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Comment: Re:Antitrust lawsuit? (Score 1) 303

by arekin (#46237435) Attached to: Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal
Its not the companies that restrict area. An area cable franchise authority grants franchise rights in an area which limits a number of providers to a single area. This is probably a good idea as allowing every provider access to easement or run lines on poles would be a mess. You would also have to worry about planes dropping out of the sky or birth defects at some point due to the line egress.

Comment: Could be a good thing. (Score 1) 303

by arekin (#46237351) Attached to: Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal
One of the main factors that cause cable television bills to increase is Channel Providers raising costs on cable companies. ESPN has been notorious for raising rates over the years. If the cable company gets bigger it has better negotiating power to maintain current rates (what broadcaster is going to loose 3 million subscribers by pissing off the cable company in negotiations). I doubt that the current rates will decrease, but it could stabilize costs some. This is not to mention that Time Warner actually has worse consumer reviews than Comcast. Time Warner customers would likely see an improvement.

Comment: Re:Antitrust petition (Score 4, Interesting) 303

by arekin (#46237261) Attached to: Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal
This isn't antitrust. Most areas restrict cable franchising so you don't have multiple providers in an area. If Comcast were to buy WOW in areas they both exist (Such as Michigan, maybe available elsewhere) it would restrict competition. Since Comcast and Time Warner don't overlap there is not antitrust issue.

Comment: Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (Score 1) 441

by arekin (#46047505) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" There is always someone else you can go to. Are you telling me that in 435 representatives in the house, 100 members of senate, not to mention all of the white house staff that may have some authority to take it beyond themselves and get you in touch with someone who will listen and take action. This is not mentioning their own chain of command and those related to their chain of command. There is no possible way that there people even began to exhaust internal channels to do this, They wanted to play hero, or perhaps the money was worth needing asylum in a non-extradition country.

Comment: Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (Score 1) 441

by arekin (#46047369) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
Doesn't work that way, you don't get to just tell top secret information to everyone, no matter what you consider a higher authority. As may people have replied in this fashion I will state this once, here. I don't support the idea of a government having free reign to do what it likes, but I'm not naive enough to believe that a government can operate with full disclosure to its people. Military operations and technical development are a good example of things that we should not be broadcasting. We as a country need some degree of intelligence community to determine if others intend us harm, and that may well walk the line. We need people who suspect wrong doing to work within channels to ensure that they do not do harm. I don't agree with the NSA's observation, but I also don't agree that Snowden did anyone any favors, nor do I suspect that he did it with purely altruistic motives.

Comment: They aren't whistleblowing. (Score 0, Troll) 441

by arekin (#46045053) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
Whistleblowing would be reporting to a higher authority wrongdoing within the government. That means that they are reporting to someone within the government that is higher up. These people are reporting outside the government channels, and as such are leaking information. When they leak information it is possible that people get hurt. God knows what undercover agents names, or information that could lead to that agents identity, Snowden has been passing around China and Russia under the guise of freedom of information.

Comment: Re:And you think they're the only one why? (Score 2) 234

by arekin (#44436897) Attached to: Samsung Caught Boosting Galaxy S4 Benchmarks

You are a liar who's spamming the hell out of this thread with your lies. The original article clearly states that 533MHz is not available for any other apps nor games - it's only available for benchmark tests.

Stop spreading lies.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/10213672/Samsung-deny-performance-boosting-hardware-in-Galaxy-S4.html The original article is wrong.

Comment: Re:And you think they're the only one why? (Score 1) 234

by arekin (#44436231) Attached to: Samsung Caught Boosting Galaxy S4 Benchmarks

Your unstated major premise is "what Samsung has told me is accurate". This is a mistake. Samsung's explanation is a rival hypothesis to Anandtech's. At the moment you have to compare the two hypotheses with the presented data. That data tends to favour Anandtech's explanation.

Hypothesis implies something that is not known. Samsung knows the clock speed on their phone, and seeing as you have read the article you surely know that this is verified when you run the benchmark tests. For the other side of the article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/10213672/Samsung-deny-performance-boosting-hardware-in-Galaxy-S4.html

Comment: Re: Down the line... (Score 1) 248

by arekin (#44384775) Attached to: Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

And yet only way to get the Science channel is to buy ten ESPN channels that i'll never watch. If they're not willing to do a la carte, they should at least create packages for each demographic.

Sadly, packaging is a part of negotiation. Science channel wants is more interested in piggybacking ESPN than being on an a la carte type of selection. In this case other channels want to be on the same package as espn, not vice versa.

Comment: Re:Down the line... (Score 2) 248

by arekin (#44380587) Attached to: Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

Do Comcast and VIACOM know this?

Seeing as cable companies have to pay the providers to air their programming, yes I'd say they do. Next time you wonder why your cable bill keeps going up blame ESPN. They charge an arm and a leg to the cable companies because they know they are indispensable to the customers.

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