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  • Jun 6th, 2017 @ 6:58am

    Not sure about the merger, but Charter delivers...

    I get it that the merger may result in decreased competition and all that, but I gotta say that Charter has delivered excellent service. I've had other ISPs and Charter has gone above and beyond on every occasion. With AT&T I paid for 18Mbs and only got 11Mbs if I was lucky. With Charter, I paid for 20Mbs and got 30Mbs most of the time. When they came out with Spectrum, they upgraded me to 100Mbs at no additional charge. I usually get 130Mbs on Speedtest.

    I know, no one on this board likes to hear anything good about cable companies and I'm sure many will consider me a paid shill for the cable companies, but I gotta be fair and give praise where praise is due.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 6:04am

    (untitled comment)

    Just more over reaction by the liberal left to anything Trump. It's not like these companies are actually harmed by the travel ban. Just how many Somali software developers are being banned from entering the country? I realize they work cheap on their H1B visas, but there can't be many of them.

    Please donate to the Techdirt survival fund. I did.

  • Mar 30th, 2017 @ 5:48am

    More please

    The rule, which as you point out hadn't even taken effect yet, is just one example of the massive bureaucratic over reach that was the Obama administration. Instead of making laws, they made rules and executive orders which are much easier to nullify. We need to reel in the power of the deep state and get back to making laws that have some teeth and will stick. Of course, in order to do that the laws need mainstream support beyond some left wing, nanny state, big government types. I look forward to more reversals of Obama era overreach and the return of government for the people by the people.

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 7:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, the story is about REPUBLICANS freaking out. I guess from a certain point of view - that's unusual enough to make an interesting story. DEMOCRATS freak out all time, so no story there I guess.

  • Jan 11th, 2017 @ 2:05pm

    Google "Who invented email"

    Mike, can't you get your friends at Google to fix this one? You have to dig quite a bit to find the real (true) store. If you setup a legal defense fund, I'll donate.

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Found the answer to my question on kim komando's site:

    Frantic Locker was first reported to spread via spam text messages and malicious web links. To avoid getting your Google TV infected, be careful when visiting websites using the built-in TV web browser. Additionally, checking email and clicking unknown links through your TV can also put it at risk. However, in Cauthon's case, it appears that his TV was infected by a rogue app. It goes without saying, please refrain from downloading and installing apps from unofficial and unknown app sources.

    Don't install 3rd party apps, don't browse the web, don't check your email on your 'smart' TV. In short - don't do stupid stuff.

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 1:30pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The Smart features on my Sony (with Android TV) are pretty worthless. The ARC will not pass Dolby Digital+ (only Dolby Digital) so I bought a Roku. They could also do away with the worthless TV speakers as far as I'm concerned.

    Anyone know how this guy got infected? What features did he use? Email? Browser? Google store?

  • Jan 4th, 2017 @ 1:22pm

    Re: Re:

    Maybe the security briefings were a worthless as the factory reset code that didn't work.

    Maybe the security briefings were politically biased so as to delegitimize the rightful owner who won the TV fair and square.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 1:35pm

    (untitled comment)

    The EFF defines the legal standard for defamation as:
    Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone's reputation, and published "with fault," meaning as a result of negligence or malice

    So the list the WaPo published presumably only included right leaning sites and it could be argued that the WaPo is not absent malice in opposing such sites whose views differ mightily from it's editorial board. The WaPo should have known the story was bogus as other newspapers did but it furthered their narrative so they went with it. Could it be considered defamation? Doesn't appear to be as open or shut a case as you intimate Mike.

    I get most of my fake news from cable news channels.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 1:17pm

    Nicely done

    I read the article through twice and couldn't find anything to disagree with. This represents a slippery slope to more overt censorship which is bad no matter which side of the political divide you reside on. Nice job Mike.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 1:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Well the silver lining is...

    Thanks Aric, you made me laugh.

