and isn't allowed to use Facebook or any other social media.
 
2014-03-03 10:48:04 PM  
This is a stupid law.

Someone mentioned before about how elections will be once today's younger people are running for office and their Facebook and Twitter accounts come back to haunt them and I've wondered this as well...my guess is that the kids who didn't have access will be in great position over the kids who did simply because if they never had an account they wouldn't have had as much of a chance to post something stupid.
 
2014-03-03 10:48:20 PM  

Callous: You can delete a tweet, you can delete a Facebook post.  If someone took a screen shot before it was deleted and posted it elsewhere Twitter and FB can't do anything about that.  Now the question is if CA would try to hold FB or Twitter responsible for for a screenshot of their site or an image that originated on their site that was posted elsewhere.


The actual text of the law explicitly covers this.

Not only would FB or Twitter not be responsible for that, they wouldn't even be responsible if  another Facebook or Twitter user republished the content in question.

Here's the actual bill text.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id= 20 1320140SB568 


(b) An operator or a third party is not required to erase or otherwise eliminate, or to enable erasure or elimination of, content or information in any of the following circumstances:
(1) Any other provision of federal or state law requires the operator or third party to maintain the content or information.
(2) The content or information was stored on or posted to the operator's Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application by a third party other than the minor, who is a registered user, including any content or information posted by the registered user that was stored, republished, or reposted by the third party.
 
2014-03-03 10:48:24 PM  

OgreMagi: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.

Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?


Care to elaborate?
 
2014-03-03 10:50:12 PM  

China White Tea: It's unenforceable, feel-good bullshiat that does absolutely nothing useful.


Absolutely, agreed.  I'm just glad that it's not the kind of feel good bullshiat that's going to make me do extra work.
I'll probably have to sit in a couple of meetings and tell the same people multiple times that what we already have is compliant, but other than that not much will need to be done.  Yay!
 
2014-03-03 10:54:07 PM  
I am not an IT person but if you need to erase something on the internet you simply hit ctrl+d.

The Apple folks need to press ctrl+open apple+reset to erase internet stuff.
 
2014-03-03 11:00:42 PM  

serial_crusher: China White Tea: It's unenforceable, feel-good bullshiat that does absolutely nothing useful.

Absolutely, agreed.  I'm just glad that it's not the kind of feel good bullshiat that's going to make me do extra work.
I'll probably have to sit in a couple of meetings and tell the same people multiple times that what we already have is compliant, but other than that not much will need to be done.  Yay!


Do you gentleman realize "feel good bullshiat" is what the majority of Americans survive upon?

Do you realize how little the average American has left to hope for?

We where suppose to be the "Leaders of the free world" my friend...
 
2014-03-03 11:02:04 PM  

Sean M: Have any of these legislators ever used the internet for anything other than porn?  Google Cache? Archive.org?  and I'm sure there's others.


Don't forget the Waybackmachine webpage (http://archive.org/web/ ).  That is also a treasure trove of past mistakes:

oi61.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-03 11:02:26 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: Fano: Warlordtrooper: SevenizGud: Shall we allow them to delete their embarrassingly bad grades, also?

Because nothing says "successful policy" like indoctrinating our kids into a culture of 'poor decisions have no consequences".

Not that I agree with this law at all but its a reactionary law stemming from a real social problem.  Just because actions have consequences doesn't mean those consequences should be of a nuclear proportion.  It seems like more than ever before the a persons minor transgressions from being a dumb kid are following them around for their entire life.  Yes actions should have consequences but the consequences should be proportional to the action.

I do feel sorry for kids today. Prior to the internet, your "permanent record" was a bullshiat threat made up by teachers to make you straighten up. There were plenty of times there wasn't enough proof that a kid did something, but they knew the kid did enough to tell them you can't do that sort of thing.

Now you can get in permanent trouble for things that used to be quietly forgiven after a stern talking to. Imagine, how political candidates will work in 20 years. Will we be so jaded that being caught with ultraporn and murderhatedeathkill speech is par for the course or will it devolve even worse into Idiotocracy/Jerry Springer hooting and gotcha games.


