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Comment Re:Monopolies hurt everyone but (Score 1) 56

You think a franchise agreement is bad? Come to Canada where 3 companies effectively own 97% of the cell, cable TV/internet and DSL/fiber internet. It gets worse because these companies also basically work in a no-compete environment. You can't get Shaw in Ontario, your only choice is Rogers or satellite TV. So with that, Rogers, Bell and Telus effectively own the entire cell market. Bell and Shaw effectively own the satellite TV market(US dishes are illegal in Canada). Rogers owns 95% of the cable TV market and cable internet in the eastern half of the country. Shaw owns 90% of the western half plus a large segment of the satellite TV market and cable internet. Bell owns the rest of the satellite TV market. Bell and Telus hold a monopoly on DSL/Fiber based services across Canada(though Telus mainly holds to the western half of the country for DSL/fiber).

Up until ~10 years ago, independent ISP's that offered services outside of their geographical area didn't exist at all. These days, if I want to get Teksavvy, Distributel, Ebox or whatever I can. Because the CRTC forced these incumbents to lease their last mile to small providers. That's the way it used to be in the US too.

Comment Re:Texas Catch 22 Injustuce System (Score 1) 157

There is a video of the guy saying that Obama was going to lead the United Nations and invade Lubbock, Texas. You can ignore the "propaganda" and just listen to the judge in his own words if you are afraid of being infected by the dangerous thoughts of Think Progress..

Having worked in Texas, it's very similar to working in Alberta. They've got a strong independent streak, and a similar belief that their place is theirs. You could have of course linked to the video without giving clicks to think progress though right? But you didn't. It's also not the "dangerous thoughts" it's the outright fabrications, lies by omission, quote mining and full-on narrative crafting that they engage in. They're a pure propaganda organization, and using them as any form of a source would be like using "anti-vaxxer news" to show people why vaccines cause autism.

I mean, I don't know if you've ever been to Lubbock, Texas, but don't nobody go there by choice.

Really? I've been in quite a few shitholes before, but Lubbock doesn't even rank in the top 50. That's reserved for places like Chicago, Shanghai, Toronto and so on.

Comment Re:Texas Catch 22 Injustuce System (Score 2) 157

Yeah, and linking to think progress is the best example of a self-reinforcing echo chamber with a side of propaganda.

After all, one can see what happens when progressive replacements get into power. Laws? Nope, those are for little people. And illegals? No, those are "guests" who should just be set free. That also includes violent offenders who've committed murder, rapes and so on. I'm sure you're happy with that policy right? Who doesn't want a murderer simply released back on the street. Or putting a rapist right back out, it's not like rape isn't a repeat offender crime or anything. Or a crime that escalates into further violent acts.

Comment Re:Donald Trump? (Score 1) 194

Trump, is simply vocalizing what a lot of people already think on the state of the media. And him vocalizing what people already believe is one of the big reasons why he was elected, round that out with the out-right refusal to bow to political correctness. Why do you think trust of it is so low in western countries? It's not because of Trump. It's because of the media.

Comment Re:It seems obvious that... (Score 4, Interesting) 81

Well if companies decided to start charging them because of the number of false claims, this problem would likely fix itself in the span of a couple of weeks. You can bet some company would stomp their feet and take it to court, and the court would likely agree that with the high percentage of false claims that the company has a reasonable expectation to recoup losses from false claims.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 194

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, where is your evidence of this?

Neogaf isn't a hive mind? Or will you claim that *insert thing isn't a source* like you usually do? Feel free to hit your favorite search engine and use "neogaf" "ban". Sites like ceddit/go1dfish.me do a good job of covering the deletion of things. Subs like /r/subredditcancer show individual case-by-case examples. You can now claim that these show nothing, and there are no problems like you usually do.

Comment Re:Donald Trump? (Score 2) 194

The reality is, if someone considers my comment "toxic" because it hurts their feelings. They probably need to spend some time outside of their social bubbles and realize that the world isn't a happy place where people give you what you want if you cry loud enough. The sad thing is, it *is* the left(not all of it), that are pro-censorship and anti-free speech. It's the same situation that we saw back in the 80's and 90's. Remember? When you had the religious nuts holding power in quite a few places, claiming that video games are gonna make mass murders. D&D will make you summon demons. Those things that happened all those years ago. Then there was a very subtle change in the 90's as those on the left started taking up those mantles themselves. Note tipper gore, hillary clinton, joe liberman and so on. Who said videogames will make murders, censoring TV is right, banning some types of music is proper. The last 20 years have shown that the left were happy to take up that mantle. You've got an entire generation of students in universities that believe that "those old people trying to censor things" were right. In Europe, you've got politicians who are trying to hold onto their political power by censoring. Elitists in universities doing the same.

