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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse May 18, 2014, 11:04 Pigeon
 
But every once in a while, even a big company does a good thing for the right reasons."

But they didn't do it for the right reasons, they did it to ease the malnourished consciences of the politicians they paid off to allow the NBC merger. They needed something they could point to, no matter how meager, and say, 'SEE! We're not always completely evil.'
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 16, 2014, 09:07 Pigeon
 
Axis wrote on May 15, 2014, 22:31:
Most of you parrot "party lines" guys really don't get it. The Tea Party is the rebuilding of America - old hat stuffy bear republicans and parrot pete-repeat lies libs better get used to losing.

Ted Cruz (Tea Party) gives the FCC the middle finger

More than $1 trillion has already been invested in broadband infrastructure, which has led to an explosion of new content, applications, and Internet accessibility. Congress, not an unelected commission, should take the lead on modernizing our telecommunications laws. The FCC should not endanger future investments by stifling growth in the online sector, which remains a much-needed bright spot in our struggling economy."

Because a massive near country wide monopoly can be trusted to expand, innovate and create a healthy market environment that encourages others to do the same? It's asinine to think that they would, or to think any real competition could arise because of market demand. As Mr. Cruz points out there's already been a $1 trillion investment into the infrastructure, that's a pretty big roadblock for any company to overcome. Even a company as big as Google is having a hard time getting into the ISP business, they'll probably only deploy in the most lucrative markets and the other 90% of America will be SOL. Cruz's is delusional, it's like he thinks the free market is some kind of divine entity of goodness that is only prevented from creating an economic utopia because people meddle with it. News flash, it's only about people meddling with it, and what he wants is for only very specific people to be able to meddle with it, while everyone is is consigned to be a consumer slave.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse May 15, 2014, 14:20 Pigeon
 
People complain about the high cost of cable and poor quality of programing, and get told if they don't like it they don't have to have cable. So they drop their cable and the cable companies try to get them back, not by offering a better product at a better price, but by looking to punish their internet customers for using what they paid for. This is how business works when there's a monopoly and the regulators think the jesus invisible hand of the free market will fix everything.

I bet if people started reading books instead of watching TV, or using the internet Comcast would buy into the book industry and charge extra you for reading more than 3 books a week, when you've purchased 5.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 10:07 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on May 15, 2014, 09:32:
TangledThorns wrote on May 15, 2014, 09:24:
Fast food workers on strike is the reason why staying in school and getting an education for a good paying career is important.

If every collage graduate could step into a well paying job based on their degree, that would be great. But it's not the case, at least here in America. People are struggling, and that means taking whatever job is available, even if it's wildly below what you studied for. People graduate with a shitload of debt (with the hopes of paying it off), only to find they can't get a job in what they studied for.

There's always going to be the bottom of the barrel, true. But school does not guarantee success.



A degree without related work experience is near useless. A lot of companies don't want to 'waste' time training a new employee and expect new hires to acclimate within a week's time. The old paradigm of a college degree = a decent job hasn't been accurate for at least the last 15 years. Maybe we have too many people going to universities and colleges, and a bachelors is the new high school diploma. Perhaps we should be putting more emphasis on trade schools. or training programs, but at the same time you're still going to need a higher education degree if you want to advance higher in your career.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse May 15, 2014, 08:49 Pigeon
 
Just waiting for Comcast to unveil its newest slogan:
'Comcast, because you don't have a choice'
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black May 14, 2014, 19:53 Pigeon
 
Kosumo wrote on May 14, 2014, 19:14:
Hero Cat!

That little boy is gonna be a cat fan for life.

I'd call that dog a pussy for attacking a defenseless child, but clearly that usage of the word needs to be reevaluated.

Also good example of why dogs should not be allowed to just roam freely. Technically cats shouldn't either, but they're not much of a danger to people, just small wild-life.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse May 14, 2014, 15:37 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on May 14, 2014, 13:28:
It's been shown in studies that trolls have psychopathic and sadistic tendencies. Since the Internet lets them practice this behavior anonymously, I'd say it's why they're so attracted to it as an outlet. "Maybe I'm just a bad person." Yes, yes you are.

Yeah there are a good number of people that are just straight out assholes. Anonymity may keep them from consequences, but I'd wager many of these trolls are insufferable in person too. Maybe they wouldn't go as far in person out of fear of personal retaliation, but I'm willing to bet they're still obnoxious.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation May 13, 2014, 23:24 Pigeon
 
Years ago, Microsoft had a bold vision for the future of computing. It would be a tapestry composed of tiny squares. Each square would represent an app, a game, an experience of some sort, and you’d be able to just reach out and touch it. Or, if you already knew what you wanted, you’d be able to simply speak a name, and have the object of your desire materialize out of thin air — regardless of whether you were using a smartphone or lazing in front of a TV set.

That’s the vision Microsoft was building with Windows 8, with Windows Phone, and most intriguingly, with Xbox.

That vision is dead.

