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Comment Re:Consumerist stories about Comcast (Score 3, Informative) 151

The BBB has no authority whatsoever. They are not a branch of the government. They're a non-profit organization.

You want the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) or the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) - why neither of THEM have even barely lifted a finger about this crap so far though is completely beyond me.

Comment Re:What could go wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 405

No, more likely they're doing this because nobody wanted to give up any of their private land on the sides of the roads, so using the road itself for solar paneling is an infinitely more efficient use of space, because the roads themselves are public land by definition, and paving them with solar panels takes up exactly 0 extra real estate.

Comment Re:Not that crap again (Score 3, Informative) 256

Except that the "open" PDF standard you're talking about is only a small subset of the oldest, most primitive image/text drawing features of said file format, and the aforementioned government website is not only requiring use of a PDF document that used some of the newer (massively insecure) JavaScript-enabled interactive form input/validation features not included in said "open" PDF standard or implemented outside of Acrobat, but apparently they even then used said features to code the document such that it blocks you from even trying to read the document without Acrobat.

Go ahead. Go download it and try to open it with Xpdf, let us know how that works out.

Comment Re:Let me get this straight... (Score 1) 127

The only thing broken here is your analogy. If a company sold locks that couldn't be locked or were too trivially pickable, and advertised them as locks, you can guarantee there would be (and historically has been) more or less equivalent blowback. The only real difference being that if you forget to lock your car or don't even fucking try, nobody would be surprised to get their shit stolen.

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