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Comment: I'm going to enjoy this...... (Score 1) 153

by Dega704 (#47942005) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State
Few things cheese me off more than corporate cartels and their allies in congress who preach about the goodness of the free market and against government meddling, right up until the free market threatens their dominant position; then they want the government to put a stop to that nonsense immediately. If you really do support a free market, then you either change with the times or you get out of the way and stop holding back those who are actually innovating.

Comment: Good for tablets and laptops, but also..... (Score 2) 51

by Dega704 (#47875511) Attached to: First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled
Maybe I'm weird for being mostly interested in what kind of new NUC platforms Broadwell will give us. The mobile rush has been good for desktop systems from an evolutionary standpoint. I have already built a few systems the size of a WiFi router with zero moving parts.

Comment: Clever stunt (Score 1) 123

by Dega704 (#47871365) Attached to: Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case
Whatever this costs Microsoft in fines and legal costs is going to be paltry compared the the revenue they have likely been losing from overseas business since the Snowden revelations. Doing this puts on a good show that makes it look like they care about they are fighting the U.S. government to protect their customers. Deep down I wonder how many of their executives want to see Snowden locked up as well.

Comment: Russian revolution? (Score 4, Insightful) 85

by Dega704 (#47816717) Attached to: Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle
Part of me screams for Amazon to mercilessly crush the cable companies and salt their fields. The more reasonable side of me worries we would wind up trading one overpowered corporate overlord for another. It won't stop me from grabbing popcorn and enjoying the show either way, though; just to satisfy the bloodlust against these bastards.

Comment: Terrible idea (Score 4, Funny) 111

by Dega704 (#47785477) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband
Municipalities providing a critical infrastructure? What Lunacy! That will never work! What other crazy ideas do these municipalities have in store for us? Electricity? Running water and sewage? Gas heating? Paved roads? Balderdash! Best to leave these things to the large corporations and eliminate all of the regulations since they have nothing but the public's best interests at heart. To the free market fairy we pray for forgiveness. Amen.

+ - Edward Snowden: NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout.->

Submitted by Dega704
Dega704 (1454673) writes "When Syria's access to the internet was cut for two days back in 2012, it apparently wasn't the fault of dissenting "terrorists," as the Syrian government claimed: according to Wired, it was the fault of the US government. In a long profile of Edward Snowden published today, Wired writes what Snowden says is the truth about the internet outage. An elite hacking unit in the National Security Agency had reportedly been attempting to install malware on a central router within Syria — a feat that would have allowed the agency to access a good amount of the country's internet traffic. Instead, it ended up accidentally rendering the router unusable, causing Syria's internet connection to go dark."
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Comment: Gives an interesting look.... (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by Dega704 (#47565535) Attached to: Comcast Confessions
At first glance this may seem completely irrelevant to debates about Net Neutrality and data caps, but now I think it tells us a lot about just how unscrupulous Comcast and other big ISPs are. When their greed trumps even the most basic tact and professionalism, how can anyone in their right mind expect us to believe that the best thing for everyone is to let them run amok unchallenged and unregulated with a virtual monopoly? It boggles the mind.

+ - Cable companies: We're afraid Netflix will demand payment from ISPs->

Submitted by Dega704
Dega704 (1454673) writes "While the network neutrality debate has focused primarily on whether ISPs should be able to charge companies like Netflix for faster access to consumers, cable companies are now arguing that it's really Netflix who holds the market power to charge them. This argument popped up in comments submitted to the FCC by Time Warner Cable and industry groups that represent cable companies. (National Journal writer Brendan Sasso pointed this out.) The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents many companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter wrote to the FCC:

"Even if broadband providers had an incentive to degrade their customers’ online experience in some circumstances, they have no practical ability to act on such an incentive. Today’s Internet ecosystem is dominated by a number of “hyper-giants” with growing power over key aspects of the Internet experience—including Google in search, Netflix and Google (YouTube) in online video, Amazon and eBay in e-commerce, and Facebook in social media. If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct. Indeed, it is more likely that these large edge providers would seek to extract payment from ISPs for delivery of video over last-mile networks.""

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