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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 3, Informative) 359

and the vagina "pops out" becoming the penis

Listen, I'm not a meteorologist or anything, but I'm pretty sure that a penis is not an inside-out vagina. I'm pretty sure it's more analogous to the clitoris, and that the little seam that runs down the nutsack and taint (excuse the medical terminology) is the result of the labia closing and sealing.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 359

Are you aware that what you stated is false?

After reading all the replies, yep, I sure am.

Go (back?) to law school and re-read (or perhaps read for the first time?) the material on what can and cannot be subject to a presidential pardon.

No thanks. Not only am I not an attorney, but I don't have any desire to be one. I was responding to this quote:

"I can't pardon somebody who hasn't gone before a court and presented themselves, so that's not something that I would comment on at this point," Obama told the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

I interpreted that as meaning that he was not able to do that, rather than just being unwilling.

Some more quotes:

"At the point at which Mr. Snowden wants to present himself before the legal authorities and make his arguments or have his lawyers make his arguments, then I think those issues come into play," Obama said.

More than a million supporters of Edward Snowden have petitioned President Barack Obama to pardon him, but the former National Security Agency contractor hasn't submitted the required documents for clemency, according to the White House.

"Mr. Snowden has not filed paperwork to seek clemency from this administration," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 0) 359

Snowden cannot be pardoned, because he has not been convicted of any crime. There is no conviction to pardon or commute. He has to surrender and be charged in order for that to happen. Obama already commented on that, he said that regardless of how he feels about Snowden, you can't pardon someone who hasn't been convicted of anything.

Comment Re:Only a problem when they block better (G fiber) (Score 1) 200

It sounds like you should get kicked in the taint for rolling out a new network in the age of fiber but deciding to run with Cat-5 because you got a great deal on spools. Just because the network is publicly-funded doesn't also mean that all of the expertise needs to come from the community. Part of that public funding is hiring a designer who knows what they're doing.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 200

The government can subsidize the costs and offer service for well below the actual costs, which is unfair competition.

That seems like a red herring. "The Government" isn't some giant mega-corp paying out stockholders, it is run and funded by the citizens. That's not "the government" subsidizing the costs, it's the taxes paid by the people who live there. The people are subsidizing the costs, so why shouldn't the government be allowed to build and maintain a network for the benefit of the people which is paid for by the people? The answer of course is because the ISPs think they deserve everyone's money. That doesn't mean that towns should not be allowed to pool their resources and plan and deploy their own network paid for by themselves. Even if they are competing with a private company, they should still be allowed to do it. If the private company can't build a better network and provide better service than the people doing it for themselves then the private company doesn't get any business. They can up their game or go elsewhere. Instead, in reality, they find that it's a better investment to pay legislators to pass laws which favor themselves against the people living there, and the end result is that the people still have the same shit network that has been there for the last several decades and they're still paying way too much for it. That's the specific situation that people want to change - they want a fast network and a reasonable price, not 10down/1up DSL for $80/month.

The issue in high costs with broadband come from partial or complete monopolies of ISPs.

Right. But all of a sudden when the people step in to build their own network then *that* is unfair competition? I think the existence of a monopoly makes the environment for unfair competition, not a town deciding that they want to publicly fund a network.

In order to reduce costs, the government can help introduce competition.

How can they do that? Keep in mind that ISPs have very large war chests, and that they have no problems with paying large sums of money to legislators in order to maintain their monopolies and ban towns from doing things themselves. So how exactly should anyone expect the government to "introduce competition"? Wouldn't the ISPs claim some other sort of government overreach? If building their own network is unfair competition, then wouldn't "introducing competition" be labeled as some sort of anti-capitalist big government move to influence the market? You write a lot of bright-sky points without offering any actual solution. What is this supposed to mean:

I really like this idea in Virginia of providing a means for municipalities to introduce competition

What are you actually suggesting there? Anything at all? I'm not talking about suggesting vague things like "introducing competition", I'm talking about actual laws that would help the situation. Because a town getting together and deciding to fund and build their own network is a concrete example of introducing competition, but if that's not what you're suggesting then what kind of concrete steps are you referring to?

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 5, Insightful) 562

"It's nice to only be able to listen to what's in front of you, instead of having the entirety of music at your fingertips with Spotify and all that"

Right, and when I go to lunch I prefer to go to the convenience store where I only have the pre-made sandwiches in the cooler to choose from. That's also "nice". When I can pick from anything I want I just get confused. I prefer it when my choices are today's ham and swiss or yesterday's ham and swiss. Sometimes I pick yesterday's ham and swiss because I appreciate the retro taste of it, I like that the bread just feels warm and fuzzy (where it isn't soggy). I also avoid online dating, when I want a date I go to the closest cheap bar and think it's nice that I'm only able to pick from the selection of women at the bar, I appreciate their retro ages. Sometimes I pick the one without a disease, but I always appreciate a retro penicillin shot.

Comment Re:Comcast customer here (Score 2) 111

If they consistently get an awful rating, then imagine how many people they have to regularly piss off, especially if a lot of their customers don't really have much of a problem with them.

Personally, I think that people just tend to hate their own cable provider, and it's been a long time coming. Quality has been declining and prices have been increasing for a while but people feel like they don't have any options, so they take it out on whoever their provider happens to be. I'm one of the cord cutters, but I'm happy to pay for the content I'm consuming if the companies decide that they want to sell me what I'm willing to pay for.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 1) 174

Allow me to add copy-and-paste trolling as another example of why you're losing. You know what we call people who lose, APK? We call them losers. That's what you are. You are a mid-50s loser with no achievements to speak of who trolls all day, all the while calling other people never-do-wells. You are the picture of irony. Maybe instead of copying and pasting your stupid insults, you should go out and find some work. Maybe get something worth actually citing in the future instead of telling people how that one time 15 years ago you suggested some efficiency improvements to someone else's program, which then went on to almost win an award but didn't. Maybe update your resume so that the next time you're in some stupid pissing match of your own making you can actually cite something that someone else might be impressed with instead of crashing and burning like you do literally every time.

Or, be a loser and troll all day. It's really your choice. I bet I know which one you're going to choose, too.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 1) 174

Allow me to add copy-and-paste trolling as another example of why you're losing. You know what we call people who lose, APK? We call them losers. That's what you are. You are a mid-50s loser with no achievements to speak of who trolls all day, all the while calling other people never-do-wells. You are the picture of irony. Maybe instead of copying and pasting your stupid insults, you should go out and find some work. Maybe get something worth actually citing in the future instead of telling people how that one time 15 years ago you suggested some efficiency improvements to someone else's program, which then went on to almost win an award but didn't. Maybe update your resume so that the next time you're in some stupid pissing match of your own making you can actually cite something that someone else might be impressed with instead of crashing and burning like you do literally every time.

Or, be a loser and troll all day. It's really your choice. I bet I know which one you're going to choose, too.

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