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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

This has nothing to do with Net Neutrality.

I disagree, in both this instance and in the case of Net Neutrality, the hear of the issue is the profit motives of the cable companies working against the interests of the consumer. To me, it's part of the same issue, namely that we need to fix the broadband industry by introducing competition somehow. I believe one way to do that is to regulate them in much the same way AT&T was broken up in 1984. In particular, forcing them to lease their lines at a regulated wholesale rates seems like a good start. I believe this would introduce competition and bring down the cost of internet service provision in much the same way as telecom regulations introduced new long distance competitors and dropped the price of long distance like a lead balloon. It is unfortunate that regulation might be required, but they obviously don't want to really compete with each other. I live in Los Angeles -- one of the most densely populated and urban areas of the United States -- and I have only one option if I want more than 5mpbs. Additionally, the cost of the same broadband connection has doubled in ten years. It's bullshit.

Here is a hint, no politician needs to do anything, the people need to stand up for themselves.

Pft. Ninja please. I'd like to see you stand up against the legal department of Comcast or Time Warner. Also, an additional way that this might be connected to Net Neutrality is that stories about Jeremy Zielinski might well be suppressed by our news conduit i.e., our cable internet connection or perhaps NBC Universal / Comcast declines to ever report about this lawsuit (or any similar class action lawsuit). Should you choose to do so, it's a LOT easier to manipulate public opinion when you control the communication tubes. Personally, I sincerely hope that something (anything!) is done about these cable cos, some of the most hated companies in the world.

Also, the telcos and cable companies are often regulated by the state public utilities commissions. If more people complained about them to these regulatory agencies who do have competent jurisdiction at the moment and held the asshole ISPs to their words with lawsuits over unfair business and deceptive business practices, the entire fight for Net Neutrality would not exist.

You have so much faith in the wherewithal of your average consumer to mount and sustain a legal fight against one of the largest corporate entities in the US. I find this absurdly optimistic and would suggest that you, sir, are the ass.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

OK you guys are right. I am certainly aware that big cable has purchased all of *my* Demotard reps (Adam Schiff, B. Boxer, D. Feinstein) and have written them all nasty letters about it. It was not my intention to single out the Republitards, but rather to draw attention to what I consider a lamentable political development relating to internet issues, namely that the R-tards claim a pro-business mandate and are spouting a variety of discouraging sentiments. I say it's likely to be partisan partly because Demotards are arguably pro-consumer and pro-regulation when they are not having their palms greased whereas Republitards are pro-big-business and anti-regulation. Apologies for being inarticulate, I'm angry about the lack of competition in this industry.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

Mod parent up. If you are on the side of big business and big money, you have to use social issues to get votes.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

I'm fully aware that cablecos are paying my (democratic) elected reps, Adam Schiff, Barbara Boxer, and Dianne Feinstein. I have, in fact, written them letters (both email and snail mail) lambasting them for being tools of the cable industry. Now that the Republitards have taken the Senate and are spewing all kinds of anti-net-neutraliy rhetoric, I think we can expect a poor outcome for consumers hoping for some relief.

Which brings me to my main point: we need to financially support Jeremy Zielinski so that we can set a good precedent.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

I believe it will be partisan largely because of GOP backlash against Obama's recent net neutraility statement. There are a lot of incoherent statements coming from the GOP that sound like blanket "hands off" statements. I'm extremely skeptical they'll have a 'hands off' attitude about net neutrality and then suddently introduce some pro-consumer protections. Not gonna happen.

And I think we all know how Mr. Zielinski's court case will turn out when TW's massive legal power comes to bear on him. Without fear of a powerful legal or legislative entity, TW has no incentive to treat consumers fairly. In fact, the ease with which they augment their profit with these unfair (and illegal) fees is disincentive to treat any customer fairly. I could be wrong, but I have almost no faith at all in the existing legal system to check the abuses of cablecos and telcos.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

What "law has been on the books?" If a law applies here, it has been flagrantly violated for a long time. As has been abundantly pointed out in this thread, law or no law, the enormous power of the cablecos compared to individual consumers has meant that no meaningful legal action can take place to defend consumers against this vile behavior. This is precisely the kind of villainy and abuse that regulation solves effectively.

My point about the Republitards is that their opposition to net neutrality is likely to put them in the pro-cableco camp so the prospect of any legislation hampering the cablecos' evil behavior is a long shot.

Try keeping politics out of places it doesn't belong.

Try realizing that politics has a profound impact on business. Also: lose the imperative tone, your argument will be better received.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Keep it classy (223 comments)

I am one of these people. Can we crowdfund this dude?