  • Nov 16th, 2016 @ 1:37pm

    Re: Re:

    So Mike, Why didn't you include the original tweets? This guy is threatening folks. Of course, he was only threatening Trump voters and random white people. Not really that big a deal, right?

  • Nov 15th, 2016 @ 6:37pm

    Fact checking isn't the issue

    The issue is that the mass media has lost the trust of the American people. You can agonize about people not accepting the facts, but unless the facts come from a trusted source they won't be accepted. Fact checking is worthless unless there is some degree of trust the fact checkers, it's not that complicated.

    A better column would be an analysis of why the mainstream media has lost the trust of the American people. (And no fair blaming it on stupid people, that's an elite cop out.)

  • Nov 14th, 2016 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Why?

    I don't read those sites. Perhaps I should start.

    I read WSJ, WaPo, NYT, Slate, Vox, Breitbart, Drudge, RCP, Politico, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, the Hill, and Townhall for political news. There are plenty of sites out there that cover politics. Very few sites cover technology, the surveillance state, etc. like Tech Dirt does. (IMHO, YMMV)

  • Nov 14th, 2016 @ 7:39am


    Tim - even though I agree with the premise of your piece, I'm wondering why it's on tech dirt. Is tech dirt just becoming just another political site? (albeit one that prides itself on not taking sides)

  • Nov 11th, 2016 @ 4:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You need to get over it Mike...

    We've had this argument before when you tried to convince me that Vox was unbiased. I believe that only by knowing and acknowledging our own inherent biases can we break out of them and hope to glimpse the objective truth. I subscribe to and read conservative publications/sites and liberal publications/sites so I can see all sides of an issue. You're apparently convinced you're right, so no need to see the whole picture, no need to understand the viewpoints of the other side because in your mind there are no sides and there is only your side and you're right. Good luck with that. Consider me the loyal opposition. I'll keep reading because I like your opinions, they make me think, even if you can't admit you have an opinion.

  • Nov 11th, 2016 @ 11:25am

    Re: Re: You need to get over it Mike...

    Mike, thanks for the reply, guess I hit a nerve.

    First - you don't have a side? Sure, of course you would have been equally happy who ever won the election.

    I'm not denying the Jews or Gays are fearful, I was saying that their fears have been stoked by media misrepresentations of Trump (who is not anti-gay or anti-Jew). It's the media's fault these folks are so upset.

    I think tech dirt does a great job, or else I wouldn't even both to read it much less post. But it bothers me when you get too political. Thanks.

  • Nov 11th, 2016 @ 9:45am


    I live in one of the three counties in Missouri who went for Clinton. I know a few folks who are openly happy, but most are keeping their heads very low since violence against Trump supporters is a very real thing. Two of my neighbors houses got vandalized because they had Trump signs in their lawns. I've heard of many similar incidents where houses or cars were vandalized.

    We're happy, but fearful of what the left will do. See the link below for reports of vicious attacks on Trump supporters that will never be reported by left leaning news outlets. p/

    We're fearful, but we VOTED. Someday maybe the media will admit that the left they're in love with is every bit as violent, racist, and hate filled as the right.

  • Nov 11th, 2016 @ 8:38am

    You need to get over it Mike...

    Your side lost, get over it (and don't tell me you don't have a side, your candidate may not have been on the ballot but your 'side' was).

    Trump is right to blame the media for stoking the fears of the protesters. I've seen media reports of Jews scared for their life - totally unfounded since Trump's daughter converted to Judaism and his son in law is Jewish. I've seen reports of gays equally afraid, when Trump called out his support of gays at the republican convention.

    I'll be happy when tech dirt goes back to railing against the cable companies and bad cops.

  • Nov 9th, 2016 @ 5:08am

    Sorry Mike...

    Sorry your candidate lost Mike. Take comfort in that, like Reagan before him, Trump will govern better than anyone expects him to. (Which won't be hard since expectation are so, so, so, low.)

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