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  • Jul 20th, 2021 @ 11:01am

    well said


  • Feb 26th, 2021 @ 10:32pm

    Re: Yes, Maz, corporations must OBEY gov'ts.

    why is this flagged as abusive/trolling spam? did he hurt someone's feelings?

    it seems wrong

  • Feb 10th, 2021 @ 11:43am

    Are naked links the answer?

    What if search engines simply provide naked links to Australian news sites? I think most people would know what was happening so there wouldn't be a lot of confusion.

    You could take a step further and obfuscate the text extracted from those sites but do it in a way that an (unofficial) browser add on could then 'fix'.

    You could even throw out takedown notices to a random list of add on providers every once in a while if you have to .. knowing a new batch would pop up as soon as you did. This cat and mouse game may get Australian citizens annoyed enough to demand the law be rescinded.

  • Feb 2nd, 2021 @ 6:12pm

    this is important

    I've never stepped foot in a prison and have only ever visited a jail once in my life but this subject is important to me. Important enough that I would have probably voted for someone like Trump (who I find offensive) if he said fixing this shit was a priority.

    I'm ashamed of my country when I read things like this.

  • Jan 28th, 2021 @ 3:50pm

    imformal demographics

    I have a 12yo and a 16yo. Neither have any interest in broadcast TV. Seriously, none - it's not even on their radar. Same with their friends.

    Games and on-demand rule they day in our world.

  • Jul 31st, 2020 @ 4:44am

    above the law

    Anyone who would argue that law enforcement's contempt for the accused (and the minority/impoverished population in general) in Chicago has nothing to do with the crime rate is simply wrong. It goes both ways.

    My brother in law is a cop in the same geographical region and I eagerly did a ride-along once .. I've never returned or spoken to him since because of what I experienced (12 years ago).

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 10:26am

    (untitled comment)

    amen fellow traveler.

    I did do a ride along with my brother-in-law a few years back. He's a cop in a mid sized southern Michigan city. The short version is: The entire precinct had no issues with using racial slurs (liberally) but when they actually interacted with people they treated a certain (perceived) group of people differently .. and it really didn't seem to track with their words.

    Therefore, I'm not positive it's limited to "not being white" (because I am white and have experienced it more than a few times at home too) I think it starts with them thinking you can't defend yourself (i.e. you look 'poor') and when you throw 'not being white' into that situation it gets a lot worse.

    My behavior and attitudes have not changed over the years but the way I'm INITIALLY treated by cops is drastically different now that I'm driving a $60k car (I have a led foot).

    anyway, that's my 2c

  • May 20th, 2020 @ 9:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Obamacare

    (from a former ditto-head)

    The only useful thing I ever heard come out of Rush Limbaugh's mouth has stuck with me for over 20 years and is as true today as it was then: "The first rules of the bureaucracy is to protect the bureaucracy"

  • May 19th, 2020 @ 11:56am

    not French?

    "Often it really seems like the issue is that these companies are not French companies."

    well.. yeah, of course it is. and even if it's not (to a specific Frenchy) the fact that it bothers everyone else is enough to get most of those people on-board too.

  • Sep 13th, 2019 @ 1:42pm

    low latency satellite broadband

    while I can say, without a doubt, that my ATT fiber is a MUCH better service than anything i ever experienced from Comcast it also doesn't allow me to use my own router or change the default DNS. also, I'm compelled to do business with a company i loathe. i really hope the forthcoming satellite offerings live up to the hype. I could also, conceivably, dump Verizon. then they could buy all the laws they want (I live in TN .. sooo) and it wouldn't matter .. that would be awesome.

  • Jul 22nd, 2019 @ 7:02pm

    a mirror

    a mirror is probably all they need to understand (and completely justify to themselves) the other side.

  • Jun 5th, 2018 @ 9:24am


    I've been here longer than that, my friend. I also read the site every (week) day. I've even bought a t shirt or two.

    Support comes in may forms
  • Jun 5th, 2018 @ 8:07am

    Broadband in Nashville

    I actually work at the electric company - the company whose pole's Google Fiber was fighting for 'one-touch-make-ready' rules to access.

