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Comment Re: Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 193

if a government official requires that a private utility (e.g. Cable company) makes concessions to the local community as a condition of having access to that community, how exactly is that ineptitude?

If the would-be ISP walks away as a result, the community is left without that ISP's service. Or, as probably happens too, the company says, Ok, we'll do that — and then some, but in exchange you make sure, no one else ever gets to offer their service in your town. Which, obviously, is also quite damaging to the community. Hence ineptitude. And corruption.

I'd call that doing a good job instead of merely taking the shitty deal the utility likely laid on the table to begin with.

The requirements for everybody ought to be the same and clearly spelled-out. In a country with separation of powers, such requirements can not be left to the executive to formulate.

I'm flabbergasted, I even need to explain this...

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 2) 193

If there were high prices and lack of competition in 5 or 10% of locales, then simple corruption and ineptitude would be a reasonable explanation

Why must my methodology differ?

when the problem exists everywhere, you need to look for systemic structural problems.

Indeed it is a system problem. And, according to the article I cited, that problem is the local governments mistreating commercial ISPs. The companies need the governments' cooperation to lay cables, and the local mayors, town councils et al consider it a golden opportunity — to extract favors. The favors are either for themselves (corruption) or for their cities (ineptitude)...

Now, you didn't include the requested citation(s) in your reply. Was that an accident you can promptly rectify, or are you taking back your earlier claim:

99% of the cost of providing service is the trenching


Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 0) 193

Since 99% of the cost of providing service is the trenching, this will make the market far more competitive.

Citation, please...

Imagine how competitive the package delivery business would be if FedEx, UPS, and USPS each had to build their own network of roads?

Kinda hard to imagine... But I don't think, the conclusion you are trying to project is all that obvious. At any rate, there is a LOT more to package delivery, than roads. There is nothing else to ISP beyond running and maintaining cables (and routers), so your analogy is not valid.

A single network of publicly owned roads fixes that problem, and allows competition to thrive.

The real hurdle to ISP-propagation is the local governments' corruption and ineptitude. Giving them more power will only make things worse.

Comment Re:Only in California (Score 2) 217

So if accuracy isn't the issue, why not set IMDB ages to 0 on request? Make everyone who asks born on 1/1/2000.

Because that will make accuracy an issue, will it not?

Why go out of your way to dig up details on people who have told you they don't want the information published?

How about, because information wants to be free?

The particular data is not secret, it is public knowledge — IMDB didn't obtain it by "stealing" it from anywhere it should not have had access to. Maybe, it is impolite of IMDB to publish it, but any laws prohibiting such publishing ought to be resisted as a matter of principle.

Comment Re:Messed up morality (Score 1) 168

I didn't dodge any question

Yes, you did. Here is the question for the third time:

Would you — or anyone else unable to afford the overly expensive breast-cancer tests — be better off, if their greedy inventors have not been born?

I reject completely the notion that there has been a human being born in the last 200,000 that was a "self-made man"

You can keep claiming this bullshit to your heart's content, but it is not germane to the point I made.

Which is, that anyone selling something for a price you deem too high, is not, in fact, evil. Or, if he is, the level of evil thus displayed is nowhere near that of the good old post-rape murder. Having lost this point, you attempted to switch the topic — and I foolishly allowed you to do that, even if temporarily,

Comment Re:Only in California (Score 1, Insightful) 217

It's not a simple stat which is irrefutable and easy to determine.

Yes, it is.

Some people don't know their birth date.

Some people calculate age differently

Sure. But this has nothing to do with the topic. The accuracy of IMDB's data is not in question, is it?

Besides, why is it even important? Why not just respect people's wishes?

You can only respect "people's wishes" to a point. When a grown man wishes to use a women's bathroom claiming to be a female, or enroll in elementary school claiming to be 20 years younger than he really is, politeness ought to yield to the comfort and safety of others.

But, yes, I am willing to be polite at other situations — as long as we call these people's delusions, what they really are.

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