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Comment Re:Good. Hope this keeps up (Score 1) 712

Sorry no, but it won't change until there is some key technological or cultural revolution on the scale of the (first) American Revolution. Power is never taken away gradually. Something like First Contact, Free Energy(Cheap Nuclear Fusion, Antimatter, whatever), or the gates of hell suddenly opening up would probably do it. Okay maybe not that last one unless it completely destroyed all forms of government entirely. A massive Nuclear Incident (Say, 1+ Megatons going off anonymously in Moscow/London/New York) would most likely instill marshal law in most countries. This could eventually lead to complete civil revolt. It's hard to say really, speculation is all the rage!
Communications

Telcos Want Big Subsidies, Not Line-Sharing 340

It seems that a recent survey of global broadband practices by Harvard's Berkman Center at the behest of the FCC has stirred the telecommunications hornet's nest. Both AT&T and Verizon are up in arms about some of the conclusions (except the ones that suggest offering large direct public subsidies). "Harvard's Berkman Center study of global broadband practices, produced at the FCC's request, is an 'embarrassingly slanted econometric analysis that violates professional statistical standards and is insufficiently reliable to provide meaningful guidance,' declares AT&T. The study does nothing but promote the lead author's 'own extreme views,' warns a response from Verizon Wireless. Most importantly, it 'should not be relied upon by the FCC in formulating a National Broadband Plan,' concludes the United States Telecom Association. Reviewing the slew of criticisms, Berkman's blog wryly notes that the report seems to have been 'a mini stimulus act for telecommunications lawyers and consultants.'"

Comment Re:will it be shot down? (Score 1) 416

Actually.. a lot of distributors of DVDs will usually let you send back a damaged disc for a replacement (although, sometimes you're charged a fee for this. I seem to recall EB Games having a 2$ deal for pre-owned game discs, but I can't be sure if that's still around) so your point may still be valid anyway.

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