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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Rockoon Re:This is clearly futile... (134 comments)

What the EU court has set in motion here leads, eventually, to either a Great Firewall of Europe, or the EU getting to perform global censorship against everyone. Neither outcome seems plausible, so, what next?

Why do you think that neither outcome is plausible? Did you also think that It wasnt plausible for the U.S. government to go around seizing domain names? What do you think now that they do it? Did they totally get away with it because of your short attention span?

Maybe you didnt think it plausible that the U.K. would have set up a firewall? What do you think now that they have one? did you already forget that they have one? Did they totally get away with it because of your short attention span?

There is no reason to believe that the E.U. setting up a firewall is not plausible. There is every reason to believe that its plausible, and good reason to believe that its inevitable.

6 hours ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Rockoon Re:Uh... no (135 comments)

. It was too expensive to build out the infrastructure w/o a guaranteed profit

Complete bullshit, multiple levels of ignorance.

First level: It was not too expensive to build out the infrastructure without guaranteed profits because there are plenty of fucking places that didnt grant guaranteed profits but still got cable companies that wanted in You are basically lying right now. You are saying something thats not true in order to justify an argument that doesnt have true justifications that you can easily sell to us.

Second level: Businesses that have guaranteed profits are not part of the free market. They are part of the very thing you appear to be arguing against, but somehow amazingly you dont see the problem with actually using the thing you should despise as a justification for your argument. You are basically saying that businesses should have guaranteed profits, and that we better get the god damed federal government involved to make their monopoly a federal level institution rather than just a local one, and make sure that it guarantees them profits for ever.

What the fuck is wrong with you people. The problem is the monopoly. The monopoly is created in your local government. They gave it to these companies. The federal government isnt the solution. The solution is that instead of complaining on slashdot about how apathetic you are about local politics, you stop being so fucking apathetic about local politics.

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Rockoon Re:What, exactly, can What, exactly, can do about (135 comments)

I don't care who does it. It just has to be done, and if somebody has to step because the locals won't handle it, all the better.

Going to be rude here because you deserve it. You are the fucking locals.

What you are saying is that you wont fucking handle it, so someone else better handle it for you, and you dont care one bit who gets hurt in the process of you not handling your own shit.

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Rockoon Re:What, exactly, can What, exactly, can do about (135 comments)

You mean the solution isnt to ask the federal government to solve our specifically local problems that were created by local politicians that were enabled by the fact that we don't get involved in our own local politics?

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Rockoon Re:That worked out well for AT&T (135 comments)

sigh...

AT&T did not buy everything back up. In fact, AT&T lost it all. AT&T is gone.

It was the baby bells that merged, most aggressive was Southwestern Bell Corporation (SBC) which picked up the completely failing AT&T in 2005 and took over its name.

AT&T is dead. Long live AT&T.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Rockoon Re:Obama backs... (706 comments)

...regulation of every fucking aspect of our lives except border ingress.

...and the murder of unborn people.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Rockoon Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (706 comments)

Well, except that Obamacare is a conservative approach to healthcare

Only implemented twice ... once in Massachusetts which leans extremely left, and then upon the nation as a whole when the left controlled house, senate, AND whitehouse.

You guys keep calling it the conservative approach... but it was born from liberals, and implemented by liberals every single time. Never was there a conservative government that did it.

A conservative government wouldnt do that.

about two weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Rockoon Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

so therefore I'm logically going to vote for a party whose official platform includes saving unborn humans, preventing another group of people to also enter into the special rights club, and treat all people the same regardless of their color.

Fixed that for you. You liberals commonly redefining things to sound politically correct rather than actually correct. Go ahead... keep making politically correct excuses for literally murdering a million defenseless people per year, not admitting that homosexuals just want to join the special rights club known as marriage, and calling attention to peoples skin color every chance you get and even sometimes when you dont really have a chance.

You (A) support mass murder, (B) continue to support creating special classes of people with special rights reserved only to the class, and (C) are a racist.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Rockoon Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

He made a terrible mistake, in that he took Republicans at their word, and thought that if he adopted the Republicans' positions

Bullshit.

You Democrats are revising history here. The people demanding the system that we got were the Democrats. They couldnt get enough Democrats to vote for single payer, so they started trading pages of legislation for votes. Thats Democrat votes, not Republican votes. The Democrats were exercising party cannibalism, blackmailing each other. Need I remind you that it both required zero Republican votes and also got zero Republican votes, so whose voters were they buying with this shit? Democrat votes, clearly and obviously. There is no other way to see it without being a disingenuous dishonest fuck.

