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  • Oct 23rd, 2017 @ 12:18pm

    Re:

    No, it's giving us lots of freedom to be screwed by letting ISP's jack up our prices even farther and give us even crappier service!

    Don't you love the freedom to be screwed over by giant corporations that pay Washington to take away those unnecessary 'consumer protections'?

  • Oct 20th, 2017 @ 9:17am

    It's time to look at spending taxpayer money differently

    The arguments by ISP's and their political hacks about how these proposals 'save' taxpayers money shows how wrongly most people think about taxpayer money.

    Lack of ISP competition costs taxpayers a lot through their slow Internet connection, and the monopoly pricing the ISPs can charge them for garbage service and speed. It makes the whole area a lot less appealing for businesses to, which costs taxpayers even more money long term (though indirectly).

    So yes, allowing governments to spend money on better ISP infrastructure is a good use of taxpayer dollar, and it SAVES taxpayer money, even if it might require raising taxes to pay for it. It's like paying up an extra $10 in taxes to save $20 on your ISP bill all while improving your quality of life and making your community more attractive for businesses.

  • Oct 19th, 2017 @ 11:43am

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    That's the very point of being against those proposed laws.

    When the laws are so ridiculously broad that the average American commits 3 felonies a day without even realizing it, you have a major problem. The police could throw literally anyone in jail and find something that would stick.

    Also...

    The rules are simple... break the law or assist someone in breaking the law, you are a criminal too. Hard to figure this out? I thought you guys where the "educated" ones?

    ... Did you even read the entire article? Specifically this part.

    People in the EU who've merely given rides to Syrian (and other) refugees tired from trekking on foot have been prosecuted for trafficking. Yes that's Europe, not the US, but it's an example of how well-intentioned trafficking laws can easily be over-applied to the point that they invite absurd results, including those that end up making immigrants even more vulnerable to traffickers than they would have been without the laws.

    In other words, passing SESTA in the name of stopping human trafficking is like passing a rape prevention bill that will cause more people to be raped. What good is a law that will fail to accomplish it's stated goal, while causing a slew of unintended side effects?

  • Oct 18th, 2017 @ 11:56am

    ISPs are incompetent at mapping it

    Story time, I think part of why the ISP's don't like this is because they're so incompetent that their own internal maps are wrong.

    Years ago the business I worked at wanted to upgrade to get Verizon FIOS. But we were told repeatedly that it wasn't available in our area. This was despite the fact that:

    • Our next door neighbor, a dental office, already had FIOS.

    • We could clearly see the FIOS boxes outside of our window on the cable lines.

    After some arguing with them over the phone we finally got them to send a technician out, to verify that their maps were wrong and we could get FIOS.

    But the best part? A few years later we got a knock on our door from a Verizon salesman, asking us if we wanted to upgrade to the FIOS we already had!

    So yes, despite them having several years to fix their maps, and being told by us that FIOS was available in the area, and despite the fact that we were paying for it, Verizon was incompetent enough to send a salesman to our door offering to sell it to us.

  • Oct 13th, 2017 @ 10:48am

    Re: Could you even imagine

    But Fox is the ONLY news organization that reports the truth that the 'liberal' media won't report! Fox told me themselves!

  • Oct 13th, 2017 @ 10:47am

    Re: NBC is not a "private person",

    LOL you don't have a clue.

    There's a number of less reputable news organizations that post all sorts of stuff that the mainstream news organizations won't dare touch.

    Occasionally they're reporting the truth but there's not enough proof for the mainstream media to touch it (for example they were reporting the Edwards love child for over a year before there was enough evidence for the mainstream media to dare to touch it).

    But usually it's just a load of garbage that's completely false.

    But those news organizations are rarely ever sued, because:

    • Yes corporations and media organizations DO have free speech and freedom of the press rights.

    • Winning a defamation lawsuit as a public figure is nearly impossible, and the lawsuit would just bring them more bad publicity.

  • Oct 13th, 2017 @ 8:14am

    Re: Prior Restraint

    So by that logic a forest ranger shouldn't be able to do anything if they see someone pouring a bunch of gasoline on the trees, because they haven't started a forest fire yet? Hence it would be prior restraint to punish them for trying to start a forest fire?

    The damage from a monopoly isn't just in how they 'might' abuse their monopoly. It's long been shown that monopolies often hurt the whole economy, since the reduced competition allows them to raise prices and be less responsive to customer demands.

