Years ago, I registered domains with Namecheap based on recommendations from DSLR members. My experience couldn't have been better.
Awesomeness #1 is their Nameservers update immediately. It's usually seconds between me updating A records and DNS servers all over getting the update. Which leads me to . . .
Awesomeness #2 Namecheap has been accepting Dynamic Name updates from my pfSense boxes for years. That completely untethers me from any of the usual Dyn providers (that can be kind of clunky to use).
The only not-great experience tied to Namecheap wasn't even their fault but they fixed the problem anyway. Shortly after I had made a purchase at Namecheap, the purchase guarantee provider used by my bank canceled the credit cards I used because Namecheap was an "Internet company", therefore must have been a target for fraudulent purchases - ala NewEgg.
I sent Namecheap a headsup about the boneheads my bank used. Next month, Namecheap followed up that after 30 days of dialog w/ my bank, etc. - they got policy changed to make sure I wouldn't be inconvenienced again.
I can't name another company I use for anything that would go that far out of their way on my behalf.
Why people still use a craphole like GoDaddy when in-every-way-superior Namecheap is available just baffles me.
A generation ago, young men knew cops were more likely to be thugs than allies.
During a traffic stop, I'd put my keys on the dashboard, to preemptively calm a cop who might wound up over things that happened earlier in his day.
When more than 2 cruisers pulled me over (say 10 or 25), I'd try to place the car where pulling away would be impossible and then put my keys on the roof. That didn't stop cops from threatening to beat me but they never followed through with it (at least not with me).
My county had maybe the largest LEA budget in the nation, without enough crime to spend it on. Cops sometimes got bored and with a large enough show of force, they might be able so jar a long-haired 19yo kid into volunteering all sorts of information.
That's just how life was. There were some cops that were consistently ethical and compassionate but most were likely to do whatever they wanted.
It's not like there was anything that could stop them.
"not once did I think the lack of work meant I should use work computers to access porn. Not once"
Excuse me Tim? What kind of a sanctimonious, self-righteous narcissist are you to imply that porn isn't wholesome anytime, anywhere?
Your post FAILS to defend porn. Only a a right-wing, closeted, gay, homophobe (that wants to legislate everyone's morality from the Bohemian Grove bunker built by their 700 Club boyfriends) doesn't fully embrace porn.
Found a 2014 Harris GSA price list. It lists the Harpoon cell tracker and accessories inc Amberjack (ant), Gossamer(?), Moray-II(?), etc Upgrade-to-Harpoon costs from Stingray I/II and Kingfish X1-X5, the AN/USC65(V)5 Sat Terminal and bunches of ancillary products.
It's good to respond to a corrupt system by expanding the corruption
Synopsis: Google helps expand government corruption by adding it's own lobbying cash to the mountain.
But that's OK. Google should expand and legitimize corruption because that might unwind .0000001% of the damage it caused.
Here's my rebuttal. Trading Federal laws/policy for campaign contributions isn't a good system. It isn't even a neutral system. It's an exploitative, unethical system of extortion.
The article implies that it's fine to keep strengthening the monster that will one day victimize our grandchildren, because there's an off chance that we we might get back some morsel of Liberty it ripped away from us.