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+ - Precisely what makes a comment valuable to the FCC?

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

A record-setting number of Americans weighed in with their thoughts on this matter. But there's one problem, according to George Washington University law professor Richard Pierce.

"The vast majority of the comments are utterly worthless," Pierce says.

Oh really? and precisely what makes a comment valuable?

The folks who do comment with the detail, data and analysis that can change minds? Deep-pocketed industries.

"Those comments that have some potential to influence are the very lengthy, very well-tailored comments that include a lot of discussion of legal issues, a lot of discussion of policy issues, lots of data, lots of analysis," Pierce says. "Those are submitted exclusively by firms that have a large amount of money at stake in the rule-making and the lawyers and trade associations that are represented by those firms."

The FCC's Gigi Sohn also cautions against using the high number of comments in this matter as a tea leaf, because of the unknown content in the comments.

"A lot of these comments are one paragraph, two paragraphs, they don't have much substance beyond, 'we want strong net neutrality, ' " she says.

It would appear that Gigi Sohn and GW law professor Richard Pierce are unclear as to who the FCC works for. The FCC works for the American people, if we want something, that should be sufficient reason to rule in our favor."

Comment: Gömböc (Score 2) 35

by tepples (#47523623) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

A tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can't, not without your help, but you're not helping. Why is that?

Traffic law forbids me to stop my vehicle on the interstate highway. That and a tortoise's shell has a ridge down the middle to help it flip back over. With practice, it will manage.

You know, if you keep repeating the script for your empathy test in public, people are going to catch on and memorize plausible answers that cause your Voight-Kampff lie detector to display "inconclusive". An insect lands on my arm while I'm watching the local weather forecast? Flick it off. That's why real life psychological tests are kept under non-disclosure agreement.

+ - I'm so sick of sexism in tech, it needs to be a more accessible environment->

Submitted by Kaneda2112
Kaneda2112 (871795) writes "Note to IBM executives: If you're going to openly discuss why you think young women make bad hires in the tech industry, you might want to make sure you're not having lunch next to a young mom who's also a coder. As a father of a daughter, I'd like to think that companies look for skill and innovation from wherever they can find it and not basing decisions on someone'sm age or reproductive profile....this just p****ed me off. Is this another sign of IBM's continued decline...?"
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Comment: Assets and third-party libraries are non-free (Score 3, Insightful) 33

by tepples (#47523477) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

ID Software released (at one time) the source to older titles. Why can't GOG do/push for that too?

Even many companies that distribute their old games' programs as free software keep a tight leash on the "assets" (parts of the game other than the program). Case in point: Id Software cease-and-desisted Mozilla for making an Emscripten-powered JavaScript port of Doom available to the public. One reason that a publisher might decline to distribute an old program as free software is that doing so might encourage unlawful copying of the assets into games that compete with the publisher's own products.

Another reason is that third-party libraries often aren't free software. For example, the big three console makers are known for banning copylefted software on their platforms. The original source release of Doom was silent because Id Software had licensed a non-free audio library from a third party. (Source ports ended up replacing it with a shim around Allegro or SDL.) Id had to rewrite the Doom 3 engine to eliminate a patented "depth fail" shadow volume processing technique invented by William Bilodeau and Michael Songy of Creative Labs before its source could be released.

I'm not about to compromise my machine my running proprietary software on it.

Then how does it connect to the Internet? All cellular radios and many WLAN radios contain a microcontroller running non-free software. And how does it boot? Most commodity PCs ship with a proprietary implementation of EFI and not coreboot.

Comment: Re:I would switch to linux if the fonts (Score 2) 33

by tepples (#47523363) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

Due diligence in case you're not trolling:

What looks inferior about fonts in modern X11? I haven't found any deficiencies in font rendering over the five and a half years that I've been using Ubuntu on my primary laptop. If it's the selection of fonts, then the same fonts you buy in Windows will work if you install them in GNU/Linux.

Comment: Virtual trackpad and USB or Bluetooth keyboard (Score 1) 33

by tepples (#47523345) Attached to: Announces Linux Support
A virtual trackpad at the corner of a touch screen replicates a laptop trackpad just fine. I know of at least one Android device (Archos 43 Internet Tablet) that uses the trackpad abstraction when docked to an external display. And if that's not good enough, Android supports USB mice through an OTG cable.
I agree that some games are best with a keyboard because a flat sheet of glass provides no tactile feedback to line up the thumb over on-screen controls. But that's why Android supports USB keyboards through an OTG cable, Bluetooth keyboards, and clip-on Bluetooth gaming keyboards (or "gamepads" as you might call them).

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 528

by bill_mcgonigle (#47522089) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

I cite every hellhole third world country in the world as my reference, where this is exactly what happens, with few exceptions

You're citing examples of corrupt governments as reasons why we need to have corrupt governments.

You have an extremely poor understanding of how power works.

See above.

Comment: Vaccine in the 2030's? (Score 1) 122

by bill_mcgonigle (#47522025) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

The story I read before this one was about a malaria vaccine that was developed in the early 90's, was known to be effective by '97, and has been awaiting approval since then, while ten million people died from the disease.

Really, though, it was only ten million families who had to lose their loved ones - that's a small price to pay for the paperwork being in order.

Comment: No privileges to install Cr or Fx (Score 3, Insightful) 86

by tepples (#47521895) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

I also do not understand, those people still using MSIE

I gather many of them are people at work who lack privileges to install other browsers or to run executables from writable directories. This is reportedly common on government PCs that need to connect to IE-only intranet apps.

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