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Comment NetFlix is a convenient scapegoat (Score 1) 307

As usual, Hollywood is never at fault and it is someone else's fault...

I'm not a subscriber to Netflix and had been buying DVDs (no BR) the last twelve years.

My buying habit slowed WAY down not because of competing services, but because Hollywood intentionally limited the selection of movies to release on DVDs. I'm not a fan of recent releases and prefer buying older movies. But there are a LOT of good movies that are not getting released on DVD, and the older releases are harder to find. Screw the DVD releases of TV shows. In the twelve years I have been buying DVDs it was not missed that the selection of legacy titles on the store shelves has remained stagnant; I found myself returning to store less frequently because I had found no more titles than what I have already seen before. I'd like to buy more, but there is nothing there.

And this is the fault of Netflix HOW?

Comment Re:"Proportional Response" is where wars come from (Score 1) 821

So now Obama wants to give Trump a going-away present: A shiny new, Vietnam-style, ever-escalating war with Russia, and a public perception that, if he tries to end it, or even keep it from escalating, it's because he's a Russian puppet.

That false perception will never be perpetuated as long as people are reminded that Obama was the initial instigator. Obama was a master of deflection having learned from Saul Alinsky well.

Comment The Real Crisis (Score 4, Insightful) 821

The Real Crisis is that the DNC and their prized candidate were exposed as corrupt. The DNC invented "superdelegates" to the benefit of Clinton. The DNC chairwoman rigged the primary to favor Clinton (she resigned). A DNC insider at CNN provided debate questions in advance to Clinton (she was fired). Clinton had sought to blame a video on Benghazi (she resigned to minimize the political fallout). After too many shady scandals dating back to Watergate, voters rejected the MSM's sheltering of Clinton and refused to elect a crook to the executive branch.

The DNC did that to themselves and they are outraged that their corruption was exposed, so they sought a scapegoat to create a diversion from the Real Crisis. Russia didn't invent superdelegates, didn't rig the primaries, didn't provide debate questions in advance. The Real Crisis is that the DNC is losing their voter base even to minorities. Obama's weaponizing of federal agencies as tools of intimidation and retaliation date back to his Illinois state government chicanery and has damaged diplomatic relations. Voters saw government going in the direction of "Boss" Tweed corruption and they wanted none of it.

Comment This Just In (Score 1) 179

A baby boom has been reported at cities where offices of AmEX are located, the same areas where Trojan and other condom makers have posted an abrupt drop in sales. Maternity wards are overwhelmed with demand and retail stores are having trouble keep their shelves stocked with baby accessories. More details at 11.

Comment US intervened with Netanyahu election (Score 1) 412

"The Ecuador government respects the principle of non-intervention in other countries' affairs, it does not meddle in election processes underway, nor does it support any candidate specially."

Yet the world was silent when the Obama Administration provided US funds to Israeli opposition election campaigns to oust Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Comment Re:Mobile phone access? (Score 3, Informative) 412

He isn't in Ecuador, he's in a flat in London

Embassies on foreign soil are considered sovereign territories according to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Assange may be physically located on UK soil, but as long as Ecuador grants him asylum he is effectively in the domain of Ecuador while inside the Embassy and no arresting party can enter the compound without Ecuador's permission. Once Assange steps outside the embassy property then he is subject to UK authority and can be apprehended.

In the event of hostilities or soured diplomatic relations, it's a different story.

Comment Novice YT videos (Score 1) 552

Have to pipe in with a pet peeve with YouTube. Too many times when surfing for videos of a band, I click on a novice phone or palm device video from a live concert. The quality of the audio from a palm device at a live concert is atrocious and the volume is WAY TOO LOUD in my headphones. The shaky fuzzy video makes them unbearable to watch. There are a humorous few that capture a goof in performance, they are the rare exceptions.

Comment Re:They earn that in 16 minutes (Score 1) 116

Comcast had $19.269 billion in revenues last quarter. (Source [cmcsa.com]) This equates to about $211 million per day or $8.8 million per hour. They'll earn back the $2.3 million fine in about 15 minutes and 42 seconds.

Likely the maximum that the FCC can fine the company. The NHTSA is another agency that was hampered with petty maximum fines, until the DoJ stepped in with a wire fraud criminal lawsuit that resulted in far stiffer penalties. "Cramming" could very well constitute wire fraud.

Comment Re:These guys called me last week. (Score 1) 212

I won't pick up any unknown caller IDs and I let the answering machine deal with it. If it is a friend trying to reach me, they can leave a voicemail. For the past two months, an unknown number with same area code has been calling my home phone every day, at different times of the day - but never leaving a message. Same caller ID. Reverse phone lookup doesn't flag it as malicious (scam, telemarketer) but scammers have been notorious for caller ID spoofing. Scam artists do not care when you tell them they have reached an unpublished phone number. By calling at different times of the day, they are trying to identify a time window when a live person is there. Unpublished phone numbers are no longer a good solution.

I plan on building my retirement home soon, and I am looking into ways to protect my phone number (like prefixing the SIT right before the greeting message) to keep these scum away.

Comment Government abuse = Increased sales (Score 1) 198

Having witnessed the Obama Administration spying on AP reporters and exploiting government agencies as political intimidation tools, encryption suddenly became a prime must-have for my computers. Government should NOT be intimidating political opposition and I don't want to be targeted for my lawful communications. When government cites criminal monitoring as a justification to hack into devices, I am skeptical knowing their history of intimidating lawful citizens. When Apple flipped the bird at the FBI over encryption back doors, I happened to be ready to upgrade so like so many others I bought an iPhone and a MacBook Pro.

Same thing happens when government is pushing gun control - lawful gun owners rushed out to purchase guns.

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