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House Republicans Roll Out Legislation To Overturn New Net Neutrality Rules 409

Posted by Soulskill
from the hooray-politics dept.
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and 31 Republican co-sponsors have submitted the Internet Freedom Act (PDF) for consideration in the House. The bill would roll back the recent net neutrality rules made by the FCC. The bill says the rules "shall have no force or effect, and the Commission may not reissue such rule in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that is substantially the same as such rule, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act." Blackburn claims the FCC's rules will "stifle innovation" and "restrict freedom." The article points out that Blackburn's campaign and leadership PAC has received substantial donations. from Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.

Comment: Exception, not rule. (Score 1) 92

by sethstorm (#49194915) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

I've only had good experience with staffing agencies.

That's a rarer bird than a good full-time job. Realistically, the only enitity that has any good experience is the agency itself.

Because it's easy for them to let you go, that means they're also more willing to take risks in hiring you. I was able to get a job really fast right out of college with one, which helped establish my new skill set. Few people want to permanently hire somebody with a degree and no experience because it's too easy to find somebody who is a dud, even if they have a 4.0 GPA like I did.

This is a bigger reason why staffing agencies should be subject to the same laws as labor unions - even if it means that joining a staffing agency isn't a condition for accepting work at a given organization. If it really is about "flexibility" and not benefit-dodging "disposability", then they would welcome the challenge of competing with better forms of work.

The IT/tech world doesn't take well to third party representation, whether it is a staffing agency or a labor union - for the same reasons.

Comment: Re:Perhaps he sees the writing on the wall in Russ (Score 1) 659

by sethstorm (#49192613) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Luck, and pumping information to the FSB are the only things keeping him alive, trophy status being a side effect. Illegal disclosures from beyond the grave would only hurt the people doing them.

Do not expect that these deeds will go unpunished by subsequent administrations or that the odds will be in his unending favor.

Comment: Too bad Harlan would sue to block it... (Score 1) 326

by Thud457 (#49188567) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I fully expect that Manuel (Man) Davis to be a hard nosed, chisel-jawed, Lunar cop working closely with his partner, Mycroft Holmes (probably a robot) to defeat a crime syndicate.

Make it a series on Netflix and I'm all on that. We haven't had a decent sci fi comedy on TV since Quark.

Comment: Re:Not so wonderful. (Score 1) 187

by sethstorm (#49183727) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

You want quality? Pay for it, but don't pretend that it comes from old gurus hands instead of robotic assisted manufacture.

I do and still end up seeing the same things. Once something gets hit by the ugly stick of globalization, it doesn't matter what you pay - the result is a lesser product.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 5, Insightful) 326

by Thud457 (#49182653) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
Don't forget that was one of the real arguments for the revolution.
Trade with Earth was bleeding them of water and would eventually lead to the colony's collapse.

They could probably have been self-sufficient if they hadn't been forced to send grain to Earth. But being a bunch of transportees and convicts, they didn't get a say in the matter.

Good luck explaining the finer points of a closed-cycle ecology, economics and politics in a 2-hour movie.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.