Sounds neat, except they completely failed to deliver a product that improved over methods that were already in-place and time tested. And then further failed to give any kind of software to demonstrate just how useful and wonderful their 'vision' was.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse May 12, 2014, 10:35 Pigeon
 
Net-neutrality advocates worry that Mr. Wheeler's approach may work while he remains in office, but a different commission could let enforcement wither.

After he leaves office? Riiigght.... They don't seem to be looking too deeply into the alleged shenanigans that the ISPs are already being accused of. The ISPs can't be trusted to not abuse the rules and the FCC can't be trusted to make judgements about what is 'unfair' prioritization, on a case by case basis. The conflicts of interest and the potential for abuse is just way too high.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 9, 2014, 14:00 Pigeon
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 9, 2014, 13:00:
Next acquisition in Apple's strategy to bolster their line of overpriced fashion items, Monster Cable! They made the first Beats headphones after all.

But you neeeeed that gamma ray shielded, helium-argon encased triple platinum black five foot cable for $80, otherwise you won't get the best signal possible O_O
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse May 9, 2014, 10:18 Pigeon
 
InBlack wrote on May 9, 2014, 10:07:
BitWraith wrote on May 9, 2014, 09:50:
Hopefully the news networks will get a clue when their video streams are getting throttled.

Why would they be throttled when they are (mostly) owned by Time Warner? Isnt that one of the big, huge issues in the US today? The fact that your 'independent' news networks are owned by conglomerate giants?

If it were the news networks would report on it, so it must not be.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 9, 2014, 09:31 Pigeon
 
Cogent lays out a fairly detailed explanation of what Comcast did, and Comcast responds with 'nuh-uh'. The evidence is mounting, but the major news networks are mostly ignoring it. Hopefully more companies speak out, maybe it'll actually get the attention deserves.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 7, 2014, 21:42 Pigeon
 
JeffD wrote on May 7, 2014, 20:43:
At first I thought the negative review fiasco was going to be another pr shit storm, until I saw that they in
fact highlighted parts of the review that are libel, negative accusations that the author had not backed up. Looks like the lawyers get a win for this one.

The day of reckoning has come; people on the internet being required to back up their wild accusations with verifiable facts. This could be way more damaging than the major ISPs' assault on net neutrality; the end of days is nigh

I understand the company's reaction, but I'm not sure this is the best action. Funnily enough the letter accuses the poster of pretty much he same actions the poster was accusing the company for; artificially inflating popularity.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 7, 2014, 09:56 Pigeon
 
What happens under a net neutrality regime if Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu flex their muscles in the marketplace?

Flex their muscles? How, by offering better services than competitors? Or maybe he thinks they'll start DOSing ISPs claiming its consumer demand, and they need payments from the ISPs so they can streamline their content delivery process.

It's like his position is, 'Let's ignore the problem we are currently having because OMG there could be some vague problem that might be terrible even though I have made no mention of what that could possibly be...'
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 6, 2014, 09:29 Pigeon
 
Symantec's business model is failing, not the need for anti-virus programs. They're still wanting $50 for a service you can get for free from many sources. Perhaps if they offered a basic free, or low cost edition they could reclaim more of the market.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse May 5, 2014, 20:52 Pigeon
 
It's okay guys, Wheeler said he'd stop these shenanigans with dispatch. I'm sure he'll be here any minute to stop those packets from being dropped.... annnny minute....*crickets*.....Hello?  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Find my iPhone May 5, 2014, 11:58 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on May 5, 2014, 10:52:
The officer urged anyone whose phone is stolen to call the police

so they can shrug, make you fill out a form, and then do nothing about it. Even if the GPS tracking shows the thing to be a block away.

“Let police officers take care of it. We have backup, guns, radio, jackets — all that stuff civilians don’t have.”

and that we won't use to help you. But hey, at least we have it!


I do have to say, though, that going to confront the thief seems like a rather ballsy move. You can easily wind up in the hospital or worse, all for the sake of a phone? People's priorities are straight-up out of wack.

This was my first thought, cause a lot of times the cops don't do shit. But don't worry they'll be there next time you're speeding
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
1. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 5, 2014, 09:10 Pigeon
 
The best part about the VPPA article was reading about how the law came to be. The take away being if you want more privacy laws, an anti-privacy conservative needs their privacy violated. Want the NSA to go away, just find proof they have a record of every phone call Scalia has made.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2014, 14:24 Pigeon
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 2, 2014, 13:40:
Yeah, I was puzzled by the Portland story too. I thought the exactly same thing you mentioned, I assume wildlife is pissing and pooping in the reservoir and that this is pre-treated water. So, what is the problem?

The problem is they're stupid and so are a good portion of the voters. If ever there was a good reason to discriminate against anyone, it would be based on a person's level of willful ignorance. If you believe stupid things that are easily disproved, your vote should only count for 1/4th of a 'regular' person.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. May 2, 2014, 09:05 Pigeon
 
Yup, that was an 'unpopular' opinion, you probably shouldn't have posted it on your twitter account. Specially when you're a Community Manager.  
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