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Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

>>So forget the whole survival of the fittest/motivation argument. It depends on pre-industrial industry efficiencies, Garbage. The lifespan of an individual is both long and short enough that self-education allows them to lift themselves beyond outdated positions based on old tech. The thinking of being replaced shows lack of invention/creativity for new possibilities. Tech is not the pinnacle of civilization, but rather part of its evolution. Survival of the fittest is built in to nature. I would dare say it's part of the law of life. You can't change it just because you think it's "outdated". You can try to redefine it - but it will always exist.

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

I agree with that. But isn't that nature and evolution in and of itself? Survival of the fittest? While socially we might make ourselves feel better keeping the stunted/weak alive, that isn't how life works on this planet. Not saying the efforts on a humanity scale aren't worthwhile, just saying they go against the nature of life.

Comment Devil's advocate here... (Score -1, Flamebait) 126

Your access to the internet is not a public utility or a state/federal run highway. A company paid to build your access to the internet, laying miles of cable/fiber/copper (whatever). Lack of competition may be a valid argument on some level, but all in all, the company that provides your access owns the plant. You didn't drop the copper for your access. Personally, I would have a problem with customers telling me I had to use a certain brand of detergent or specific equipment in my imaginary dry cleaning business, or that I couldn't charge an extra 5.99 for express cleaning service or 2.99 delivery fee.

Comment Re:Legal pemission? THEY GIVE IT! (Score 5, Insightful) 368

With any call to a place of business, credit card company, whatever - always start with the agent by telling them that you are recording the call (even if you don't - it covers your bases) - all of a sudden their attitudes will be very different and of course if you are recording then there is no question on legality. Works every time I've done it.

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