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Comment Re:Call a spade a spade (Score 2) 222

Depending on what you mean by "lobbying" it is NOT always a bribe; it many cases it is instead protection money.
Tim S.

In the end, this ruling clearly favored firmly entrenched big brand operators like Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and ATT, which lobbied hard to keep competition at bay.

Can we just call a spade a spade, and treat "lobbying" as a bribe? I'm getting sick of seeing this blatant corruption.

Comment Re:Could not recall briefings because of concusion (Score 1) 409

Finally a post I can agree with 100 percent. Tim S.

The critical difference for me is that the media is behind Hillary, and will let her get away with anything.

On the other hand, the media hates Trump, and will hold his feet to the fire for *everything*.

I want a president that the media hates, so that they can't just break laws, magically make new ones with executive orders, and engage in wholesale corruption with no consequences.

Trump 2016.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

FYI: Civilization and appeasement are NOT tied together; you can have one without the other. Tim S.

But these companies already own your government - you really think Trump will help? He's already part of the problem, not the solution. The answer is MORE civilization and civilized answers - not destroying civilization because the richest minority refuse to pay for it and allow it to function, even if their present riches would not exist without it - but the right wing in your country thinks civilization is the problem, not humanity's ultimate solution, and so they are the enemy of humankind, are dragging everyone else further over to the right with them, and you expect them to HELP?

Comment Re:Goodbye Windows - or maybe Linux (Score 2) 585

I believe this was before Microsoft realized they needed to pay protection money to the US Congress members; the Justice Department might be told to stand down this time. Tim S.

That's not a great example, seeing as how Microsoft ultimately won that battle.

"Won?" Well, that's debatable. After all the appeals, neither side got exactly what it wanted, but I'll grant you that MS ultimately got the better side of the deal: no split into two companies, but it did release details of their API, and showed more glasnost than they had previously.

The point is that the Department of Justice showed that it had the cojones to go after Microsoft, and that made MS proceed more cautiously thereafter.

Comment Re:ya know, microsoft... (Score 2) 133

Actually, I am afraid we are now MS beta testers. Does the minimal wage laws apply for beta testers? Tim S.

if updates weren't forced down our throats, maybe only a small percentage of users would be affected by a bad update before you got your shit together and fixed it....

WE ARE NOT YOUR BETA TESTERS.

Comment Re:And if you believe that... (Score 1) 445

It because they want the low income people to leave as fast as possible! j/k; but, it seems more logical than the answers below. Tim S.

Instead, the tolls are one way: you pay them, if you are a nasty, low income person coming from Emeryville into San Francisco, but not if you are a wonderful, high income person going from San Francisco to Emeryville.

The tolls are one-way because they know that 99.99% of people travel back to where they came from so instead of making people stop twice to pay the toll, it's more convenient for *everyone* to just collect it once.

Comment "security-only" bundle (Score 3, Interesting) 405

I will likely use the "security-only" bundle; and try to remove all rarely used Microsoft software other than the Windows 7. I already removed Java and Adobe; now will have to think about removing MS Office because, I foresee, in time the "security-only" bundle will stop patching office. Tim S.

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