Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:FCC shouldn't regulate this - it's FTC's job. (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49598381) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

No, Ron Paul and Rand Paul are *not* good guys.

For one, Rand Paul's budget plan is mathematically impossible. He's basically lying to the people in his proposal in order to push a political agenda to redistribute more income towards the rich. They also want to drastically increase the suffering of people on the lower-income side of the scale by deeply cutting social insurance programs.

Comment: Re:Murder? (Score 1) 141

by Chalnoth (#49595809) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

I don't care about the legal definition. They killed the man.

But you clearly have more faith in our justice system than I do. Police in the US are almost never convicted of anything. I'm glad that they have been indicted (a rare thing for murderous police officers in the US), but there's still a very good chance that they'll face close to zero consequences for their actions, regardless of the evidence.

Comment: Re:I certainly hope not (Score 1, Troll) 141

by Chalnoth (#49590521) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

The murder of Freddie Grey wasn't all that unusual an occurrence, sadly. A person has been killed by police in the US approximately once every 8 hours. It's not always easy to see beforehand which egregious breach of civil rights by the police will result in widespread protests.

Also, white people have a strong tendency to riot for no good reason whatsoever (e.g. the 2011 Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver).

Comment: Re:FCC shouldn't regulate this - it's FTC's job. (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49590443) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

When the rubber meets the road, people like Rand Paul are not actually in favor of downsizing the government. They just want to eliminate restrictions on business and aid to the poor.

If you think Rand Paul has any principles here beyond eliminating regulation of business, you're deluding yourself.

Comment: Re:This is not a matter of neutrality (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49590225) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Because until very recently, no ISP has had the power to extort money out of somebody else in this way. Providers have generally made amicable agreements and built out the interconnects together with little issue.

Comcast, as a last-mile provider, has a number of customers to whom it promises to provide a certain level of bandwidth. In order to supply this bandwidth, Comcast needs to create interconnects that are sufficient to supply it. Refusing to build the required interconnects with one specific provider is blatant spite.

And while I can (and do) blame my local government for the monopoly, Comcast has nearly all of its market reach from acquisitions, and it also spends quite a bit of money making sure local governments maintain its local monopolies.

Comment: Re:This is not a matter of neutrality (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49590115) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Right. Voluntary because we didn't have any proper net neutrality rules in place.

The thing is, as an internet service provider, it is in the interest of both Comcast and Netflix's ISP to create the new interconnects as needed (in order to drive more customers and ensure a good experience for users). The reason is that Comcast isn't just an ISP. You hit the nail on the head: Comcast doesn't want Netflix to "steal" their customer base. Comcast, as a Cable company, is naturally antagonistic to Netflix, despite the fact that closer ties with Netflix would be good for Comcast's ISP business.

Or it would be, if Comcast didn't have a monopoly in many areas for high-speed Internet access.

Comment: Re:This is not a matter of neutrality (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49589929) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Which is why I used the qualifier, "effective".

The impact was the same as outright throttling. The addition of new interconnects is standard practice among ISP's. Comcast decided to break with standard practice and prevent new connections until Netflix coughed up the dough.

http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/this-hilarious-graph-of-netflix-speeds-shows-the-importance-of-net-neutrality/

Comment: Re:This is not a matter of neutrality (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49589513) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
Verizon, Comcast, and others are arguing this for sure. I'm not so sure I believe that. Remember that the Netflix/Comcast deal cropped up because Comcast began effectively throttling Netflix for its users. That kind of throttling would almost certainly be illegal under the new rules. The deal itself may not be illegal, but the extortion should be.

Comment: Re:FCC shouldn't regulate this - it's FTC's job. (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49589479) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
Yeah, um, no. If that's what he was opposing, he would also be proposing similar rules being enacted by somebody else. He's not. This is just a smokescreen: he wants to kill Net Neutrality because he likes the rich people who tell him he should. It doesn't help that he thinks all government is evil and should be abolished.

Comment: Re:I like this guy but... (Score 1) 437

by Chalnoth (#49589469) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
I'll be very interested to see how well Bernie Sanders does. Because he is no friend of the rich. I doubt he has much of a chance in the primaries, because his politics just aren't all that popular (sadly), and he's going to have a hard time raising money. But he'd be amazing as a candidate.

Introducing, the 1010, a one-bit processor. 0 NOP No Operation 1 JMP Jump (address specified by next 2 bits)

Working...