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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

arekin Re:Antitrust lawsuit? (303 comments)

Ahh prices would be cheaper if we had child labor and no minimum wage too, but hey, why make a public safety issue out of it. Lets allow them to stack cable line on top of cable line and maybe we will get a few more retards who only care that their internet costs too much.

about 10 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

arekin Re:Antitrust lawsuit? (303 comments)

Its not the companies that restrict area. An area cable franchise authority grants franchise rights in an area which limits a number of providers to a single area. This is probably a good idea as allowing every provider access to easement or run lines on poles would be a mess. You would also have to worry about planes dropping out of the sky or birth defects at some point due to the line egress.

about 10 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

arekin Could be a good thing. (303 comments)

One of the main factors that cause cable television bills to increase is Channel Providers raising costs on cable companies. ESPN has been notorious for raising rates over the years. If the cable company gets bigger it has better negotiating power to maintain current rates (what broadcaster is going to loose 3 million subscribers by pissing off the cable company in negotiations). I doubt that the current rates will decrease, but it could stabilize costs some. This is not to mention that Time Warner actually has worse consumer reviews than Comcast. Time Warner customers would likely see an improvement.

about 10 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

arekin Re:Antitrust petition (303 comments)

This isn't antitrust. Most areas restrict cable franchising so you don't have multiple providers in an area. If Comcast were to buy WOW in areas they both exist (Such as Michigan, maybe available elsewhere) it would restrict competition. Since Comcast and Time Warner don't overlap there is not antitrust issue.

about 10 months ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

arekin Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" There is always someone else you can go to. Are you telling me that in 435 representatives in the house, 100 members of senate, not to mention all of the white house staff that may have some authority to take it beyond themselves and get you in touch with someone who will listen and take action. This is not mentioning their own chain of command and those related to their chain of command. There is no possible way that there people even began to exhaust internal channels to do this, They wanted to play hero, or perhaps the money was worth needing asylum in a non-extradition country.

about a year ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

arekin Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

Doesn't work that way, you don't get to just tell top secret information to everyone, no matter what you consider a higher authority. As may people have replied in this fashion I will state this once, here. I don't support the idea of a government having free reign to do what it likes, but I'm not naive enough to believe that a government can operate with full disclosure to its people. Military operations and technical development are a good example of things that we should not be broadcasting. We as a country need some degree of intelligence community to determine if others intend us harm, and that may well walk the line. We need people who suspect wrong doing to work within channels to ensure that they do not do harm. I don't agree with the NSA's observation, but I also don't agree that Snowden did anyone any favors, nor do I suspect that he did it with purely altruistic motives.

about a year ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

arekin They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

Whistleblowing would be reporting to a higher authority wrongdoing within the government. That means that they are reporting to someone within the government that is higher up. These people are reporting outside the government channels, and as such are leaking information. When they leak information it is possible that people get hurt. God knows what undercover agents names, or information that could lead to that agents identity, Snowden has been passing around China and Russia under the guise of freedom of information.

about a year ago
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Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping

arekin Time to unlock my wifi (214 comments)

And rake in the profits citing this case!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

arekin Re:NSA (251 comments)

Hi, my facebook wont load and is showing more adds when it does. Do you think this could be the NSA snooping on my facebook and pushing me to buy audiobooks that will contain subliminal messages to hate Snowden and freedom?

about a year ago
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Samsung Caught Boosting Galaxy S4 Benchmarks

arekin Re:And you think they're the only one why? (234 comments)

You are a liar who's spamming the hell out of this thread with your lies. The original article clearly states that 533MHz is not available for any other apps nor games - it's only available for benchmark tests.

Stop spreading lies.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/10213672/Samsung-deny-performance-boosting-hardware-in-Galaxy-S4.html The original article is wrong.

about a year ago
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Samsung Caught Boosting Galaxy S4 Benchmarks

arekin Re:And you think they're the only one why? (234 comments)

Your unstated major premise is "what Samsung has told me is accurate". This is a mistake. Samsung's explanation is a rival hypothesis to Anandtech's. At the moment you have to compare the two hypotheses with the presented data. That data tends to favour Anandtech's explanation.

Hypothesis implies something that is not known. Samsung knows the clock speed on their phone, and seeing as you have read the article you surely know that this is verified when you run the benchmark tests. For the other side of the article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/10213672/Samsung-deny-performance-boosting-hardware-in-Galaxy-S4.html

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

arekin Re:As someone who HASN'T (555 comments)

Corporate Pot, meet Government Kettle. People: Meet hard place in between.

Did... Did you just say caught between a pot and a kettle? I think you may have mixed your metaphors...

about a year ago
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Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

arekin Re: Down the line... (248 comments)

And yet only way to get the Science channel is to buy ten ESPN channels that i'll never watch. If they're not willing to do a la carte, they should at least create packages for each demographic.

Sadly, packaging is a part of negotiation. Science channel wants is more interested in piggybacking ESPN than being on an a la carte type of selection. In this case other channels want to be on the same package as espn, not vice versa.

about a year and a half ago
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Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

arekin Re:Down the line... (248 comments)

Do Comcast and VIACOM know this?

Seeing as cable companies have to pay the providers to air their programming, yes I'd say they do. Next time you wonder why your cable bill keeps going up blame ESPN. They charge an arm and a leg to the cable companies because they know they are indispensable to the customers.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Still Funded To Spy On US Phone Records

arekin Still don't get it... (362 comments)

We have been doing this for a long time now. I don't see why having this data is a big deal. They are sitting on phone records that they are largely never going to use.

about a year and a half ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

arekin Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

NSA's activity was sadly not criminal, it was supported by law, a law that has been going on for years. It was however unethical. We don't know if Snowden received any other compensation for his actions. People say "if he was looking for gain, he would have sold it to China." We don't know that he didn't and was told to go public with the intent to embarass the US. And your example is very clear cut, Snowden's is not. I would agree that his motives seem to be moral, but again its like a stand your ground case where justification for shooting someone is not always clear.

about a year and a half ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

arekin Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

Morality has a lot to do with intent. Killing a person in self defense is certainly morally acceptable, where killing someone with malicious intent is not. Since we can't determine his intent, we cant determine his morality. The Legality of his actions can however be judged, in which case, I agree, his actions are illegal.

about a year and a half ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

arekin Re:No Wonder You All Are So Fat (528 comments)

both hands would benefit from a twinkie in them. That sexy cream filling...

about a year and a half ago
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US Officials Rebuke India's Request To Subpoena Facebook, Google

arekin The freedom to hate (96 comments)

...The only freedom no one seems interested in taking away from people in the US.

about a year and a half ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

arekin There's already a good alternative (435 comments)

There is nothing wrong with the current gen consoles. Graphics look good, games still play well. If game companies are encouraged the continue making games for the current consoles due to a lack of adoption by the new consoles, then the players win.

about a year ago

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