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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 The lifespan of an individual is both long and short enough that self-education allows them to lift themselves beyond outdated positions based on old tech.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 You can't change it just because you think it's "outdated".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.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.