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  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 12:09pm

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    Oh, wait. There's Verizon's silver lining. By preventing Malibu Media from getting the extortion payout, Verizon defends their "customer" so they can do the extorting.

    Clever, Verizon. Makes the company look like a rose shaped as an ass.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 8:46am

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    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.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 3:29am

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    I have no worries about this, despite being a T-Mobile customer.

    Target has me covered.

    I'm used to it. With all the credit monitoring I'm getting, I believe I'm now set for life plus 70 years.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 2:57am

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    There's going to be a fantastic irony set when these chip and pin systems see a spike in "Anonymous/V for Vendetta" face mask purchases.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 2:55am

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    Just one more reason why my shopping at Amazon continues to decline.

    Once the holidays are over (wife wants the two-day shipping during present buying), we're canceling Amazon Prime.

    It's just too damn confusing to know why a retailer don't want to retail.

    I don't want to shop at a store who blocks products on a "just because" basis.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 @ 10:04am

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    Good thing Facebook's all about turning off the hate speech.

    Not only will cops actually be looking to curb real crime, no one gets arrested illegally.

    Maybe there is a silver lining to forcing people to keep their mouth shut.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 @ 7:55am

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    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.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A game of statistics

    I remember reading a few years ago about the amount of money McD's spent to let the country know it's rib-shaped meat-by-product was back.

    Interestingly enough, someone decided to actually ask the people if they found out via the ad, and if not, how they found out.

    Over 70% saw it had returned because it was on the menu.
    Of the remaining 30%, 62% heard it through word of mouth (which included social media - not ads on social media).

    McD's said the "investment" was worth it because sales increased 40% after the ads were released.

    I firmly believe this is what bean counters believe, that somehow, the (potential) consumer is disconnected from the product so far, an ad is the only way to reach people.

    I learned long ago word of mouth is, and always has been, the best form of advertising.

    Everyone else is just wasting their money.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 11:52am

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    Are you kidding me?

    Fine, edit of my original post:


    It's the "anti-ad" complaint since Techdirt is doing the anti-ad option for all its users.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 10:43am

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    What the hell, Techdirt. I just renewed my subscription for another year at $50 and you go and pull off the ads? I want a refund, please.

    If you're going to force me to visit a page without ads, clearly you don't need my money.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 4:33am


    *slams head on desk.

    I didn't even see the "Not" in the title. Time for coffee.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 3:02am

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    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.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 12:23pm

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    The title can be changed to "71% Of Americans Oppose Government Legislation. Too Bad Their Representatives Don't Care." and it would still be accurate.

    We don't have a government. We have representatives who seek to govern for the highest bidder.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 6:06am


    This would be equivalent to saying "Those who work for spying-on-the-public agencies should be ashamed of themselves", because these programmers work for the agencies pull the data.

    People should also be aware these programs were assisted by the NSA, who has several years experience on capturing internet traffic.

    Can't wait until the story breaks on how encryption on the internet is made moot by the ghost certs these agencies use.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 11:47am

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    Well, now we know what presidential candidate the WSJ supports.

    Can't fix stupid.™

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 10:33am

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    Many news sites are designed to force users to scroll down a page or two to read the entire article. By the time you get to the bottom, bam, there are the comments, if even a handful are visible.

    I will say this, though: some sites have taken a better approach to have their cake and eat it too by hiding comments until a user actively engages to view them.

    This is the better solution, but the reality is most sites are just tired of the garbage being posted. It's easier to clean this up by just preventing a place for the garbage to be thrown.

    That's why I'm in the minority. I'm okay with that. :)

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 10:27am

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    DOJ, NSA, and FBI all have one thing in common: they are no longer trusted entities.

    Anything coming from these departments will now be viewed as misinformation.

    How truly pathetic to go from a respected branch of justice to the bottom of the barrel to which the entire world hates them.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 7:04am

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    One can only hope this comes back to bite DC in its ass as the car companies [i]whose bodies are clearly identifiable in some versions[/i] sue the living shit out of DC for copyright infringement.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 3:25am

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    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.

  • Sep 23rd, 2015 @ 9:36am

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    Yep, this will end just like the rest of them: pay the "fine" while raking in much, much more, because it's cheaper to pay out than it is to pay up.

    Taken straight from the Ford Pinto playbook.

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