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Comment Re:The market has a solution for this (Score 1) 96

Its simpler to file an FCC complaint. They have a pretty website set up and it takes like 3 clicks to file. I've gotten results with it and had my bill reduced to where it belongs, and I have to assume the FCC ferrets that case away and watches to see how many of them pile up.

Comment Not uncommon, but FCC will help (Score 2) 96

I had Verizon trying to tell me that their quoted rate of $49.99 (after heavy haggling) was being increased to $60 because of fees and whatnot. All fine and good, but $5 of that was equipment fees. I had purchased my own FIOS router, and returned all set top boxes, so what were the fees? Well, Verizon informed me they were mandatory, and regardless of what the FCC said Verizon had their own policies.

2 months and 1 FCC complaint later, I got an apologetic letter from Verizon informing me that I was correct and they would lower their price.

As a child you assume that the laws we have in place means that the problem is solved. As an adult you find out that you have to be vigilant and not afraid to stand up for your rights, because people will take advantage either through greed, malice, or simple ignorance. I dont assume the Verizon reps knew the law, just what they were told by their supervisors, but if I had not taken the initiative on my own I would be paying an extra $60 a year for my ignorance.

All this to say-- glad this is being pressed, because the only way you get the phone reps to accord with the law is to put the fear of civil suits into the heart of their management.

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

Not going to lie, thats pretty crummy.

This whole game is a joke, exactly because people are trying to take responsibility for more than their vote. Your job isnt to win the election. Its to vote for the best candidate. The more people do that, the more legitimate the race is. The fewer do that.... well, look what happened. We ended with two ridiculous candidates, because everyone assumed they had no choice but to vote against "the other guy".

Comment Re:Because of logic (Score 1) 733

YOu either discard both his statement or take both his statement to heart.

Someone can be right some of the time and wrong other times. This is, in fact, an incredibly common occurance.

I can listen to his methodology on the investigation, and agree with all of it, and still think his conclusions were politically driven. I would contend that any reasonable individual who sets partisanship aside and is familiar with relevant law and relevant past cases would agree.

Comment Re:What about her maid? (Score 1) 733

and they found there was no crime.

Incorrect. If you recall your civics lessons, that is not a deterimination the FBI can make. The FBI investigates, the DOJ prosecutes, and a judge / jury makes findings of legal fact.

Because of stupid political games, Lynch was able to scapegoat the decision not to prosecute onto Comey, but it was in fact the DOJ's decision not to prosecute-- not the FBI's. And if you listen to Comey's "verdict" he did not even say that Clinton did not broke the law. He literally only said that there was no evidence that she intentionally broke the law, which is to say she may have unintentionally done so. Guess what-- there is also no evidence that the booz employee currently in FBI custody intentionally broke the law, but there he sits in jail awaiting a court date.

Comment Re:What about her maid? (Score 1) 733

Comey literally said that she should have known, and that many of the emails were explicitly marked, and that she actively responded to threads containing confidential / secret / top secret classification.

It is unbelievable the apologetics happening around this. People love to recount how Nixon was a republican, but here we have a crook as big and people are running interference for her. Drop the stupid partisanship and call a spade a spade.

Comment Re:What about her maid? (Score 1) 733

Classified emails weren't ever supposed to be sent over anything but the system explicitly for classified intelligence. Should she have realized people would screw up? Sure, but people make mistakes. She shouldn't be thrown in jail anymore than the senders of those emails.

You are Correcting The Record. You should go back and listen / read what Comey reported the FBI found in July:

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent... ....
For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received.

Note that in the last segment, he said "sent AND received". Not only that, once those emails were received, she had a duty to secure them on her system. Yet, the FBI got a lot of their data from "slack space" on the server, because the IT guys running the systems simply uninstalled Exchange without sanitizing the disks. It being her server commissioned under her authority, and it being her data, that directly becomes her problem.

Further, she then transported the servers-- well after receiving the data, well after its classification-- to her attorneys. This is, again, not a cleared location nor cleared individuals. That is, again, a violation of 18 USC 1924.

Comment Re:What about her maid? (Score 1) 733

Comey literally said that there was evidence that for the majority of the confidential documents, Clinton knew (because they were marked) or should have known that the documents were classified. Roughly 100 of the confidential email chains that were sent and received by Clinton were classified at the time they were sent or received, and several were marked.

You should go back and listen to his explanation of what they found in July. The strongest evidence for why Clinton broke the law is ironically the first 9 minutes of Comey's discussion on it. Listen to what he says, and cross-reference it with 18 USC 1924

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 4, Insightful) 535

Cheap hardware? Pretty much every time someone tries to match another company's hardware with the build quality/specs of Apple hardware ("because PCs are cheaper" mythology), the other company's hardware ends up AT LEAST as expensive as the Apple hardware

No, it only appears that way because of the slanted metrics that are always used in these comparisons.

I could post equivalent hardware to the latest Mac that had a slightly slower SSD but better processor, RAM, and screen, for half the price-- but the complaint would be that the Apple has a better SSD (which is clearly what matters!)

I could post something costing ~$100 more than the latest mac, and was superior in every metric-- but the complaint would be that it cost more (which is clearly what matters!)

I could post something superior in every tech spec for the same price-- but the complaint would be that it wasnt in aluminum (which is clearly what matters!)

The fact is the apple markup is real and is generally ~50% or more. Its been true for years, and people trying to justify the tag dont want something better than an Apple or cheaper than it, they want something that IS an Apple regardless of specs, price, or build.

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