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Comment Jennifer Government (Score 1) 611

This reminds me a bit of the novel Jennifer Government.

In the future, I wonder if the way we will put pressure on our politicians is by using our money to pressure commercial entities to support the candidates we do or don't like. Pepsi might be who you buy if you're a Democrat. Dell is for Republicans, etc.

We know they're all bought and paid for, but we can switch brands if they end up backing the wrong politicians. That would have them get smarter about who they support, etc.

Comment Re:Why is this a problem? (Score 1) 42

Its only a problem inasmuch as filing for the trademark in a country more likely to grant it gives them a leg up in countries that would be less likely to grant it.

Its like if I wanted a CCW permit, but my state makes it onerous to get one, whereas a nearby state just requires a fee and short test on gun safety. I go to the other state to get one, and through reciprocity agreements, I can use it in my home state. My own state's regulations are basically a dead letter.

End of the day this is not too big of a deal, but could become one if the major players are really using it to their own advantage.

Comment Re:More channel choice is needed (Score 1) 250

I get charged a $10 broadcast programming fee for channels I can get with an antenna...and I can't opt out. I can't say "just give me everything but the broadcast channels" and lose them. Nope, just $10 for something I can get for free.

I get that this is because the broadcast channels charge cable companies for carriage, but let me opt out.

Comment Re:Ooh boy (Score 1) 612

Fucking pathetic. To anyone who still doesn't realize that Trump and Hillary have the exact same MO down to the micron, explain this.

I think in terms of their lying there's a difference in degree. Clinton has said what she said. Trump would claim that he had never used email. Or that email doesn't actually exist. And no one would actually call him on it.

Comment Re:fucken neocommuncists (Score 1) 428

The moralizing aside, the people are pissed because the free market made them pay more than they wanted. The free market is great when it makes folks winners, but when it makes them a loser, they start talking about how unfair it is.

Either capitalism is fair or it isn't. You don't get to pick and choose when it is based on if it helps or hinders you.

Comment Re:Give me local news and I'll cancel (Score 1) 92

Have you tried a big honkin' ass antenna mounted on a tower? Just a suggestion.

I can get most of the football games I want over an antenna, all the soccer, and then there's just the problem of hockey. I'm thinking of going to SlingTV for that. I just received one of those flat "Leaf" type antennas today and try that out for a few months. If not that, I might have to try to be handy and put something better up in the attic.

Comment Re:Another way to look at this is.. (Score 1) 400

I think that you're right. However, I think instead of embracing automation and increased productivity along with a UBI, we'll get reactionary politicians that try to legislate a return to the good old days by banning the automation of certain jobs.

It will certainly be an interesting time to be alive.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 387

If you're asking because you actually want an answer, you've kind of already answered it yourself. Clinton losing her mind and deciding to nuke Canada would be exactly that -- a serious mental lapse. With Trump that's the default state.

I'm not saying Hillary Clinton is great, but things will at least get worse at a lower rate of speed than under Trump (outside of the "blow it all up" scenario). For the record I'm undecided between Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

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