And before you say "but it was just Romneycare" -- That was is Massachusetts, one of the most solidly Democrat State in the country. It just doesnt get any bluer. They did it to Massachusetts and then they did it to the whole country.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Rockoon Re:Republican gain a majority? (401 comments)

When you measure "productivity" as the amount of legislation passed, then the most foul suppressive police state regimes of the world are the most productive.

Perhaps you shoudnt be blowing this particular horn. The people in office certainly know better.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Rockoon Re:News For Nerds? (401 comments)

When you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are voting for evil on purpose.

And that makes you a willing supporter of evil. Your intent is to do harm. Your intent is more evil.

There are zero valid excuses for this. Either you proudly say that you wanted more evil, or you are trying to fool people (and maybe even yourself) with an excuse.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Rockoon Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

Interesting - according to this here [nolo.com], employers have to give you time off to vote.

Time off is personal time.

The OP seems to be complaining that they arent getting paid to vote. Apparently being paid to vote isnt a big flashing red alarm.

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Rockoon Re:With teeth! (468 comments)

and none of the candidates who lost to "none of the above" may run for that office in the next election for it.

How about: if none of the above wins, then none of the candidates that lost to none of the above may ever hold any public office ever again.

about a month ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Rockoon Re:Watch your kneecaps (468 comments)

If you live in a Democratic-leaning precinct and you're in a union

Sure, because unions are based on the premise of free association instead of government enforced mandate.

Do you think that I have a choice to be in the union that I am in? You clearly think that. I'll keep this in mind if you ever try to defend unions, that this guy doesnt even know the first thing about how unions work. Not even the first thing.

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Rockoon Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

Your view of reality is based on the notion that if you arent very comfortable then you arent a member of the middle class. Thats not how middle class is defined.

Neither extreme of the socio-economic strata. The middle class. The ones that continue to vote for themselves more government benefits and services than they pay for at the expense the rich, the poor, and when its neither of those then its at the expense of future adults... children and all the people that havent even been born yet.

You can't dream your way out of this. Follow the money. They are even adding foodstamps to the list of things required to appease them. At the expense of the rich and the poor. Thats the middle class.

about 1 month ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Rockoon Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

And who do you think tells the politicians what to do?

For the most part, the middle class.

The middle class benefits from both the taxation of the rich and the taxation on the poor. This isn't because the middle class isnt calling most of the shots. They call most of the shots.

If you make the middle class angry then you will not survive reelection. The politicians vilify both the rich and the poor because thats the tune that satisfies their middle class electorate.

about 1 month ago
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FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

Rockoon Re:Why is it a 'sale' ? (31 comments)

As the OP asked, why shouldn't licensees return unused spectrum to the actual owners

If the choice was to keep the license for the spectrum and pretend to need it, or magnanimously give up the license for no benefit, they would do the first not the second.

I dont understand why you willingly and intentionally refuse to understand this.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Rockoon Re:Maybe you can't (256 comments)

What do you do though when they've legislated that cars not bought in the state or that are on some blacklist can't get registered?

You start shooting politicians until the problem is solved.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Rockoon Re:Why..... (259 comments)

No. This is basic economics - when you make a product, you don't charge the consumer what it costs + x%, you charge what the market will bear. The primary control on the price of an item is the amount that the consumer is willing to pay for it.

Amazing how the anonymous simpletons neglect to deal with actual business economics but instead want to focus on some simplistic price model (that doesnt even include the basics .. supply, demand, and competition)

The idea that Apple would not in any way change its business practices if its profit margins change is laughably ludicrous. Only someone looking to justify their position with horseshit would ever believe otherwise. Picking theories first and then searched for shallow justifications is not rational. Stop doing it.

about a month and a half ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Rockoon Re:Why..... (259 comments)

I don't want it either, primarily because it ends up with poor people paying a higher percentage of their income in tax. You can make adjustments for necessities, like food and gas, but that tends to make it so the middle class is paying the highest percentage of their income in tax.

You seem to be missing the point that corporate taxes are already the exact "regressive" you are worried about. Businesses pass their expenses, such as taxes, along to their customers even when their customers are poor.

There are several differences. For instance those in the know can pretend that corporate taxes are not regressive taxes that effect poor people the most, while shallow slogan-chanting ignorant sheep have no clue that corporate taxes are regressive taxes that effect poor people the most.

End all indirect taxes, including corporate taxes.

about a month and a half ago

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