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Comment Re:That's Right (Score 1) 66

It's a double-edges sword. On one hand, social media means that an establishment that controls the news media (e.g. the government, big corporations, etc) can be bypassed to get the truth out. On the other hand, it can be used to spread falsehoods around the world even faster.

Social media (like anything on the Internet - or pretty much any other source of information) isn't total garbage which should be junked but neither is it a savior to be trusted all the time.

Comment Re:This is why Verizon wants Yahoo (Score 1) 70

This is more insightful than you may realize.

http://fortune.com/2015/01/10/...

From the link:
"Today marks the 15th anniversary of one such calamity when media giants AOL and Time Warner combined their businesses in what is usually described as the worst merger of all time."

I think you're right, though. This is very much like TimeWarner + AOL.

Comment Re: Fake (Score 2) 184

As you said, for the "Moon Landing Was A Hoax" theory to be true, NASA and the US Government would have had to silence thousands of people who worked on the project, the Russians who were our bitter enemies and who we were trying to one-up for putting a man in orbit, and thousands of amateurs listening in. Also, this silencing and cover-up would have to be both: 1) So iron-clad perfect that it eluded the detection of thousands of people over the decades and 2) So full of holes that a guy sitting in his basement looking at a video on his computer monitor could spot the forgery. Meanwhile, the conspiracy itself would need to be both so effective that they could keep all of these thousands of people who "knew the truth" silent for all of these years (through everything that the world has gone through in the past 40+ years) and so incompetent that they can't stop hoaxers from blurting out "the truth" all over the place.

This is the standard plot-hole of nearly all conspiracy theories: The conspirators need to be both highly effective and totally bumbling at the same time.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 450

I should have clarified. We cancelled cable TV. Unfortunately, we're stuck with cable for Internet access. Our only other options are DSL (slow and Verizon's looking to ditch it ASAP), mobile (which we use for on-the-go browsing, but isn't good for streaming a household's worth of video), and satellite (slow and expensive with low caps).

Our cable company (Time Warner Cable) hasn't pulled the "Internet Alone costs more than Internet+TV" garbage, but I know that other cable companies (*cough*Comcast*cough*) have. It's all part of their dirty tricks to keep people subscribed to cable TV so they can claim higher subscriber numbers and fend off questions about cord cutting taking off.

Comment Re:ungrandfathering? (Score 1) 450

Call it what you will, but they are increasing people's rates and trying to tell them they didn't because it technically happened two years ago...

Wait, they're doing what? This is what Netflix sent me:

When we raised prices for new Netflix members in 2014, we kept your price the same for two years. Your special pricing is now ending and as of 8/10/16 your new price will be $9.99 per month.

Looks like they're pretty plainly telling me they're increasing my rate. Which is fine. Sure, I'd rather any service I pay for be cheaper, but is Netflix still worth more than $9.99/month to me? Absolutely.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 450

Cable news channels do provide news. The problem is that they feel the need to fill up 24 hours with "breaking news coverage" and wind up with 20+ hours of filler (speculation, talking heads, etc) and 3-4 hours of actual news (on a good day). I get the same news content minus the filler from various sources on the Internet in much less time.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 450

News I can get from other sources - either OTA or from the Internet. I don't need 24 hours of "in-depth" news coverage of an event when 20 of those hours are talking heads speculating about things to fill the time.

As for sports, we really don't care about that. Certainly not enough to pay $70+ a month for it.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 4, Interesting) 450

When we cancelled our cable, they wanted to raise what I was paying from $87 (for cable TV + Internet) to $137. I would be getting nothing extra in return. No faster speeds. No additional channels or features. It was just a $50 price hike for the sake of hiking prices. When I asked about the $99 promotional prices they were advertising, I was told those were for new subscribers, not people who had been with them for about 15 years. When I questioned why the price was so high, I was told that it was actually a "$150 value" so I was really getting a "great deal."

We canceled cable and now we're paying $35 for Internet plus $10 a month for Hulu. (We were already subscribed to Netflix and Amazon Prime pre-cord-cutting and would have kept those either way so those really didn't factor in.) After factoring in buying more DVDs and VOD content (from Amazon or Google), I figure that we were saving around $70 a month. After a year of cutting cable, our former cable company announced the usual round of large price hikes so we're saving even more now.

Comment Re:Another day, another idiot (Score 1) 406

Judaism doesn't seek out converts

We actually actively discourage converts. Potential converts must first be turned away three times. If after the third time, they come back again, we know they're serious. Then, they can begin a long journey of study before they can finally convert. Even the conversion, for men at least, can turn back potential converts. While women get it easy (dipping themselves in a ritual pool), men need to get a circumcision. And no saying "it was already done when I was a baby." Some blood needs to be drawn. If you're willing to go through all that, they you're definitely serious about converting and not just looking to switch religions based on some impulse that will change a few weeks later.

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