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  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 7:02am

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    ...and who recently bought a controlling stake in Business Insider for $343 million...
    Well, this certainly explains things.

    Might as well scratch off BI as a reading source.

    I've lost 4 in the past two months for being assholes:
    -Ars Technica, with its bullshit "You WILL obey" page-destroying ad.

    -Cheat Sheet, fun little site until it now demands an email address to view its contents (and we all know how that will pan out).

    -IMDB, which I'm currently working out with Amazon. For some reason, the site constantly resets its connection over VPN. A loss I'm not fond of.

    -Business Insider, the Fox News of "business". Always fun to read garbage until the horror sets in others won't read the articles as anything but truth. Recently, it also changed its page to require "ad watching" before moving on.

    I always said Corporate America would ruin the internet. I should have said "Corporate Global".

  • Nov 25th, 2015 @ 3:12am

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    In effect, this is a patent attack on Apple's supply chain in China, and one that would be devastating for the US company if successful.
    I don't see a problem here.

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    I chuck this one up to poetic justice.

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 7:50am

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    I guess that merger attempt really was expensive.

    My prediction for 2016: not a damn thing will change. The FCC will balk at these price hikes and the FTC (the only regulatory power to actually take the teeth out of companies) will whine and bitch the FCC stole its thunder to "protect" consumers.

    I also see the company changing its tagline: "Good luck with that."

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 5:02am

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    "911, please state the nature of the emergency."

    "I'm being robbed! Please send someone!"

    "Can you describe the thief?"

    "Yes, one's wearing a police uniform and the other an expensive suit. They're claiming 'civil forfeiture'. Help!"

    "I'm sorry, sir, but 911 cannot assist you with your request. There's no one to police the police and the prosecuting attorney has a financial gain here. You're fucked, so just bend over and deal with it. Have a nice day."

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 3:18am

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    There's a fantastic sense of irony within Yahoo.

    Many of its employees won't use the service (which should be a warning they know something we don't).

    Those few who do are now blocked from their own account, as employees, since they use ad-block.

    Yahoo has firmly planted itself in quicksand. By rushing to catch up to everyone else, it just sinks further into the hole.

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 3:12am

    Re: If it's the government's speech...

    There are already issues with religious plates.

    A few years ago, Indiana released its "in god we trust" license plates, and it's been a problem since.

    First: Indiana releases these plates as the default unless the person expressly states otherwise, which is absolute bullshit. It should be the non-verbiage version that's the default, and those who want the other should be required to ask for it.

    Second: as noted by many who applied, any religious personal text plates, which aren't under this "god", have been wholly rejected. The reason: it's considered inflammatory (most likely to their religion).

    Third: since when is a fucking government allowed to dictate what religion it pushes for its plates? That's the big problem, but of course, the ISC said, "Because the state can, now shut the fuck up and pay the country's highest excise tax on plates."

    This is just another ruling in a long list of other issues run by racist, bible-thumping assholes.

  • Nov 20th, 2015 @ 6:00am

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    We should take the concerns of law enforcement...
    Ha... ha?

  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 6:18am

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    Why Does The Press Have To Keep Fixing All Of Comcast's Screw Ups?
    Probably because Comcast is spending its time trying to convince the world to redefine the word "lobbyist".

  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 3:01am

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    Consumers are being trained there are places they can go to avoid ads.
    This statement comes from an industry which knows not the definition of irony, as when cable was introduced many years ago, one of the benefits was commercial-free programming.

    Nickleodeon, MTV, TBS, and even AMC (yes, that AMC) all were commercial free in the early days of "cable".

    Then someone woke up one day and said, "We can push ads like never before and customers won't have a choice!"

    Then came the on-screen pop-ups. "Hey, watch our next show starting in 12 minutes!" followed by another "Watch this show on Thursdays!". Yep, this is called "value to consumers" by this industry.

