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Comment: Re:The internet has just become Ma Bell (Score 1) 489

by Knightman (#49441739) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

So you say that Netflix as a company shouldn't try to get the best deal they can they can when signing with an ISP? Interesting theory...

Any ISP signing a contract with Netflix should realize what a bandwidth hog Netflix is. If that incurs extra costs for the ISP it's THEIR problem. If someone downstream throttles Netflix because users on that ISP uses a lot of bandwidth it's still not Netflix problem, the users ISP has oversold their available bandwidth.

It's a fact that the internet provider market in the US lacks competition and is more or less monopolistic or duopolist with hints of cartel agreements. When a market is dysfunctional in that way someone has to step in and sort the mess out since it's obvious the market wasn't interested in fixing it.

And by the tone in your post you rather have a dysfunctional internet provider market that abuse and gouges it's customers every day than some weak regulation that will at least try to fix the worst problems.

And FYI, it's because of progressive world views that we have a modern society but you are welcome to stay in the past while moaning about the progressives wanting progress (because without progress things stagnate).

Comment: In absurdum... (Score 1) 239

What if you take photos of you flying a drone and a magazine buys the right to use your photos in their magazine, does that constitute commercial use?

If someone makes a painting of you flying a drone and then you sell the painting, does that constitute commercial use?

Both examples above would constitute commercial use of technology according to the FAA's definition of it since you get a monetary gain from flying your drone.

Which leads me to ask this: Isn't there model flying competitions where you can win prizes which is worth a lot of money, does that constitute commercial use of technology too???

Comment: Re:Class action lawsuit ? (Score 1) 192

by Knightman (#49093099) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

Your analogy doesn't work. Here is a better one:

Somebody breaks into a combination-lock factory and steals the list of serial-numbers and their associated codes. They then proceed to use this information to break into peoples homes and rifle through all their belongings.

Don't you think that a home-owner who bought this lock thinking it was secure is going to do something about it?

The company selling the locks now has a couple of problems: the public image of their company has been tarnished, all the the locks they have sold are now insecure and a lot of customers now want their insecure locks exchanged for secure at no cost. All this will hit the company hard financially.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (Score 4, Insightful) 699

by Knightman (#48549967) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Also, ad-heavy sites takes forever to load because the infrastructure supplying the ads sucks. On top of that the ad-agencies are using quite invasive tracking coupled with all the social network connectors that now are more or less standard on every site.

Comment: Re:Who pays for TSB investigation (Score 2) 165

by Knightman (#48309905) Attached to: Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

So if for example Boeing crashed an experimental prototype business jet, NTSB wouldn't need to be involved since Boeing is a for profit company and only rich people and companies would eventually buy the plane? Is that what you are saying?

Since FAA issued a license for the plane in question NTSB has to investigate the accident, and if the NTSB finds that the plane is unsafe they can recommend the FAA to rescind the license. Thats why NTSB is involved, it has nothing to do with "rich peoples hobbies".

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead

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