Has anyone read the fine print on Charter's website?
There's a little caveat, in 1px font: "Our services cover the entire state, except when any or all of the following conditions are met: -The serviceable area is covered by one or more internet service providers
-The serviceable area is locked out due to state or federal restrictions, such as military bases.
-New housing developments, but only after construction is near or has been completed.
-Three kilometers, or less, to a pole servicing a node.
-Customer has a beating heart.
-National parks or recreation areas owned by state or private parties.
-Fourteen steps, due south, of any gas or electrical utility box, not painted green, and within a neighborhood of 1 or more homes.
-Areas with increased risked of severe natural disasters, such as "Tornado Alley", flood zones, and solar radiation exceeding 12SPF.
We reserve the right to update this list without any notice, because we often do."
What's funny about the above "string" attached, it's still better than Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T combined.
Slowly, I'm migrating to Linux. Microsoft is pulling a Google on everyone and it's crystal clearly they've no intention of changing their plans.
First: I'm absolutely sick and tired of this "your files on all your devices" tactic these corporations are pushing onto people. Why in the hell would I want my personal income taxes pushed to my Xbox or Windows Phone?
Take a picture and automatically have it uploaded to the cloud? I'm sure the celebrities who had their personal pictures exposed to the world loved that.
Second: the options are becoming too conflated for anyone to manage. If a user turns "off" Cortana, another service will be more than happy to cover for the disabling. In fact, with Windows 10, disabling some options may require changing them in more than one damn place!
Third: Screw these corporations. It's bad enough I pay for the software and now to be told I'm going to have to deal with ads is utter nonsense. Do these shitheads not make enough money to funnel out of the United States via the Irish Double?
I once quipped Corporate America would ruin the internet in 20 years. I am not surprised they beat this estimate by 5 years.
I'm really starting to hate the internet. Unfortunately, it truly has become a utility. Don't have it? Good luck trying to function in the digital society.
Can someone explain to me why this article didn't end with a "/sarcasm" tag?
$5000 to take a course on how to fly a drone? Has to be renewed every 6 months? What, at another $5000?
This doesn't even consider the cost of a walkie-talkie. Wait. Do they even make these anymore? To contact a control tower whose sole purpose it is to guide planes to let them know a drone is nearby (well beyond an airport's concern at 5k) is asking for trouble.
These "laws" are just plain stupid, though I do agree with the training portion of it. ONCE, with a license issued at completion.
Sure, poorly managed comments can devolve into a cesspool of banality... Pay someone to moderate a comment section? Think of the profits, damn it!
I sit in the minority who appreciate the removal of comments from news sites. I'm with Reuters: just report the news and tell everyone to shut their damn mouth about it.
I just got sick and tired of "banal" being the primary reason people post. Trying to wade through that shit to find the one or two decent comments isn't anyone's definition of "a pleasant experience".
I will say this is one of the reasons I appreciate Techdirt. The staff just doesn't report the news, but relates it to different arenas, which is definitely reason to spark a discussion.
You're never going to get clickbait-headline grabbing news sites to value their own content. The "If it bleeds, it leads" gives zero room for conversation as the primer for pushing the discussion into one direction has already been set.
Man kills self with firework on head? Primer set for "Darwin award for natural selection".
Black person killed by police? Primer set for race baiting.
"Cat saved by fireman" Primer set for "daaaw, wooky da widdle kiddy".
In fact, it would be better if sites who want to continue having comments just have a programmer write the scripts to produce them, since they won't change.
If I recall, didn't Techdirt once have an article noting how the tone of the first few comments sets the tone for most of them?
That is "social communication". Thanks, but no thanks.