    They HAD an office in our building and never said much (read: anything). That's all I know - I'm still on the signup list and haven't heard a peep (ever!).

    HOWEVER, I now have access to gigabit connections from Comcast (_slightly_ spotty at time but very usable even for gaming) and AT&T. I just got the AT&T one and currently experiencing installation issues, but when it works, HOLY COW.

    After promos are over the cost will be (as far as I understand)
    AT&T $90/month - no cap (offered to gigabit fiber customers only)
    Comcast $80/month + $30/Month for unlimited

    I'm disgusted with (overtly arrogant) Google and WILL switch to Apple (or maybe a new Surface phone???). In time Nest will be removed too. I'm done with that company
  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 11:59am


    I work in I.T. at a LARGE municipal utility so, maybe, I know a little more about this subject than Ted (maybe?).

    Anyway, I 100% GUARANTEE if we got 'hacked' (which is a difficult proposition in the first place - NERC & FERC are DILIGENT in their assessments) we would simply disconnect the 'smart grid' and go back to the 'old way' of keeping the lights on.

    It's not rocket science.
  • Aug 6th, 2015 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Yet again, problem is simply lawyers, the cockroaches of civilization. They'll do anything for hire.

    >>But the real payload of this piece is to mention "Streisand Effect".

    OMG, you figured him out.

    I'd call it 'making a living', jackass.
  • Jun 4th, 2015 @ 2:17pm

    (untitled comment)

    Am I really missing anything by never, ever, using my Twitter account? If it's important Buzzfeed will have clickbait up within minutes ... and I'm not saying that's bad. They 'bait' me because they follow up a lot of 'real' stories with real reporting.
  • May 4th, 2015 @ 4:25pm


    Hush Bard, you'll get my money when I'm ready to give it to you.

    Copyright is obnoxious on a personal level, I'll copy all the files I want and it's none of your darn business.

    A limited form of copyright? Sure, 10 years and pick one: broadcast or physical (or some different, but still SIMPLE, categories) .. and JUST ONE copyright too. Composer, performer, stage manager, whatever - you guys figure out where the money goes. And that's where I'd be willing to END negotiations.

    I could live with a copyright law like that ... and probably more importantly, teach my kids to respect it.
  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Why ?

    @Pierre "I don't mean to sound offensive. I'm French"

    Is that actually a thing that can happen in real life if I'm Anglo? (j/k, I couldn't resist)

    Interesting that you don't have to. Back when cable started here that was a selling point that I knew (as a 10 year old) wouldn't last long .. and it didn't. YES, it's obnoxious but we have NO CHOICE.
  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 9:35am

    I'm a good customer ...

    I found out last week we paid Comcast about ~$500 dollars (I didn't know about - wife pays bills) and 3 vacation days (that I certainly knew about at the time) to get Comcast to FINALLY climb the pole outside my house and replace their 'broken thing' so my internet would stay connected for more than 15 minutes. Also: I had to order phone service to get their wonderful 'computer system' to allow tech to be scheduled in the first place (this was back in October).

    I know all about how they value customers .... then they have commercials talking about how the people who actually come to your house are going to be nice, on time and such ... that has NEVER been an issue for me, EVER (3 houses all over Nashville) - it's been the 'system' not allowing the customer service rep to do what they KNEW I needed or the (outsourced) call centers OBVIOUS marching orders.

    I can't wait to call about getting my money back (that I was promised wouldn't be charged in the first place), it'll be awesome I bet - I'm actually not sure it'll be worth $500 to deal with them again (best customer ever, amiright?)

    At least Google Fiber is coming here .. and I work for the local utility Google had to negotiate with. I just made them (Google) a list of our approved manufacturers and part numbers so they could start ordering the new poles they'll be installing to make this all work.
  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 12:21pm

    This is not bluster

    I have a vague idea what's on HBO (Game of Thrones??, Hunger Games? .. maybe) but I had planned on getting this service as soon as it was available mostly because I loathe 'cable' and wanted to support legitimate alternatives - but an APPLE exclusive? Are you kidding me? This post is the first time I learned how long it was neutered (3 months makes it _slightly_ less obnoxious). I'm not sure now (probably not). BTW: Deluge seems like a great alternative to uTorrent these days ...

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