It's as if we'll have to mature as a civilization in order to continue to function.

Perhaps its not so bad after all.


I guess those pre-teens better get all mature and bootstrappy in a hurry, with no sassmouth, either.
 
2014-03-03 11:05:42 PM  

nyseattitude: Do you gentleman realize "feel good bullshiat" is what the majority of Americans survive upon?

Do you realize how little the average American has left to hope for?

We where suppose to be the "Leaders of the free world" my friend...


...I'm sure you had a point hidden in there somew... actually, no, I'm not.
 
2014-03-03 11:21:01 PM  
Just from a practical perspective, sometimes this kind of thing isn't intended to be effective in itself, but does prompt action on the part of the targeted industries. In short, it's a warning shot- come up with better systems to protect kids who do dumb shiat (like kids do), or face potentially less palatable rules.

These industries want kids to use their services; they're worth a ton of money. But they'll have to address some of these concerns or face real regulation.
 
2014-03-03 11:23:59 PM  
I'd rather pass a law that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from accessing the internet.
 
2014-03-03 11:24:54 PM  

super_grass: God-is-a-Taco: super_grass: [img.fark.net image 177x278]

truly epic 4chan meme, bro

You saying it like half of the mee-mees on Fark aren't stolen from Reddit, which was stolen from 4chan, which was stolen from Fark.


Meta.
 
2014-03-03 11:25:11 PM  
Most of Traci Lords' videos were found to be illegal a good decade before the internet flourished, and twice as long before video digitization and online distribution became practical.

Therefore those videos must not be anywhere on the internet, right?
 
2014-03-03 11:26:35 PM  

nyseattitude: OgreMagi: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.

Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?

Care to elaborate?


California has tried to pass bullet serialization bills several times.  The only problem is that no one can demonstrate how to do it in production.  The patent holder has demonstrated how to do it on a work bench by hand one bullet at a time but not in anything close to a production environment.

It's at least a 4 step process.  Laser etch the serial number on the side and back of the bullet, two locations are required so that number is visible on the outside and hidden on the inside of the completed cartridge to prevent easy removal of the serial number, Laser etch the serial number on the inside and outside of the casing, two locations required for the same reason as above.  Then bring the correct casing and bullet together so they match billions of times a year.  Then put them in a box that lists all the serial numbers of the bullets on the packaging.  If that process gets 1 round out of sync at anytime the whole thing is for naught as any bullets or casings collected at a crime scene can't be trusted.  Or there will have to be massive production shutdowns and recalls until they are sure what's going out is accurate again.

The patent holder has no idea how to do this.  He just wants the law passed so that the manufacturers have to figure out how to do it and then pay him.

Oh and it would also outlaw reloading because your hand loads wouldn't be properly serialized.
 
2014-03-03 11:37:24 PM  
Never, ever type anything into a website, chat client or forum that you wouldn't say to 20,000,000 over a 10,000 watt PA system at noon, in broad daylight.
 
2014-03-03 11:39:08 PM  
*giggle fit*

*gasp!*
 
2014-03-03 11:40:56 PM  

natgab: Don't forget the Waybackmachine webpage (http://archive.org/web/ ).  That is also a treasure trove of past mistakes:


robots.txt
 
2014-03-03 11:43:48 PM  
Translation: they're trying to see if it's possible so politicians can find a way to delete their embarrassing posts from the internet.

Good thing it's not.
 
2014-03-03 11:51:00 PM  

nyseattitude: OgreMagi: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.

Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?

Care to elaborate?


Unlike almost every other state (except Wisconsin and maybe a couple others), California's age of consent is 18 with no close-in-age exceptions. Two 17-year-olds having consensual sex with each other can both be prosecuted for a misdemeanor in California.
 
2014-03-03 11:52:39 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-03 11:57:48 PM  

Nem Wan: nyseattitude: OgreMagi: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.

Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?

Care to elaborate?

Unlike almost every other state (except Wisconsin and maybe a couple others), California's age of consent is 18 with no close-in-age exceptions. Two 17-year-olds having consensual sex with each other can both be prosecuted for a misdemeanor in California.


