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Comment Re:That's not debt. (Score 1) 655

And that is exactly the problem here. The government can't tell me that I can only exchange my used T.V. for socks. I can, however, say "I only accept cash" or "I only accept credit". The same principle applies here. The government can't tell people what they can and cannot accept to compensate a debt. It's called private property and the freedom of exchange. Me and my friend can exchange a wristwatch for a used television, so why can't we similarly exchange that same wristwatch for cash?

Comment Hey, now... (Score 1) 853

I don't like lobbyists as much as the next guy. In fact, I hate 'em. Their screwing up the whole system. This entire administration is built around special interest groups. That said, this Net Neutrality grid lock is a good thing. I mean, yeah, it is going to fail for the wrong reasons (like apeasing AT&T), but an internet in the hands of some big cable providers is better than one regulated by the FCC. The FCC, need I remind you, is responsible for the Fairness Doctrine and the Equal Time Rule, two of the most outrageous and stupid mandates ever created. Anyhow, do you want that to happen with the internet? Some regulations regarding its content? NO! That's exactly what Net Neutrality is trying to do and failing horribly. Well, people, the FCC is going to do the same thing. Read the fine print: Do you know what regulation means? It means its not going to end with a couple of "don't do this" mandates to AT&T and partway down the road were going to ask ourselves "why the hell did we want this again?"

Comment Smartphones need to die. (Score 1) 449

I am so ready for smartphones to be over with. When are we going to get portable wrist computers that display on holoscreens? I don't want the word "phone" in my computing devices anymore. Once some company decides to make a device that just runs on a "data" network, and kills "voice" and "text", phones will finally die, AT&T will finally go out of business and no longer have stranglehold on the market, and I can stop spending $100 on a phone plan every month of my life.

Apple Patents "Enforceable" Ad Viewing On Devices 439

Rexdude writes "Apple has filed a patent that forces users to interact with an ad. FTFA: 'Its distinctive feature is a design that doesn't simply invite a user to pay attention to an ad — it also compels attention. The technology can freeze the device until the user clicks a button or answers a test question to demonstrate that he or she has dutifully noticed the commercial message. Because this technology would be embedded in the innermost core of the device, the ads could appear on the screen at any time, no matter what one is doing.'" We've been following this story for awhile now but it seems to have broken into the mainstream.

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