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  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 8:11am

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    We had a similar experience.

    We moved into a new neighborhood that was in its first stage of construction. After we got our keys, we got our homeowner's package, and included were two ads: one from Comcast and one from AT&T, both offering "specials" to get us hooked up.

    Comcast "won" out for its $88/mo (HAHAHAHA) special, but when we called, we were shocked to find out they didn't have service in our area at all.

    When I questioned why they were advertising in an area they weren't even servicing, I was told they were just the sales rep. I told the rep: "You work for a horrible, horrible company. Put me down as a 'Never, ever call this customer' and have a great day."

    I hung up, vowing never to be a Comcast customer. Ever.

    We then called AT&T, and told us that while they had plans for service, they had to wait for the contractor's final approval. They had it within the hour, and that very day, AT&T had service at our new home.

    Of course, not to say AT&T doesn't have its issues, but honestly, aside from their price gouging (how their $99 special went to $159, for example), they've been pretty much a decent ISP in terms of correcting issues.

    Comcast, not only should the company take notes, but it would do better to serve the people of this country by selling off its assets and closing its doors forever.

    The only reason Comcast has customers is because most don't have a choice when it comes to ISP selection.

    The FCC isn't moving fast enough to fix the problems plaguing this country, and I'm not just talking about broadband access.

  • Mar 30th, 2015 @ 6:51am

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    This move won't save anyone money, though the long-term is that consumers will pay more.

    It's inevitable consumers will pay higher for a la carte when then prices of those stations most in-demand will skyrocket.

    Hell, basic cable can't even get past this today without blackouts across the globe.

    A la carte is a pipe dream. In fact, the only way to remove the problems facing broadcasting choice is to remove the broadcasters and let production companies distribute without the middle man.

    I chuckled with you as you read this dream.

  • Mar 30th, 2015 @ 3:27am

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    The Stroz Analysis Engine is a powerful tool for your business. Recently established in Fortune 500 companies, all but two are now bankrupts as the software positioned 99.9% of employees as threats.

    "At Stroz, we believe to be human is to be a threat, so we'll ensure all your employees are either 'happy' (to have a job, willfully bending to corporate policy) or fired." - Stroz

    *rolls eyes

    PS: Walmart, think twice before using this software. It's bad enough you only have two checkouts open at any time. This software will reduce that number to zero.

  • Mar 30th, 2015 @ 3:20am

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    I'm glad this case is going to trial.

    I'm sick and tired of trying to vape my beer while drinking my smoke juice.

    This will fix everything, since I'm so stupid.

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  • Mar 30th, 2015 @ 3:15am

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    National Football Luddites.

    Honestly, they can keep their streams. The fact it took them this long to remove blackouts (and that's only because the FCC pretty much forced them to) clearly shows this isn't about giving fans what they want.

    When they do stream, the backlash will be tremendous. It's not going to go the way people think it will.

    This is the NFL we're talking about. Have they done anything right lately?

    Personal note: I'm really appalled anyone would still find this sport appealing, given it should be more aptly called the National Felony League.

  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 3:18am

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    As such a dick move this was, there is a silver lining:

    That crest is ugly. A re-design is a good thing.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 12:21pm

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    It's impossible to be a billion dollar company in America without breaking some laws, violating ethics, or, in most cases, both.

    Not surprised Google is in the news again for its "questionable" practices.

    Yeah, that's where the ethics part comes in.

    Why can't a goddamn company just do right without having to be a bunch of assholes.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 10:49am

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    What does anyone expect from a company whose motto is "Don't Be Evil"?

    Seriously, the Google bandwagon needs to bust a wheel, overturn, burst into flames, and destroy itself before it gets way, way out of hand.

    Little do you people know this "ToS" escapade is seriously destroying what made Google useful. Even their own damn search engine can't be trusted anymore, thanks to "paid priority" listings.

    Screw Google. I hope this type of news gets more people away from this company that can't even follow its own damn motto.

    Yes, I hate this company. More than I do Sony.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 3:10am

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    I wonder if they filed their motion on pink letterhead.

    To be honest, I didn't even know Mary Kay was still around. I haven't seen their infamous pink Cadillacs in years.

    There's a blessing in that. They were really ugly cars.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 10:32am

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    the nation's tech companies aren't your buddies and they're more than a little tired of being unwilling partners in worldwide surveillance.

    Yet, it's okay for tech companies to sell our "anonymous" data, thereby making "surveillance" a double-edged sword.

    Tough luck on tech companies. Maybe they should have thought about Pandora's Box before making "metadata" synonymous with loss of privacy.

    Tech companies don't get the privilege of crying when the NSA abuses them.

    Just desserts. Screw them all.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 3:11am

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    I need to remind readers of something: Iwata has been the head of Nintendo for many years now. This is the same guy as saying:

    "High Definition? Our consumers don't care for HD." - Result: The Wii, while a very great seller for Nintendo, now holds several "records", such as: Console with the lowest amount of published titles (of an active company), including its own N64, fastest loss of developer support in gaming history, and consumers left with a paper weight since the company itself ditched its own system for one with HD.

    "Our customers don't want online gaming." Result: Yeah, those Friend Codes were such a great idea. /sarcasm

    In fact, nothing Iwata has done, since taking the lead role, has done any good for Nintendo, which still remains nothing short than a company who offers gimmicks.

    Such a shame, because they can still command some of the best games on the market, even if that market is the size of a pinhead.

    PS: Nintendo is already working on its latest console. Huh. I wonder why.

    Until Nintendo fires Iwata, this isn't the Nintendo we grew up with.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 @ 8:54am

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    ISIS fundamental belief: the government should control all people, including what they say, hear, and read.

    France fundamental belief: Not to be like and fight against ISIS.

    The irony, if it wasn't so blatantly terrifying.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 @ 8:00am

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    Want to know what's synonymous with DRM? Cheap quality.

    A few years ago, we bought a Maytag washing machine. You know, the heavily-marketed brand of appliance we all trusted growing up?

    Well, the "DRM" in this case was plastic gears. That's right, the heavily used parts to force agitation in the washing machine were made of plastic, and over a very, very short time span, would find themselves ground down to nothing.

    We decided to negate the top-loading washer for a front-load, as the salesman, who used to work for Maytag, stated even he wouldn't buy today's new washer.

    Sorry for the long winded story, but there is a point here: today's goddamn business model is shortening the life of a product, intentionally, so the revenue stream never ends.

    This has nothing to do with DRM. It has everything to do with greed.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 6:43am

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    *sigh* Sorry for the unclosed bold. I forgot to preview first.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 6:42am

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    Two things Netflix did to change the world when it comes to watching a TV show:

    -It removed 22 minutes of ads despite being a paid service. Hulu + and cable television can't even come close to doing the same thing.

    -It put the power of viewing in my control, allowing me to actually enjoy watching shows again.

    Remember NBC's "Thursday Night Must See TV"? Yeah, so do I, and it was HORRIBLE. Unless you had an accompanying guide (most had TV guide), you had absolutely no control what episode aired that evening. Repeat? Pushed back because of a long-running football game?

    Then there was the idiocy of the "break", where weeks would go by without any new show, allowing the very few people who didn't own a VCR/DVR to "catch up".

    The entire television industry was broken since the 50s. It's thanks to technology it finally fixed itself so a show can be enjoyed, not aired based on when advertisers wanted eyeballs to their products.

    There are plenty in this industry who should take notes from Netflix. Right, Hulu?

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 3:26am

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    that people in front of it would naturally be worried they were being spied upon -- even if assured to the contrary -- and would start constraining their speech and behavior.


    I just had a great idea! Be back soon. Sending a letter to keyboard makers.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 3:18am

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    This article assumes the ALPR created this database.

    That's false.

    LE has had a similar database for decades. ALPRs just make their task easier.

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least bit if the databases were merged, which certainly accounts for the high number of stored images.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 3:35am

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    HBO Go can go to hell.

    Penniless, since it won't get my money.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 3:29am

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    Turkey law makers,

    Learn from the game.

    Change this idiotic position from "Difficult" to "Peaceful", so mobs aren't formed.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 3:23am

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    You can't fix stupid.

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