Callous: nyseattitude: OgreMagi: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.

Something being impossible or not legally enforceable has not stopped the politicians in this state before.  Why would they care now?

Care to elaborate?

California has tried to pass bullet serialization bills several times.  The only problem is that no one can demonstrate how to do it in production.  The patent holder has demonstrated how to do it on a work bench by hand one bullet at a time but not in anything close to a production environment.

It's at least a 4 step process.  Laser etch the serial number on the side and back of the bullet, two locations are required so that number is visible on the outside and hidden on the inside of the completed cartridge to prevent easy removal of the serial number, Laser etch the serial number on the inside and outside of the casing, two locations required for the same reason as above.  Then bring the correct casing and bullet together so they match billions of times a year.  Then put them in a box that lists all the serial numbers of the bullets on the packaging.  If that process gets 1 round out of sync at anytime the whole thing is for naught as any bullets or casings collected at a crime scene can't be trusted.  Or there will have to be massive production shutdowns and recalls until they are sure what's going out is accurate again.

The patent holder has no idea how to do this.  He just wants the law passed so that the manufacturers have to figure out how to do it and then pay him.

Oh and it would also outlaw reloading because your hand loads wouldn't be properly serialized.


Thank you
 
2014-03-04 12:06:20 AM  
Problem: Tween girl has naked selfies on Facebook.

PROPER Solution: Beat parents severely with baseball bat for giving her a phone that not only takes pictures but also has a button that instantly posts said photos directly to Facebook.

99% of the time any problem with a kid on the internet STARTED from a parent NOT BEING A PROPER PARENT. The other 1% is a kid that is way smarter then his parents just being a little shiat because he can.
 
2014-03-04 12:12:57 AM  

generallyso: FTA: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

Because if there's one thing California needs its legislature to spend time on, it's unenforceable laws.


It's better than the alternative. At least this way they're not actively hurting anyone.
 
2014-03-04 12:31:05 AM  

Zavulon: generallyso: FTA: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

Because if there's one thing California needs its legislature to spend time on, it's unenforceable laws.

It's better than the alternative. At least this way they're not actively hurting anyone.


They're still wasting taxpayer money.
 
2014-03-04 12:36:13 AM  
All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

I can see where this will fail immediately.

It's permissive, not mandatory. The duty falls upon the minor to request the photos to be removed, not upon the media provider to inform the minor that such photos or posts exist and ask if they wish them to be removed. The only duty imposed on the provider is that the minor be advised that such opportunity exists, which duty could be (and likely will be) achieved by legal wording buried in the TOS.

Oh, and there's a handy out, in case you're wondering how reposts would be affected: They're not. The relevant language:

(d) An operator shall be deemed compliant with this section if:
(1) It renders the content or information posted by the minor user no longer visible to other users of the service and the public even if the content or information remains on the operator's servers in some form.
(2)  Despite making the original posting by the minor user invisible, it remains visible because a third party has copied the posting or reposted the content or information posted by the minor.

So, this bill is feel-good b/s that imposes no duty on anyone, can be enforced by no one, and is, essentially, worthless. Full text of the bill and the incorporation into California's Business and Professions Code here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=2 0 1320140SB568
 
2014-03-04 01:08:54 AM  
Who would possibly think that requiring the largest internet companies to have a way to remove things permanently from the internet is a good idea? Does no one stop for a second, think, and say "aha, you almost got me there, sneaky government! Bad government, no censorship for you!" The government is constantly looking for ways to hang you, stop giving them rope no matter how innocent or beneficial sounding they make it sound.
 
2014-03-04 01:09:42 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
Why didn't the former Governor think of this?
 
2014-03-04 01:22:09 AM  
Am I wrong, or do there appear to be people in here operating under the belief that it is possible to delete something from the internet?
 
2014-03-04 01:27:10 AM  

cyberspacedout: Zavulon: generallyso: FTA: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

Because if there's one thing California needs its legislature to spend time on, it's unenforceable laws.

