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Comment: Boulder, CO has a ballot measure (Score 3, Informative) 175

https://bouldercolorado.gov/in...

"If approved, this ballot measure would reestablish city autonomy for investing in community broadband services currently limited by Colorado Senate Bill 152 pdf (SB-152). SB-152 significantly limits the ability of municipal governments to provide broadband services, including potential partnerships with private entities. SB-152 includes a provision allowing Colorado municipal governments to exempt themselves from the law’s provisions via a public vote.

The Boulder community would significantly benefit from more economical, higher-capacity broadband services, given the tech-savvy demographic, readiness for next-generation services, and publicly available fiber-optic infrastructure. Learn more about the benefits pdf.

Although the City of Boulder has no current plans to create a public broadband utility or engage in new public-private partnerships, passing the ballot measure would ensure that the planning and execution of new public initiatives would be unencumbered by significant limitations in state law.

Approved Ballot Question
Affirming the City’s Right to Provide Telecommunication Services Shall the City of Boulder be authorized to provide high-speed Internet services (advanced services), telecommunications services, and/or cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by 29-27-101 to 304, “Competition in Utility and Entertainment Services,” of the Colorado Revised Statutes, without limiting its home rule authority?"

Comment: Windows... really? (Score 1) 550

by 2centplain (#47525451) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
Here's one reason to be afraid of laser eye surgery:

http://eyemaxdifference.com/ni... "The NIDEK laser system has been specifically designed to simplify use of the laser for the surgeon and technicians.
...
Features of the new Windows®-based graphic user interface offer the ultimate combination of greater convenience and significant time savings."

Comment: rss feeds -- that's all I use - alternatives? (Score 1) 329

by 2centplain (#40537527) Attached to: Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle
I mostly have various rss feeds on my iGoogle home page. Very, very useful to quickly see what's happening on pages I pay attention to. (Like, Slashdot, of course.)

I don't use many of the other gadgets/toys. Well, Weather Underground, Woot watcher, Google Finance are useful, but I could live without them.

Are there alternative sites that provide a similar function?

Comment: Sun.com Will NOT Disappear After June 1 (Corrected (Score 1) 183

by 2centplain (#35563140) Attached to: Oracle Could Reap $1 Million For Sun.com Domain
http://blogs.sun.com/OTNGarage/entry/sun_com_will_disappear_after "A few days ago I wrote: The www.sun.com site will be decommissioned on June 1 of this year. In the comments I went on to say that I doubted there would be 1:1 redirects. I was wrong. (Don't tell my wife I'm capable of saying that!) The www.sun.com domain will NOT be decommissioned or sold on June 1 of this year. Rather, sun.com URLs will redirect to oracle.com URLs, with 1:1 redirects where possible. Most of the content that was on BigAdmin, OpenSolaris.com, and some sections of SDN has already been migrated to the System Admin and Developer Community of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Our engineering team is working on a solution for the Hardware Compatibility List. I'll let you know where it ends up and in what form as soon as I know. If you find content on those legacy sites that you'd like to ensure we make available on OTN, please let me know. - Rick"
News

+ - Comcast charges fee to Level 3 for Netflix traffic->

Submitted by 2centplain
2centplain (838236) writes "Is this the first of many network neutrality disputes we're likely to see soon?

Washington Post, Nov 29, 2010
"Level 3 accuses Comcast of unfairly using its clout as the dominant U.S. cable provider"
By Cecilia Kang
"An online networking company that carries video feeds for Netflix has accused cable giant Comcast of demanding unfair fees to provide that video to home subscribers, raising questions about Comcast’s power to control consumers’ access to the Internet.

Level 3, a Colorado-based Internet company whose main client is the video giant Netflix, on Monday said Comcast’s action amounts to setting up a “toll booth” on the Internet.

The issue arises as federal regulators consider Comcast’s proposed purchase of a controlling interest in NBC-Universal, which rivals have said will give the cable company too much power over both programming and the means to distribute it.

This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation’s largest cable provider,” Level 3’s chief legal officer, Thomas Stortz, said in a news release.

Comcast disputed Level 3’s claims, saying its demand for fees is unrelated to the content that Level 3 wants delivered to consumers.

“Comcast offered Level 3 the same terms it offers to Level 3’s content delivery network competitors for the same traffic,” Joe Waz, Comcast’s senior vice president for external affairs, said in a statement. “But Level 3 is trying to undercut its . . . competitors by claiming it’s entitled to be treated differently and trying to force Comcast to give Level 3 unlimited and highly imbalanced traffic and shift all the cost onto Comcast and its customers.”" ..."

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Comment: How Things Work Seminar (Score 1) 256

by 2centplain (#29602197) Attached to: What To Cover In a Short "DIY Tech" Course?
Start off with the instructor doing a few short, hands-on presentation on how some thing works. Simple, well-known household things that one can take apart, observe, and understand. toaster, desklamp, computer mouse, speaker, ...

Then, ask the students to think of one thing they want to talk about. Let them bring the items into the classroom with lab time to take them apart, guided by the instructor, and other students. They can choose junk in their basement or garage, or buy something cheap from a second-hand store. Or even from the local recycling center. Need basic tools, multimeters (inexpensive from Harbor Freight -- good enough for this class), etc Provide some basic instructions on safety and tool usage.

They might even figure out how to fix something.

Then, for the rest of the couse, each student does their presentation. (They also "accidentally" learn some presentation skills.)

The best way to learn is to teach!

Years ago, I participated in a "How Things Work" seminar at MIT just like this. Great stuff!

Business is a good game -- lots of competition and minimum of rules. You keep score with money. -- Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari

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