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Comment Re:The courts, the FTC, and states are watchdogs (Score 1) 333

Absent other regulations, it's up to the federal trade commission, similar state-level bodies, and disgruntled customers filing lawsuits to keep companies from using deceptive advertising.

Where the FTC and state regulators don't act, it's up to consumers to sue or their advocates such as the press or Consumer's Union to shame them into honesty.

So, will we be seeing regulatory action soon, or will the land sharks be filing class-action suits, or will this be just a case of public shaming?

Or, will nothing happen at all?

The FDA can regulate here and work with the Department of Justice to enforce in this case as this is a cosmetic that is "misbranded".
http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/G...

Comment Re:I don't want to pay for this. (Score 1) 77

As a sports fan who chooses not to get screwed over by the cable or satellite TV companies, I don't have access to the ESPN app. Paying a couple bucks a month extra to Amazon for live sports would be well worth it to me vs paying for a cable subscription.

It will probably be like current streaming packages. Those games that people like ESPN has exclusive rights to will be blacked out.
This already happens if you have NBA League Pass. Those games that ESPN or TNT has exclusive rights to are blacked out even from video streaming on the official NBA app with the highest level of package. The NBA app lets you stream audio from one of the local radio stations broadcasting the game in return.
So you'll still never be able to see your team play the Cavs, Lakers, or $OTHERPOPULARTEAM/anticipated game unless you have ESPN or TNT or whatever other station streaming or no.
Same thing with MLB's streaming packages, I can't remember if they offer an audio stream when video is blacked out.

Including this in a package on Prime is great, but only for 75% of games. For the rest you still need access to ESPN/TNT/TSN in some way.

Comment Re:do people really talk to their phones? (Score 2, Insightful) 197

Everyone I know who does it, does it for stupid trivial shit and it still fails. It seems to be ineffective and greatly annoys those around them, but they don't seem to care when people are angrily looking at them for yelling "set timer for 10 minutes" 7 times.
Happens to android and iOS users

Comment Re:Tour de Cheat? (Score 1) 158

Doping in cycling has been around since the very beginning. It predates the TdF.
It's pretty much ingrained in the sport itself. Where as doping in other sports came later in their history.

I think the association with cheating in cycling seems more prevalent due to the history and the exposure. I'm not certain that cycling has more cheating than any other sport.

Comment The problem with internet rating and reviews (Score 1) 858

See this is the problem with ratings and reviews on the internet.
I'm only likely to fairly rate the things that I'm interested in and therefor receive recommendations based on those ratings, so often I don't get recommendations for legitimately good things that I wouldn't otherwise watch since most of my ratings are within my areas of interest. On the other hand.
If for some reason I do watch something, but is generally out of my area of interest and I don't like it based on being predisposed to not liking it and I do rate it poorly, who does that serve?

While I do know there are malicious bad raters on the internet and very likely ones driven by a gender bias, I don't think that is necessarily the problem here. I feel the problem is our human nature to not care about the things we don't care about.

Comment Can't buy tickets for the Shrine Circus (Score 1) 321

http://www.isisshriners.com/
or
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
or
buying anything from the likely thousands of people in the world with the name Isis.

OFAC really isn't this dumb, this processor just is. Most OFAC scrubbing software only flags or blocks transactions and it is up to the financial institution to manually vet the transaction after any required reporting. The false positive rate in OFAC name matching is often listed as 50+%.

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