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  • Aug 31st, 2017 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Residential Real Estate Racket

    GIS Maps are the quick, easy way.

    All land sales are public record, and nearly every town posts easily accessible records online of owners' names and dates and dollar figures of sales. Also appraisals for tax purposes.

    As a brand new home owner, I know the names of owners of every single plot of land in a 10 mile radius around my house, and how much they paid and when. Took me about a half hour sitting on my couch watching a movie.

    The old school way would be to simply go to town hall and ask. This is not some secretive cult fer chrissake. Granted, knowing sale dates and purchase prices is not the same as a home's current market value, especially if it last sold fifteen years ago, which is where realtors and appraisers come in.

  • Aug 25th, 2017 @ 8:32pm

    Re: Re: Fraud?

    If it's so easy, why didn't the station and or its lawyers bother to include any of this in their suit?

    Sounds like they put as much brainpower into this lawsuit as they did vetting their "fraudulent" guests, which is just about zilch.

  • Jun 29th, 2017 @ 10:31pm

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    "What the DOJ doesn't seem to understand (or genuinely just doesn't care about) is a decision granting it the power to seize communications from anywhere in the world would result in foreign governments expecting the same treatment when requesting communications stored in the US."

    Part of me is amused at contemplating the collective meltdown that would occur if the Kremlin attempted this.

  • Jun 21st, 2017 @ 3:44pm

    Re: Re:

    I came for the tech, I stayed for the social commentary.

  • Jun 15th, 2017 @ 3:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: prices artificially inflated

    You missed this in my post: I am all for regulation of basic necessities--food, agriculture, public infrastructure, utilities like water, electricity and YES INTERNET.

    I agree with you on internet service. The poster I responded to specifically said regulation of cable tv service, a completely separate service that just happens to be offered by the same companies. The whole point of this article and the phenomenon of cord cutting is that these are *separate* services.

    Does your heart condition interfere with reading comprehension, or is that just your ideology?

  • Jun 13th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Re: prices artificially inflated

    I am all for regulation of basic necessities--food, agriculture, public infrastructure, utilities like water, electricity and yes internet. Cable is not a necessity. I don't see the need for my tax dollars to "regulate" something that is a freely entered partnership between private entities. If there are consumers out there who choose to pay hundreds of dollars of their own money a month for access to mind numbing noise 24/7 then I say godspeed to them. If you don't like it, don't pay for it.

  • Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 6:56pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Which is exactly why they won't stop. Cable tv is all about spoonfeeding viewers the same comfortable version of "reality" they've always known.

  • Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 6:48pm

    Re: Re: Death of cord-cutting

    Agreed. Speaking as a millennial cord never, I've been without a home internet or cable subscription since I moved out on my own a decade ago. Between a smart phone and internet at work, I'm perfectly functional and honestly happier without the burden of either one. The death of net neutrality doesn't suddenly put another $150+ a month into my pocket to throw at a cable subscription, nor does it alter any of the core reasons I've already skipped out on these services. I think the loss of net neutrality will have significant and detrimental effects on the internet as a cultural phenomenon, but the legacy cable providers have already nailed their own coffins shut. Like someone else said earlier, their basic flaw was assuming their particular brand of entertainment is as essential as food or water. It's not.

  • May 6th, 2017 @ 12:06pm

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    Sounds like the country that gave us the Inquisition hasn't learned yet.

  • May 1st, 2017 @ 7:03pm

    Aside from the copyright issue...

    My brain is still stuck on the "homebuilder refuses to rebuild home" aspect of this story. Something tells me there has to be more going on here?

  • Apr 20th, 2017 @ 4:50pm

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    Name one artistic work that DOESN'T take advantage of other artwork?

    Seriously. Artists draw inspiration from other works of art constantly. Call it inspiration, or "taking advantage" or whatever, the fact is that no artwork is ever created in a vacuum.

  • Mar 16th, 2017 @ 8:05pm

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    Shot themselves in the foot with this one, now they're slapping a bandaid on it.

  • Mar 10th, 2017 @ 4:21pm

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    "Other companies, like Comcast, have actually managed to eke out small quarterly gains in cable TV customers by leveraging their broadband monopoly and effectively giving TV services away on promotion -- a short-term fix."

    Literally giving away their product to make their numbers look better? This is why Comcast's executive leadership takes home multiple millions in compensation? Something tells me this situatin is not going to last long.