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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Vitriol+Angst Re:I Pay (325 comments)

What people don't realize here is how efficient Comcasts business model is; They create a problem and some company that uses their network pays them to resolve it -- no in-between muss and fuss and no need to involve the customer.

If Comcast can grow larger, they can create more toll booths on their digital superhighway to guarantee that people who use their network a lot, pay for it a lot.

If we all buy Comcast stock, we'll make a bundle and be able to afford to move to a country that isn't putting up with this fascist shit.

5 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Vitriol+Angst Re:Not possible (416 comments)

Ideally, a lot of ways that people avoid taxes would be to put money into endeavors that help society.

The MOST important thing is election reform and getting rid of all the pro corporate rulings of the Roberts Court -- those fascists have turned this country into an Oligarchy so tax law will become increasingly jury-rigged in favor of cheaters and not creators.

5 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Vitriol+Angst Re:What the tax form should look like (416 comments)

I agree that we should have a simple tax --- and it could look like that, but it would also need Progressive taxation -- and perhaps no taxes on people below the Median income. There is no way to have a Democracy if you do not redistribute wealth -- a point that will become very clear to everyone if we allow our current pooling of money with the top .1%.

The other issue here is -- we have to do something about the jobs this would remove. If you think that "make work" is wrong and our society is all about efficiency -- then you probably have one of the few jobs that is essential. Teachers, builders, doctors -- those are some of the "must have" jobs. I worked in marketing doing multimedia -- I only have a job because there isn't one company providing the product (and thus efficiency). Competition does lead to better products -- but it's very wasteful, why have two or more companies? Advertising is a large expense -- and it produces nothing. It does not really inform, it merely drowns out mindshare of other companies.

The fact is that MOST employment is created by government regulation and artificial rules of the game -- like not having monopolies.

If there were no complex taxes -- you don't need all the accountants -- much less TurboTax. But you also lose a lot of other professionals involved in this process. If you have no pollution controls -- then you don't need scrubbers and technicians to build them. It's more efficient to have only trains and houses set up on a grid -- you don't need people to build and service cars.

So yes -- make taxes simpler and fairer -- but we also have to have ways for people to be employed and that requires government -- it's really sad that the people who propose free market everything don't notice the cesspools on this planet where there are no rules for the game.

5 days ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

Vitriol+Angst Re:Another thing (135 comments)

Then we have the people who don't get that concern over nuclear war prevented nuclear war and concern over ozone depletion pushed laws to reduce ozone depletion. We have an overabundance of people NOT listening to the sirens because they don't trust the smoke alarm.

The problem is if there is NO MONEY going to research -- there won't be enough people trained in the science because selfishly, they want to eat and raise families while doing their job.

Companies are perfectly happy to make billions a year pimping new formulations of old drugs or cough medicine -- next year's innovation; Avocado flavor! Evidenced by the fact that there is more spent on marketing at most drug companies than research.

5 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Vitriol+Angst Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

They've gone after him -- for everything but actual offenses to the Constitution.

Benghazi, birth certificates, communism -- it's not his fault the alleged opposition party has bad aim.

5 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Vitriol+Angst Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

Well, we've only got two thorns for a fact at the moment -- it's kind of sad when you get a Nobel Prize for just doing your job. Kind of like Obama getting the Nobel Prize for Peace for just not being George Bush.

5 days ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Vitriol+Angst Re:Kami-sama Robots (80 comments)

As soon as we get requests for the self-help books to be converted into binary -- we will know "Singularity is Go!"

5 days ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Vitriol+Angst I like this idea Japan! (80 comments)

It's great that they are forward looking and value craftsmanship.

In the USA, we are now stealing jobs from Canada -- because we are so awesome!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

Oh wait -- no, they just underbid Canadian workers who were bending over backwards in negotiations to keep Caterpillar jobs -- after they won the contract from workers in Georgia. Next, India will likely "win" the contract as they underbid Wisconsin even with the ever lower wages.

