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Comment Re:Generations (Score 5, Informative) 219

Either you don't realize there is a difference between healthy older people and those with dementia, or you think all older people have dementia. Unless he had dementia, it is very unlikely your grandfather was 'completely baffled' by any of those things.

A few weeks ago we had a party for my parents, and their friends were there. The ages ranged from 70 to 90. Almost all of them had cell phones, and many were taking pictures and posting them to Facebook. Of the ones that didn't have cell phones, some couldn't see well enough to use one, and one said it hurt his hands too much to hold one.

Your comments about 'old people homes' are absurd. There are basically three types of 'od people homes': senior housing, assisted living, and nursing home. For the first two types, the residents CHOOSE to live there, so the facilities provide whatever amenities that will attract residents. OF COURSE they provide Internet service.

But I guess when you say old people home, you mean nursing home. Those people are not there because they want to be, they are there because they can't care for themselves or make their own decisions. Some can't feed themselves, some can't use the bathroom, some don't even know their children's names. But you think if you wind up there a concern is going to be Internet access? Are you already insane?

Comment Re:cant be every adult (Score 5, Interesting) 225

Yeah, as usual this is just another hyped-up clickbait summary. When you read TFA, you find that what they actually claim to have is:

All KNOWN addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (jeez, they know stuff they know)

Propery bought and sold, including mortgages (public records stuff)
Vehicles owned (public records)
Criminal record (public records)
Voter registration (public records)
Hunting permits (public records)

They also claim to have 'biilions of photographs from private companies with license plate scanners'. Kind of doubtful, companies don't give that info away for free, and why would they buy it if they don't need it.

Oh, and the 'every purchase' bullshit? Well, they own a couple of coupon companies, and IF you sign up for their coupons they ask for stuff like email and birthday, and IF you use those coupons when you buy something they know what you bought. No shit.

Comment Re:Only the Bible? (Score 1) 271

The Constitution most certainly does NOT say the government may not respect any religion, it says it cannot create a LAW respecting a religion. This is not a law, it is a resolution. They are NOT the same thing. A law requires YOU to do, or prevents YOU from doing,something. A resolution does not.

Comment Re:Only the Bible? (Score 1) 271

Ah, yes. 'The republicans' did that, did they? The actual vote for that resolution was 197-0, with 4 members (1 republican, 3 democrats) on leave. 89 of the people (45%) who voted FOR the amendment were Democrats. There were 0 Democrats who voted AGAINST the resolution. If this were purely 'a republican' thing, as you like to portray, why did ALL of the Democrats support it?

Comment Re:Only the Bible? (Score 1) 271

Seriously? You expect us to believe that when you said 'nice lawsuit trolling' you were maybe referring to the reporter? You saw something that fit in nicely with your narrow world view so you believed it without doing any checking to see if it was true. When it was pointed out that the statement was in fact false you deny that you ever believed it.

Comment Re:Only the Bible? (Score 2) 271

Not lawsuit trolling, just trolling by whatever idiot wrote that. In the Retailers Information Guide to what is taxable is this statement (page 14).

Tax is imposed on books, stationery and stationery supplies, including Bibles and religious publications sold by religious groups. (emphasis mine)

And the summary of the new taxes simply says it applies to 'e-books and otherwise taxable printed material'. Not a single mention of 'Bibles' anywhere.

Comment Re:Religious Exemption (Score 5, Informative) 271

Except there does not appear to actually be such an exemption. It appears to have been made up, probably to generate outrage and hence clicks.

Here is what the state says the new changes are. It includes 'e-books and otherwise taxable printed matter'. It does not mention bibles anywhere.

So, bibles must not be 'otherwise taxable printed matter', right? Nope. Here is the list of what is taxable. The list starts on page 14. First item on the list is 'Books', and right under the heading is this statement. "Tax is imposed on books, stationery and stationery supplies, including Bibles and religious publications sold by religious groups."

Oh, and further down the list we find that textbooks are NON-TAXABLE.

Comment Re:Misleading summary (Score 0) 52

Read the whole document (which is what I quoted), not just the bits you like.

The part you quoted was just an introductory statement, it has no content. The second quote I gave says exactly what they committed to - investigating ways to allow open source on certain 5Ghz routers without allowing the radio operation to be changed. Hardly a requirement to allow open source.

I imagine the conversation went like this: your routers allow the user to adjust the radio, we can't have that. Well, we think the hacker community is important and want them to use our stuff. Well, you had better make sure you don't allow the radio to be adjusted. Ok, we'll do that.

You have agreement, commitment, and no requirement other than the radio be protected.

What makes you think the FCC has even the slightest authority to demand that a manufacturer allow open source, especially for an unlicensed product like a WiFi router?

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