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Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 5, Informative) 327

by Mitsoid (#47935593) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Yes, but at the same time, paying for an internet line to be run to your house can actually cost more than your house in rural areas... Note: The price of the work, and for the final service, is often determined by the monopoly carrier for your area.

My grandfather was quoted $4000 to run a coax cable 500 feet to the street (which was up and running) to his home. His only other option was 36k dial up (too far north, and too many trees, for satellite). He's retired now (has been for decades), and while he lives comfortably in his home on his retirement, he can't afford an extra "luxury" expense like this.

Recently, my co-worker was quoted $60,000 to get internet brought to his rural community... per home... and required 2 dozen people within a 3-mile radius to sign a 3-year contract and agree to also pay that 'set up fee'. Their other option? Satellite (which has a 25GB download limit). The area is sanctioned monopoly.

Now, if you are ALSO living in a rural area where the average ~5 yr experience IT/programming/database job is $45-55,000, spending $60,000 for internet is a bit ridiculous... and not offset by your 'city wages in a rural area'

Comment: Re: Three thoughts... (Score 2) 436

by Mitsoid (#46492145) Attached to: Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

It does...

The problem is the range of the transponder broadcast is roughly 100 miles (1ghz frequency). When a plane goes off the coast, they quickly go out of range off any listening posts...

The US and Europe are both working on a new system for taking over water... Using satellite support probably... But for now, after 100 miles out to sea, radar is the primary method of tracking

Comment: Re:If Comcast were Exxon (Score 1) 520

by Mitsoid (#46320367) Attached to: Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Basically this. And Oligarchy's..

I'm house hunting, and it's very hard to find a place that has 2 ISP options. So it's either:

1) Fiber-optic, 50Mbps/sec service for $90/month, offered by 2-3 different providers
or
2) Thicknet Coax shared cable connection with a theoretical allotment of 30-50Mbps but probably a realistic Friday night@7pm limitation of1Mbps connection. No other providers operate in the area. Costs twice as much as fiber.

Comment: Re:The building owner is at fault? (Score 1) 158

by Mitsoid (#46203093) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

If the manufacturer is not a US company, the FCC can't do much to stop them directly.

Yes, they could go after other places that use the bulbs, but it could also be a factor of:
1. Bad batch
2. Interaction with local device/electricity
3. age-related

Either way, the manf. will know there is a problem, and will likely address it since they may get bad publicity in the circles that matter to them (business building owners) much like a bad HDD story would circle around slashdot, I'm sure the people owning buildings communicate as well... Or own a few dozen other buildings....

Ultimately, I think the "Fine Owner" solution is great.. There is an immediate requirement to fix an issue, and costs/blame is done after. Much better then assign blame then work on a solution!

Comment: Re:Scholarships, you mean (Score 3, Insightful) 321

by Mitsoid (#46140957) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

along the same lines..

We need to stop this education-for-profit business model that is encouraging schools to over-populate classrooms by providing very small scholarships and encouraging loans. Pointless required classes are another great thing to trash (I'm not talking Gen Ed, I'm talking 2-3 classes that could be merged into 1).

When I went to school for IT, I had 3 classes that discussed (in roughly the same detail) the *theory* and *standards* of how various communication mediums worked. Pointless. Make 1 of them a hands-on class at least!

Comment: Re:David Cameron (Score 1) 179

You realize you're arguing, on SLASHDOT, about how people live in TV fantasy worlds?

TV Fantasy/SciFi encouraged a heck of a lot of technology development over the last few decades. TV Crime Drama's are only a few years ahead of us with their crazy non-sense. 5x enhance (i.e. zooming in) is the future when we can mount 100MP cameras at intersections, or on buildings. Modern consumer cameras take pictures you can't even view on a 1080p desktop at their actual resolution.. (41 MP = 7264 x 5440 ... you could 'enhance' (zoom) this 3-4 times in photoshop before you got to the actual native resolution on your monitor)

Comment: Obvious bias is obvious (Score 0) 179

Instead of pointing out what is wrong with the proposed law(s), the article jumps to name calling and insult throwing.

I suppose they could not be bothered to read the law and provide a meaningful response... Must not be a bad law if they can't provide an example of abuse, or problems, the law would create.

