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Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 1) 233

"And the municipalities are nullifying the will of private citizens."

Every time the politicians running a municipality enact something desired by less than 100% of the residents it's "nullifying the will of private citizens", but it's also enforcing the will of other private citizens. If it does something which nullifies the will of a majority of the residents, said politicians will find themselves replaced come the next election.

Almost all of the members of the NC legislature are not residents of Wilson and I daresay the ones who voted for that law were more concerned with what TWC wanted than what Wilsonites did.

I feel reasonably sure that the elected officials in Wilson who got Greenlight started were residents of Wilson and a lot more in touch with the wishes for faster broadband of their fellow residents, wishes which TWC and Embarq weren't interested in dealing with until Wilson started Greenlight, and then, as I recall hearing at the time, all of a sudden they started whining about how they were going to "real soon now".

In my neighborhood in a different NC city, where we're only about 3 blocks from a switching station, I heard "real soon now" about DSL as Carolina Telephone and Telegraph became Sprint became Embarq became CenturyLink. At some point I gave up and went with cable modem.

Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 4, Insightful) 233

Allowing the FCC to nullify state law sounds pretty damn outrageous. I.E. it has Barack Obama's fingerprints all over it and deserves to go down in flames in the courts. As for allowing towns to set up their own ISP's, I don't see a problem with it as long as the town citizenry gets a vote and they don't go deep into debt and ask to get bailed out by the state later. What towns ought to do though is make it possible for companies to build or improve their networks, something the FCC can't pretend to have any control over.

Actually the FCC is preventing states from nullifying the will of municipalities.

Make no mistake, these laws, no matter what rationales are offered, are only about protecting outfits like Comcast and Time Warner Cable from competition, and keeping certain areas reserved for them until they feel like getting around to providing service in them.

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

by unitron (#49044775) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

With the internationally laughed at joke of a clusterfuck of voting systems in Florida in 2000 I have to admit I wonder why anyone thinks he can be trusted with the responsibility of a hot dog stand let alone a State or country.

So you think that was the result of *not* being good at what they were *really* trying to do?

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

by unitron (#49044743) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

This was idiots that put their SSN into the body of their emails, not a DB field named SSN.

Easy to miss; thinking 'nobody would be that stupid'. Floriduh!

You got any idea how big a percentage of communications to politicians are about the constituents' Social Security and/or Medicare accounts and problems with said accounts?

Neither do I, but I'll bet it ain't small, especially in a retiree magnet state like Florida, and if you want a politician to use leverage on your behalf with the SSA or whoever deals with Medicare, they're going to need to know your SSN so that the SSA or the Medicare people know who they're talking about.

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

by unitron (#49044709) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

any possible GOP candidate will get 100% negative media coverage

Yes, even an outsider like myself knows that the entire US media are nothing more than a front for the Communists/Illuminati.

Yeah, that's just what the Templars and the Rosacrucians want you to think.

No, wait, that's just what Opus Dei and the Freemasons want you to think that the Templars and the Rosacrucians want you to think.

No, wait, that's just what the Gnostics and The Elders of Zion want you to think that Opus Dei and the Freemasons want you to think that the Templars and the Rosacrucians want you to think.

No, wait, that's just what Ordo Templi Orientis and The Cathars want you to think that the Gnostics and The Elders of Zion want you to think that Opus Dei and the Freemasons want you to think that the Templars and the Rosacrucians want you to think.

No, wait, that's just what the Comte de Saint-Germain wants you to think that the the Priory of Sion wants you to think that Ordo Templi Orientis and The Cathars want you to think that the Gnostics and The Elders of Zion want you to think that Opus Dei and the Freemasons want you to think that the Templars and the Rosacrucians want you to think.

No, wait, that's just what the Jaycees want you to think that the Ascended Masters want you to think that the Comte de Saint-Germain...

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

by unitron (#49044575) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

I don't know. If you read any of the forums for media/news, you find 2 things. Putin Trolls attacking america and the president. And Republican trolls attacking america and the president. Wander over to yahoo news or cnn. Take a look.

We know who is paying the Putin trolls, but who is paying the republican trolls?

In both cases, parties wishing to loot the US in one way or another.

Comment: Re:Mooted??? (Score 1) 149

by unitron (#49044505) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia

Yes - "Moot Court" is a think in law school where you pretend to have a trial. The headline makes it seem like the tunnel idea was cancelled in USAian English.

The headline made *me* think it was about an undersea "communications" link.

But I did wind up expanding my knowledge of the variations of meaning for the word "moot".

Comment: I don't usually look at the name... (Score 1) 8

by unitron (#49040531) Attached to: Yay, I made an idiot angry!

...of the comment author when modding, or otherwise.

I read the comments, and look to see who wrote it if I think the comment is above average in some way, or otherwise stands out.

So if I were to hand out that many down mods (I very, very rarely down mod, try to use the points to uplift the good stuff), I suppose I could theoretically hit the same author 5 times in a row (if they didn't have a sig).

But yeah, in your case it was probably a jerk trying to find the " -100, I disagree " button.

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