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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Catbeller Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

As I've blathered on for years, business doesn't make fortunes by manufacturing product, but by manufacturing scarcity. Lumber. Water (soon!). Bandwidth.
And people: Businesses make monopolies, not governments. Businesses want to control supply, create scarcity and drive up prices and buy up their competitors so they can drive up prices again. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Market. The oil cartels control oil supply, Diamond controls comic book distribution, etc. Choke points *they* create by ruthlessly destroying their competition. Government can't mandate competition in the sense you can't pass a law to make sharks stop eating tuna. They persist in eating the damned tuna; it's their nature. Sometimes, as in the last 30 right-wing years, the tuna *is* the government.
Monopoly exists 'cause lack of regulation, not 'cause of it.
In cabling the US, the US businesses refused to provide service unless they had local monopoly, so the cities divvied up their territories and the cable companies rolled out. That was a business-demanded requirement, not a government-demanded one. They would not provide unless they were exclusive. The only alternative was municipal cable, which happened, but is mostly sued or otherwise driven out of business. Right now a federal law, paid for by the big cable companies, is about to make muni rollout *illegal*. You may blame government, but the businesses are buying that law.

about a week ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

Catbeller Time-Warner owns DC comics (70 comments)

The subject line says it all.
No. No. No.

about two weeks ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Catbeller Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

Try spying on the US communications systems for the Russians, and see what happens when they catch you. Apparently, not OK with Americans.

It's OK If We Do It. America is the Shining City on the Hill, chosen by Providence to spread God's word and God's electronic eavesdropping to all the nations of the earth.

It's NOT OK with everyone else. And yes, they count.

about three weeks ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Jurisdiction (210 comments)

Copyright, as in "intellectual property", is a notion that exploded from The Shining City on the Hill, namely Jesus's country, America. We've rammed each and every treaty down the world's throat for almost thirty years. Now that it's established, of course European copyright lords are helping seal us in with our cask of Amontlliado. But it is American in origin.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Sony Betamax (210 comments)

Well done, madam or sir. Exactly so.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Some people would like to outlaw the Internet (210 comments)

They don't want to eliminate the internet. They want to turn it into a paid cable TV service with data for a fat extra charge. They want to own the internet, turn it into another corporate-owned asset. And they have won.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

This is ME saying this, but in Betamax decision, the SCOTUS said that *even though* VCR sometimes infringed on copyrights, that the non-infringing uses outweighed the "bad" use. Yes, that makes little sense, but blame copyright laws for that. Change the laws, change the decisions.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

"Is it one of those things, like sex and human organs, that you can give away for free but you can't charge money for it?"

You can't charge, either. You must remain a virgin until they license you to have sex, er, watch TV.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

Um, Scalia tried that with Bush V. Gore. "Only applies to this one election." Bull.
No, it doesn't work like that, unless someone is crookedly applying law. Law is law, and they don't get to choose what the consequences of their STUPID decision is.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

"Fair Use"? HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! That was FUNNY! "Fair Use"!! Why, grampa here just peed in his Depends when he heard you mention that dead fish. Fair Use indeed. Whoo. Whee.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:The Law of Intended Consequences (210 comments)

Those consequences were quite intended by the broadcast industry which sued Aereo. Only Scalia, amazingly, got it right when he warned they were after this endgame. Blind adherence to the tiny details of the law give us this stinking pile to live with, just as when they ruled that eternal copyright was fine as long as there was *some* time limit mentioned, even if it was a century, even if the limit would be eternally extended, as it just obviously had been.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Jurisdiction (210 comments)

The US writes all the treaties. Amazing how that works.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Jurisdiction (210 comments)

"How can the government of country A fine a company from country B any money when that company's dealing has NOTHING to do with country A in the first place ???"

Empire. Rules of an empire. We've thousands of nukes, hundreds of military bases in a hundred+ counties, and we create every single "treaty" that governs our actions. You are either a vassal, or a cooperating and subordinate power.

Americans are fine with this idea. They never leave home much, and even if they did, they would not mind the hate. We are the fhining City on the Hill, the Nation Favoured by Providence, the people chosen by God Almighty to lead the world to a perfect age, so that Jesuf can come back, deftroy the world, hurl the unbelieverf and the wicked into the Pit of Fire for ever and ever and build a new Fhining City of Gold for uf, the chofen, to live with Jefus forever, along with perhaps a few foreigners who listened to the Holy Word of America.

