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Comment: Re:Is it the Apps? (Score 1) 127

Android has been announced before the iPhone came out.

Moving the goalpost from announcement to release in less than ten words, impressive.

The iPhone was an evolution

A mere evolution that merely drove the largest players in the phone market, Nokia and Blackberry, into single digits within just a few years.

Comment: Re:Is it the Apps? (Score 1) 127

You're missing the point.

No, he understood the Hatorade just fine.

The point is that rushed first-gen devices with a long list of crippling "features" is Apple SOP.

Hateboi tautology. Maybe they should just do what Google does, and call their product "beta" for the better part of a decade, and all "sins" are forgiven.

Comment: You've watched waaaaay to much 24 (Score 1) 320

by Uberbah (#49491057) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

yes, he's a nonviolent person, but we don't know that

Of course we knew that. If he had nefarious intentions, he wouldn't have warned your beloved authorities in advance or flown a 200 lbs capacity gyrocopter.

It's time to put away the plastic sheets and stop wetting the bed on command for the national insecurity state, the greatest pork project in the history of the world. Your couch is more likely to kill you than a terrorist, so stop hiding under the bed and throwing your rights away anytime someone knocks on the door.

Comment: A way that's automatically ignored? (Score 1) 320

by Uberbah (#49484241) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

he could have chosen a better way to make his point. but he'll be prosecuted, and the corruption will continue

Like drop those same letters in a mailbox? Those were 100 to 1 against telecom immunity....D's and R's DGAF. This was a harmless stunt that got him worldwide press - doubt you could come up with something that would have got him more attention, as one man, peacefully.

Comment: willfull obtuseness + sophistry (Score 5, Insightful) 440

by Uberbah (#49467333) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

I have never seen a "Netflix charge" on my Comcast bill. They have not been charging their users extra for Netflix.

As if you don't know who Comcast is charging here.

They HAVE asked Netflix to pay for the capacity upgrade at the border gateways -- capacity that is being used in large part by Netflix and is making Netflix money. Netflix is profiting from a peering agreement that Comcast has to pay for. Seems fair to me that Netflix pays part of the costs of upgrade.

Any more Comcast propaganda you want to regurgitate? You also know perfectly well that Netflix has offered to place storage services within ISP networks. But even if they weren't, it's none of Comcast's concern as Netflix is already paying for their access and Comcast's customer's are paying for theirs.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 4, Informative) 440

by Uberbah (#49466913) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Two words: Wardrobe malfunction.

Two more words: batshit irrelevant.

The internet is not a broadcast medium. If you had examples of the FCC trying to censor boob shots online, you'd post them. If you had something more than concern trolling and FUD.

You wont because you can't.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 0) 440

by Uberbah (#49466811) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

You actually believe the FCC won't cater to any particular group's requests?

Ironic, coming from a devout follower of Libertarian Magic Dust. This isn't hard: when the government is caving to corporate interests on matters of regulation, it's frequently a bad thing (bank bailouts + no prosecution of bankers) it's a bad thing and if it's done in opposition to those interests, it's generally a good thing (S&L prosecutions, mandating seat belts be installed on new cars).

On this, the feds are acting in opposition to telecom monopolies, which is a good thing.

Comment: "Remecial Civics" (Score 4, Interesting) 440

by Uberbah (#49466785) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Congress, who is actually in charge of passing laws, says, "Hey, wait a minute. Shouldn't we have looked at this first?"

You mean the same Congress that delegated power to the agency in question to make just these sort of rules??? If Congress wants to pass new legislation to revoke that authority (or the budget of the agency under the Executive), it is free to do so - but that does nothing to change the fact that Congress approved it in the first place. You can find similar examples on everything from pot to DADT.

Comment: Re:Libertarianism, the new face of the GOP? (Score 5, Insightful) 440

by Uberbah (#49466739) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

However, I believe that once Government gets involved, no matter how noble in purpose at the start, it won't end up that way.

Yes, there's a term for that - Confirmation Bias. These Randian notions are just as reasonable - or as asinine - as saying starting a business will lead to fraud, bribes, sexual harassment, and toxic waste siphoned into the river. Because what other businesses have done, all businesses will do.

the FCC rules will effectively kill off smaller shops

Baseless tautology is baseless.

And they are solving the wrong problem. The real problem is back at the last mile, where there is NO CHOICE.

Which can only be addressed by heavy regulation, or by (gasp!) socialized infrastructure. Both of which are anathema to Randians, so this brings us to the second term of the day: Cognitive Dissonance.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 3, Informative) 676

by Uberbah (#49461055) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

The first four of those are tired right wing BS - which is ironic, given how Hill is a hard core right winger. There's plenty of legit criticism of her, but it all comes from the left:

Her support for nasty dictatorships a la Mubarak in Egypt
Supporting the coup in Honduras
Supporting the coup in Ukraine
Supporting coup attempts in Venezuela
Writing the TPP
Pushing the Keystone pipeline
Draconian sanctions on Iran for the nuclear weapons program both the CIA and Mossad say Iran doesn't have

Comment: Re:Energy use (Score 1) 332

by Uberbah (#49459423) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

They're shutting it down instead of refitting/repairing it because

Because nuclear power is a bad, bad joke. There isn't a plant on this planet that rolls the full cost of construction, security, insurance, maintainance, or decommission into the rates it charges, much less storing the radioactive waste for thousands of years.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"