But I personally believe, and also by looking at our own statistics, that the volume of press around cord cutting doesn’t quite match reality.
That's because Comcast rapes the wallets of damn near every customer it has by forcing them to "bundle" their "internet services" making it such that the bundle is far cheaper than a stand alone internet connection.
Claiming cord cutting isn't happening while forcing people to pay for the cord is absolutely the most arrogant thing an ISP can say.
As I said on Ars, I find this behavior from the FCC appalling. Just recently, the FCC criticized this company (and others) for its broadband and wireless business practices, yet it turns right around, forgetting all these issues, and gives AT&T what it wants.
Pathetic. Even if buying DirecTV in today's market is foolish, the reality of the situation is AT&T continues on business as normal, wherein it should be punished further by having this, and every other future merger, declined until AT&T can prove it intends to provide better service without costing children their lives.
The FCC gets a major frown sticker for their approval of this merger.
Oh, and perhaps this is just coincidence: AT&T raising activation fees.
HR: "So, what makes you think you're a good candidate for the organization?"
Kid: "Well, using the CEO's health band, I jumped to the HDTV menu system to access the network, since the HDTV is in constant eavesdrop mode. From there, I used an employee's Blutooth headset to access her laptop as she was streaming from a website. There, I accessed the files of the company to determine what they do, both legally and illegally, and determined my skills would be best applied in the IT department, now that Bob Jones 'left' the organization after being investigated for child porn."
HR: "I see. You will start Monday for orientation." Kid: "Cool. It'll be nice working for Comcast."
On the the flip side, they're 5-0 to allowing information they had previous to attacks, inlcluding 9/11, and doing absolutely nothing with the info, leading to the events they're now pretending are threats.
What we've found lately is that the tone of our comments (and some of our commenters) is getting a little too aggressive and negative...
This, readers, is a classic case of denial. What The Verge really meant to say was this:
"At The Verge, we've noticed more negative commentary regarding our news stories, and how readers are mislead by titles and are greeted with less-than-stellar reporting.
Since we can't stand constructive criticism regarding how we try to generate more ad revenue (please be sure to Like us!), we're basically going to tell our readers to shut the hell up."
Congratulations, The Verge. You will do precisely the opposite of what you intended to do.
As a veteran, here's a response I'd like to share with you when people sometimes asked why I volunteered to face death: "I may not like what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
Enter Corporate America to kill the very definition of the word "freedom".
See, the thing here is the corruption isn't from other AGs, it's from the MPAA, a fact that shouldn't be buried. It's not going to surprise any Techdirt reader if the AGs listed above also have pockets lined by MPAA money.
When the hell is this country going to wake up and realize corporations are the true problem?
Agreeing with the first comment: just a number used similarly to Social Security.
As a side note: the SSN wasn't supposed to be used for anything other than Social Security as well, but, as is always the case, the number slowly crept into our daily lives and has become our national identifier.
You can't even get a job without one. Well, legally, anyway.
You're conflating several issues to cloud the discussion.
The entire "online only" has absolutely nothing to do with Kinect, though Kinect's bundling was an issue. Not of the device, but for the extra $100 price difference of the PS4.
The NSA "tracking" joke is still going on, regardless what the device is. Any form of communication which leaves the house is now NSA fodder (though I certainly don't disagree).
I don't read much of Kinect's voice activation being of concern to people the information is being used outside of its purpose. The ToS even states this information isn't used but for Kinect.
Samsung did not instill this confidence (much like LG's infamous data transmission without any consent or knowledge).
You can hate on Microsoft all you want, but don't try to pretend what was said was fact. Most people arguing over the E3 fiasco still have it wrong, because they didn't listen to a thing said as they were too busy sticking their fingers into their ears and screaming like a ill-tempered child.