If you don't understand the news coming from America, the above is THE explanation. You need no others; it is not hyperbole. And it will get so much worse.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Catbeller Re:Most interesting part... (461 comments)

American incomes have been stagnant, or declining in real purchasing power for thirty years. That hasn't not happened in Germany, which allows unions to exist - and operate properly.
A large number of the American middle class are months away from losing their homes, given a health cost issue or a job loss, a situation that doesn't happen often in Germany.
We are adopting private solar plants at a slower rate primarily because a chunk of our middle class can't afford it, not with the hell that they've been taking since the "free marketers" took over. Germany's people are more secure and more prosperous, because they've made fewer ideological decisions about income distribution.
Germany ain't perfect, but it's middle class is richer than ours. It's that simple.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Catbeller Economically impossible! Government is bad! (461 comments)

It seems Germany is leading the way in showing, by example, that every bit of American futzing about solar power and unions is, to put it down hard, a load of cultish crap designed to make rich people much richer.
They are an economic powerhouse with strong exports, a union-based worker's economy, and now they've shown you can run 50% of an industrial economy off the power of the sun, in something less than ten-twenty years. WHILE they absorbed a pauperized East Germany after the Soviets finally gave up. Oh yep - they innovate like mad. With health care for everyone.
Randites, avoiding the No True Scottman fallacy, examine why you are wrong on this. Seriously, before your wreck us beyond repair.

about a month ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Catbeller It's about Time (686 comments)

The universe is indeed full of life. And life becomes intelligent and thrives. And every ten million years or so...
Gets hit by a meteor.
Another meteor.
Comet this time.
Solar flare.
Nearby nova, supernova or far-away hypernova fries them.
Ice age.
Heat age.
Bacteria this time.
Here comes some volcanoes.
Food poisoning.
Drought.
Floods come.
War.
Mutations.
And finally, time happens, if nothing else. The universe is full of life - BUT NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME, and not all at a time that happens, in each case, to emit radiation that arrives at our sensors at this tiny opportunity of ours to detect it. The universe is full of little flashes of life in the dark that wink on and off like fireflies, and we can't possibly see them - in time. We are alone, and we had better damned well take care of ourselves.
PS: what makes people think that successful life stays on a planet? That's a surefire way to die, by the list of events above. Successful life gets off the planet, builds terraria in orbit, and sends some off into the darkness to spread and survive the death of the home planet. At the very least. At the most, they spread into adjacent universes or dimensions. Or even travel in time, whatever that is. Life, successful life that lives a long time, grows up and gets out of the petri dish. Or dies with all the other failed flashes of life.

about a month and a half ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

Catbeller Seiki - dumb and good (221 comments)

A TV that's just a TV:
http://www.seiki.com/
buy 'em here:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb...
Robert Heron reviews:
http://www.heronfidelity.com/b...

No smart anything. Just 1080p or 2196p, various sizes. Good prices. Good picture. No camera. No mic. No spyware. No need to hook it to the internet. A TV, not a computer, at least not the kind of computer the others want you to have. A 4K 30fps 39 inch display/TV for $499? Bit more for more screen space. Why not? Good enough for movies.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Catbeller Re:Leasing is always more expensive than buying (409 comments)

And bosses love employees who live in terror of losing their jobs at any time. Keeps the complaints and wages down. And you still get to sack them, in the end. And get a bonus and a raise.

The problems which ensue are the cloud company's problem, so win-win-win-win for the MBAs.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Catbeller Re:Great idea! (409 comments)

The decision will be made by MBAs. Sanity has little to do with it.

about 2 months ago

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Tesla car log: NYT writer Broder lied

Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Catbeller writes "Tesla has posted the driving log of the Tesla driven by NYT writer John Broder: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/most-peculiar-test-drive, and it is a hell of a tale. He sped. He turned up the heat. He undercharged. He passed a charging station. He CIRCLED a charging station, apparently to drain the battery. He detached from the chargers when he was woefully undercharged, against advice. He never ran out of power. He seems to have intentionally, maliciously tried to make that car run out of power — and he failed. The car overperformed and gave him more range than the specs indicate, despite the abuse. Let's get this liar fired, kids."
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Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Catbeller (118204) writes "From the "There's Your Smoking Gun Department": The AP is reporting that one Randy Wooten, mayoral candidate for Waldenburg Arkansas — a town of eighty people — discovered that the electronic voting system hadn't registered the one vote he knew had been cast for him, because he cast it himself. The Machine gave him zero votes. That would be an error rate of 3%, counting the actual votes cast — 18 and 18 for a total of 36. For those who haven't quite gotten the concept of e-voting, we have this quote:
Poinsett County Election Commissioner Junaway Payne said the issue had been discussed but no action taken yet. "It's our understanding from talking with the secretary of state's office that a court order would have to be obtained in order to open the machine and check the totals," Payne said. "The votes were cast on an electronic voting machine, but paper ballots were available."
Yep. Get the screwdrivers out, time to find that missing vote!"

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