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Comment: The slippery bandwidth slope (Score 4, Informative) 131

by Cantankerous Cur (#47912997) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
John Oliver made a really good point about Netflix (especially if you look at that nice bandwidth chart with Comcast before and after the deal -- http://knowmore.washingtonpost...). Ending net neutrality will give internet providers the freedom to extort anyone and everyone who needs significant bandwidth. And there's absolutely nothing to stop them.

Comment: Re:Disengenous [sic] (Score 1) 306

by Cantankerous Cur (#47571761) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

Also, the big 6 publishing houses have a massively left-leaning bias. They've spent decades now killing the sales numbers of entire genres because the authors were required to toe the line of the latest politically correct movement.

You really had to go there, huh? By the way, Ann Coulter is published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House.

And frankly, profit isn't partisan. Companies publish what they think will sell (with exceptions, naturally)

Comment: Or they could've done the sane thing to start (Score 1) 394

by Cantankerous Cur (#47258183) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

And make these boxes unnecessary

Given how much processing power TV have these days, they could've easily made usb drives with the encryption keys and allows the tvs to do the same job that the boxes do now. But that just wouldn't be profitable. It's nice to see what greed and lack of competition produce.

Comment: Re:You have a boss (Score 1) 185

by Cantankerous Cur (#47141205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Mod parent up

I agree wholeheartedly that this is how you should approach it. I'd put special emphasis on that lawsuit aspect because this throws up all sorts of red flags. At best, it's legal grey area.

Personally, I'd tell them to give their tenants a 10% coupon and call it a day. Or heck, nothing (save technical know how) stops them from having a daily registration page (or redirect their initial page) to get onto the internet with some advertising on it. It's still a dirtbag move, but it deeply decreases the possibility of lawsuits.

Comment: Re:This is part of their job (Score 1) 238

by Cantankerous Cur (#47070337) Attached to: Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes
That's really yet to be determined. For all any of us know, this $70 plan is a loss leader to attract interest and investment. Ceasing to do the 'right thing' tends to happen after you become a market leader or have significant market share. Make no mistake, I think what Google is doing is great but I maintain no illusions that Google can't 'go bad'.

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion

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