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Submission + - Verizon Throttles Data to "Provide Incentive to Limit Usage"

An anonymous reader writes: About a week ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked for Verizon's justification on its policy of throttling users who pay for unlimited data usage. "I know of no past Commission statement that would treat 'as reasonable network management' a decision to slow traffic to a user who has paid, after all, for 'unlimited' service," the FCC wrote. In its response, Verizon has indicated that its throttling policy is meant to provide users with an incentive to limit their data usage. The company explained that "a small percentage of the customers on these [unlimited] plans use disproportionately large amounts of data, and, unlike subscribers on usage-based plans, they have no incentive not to do so during times of unusually high demand....our practice is a measured and fair step to ensure that this small group of customers do not disadvantage all others."

Comment Re: I don't understand all I know about this ... (Score 1) 68

Throw up new box on the internet. How long is it safe these days?
"They shouldn't try to break into" != (They won't || They can't)
Counter-intelligence deserves a place in a security kit these days.
Not only can it waste their time, you should get logging of who is
knocking on the door.

Of course, denial has always been a great security tool.

Submission + - Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In Man's Email And Tipped Off Police 1

mrspoonsi writes: A Houston man has been arrested after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying the man had explicit images of a child in his email, according to Houston police. The man was a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994, reports Tim Wetzel at KHOU Channel 11 News in Houston. "He was keeping it inside of his email. I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce told Channel 11. After Google reportedly tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Center alerted police, which used the information to get a warrant.

Submission + - San Onofre nuclear power plant dismantling will cost $4.4 billion, take 20 years (

mdsolar writes: Dismantling the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California will take two decades and cost $4.4 billion.

Southern California Edison on Friday released a road map that calls for decommissioning the twin-reactor plant and restoring the property over two decades, beginning in 2016.

U-T San Diego ( ) says it could be the most expensive decommissioning in the 70-year history of the nuclear power industry. But Edison CEO Ted Craver says there's already enough money to pay for it.

Edison shut down the plant in 2012 after extensive damage was found to tubes carrying radioactive water. It was closed for good last year.

Submission + - Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share

An anonymous reader writes: Despite support for Windows XP finally ending three months ago, the ancient OS has only now fallen below the 25 percent market share mark. To add to the bad news for Microsoft, after only nine full months of availability, its latest operating system version, Windows 8.1, has lost share for the first time.

Submission + - Man-made 'breathing' leaf is an oxygen factory (

gardas writes: Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has created the first man-made, biologically functional leaf that takes in carbon dioxide, water, and light and releases oxygen. The leaf consists of chloroplasts — the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis happens — suspended in body made of silk protein.

Submission + - Microsoft Retiring the TechNet Subscription (

ErichTheRed writes: One of the nicest perks that Microsoft offered is being retired. Microsoft has reasonably-priced "TechNet Subscriptions" which give you low-cost full access to download fully functional evaluation software. The idea is that IT people could use a product in their lab for learning or simulation purposes without having to shell out thousands for an MSDN subscription. These are being retired as of August 31st. Apparently they're trying to shift "casual" evaluation of software onto their Virtual Labs and other online offerings. If you want full evals of software, you're going to need to buy an MSDN Subscription. I know lots of people abuse their TechNet privileges, but it's a real shame that I won't just be able to pull down the latest software to replicate a customer problem, which is part of what I do on a daily basis. I guess you can mark this one as "From the one-bad-pirate-ruins-the-whole-bunch department..."

Comment as a long time abuser (Score 1) 212

I have never come close to the minimum lethal dose (injected) of 3.2 grams, but I have done as much as 1.2 grams in a 24 hour period. It's great for focusing on 1 project. A few jitters, but not horrible - compared to the time when I went cold turkey on sugar for 2 months and had a 44 ounce unnamed citrus soda. It was hell trying to play Duke Nukem.

I'm a bit aware that my ordering a pound of white powder and having it sent through the mail may raise some eyebrows, but they'll just have to find their own. It's MINE, all mine, I tell ya!

Comment Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436


cars don't make the individual safer. they increase the risk of death and injury for everyone around.

knives don't make the individual safer. they increase the risk of death and slashing wounds for everyone around.

ex_wives don't make the individual safer. they increase the risk of financial ruin for everyone around.

where would you like to stop?

    welcome to life. play nice with the others, as best you can, and remember, no one gets out alive.

Comment Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436

The only one of the 23 executive orders that bear public scrutiny is allowing the CDC to study gun violence. Why fund this through the CDC when there is an agency with FIREARMS in it's name. I'd imagine it's to come up with some bullshit laws like OSHA has been involved with. IMHO


Comment Re:F*ck off, gun haters (Score 1) 899

Hell I don't get why this hasn't been modded up. I was taught to shoot by an neighbor in the Air Force. My father was busy doing something in Vietnam, so he didn't get the opportunity. I was 8. The lady who commented above is bang on, there were guns. We respected guns, but humans even more so. Why should she be penalized for the criminal actions of others? I hope you get to enjoy shooting those targets forever - it was promised to you.

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