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  • Jun 19th, 2017 @ 8:21am

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    Aren't most... Er... All cable providers also ISPs... Seems logical they would want to milk the dying industry for every last drop, install their mouthpiece Mr. Pai to kill net neutrality so they can dictate how the Internet is run and after killing off cable have a totally clean playing field that they absolutely control....
    It's probably more complicated than that, but it seems like a feasible root plan...

  • Jun 16th, 2017 @ 8:40am

    Typical greedy-blind cluelessness

    The GTA series was once one of my favorite games because of the freedom and openness of the game.
    Over time they narrowed your freedom in the game, especially for console users and made the game more blatantly monetized.
    The games may have gotten bigger and better looking, but like every company that "knows better than you" they ignored the long time fan base and did everything they could to alienate long time customers.
    Given the way they trolled the fans with that stupid viral mural pseudo-mystery in the last game, I hope with this move, the fans finally stop bitching and stop buying.
    Pushing back and negative press which effects their bottom line is the only way to show them they don't know better then you.

  • Jun 12th, 2017 @ 6:26am

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    It's so weird how spies, terrorists and people up to no good were ever able to exist and do their thing in the age before the Internet...
    So I'm guessing that the convenience of the Internet has made it the de facto method of nogoodniks to ply their trade and they all decided to sign an agreement with each other to never again use hand passed notes, secret codes and other traditional methods...
    Oh... Then her arguments makes total sense.

    And plus 10 for the hypocrisy.

  • May 26th, 2017 @ 9:20am

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    Sadly, none of this information is ever mentioned in the "popular" media... So only people who actually are knowledgeable about this in the first place are even following this... Everyone is watching the Russian distraction machine masquerading as a president and his train wreck side show of supporting players cavort for the cameras, while the real and lasting damage is being done to education, consumer protection, Internet freedom, environmental protection, worker safety and god knows what else...

  • May 24th, 2017 @ 2:21pm

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    Yes RNC, do more to make everyone detest the Republican Party as much as friggin possible... May I suggest hiring mufflerless vans with huge loudspeakers to go through quite neighborhoods at 3 AM blaring your messages of political bliss... I think that's the edge you are looking for... Do it! Do it!

  • May 22nd, 2017 @ 3:24pm

    An astounding level of ignorance...

    "It shows an astounding level of ignorance about the internet and technology, and seems to be written by technically illiterate people who fall for internet hoaxes and now only think of the internet in terms of what they fear about it."
    I'm never astounded by the level of ignorance displayed by the ignorant, but it's sometimes the supplemental levels of stupidity that are truly impressive.

  • May 15th, 2017 @ 8:41am

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    Just one more reason to hate Holloywood... $$$$ above all else.
    To get their pound of flesh, they'll open another new door for people's rights and privacy to be taken away... And if it leads to a few crummy dissidents going to jail or being killed... Well, that's a small price to pay for their comfort and splendor.

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 10:30am

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    Hey, while they are at it sue citrus trees and the prison system for excessive use of orange too... What kind of an insignificant bullshit company does this... Oh yeah, those guys.

  • May 11th, 2017 @ 5:52pm

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    This would be troublesome if Russia had ever been a democracy... But this is Russia you are talking about. Aside from getting a new flag, and rebranding themselves as the Russian Federation, nothing much freedom and human rights related has changed there since the old Soviet days.
    But then again the Republicans have kinda invited the Russians to participate in the workings of our government... So yeah, maybe we should be concerned about what they are doing to their citizens.

  • May 11th, 2017 @ 5:36pm

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    So now nobody can use the word "prey" in a video game title or they are depriving Bethesda of their rightful income.
    Yes, Pete Hines..."cool" does not have anything to do with this... But "stupid" and "greedy" do.

  • May 9th, 2017 @ 5:36pm

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    "Concur"? That's not a Trump word...

    Someone wrote that for him... The Trump version probably went more like:

    Hey Jim,
    I got some papers from Jeff and Rod those attorney general guys... They are saying I aught to fire you as soon as possible. But I want everyone to know I thought of it first.
    I was way, way ahead of them on this, but I'm gonna give them this one and let them say it was their idea... I think you did a huge job, it was wonderful, but basically I'm firing you right now.

    I really appreciate that favor you did for me with the emails, and how you kept telling me that there are no microphones in my meatloaf and that I'm the best president ever... better than Andrew Jackson and Kim Jong Un combined.

    Everyone loves me.

    I tremendously agree with what those guys at the justice league said and that you are attracting too much attention to stuff that is nobody's business but mine and Mr. Putin's.

    It's hugely important that we find someone who'll bring us better ratings and will help Americans forget all this fake news and lies about me. Now that you are outta here, we are gonna need someone that people really like, so do you have Batman or Captain America's phone number?

    Well, that's it, good luck, you're fired.

    The Donald.

    So I wonder who they are gonna install in that position now... Can billionaires with no experience in law enforcement be picked to run the FBI?

  • May 6th, 2017 @ 3:46pm

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    Moral panic is more about how the "threat" is presented by "vocal panickers"...
    Most people don't "realize" a thing is a "moral treat" until some righteous watchdog informs them that based on their narrow point of view and need to be heralded as savior of their souls, this threat is of the gravest nature.
    That's usually where the problems start.
    But then again at what point is it legitimate concern and not just misinformed panic?
    The Internet of Things could be a wonderful place where your diabetic glucose monitor orders more test strips for you, evaluating the best prices, keeps your doctor up to date and informs them of any dangerous changes... Or... It could be sharing you medical data without your permission, binding you to a contract for the most crappy expensive test strips and cost you a job when unscrupulous employers decide the don't want to hire people with medical issues and use some program that figures out who might be buying certain medications by what address they receive packages regularly from.
    Sometimes it's bullshit, and sometimes it's foresight.
    It's how it plays out in history and what we decided to make of it.
    Sadly of late, a lot of good ideas and technology have been exploited and abused by people with no morals whatsoever.
    Two different people can be given the same tools... One will create and add to the quality of life and the other will use it to rob others and cause misery.
    It's not the tools or technology, but people that cause problems.

