I built my first computer in 1982 and have owned many since. Not one has ever seen the inside of a repair shop once the warranty has expired. I'm better qualified to repair them than the idiots I've talked to at Dell and Apple.
Having fiber doesn't mean you get reasonable speed. I had fiber (IFITL) from AT&T for about 10 years before I switched to cable. AT&T limited the speed to 3 mb. This story made me curious so I checked what speed I can get from AT&T now. According to the web site, I can't get wired internet service. I have to use a wireless device. That is a joke. I have to use a micro cell in order to get AT&T cell service at my home. Even though their home services are garbage, their cell service is the best in Atlanta.
No. When talking about Republicans or Democrats, assume they are idiots. Actually, that applies to pretty much all politicians. Assume they are idiots and then you can be pleasantly surprised on the rare occasion when they aren't. Government isn't the solution. More often than not, it is the problem.
Just because something can be patented it doesn't mean it is worth doing or can be done today. The patent may require a technology that is still under development. You cold patent something that requires an extremely small battery that nobody make yet. The proof of concept can use an external battery but it can't be made into a product until the proper batter is made. If I came up with a process to turn lead into gold I could patent it. If the process took $10,000 an ounce to make gold and gold is selling for $1,200 an ounce, I would be a fool to do it.
Thousands of patents are granted every year and most are never implemented. Most shouldn't be given patents but that is a different story.
Since this law was already declared unconstitutional, it should have been removed from state law. Actually, it should never have been put there since it was declared unconstitutional before it was passed. That being said, it isn't up to the police to make the decision if a law is constitutional or not. If the law is on the books, the police should enforce it. The courts will settle to question of constitutionality.
The flag can be cut up but it doesn't have to be. There is nothing in the Flag Code that says it has to be. Here is the line from the Flag Code:
"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
When my son's were Scouts, our troop held flag retirement ceremonies about once a year. A couple boys would cut a flag while another would explain the symbolism of the different parts. After the cut flag was added to the fire, we would bring up veterans to be recognized and each would put another flag on the fire. If we didn't have enough flags, some would be cut up so that we would have enough pieces for all of our veterans. After the fire was out, we would remove the grommets and bury the ashes.
Everyone is worried about the image and Skittles. Nobody is addressing the point Trump was trying to make. This is the left's usual diversion technique: "If you can't wow them with your wisdom, baffle them with BS."
The whole thing is stupid. If I have something I want to hide, I would just use a version of the code written before the backdoor was added. If I'm using open source, I can modify the code so the backdoor won't work. This is harder if I'm using a closed system like a cell phone but it isn't impossible.
When Matt Lauer is moderating a debate, he is not being a journalist. He is a moderator and I agree that it isn't his job to fact check or call BS. It is the opposing candidate's job. If he is interviewing a candidate or reporting news, then it is his job.
How is using an off-the-shelf cable box any different than using an off-the-shelf modem for my internet? I've been using a modem I bough thru Amazon and Comcast didn't complain. I just had to register my modem's MAC address. I would think the same method should work with cable boxes. Everything is TCP/IP anyway. Just use the existing capabilities. Using that method, I should be able to go without a cable box and buy a TV with cable capability or run an app on my PC.
Alternately, provide cable the same as NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon or any of the other streaming services. Then I could use my cable anywhere.
"Hate speech" is vague. If I say that Hillary Clinton is a criminal and belongs in jail or Donald Trump is an ignorant, blow hard and shouldn't hold any political office, does that qualify as "hate speech"? Some people think anything bad said about Obama is hate speech.
My cable company provides internet access via my off the shelf cable modem. Security is provided by me having to register the box's MAC address. I don't see how that is secure enough for internet access but not video. I someone spoofs my MAC, either both devices will have problems or the network's security software will detect the duplicate and shut down access to both devices. Either way, the clone device doesn't get access.
If Hazy Dreams is in violation, then so is Atari. Any penalty should go to Magnavox. Of course, I don't think anyone broke any rules. Several years ago, I wrote and released some software that included the word "remote" in the name. Does that mean that nobody can use the word "remote" in the name of any communications software? No. The word is too generic to copyright or trademark.