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Comment Re:More channel choice is needed (Score 1) 196

I get charged a $10 broadcast programming fee for channels I can get with an antenna...and I can't opt out. I can't say "just give me everything but the broadcast channels" and lose them. Nope, just $10 for something I can get for free.

I get that this is because the broadcast channels charge cable companies for carriage, but let me opt out.

Comment Re:Asian discrimination?? (Score 1) 459

French Asians are mostly Tunisian, Algerian, Moroccan, etc

LOL WTF? Those countries are in North Africa. (Hell, they don't even count as the "Middle East" either, because they're as far west as France is itself.) No way is the average French person that ignorant about geography!

Comment Re:Clickbait? (Score 1) 154

I largely play "Idle" games these days, lacking the time to really get into much more involved than that... And even there you'll find a die-hard community that considers anything other than manually sitting there for hours at a time and clicking furiously as "cheating" (in games where the core mechanic amounts to "level up your resource-producers and come back tomorrow to do it again").

Mind you, many such games' devs have gone so far as to provide straightforward javascript hooks solely for the purpose of more efficient botting; but, good luck arguing that with a purist.

/ (and show me a human who claims to legitimately have the "click a million times" achievement in any game, and I'll show you a liar with an autoclicker. ;)

Comment And IMDB cares about this *why*, exactly? (Score 5, Insightful) 315

"Registrant Organization:, Inc.
Registrant Street: Legal Dept, PO Box 81226,
Registrant City: Seattle
Registrant State/Province: WA"

Dear California: How about "go fuck yourself". That a good answer?

Oh, you don't want IMDB operating in your state? Perhaps you could build some sort of Great Firewall. That's worked out so well for China (and North Korea).

Comment Re:One of those sounds potentially useful.... (Score 1) 35

Back in my college days, we had a saying about student-run experimental design: "Psychology is the study of females ages 18 to 22 with above-average intellect and an interest in psychology".

Although that does mean you need to eventually check your results on a larger, more random pool of participants, it doesn't flat-out make those first-round results invalid. It just means you can get (at least) two papers out of the same results, verifying (or refuting) the external validity of the initial results. ;)

Comment Re:Superdistribution of Content (Score 1) 204

Generally it's from some stupid millennial, or the mouthpiece of a social networking company that offers a messaging feature that, for all intents and purposes, is email (except with centralization, censorship, advertising and data-mining). What they really mean is "we wish email were dead, so everyone would be forced to become one of our users and we could become the new defacto email".


Comment Re: Makes more sense (Score 1) 222

The more data that people use in aggregate, the more capacity that Verizon has to build or everyone's data slows down.

Bandwidth does not equal monthly usage.

If Verizon said "we want to implement a time-of-day based surcharge to help reduce network congestion", we could reasonably discuss the merits of using financial rather than technical means of throttling heavy users.

Charging me per GB of 2am Windows updates, however, counts as nothing short of rent seeking via regulatory capture. Every single unused bit of capacity of my nearest cell tower gets wasted forever. It neither costs Verizon more, not saves them a penny, to ever have a tower sitting idle; and thanks to a complete (intentional) failure of the FCC to properly allocate spectrum as a public good, you and I can't simply say "screw you, Verizon, I'll put up my own cell network!"

Comment Re:They do charge for the modem... (Score 1) 65

you don't get to save money by owning your own modem. The modem is "free".

It's entirely possible for that to be a lie anyway.

For example, when I had basic cable TV through Comcast (which I accepted solely because they refused to give me a lower internet-only rate than they would offer for the bundle), I was issued "free" cable box ("free" because it was the first one on the account). I later decided that if I'm forced to buy the service then I might as well use it and had them issue me a CableCard instead. When I got my next bill, I saw a line item subtracting the rental fee for the "free" cable box and another line item adding the rental fee for the CableCard. The CableCard fee was cheaper, so the total net cost actually dropped something like $2.50 below the advertised rate that I had been paying before.

Comment Re:They do charge for the modem... (Score 3, Insightful) 65

Huh??? DOCSIS requires backwards compatibility, both for the head end and the modems themselves. Any DOCSIS n hardware is compatible with n+k and n-k for all values of k. There's absolutely no reason for your cable company's head end to not negotiate a connection with your existing cable modem. You just won't get the faster speeds provided by the newer standard.

Maybe that's true, the same thing happened to me: alleged backwards compatibility didn't stop Comcast from causing my DOCSIS 2.0 (Linksys BEFC-MU10) modem to stop being able to connect. The DOCSIS 3.0 replacement (Zoom 6341j) I bought worked.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Comcast intentionally configured their network to reject connections from DOCSIS 2.0 modems even if they were supposed to still work, in hopes that some people who owned modems would start renting (or just to punish people for having the audacity not to rent). It's just the kind of thing those criminal, corrupt fuckers would do.

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