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Good luck! (223 comments)

Can we reliably identify him and crowdfund him? He MUST win.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Good for him! (223 comments)

Well said! I believe it is our sacred duty to support this noble David against the evil Goliath or we can all suffer forever.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

sneakyimp Re: Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

I believe it is in our best interest to help this guy who is suing the evil bastards. Obviously the Republitards are going to side with big cable so it's up to us to defend ourselves. It is critical to set the right precedent in court or cablecos will walk all over us forever.

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

sneakyimp Re: ISPs don't want to take Cogent's money (706 comments)

1) the very idea that they "were" engineered some time in the past is part of that dinosaur thinking that needs to be eradicated. Networks should be upgraded, we shouldn't be held back by old tech. 2) pay the fucking money then. It's a big market and these companies have been returning profit margins of 8-10% for a good long time. A fraction of those margins would easily find upgrades. 3) Yes but IPTV provides the choice and flexibility people demand. Additionally, peering (which Netflix offered but was refused) and P2P technologies (viciously attacked by ISPs) help to mitigate inefficiencies. CableCos have roundly rejected reasonable solutions to protect their doomed business model. 4) "That's how we've always done it" is a terrible excuse for anything and if we adopt that attitude we can kiss innovation goodbye. Also, cablecos did NOT build the internet as I know it. I used to connect via dial up from a small company called shore.net to an internet developed through government and academic research. Businesses were latecomers. As for how it will be better, just take a look at the long distance market after AT&T broke up. The cost of phone service dropped like a stone. 5&6) and cable companies raise their rates all the time because there is no competition. The difference is that you can drop netflix and use iTunes or Amazon Prime or something else or nothing at all. I have no choice but to use a cable company for my home because they are literally the only company offering the speed I need. What reeks in this is that the cablecos have not just the ability to restrict my information sources but incentive as well because doing so will force me to get my news and vital information from their old dinosaur sources like NBC news, etc.

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

sneakyimp Re: ISPs don't want to take Cogent's money (706 comments)

Bullshit. Google wants more people to be connected because they make money off ads, not the connection. If a house is streaming 4 times as many youtube streams, they are showing 4 times as many ads. Cable companies are dinosaurs clinging to an old model.

about two weeks ago
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Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

sneakyimp Re:6 years of hacking with the same malware? (63 comments)

I'd be willing to bet that the point of the article in the OP was so that everyone would click on the link and have new malware installed.

about a month ago
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Antares rocke explodes on launch

sneakyimp Mistakes (1 comments)

In my haste, I failed at spelling and positioned SpaceX as competitor to NASA. Apologies to all.

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

sneakyimp Re: Or crypto (179 comments)

Yeah Eric is just worried everyone will encrypt their gmail so google can't read it any more and target their ads. If everyone starts guarding their privacy, google's business model starts to look much less attractive. "If you scare everyone about the snooping, we can't keep snooping on everyone."

about a month and a half ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

sneakyimp Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

Yeah! Just more proof that electric cars will never catch on in the United States.

about 4 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

sneakyimp Re:Jews? (443 comments)

That makes no sense at all. There are probably more jews in Los Angeles than in Tel Aviv.

about 4 months ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

sneakyimp Re:Mistake to go in with the Ruskies (155 comments)

If we had a cheaper option on hand we'd be doing it by now!

How do you figure? I'd say that's a tautology, but it can't be because it's just not true.

about 5 months ago

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Antares rocke explodes on launch

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  about a month ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "The Antares rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded on launch due to a "catastrophic anomaly" after a flawless countdown. No injuries are reported and all personnel are accounted for. According to the audio stream hosted by local news affiliate WTVR's website, the Cygnus spacecraft contained classified crypto technology and efforts are being made to cordon off the wreckage are. Additionally interviews of personnel and witness reports are to be limited to appropriate government agencies so that an accident report can be generated. This accident is likely to have a detrimental effect on the stock price of Orbital Sciences Corp, traded on the NYSE. The Antares rocket's engines are based on old soviet designs from the 60s. While this is sure to be a blow to NASA due to the cost, it may well boost the fortunes of their chief competitor, SpaceX. Both companies were recently awarded resupply contracts by NASA."
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New York Times website down due to "maintenance update"

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  about a year ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "The NYTimes website apparently went down for several hours after a scheduled maintenance update. The Onion covered the story. While the site is available now, various old urls are no longer served and the current urls look suspiciously like wordpress. That legacy links no longer work and that the current CMS is not able to sufficiently serve traffic suggests that the vaunted NYTimes might have been duped into a serious downgrade by some unscrupulous web design firm."
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How do YOU establish a secure computing environment?

