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  • Sep 30th, 2009 @ 12:14am

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    There is no limitation of competition for cable companies. That is just a bullshit myth spread byt he telcos so that they can get their slice of the pie.

    Cables competition is:

    * 1-2 other cable providers (Orlando has Brighthouse or Comcast for example)
    * Satelite services like Dish
    * Various IPTV services offered by several telco's and independants
    * OTA broadcasts

    Whether you specifically have access to these is irrelivant. The competition for the overall market still exists.

    People who complain about the cable companies having shit programming/ too many ads are ignorant of the reality of the situation. They have no control over what the channels they carry show.

    Claiming that the cable company is responsible for the ads/programming of a carried channel is like blaming Ford Motors for drunk driving deaths.

  • Sep 29th, 2009 @ 9:57pm

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    Hmmm, not sure where the '?' all came from. Perhaps my spellchecker flipped out. My appologies.

  • Jul 2nd, 2009 @ 11:01pm

    Re: Bittersweet

    Regardless of what you feel about her, she has a right to free speech as long as it isn't some sort of hate speech. Vilify her all you want, but she is nothing more than an average internet troll. If you want to witness real trolling, visit the random board at 4chan for a day or two and then consider who is more fitting of being scum for simple internet speech.

    The law is the law, and cannot be biased, even in such an emotional case. Is it sad and tragic that a 13 yr old took her own life? Yes it is. Is it criminal what Lori did? Not by any strech of the imagination. Freedom of speech boils down to a simple dictum: To protect the ability to say what I want, I have to protect your ability to say what you want, whether I like it or not.

    No matter how much you want Lori to suffer and die, no matter how hard you wish for her to be locked away forever, the law cannot allow it because she did nothing wrong in the eyes of the law! And as an aside, it shows how right we are to have laws, because if we left it up to the hate bandwagoner's, she'd be lynched and hung without a thought.