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Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 178

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Re:Not a problem, nothing to see here (Score 1) 217

They throttle providers who've not opted in even when you're paying for the bytes, however.
So, they're exactly doing what you're saying should be unacceptabe:
There charging you for X bytes, but not providing them at the same level of service because those providers didn't reduce the quality to an arbitrary resolution (instead of bitrate, which MAY have made some sense), and didn't make the content modifiable and snoopable (HTTP is *required* if video is to be unthrottled).

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 217

Their "technical requirements" don't actually make technical sense, however, and distort the market by putting an arbitrary cap on resolutions (instead of bitrate) and requiring the video to be snoopable and modifiable.

If they said: Hey, the user can opt in (instead of opting out) to "Free" service, and all they need to do is opt-in, and have the content provider react to whatever throttling that t-mobile is doing, then it'd be fine. That isn't what they're doing.

Incidentally, *someone* has to pay for the bandwidth capacity. The end-user always ends up paying either directly, or indirectly for this.
All zero-rating does in this case is allow the provider leverage to pick winners and losers (and so extort money from the content provider and/or users).

Comment Re:That is utterly stupid (Score 1) 217

You pay higher costs either way because someone needs to pay for the bandwidth.
With zero-rating, however, the carrier gets to extract concessions out of either the user or the content provider, increasing overall costs at higher rates because they can do things that actively harm the user when they want to extract more "value" from the content provider.

Comment Re:That is utterly stupid (Score 1) 217

Oh boy.

Lets pare this down to the mechanics of what is happening:
Users pay money to carrier, which builds infrastructure which supports X bandwidth.
Instead of giving everyone (n people) X/n bandwidth, they say that they'll offer some fixed bandwidth.. unless you're watching video.
If you're watching video, they'll screw with the packets (even if you're paying for them) unless you've opted out entirely of the binge-on program.
A provider must provide 720p video (even if they could have provided 1080p or better with the same bandwidth), unsecured (you must use HTTP only), and allow t-mobile to modify the content.

It reduces user choice: They CANNOT receive the video they are quite literally paying for unless that video provider has opted in by reducing security and providing shittier quality.

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