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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

camg188 Re:What? (200 comments)

It is insane to think we are owned by corporations

We are talking about Netflix/ISP charges for streaming entertainment programming, right? If you can't think of a single alternative, then you are owned.

4 days ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

camg188 Re:What? (200 comments)

so many competing ISPs in the US.... errr...

There actually are many competing ISPs in almost every market if you include mobile access.

4 days ago

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

camg188 Re:eh? (64 comments)

I wonder how much news coverage that landslide got in Asia or Africa? If it happens somewhere else it's bad, if it happens in your backyard it's a catastrophe.

about a week ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

camg188 Re:Pretty low (76 comments)

You forgot "Think of the kids"

about a week ago

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

camg188 Re:...The hell? (290 comments)

I like SoylentNews ok, but it definitely is not the same. eg.: A list of the comment counts on the stories on SoylentNews right now: 11, 13, 15, 15, 11, 1, 44, 5, 0, 4, 40 A list of the comment counts on the stories on /. right now: 56, 21, 75, 69, 89, 100, 41, 127, 90, 527, 158

about two weeks ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

camg188 Re:This is news? (217 comments)

"reuse your stored credit card information for future payments"
is what they really mean.

about two weeks ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

camg188 Re:Micropayments (394 comments)

won't let people in unless their ad-network thinks they money can be made from them

Politicians make lots money from the "poor" demographic, so they will get inundated by the worst, most dishonest advertising of them all.
Oh, and also advertising for the lottery.

about two weeks ago

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

camg188 Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

You might think this is getting to be epidemic in China or somebody over there takes advantage of gullible westerners ?

Just a slow news day.

about two weeks ago

Fighting Climate Change With Trade

camg188 Re:Does anyone oppose this? (155 comments)

I think that it's great, but to think that this will significantly impact any climate change is foolishness.

about two weeks ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

camg188 Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Then a new company comes along, advertises that "we are different" and makes a metric shit ton of money by delivering a product that a lot of people want.

about three weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

camg188 Re:Gnome 3 (50 comments)

Users want features and stability.
Current devices have so much power and capacity that the average user is not concerned about bloat.

about three weeks ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

camg188 Re:Classic Obama (211 comments)

Competent? He doesn't leave the golf course until the shit has already hit the fan and is running down the walls.

about a month ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

camg188 Re: We Have to Start Thinking Around Them (125 comments)

You are advocating that "a few major corporations" tell the government what to do.
Which corporations get to pick the agenda? Just the ones that do no evil? What is your recourse if you don't happen to agree with these few major corporations?
Wouldn't be a better idea, for the sake of each individual citizen's rights, to take all the effort expended on a tax protest and use that to promote a candidate, educate the electorate and convince them to vote for them?

Besides, I agree with Otter about protests, "I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."

about 1 month ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

camg188 Re:Weather is NOT climate (567 comments)

Climate in not weather. Weather is not climate.

You want to talk about climate? Long term climate and survival of life on Earth?
How about 60 million years worth of climate?
For a great majority of the past 60 million years (since mammals emerged on earth),


The earth is in a cooler than average phase now. There has even been rapid warming in the past (Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum for example). The geologic processes that shape the earth today are the same processes that shaped it in the past, varying only in intensity and duration.
The climate will change regardless of human activity and life will go on.

about a month ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

camg188 Re:We Have to Start Thinking Around Them (125 comments)

Isn't that what elections are for? Your suggestion is just a small group of people (some of whom may not even be US citizens who can vote) throwing a tantrum until they get what they want.

about a month ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

camg188 Re:no, it's not true (125 comments)

Key words seem to be:
"an action, not protected by the First Amendment"
and "unauthorized".

Some clarification would be nice, but Netflix is protected by the first amendment.
Not sure exactly what they mean by "unauthorized", but I'd bet that Netflix is in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

about a month ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

camg188 Re:Why are all of you so naive ? (251 comments)

There must be some really simple work-around that they seem to be trying to hide.
Maybe something like the fact that a cell phone can choose which cell base it connects to.
I'm not familiar with the cell tower side of the phone connection, but I imagine that every cell base location must have a unique ID, even a stingray. Seems like your phone could very easily be set to only connect with a cell that has a particular ID. It would then be very easy to set up a whitelist of known actually cell tower locations, to avoid a stingray in the middle.

about a month ago

US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

camg188 Re:Auctioning money? (101 comments)

Entropy. That's the way they've always done it.
You're asking a government bureaucrat to learn how to exchange bitcoin, give them $18 million worth and expect them not to get ripped off? Auction it.

about a month ago

Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

camg188 Re:Just imagine "if" (347 comments)

The very way the request is phrased assumes the guilt of the persons being investigated.

This request is to find out who is responsible for ordering the actions for which they have already admitted guilt.

The IRS has already admitted they targeted these groups. Remember, May 2013? A Treasury dept. audit that showed their guilt was going to be released, so they had a press conference and admitted guilt, apologized for it and blamed some people over in Cincinnati. Remember the weird way they released the info? They had a plant at a press conference ask a question about it.

The "first amendment rights" part of the request refers to the Supreme Court ruling that nullified certain restrictions on these groups to make political donation. It was based on first amendment rights.

about a month and a half ago


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