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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:42PM (Unverified) said

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Mifune it's not that they are the only acceptable positions, it's just they are the only relevant positions. Politics in this country, at least on a national scale, takes two things, money and power. This lends itself well to the idea of political coalitions, aka Republicans and Democrats or conservatives and liberals if you like though that's even more of an overgeneralization. Basically by having two gigantic "superpowers" in politics facing off against each other, they can box out everyone else. They have all the money, they have all the power. So any politician with serious aims at being a senator for example, is pretty much forced into joining one of the two coalitions in order to gain their backing in an election, though I hardly doubt it takes much forcing for the majority of the candidates. It's one of the more idiotic aspects of our aristocracy, er "democracy."
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 5:18PM Its Utakata stupid said

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If you're a conservative, benfoldsarmy...you shouldn't be playing video games, especially socialist inclined MMO's with emphaises on communities and player co-orperation. As well as a being corrupting force to family values as it emphaisis individiual empowerment and enjoyment, oft at the expense of wholesome traditional views ("Oh dear God, our little Betty is playing an male Orc Furry Warrior!!!"). And it's addictive nature has been liken'd to America's darkest street drugs. Not to mention, the technology behind such is a really new and thinks outside the box that is in contrary to the narrower defined stogey world of the conservative.

Also aside: the "founding farthers" where anything but conservative and quite irreligious. Just saying...
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 5:22PM Its Utakata stupid said

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I just noticed I managed to spell "emphasis" wrong twice. :(
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 5:34PM mifuneseven said

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@Ultra-Humanite

So you would define Liberal and Conservative as the same thing as Democrats and Republicans? Many do not. I think you missed my point entirely.
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 3:50PM Harley Dude said

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Hey Sera, if you want to take shots at Foxnews, Glenn Beck, or any other of your boogey men, please get a job at MSNBC. I'd like to be able to go to a frickin gaming site without having to deal with political agendas.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 3:52PM (Unverified) said

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Pro net-neutrality people are essentially asking for a preemptive regulation. All of the horror stories that show up in the section "So, how does this concern us, the MMO players?" haven't actually occurred, yet she nobly advocates protecting us from the greedy corporations. Screw the FCC, they have a 350 million dollar price tag so that the nanny state can impose arbitrary regulation on what people is or isn't acceptable, they have some codes that are crystal clear :
"An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material as a whole appeals to the prurient interest."


Going further than the court ruling, the FCC should be abolished.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:48PM (Unverified) said

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So it's your opinion that internet providers should be able to throttle down speeds of services for arbitrary reasons? Why do you feel they should be able to do that? Don't say "If you don't like it, move to another provider" because many, many people can't move to other providers.

There is a reason why utilities (and services like cable tv and internet) are regulated monopolies. It is cost prohibitive and also impractical for there to be direct competition at every home for these services. Imagine your house with 5 cable lines coming into it, 3 electric lines and 2 water lines. That's what would have to happen if there were to be fair competition, every company competing for your business would have to be able to provide you service and you can bet that they won't share infrastructure.
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 3:54PM Wisdomandlore said

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Net neutrality has nothing to do with government regulation. True net neutrality says NO ONE can regulate the internet. Users have the rights to download and upload the content they want from the services they use, and no one, neither government nor businesses, has the right to restrict that. That Republicans are so against this only proves how deep in the pockets of big business they are. Comcast, Charter, Time Warner, etc stand to make tons of money if Congress does not pass some kind of net neutrality law.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:04PM Eamil said

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As I understand it, people aren't against government regulation of the INTERNET (well, they probably are, but that's not what they're speaking out against). What they're speaking out against is government regulation of BUSINESSES, even if it's to prevent those businesses from regulating the Internet.
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 5:19PM (Unverified) said

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Hmmm I am guessing you go to fox news for your news. I can only assume by your maturity that your a loyal fan. I am not repblican or democate, but I did graduate high school so I know bull when I hear it. Also wanted to thank sera for bringing up news that effects MMOs on massively.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 3:57PM mifuneseven said

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Great article Seraphina. It's an important issue to any MMO player and I appreciate Massively for not being afraid to run the article.

