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Narrow road
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23/02/2020 8:35 pm  

Earlier today I tried to log on to my Hulu account. I got a 406 error message. That essentially means that their software is in error. I find it out. Then speak with the pertinent representative. 

I speak  with their rep. Specifically cite that I don't want to be billed by Hulu. The rep asks why? Boohoo, I state you're a Disney Corp. Disney disgusts me. You cut my service when trying to login. 

After the phone call. I recall, I haven't  watched Netflix for months. I might as well cancel their service too. 

That's where it's wierd to me. I call Netflix to cancel. It's like they expect it. That's a part of being a part of a price fixing scheme. Netflix representatives expect and have pre responses to service cancelation. 

I believe these companies that have my billing info. Communicate, if I call one call center. Part of my "hold please, it will just take a minute to sort your account out." 

Are giving my data to an unknown database. Like Apple inc. networks having a backdoor data share profile service.

Then 10 min. Later I call a similar service and cancel. The reps are expecting it. They look my profile up. Their competition service got cancelled. 

I'm tired. Big brother works where there's money, and risk mitigation. I experienced it today. It's information.


Warrior Angel
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23/02/2020 8:55 pm  

Generally, when you go online, website will leave "cookies" (spyware) in your computer to monitor your web activities.  Website owners then sell this info like Walmart sells candy.

You can greatly limit who sees your web browsing habits and computer transactions by regularly clearing out spyware and having an effective anti-virus ap.

Clear spyware off of your computer at least on a daily basis. Apple Safari has a "Clear History" option which will erase spyware. It only takes about five seconds. I do it each time I'm done visiting a website.

Search engines like Google also have that option. If you are using Google though a Windows based platform, you can clear spyware out that way.  When I used Windows, I would clear out my history and cookies before I looked at a new website.

Spybot has a free Windows based ap that clears out spyware.

Avast has a pretty decent virus protection that can clear out really nasty stuff that sketchy characters load into your computer.


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Narrow road
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23/02/2020 11:51 pm  
Posted by: @warrior-angel

Generally, when you go online, website will leave "cookies" (spyware) in your computer to monitor your web activities.  Website owners then sell this info like Walmart sells candy.

You can greatly limit who sees your web browsing habits and computer transactions by regularly clearing out spyware and having an effective anti-virus ap.

Clear spyware off of your computer at least on a daily basis. Apple Safari has a "Clear History" option which will erase spyware. It only takes about five seconds. I do it each time I'm done visiting a website.

Search engines like Google also have that option. If you are using Google though a Windows based platform, you can clear spyware out that way.  When I used Windows, I would clear out my history and cookies before I looked at a new website.

Spybot has a free Windows based ap that clears out spyware.

Avast has a pretty decent virus protection that can clear out really nasty stuff that sketchy characters load into your computer.

It has nothing to do with my own virus protection. Error 406 was from Hulu. They recently got bought and cemented within the Disney package. They won't advertise their own shortcomings.

Mass media only prints what color toilet paper Trump wipes his ass with. And that color paper is wrong, racist. 

 

 

 


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Narrow road
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24/02/2020 12:02 am  

@warrior-angel

I don't hold anything against your summation of events. I'm really pissed off at the hubris of 21st century mega corps. Price fixing out in public. Then their reps essentially say "fuck you"we know you're coming.

It's information from me brother. Take it with a grain of salt or not.

God bless

 

 


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ID-Less
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24/02/2020 12:16 am  
Posted by: @narrow-road

Earlier today I tried to log on to my Hulu account. I got a 406 error message. That essentially means that their software is in error. I find it out. Then speak with the pertinent representative. 

I speak  with their rep. Specifically cite that I don't want to be billed by Hulu. The rep asks why? Boohoo, I state you're a Disney Corp. Disney disgusts me. You cut my service when trying to login. 

After the phone call. I recall, I haven't  watched Netflix for months. I might as well cancel their service too. 

That's where it's wierd to me. I call Netflix to cancel. It's like they expect it. That's a part of being a part of a price fixing scheme. Netflix representatives expect and have pre responses to service cancelation. 

I believe these companies that have my billing info. Communicate, if I call one call center. Part of my "hold please, it will just take a minute to sort your account out." 

Are giving my data to an unknown database. Like Apple inc. networks having a backdoor data share profile service.

Then 10 min. Later I call a similar service and cancel. The reps are expecting it. They look my profile up. Their competition service got cancelled. 

I'm tired. Big brother works where there's money, and risk mitigation. I experienced it today. It's information.

I can't draw a triangle but imagine that is how it all is. There are very few smaller companies that aren't actually owned by larger ones that like to think we are all dumb enough to think they are independent. In UK we have BeeTea. Before "competition" there were very few other companies in the telecoms business so BeeTea built the infrastructure, which they still own today.

Other companies (v1rg1n) have recently started to lay new optical fibre throughout but many companies still rely on BeeTea infrastructure. The funny thing is that we also have to companies, Plusn_t (e) and 33(3=E). These two companies run their own advertising campaigns but they are both owned by Beetea. I think that this is the way that companies can get through the loophole of having the "monopoly". By separating themselves out and calling themselves fred & wilma instead of just george they satisfy the monopolies commission into not being a conglomerate or monopoly. That is what I think anyway.

