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Comment Re:Does this mean I get a TDI for cheap? (Score 1) 124

I had a 2004 Passat - was perhaps the biggest money pit of a car I ever owned. I spent much of my time at the dealership with numerous recalls and had a very enjoyable 57-mile drive with faulty coils ( German Engineering will be forever considered a threat.

Comment Open an FTC Complaint (Score 1) 180

I've found that the only way to get Comcast to respond in earnest is to open up an FCC complaint. I had proof that they had over-billed me for months charging me fees for equipment I didn't own (I use a cablecard + HDHomerun). The rep said that they would only be able to credit me a single month. After contacting the FCC, I got direct attention from someone who was capable of speaking without a script and received a rather large check. You just know for every story like mine, there's hundreds of others that didn't get satisfaction. That's why Comcast has enough money to buy their own legislation. Screw Comcast sideways.....greedy bastards.

Submission + - How is the six-strikes system in any way legal?

WarmBoota writes: IANAL so I'd like to throw this out to anyone with a legal background. How is it legal for ISPs to intercept Internet communication for the purpose of copyright "re-education"? I'd like to know why this doesn't run afoul of wiretap laws and learn what laws keep telephone conversations (hopefully) private but allow for this type of one-sided judgment regarding the legality of a download.

Comment Re:The fucks the difference? (Score 2, Interesting) 461

Blowing mod points.... there is a common economic model that describes where each candidate would have to reside in order to obtain the most votes from their particular brand of lunatic fringe. Look up the Hotelling model. This explains why the candidates in a two party system are just the top and bottom of a shit sandwich.

Comment Re:What do we think? We don't know! (Score 2) 225

Losing my mods to reply. Like everything to do with media, the reason was not because it was technically impossible, but legally impossible. Do you recall the Diamond Rio? Few folks do. They were the first commercial mp3 player and most popular site for mp3 music and they were pretty incredible at the time. Diamond had to fend off lawsuits after releasing the device. was sued into oblivion and now there's Google Music, Amazon Cloud, and Apple's copycat offering. Apple had considerable capital and in a post-Napster world there were more execs interested in a legitimate model for downloading music. THAT's why the RIAA is killing innovation. Jeez, it's not like this is ancient history....

Comment Possessed by Disney (Score 1) 490

Look at it, they were an underdog hemorrhaging money. Jobs comes back from close contact with Disney with a penchant for pillaging stuff that's freely available and repackaging it in the most closed way possible. Disney also pillages the Public Domain, stealing from myth and fable and then adding a tiny circled 'C', making it their own. If you don't believe you, they've got a million lawyers with pillow-cases full of legal briefs to beat you down with. It's clear that disembodied spirit of Walt Disney is running Apple.

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