  • Oct 12th, 2017 @ 10:36am

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    These cities have publicly announced that they will be flouting the law

    There's a thing called 'separation of powers' built into the constitution that backs them up, you should read up on it.

    The Trump Administration has essentially zero options to crack down on sanctuary cities due to past legal precedents limiting executive power (including some rulings that happened under the Obama administration). They could try to, but the sanctuary cities are almost certainly going to triumph in court if they do.

    If you think it's garbage that the courts will side with the cities over the federal government, well, this is one of the problems in operating under such an old constitution that was written by people who feared a strong central government. That's why the federal government is weaker then most national governments if you compare our system to other nation's democracies.

  • Oct 12th, 2017 @ 7:20am

    (untitled comment)

    > According to research by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), roughly half of the $40 billion in revenue made in this market is courtesy of a lack of competition and monopoly over-charging of smaller businesses.

    Stuff like this are why I've been saying for years that Wall Street are very short sighted in hating FIOS and other ISP infrastructure investments. They're undermining the entire US economy long term (and their own investments) just so that a few greedy people who own ISP stock in Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, etc. can make more money in the short term from lack of competition and lack of proper investment in infrastructure.

    It would be like all the drug companies in the world deciding they don't need a Research and Development department, because they can just jack up the prices on all the drugs they already sell to make more money. They'd make big money in the short term with their greatly reduced expenses, but at the expense of everyone else with their jacked up prices. And long term we'd all be screwed from the lack of investment in medical research.

  • Oct 12th, 2017 @ 6:37am

    Re: Re:

    Nah, it's so that we can throw more people into those for profit prisons of course!

    And we can brag to the public about putting more people behind bars to show we're fighting crime!

  • Oct 12th, 2017 @ 6:35am

    Re:

    I prefer "Coalition for keeping the public ignorant by censoring scientific papers".

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 11:50am

    Only *millions*

    But what she wants are things tech companies can't provide without sacrificing the security of millions of non-terrorists..

    LOL only millions. LOL I wish.

    Multiply that by 1,000 and you'll be closer to the actual number.

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 8:47am

    Re: Re: Wall Street Predicts Apathetic Regulators

    Treating them as public utilities is what we should have done 2 decades ago.

    The worst part about this whole mess, and how Wall Street loves it, is how we're under-mining our own economy and economic growth with this madness.

    Slower Internet speeds hurt businesses and economic growth. It makes a lot of areas less attractive to move to and start businesses in. And that trickle down effect makes almost everyone poorer in the long run, including most Wall Street investors who are too short sighted realized that non-Comcast and non-Verizon stocks get hurt by their monopolies and lack of competition.

  • Oct 3rd, 2017 @ 1:06pm

    (untitled comment)

    ... What case do these search warrants even have in the first place? I don't recall reading about any riots or anything by anti-Trump protesters.

    The only controversy about the inauguration I recall was it's very low turnout, and how Trump lied for over a month about the 'huge' turnout breaking Obama's turnout records.

  • Oct 3rd, 2017 @ 9:15am

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    The worst part is there's a bunch of Americans who insist that the bill of rights and those other protections don't apply to non-citizens like Kim DotCom.

    I mean seriously, if you follow their logic then it would be perfectly ok for the US to jail foreigners who criticize the US government, because foreigners don't have the right to free speech in the US!

  • Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 1:22pm

    Re:

    FYI the 'camel to pass through the eye of a needle' part is actually a mis-translation.

  • Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 1:21pm

    Re:

    China already has (as close as you can realistically come, with all porn outlawed) on their highly censored web where every site must identify who you really are with their government created Real ID system.

  • Sep 29th, 2017 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: What if this was done to a user....

    Well isn't banning the use of it kind of banning the mining of it by default?

    If you're mining it obviously you intend on 'using' it in some way when you sell it/spend it later.

  • Sep 29th, 2017 @ 1:12pm

    Re: Interesting idea though

    ...I don't know about you, but I keep literally 10+ tabs open at a time.

    What would happen if all 10 of those sites tried to make my computer mine crypto-currency for them?

    Even the best computers would probably choke and crash under that onslaught.

    Or the computer's anti-virus would start alerting the user like crazy that someone's trying to inject malware on your computer.

  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 8:49am

    Re: Re: Re: The only value the GOP has left...

    What ideas from liberals do libertarians even take?

    Sure they say they support equal rights, but they also oppose government measures to bring about those equal rights, like the 1964 civil rights act (the act that had real teeth at stopping mass discrimination against blacks in the south). They insist the private market should about that change by boycotting businesses that discriminate.

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