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Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 194

by Charliemopps (#47725051) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

this time Chief of Staff Matthew Berry, speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures, has endorsed states' right to ban municipal broadband networks

He's endorsed the right of the people in each state to get bent over by massively-corrupt telcos with their monopolistic behaviors - by reinforcing their monopolies - all in the name of a free market (despite the fact that it's anything but).


Except, you know, they aren't monopolies.
But none of that will matter soon. After the disastrous Rural broadband initiative from 2009, the FCC realized just how expensive it is to provide service outside the cable footprint. So they've reverse course and it now seems they are about a 20yr plan to completely eliminate the universal service fund. At that point, there will be no teleco for most of these communities and they'll have to have municipal broadband or nothing at all. With the changes in FCC rulings, Telcos have started charging different rates base on how expensive it is to serve you. Previously this was a big no-no but I've now see the FCC rules changes, and it's kosher with them as long as it isn't for the phoneline itself. But DSL is fair game. Soon I bet it will be phone service to.

If a new wireless tech doesn't come along soon, rural internet will be dead and gone. And by rural I mean outside the cable footprint, if you don't have Cable access now and have to rely on DSL like most of the country, you're who I'm talking about. It's a sad thing but Urban users refuse to subsidize the poor anymore I guess.

Comment: Total BS (Score 4, Informative) 206

This is complete BS, they come out with nonsense studies like this all the time.
My father works in manufacturing, they don't like going over seas, you have a hard time controlling quality, ensuring design specs, etc...
But there is no way they can stay in business without it.
According to my father, when doing analysis of where to send work The total cost of labor (including benefits an such) are roughly as follows:
US: $15/hr
Mexico: $1/hr
China: 10cents/hr
The minimum wage is mexico is $5/day, so yea...
China has the benefit of the manufacturer paying no benefits at all and the government keeping the employees healthy.
There are added costs like shipping, bribing government officals etc...
But the costs would have to be huge to make up the difference between $15/hr and 10 cents per hour.
Where US workers come into the picture is to save money on shipping. If you can send the product over in pieces, save a ton on shipping and then have the final product assembled here, you can get the best of both worlds.

Comment: Re:Salesmen (Score 1) 157

by Charliemopps (#47720053) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Not uncommon for a salesman to have two cell phones. One provided by the company, and their personal. Aside from the PITA of packing and charging both devices, it makes since to keep both the phone numbers and billing separate.

It was before, but in recent years employers have been ending the company provided phone programs. We went through it recently and I lost my work phone. To be honest, I don't mind. I rooted my phone and can do with it what I want. Also, I don't feel obligated to answer just because it's a work call now. But yea, my employer wont like this ruling. Getting rid of the phones was painful but it saved them money. If they have to pay the money anyway, the entire painful mess is going to be a finger in their eye.

Comment: Re:Why focus on the desktop? (Score 1) 645

by Charliemopps (#47715073) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Linux has so much going for it in the device market that I don't see why Linus doesn't just double down on it. The future of Linux seems to make more sense as a kernel used for other things (like Android) rather than trying to break into the standalone desktop OS market.

Where would you code the kernel without the desktop? On your tablet?

+ - Verizon to offer discounted data rates to apps purchased through their app store-> 1

Submitted by Charliemopps
Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Verizon, in a clear attempt at an end run around net neutrality rules, is prepared to launch another new app store. Their last app store failed miserably. But this new one will offer a new feature, discounted data rates for apps purchased through it as well as billing directly through the carrier.

Here's a link to the summary of the article, the original is pay-walled."

Link to Original Source

Comment: First hand experience (Score 5, Interesting) 155

by Charliemopps (#47713893) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

I used to work in a department that handled DMCA notices on the consumer side. (They were complaining that our customers were hosting the content) The vast majority of these complaints were fraudulent. The problem is that the media companies hire other companies to monitor for infringement and send take-down notices. I suspect they pay per notice sent and they are getting swindled. Some were so bad, we literally blacklisted their domain so they'd stop sending us complaints. They'd send take down notices for people that weren't even in our IP block. They were just sending nonsense and collecting money from the content provider. This likely also where the content providers get their insane numbers about the amount of money they are losing.