I've already paid for my college education -- so I still have THAT advantage over a robot.

5 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Vitriol+Angst Re:Give up your nukes! (303 comments)

This might provoke countries to lie about their nuclear ambitions!

What's next, fabricating attacks so that you can have a rationale to go to war???? !!!
Or will Allan Greenspan discover that Wall Street has greedy people? The world is waiting with baited breath.

5 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Vitriol+Angst Let the pandering begin! (303 comments)

Companies will likely be influenced by economics decisions when displaying who Crimea belongs to. The same thing happened to Taiwan -- you see it on a map in China and it's part of China; http://www.computerworld.com/s...

5 days ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Vitriol+Angst Re:Compete on Price (88 comments)

This is a clear example of Fascism in action.

The #1 Bookseller uses the Justice System to guarantee it's success when the marketplace alone does not. I wonder if the Justice Department had an impulse to step in and preserve competition in the marketplace -- or if it went away when money changed hands.

about three weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Vitriol+Angst Re:Legal Action Hasn't Worked (88 comments)

So in this case, the Justice department swoops in to punish the one group preventing Amazon from owning the ebook market as a monopoly.

I love WalMart prices folks, but Amazon was going to own this whole game. WalMart prices go up, you'll notice, in areas where there are no other big competitors. If the #1 Bookseller has cheaper books and doesn't have the Agency Model -- then how the Hell is Apple price fixing?

Apple's prices sucked and most people were not going to buy from them unless they had plenty of money and liked the convenience. They had no other "retailer" they were fixing prices with. Now, you could say the Agency Model itself is price fixing (it is, in a way) but that would mean it would be the booksellers setting prices for all the outlets.

The judgement in this case is exactly opposite of what was threatening the marketplace. It's either Amazon's capturing the market with low prices or the book publishers forcing the price higher -- so they blamed Apple who colluded with nobody but the publishers own pricing model???

about three weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Vitriol+Angst Re:At least it's on our side! (123 comments)

Reducing the governments "size" isn't the issue. Most of the money collected is used for real things and goes into the pockets of real people -- like retiring or sick folks. Do we have to point out that we've got roads and electronics now and that "infrastructure" is more involved than clearing a path for a horse to poop on?

We need transparent government and no secret is a good secret. If something cannot be explained to the public -- it should not be done. We need real representation and election reform.

The problem is not the size -- it's the corruption. You translating this issue into your pet libertarian solution has nothing to do with the actual problem. Wealth disparity and representation; Everything flows from that. If I don't have money my vote is pointless.

Reduce the Federal Government and who builds the roads and redistributes the wealth? The States won't because they will compete with each other to give the wealthy and business a "better deal." The marketplace won't, because without enforcement and regulation, money always pools and you end up with one company providing all of one good or service and maximizing scarcity, not efficiency.

Government gets it's power from the Citizens IF there is representative Democracy -- if there isn't -- then government tends not to give a fuck what the population wants. That's the same here as it is in Russia.

about three weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Vitriol+Angst Re:Which side are you on? (123 comments)

"After Snowden" -- people didn't call me a conspiracy theorist for saying what Snowden revealed. That's the main difference for me.

about three weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Vitriol+Angst Re:At least it's on our side! (123 comments)

I'm sure someone might also notice that a lot of dart boards have pictures of a billionaire or banker on them, rather than Saddam Hussein or Bin Laden.

We've grown up a bit and the same old tricks won't work again.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Vitriol+Angst Re:Soundex Algorithm (275 comments)

True that.

I still note how the Democrats and Republicans are so divisive, but when it came to the "Military Enabling Act" (I forget it's official name) well, the Dems and Reps got together late on a Friday night and passed a bill that could make a person "not a citizen" based upon suspicions of un-American activity.