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  about 2 years ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "We've seen increasingly creative ways for bad guys to compromise your system like infected pen drives, computers preloaded with malware, mobile phone apps with malware, and a $300 app that can sniff out your encryption keys.
On top of these obvious risks, there are lingering questions about the integrity of common operating systems and cloud computing services. Do Windows, OSX, and linux have security holes? Does Windows supply a backdoor for the U.S. or other governments? Should you really trust your linux multiverse repository? Do Google and Apple data mine your private mobile phone data for private information? Does Ubuntu's sharing of my data with Amazon compromise my privacy? Can the U.S. Government seize your cloud data without a warrant? Can McAfee or Kaspersky really be trusted?
Naturally, the question arises of how to establish and maintain an ironclad workstation or laptop for the purpose of handling sensitive information or doing security research. DARPA has approached the problem by awarding a $21.4M contract to Invincea to create a secure version of Android. What should we do if we don't have $21.4M USD? Is it safe to buy a PC from any manufacturer? Is it even safe to buy individual computer components and assemble one's own machine? Or might the MOBO firmware be compromised?
What steps can one take to insure a truly secure computing environment? Is this even possible? Can anyone recommend a through checklist or suggest best practices?"
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SpaceX gets greenlighted for rendezvous with the ISS

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sneakyimp writes "Much weeping and gnashing of teeth has accompanied the retirement of the the space shuttle and it has been a bit sad seeing discovery take its last flight over DC. But SpaceX, brainchild of Elon Musk, appears to be supplying a silver lining this week as their Dragon capsule, riding atop a Falcon rocket has been greenlighted for a rendezvous with the ISS on April 30. Skeptical? SpaceX, a private enterprise, is the first entity that is not a sovereign government to launch a capsule into space and retrieve it on earth. While the mission to the ISS is admittedly not a sure shot, Elon Musk has a few fighting words about their ability to compete with Russia and China on a cost basis."
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Facebook Bans Art Book Publisher Taschen

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sneakyimp writes "You might not be familiar with Taschen, but they publish some of the most remarkable books in the world. While most publishers are moving to digital formats, Taschen has built a business publishing large format, dead-tree books full of big pictures. Some of their books are so large, they can only be printed in Vatican City because no other printing houses have presses large enough.
I learned from Nick Cloutman, manager of their Beverly Hills store, that they have been banned from facebook — where they had about 70,000 followers. Cloutman believes the ban is because of Taschen's posts promoting "The Big Penis Book 3D" (WARNING: male genitalia photo)
http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/sex/all/06784/facts.the_big_penis_book_3d.htm

While the Taschen page for book is quite an eyeful, the image used on Facebook was the considerably tamer image from the book's cover. It's also noteworthy that the Big Book of Breasts 3D, which came out first, did not trigger the ban:
http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/sex/all/06783/facts.the_big_book_of_breasts_3d.htm

Cloutman's personal account has been banned as well, along with all of the other Facebook users who were admins for the Taschen page. Facebook has apparently made no effort to communicate any reason or rationale for the ban or the sexual double standard. Cloutman is philosophical about it, musing "they've probably done me a favor."

Interesting side note: Cloutman was also an admin for the band Lustra, the band responsible for the song "Scotty Doesn't Know" from the movie Eurotrip in which Matt Damon cameos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vyj1C8ogtE"

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article on how singing triggers sex hormones?

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sneakyimp writes "I seem to recall an article here on /. describing some research about how a shared singing experience can induce the production of hormones in people indentical to those produced after sex. I.e., some sort of 'trust' is created. Can anyone tell me where that link is? I've been googling for an hour!"
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Where to find axles, gears for kinetic sculpture?

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp (1161443) writes "My brother is an architect and sculptor and wants to create kinetic sculptures powered by wind, steam, and sun. He wants to avoid electrical systems and keep this mechanical. He's prepared to cast metals for custom parts if necessary, but is hoping to find a cheap source of gears, axles, and bearings for the internal mechanical workings of these contraptions. We'll need things like miter/bevel/spur/helical gears, standard and thrust bearings, and axles. These parts won't need to support much power or torque (probably less than 1 horsepower / 550 ft-lbs). Ideally, we could get a kit which contains a variety of bevel and spur gears, a few axles, and standardized connect interfaces — kind of like a box of legos for tinkering and prototyping. I found the Stock Drive Products site and it looks like an extensive catalog, but one really needs to know what one is looking for and I don't think we're there yet. I've also found custom gear manufacturers and cheap plastic hobby kits but these are either too outrageously expensive or ridiculously under qualified for the job at hand.

