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Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 1) 293

So, no, it's not a matter of governance

Horseshit. I know from personal experience that your "cash cow" theory is pure fiction.

My previous home had both Comcast and Qwest/Centurylink. I had 12-20Mbps from the latter and 20-50Mbps from the former at various points up to 8 years ago. Both of those companies are entirely capable of providing broadband when they are not faced with la-la land anti-business governments making their job into a minefield.

Rationalize all you want. It's your fault. Enjoy.

Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 1) 293

You can't even get cable? Plain old cable tee vee? What the actual fuck?

I had cable in an 80 year old house outside Detroit in 1983. 32 years ago.

Like I've said before; you deserve it. You've made your bed with your la-la land government — so live in it. Next lifetime, change your ways and vote for grown-ups.

Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 2, Funny) 293

I live in Seattle


I live within walking distance of actual livestock and real, operating farms, twenty minutes way from a metropolitan area, and I have 60 Mbps business class service. The fact that Seattle, WA is still a broadband desert is so damning it defies belief. Whatever the fuck it is you Seattle knuckleheads have done to yourselves to end up like this....... all I can say is; you deserve it. You really do.

You've governed yourself into a permanent Internet backwater. Congratulations. Go rename your volcano Mt. Talolhowakaji or whatever the 'natives' are demanding.

Comment Re:Thank the Lord... (Score 1, Insightful) 292

The East Coast is in the "longest hurricane drought in recorded history," something the "climatologists" got 100% wrong when they attributed Katrina to "global warming" and predicted "more extreme weather." The media, their fear-mongering "science correspondents" with their AGW group-think and their preferred celebrity climatologists were wrong then and they're wrong now. We can no more explain why no hurricane has made landfall in the Gulf in 10 years than we can explain why their is an outlier sequence in the Pacific today.

Comment Re:Ya, right (Score 1) 277

but in practice I think the process would be so corrupt that it would not work well.

The irony is that some neighborhoods in the US have gone to private contractors to escape their own corrupt governments. Their tax dollars vanish into burgeoning public worker retirement systems and the bloated salaries of 220k/year bureaucrats and their streets go unpatrolled, so they hire private cops to cover their neighborhoods. This is happening across the US, typically in `enclave' neighborhoods; areas that aren't desperately poor, but are governed by failed municipalities and counties that have allowed their public budgets to be bled dry.

Comment Re:It's all a game to her (Score 1) 676

People in those positions really do think they are above the law.

Why shouldn't they believe that? The Clintons, in particular, have used their popularity to brush aside one scandal after another for decades. It isn't over for Hillary et. al this time, either. They'll select a fall guy from among their entourage and throw him under the bus, the media will dutifully drop the matter, Hillary will continue to say "rich pay their fair share" into all the cameras and we'll elect her.

Comment Re:Uber can't change the chaperoe/mahram law. (Score 0) 168

I am no islamic scholar, so not very sure of this

Well if you were an Islamic scholar you'd just bend your answer to suit you audience, downplaying your attivist misogyny in this case. But then again maybe not. Which ranks higher on the list of unacceptable things? Sexism or criticizing Islam? I can't remember.

Comment Re:Damn (Score 2) 528

download all the ads and NOT display them

All that does is un-shit the page appearance. You're still exposed to vulnerabilities due to a larger attack surface while communicating with ad servers, you still incur the bandwidth use, memory use and extra latency, and your tracking profile is much higher.

It's not just about hating on marketing; it's also about resources, speed, security and profile.

Comment Damn (Score 3, Interesting) 528

Not happy about this. Now that "normals" have slouched onto the blocker band wagon the ad pushers will develop more aggressive techniques plus deny content to blocker users (more than they do already.) Blockers only worked because they weren't popular; there are a LOT more ad-mongers than there are blocker makers.

Comment Re: Nonsense (Score 4, Insightful) 466

he just outsourced them to others

How is that different than what we're doing to ourselves as a matter of policy? Every time we tighten the screws on some industrial chemical or fossil fuel we simply chase another industry to Asia or damn up another Canadian river. He's just following this pattern on an individual level.

Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 2, Informative) 485

What was the Greek government thinking? that the EU will just give more money without asking for more responsible measures.

Why not? They've done exactly that twice already. Three times, if you count Euro adoption in Greece, which actually was the first Greek bailout. Yes, the agreements came with some "austerity," but the Greeks back-pedaled, slow-walked and lied about much of that, the predicted economic recovery in Greece never materialized and the rest of Europe looked the other way while all this went on.

If this deal goes down the same things will happen and we'll be right back here in three odd years with Greece another umpteen billion in debt, the money run out and herds of negotiators holding press conferences. Eventually this circus will happen in the midst of a recession in Germany and the appetite for throwing more money into Greece will be gone.

Greece isn't going to become a productive, disciplined society of tax-paying citizens and honest public officials in the next 1000-ish days. Not even if the books were wiped clean tomorrow.

Debt sucks. It's terrible and it's why some (too few) people think peace-time deficits are next to criminal. Tax-cut-and-spend RINOs and borrow-and-spend dhimmicrats are putting us in the same position as Greece.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante