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posted by chromas on Wednesday October 17 2018, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly

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After removing all duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, a Stanford researcher has found that 99.7 percent[pdf] of public comments—about 800,000 in all—were pro-net neutrality.

"With the fog of fraud and spam lifted from the comment corpus, lawmakers and their staff, journalists, interested citizens and policymakers can use these reports to better understand what Americans actually said about the repeal of net neutrality protections and why 800,000 Americans went further than just signing a petition for a redress of grievances by actually putting their concerns in their own words," Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford University, wrote in a blog post Monday.


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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday October 19 2018, @06:00PM (1 child)

    by tangomargarine (667) on Friday October 19 2018, @06:00PM (#751053)

    If you're logged in and in the right mode (not sure whether it varies per mode), it still puts the subject line instead of "Comment Below Threshold."

    So in your estimation, has there ever been a capitalist country in the real world? If yes, which?

    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 20 2018, @12:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 20 2018, @12:55AM (#751228)

    It's not a "country" thing.

    Capitalism is not something that is confined to a naive notion like borders. It pervades all productive activity—organizing flows of resources in ways that people cannot even comprehend or control, and inducing the cooperation of even the most embittered foes (often without their knowledge); this was termed the "Invisible Hand" before men came up with the term Evolution by Variation and Selection.

    Capitalism even underpins the continued existence of explicitly anti-capitalist regimes, such as the old USSR, China, or even North Korea; if it weren't for the "black" markets, everything would have fallen apart much more quickly under the feckless churning of their would-be "Intelligent" Designers.

    It's not Big Government or the Regulatory Nanny State that makes capitalism work; rather, it's capitalism that allows those parasitic organizations to grow so big by feasting on the massive gains in productivity.

    A person who wants to consider himself a member of Civilized society must admit, audibly, to himself and to others, that the goal (perhaps fulfilled in the far-flung future) should be the eradication of this parasite, which is merely a vestigial growth born in humanity's ancient, authoritarian pre-history.