  • May 5th, 2017 @ 2:58pm

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    1- I have no love for the hotel industry.
    2- I have no love for Airbnb, who hopes to supplant the hotel industry so they can do whatever they please too.

    Without researching the details beyond the news coverage, the first question that comes to my mind is...
    Why would you expect immunity, if you knowingly broke the law?
    Miami forbids short term rentals... The property owners broke the law and admitted it in a public forum because the were hoping to get things changed in their favor.
    The only possibility of real complaint I could see in this is-
    1- If Miami didn't have any rules in place already and these individuals were targeted for future harassment.
    2- Someone in official capacity promised them that violators could testify without fear of prosecution.
    Otherwise they basically walked into it.
    I get that the hotel industry has a lot at stake by blocking Airbnb's growth... But there are reasons towns and cities make rules like this...
    Airbnb isn't the poor underdog fighting for your constitutional right to do with your property as you wish...
    They are looking to make money even if it ruins neighborhoods and apartments and is a nuisance to others.
    If you honestly think they give a crap about anything other than money, go take a ride on your magical unicorn and think deeply about it.
    What kind of homeowners rent out their homes to strangers anyway?
    Not your fun nice neighbors who give a crap about you...
    It's people who don't live at that address and don't give a rats ass about the others that live around that property.
    Airbnb wore out it welcome in my area because it was immediately abused.
    Badly abused.
    It's easy to say that many towns and cities overreach their authority by with stupid laws and codes...
    Until you have a party house next door and Airbnb is the one paying the politicians to rewrite the laws and you can do nothing about it.
    Airbnb and all these other regulation loophole sidestepping websites that allow people to do an end run around existing rules and regulations are not heroes... They are the next generation of corporate bullies and abusers

  • May 5th, 2017 @ 7:43am

    Re: Do poor areas pay less?

    Perhaps in some cities with strong support for lower income neighborhoods... But from my experiences, outside of examples like that...
    No, it's the same and often for worse service.

    Why should they invest in any upgrades for poor people... They are just... You know... Poor people...
    What are they gonna do... Complain?
    Switch providers?
    Stop voting for corporate installed politicians?
    Not make campaign contributions?
    You want to keep your top paying customers happy... The poor folks are just "filler" customers.

    Yeah... Let's see how things turn out when all the regulations are gone and they are openly writing the laws without any restrictions or shame...

    I have a good feeling about this.

  • May 5th, 2017 @ 4:24am

    Re: Re: Re: 3 wishes

    Lobbying as it is has evolved into legal bribe acceptance.

    If it can't be reigned in then democracy, (if isn't already) is finished.

    Two good ideas to counter this perversion are presented in previous statements above...

    1- Any lawmakers accepting any sort of remuneration in any form should be excluded/barred from voting on or participating in any dealings concerning the industry from which they received the remuneration for a period of ten years (five is too short).

    2- Politicians and corporations should be required to fully disclosed and list all "donations" over $25, be they monetary or in goods or services (ex: fundraising brunch, fact finding tour of a Sandals resort etc...) every election cycle and to take out full page ads in newspapers papers, as well as have dedicated pages on "news" websites like CNN (Fox does not rate as anything new-like) disclosing these numbers.

    This though would be impossible, because it would it would defeat the purpose of entering politics.

    Until some miracle happens, this sort of nonsense where corporations write the rules that govern them, will remain and evolve further.

  • May 4th, 2017 @ 9:44am

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    I would worry less about checking with the government and more about checking accurate sources.
    But looking for government approval in regards to news is... Uh... Kinda what happens in oppressive regimes.
    Hmmm... Now who's making whom nauseous...?

  • May 3rd, 2017 @ 10:06am

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    It's never a question of "if we should make something", just implement it as soon as possible and let others deal with the consequences later.
    But then again one of these companies is Adobe and they pretty much never turn down any idea they think will make money, regardless of ethics or fairness.

  • May 2nd, 2017 @ 2:41pm

    Not just false, but insulting...

    The sad thing is how much more the Trumpster's antics and nonsense captures the public's attention, then what is really at stake.
    Look at the monkey puppet on a string and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, folks...
    I find it hilarious that if you go to the Comcast link above there are "0" comments and a friendly offer to "be the first to comment"...
    I'd love to be the first to comment on that...
    But having had far lesser comments removed elsewhere, than what that drivel is brewing in me, I find it hard to believe it would remain posted for more then a nanosecond.
    And (so far) 60 "Likes" which either means that at least 60 senile individuals have internet access and somehow found Comcast's page, or Comcast only was able to find 60 soulless employees to click "Like", the rest having more integrity then that.
    It's not just a flat out lie, it's completely and deeply insulting to sling bullshit like this at people.

  • Apr 25th, 2017 @ 10:13am

    All I really want...

    I don't want flying cars... people are infinitely stupid and the idea of people who can't operate a vehicle with only two axis of moment being given a third to defile is just dumb...
    A flying car on a deserted planet would be fun... But add one other person in a flying car and that moron, even if on the other side of the planet, would eventually find a way of crashing into you.
    Maybe in some utopian future where we all have patience, good judgment and the soylent green is cheap and nutritious, maybe then when the antigravity drives are affordable and fail safe, should we begin to ponder the possibility of nonprofessional imbeciles piloting flying cars...
    Till then all I really want is a good working jet pack so I can fly high above the birds... And poop on them for a change.