"While politicians are happy to take Comcast's money, it appears that few actually want to be publicly associated with a company with the lowest consumer approval rating in any industry." Doesn't that approval rating describe Congress as well?
In the army we had a phrase we used a lot. CYA. It made it into common usage, it means Cover Your A--. Thanks to Under Armours lawyers I think I'll do that with this lovely new product just to give them the finger.
I used to get on Google, and youtube a lot. When they started this policy they also cut off the old account I had and made it so that I couldn't keep my old favorites. I started avoiding Google and especially Youtube. Is there any way to get back our old accounts now? Maybe some other folks will come back if they make it possible. I had been using Youtube before Google bought it and liked my old account.
Just a small point to add in. Recently I was looking for a broadband plan to help an elderly friend. I looked up one of the "free" services that was mentioned. She is on SS and medicare but still working to make ends meet. The plan availible in our area is wireless and has a 3g cap. She wouldn't be able to afford Netficks anyway, so the cap doesn't much matter I guess. Still how well would you do with just a 3g cap? We run 3 PCs or more a day at my house and I'm not even sure how much we use. I don't think that cap would last us much more than a day or two! Oh, by the way there is a big charge for going over the 3g cap!
I hope this works out, but I noticed a name that makes me wonder, Elsiver. Aren't they the group causing problems now by wanting to lock up publishing research? Maybe they have a good side and a bad side that don't talk to one-another.
I hope that this system gets "abused" by the public to file take-downs against Agcom. I'm sure it would only be done by 'accident' of course. Who would be so mean as to have them get a taste of their own medicine?
I was thinking about the comment that the need to be "published" is a factor in gaining tenure. I can see that as being valid. I have noticed a push to cut down on tenured positions to cut costs (even as education costs skyrocket). This makes me wonder if this will result in a point where there are too few folks bothering to post to Elsevier and the like. Will it be because they have killed the gold plated goose by raising costs?
Two points. I'm a vet., the gov. has had my prints on file since the '70s. They don't need to do much snooping to find my prints. Second point. The recent revelation that the gov. told their people to cover-up where they got leads in drug cases and such. Would the gov.agencies look at our data and files without a warrant then fudge the truth about where they got their evidence?
Maybe after all the other stuff that's come out I'm getting a bit cynical but---. This has got me wondering if may be the 'spooks' pulled some strings to prevent a new security effort from someone. Yeah, I know that's a bit far fetched but maybe it isn't?
This has me asking who gets the money? Do these fees go to some private company that lobbied for the TSA to get more power? In other words is it more a money grab instead of a conspiracy to grow the TSA. Not good for the citizens either way.
"I wonder if the NSA got the keys to just about every DRM system ever created and the Obama administration is worried that Snowden got that information. That would explain why the US and UK administrations are so insanely over the top on their responses to Snowden." Thank you. I hadn't thought of that. It makes me wonder if the DRM keys are tied into something else that we aren't supposed to know about. I'm thinking of maybe some back room deals or favors for the content holders. Something that provided some kind of under the table money (bribes!) that need to be hidden. A whole lot can be boiled down to the desire for money or power.
Back in '80 at the end of my first enlistment I went to work for a building supply warehouse in Savannah, Ga. We started having a problem with theft. The management had everyone take a lie detector test. They found NOTHING, however two people were fired because of the operators judgement about their answers! After having everybody retested a couple more times they left a safe open and hid till the crook showed up. The managers nephew had been doing it. Turns out he was a sociopath type and he believed his lies as he told them. No training needed. Oh by the way as a minor he wasn't charged. And with no proof he didn't even have to pay back the earlier money!
Okay. How about adding some wood to the fire? Give these results to some truly hard nosed/hard up for votes local prosecutors. Let them run with it and make fools of themselves and the companies that are paying for these guys. Being linked in public to child porn will 'probably' make some of these companies think for a moment before just signing up for these pecker-woods. Sad to say that it still wouldn't stop some of them.
"Maybe that's the new plan for politicians. Choose a running mate that nobody wants to see become President. Sarah Palen is prime example, as is Joe Biden." I really don't think this is new. Look back at some of the VPs we have had from the beginning.
I'm a little worried that this shows a deeper cancer. The 'spooks' and advisers may not trust Obama! They may be spoon feeding him lies to cover their tracks. They may be scared that he will turn on them when lies are exposed. He really may NOT know the true facts. Sorry to say I don't believe this much myself, but if it is true we have even more to worry about.