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This Doesn’t Bode Well.

If you are in Brevard County and you have cable TV, you know that Brighthouse was recently acquired by Charter Communications under their subsidiary / brand “Spectrum.”

Apparently the State of New York is not happy with Charter Spectrum:

New York’s attorney general is suing the second-largest cable operator in the US, claiming the company lied about internet speeds.

Eric Schneiderman filed the lawsuit ( pdf ) in Manhattan’s State Supreme Court on Wednesday, following a 16-month investigation. The attorney general argues that Charter and its subsidiary, Spectrum, have provided subpar services, with internet speeds slower than the company advertised.

Spectrum had been known as Time Warner Cable before Charter purchased it for about $60 billion, in a deal that was completed in May 2016. Schneiderman wants Charter to pay back its customers for broken promises on internet speeds for a period stretching from Jan. 1, 2012, to today.

With 2.5 million New Yorkers using Spectrum-Time Warner, Charter would have to reimburse customers up to $1 billion for each year since 2012, according to the lawsuit.

In today’s connected world, internet speeds matter greatly to consumers for countless everyday activities, from streaming Netflix shows and Spotify tunes to paying bills, doing homework, shopping for shoes and gabbing on social media.

The attorney general’s investigation found that Spectrum-Time Warner’s speeds were much slower than advertised, with executives ignoring engineers’ warnings that the promised speeds were impossible.

While this does not exactly bode well for consumers around here, it should be remembered that New York Attorney General Schneiderman is not exactly above filing lawsuits on what seems to be a ploy to keep his name in the public eye.

The Tiny Fish That’s Changing Modern Medicine.

The little fish Danio rerio holds secrets to understanding how vertebrates develop, how diseases like cancer work, and how we might one day learn how to regenerate human heart tissue.

Florida East Coast Barrier Islands: Evacuation Orders Issued.

(Projected Hurricane Matthew track as of 02:00, Wednesday, October 5, 2016)

(Projected Hurricane Matthew track as of 02:00, Wednesday, October 5, 2016)

From the Florida Today:

A mandatory evacuation of Brevard County’s barrier island will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker announced on her city Facebook page.

The evacuation also includes Merritt Island, low-lying flood-prone areas, and mobile or manufactured homes, said Don Walker, county spokesman.

“Shelters will open at 4 p.m. at sites to be determined. We will announce that early tomorrow,” Walker said.

Few details were publicly released Tuesday night, but Brevard County Emergency Management issued a press release with these announcements:

* The Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge will go to Level 1 Full Activation at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

* Cape Canaveral Hospital has started moving patients to Holmes Regional Medical Center and Viera Hospital. Gates to Cape Canaveral Hospital will close to new patients at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and surgeries later this week will be rescheduled.

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Hosting Maintenance.


We just received a notice from Hostwinds, our site hosting company, that they will be “performing maintenance and upgrades on the Power Drops, as well as the network switches” this coming Wednesday from 1:00 AM EDT until 8:00 AM EDT.

The work is being done on two groups of servers, the first group going off line at 1:00 AM and returning to service at 4:00 AM. The second group of servers will go off at 4:30 AM EDT and are scheduled to return to service by 8:00 AM.

The benefits of this maintenance to the servers and to the site will be:

Doghjey !


Paramount Studios has decided to drop their lawsuit against Axanar and let the fan film Star Trek: Axanar go forward.

We had been following this story not because of Paramount’s claim on the Star Trek franchise itself, but rather Paramount’s ridiculous claim they owned a language.

Our first look at this case was caused by attorney Marc Randazza’s amusing and spot on amicus brief filed on behalf of the Language Creation Society. After correcting some mistakes in our post, we posted Paramount’s response seeking to bar the amicus brief and Randazza’s response to that.

Our last post was to detail the judge’s orders essentially saying the legal question of whether a language could be copyrighted was not being argued and therefore the judge need not rule on the amicus brief. The judge did allow the Language Creation Society to file a brief if the issue needed to be decided down the road.

Now it appears that the lawsuit against Axanar will be dropped by Paramount. The source of this announcement?

Star Trek Executive Produce JJ Abrams himself.

Anti-Gun Legislator Sentenced For Gun Running.

yeeFormer California State Senator Leyland Yee was sentenced on Wednesday to 5 years in jail for racketeering, trafficking in illegal weapons, and money laundering.

It isn’t enough.

Yee was notable for his attempts to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. The irony is not lost on us that a man who campaigned and promised to restrict guns was convicted of a plot to traffic in illegal weapons.

We first met up with Yee back in 2011 when a law he had written and sponsored was deemed un-Constitutional by the United States Supreme Court. The law made it illegal for people under the age of 18 to rent or buy some video games (even with parental consent.) A group of merchants and video game manufacturers banded together to sue the State of California saying the law was an attack on the First Amendment. Quoting the decision in the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association:

“in which the range of options available

to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being, if those acts are depicted” in a manner that “[a] reasonable person, considering the game as a whole, would find appeals to a deviant or morbid interest of minors,” that is “patently offensive to prevailing standards in the community as to what is suitable for minors,” and that “causes the game, as a whole, to lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.”

California lost at every level – the Federal District Court, the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court. The 7-2 decision handed down by the Supreme Court was written by Judge Scalia, which somehow seems appropriate given his recent passing.

After getting slapped down at every level, Yee’s office issued a statement saying:

“Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children,” said the law’s author, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). “As a result of their decision, Wal-Mart and the video game industry will continue to make billions of dollars at the expense of our kids’ mental health and the safety of our community. It is simply wrong that the video game industry can be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children.”

While his public persona made statements on how awful guns were in the hands of law abiding citizens, how terrible it was to have fictional images of people being shot, and how corporations were motivated by profit in selling video games, it was Yee who decided to make money by looking to illegally sell real guns in the community where the profit in his pockets would cause actual damage – not fictional damage – to the people he was elected to represent.

Five years is not enough for this guy. It just isn’t.

Does Free Speech Offend You?

Should offensive speech be banned? Where should we, as a society, draw the line where permitted speech is on one side, and forbidden speech is on the other? Should we even have that line? And should free speech be limited by things like trigger warnings and punishments for microaggressions? Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, answers these questions and more.

We’ve been fans of FIRE for many years. We are also fans of Greg Lukianoff who is a left leaning liberal but we stand with him and find common ground on this issue. His books and those published by FIRE should be read by those who value free speech in this country and indeed, even the world.

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