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Comment: How is this supposed to work, exactly? (Score 1) 316

Is there going to be a separate website where you have to copy and paste the URL of the page you want to report (what could possibly go wrong?), or will your ISP somehow insert the button into every webpage you load (what could possibly go wrong?), or will the button be a separate pop-up on every page (what could possibly go wrong?)?

And if you're trying to report a single comment on a page full of comments, how will you go about being sure it's that comment and only that comment that gets reported? (what could possibly go wrong?)

And how much extra will your ISP tack onto your monthly bill to cover their "expenses" in providing this "service"? (what could possibly go wrong?)

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 80

by unitron (#48306693) Attached to: Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

But you didn't come through with a URL, so, what difference, at this point, does it make?

But all you supplied was a link to YouTube which has to be loaded before you know what it is, instead of just being able to mouse over it and see something written in human understandable language at the bottom of the page to possibly give you a clue as to whether you want to bother with it or not.

Which is really more a complaint against YouTube than against you.

Comment: Re:Every time I hear the word 'lobbyist' I feel si (Score 1) 485

by unitron (#48306599) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Because "you" as a singular voter cannot hope to overcome the "they" of highly motivated corporations and other private interests. It's a false equality, because in the end those with the money can game the system to their advantage. A major union with a couple of million bucks to "donate" is going to get the ear of a legislator a lot more than Joe Q Public.

You're invoking the standard "all things be equal" logic when all things are very much not equal.

From where did said major union get that couple of millions of bucks if not from the thousands of members it's supposed to represent?

So that's like 200,000 members each giving $10, or 20,000 members each giving $100.

And that can also represent 20, 000 or 200,000 votes come election day.

As opposed to one Koch brother giving the first million and the other one the second million.

Even though that only represents 2 votes in the ballot box.

Speaking of gaming the system to their advantage.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.