It's better than the alternative. At least this way they're not actively hurting anyone.

They're still wasting taxpayer money.


Once they're elected they get paid no matter what. They're incapable of rational, constructive legislation, so the next best option is ineffectual buffoonery.
 
2014-03-04 02:04:47 AM  
Gyrfalcon:   It's permissive, not mandatory. The duty falls upon the minor to request the photos to be removed, not upon the media provider to inform the minor that such photos or posts exist and ask if they wish them to be removed.

We agree it is bad policy, maybe not for the same reasons.  Surely it would be as bad or worse if there were a "duty ... upon ... the ... media provider to inform the minor that such photos or posts exist"?  Because in that case FB and the others would have to hire people to search through their archives and find the objectionable content.  How on earth could they find a bunch of underemployed malcontents willing to do this?

The legislatures in others of the United States do pay attention to what CA does, especially in the area of internet regulation.

How is law enforcement or a court supposed to determine whether a site is directed at people in the target range 13-17?  Teens like some of the same things we do.  Also, when federal privacy law began regulating sites aimed at children under 13, it was messy to comply and most sites avoided compliance or ignored the law -- some to their lasting regret.  The category of child-specific sites that comply with the federal guidelines is narrow.  This law is a desperate attempt by parents to create a category of teen sites, or a teen section of FB et al., to counter the fact that new free communications services for teens spawn faster than parents can follow.  They want to know where the teens are and what they are doing online.

Teenagers.  They have near-zero political power because they can't vote.  Parents will vote for just about think they think will help them have more control over the teens because to them, that's good parenting.  Public (excuse me 'government' as rightist independents now prefer) schools and their advocates also like this kind of thing. These are the same folks who, when not-so-little Timmy gets out of line, figure calling 911 will teach him a good lesson.
 
2014-03-04 02:07:30 AM  
Are California and Iowa trying to out-stupid each other?
 
2014-03-04 02:22:43 AM  

Gyrfalcon: All websites, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, will now be required to give those under 18 an opportunity to delete harmful photos and posts.

I can see where this will fail immediately.

It's permissive, not mandatory. The duty falls upon the minor to request the photos to be removed, not upon the media provider to inform the minor that such photos or posts exist and ask if they wish them to be removed. The only duty imposed on the provider is that the minor be advised that such opportunity exists, which duty could be (and likely will be) achieved by legal wording buried in the TOS.

Oh, and there's a handy out, in case you're wondering how reposts would be affected: They're not. The relevant language:

(d) An operator shall be deemed compliant with this section if:
(1) It renders the content or information posted by the minor user no longer visible to other users of the service and the public even if the content or information remains on the operator's servers in some form.
(2)  Despite making the original posting by the minor user invisible, it remains visible because a third party has copied the posting or reposted the content or information posted by the minor.

So, this bill is feel-good b/s that imposes no duty on anyone, can be enforced by no one, and is, essentially, worthless. Full text of the bill and the incorporation into California's Business and Professions Code here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=2 0 1320140SB568


Even more fun: I see nothing in the bill offhand that would make the following scenario non-compliant:
User posts
User requests post be removed
Operator flags post publicly as being flagged for removal by author.
Operator requests verification that user is, in fact, a minor.
Third party sees the request, screencaps/quotes post.
Operator removes post.

After reading the bill, I think it's passing more for the idiotic advertising restrictions involved(Section i of the bill).
 
2014-03-04 02:22:53 AM  

DigitalCoffee: Problem: Tween girl has naked selfies on Facebook.

PROPER Solution: Beat parents severely with baseball bat for giving her a phone that not only takes pictures but also has a button that instantly posts said photos directly to Facebook.

99% of the time any problem with a kid on the internet STARTED from a parent NOT BEING A PROPER PARENT. The other 1% is a kid that is way smarter then his parents just being a little shiat because he can.


*Ding Ding*  Winner
 
2014-03-04 02:27:50 AM  

Sticky Hands: seems like it would be easier to just ban minors from the internet.


I have argued this for years. Just ban them.

Let each education district have a intranet for students but never ever let them on the internet.  Seems such a simple solution.

