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Comment: Re: "shadowy" ties to the Koch brothers' network. (Score 1) 192

by kenh (#48614877) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

They donâ(TM)t have to disclose their donors, unlike almost any other type of organization that advocates for or against candidates.

They are advocating against a gov't policy, not a candidate - in fact you could say they are 'educating' people about a given policy, much like any number of tax-exempt advocacy groups do...

Comment: Let me see if I understand this... (Score 1, Insightful) 192

by kenh (#48614839) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

After a comprehensive analysis of the comments provided to the FCC regarding net neutrality, it was found that a great percentage were form letters based on one of some 30 templates one organization made available... So what?

No one is sledging the comments were not submitted falsely - each comment represents a valid comment.

The organizer of the form letter campaign gave people some thirty choices to find a message that resonates with them - each template represented different reasons to oppose net neutrality.

If abortion or the environment were the topic of the open comment period, would you discount form letter submissions from say the Sierra Club or Planned Parenthood because the wording was suggested by an advocacy group? Of course not.

Comment: Re: Wait, what? (Score 2) 161

by kenh (#48590271) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

It isn't impossible to defend, why, just imagine how much more stable & reliable Windows would be if they blocked other software companies from accessing the Registry in Windows.

It is a perfectly defensible position, supported by every product manufacturer that puts either of the following warnings on their product:

"No user-serviceable parts inside"

"warranty void if seal broken"

Comment: Re: I'm sorry (Score 1) 415

by kenh (#48570253) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

The vast majority of users of Office use leased copies already - it's called Software Assurance (or Educational Assistance for school students)... Retail Sales represents a significant revenue stream, but I suspect more dollars come in from the various license agreements.

Comment: Re: Counterpoint (Score 1) 415

by kenh (#48570211) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

They paid frys and best buy to destroy copies of win 7 and office 2010 to force users to run an OS for tablets.

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Rather than have big box retailers physically ship back retail copies of older OS/software, they paid them to destroy them, giving them credit for each destroyed copy. This is how newstands process out-dated magazines and newspapers, they rip off the cover/front page and return that for credit, destroying the magazine for the publisher.

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