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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 198

major cable and telecom companies have battled attempts to create community broadband networks, which they claim put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Complete bullshit.

No - they are right. Municipal broadband might have good customer service and actual high speed connections, which would be a serious competitive disadvantage to entities like Comcast, who do not want to have to match those.

Comment: Re:eh? (Score 2) 64

by paiute (#47514169) Attached to: Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

To summarize the summary: "The most striking finding is that...it was not extraordinary."

Not to belittle the loss of those involved but it's always a bit much that 43 dead in the US = catastrophe. If this had happened in Asia or Africa it wouldn't make the news unless hundreds or thousands had been killed.

You are assuming that the Oso slide made the Asian and African news outlets.

Comment: Need a EULA for video (Score 5, Interesting) 67

by paiute (#47455795) Attached to: Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper
The networks want to be paid every time a consumer watches a program, live, recorded, restreamed, or whatever. I am surprised that they do not insert a screen before every show reading something along the lines of 'I agree not to redirect the following content.' If the user does not agree with that, they are instructed to stop the program at that point.

Comment: Re:Does not matter to me (Score 1) 147

by paiute (#47438583) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Why didn't you get an antenna and avoid paying at all?

I built an HD antenna out of scrap, but the cost of Aereo was so low that it won out in the laziness contest over connecting cables, siting the antenna, etc. If the price of Aereo goes up, the antenna option will win out.

Comment: Re:Don't sweep it under the rug as collateral dama (Score 2) 157

by paiute (#47438161) Attached to: "Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

To be precise, the Sack of Béziers took place in 1209, when the local bishops were in charge. The Inquisition took lead of the Albigensian Crusade in 1222. And that was the Medieval Inquisition. The Spanish Iniquistion was only established in 1478.

Man being stretched on the rack:(Screams) Mind you, I'm not complaining. I bless my stars every day that I am being interrogated by the Medieval Inquisition and not the Spanish Inquisition. I hear those Spaniards are right bastards. (Screams)

Comment: Thank you for coming, everyone (Score 1) 204

by paiute (#47438125) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture
My grandfather was lucid right up until the end, until he convulsed and cried out some gibberish, which I thought was: "Crease the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes!", but that sounds too outlandish to be real. Then he passed away.

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