Personally I do not like playing online games with children, so keep them away.
 
2014-03-04 03:21:04 AM  
Young people do stupid things on the internet?  Last night I saw a girl (woman?) who's been 18 for a whole two weeks naked on a public cam site.  If its not bad enough that she's still in high school, she pulled out a bottle of vodka and started downing it.  She ended up saying her real name and the high school she goes to and talked about some of her teachers in an inappropriate way.  If anyone got a recording of that there could be serious consequences.  I think rather than than laws, we really need to teach cause and effect, responsibility, and consequences.
 
2014-03-04 03:30:21 AM  
More unnecessary legislation. If you want your embarrassing photos taken off the internet just call the cyber police, have them back traced, and for anyone who refuses to delete them consequences will never be the same.

/RIP Crazy man
 
2014-03-04 03:49:14 AM  

4tehsnowflakes: How is law enforcement or a court supposed to determine whether a site is directed at people in the target range 13-17? Teens like some of the same things we do. Also, when federal privacy law began regulating sites aimed at children under 13, it was messy to comply and most sites avoided compliance or ignored the law -- some to their lasting regret.


Well, that's the thing. There is no requirement here for anyone to determine anything. All that has to happen is for the site to post an alert somewhere that says "Any minor may have embarassing content removed if desired; click here" and they're covered. There's no requirement for the site to ban, restrict, or even notice if there are kids there--just let them know that if THEY want to, they can have content removed. After that, it's all on the kids to have the stuff taken off. There's no penalty for failure to remove the content if the minor does not request it; and there is no penalty if the site removes requested content but leaves archived, reposted or 3d-party posts of the same content.

It's a b/s regulation with no compliance required by anyone, except that it permissively allows minors to ask that naked selfies be taken off because mommy and daddy thought it's possible to do that; while at the same time acknowledging that the site has no control over whether someone else posted it. It's legal semantobabble.
 
2014-03-04 04:01:10 AM  

Camus27: Young people do stupid things on the internet?  Last night I saw a girl (woman?) who's been 18 for a whole two weeks naked on a public cam site.  If its not bad enough that she's still in high school, she pulled out a bottle of vodka and started downing it.  She ended up saying her real name and the high school she goes to and talked about some of her teachers in an inappropriate way.  If anyone got a recording of that there could be serious consequences.  I think rather than than laws, we really need to teach cause and effect, responsibility, and consequences.


Or, you know, not crucify people for being fallible and human. There's that option too.
 
2014-03-04 04:05:18 AM  

super_grass: God-is-a-Taco: super_grass: [img.fark.net image 177x278]

truly epic 4chan meme, bro

You saying it like half of the mee-mees on Fark aren't stolen from Reddit, which was stolen from 4chan, which was stolen from elsewhere.


IT' MEME. PRONOUNCED MEEM.

It's a real word. Rhymes with gene and refers to the gene-like properties of thought patterns passing through a population.

I know the kids on reddit and 4chan don't know how to say it but we're better than that here!

/once heard someone say "may-may"
//almost got a taste of my pimp hand
 
2014-03-04 04:41:06 AM  

Gyrfalcon: 4tehsnowflakes: How is law enforcement or a court supposed to determine whether a site is directed at people in the target range 13-17?  .....

Well, that's the thing. There is no requirement here for anyone to determine anything ....


Sites have to make an initial determination whether they come within the coverage of the law.  If someone is accused of a violation, the same determination needs to be made.

It's a b/s regulation with no compliance required by anyone ... It's legal semantobabble.

It's Fark, so I'll take that as a bit of trolling me.  Various consultants, serious people, muffin-heads and charlatans get paid to advise businesses about exactly this kind of "b/s regulation" -- to say nothing of the fine folks in the significant, noble and socially meaningful practice of 'internet law'.
 
2014-03-04 05:33:16 AM  

Callous: Yea, good luck with that CA.

So what relative of a CA politician owns a patent on "deleting shiat off the intwebz" and will now expect the ISPs to figure out how to do it and then pay him for it?


