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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 145

I honestly don't remember a promise of no commercials from Cable, only certain channels one could receive from cable.

That's because cable companies could not promise "no commercials" for any channel EVER*. Cable began as a way of retransmitting broadcast stations to people who could not put up their own antennas (CATV is "community antenna TV"), and broadcast stations have ALWAYS had ads.

It wasn't until cable had enough market saturation and satellite services matured to the point that satellite-delivered content networks like HBO became available, and it was HBO's promise of "no ads", not the cable TV company.

* with the exception of the PEG channels or other local origination services. Otherwise, cable is retransmission of other people's content, and those other people decide if there are ads or not.

Comment Re:Catastrophic man-made global warming (Score 1) 262

the planet has existed for millions of years

Er, the planet has existed for 4.5 BILLION years. There have been at least 5 major ice ages in geological history. The last one was from 110,000 to 12,000 years ago. We are currently in the early stages of an inter-glaciation period.

The period of contemporary scientific research and record-keeping, as correctly pointed out, at about 150 years, represents about the last 0.000003% of planetary existence. If the existence of the earth were represented by the 1281 pages of the bible, the period of contemporary scientific research and record-keeping would be represented by less than the single last letter of the last word on the last page of the bible.

Comment Re:Pleasant surprise (Score 1) 262

And if someone gets a little too frisky with China, and pulls some really dumb move, China owns something like a third of the total foreign held US debt.

And what the fuck are you afraid they are going to do? Threaten not to collect their repayment? Stamp their feet? Think, man. Debt is furnishing cash money in exchange for a paper promise. We've ALREADY been paid; they are left hoping we don't go tits up and they lose all their investment.

Now, if you wanted to observe that we have also sold off all our real estate and corporations to them, at least that would be a valid concern.

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 199

We bomb brown people because we can get away with it. That's more opportunist than racist, but it's still racist.

As soon as "white" people start doing the same crap, it happens to them too. I'm guessing you're wishing away that pesky little Balkan conflict a few years back, where we bombed white people for, among other things, slaughtering olive people.

Pretending that it's skin color that makes ISIS a fair target for air strikes is the worst sort of craven intellectual laziness.

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 2, Funny) 199

Our Nobel Peace Prize President dropped 26,000 bombs (real bombs, not little hand grenades)

Probably a lot more than that. You're not understanding the usefulness of air strikes on this sort of combatant.

on various brown people

Right, right. It's because of their skin pigment! For reference, resorting to lazy race baiting doesn't really win arguments (see the most recent election results as an example)

(even though we are not at war).

Yes, I can see you're having some trouble grasping current events. Please don't do anything dangerous to other people in the future. Like, voting.

Comment Re:Top priority? Always? (Score 1) 144

If your companies top priority is to keep data secure, they how/why did you get hacked. They always say that, but clearly that is not the Top Priority

I see you're doing your part by not using dangerous apostrophes where they are needed!

Implicit in any company's statement that security is their top priority is the large bundle of compromises that don't go away whether or not that is your top priority. They could make the data perfectly secure by disconnecting the servers and putting them in a bank vault. They could make sure the data can't be breached by simply destroying all of it. See?

Security can be your Top Priority, but it has to be done in the context of things like still making it available to users across the internet. Doing it while not going bankrupt. Making the service competitively priced so that it can actually be afforded and put to work.

They could have said that the system could only be used on equipment they ship to their clients, connected to the back end through a hardware-based dedicated VPN with biometrics, dongles, and constant nagging by three-factor comms surrounding every time someone hits the enter key ... and of course nobody could or would want to use the system or pay the monthly fee needed to keep something like that alive.

They may very well put security at a higher priority than chipping away at a long list of UX updates, performance under load, documentation, multi-language support, and a thousand other things. Doesn't mean that doing so means they'll be perfect in their security results. Ever run a business like that? No? Give it a whirl. Make security your top priority, and then start paying attention to what that decision means in real life - including in your ability to get and retain customers during that balancing act.

Comment Re:Huge numbers! (Score 1) 273

What? Tens of millions of people routinely bitch, in public with their names attached, about every possible person, agency, posture, act, policy and purpose of government across the spectrum from the local PTA to city, county, state, federal, and international governance. There is nothing "brave" about parroting a lazy meme about freeing Snowden from prosecution for some very cut and dry real crimes. Your sense of drama is wildly disconnected from reality. Show me a single person, ever, who has been put into any sort of legal jeopardy for saying out loud, "Snowden should be pardoned." A single example. Specifically.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 538

Evolve. The word is evolve, not evolution. And neither capitalism nor communism is what corruption comes from. Corruption comes from human nature, and the only way to combat it is by some incorruptible authority guarding against it with an eagle eye, and taking relentless vengeance against it when it does occur.

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

I wasn't talking about Sandy, OR,

I was, and the person I replied to was, and the comments I made were in the context of a municipal ISP. You're arguing about something completely different.

I can see you're ideologically opposed to municipal networks and I'm unlikely to change that so I'll quit trying.

So far, the only attempts you have made are trying to convince me that municipal infrastructure without municipal ISP service isn't bad, and I've not been talking about that. So yes, your arguments about a different situation are unlikely to change my mind about the actual topic of discussion. Hmmm.

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

You seem to have a very poor understanding of how democracies work. My understanding is they are operating at break-even, so people that don't use it aren't really paying anything.

Except the backing of the general fund when there is a loss. And the loss of competition when a for-profit company cannot compete and pulls out.

In fact, it's saved the city government money that they were spending on very expensive commercial Internet access.

If the city government didn't have internet access written into the cable franchise then they are fools. In any case, to HAVE internet service, the city is paying someone for it, and it is now being funded by the taxpayers -- just like it was before the city became it's own ISP. Those taxpayers are either "customers" of the city ISP or just plain old taxpayers who don't care about internet access.

Yes, being able to sell cheap municipal bonds helps.

Interest from the bonds comes from taxes, and the principle is guaranteed by the taxpayers. If the city ISP fails after the city issues bonds to build it, guess who gets to pay back the bond holders?

After all, a tiny city government just kicked their asses because they thought their customers had no other options.

No, the city just kicked their asses because the city doesn't have to make a profit or break even on the deal, and doesn't have to live by any of the franchise agreements they make commercial vendors live by. It's amazing how much cheaper you can sell something if you don't have to make a profit and can rely on shareholders to cover any losses.

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