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  • Mar 06, 2018 @ 06:52am

    Re: First, you now ADMIT: "Google Fiber had spent several years promising Portland locals that gigabit fiber would be deployed to the city." -- Those were years during which you talked up Google Fiber and alleged "billions" actually being spent.

    Even a Babel Fish couldn't translate this gibberish into English.

  • Jan 22, 2018 @ 08:28am


    I'm only going to say that ISP's want a legislative fix. The problem with that is that the want THEIR legislative fix, written by them. They don't want legislation that, you know, actually protects us from their BS and they know they're likely to get what they want.

  • Jan 19, 2018 @ 04:23am

    Well if this doesn't work, maybe they can borrow from the US approach in a few years and come up with three programs. They can call them:


    They'll be just like the D.A.R.E. program and just as effective, and as an added bonus, they'll have the full support of the MPAA and RIAA.

  • Jan 05, 2018 @ 05:14am

    Re: FTFY

    “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?"

    It’s not the greatest country in the world. That’s my answer… [turns to a panelist] Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always? [turns to another panelist] And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom! So, 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom. [turns to the student who asked the question] And yeah, you… sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know. One of them is: there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are, without a doubt, a member of the worst period generation period ever period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about! Yosemite?!
    It sure used to be… We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reason. We passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reason. We waged wars on poverty, not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest. We built great, big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists AND the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it. It didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed… by great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.”
    ― Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom Script Episode 1

  • Dec 06, 2017 @ 08:40am


    Thank you for the info. Kind of what I should have expected, but I wasn't sure since all the focus seems to be on Pai and no one else really gets talked about.

  • Dec 06, 2017 @ 07:28am

    Pai is clearly against anything that relates to NN, aside from it's full repeal. We've heard this numerous times. But there is more to this story.

    What I haven't heard much of, or any of, is that there are 5 members who will vote. The original vote in 2015 was, as I recall, 3-2 in favor of the current rules. We know Wheeler left and Pai stayed. I'm not sure about other changes, but what is the feeling from the other 4 members on which way they might vote? Fortunately for us, Pai isn't a one-man show even though he's grabbing all the attention. (Unless I'm wrong?)

  • Aug 23, 2017 @ 08:02am

    Re: Close, but not quite right

    Of course, on the other hand, does it even matter?

    In a day and age where you don't own your devices can you really be upset when they search Apple or Samsung's phone or HP or Lenovo's laptop?

  • Aug 23, 2017 @ 07:37am

    Re: Close, but not quite right

    Totally right, and kinda baffling too. I'm pretty sure they all took an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution. The same Constitution that is pretty clear on the matter:

    Amendment IV

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    If you can't deal with that, you have no business being in a government position. These people need to resign immediately.

  • Aug 22, 2017 @ 07:33am

    I've been told that a work year (at least in the Fed. Govt) works out to 2087 hours. For one person. So 3000 hours is nearly 1.5 years! and 61000 hours...that's nearly someone's 30 year career!!! Absurd doesn't even begin to describe those estimates.

  • Jul 21, 2017 @ 11:14am


    I'm with you, and I think the best part is the use of the ™ symbols two paragraphs before this line shows up for Wikipedia™, the Free Encyclopedia™ and HyperLink™

  • Jun 28, 2017 @ 06:30pm

    "The problem in this case is occurring online and globally. The Internet has no borders — its natural habitat is global. The only way to ensure that the interlocutory injunction attained its objective was to have it apply where Google operates — globally."

    Ok, Canada has clearly defined borders, and as they openly admit, the Internet does not. Am I the only one that thinks that the Canadian court here just admitted they don't have jurisdiction?

  • May 02, 2017 @ 11:19am

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh

    According to this man, Absent a showing of market power, the Government may not tell sewage companies how to exercise their discretion about what which brand of toilet paper I am allowed to use to wipe my ass

  • Apr 26, 2017 @ 06:42am

    Re: 25% are just losers

    You don't have to be a Comcast customer to hate them. Even when I lived in areas where Comcast thankfully wasn't, I was glad I didn't have to deal with them because I hate them.

  • Apr 14, 2017 @ 06:38am

    I agree completely that consumers need to be vigilant and have a voice in this fight. The real question I have though is this, how do we make ourselves heard? Without a platform big enough, organized enough and funded enough to keep us from being ignored, the major ISP's will be able to drown out anything we would otherwise say with their strength of their political donations and lobbying machine.

    I don't mean to sound like a downer here, but I see these articles time and time again that point out the problems, and no one ever seem to have an answer for how we can join together to fight back. Anyone have any thoughts?

  • Mar 08, 2017 @ 11:45am

    Call me crazy, but I'm sure if they spent the $88 Billion (or whatever obscene amount of money is on the line here) on research and development, they could probably come up with some actual innovation that benefits both customers AND AT&T. I'm failing to see, and they are failing to tell us, exactly why they need Time Warner to innovate in the first place.

  • Sep 28, 2016 @ 05:39am

    I'd actually like to buy this shirt, but...

    Unfortunately I like longer shirts of the #XLT variety. Hope in the future you can work with a vendor that can supply these sizes.

  • Sep 14, 2016 @ 08:00am

    Hidden Costs

    I felt this was as good a place as any to discuss my plans. I'm currently on a 2 year contract with Comcast that will expire in a few (long?) months. I have a bundle with TV, internet and phone. Unfortunately, I have 2 cable boxes from them because, as we all know, there is no alternative. They do, however, have the option to let you purchase your own cable modem for $10 a month. I opted instead to purchase my own for $150. over 24 months, I'll save at least $90 in rental fees. Or so I thought.

    I've had Comcast service now for nearly a year and a half, and the cost of that modem has paid for itself in money saved in rental fees. I'm at the point where I'm finally making money back on the modem. Evidently Comcast decided this wouldn't do, and last month I was billed $10 for a modem rental fee. Comcast decided suddenly that they owned my modem (honest, I went to one of the service centers and talked to the people there who showed me on their computer where the modem I purchased, was labeled "Comcast Owned" when they put in the S/N from my modem). Fortunately, I was able, thanks to Amazon, to pull up a receipt showing I had purchased the modem. They did, without media intervention, adjust my bill. However, they also told me that I will probably have to do this every month from now on because even though I bought it, they still own it.

    Unfortunately, I'm stuck with them. They are 1 of two options, the other of which has internet speeds so slow as to be useless in this age. But, I totally plan to get rid of my bundle and just keep the internet and stream all the other content. And it will still be cheaper than what I pay now. This business with the modem issue pushed me over the edge, and I just can't give them any more money. (I have to have internet access for work, so I can't drop them completely). I'm sure my story is not unique, but it is yet another reason why people are cutting the cord. Who wants the hassles?

  • Aug 29, 2016 @ 07:21am

    Ok, so Hillary is on the "encryption is bad because terrorism" bandwagon and yet she is encouraging the use of encryption for her campaign.

    This tells me all I need to know...Hillary is preparing to carry out a terrorist attack on the Whitehouse.

  • Aug 25, 2016 @ 05:14am


    A friend from work shared this with me recently, and it seemed relevant to the discussion here. It's basically a short quiz (about 13 random questions) on different scenarios where the car must choose between killing pedestrians or passengers.

  • Jul 15, 2016 @ 05:43am

    We're just to busy making sure transgender people can use whichever bathroom they want, gays can get married and force christian bakers to make their cakes and that women have the right to kill their unborn babies to worry about the blind. Maybe if they just put together the #BlindLivesMatter movement they could get some more attention and advance their cause.

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