I was wondering if any of you robot builders or mechanical engineers could recommend a good starter kit with an assortment of gears or perhaps a supplier that deals in appropriately spec'ed gears rather than industrial-strength SUV transmissions."
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You might have to pay $5 each month the music biz

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp writes "Both Wired and Arstechnica have articles up on Jim Griffin's proposal that ISPs charge each broadband customer a $5 per month surcharge to subsidize the ailing music industry. The resulting fund would ostensibly "compensate songwriters, performers, publishers and music labels." Such a plan is also likely to compensate your ISP for collecting the fee, a quasi-governmental 'collection agency' to manage and distribute the wealth, and possibly other entities on its way to rescuing the deserving victims of the scourge that is P2P software. The proposal suggests that disbursements would be made based on the popularity of various songs on the various P2P networks.

Although no specific version of the proposal has been referenced in the aforementioned articles, a number of controversies are inherent to the plan: How is the money really divided? What happens when the MPAA, the Business Software Alliance, and various other industry groups want their own surcharge added? What about the supposed majority of broadband customers who never download illegal music? Jim insists that the surcharge is 'not mandatory' but there can be no doubt that ISPs would like a piece of the pie to help subsidize the billing apparatus they already have in place. I chose to email Jim to express my dismay and was admittedly a bit coarse. After a couple of traded barbs, I received this response which gave a vague indication of his rhetorical approach for his meeting at SXSW tomorrow.

"Hey, american citizen and broadband customer, where is your reply to my reply?

I am waiting for something in the form of an apology for the unkind and inaccurate e-mail you sent.

Let's review: I have no proposal for a mandatory surcharge on ISPs and never have had such a proposal. I am opposed to forcing ISPs to send money to a government agency unless it is tax money or some other regulatory dictate.

Do you write similar letters to the automobile insurance industry, which legally mandates car owners carry insurance regardless of whether or not you have had an accident?

Do you complain to the advertising industry for involuntarily embedding 80 billion dollars of extra cost into the products you buy?

Have you written a complaint to the library for taking your tax money to run a place you or others may not have visited in years?

Complained to your cable provider for charging you for channels you never watch?

You should be ashamed of yourself for falsely accusing me and calling me names. Now you should apologize, and I am waiting.

Jim

The full transcript of our correspondence is here. I hope you'll all drop Jim a line to let him know what you think of his proposal."
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Music Industry Proposes a Piracy Surcharge on ISPs

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp writes "In an article that is sure to get some folks' blood boiling, Frank Rose at Wired.com has reported on a proposed piracy surcharge on ISPs that would amount to approximately $5 per month per user. That's right, $60 from every broadband customer. The proceeds of this surtax would ostensibly be used to compensate artists who are the most frequently downloaded on P2P networks. Interestingly, Mr. Rose fails to address the possibility that some (most?) users of broadband connections have never downloaded a single song illegally. Personally, I fail to understand how this $2.5B/yr revenue stream can be justified to law-abiding broadband users.

From the article:
So, which will it be: A last-gasp assault on piracy, or a truce that would bring in money and benefit everyone except the lawyers? At this point, the music industry seems too dazed to decide — and several nights in Austin probably won't help. Though Jenner and McGuinness are on opposite sides of the debate, their good cop-bad cop routine could ultimately prove synergistic. Pay up, the music people are telling internet providers, or we'll sic Washington on you — and London and Paris and anybody else we can find.

Some of you will recognize the name of U2's manager, Paul McGuinness, in the article. Having called the DMCA's safe harbor provision a "theives' mandate," he appears to be the poster child for the music industry's call for a piracy crackdown."

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Attack of the $83,000 phone bill

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sneakyimp writes "MSNBC reports that a Canadian man has been billed $83,000 for a month of cell phone usage due to his rather foolish decision to use the phone as a modem for downloading music and movies into a computer."
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FCC restarting a review of media ownership rules

sneakyimp sneakyimp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sneakyimp writes "A decidedly partisan site, CommonCause.org has reported that the FCC is again attempting to relax media ownership rules. I have yet to find any corroborating detail about what is actually going on but apparently there is some desire by Kevin Martin to make decisions without public input. Personally, I really don't want this to happen. I live in Los Angeles and there is literally only one company that provides broadband internet access in my area (Time Warner cable). They bought out Adelphia which was my prior provider. AT&T offers service here but requires that I also lease a land line and would cost more than TW. Nobody else offers service in my area. Aside from charging me twice what comparable DSL costs in other areas, they discontinued my old email address without warning or explanation despite promises I could depend on it. I've already missed several parties because of that. I vehemently oppose corporate megaliths owning all the media outlets in a given city. The obvious ills of such a monopoly include a brainwashed public, higher prices for entertainment, advertising, and internet access, and possibly other things. Prior rules allowed ownership of "up to three television stations, the local newspaper, the cable system and up to eight radio stations in one media market" according to the common cause article. If you agree and live in the United States, you can contact your representative here."
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