Comment: Re:Call anything 3D printing (Score 2) 105

by Charliemopps (#47713427) Attached to: World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

We used to just call it "pouring cement" and "laying bricks" but now that additive manufacturing is such a big hit we have to call it 3D Printing.

Right... this isn't even the first time this has been done either. It's just a machine that mixes cement with filler and pours it into a shape. They then move the shapes into place and kind of prop them up against each other. It's slower, wasteful, not as strong and more expensive than the old fashion way. But he got his name in the paper, and that's all that really matters.

Comment: Re:Is there an counter to this? (Score 1) 246

by Charliemopps (#47711439) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

call your supervisor over, I'd like to speak to them immediately. Inform them that if THEY can't disconnect my service, I'll be asking for their manager as well

There's no legal obligation for them to transfer you to their supervisor. You can ask a dozen times, and the "supervisor" or "manager" you get, will keep being the guy in the next cubicle over.

Did I ever say there was? You're not trying to get a supervisor, you're trying to waste their time. I am fully aware that you get transferred to the guy in the next cube in a lot of cases. But, you refuse to be transferred, nearly all call centers have a policy on "Warm transfers" meaning, they have to first get your permission and then transfer you in person (i.e. this is frank, he has x problem, etc...) But you refuse to give permission. I guarantee their policy doesn't govern that.

The end result in the call center is the agent can't transfer you or put you on hold per policy, so they have to mute you and walk over and ask what to do. They will either give up on the spot, send a real manager over or have an agent get up from his cube and take over the call to pretend to be supervisor. You'll then ask for another, and they'll switch, and another agent walks over. Soon there's a crowd around this cube, no ones getting anything done, you've created total chaos on the sales managers floor. Keep in mind, the manager (the real one) has stats to. His are for the entire team. You're not just hurting those agents stats, you're hurting HIS stats now. Weather he gets on the phone or not, he knows who you are, what you want and he wants you off the phone.

I know this happens, I've been that manager and I've had that done to me a few times. As soon as I would hear someone was pulling that on one of my agents my reply would be "Give him what he wants, get him off the phone asap" With the caveat that what the person wants is possible. I had one guy try that and want a years refund. I ended up getting on the phone and being frank with that guy "Listen, I want this to be over as much as you do. But there are limits to what I can do. I have no '1 year refund' button on my screen. No amount of arguing can change that. If you want that kind of restitution you're calling the wrong place, you need a lawyer or something." He seemed to accept that I'd done what I could and went on his way.

Comment: Re:No, not the cause of the breach. (Score 4, Insightful) 84

by Charliemopps (#47711333) Attached to: Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

It would have been good form to update the vulnerable device. But it's not "to blame" for the data loss. The people who willfully broke in and grabbed the patient data are the cause of the loss.

If your breaks were failing, you didn't do anything about it, and then another car ran a red light and you plowed into them it would be all their fault? No, The person that ran the light, the break manufacturer, and more importantly you, would all be at fault. The healthcare company is just as much at fault as the attackers, there's no excuse for not having patched that equipment.

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 482

by Charliemopps (#47710929) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

FWIW, windmills and skyscrapers kill a lot of birds too.

And automobiles, for that matter.

Not to get in the way of everyones back patting circle jerk here but windmills and skyscrapers are required by California law to take mitigating steps to help prevent deaths. Even where I live in the midwest, they forced a local cell tower to replace its aircraft warning light because it was confusing migratory birds into thinking it was the moon so they'd end up flying in circles around it until they crashed into the wires. Large buildings are required to have those bird shaped stickers on the windows so the birds don't try to fly it and whack themselves on the glass. This is nothing new, the solar tower will have to take similar steps.

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