We all get swept up in the rancor of the Dog and Pony show, and behind the scenes, Congress can show quick, bi-partisan coordination. If it helps you and me; then it's going to be controversial. If it empowers them and helps their benefactors -- it happens quickly and without a fight.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Vitriol+Angst Re:No (275 comments)

When deciding how many Hammers to buy, or Security State looks at the theoretical number of nails, rather than the number of hands that might hold the hammers.

It could be worse; they could catch on that the world contains screws and bolts.

The only one who should feel better about this is people selling equipment to the TSA and our enemies who want to do us harm.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Vitriol+Angst Re:No (275 comments)

I called this -- we all probably "called this". The TSA has hundreds of thousands -- perhaps millions in their database. They added needles to the search for needles in haystacks and we are surprised the missed one?

And failure means a bigger budget. The guard falls asleep on the job? He doesn't get fired, they give him a machine gun. I hope he feels refreshed whenever he wakes up. Tell the bad guys to tip-toe because Johnny TSA needs that beauty rest.

The NSA is too busy gathering data to extort and sell info to industrial espionage being used to preserve the status quo. I'm pretty sure while our military uses drones to swat people like flies, we have never been more vulnerable in terms of security and and more hated as a country.

There are more assets going after Snowden and Julian Assange than Al Qaeda -- which is an organization that conveniently shows up in countries we want to liberate of resources for a multinational. Or maybe it's our help liberating resources that creates the terrorism. It's such a chicken and egg dilemma.

about three weeks ago
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Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers

Vitriol+Angst Re:rushed target selection? (42 comments)

It's not actually that stupid. As a job seeker, I've been worried about this for some time. You basically give someone the "keys to the kingdom" to put your resume and contact info online. It's a lot of exposure. I've seen the same job advertised for months and months on end -- can they find nobody qualified -- or are they fishing for info? It's hard to tell legitimate from crook today, because there isn't that much distinction in behavior.

I had a call from a company that does contract consulting for a larger "allegedly more legitimate" company -- and they wanted my social security information before even having an interview - on the phone. I asked if there were a way to have a face-to-face without handing out the SS data -- nope. I also asked the parent company and they said; "yes, this was standard." I don't want to work for a company that makes this practice standard -- but then again, I do want to work at some point.

How do I know there isn't another person doing work right now from India using my name? That's the thing -- you aren't stealing money from a job-hunter -- you are stealing their identity and qualifications and providing cheap labor. The company can look the other way and pay less, and the "alleged crook" can make a buck with labor and the American worker gets screwed.

With a little imagination, I can think of a lot of ways to make money posting jobs that never hire and gathering information from job seekers. Now someone hacking the system to steal my data -- that's only a new added risk for me it's not that much worse than the current system to hunt for a job.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

Vitriol+Angst Re:Three words (323 comments)

I have to say this again; the "media industry" has not FAILED to extract money from people. The #1 show may be represented better by BitTorrent however -- rather than what shows people can watch based on a subscriber package, so that the allocation of funds for content providers may be very wrong.

But people spend what they can afford to spend on entertainment -- and they don't spend more than that in most cases.

There are a lot of poor people barely scraping by right now -- and you are not going to get them to pay $80 a month for a cable package. You are not going to get $14 for a DVD. For people with money, they just settle for shelling out money and don't worry about it.

If the entertainment industry wants to get a larger share of money - they can tax the supermarkets and drug companies -- because people are spending money on food and medicine instead of $14 DVDs.

Maybe genetic engineering can produce a turnip that has actual blood in it, but the entertainment PROVIDERS damn well knows the truth -- they just don't want to distribute the money to content CREATORS in an equitable manner.

And the Job Creators don't want to waste their profits on hiring Americans -- so there won't be an increase in entertainment spending. This should be a no brainer.

>> Honestly, the Government might as well spend money on free entertainment rather than the NSA --- because if they actually do stop all piracy, then people who have nothing to do will probably start getting politically active and protesting. Maybe they'll even vote. That would really fuck things up for the bread and circuses department.

about three weeks ago

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