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Comment: Re:interesting. Clear and refreshingly honest (Score 1) 380

by Duhavid (#46837911) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

I see what you are saying on "people working together".

It is my belief that people are all over the map on the totality of interests. So no group that, for instance, I belonged to, could ever really represent "me" politically. So, why should the place I worked at be able/allowed to "speak/influence" for me? If I belonged to a union, why should they? Should my Church speak /influence for me? And, frankly, it is the influence part that always comes into play. If it were everyone and groups all having a fine old time debating political points, I believe I would be less strident about the matter. But it isn't, at least not from where I sit.

On the "removing everyone's eyes" part, I really don't see it that way.
A, corporate entities have no eyes to remove. Their skin in the political game becomes fostering an environment where they survive and thrive
I's like letting dogs vote. Their eyes are ( or should be ) the owners, stockholders, employees and customers. There is already sufficient representation.
B, I would make the analogy in terms of noise levels. I would say democracy is better served if the "i want more money" corporations were silent and all the real people were not allowed to drown others out because of an accident of birth or circumstance (yes, I mean being wealthy, noted that some do work and earn it)

How about "no taxation without representation"? Since I cannot be heard above the megaphones of the wealthy, I am really not represented.

Thank you for a reasoned and reasonable discussion.
I have had similar discussions with others on this topic, and having people misstate my position ( I don't expect many to agree with me, and I know that reasonable people can have differing viewpoints ) and use rhetorical devices. I dislike such, and am pleased we didn't go there.

Comment: Re:So it should be illegal for Dice to run this st (Score 1) 380

by Duhavid (#46836115) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

I'm not sure that Dice and the ACLU work together. But that is not the substance here.

Personally, I don't think any corporation should be able to talk politics. Dice, ACLU, GE, BSA, FSF, Labor union, trade union, etc.
A, Corporations will side with whatever makes them money. They will vote their bank accounts, by and large.
B, Corporations are composed of individuals. Let them have political speech. Then it is up to them to represent whatever balance of interests they have.

So, me, I want that whole group to go stone cold silent. People, no. But I would want the effects of money on the process to be minimized. Anything else leads ( as it is leading, as I see it ) to defacto rule by the wealthy.

Failing that, no, "side" of the argument should never enter into it.
The Voltarian ideal of "I disagree, but say what you believe" should be in effect, for all.

Comment: Re:If super pacs are evil, and they are a super pa (Score 1) 380

by Duhavid (#46833087) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

I'm assuming, from your other post that you are talking about people opposed to Citizen's United

Where do you get that being against Citizen's United means that you think that banding together is a bad idea?

I am against CU because it seems to me to corrupt what democratic traditions and institutions we have remaining and moves us closer to rule by the wealthy.
I think speech is speech and the amount of money a person has should not enter into how much influence they have over the government.
All should have equal influence.

+ - The Buffalo Bills' Million Dollar Text Messages->

Submitted by Kaenneth
Kaenneth (82978) writes "The Buffalo Bills are planning to settle a lawsuit over excessive text messages, for sending 3 messages over the amount they intended to send over a period of two weeks through their opt-in program for fans. When the plaintiff, a Bills 'Fan', received 6 then 7 messages instead of 'no more than 5 per week' over a two-week span, he filed suit. The proposed settlement includes up to two and a half million dollars in merchandise vouchers, and half a million for the lawyers."
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+ - Slashdot the victim of peering problems on Comcast?-> 3

Submitted by jddj
jddj (1085169) writes "Not sure how to tell you guys, but Slashdot won't load on my Comcast internet. Everything else appears fine. This has been going on all day (Tuesday).

Happening on multiple machines and mobiles on my home LAN. If I switch the same machine over to my VPN with a same-city exit point, Slashdot loads near-instantly in the same browser, same connection — just tunnelled over VPN.

Not a DNS problem, already checked. Loads fairly quickly on 4G LTE-connected mobile phone on VZW.

Ought to look into it..."

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+ - Biofuels from corn crop can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline->

Submitted by Chipmunk100
Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes "Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal mandates to ramp up ethanol production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
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Comment: As a skeptic, this alarms me. (Score 2) 348

by gillbates (#46792967) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

The biggest problem I have with this is not that Mann's science might be wrong, but that the methods being used to discredit the science are anything but scientific. We have entered a scary, new era in Western thought where conformity of thought is valued above all else, and anyone who dares advocate a position which could be considered controversial or offensive is railroaded into silence by whatever means necessary.

The "Speak No Evil" crowd is destroying a great Western tradition of open and honest debate. These folks are committing offenses against truth itself, destroying civilization in the process.

I was under the impression that the ClimateGate affair was old news and Mann had been discredited already; why would they bother pursuing this more than half a decade later? It seems their objective is not merely to win the debate, or merely suppress an unpopular opinion, but to prevent any debate, research, or independent inquiry from taking place from this point on.

It's called making an example of someone. It's objective is to so thoroughly exasperate the target that their response becomes so extreme as to become unbelievable by the public at large. If they can't keep you from speaking, they can make others believe that either:

  1. You are so extreme in your position that your judgement cannot be trusted, or
  2. If anyone else dares to speak up that their life will be ruined by the onslaught of specious and frivolous inquiries, innuendos, lies, etc...

Michael Mann's ordeal serves the interest of the fossil fuel companies regardless of the outcome of the case.

It does not, however, serve the greater public interest. Even though I believe Mann to be mistaken, I'm quite certain that we the public cannot be adequately informed in an environment such as this.

+ - MS reduced WinXP custom support prices->

Submitted by yuhong
yuhong (1378501) writes "MS reduced WinXP custom support prices (often by ten-fold) in the week before it ended support (to closer to what NT4/Win2000 custom support used to cost). According to the article: "Sources familiar with Microsoft's position claimed that the company changed its CSA pricing tune after chief operating officer Kevin Turner returned to Redmond at the beginning of the month from a swing through the sales force, where he got an earful about customers with thousands of XP machines and no chance of making the migration deadline. The decision to drop prices was made shortly after that.""
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