It may be more likely an influential parent who wants to be able to strip the pictures and/or videos of their teenage daughter passed out and pissing herself in a micromini, or flashing her tits, or giving a blowjob from the internets cause, well, it doesn't reflect well on mommy and daddy's parenting skillz, does it?
 
2014-03-04 05:33:42 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-04 05:34:58 AM  

Callous: Apparently California has never heard of The Streisand Effect.


Hah, you properly beat me to that reference. In fairness, I just scanned the thread for the pic.
 
2014-03-04 06:38:26 AM  
theinternetdoesntworkthatway.jpg
 
pla
2014-03-04 06:40:35 AM  
bunner : Never, ever type anything into a website, chat client or forum that you wouldn't say to 20,000,000 over a 10,000 watt PA system at noon, in broad daylight.

Back in the days of my youth, I got tossed from more than one K-Mart for helping myself to their PA system.  Close enough.

/ That said, I never admitted to felonies while doing so
// Can't help but think that dumb kids really have gotten dumber
 
2014-03-04 07:01:14 AM  
Back in my day, we posted whatever we wanted using a thing called a 'handle' or 'nickname'.

If dimwit teenagers want to use their real names to let everyone know exactly how dimwitted they are, then let the chips fall where they may.
 
2014-03-04 07:09:29 AM  

Callous: God-is-a-Taco: This ranks up there with "series of tubes". These people are in no position to dictate rules on something they cannot understand.

This is why we need term limits and younger blood in office.


While I agree, I'm not sure younger people would be any more technically competent.  Old people often comment about how good their kids are with computers when really all they can do is open whatever app or piece of software they need to use.  The technology itself is a black box for most people, even the young'uns who use it every day; they haven't the faintest clue how it actually works.

What legislators ACTUALLY need is to consult actual experts whenever they even get a glimmer of a thought about passing anything having to do with technology.
 
2014-03-04 08:47:25 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: California will be shocked to discover large parts of the Internet don't care about California laws.


The mark of a bunch of true politicians is the passing of obviously unenforceable laws.
 
2014-03-04 09:40:51 AM  
The solution is really simple: never attach your real name or face to anything. Ever. And use separate emails for work and personal contacts, and another one altogether for signing up for things. Compartmentalization.
 
2014-03-04 10:07:17 AM  

Gothnet: Camus27: Young people do stupid things on the internet?  Last night I saw a girl (woman?) who's been 18 for a whole two weeks naked on a public cam site.  If its not bad enough that she's still in high school, she pulled out a bottle of vodka and started downing it.  She ended up saying her real name and the high school she goes to and talked about some of her teachers in an inappropriate way.  If anyone got a recording of that there could be serious consequences.  I think rather than than laws, we really need to teach cause and effect, responsibility, and consequences.

Or, you know, not crucify people for being fallible and human. There's that option too.


It's easier I guess to say "personal responsibility" and "better parenting" that it is to recognize than say, a 13 year old boy has trouble understanding that some "funny" remark will haunt you FOREVER. The aforementioned scenario prior to internet would have been limited to just maybe the school district, at most. Now it's possible to search and find everybody, if you have the time and effort.
 
2014-03-04 10:41:36 AM  

lycanth: Am I wrong, or do there appear to be people in here operating under the belief that it is possible to delete something from the internet?


I'm not arguing that things should be able to be deleted but rather that the consequences for being stupid as teenager have gotten out of control.  It used to be that doing something stupid mean spending a night in a cell with your buddy.  A funny story for later in life.  Now it seems that even the smallest of slip ups as for people as young as 12 can ruin your life permanently,  Perhaps there should be some middle ground where consequences exist but people are allowed to get second chances at being successful.
 
2014-03-04 01:11:10 PM  

Callous: So what relative of a CA politician owns a patent on "deleting shiat off the intwebz" and will now expect the ISPs to figure out how to do it and then pay him for it?


I'm surprised individual ISPs don't offer this as a service - for a fee, of course!
 
2014-03-04 02:28:01 PM  
You'd have better luck taking pee out of a pool.
 
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