The left currently has an authoritarian and extremism problem. Pretending it doesn't exist, will do nothing to help either side or anyone at all. And the political spectrum right now is in a fundamental shift. People on the left and right are becoming more libertarian, and there is a large segment of the left and a small segment on the right that's shifting to authoritarian. But as it stands right now? The problem is mainly on the left. Check your local university, see how much anti-free speech and pro-censorship policies have been put into place in the last decade to protect peoples feelings. How words have been twisted, where the label troll/racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/etc has become "anyone who disagrees with my point of view."

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 2) 194

Guess you haven't kept up with what's been going on for the last ~10 years. Because the old definition of trolling has long gone out the window, and trolling is basically considered "anyone who disagrees with me" or "has a viewpoint contrary to my world view." You enjoying the era where social justice reinvents something or changes the definitions of words in order to self-victimize yet?

It's kinda like the casual use of sexism, or racism. As a response to anything, especially by those who are heavily into identity politics.

Comment Re:pushing things underground (Score 1) 194

So you're a bigot. Censoring speech of bad view points doesn't make it go away, it makes it fester. On top of that, it's also used as a method to block views that people express if it's contrary to official policies. That's one of the reasons why you're seeing extremist parties start to rise in European countries, because views contrary to the government/elites are being blocked/ignored/etc. And those groups, offer a way for people vent/make statements/etc without being censored by the powers in place.

Why do you think the trust in government in Canada is the lowest it has been in 17 years? That was the last time the Liberal Party was in power and are in power now. And 80% of people feel that the elites in power are dangerously out of touch. It's because the elites live in a bubble and view points are filtered and censored before they reach them. This is the shit that leads to violent revolutions, and usually before that happens you see people enacting their view of justice on the streets. Something that's happening in some European countries now. Where "average people" are gathering into posses and enacting justice against people. Because they see that the state is failing to uphold their part of the social contract. Laws aren't being applied equally, people committing violent crimes are given slaps on the wrist. People who commit the same crimes if they are of a different sex get light sentences and so on. An example of the last one, a man rapes a 13 yr old girl, 5-10 years in prison. A women rapes a 13yr old boy, 2 months suspended sentence or time in a half-way house.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 194

Yeah here's the problem. Let's look at a site like neogaf, ever wonder why at one time it was the place to go and developers would post there and people would leak information. And now developers don't? Active participation is down? It was the moderation as you pointed out, but let's look at their definition of a troll, which basically boils down to "anyone who doesn't subscribe to the narrative." Let's look now, at what will get you banned. Have a contrary view of feminism? Banned. Support some ideas of a MRA? Banned. Have differing view points on global warming? Banned. Prefer the xbox vs playstation? Likely banned. Don't like your vidya characters to look like they were hit with a bat? Banned.

The problem is in many cases, moderators especially in this day and age use that as a form of power projection. A good example of this is /r/politics or /r/canadapolitics where you have moderators who ban people for pointing out factual information because it goes against the prevailing group think. Have a nice article about how forums become infiltrated by people pushing authoritarian viewpoints.

I ran a BBS in my teens, and it got large enough that I was considering applying for a regional fido:net hub. At nearly 700 people and 4 nodes, I picked moderators for my forums who weren't assholes, who usually worked, and if they stepped over the line they were given one warning then booted. As sysop, I expected my mods to be impartial. And if a friend was involved to pass the issue to another mod to deal with. I ran on Renegade.

Comment Re:Donald Trump? (Score 2, Insightful) 194

This might be new to you, but the left have been pushing for speech controls for years at google. It's not Trump, it's not those on the right. The right are the ones defending free speech, and it's the left who are trying to censor it. Whether it be no-platforming, violent assaults on people, using bomb threats or other tactics to shut down venues. The social justice brigade has been doing this for a long time, it's why github is such a steaming pile of shit now. You can see this when companies start instituting "codes of conduct" which push race/sexuality/etc instead of skill/ability as a core value. That garbage is a antithesis to a meritocracy.

Comment "Toxic" comments huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 194

Well, let's all bow down the moral arbiters of justice then. I'm sure that they'll be right on top of removing speech they disagree with. Then moving onto the useful idiots that cheered this on in the first place.

If you're willing to remove some speech because it makes you upset, there's nothing stopping others from doing the same to you later.

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