Reductio Ad Absurdum

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COMCAST LAWYER: Your Honor, given the precedent involved we feel it entirely appropriate to ask the court to allow us to move forward at this time.

FCC LAWYER: Your Honor, this is outrageous! This is absolutely not the time to--

JUDGE: I agree, Counselor, but it seems my hands are tied.

JUDGE: There is, in fact, precedent for this. precedent that has, to my everlasting shame, been set in this very courtroom. A company has already been permitted to petition the court against an event that has not yet occurred, so we must at least consider the possibility that it can be done here.

COMCAST LAWYER: Thank you, Your Honor.

JUDGE: You are not welcome, sir. This is a low point in the history of jurisprudence. that said, we are here, and now we discover that this precedent has some very unexpected consequences.

COMCAST LAWYER: So if we could move on--

JUDGE: For example, I am now issuing a ruling based on the assumption of evidence that has not yet been presented. I declare this case to be without merit, and order everyone to go home.

COMCAST LAWYER: What? Wait a minute--

JUDGE: In the event individual parties do not wish to go to their home, the Bailiff will escort them to mine, and I will spend a pleasant afternoon showing off my favorite hunting rifles.

COMCAST LAWYER: So long! It's been fun.


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Absolutely brilliant! About time for that judge to get the last word (so to speak).

An outbreak of sanity in the

An outbreak of sanity in the judiciary! Always a surprise, but it happens now and then.

Is it just me, or is the

Is it just me, or is the comic showing up at about 530 pixels tall and 260 pixels wide for everyone?

I've been following along by reading the transcripts, which is okay but reduces the form of the comic strip somewhat.

Hey @Overzealous, what

Hey @Overzealous, what browser are you using? It shouldn't be doing that...

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Firefox latest on Linux.

Firefox 35.0.1 on Linux. Strangely, it's not happening on my laptop with the same build of Firefox. Obviously a user problem of some sort, but not sure precisely what.

And Huzzah! The FCC declared

And Huzzah! The FCC declared ISP to be utilities that can have no say over how fast data travels on their hardware. I think the "You will be responsible for child porn sent through your network" alternative to Title II classification as a Common Carrier swung the ISPs over.