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Submission + - ISPs Claim Title II Regulations Don't Apply to the Internet Because "Computers"->

Gryle writes: ArsTechnica is reporting on an interesting legal tactic by ISPs in the net neutrality fight. In a 95-page brief the United States Telecom Association claims Internet access qualifies as information service, not a telecommunication service, because it involves computer processing. The brief further claims "The FCC's reclassification of mobile broadband internet access as a common-carrier service is doubly unlawful" (page 56).
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Comment Re:DC power? (Score 4, Informative) 237 237

Early Southern architecture had passive cooling systems, like double-hung windows, high ceilings, and constructing doorways and windows in such a way as to generate breezes as the air heated up during the day. The Spanish were particularly good at things like this.

Folks also had a different daily routine. They were up before the sun, worked until about lunch, had a big meal and a nap during the hottest part of the day, and then worked until late in the evening. The Spanish siesta is a good example of this, but the Italians have a similar concept. In modern days I see a lot of construction workers doing this too, particularly on road construction. The job site will be empty during the afternoon and work begins in the evening and lasts all night. (Some of this is to keep from interfering with day-to-day traffic patterns too.)

Comment Re:So where is the rending of garments? (Score 1) 122 122

Snowden and OPMI are not an exact apples-to-apples comparison. Snowden disclosed classified information pertaining to technical methods, programs, and capabilities of the intelligence community. The OMPI data isn't classified and most of it, excluding medical records and probably certain financials, could be obtained by a determined and patient private investigator. That's the difference.

In anticipation of counterarguments: I'm not saying the government has reacted appropriately to the OPMI breach. No, I wouldn't want my personal information out there in the open for all to see. I know the OPMI breach risks the exposure of clandestine operatives

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 368 368

If the windspeed is right and the there's enough fuel, wildfires spreading that rapidly is not out of the question. Stray embers get caught up in the wind and are pushed far downwind before landing and ignite a whole new area. It's not always possible to isolate the two burn areas and the two fires become one. Repeat multiple times and yes it's possible for fire to spread that rapidly. Source: conversations with a US Forest Service Ranger who handles wildland firefighting coordination and response every year during wildfire season in Arizona.

Comment Re:Saw it, liked it (Score 1) 58 58

I look forward to seeing Ant-Man pop up in sequels or cameos, if for no other reason than to show-case what an experienced Ant-Man could do with the suit. Some of the fight scenes gave brief flashes of how effective the suit could be, but the movie didn't explore it as well as I think it could have.

The movie sacrificed something in pursuit of a punchline or a gag every five-to-ten minutes. It's like the movie was trying so hard to be tongue-in-cheek that it almost approached self-importance from the other end.

Overall I agree that it was fun and entertaining, but it's definitely one of the weaker films in the Marvel franchise.

Comment Re:This legislation brought to you by.. (Score 3, Insightful) 446 446

There's been evidence.. but you can't find it now, because the independent labs that did the research were bought out by Monsanto, closed down, and the evidence buried. I'd imagine that now they proactively buy out anyone who has anything negative to show the world, and shuts them down before they can even tell anyone what they're finding.

Do you have evidence of this or are you just spouting paranoid theory? And don't tell me "just Google it" or any other similar smart-ass comments. You're making the claim, you provide the evidence.

Comment Re:Cry More (Score 1) 139 139

First, what numbers are you using to get $4 trillion for state budgets? Some of that is overlap from the Federal budget which sends some of the tax money back to states for administration of federal programs. When that money is cut, state budgets drop as a result. That happened this year in Arizona when federal subsidies to certain AZ state programs were cut and AZ had to raise the amount it collected from cities and counties to meet the shortfall. Source: currently living in Arizona.

Where would you start cutting waste from? Personnel? Maintenance and equipment? Welfare programs? Military budgets?* Wild-land fire-fighting efforts in rural America? FDA monitoring? The Education Department? The lovely sequestration game that BOTH major political parties brought down on us is already limiting what agencies can accomplish. Yeah, yeah, "do more with less", blah blah blah. There are only so many hours you can make people work in a day before they burn out. There's only so long you can run equipment on a shoe-string budget before something breaks.

For the record, I am NOT a Democrat and I do understand numbers when I put a dollar sign in front of them.

*Killing the F35 would have saved us a lot of money. Killing it now would still save us future expenses associated with making that bucket-o-bolts work worth a damn and the infrastructure upgrades to go along with it. Write your Congresscritters.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.