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Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 2) 377

by whistlingtony (#48935669) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

You know.... I'm politically active. I've spent time in my capital, which is a not insignificant drive away. I have my reps as contacts in my phone. I've spent a lot of time talking to my local state reps. I've seen the lobbyists walking around.

The thing that gets to me is how LITTLE people talk to our reps. They WANT to hear from people. Everyone seems to have YOUR attitude, and frankly... All the problems that this country has are YOUR fault. To quote a famous man "All that evil needs to succeed are for good people to do nothing.".

All day long, they talk to lobbyists. They don't get bribed, at least not outright. They do get paid for access... Lobbyists leave some money in the jar, and they'll get to sit down with the rep and say their peace. That pressure on our reps is constant, and the only thing that can counter is is for people to become politically active.

Shit, it's not like there are a lack of problems to poke. If you really can't see any fixes for our political messes, get your ass off the couch and go fix one of the OTHER problems. I myself, and trying to get money out of politics. I sure could use the help. But you're just standing there, looking like a smug and useless asshole.

I get it. I used to feel like you do. THAT'S HOW THEY WANT YOU TO FEEL so you don't DO anything. It's surprisingly easy to make the world a better place. You don't have to march in the streets for hours every week... You could simply vote with your dollar and try to buy only goods that are ethically made. It's not even that hard these days....

So. Please. Come help us help YOU. :D

Comment: Real vulnerability (Score 1) 100

by whistlingtony (#48889643) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

I'm sick of all these "Oh, our infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks!" Yeah, they are...

My power sub station is vulnerable to anyone with $5 of copper wire. It's not like they're gaurded... Fling! Zap! Pow!

Gas stations are vulnerable to anyone with a $0.50 lighter and no sense. It's not like they're guarded! flick flick flick Woosh!

Nothing is guarded, and yet the world keeps on rolling just fine. I hate these stupid scare tactic BS articles.

Comment: Re:I doubt the Republicans wrote it... (Score 2) 182

by whistlingtony (#48851119) Attached to: Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

" absolutely nothing in law that allows the FCC to change the classification of anything it regulates"

Great! Then we already HAVE title II regulation! It was the FCC itself that reclassified broadband providers back in the day. Thanks to the great legal opinion of some !@#$ on the internet, they never HAD that authority, so we don't need to reclassify, because THEY NEVER COULD HAVE RECLASSIFIED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

I don't think you know the history of what's going on here. I don't think you know what you're talking about at all.

Comment: Re:I doubt the Republicans wrote it... (Score 1) 182

by whistlingtony (#48851097) Attached to: Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

Somehow I don't think you know that the FCC HAD this authority for the longest time, and they themselves are the ones that gave it up, and they can easily get it back again by reclassifying. I don't think you have the foggiest idea what you're talking about. I don't think you know the history here. I think you just like to circle jerk about how unconstitutional everything is and how blah blah the president is bad.

The FCC was created, with this authority, by a vote of congress. This is nothing new.

Comment: Re:"Free Market" religion (Score 1) 182

by whistlingtony (#48850395) Attached to: Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

We could fix it by passing a law that the broadband companies had to lease their lines at reasonable rates to third parties. We used to do that, and it created real competition by enabling mom and pop ISPs...

That would be awesome... Oh wait, that was done using Title II regulation back in the day.

Comment: Re:Obama is not PRO consumer (Score 4, Interesting) 417

by whistlingtony (#48810795) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

This is a classic example of some people just hating on Obama, because he's Obama.

In 2014, Republicans were mad at Obama for pushing net neutrality. All we needed to do was to end the city and state laws preventing cities from creating municipal broadband. Let the market work!

In 2015, some of them (not all, but many) will be mad at him for sticking the fed's nose into state and city laws, forcing them to ... You get the idea.

And once again, our great socialist democrat commy leader does EXACTLY what Republicans would have done(cough war, gitmo, bailouts, etc). And they probably won't be happy with it, because it's Obama....

Comment: Re:No control experiment (Score 1) 132

I don't really see how diesel vs. gas is a good vs. evil debate that warrants you throwing suspicion on their "evil" motivations.... They ran a test against Diesel. That doesn't mean they aren't going to run one against gasoline too.

It's not like there's an evil Gasoline lobby buying up scientists to destroy the good name of Diesel.....

Comment: Re:Congressional Vote? (Score 1) 81

by whistlingtony (#48725683) Attached to: FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Congres... elected representatives.... created the FCC. You're whining about nothing. Every stupid position in government is not elected. So What. I don't need to hold elections for the clerk at the DMV.

From Wikipedia.... "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, created by Congressional statute (see 47 U.S.C. 151 and 47 U.S.C. 154) to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. "

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.