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Comment: Sounds Like SF (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by cis4 (#40169011) Attached to: BT Fibre Pulls Out of Chelsea Over Ugly Equipment Cabinets
This same issue came up over AT&T wanting to install boxes in SF. Google SF ATT Boxes.

As much as I hate NIMBY's, they have a good point here. If you're going to build something on public land, at least make it pleasant, unobtrusive, or both. Otherwise, buy the property and stop relying on the public to subsidize your business.

I still don't get why utility boxes have to be so ugly. How difficult is it to make a box look appealing?

Comment: Re:Dear Elizabeth (Score 1) 409

by cis4 (#40087807) Attached to: Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped
There are communities that live without electricity. There are people all over the world who do not have access to it. Just because it is ubiquitous within our society does not mean that our society forces us to use it, or that another society will do the same. Also, there is a big difference between electricity and Big Brother. Electricity has been used primarily to improve our lives, and if you choose to, you can shut it off whenever you wish. Most things that are ubiquitous give you the choice to opt out. It may be to your detriment, but it most likely will not ruin your life, or prevent you from being a member of your community.

Comment: Re:Dear Elizabeth (Score 2) 409

by cis4 (#40083379) Attached to: Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped
Google provides me with a service, one that I willingly use, in exchange for bits of information from me. I entered into this agreement willingly. If I decide I do not like Google, it's services, or it's EULA, I can ditch it and go somewhere else. I could even come up with my own search algorithm and email service so I would never have to use Google again. Chipping me at birth strips me of my ability to choose whether I want it. Not to mention that saying, "We chip you, you get to live in our society, the one you were born into, not the one you choose, in exchange for all of the crappy services we can offer you." And even if the services are decent, or you choose the society, it's still coercion if the chipping is a part of the service most people do not want.

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