Archive for June, 2013

Charter Cable Refuses to Support TiVo Subscribers in Dallas

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Normally an upgrade of your cable system would be a good thing, so when Charter Cable said they would upgrade their HD services, little did we know that they simultaneously and purposefully had decided not to support my TiVo, the best DVR experience ever.   So when we TiVoed Mad Men last night in order to watch the latest episode later that evening, we were surprised and angered to click on our TiVo to watch some shopping network hawking computers.

Charter Cable went further, and stated that they would not support TiVo, and if we wanted to record television shows in the future supported by an accurate channel guide, we would have to take a Charter recorder.  This company does not care about servicing their community unless it suits their own products.  You can complain to the FCC, or, call Charter and see if they will actually talk to you.

Be Careful

Friday, June 14th, 2013

There have been a number of good articles on the topic of the surveillance of US citizens.  This post will highlight some articles worth reading.

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Forbes article reminds us that “It is not the actual search and seizure that the Fourth Amendment forbids, after all, but unreasonable search and seizure. So the legal analysis asks what, under the circumstances, is reasonable.”

This Huffington Post Article chronicles the NSA’s efforts to not disclose their activities, “Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sought to clarify his claim that the National Security Agency does not collect information on millions of Americans, telling NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell that he gave the “least untruthful” answer possible on the agency’s surveillance program.”  The White House defends inexplicably defends Clapper here.  The article states,”White House spokesman Jay Carney said Clapper has been “straight and direct in the answers he’s given,” and argued the intelligence official had been “aggressive in providing as much information as possible to the American people, to the press, about this very important, very sensitive program.”  The vote of confidence from the White House came just hours after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) publicly questioned whether Clapper had provided “straight answers” at a March hearing with lawmakers.  At the hearing, Wyden asked clapper if the NSA collects “any type of data at all on millions of Americans.”  “No, sir,” Clapper had responded. “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect [intelligence on Americans], but not wittingly.””

Charles Krauthammer recently stated in a Washington Post editorial, “There are nonetheless two other reasons these revelations have sparked such anxiety. Every spying program is a compromise between liberty and security. Yet here is a president who campaigned on the proposition that he would transcend such pedestrian considerations. “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals,” he declared in his first inaugural address, no less.

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