33(3=E) were bought by Beetea which used to be Orange and when I found out they were beetea I was pissed off because they are the most expensive. So you see Narrow-road, you are probably dealing with the same one company "partitioned" off into Subsidiary companies that will be able to share you data because technically they are one in the same.

 


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Tomatoshadow2
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24/02/2020 3:41 am  
Posted by: @narrow-road

Earlier today I tried to log on to my Hulu account. I got a 406 error message. That essentially means that their software is in error. I find it out. Then speak with the pertinent representative. 

I speak  with their rep. Specifically cite that I don't want to be billed by Hulu. The rep asks why? Boohoo, I state you're a Disney Corp. Disney disgusts me. You cut my service when trying to login. 

After the phone call. I recall, I haven't  watched Netflix for months. I might as well cancel their service too. 

That's where it's wierd to me. I call Netflix to cancel. It's like they expect it. That's a part of being a part of a price fixing scheme. Netflix representatives expect and have pre responses to service cancelation. 

I believe these companies that have my billing info. Communicate, if I call one call center. Part of my "hold please, it will just take a minute to sort your account out." 

Are giving my data to an unknown database. Like Apple inc. networks having a backdoor data share profile service.

Then 10 min. Later I call a similar service and cancel. The reps are expecting it. They look my profile up. Their competition service got cancelled. 

I'm tired. Big brother works where there's money, and risk mitigation. I experienced it today. It's information.

As a big user of Hulu (paying top tier for everything, this is so true, it is a bummer many older cartoons I liked as a kid, are owned by companies I dislike, as are the services I enjoy, I plan to cancel Netflix after finishing shows I enjoy, same with Disney+, just use that to watch shows from my childhood. Plan on keeping Hulu, as its my main TV service for two years, just a bummer prices are raised, with no new content.

 


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Tomatoshadow2
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24/02/2020 3:44 am  
Posted by: @warrior-angel

Generally, when you go online, website will leave "cookies" (spyware) in your computer to monitor your web activities.  Website owners then sell this info like Walmart sells candy.

You can greatly limit who sees your web browsing habits and computer transactions by regularly clearing out spyware and having an effective anti-virus ap.

Clear spyware off of your computer at least on a daily basis. Apple Safari has a "Clear History" option which will erase spyware. It only takes about five seconds. I do it each time I'm done visiting a website.

Search engines like Google also have that option. If you are using Google though a Windows based platform, you can clear spyware out that way.  When I used Windows, I would clear out my history and cookies before I looked at a new website.

Spybot has a free Windows based ap that clears out spyware.

Avast has a pretty decent virus protection that can clear out really nasty stuff that sketchy characters load into your computer.

You said a great point here warrior angel, I also recommend using Qwant as your search engine as they don't build profiles like Google and Bing, very unfortunate in today's society, we have to be so careful about privacy off and on the internet. I also personally only use Firefox as its open source and you can view the code at anytime for yourself.

 


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25/02/2020 4:08 am  

I believe this. The moment I cancled my cable I had another service do a door to door on me. It was literally the next day! I told them go to hell. They kept coming for a while though and I stopped answering the door. Gas stations do this too. I went to one and they were increasing the price and told me cause the place down the road was charging more. They were keeping the price about the same. 


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Uly The Cunning
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25/02/2020 6:23 am  

I have seen competition throughout the years morph into collaboration. The companies realized long ago, that they can make more money if they all charge more. That is why anti-monopoly laws were put in place. However, through lobbyist (payoffs), the corporations and businesses who had enough money to do so, bought their way around those laws.

That said, I believe competition is still alive and well, but major names, such as AT&T and Charter for instance, can overcharge and give poor quality. The provider locations and availability are decided in a board room shared by the companies. They work together in deciding how much they can charge the people, before the people are unhappy enough to reject the monopoly of the ISPs. The proof of this is seen everywhere, as no real competition exists across the entire country of the US. This is just one example. In England, this is far worse. BBC for instance and the television license.

This is a complete failure on the part of the government, to uphold law and justice. The complete amount of failures to do so by our governments is surely uncountable at this point. They clearly have no concern for the people, nor do they care about anything further than how much power and money they can gain. The end goal will be all things completely controlled and regulated by the government, with only systematic interactions required of the citizens of each nation. We will be as robots in society, or slaves, doing as needed for the elite and self-proclaimed leaders of us all.

Makes me sound like a conspiracy theorist, but look at how many freedoms we have already lost. Look at how many decisions are already made for us, as if we are children incapable of running our own lives. We are only a number to the governments, to meet quotas and pat themselves on the back. The end result, females who don't respect their men. Men who are not allowed to be men, being trained to be females in mentality and unattractive to females. This leads to the government making a profit on the ignorant females who become useful idiots as tools to the family and domestic courts.

I would imagine we are many generations from calling our leaders gods again, but they are already considering themselves above the law and better than us.

 

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Morpheus
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25/02/2020 5:12 pm  

There is price fixing in every product imaginable, even if the parent companies are different and based in different countries.


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