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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 797

I'm curious about this - do you grab people's junk before using a gendered pronoun with them, or just ask? It seems really awkward.

Follow-up question - if you're not having sex with them, why do you care about what they have between their legs? It seems a bit weird to me to put that much emphasis on someone else's genitals, but hey, whatever floats your boat!

Comment Re: Just sayin' (Score 0) 48

No, they use FUD, brand name recognition, and bundling, and charge obnoxiously inflated rates. Quite a few less-savvy customers end up badly gouged. My landlord is one of them. He's stuck with a ridiculously overpriced DSL package from Bell because of Fibe TV—and his location, deep in the heart of metropolitan Toronto, is mysteriously not eligible for the actual fibre-optic-to-the-pole service promised in marketing material. If you actually read the entire article, you'll see mention of lobbyist groups trying to get the CRTC to change their practices of trusting incumbents to actually keep their prices competitive due to competition.

Comment Re:Just sayin' (Score 5, Informative) 48

If you RTFA, you'll discover the little nugget of joy that the CRTC declined to regulate prices—again. So all those rural areas are going from terrible service to unaffordable service. I don't think the big telcos are that upset about this particular demand; they get money to overhaul their infrastructure (where needed) and can double-dip by charging their customers as much as they want afterward. It seems that this probably won't be changing any time soon.
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T-Mobile Exempts AT&T's DirecTV Now Service From Data Caps (arstechnica.com) 22

An anonymous reader writes: One of the biggest selling points of ATT's DirecTV Now service is that it streams video without counting against data caps on the ATT mobile network. But T-Mobile USA customers will also be able to watch DirecTV Now without using up data, the carrier announced yesterday. DirecTV Now is one of the latest services added to Binge On, which exempts dozens of video services from data caps as long as customers are willing to limit mobile viewing quality to about 480p. T-Mobile also promised to reimburse customers for DirecTV Now for 12 months if they port a phone number from the ATT network to T-Mobile and purchase at least two lines. This offer consists of a $35 monthly bill credit, enough to cover the DirecTV Now promotional price. This is a limited-time offer and cannot be combined with other offers like "Carrier Freedom," which reimburses customers for early termination fees when they switch to T-Mobile. "ATT wants you to think DirecTV is theirs exclusively, but that's a load of crap," Legere said in T-Mobile's press release yesterday. "Both DirecTV Now and the DirecTV apps stream free on T-Mobile with a faster, more advanced network that covers nearly every American. ATT is so distracted by their new businesses and DirecTV that they continue to ignore their 110 million wireless customers. Luckily, the Un-carrier's here to show them how to actually take care of customers!"

Comment Re:Am I in a goddamn cyberpunk novel? (Score 2) 551

Interesting info - thanks! I didn't know there was another section sometimes referred to as the 'emoluments clause'.

My quick bit of searching indicates that there's some disagreement over which of the (three!) sections of the constitution that mention 'emoluments' get that as their informal title. At the moment, Wikipedia links emoluments to Article I, section 9, but there's some arguing about that choice on the various talk pages.

Specificity will be a useful thing as this discussion proceeds; I suspect we'll be talking about how to interpret 'Consent of Congress' before too long.

Comment Re:Am I in a goddamn cyberpunk novel? (Score 3, Informative) 551

Neither of your citations appear to even mention the 'emoluments clause' of the Constitution, which makes them, at best, incomplete ('worthless' is also a possible description).

Try looking for something newer - there was very little reporting on the emoluments clause until after the election.

Comment Re:"White Nationalist" is racist term (Score 1) 470

So what do we call all the black americans on Twitter, calling out to kill all white people?

a) Just as repulsive as Spencer.

b) If (and only if) they are advocating for a separate race-based nation, then you can call them black nationalists.

c) On Twitter? It's likely that you can call many of them Russian.

Comment Re:Violence or discrimination? (Score 2) 434

Stating specifically what they are concerned with in this particular case doesn't state that they aren't also concerned with other behaviors if they see them. They mentioned the specific behaviors they found problematic in this case.

However, by all means, if you see advertisers on this network engaging in hate speech against majority groups, you should bring it to their attention.

Comment Trump and his supporters should DEMAND a recount. (Score 1) 1321

They're certain he won fair and square and keep on saying there's a mandate for him, right?

If they're smart, they'll insist on a recount so that they can remove any doubt about the legitimacy of this election.

If they're actually interested in democracy, they'll want to make sure that everything is above board.

I actually don't know why we don't automatically recount after an election, period, if only to make sure we got something this important correct.

Comment Re:Understandable, but foolish (Score 1) 386

You don't have to wonder - just look at migration to the US in the 18th and 19th centuries.

My grandfather came here from a farm in Mongolia in 1906, alone, at the age of 12, and found himself in New York City. That might as well have been going 500 years into the future, just he did it by boat rather than time machine. Given the difficulties at the time as well, there was no going back.

People did it all the time back then, and still kind of do today, though arguably globalization has made it substantially less jarring. Some fail, some merely survive, and some manage to thrive.

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