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Comment Forcing customer to non regulated service (Score 5, Insightful) 314

Basically, not only is Verizon abandoning the copper cable plant that they built and were expected to maintain because they accepted government money to build it and maintain it in the first place, but they are also involuntarily switching customers from a Public Utility Commission regulated utility to an unregulated one that lacks features of the land line service. I'm absolutely sure that the obvious illegality of this has been appropriately muted by well applied lobbying and campaign dollars to the appropriate local and state politicians right?

Comment Re:Stop treating this like it were binary (Score 4, Insightful) 332

"You do have a few bad eggs, as with any profession. The untrained, the illsuited or the downright malicious. However, I'd suggest that these folks account for a small percentage of officers." the "good" officers know who these people are, and they are made less good by allowing them to continue to operate in their midst lowering the trust level of their entire organization.

Comment Re:who pays? (Score 4, Informative) 180

No rose colored glasses, and I'm a US citizen who has travelled to EU countries frequently. No place is perfect, I just know from personal direct observation travelling in EU and closely associated countries like Switzerland that in exchange for the higher taxes that roads, public transit, education, health care and other government services are in an entirely different (better) realm of quality than what we get here in the US. You get what you pay for.

Comment Industrial Capacity of Costa Rica? (Score 3, Insightful) 226

Great that they can exist on renewables like this, mean it. But using an essentially non-industrial country in a temperate climate as an example is statistical bias at best, outright lying at worse. How many aluminum smelters, steel plants, large data centers, and other myriad large bulk power users exist in Costa Rica? You know, the things that allow humans to actually build a first world country capable of supporting a large urban population? Yeah, thought so.

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