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And it's the idiot bully's trick at that; the clever ones don't provoke the playground monitors.
And now, I would like to sincerely and heartily thank Verizon for the initial lawsuit provoking the playground monitor that made net neutrality a reality. I strongly encourage additional attention and noise to the issue for full on public utility regulation. Here's to moving the US into a First World nation with First World utilities like power, water, and real broadband - wired and wireless.
You've got a good point, but the implementation of said conditions have a different intrinsic suspicion. Discussions on encryption will only get you put on the NSA watchlist along with everyone else. Conversations about OPSEC may get you a little bit more. For example - getting revealed as someone who sends encrypted messages to your friends is either in that category of nerdy or slightly suspicious. Getting revealed as someone who passes parcels to others via dead drops will probably get your door kicked in by the DEA shortly followed by a long line of other three letter groups.
PS - I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to use the word "intrinsic" without thinking of eating leprechauns or quantum mechanics. Does anyone else have this problem?
You've got a lot of good points about the limitations of a male pill - especially about the danger associated with unprovable accusations. Where I think this may really help is that men can be responsible for taking risks again. I don't mean with the risk of pregnancy or any of the other unwanted consequences of sex - but the risk associated with birth control.
There's plenty of down sides to the pill - emotional effects, cancer risks, permanently altered sex drive, etc... But with a male version, the man can risk the associated side effects (perhaps they'll even be more mild than the pill). This could be a boon to committed couples who want to have a couple of years between children. The permanent solution will still be a vasectomy*, but for the settling into the marriage phase, or the wait between kids phase, this could be great for people.
*Based on the relative risks, it's a cowards choice to let the woman go through her version of that surgery unless the doctors are already in there for something (I'll allow rare medical conditions to be excepted from the cowardice charge - just because I'm not aware of any doesn't mean they don't exist).
Was in Berlin recently and saw that they had figured out a solution to the modern pay-phone dilemma. Pretty much every pay phone I saw was also a wi-fi hotspot. For example the T-mobile pay phones were also free hotspots for T-mobile subscribers but also sold bandwidth to anyone without a T-mobile SIM. I don't doubt that the telecoms used these strategically to extend coverage and also compete for customers.
Of course comparing internet/mobile between the US and anywhere else is... well about as stupid as the way mobile networks work in the US.