It's sad that some people are afraid to question (their) authority figures.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 3:59PM (Unverified) said

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I'm not sure I would find private citizens running businesses scary. What incentive to they have to destroy their customer base? Lose money? Go bankrupt? Why would a company do that? What it is about is that right now its an all you can eat buffet instead of paying for the plate you want to eat. Look at the other side, if I want to download x GB of something and some old lady just surfs for bargains at walmart the bandwidth taken is not the same. Bandwidth is not unlimited. Just as gas or food or whatever product made from a finite resource is not unlimited. If you want to assume your rock and a hard place analogy is correct, would you rather have the option to pay more for something you value more or would you rather only get a capped amount? because you cant have both? I think people would rather pay for what they value. I can use a number of examples to make the point but since its an MMO site and I come here for MMO info, not for political spin, I'll use this one. Say WoW was mandated to give people access to all content up to WOTLK (torrent users) even if what they were paying for was the vanilla box (old lady @ walmart.com), since that was the price originally? What incentive does WoW have to develop more content (which costs money) and maintain quality (which costs money). Government intervention is needed where things may harm people, or to provide support or protection for those in need. It is not needed just becuase you get limited bandwidth. Think about that last sentence, seriously, it sounds childish. "I need my bandwidth, I know you paid for it but I use it now and you cant limit it". Its really misguided.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:23PM DiscordSK said

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Unfortunately, internet companes currently operate is very similar to airlines. They have a set ammount of bandwidth available. Lets say for the sake of this discussion, a neighbourhood of twenty houses using their internet fully can be covered by the current setup. But there is a problem, there are fourty houses in that neighbourhood. So the company has two options before it, they can either upgrade their network to allow for fourty houses to use that bandwidth to its fullest, or they can just hope nobody notices and sell those fourty families what was only ment for twenty. Well gobless them, broadband companies have picked option two, because it works! Granny Smith is never going to fully use her connection, she pays for enough internet to run a small company but only checks her email once a week. Neither will Ma Parker, banking once a month, spying on her childrens facebook accounts will hardly take up any of those glorious 250gb she paid for. Mr Adams and countless other folk watch porn, but well... his wife is home most evenings so he can't indulge as much as he'd like.

Everything is flowers and sunshine... until...

Along goes Billy Bob, Billy Bob is a gamer, he uses BitTorrents and countless other programs(all legal) and uses EXACTLY what he paid for. The Internet Company screams bloody murder, points their fingers quivering with fury at Billy Bob and declares him an internet hog. They stamp their little feet down, the ground shaking with their pent up frustration and in their wisdom they decide to cap his ability to use what he paid for.

Colorful or not, this my fellow readers is our CURRENT situation. Companies follow money, profits, and couldn't possibly care any less about your rights, what you paid for and what you think you deserve. In areas, and there are alot of them, where there is only ONE broadband option they make whatever rules please them and can change them at whim.
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:06PM Lateris said

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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:08PM Platypus Man said

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Speaking of free speech... on a free website... if you're disconcerted by someone taking "pot shots" at Glenn Beck (a man who is practically begging to be made fun of)... you're "free" (see what I did there?) to go read something else.

The writers on this site are not obligated to pander to you and your inability to handle a political opinion that isn't handed to you by the 21st century equivalent of Lonesome Rhodes.

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:11PM (Unverified) said

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"Net neutrality is all about guaranteeing that information is treated equally, no matter the origin. It's not about the government getting all up in your business, it's about making sure that Comcast and other Internet providers don't get all up in your business."

Hahahahahaha! Seraphina, who's better known for "getting up in your business" and violating your will? Private companies, with whom your interactions are wholly voluntary, or the forceful, violent entity that is government?

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 7:35PM Wisdomandlore said

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Actually private companies are. There are actually restrictions against the government invading your privacy. It's this fancy thing called the Constitution. And it gives you protection from government intrusion and freedom of speech and religion.

Unfortunately there is nothing to protect you from private business getting "up in your business." Businesses can film and record pretty much anything they want. And the day you become their employee, you pretty much give up most of your rights if you wish to stay that way. Employees at many firms don't even have a recourse if they are raped, let alone recourse to speak, worship, and eat and drink the way they want to.

The right wing is so worried about government intrusion, even though we are one of the freest countries on earth when it comes to our relationship with the government. Meanwhile in the interest of protecting businesses from "government regulation," they sign away every American's rights to private companies.
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:12PM SeanG said

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Whoa Becky! A LOT more wingnuts reading Massively than I thought.

The whole "Big Gubmint regulatin' ma internets!" is just hilarious. These same uninformed right wing jackasses are the ones who complain about Family Guy brainwashing their children into hooligans then demand the FCC do something about it. Guess what: Government's been regulating media for decades and as far as I know we have not yet turned into a dystopian 1984 like hellscape. They are a check against corporate excess.

This is identical to the government enforcing you rights in other ways, such as speech, assembly, and yes guns in Starbucks. That's regulation! OMG! we're doomed!!!!

Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:31PM Thac0 said

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I happen to agree 100%
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Posted: Apr 7th 2010 4:20PM DrewIW said

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Wow.

A whole lot of Randroids reading this site. If you hate government so much, may I suggest you move to Somalia?

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