    The industry wasn't done. Not only did they get away of bilking people of their money by pushing ads and taking a monthly fee, throwing in pop-ups during the show, many cable providers push ads in their own cable guide, as to drive home that we, the consumer, are the product.

    Cable can turn itself around, but not with the idiots running it today.

  • Nov 17th, 2015 @ 11:40am

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    Is There Any Evidence In The World That Would Convince Intelligence Community That More Surveillance Isn't The Answer?

    Yes. It's called a history book.

  • Nov 17th, 2015 @ 6:34am

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    Mickey Mouse is on the event horizon.

    Disney isn't going to allow the mouse to die that way.

    If you think copyright has a black hole now, you haven't seen anything yet.

    In as little as 6 years, what you know as "copyright" is about to change.

    And it's going to get much, much worse.

  • Nov 16th, 2015 @ 12:08pm

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    Ironic sense of stupidity.

    Spend time, money, resources, and manpower to wiretap sympathizers will ignoring the real terrorists.

    Then again, I hear the FBI is opposed to body cameras and any electronic recording device.

  • Nov 13th, 2015 @ 4:18am

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    I heard the DEA and FBI were supposed to be protectors of America.

    Turns out, what we hear and what's actually true are completely different.

  • Nov 12th, 2015 @ 11:56am

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    Looking forward to seeing Rep. Bob Goodlatte's cameo in an upcoming superhero movie as we did with Sen. Patrick Leahy.

    Soft corruption isn't limited to hosted dinners.

  • Nov 12th, 2015 @ 7:19am

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    There's a fantastic older movie (I've yet to see come out on Bluray) called "Other People's Money". Stars Danny DeVito and Penelope Ann Miller in a show where Danny's character sees a small cable making company's stock high and decides to "cash out" but forcing the company to sell.

    The closing argument he makes is awesome, and pretty honest in its delivery.

    The movie ends with the company shuttering, only to be revived in changing from making cables to airbag mesh nets.

    Bring us to 2015 and those stockholders in cable companies remind me of this movie. They'll hem and haw, refusing to see the world changing, while demanding business don't change in the hope their stock value only increases.

    Money makes people do stupid things.

  • Nov 11th, 2015 @ 9:02am

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    I know I may be not worth asking, but could you use factual information in your pieces?
    Anyone else have the thought "practice what you preach" while reading this piece?

    The entitlement too many people have. Cohen needs to learn his lies have consequences, and being called a "lobbyist" is the least of them.

  • Nov 11th, 2015 @ 4:36am

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    I was beginning to think Techdirt forgot how to write a "good news" article.

    My faith in humanity has been restored.


  • Nov 9th, 2015 @ 10:55am

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    To treat someone who is 18, but still in high school, as an adult is probably the most ridiculous "catch all" in the fiasco.

    Just another example of how laws "to protect the children" rarely do.

  • Nov 6th, 2015 @ 6:24am

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    A slightly less shitty quarter also doesn't change the fact that the housing market continues to grow without bringing new cable subscribers along for the ride.

    This is expected, given how many new customers these companies want and they'll pretty much do anything to get them, such as actually giving new customers decent rates on internet without needing cable.

    The problem comes after the initial promo period (usually a year). At this point, ISPs get downright nasty and up the promo price to ridiculous levels.

    When customers call to complain, they're FORCED into taking tiered packaging because that's how the discounts continue.

    Remarkably, the FTC says Net Neutrality changes by the FCC will hinder them to do their job.

    So what the hell is the excuse for the last 30 years, where cable price gouging has exploded faster than the rate of inflation?

    Just recently, we had to literally argue with AT&T to reduce their rate.

    It was the final straw. I told my wife, against her wishes, this is the last year of cable, so get used to watching stuff online.

  • Nov 5th, 2015 @ 8:25am

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    The median usage for XFINITY Internet customers is 40 GB of data in a month.
    Is this before or after the throttling occurs.

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