TV can show us what may be the future all the time. Everyone on slashdot (should) appreciate this concept, Star Trek/Star Wars, and many Sci-Fi programs. TV may blow it out of proportion, but not always. Sometimes shows us what, ideally, would happen. Crime happens in the middle of nowhere? Dump the cell tower for the 5 names on the list. Presto, you may have solved an otherwise unsolvable crime because they had a cell phone on them. (Yes, serious criminals may turn off their phone, or use burners, but there are solutions to that too)

Comment: Free market.. (Score 5, Funny) 383

by Mitsoid (#45952187) Attached to: Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

The free market, especially in the broadband sector, has shown time and again, across all state lines, through cities, and in local neighborhoods, to be a fair, equal-service provider to all customers.

When I had Cox Cable, and they were the only provider available other than Dial Up, i was treated with respect, my calls were answered promptly, and my network node was NOT overloaded for months.

As soon as Verizon FIOS moved in, however, it was hell. Prices doubled, speeds were cut to 1/5th what they used to be, and service calls took 2 weeks longer to get answers on...

I, for one, wish they'd bring back the monopoly carrier. At least then I was treated fairly. I mean, just look at what Google is doing -- they moved in, and prices went up 3-4x ! and the speeds are 10x slower!

Comment: Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

In theory it's possible to provide more bandwith if there's more revene coming in topay for the infrastructure.

Since the wireless market is a cartel enforced by licensing AT&T has little to no incentive to behave well.

Well, if companies would fight back it would overpower the cartel.

IMO, Google should have youtube throttle and only play at 240 to AT&T Wireless customers (including laptop broadband). Claim it is to "Assist AT&T customers in reducing wireless bandwidth"

That might interfere with net-neutrality.. even if it's a stab back at someone else trying to destroy it too.

So instead, offer a toggle checkbox that lets customers limit their bandwidth to mobile devices (either by kbps or MB/month).. with a YouTube on-page pop-up asking users if they want to enable this (For people it knows use AT&T phones, suggest on by default, for everyone else, off)

Comment: Re:A natural reaction to Faux News i think (Score 1) 181

by Mitsoid (#45818749) Attached to: The Rise of Hoax News

I'm also curous what "Liberal Media" outlets exist. PBS or my super-local news station are the most "liberal" stations I've seen... I think they are closer to Independents (which, actually, I prefer), but it would be nice to get a polar to Faux news on some stories, as opposed to a completely middle of the road story to combat a purely one-party "opinion piece" (since, it really can't be called a journalist news article anymore.. They cite sources of opinion quotes but never of scientific data...)

Comment: Re:SHOCKED! (Score 3, Interesting) 258

by Mitsoid (#45676229) Attached to: Bitcoin Token Maker Suspends Operation After Hearing From Federal Gov't

That's a good point. I'm sure the feds would still have a problem if banks trade IOU's and dont actually move the money, but do it entirely in not-dollar-values...

Bank A: I'll pay you 500 Monopoly bitmoney for that loan package. But lets leave it to monopoly money so there's less taxes
Bank B: Okay. Sounds Good. Here.. have a 'free' gift.
Bank B: I want to cash in my 500 Monopoly bitmoney for your Widgets and such.
Bank A: Sure, here, have them for 'free'.

Seems fair that he has to play by the same rules. I dont care about bitcoins, but people claiming bitcoins are above any and all laws (including laws of the country they are being used in, and converted to physical objects in) is plain silly.

Comment: Re: Far from harmless fun... but (Score 4, Informative) 258

by Mitsoid (#45676189) Attached to: Bitcoin Token Maker Suspends Operation After Hearing From Federal Gov't

If he sold wallets, he wouldn't have issues. He's selling wallets with other peoples money in it, or could be (the no one knows, there is no oversight... and that's the problem). And he's not keeping track of who gave him the money, or where it's going, and he's not providing the information to authorities. It's possible he's pre-loading these coins with values (e.g. $25, 50), and mailing them to people after he takes his fee.

It's basically the formula for money laundering, as the bitcoin trail ends with him, and 'clean' money can come out.

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