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  • May 27th, 2015 @ 9:56am

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    It's Sugarstring all over again.

    Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with corporations in America today.

  • May 27th, 2015 @ 3:25am

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    So, in other words, rather than have 4 of the country's ISPs, there will now be 3.

    Competition wins again. Just not for consumers, who'll now be trapped in further price fixing/gouging with even less options to choose a provider.

  • May 20th, 2015 @ 12:06pm

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    I remember a time when smart phones didn't exist.

    I remember a time when the internet didn't exist.

    I also remember a time where people could travel between countries without having an invasive body search done.

    But you know what else I remember? "Terrorist" activities. Hijackings, bombings, and murders all done before the "technology" of today existed.

    If these actions couldn't be stopped then, and the technology sure as hell didn't stop two attacks against the WTC, what in the hell do these people think they'll accomplish by spying on everyone?

    The only way "terrorist" activities can be stopped is by killing the human species. It's the only way to be sure.

  • May 19th, 2015 @ 5:10am

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    There's something terribly lopsided with the way Google handles this type of situation.

    If a user receives "too many" copyright complaints, their account is closed immediately.

    However, what about those who abuse copyright notices? Yep, those accounts don't get closed at all, leaving the abuser to continue filing more bogus complaints.

    If Google really wanted to fix this problem, they should apply the same rules to every account.

  • May 14th, 2015 @ 7:59am

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    I'm going to defend cable here, but marginally.

    It needs to be addressed cable "packages" are sold as they are because distributors control the pricing, not the cable industry.

    This is important to understand, because ESPN will cost a fucking boatload compared to a station like Telemundo. Since the latter is "bundled" in current pricing schemes, this subsidizes the cost of having ESPN in the packages.

    Everyone complains cable companies are raising our prices, but that's further from the truth (in part). The showdown between distributors and cable operators (who must then "blackout" the signal(s)) is more proof than anyone needs this isn't a cable issue.

    Recently, Verizon started offering smaller bundles in its FioS offering, and it didn't take long for distributors to rush to court, including ESPN, which charges an outrage price for its content of many different stations.

    It's pretty damn impossible to offer customer choices when distributors are calling the shots.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 7:09am

    Re: Work from HOME with gourmet scented

    In other words, watch my money go up in smoke.

    (sorry, couldn't help but feed this post - comic opportunities are hard to find)

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 3:06am

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    ...investment-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals...

    Interesting. I'm curious to how long the word "dispute" was changed from "issue".

  • May 12th, 2015 @ 9:16am

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    Goodbye, Engadget.

    You were a wonderful site all these years.

    If you're not separated by the purchase of AOL, then Verizon will make sure you become absolutely useless.

  • May 11th, 2015 @ 12:08pm

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    I'm going to have to start carrying a handgun to protect myself from law enforcement.

  • May 4th, 2015 @ 9:58am

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    Well, here's an idea to the "intellectual property" dispute: just use the word idea, because that's what everyone else is using despite the law clearly stating otherwise.

    I absolutely promise you two things: use the word "idea" where "IP" is used, and you'll get more people aware of the problem.

    The second will be the current stupid pool of maximalists loving the term because now, everyone will understand why they need to lock them up, treat consumers like thieves, and demand more and more revenue.

    Sort of like the "Streisand Effect", by using "idea", then the true problem starts to reveal itself.

    Let's see how this works:
    "Today, the Disney company forced a daycare to take down a wall painting of its ideas, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck."

    By changing a simple word, the context of the issue changes instantly. "Intellectual Property" is a term purposely used to mislead.

    I concur the term should stop being used, but instead, use what the controlling jerks believe how it's defined.

    Then, maybe the public can understand why their dancing baby video was taken down.

  • May 4th, 2015 @ 6:47am

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    "Corporations are people, too!"

    The second corporations were allowed to contribute to election campaigns was the second democracy died.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 11:28am

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    Here's the thing. Let's assume for a second Minecraft were a text-based game, this author would still find something to rag about (perhaps the lack of graphics as children aren't imaginative enough to know what a Creeper looks like).

    People like this just sit around typing whatever the hell they want, hoping for 15 minutes of fame.

    He got it.

  • Apr 28th, 2015 @ 3:05am

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    The most atrocious message these "copyright maximalists" make isn't actually spoken, but it's heard nonetheless:

    "Our IP is important. Without it, others will steal our ideas and profit from our designs. Despite the fact our products sell well enough for our business to earn a profit, it's not enough and we will do everything in our power to ensure these profits only go to us.

    If there's anything which remains true of "capitalism", greed knows no bounds.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 3:08am

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    I'm going to take a step back and claim this is just another example of Microsoft's poor PR dept having no clue what they're doing.

    It doesn't matter that it's in the game arena. Anything coming out of the Microsoft PR dept should be taken with a grain of salt, followed with a gargle of salt water.

    I stopped paying attention to these videos a long time ago.

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 8:56am

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    Consumers are able to purchase the copy at its retail price because it is distributed on a specific medium that will play back on only a licensed player.
    This isn't true, either.

    The content that's on the DVD isn't restricted to the player at all. It's MPEG and pretty much any video player can play the digital file.

    The only damn reason the disk is used is to add the copy protection layer so that other MPEG players can't access the digital file it can easily play.

    Of course, this truth won't be told. There's no way the entertainment industry is going to release $30 movie prices because they have a monopoly on player restrictions.

    This includes their idiotic product/services like UltraViolet.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 9:30am

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    go pound sand
    I get the "go" part, but "pound" doesn't rhyme with "buck" and "sand" isn't a synonym for "yourself".

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 6:39am

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    "Those partners, notably Disney and ESPN..."
    One in the same.

    Disney. Why does this company keep coming up in every discussion of innovation as the evil character.

    It's about time this evil character is dealt with, preferably in Disney fashion of killing them off.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 3:19am

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    ...she appears to finally have realized...
    I'm glad this sentence was structured accordingly, because it's quite clear she hasn't learned a damn thing. The only reason she pulled her legal threats was because of the potential PR nightmare brewing.

    If anything, she learned the lessons of others who didn't back down fast enough when things like this start to build up.

    She'll be back. She'll threaten someone else over copyright works because she, like millions more out there, falsely believe copyright protects ideas, not expressions of those ideas.

    Like those millions, I doubt she'll ever understand what this means, especially since we see far, far too many companies abusing this concept (as well into trademark disputes) to force those without the legal power to defend themselves to change their expression.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 10:12am

    (untitled comment) is commonplace around the world and working smoothly...
    It's too bad Fabrizio wasn't in a country with this so-called "working" system.

    This ridiculous statement would have never made it off his computer.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 10:06am

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    Fill the knowledge gap about our industry
    Knowledge gap? I'm confident the public knows this is an organization which compared copying a movie to that of a murder victim and professed its love of child pornography.

    Change consumer perceptions
    The FBI warning message isn't enough?

    Claim our rightful position as innovators
    How much worse can the MPAA go from dead last?
    (I get the sneaking suspicion we're about to find out)

    Reframe our consumer message in a positive tone
    This point pretty much sums up the MPAA. The fact that it needs to reframe its current message shows it was never positive to begin with.

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