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Comment: Re:Dear Obama.... (Score 1) 417

by CannonballHead (#48812171) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Ok, so I have a question. I personally take this view as well: the government should own the infrastructure and allow free competition. Basically, it's like a road, and we can all compete with each other's shipping business.

The technical side, that I don't get ... is - is that actually possible? For example, say my neighbor wants to use FiberInternet2U and I want to use SpeedMAX as our ISPs. Is that relatively easily technically feasible?

My question comes mostly simply out of what I think is my understanding about phone lines. If we were talking about DSL, the phone lines all go to some central office somewhere (that pesky CO that you have to be within X thousand feet of ... with no load coils inbetween ...). In order to have two separate phone companies provide my neighbor and me service, wouldn't they have to be routed two different ways once they get to the CO ... or something?

You pretty much outlined exactly what I think *should* be the way it works, so I'm curious if you know how it technically could.

Oh, and also, force honest advertising, no more "up to" speeds :P and put any relevant data caps in the not-small-print.

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 611

by CannonballHead (#48618525) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
There's still some orchards I think, but small. And there is a fair amount of ag south of SV... but nothing compared to what it used to be. That said, the water issues first started back in the early 20th century when the crops and orchards changed to high-water-use crops like prunes. The area must have sure looked beautiful before sprawl + oak trees cut + orchards removed :)

Comment: Re:Of course there will be... (Score 1) 171

by CannonballHead (#48436235) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

I'm not so sure about that. OSX is already on what, 10.7 or something like that? I doubt most people would fall for Windows 10 vs. OSX 10.7 [insert cat name here]. That STILL looks like Windows is behind, so it'd be failed marketing if it was a marketing gimmick.

I'm pretty cynical when it comes to tech companies, but I don't think Microsoft's marketing is quite that stupid nor their dev teams quite that stupid.

IMO, they probably wanted to bump the kernel number ... and decided to bump it to match the version. Maybe they actually want Windows 10 to use the Windows 10 kernel. Maybe they want OS version and kernel version to actually match/make sense/be in sync, and are using this as a good time to do it (versus the OS patch that was 8.1).

Comment: Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (Score 2) 171

by CannonballHead (#48436171) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0
There's no way it's marketing. Marketing does not care about the kernel version. Seriously, most people who use Windows have absolutely no idea what a kernel even is, let alone what version their Windows kernel is. And the people who do know what the kernel is and what the kernel version is are not going to be interested in marketing anyways.

Comment: Re:It's only Apple. (Score 1) 241

by CannonballHead (#46359275) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

I think the summary was actually saying that Apple did NOT clearly spell out its support schedules like many other software companies DO. Rough quote - "this would not be noteworthy if Apple, like other software vendors, DID...."

So it's saying other software vendors DO do that, but Apple does not. Which is what you're saying. Can't we all just get along... ;)

For all of Microsoft's failures, bad business practices (particularly in the past), etc., they seem to be doing some things right these days. I'm not too big of a fan of the new start screen (easily fixed) ... although my wife, while finding parts of it annoying, also finds it somewhat intuitive ... but Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 seem to be pretty solid OSes.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.