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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015 127

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-extra-lame-duckiness dept.
blottsie writes: The Federal Communications Commission will abandon its earlier promise to make a decision on new net neutrality rules this year. Instead, FCC Press Secretary Kim Hart said, "there will not be a vote on open internet rules on the December meeting agenda. That would mean rules would now be finalized in 2015." The FCC's confirmation of the delay came just as President Barack Obama launched a campaign to persuade the agency to reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility. is also running an interview with a legal advisor at the FCC. He says, "There will be a burden on providers. The question is, 'Is that burden justified?' And I think our answer is 'Yes.'"

Comment: Re:It's stupid - switch to GMT (Score 1) 613

by Nos. (#48290725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

This is exactly what the world should do.
When I schedule a meeting, I just pick the time and date and everyone knows instantly when that is, it doesn't matter what time of year it is, and when [Country X] has arbitrarily decided to change times this year.

I moved from Saskatchewan (who doesn't change times) to BC and I'm not looking forward to it. Sure I'll get an extra hours of sleep this weekend, but I lose it a few months later.

The sad thing is, the number of people in SK who want to change times, or worse yet, think that province should switch to MST. For those who don't know, Saskatchewan falls completely within CST. It generally becomes an argument about this time every year.

Comment: Re:Beyond the law? (Score 1, Flamebait) 354

by Nos. (#47998659) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

He's saying that if you're accused of a crime, and a judge issues a court order to allow authorities to look at your phone (or other device), they have the legal right to. However, if that device is encrypted and the vendor has no way of decrypting it, it's up to you, the accused to provide the decryption key. By "forgetting" the key, you're placing yourself beyond the law.

Comment: Re:Non-story. (Score 1) 346

by Nos. (#47375677) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

First, nowhere does it say they were using SMTP, at least not that I saw. They are likely using SMTP with TLS.

Secondly, they had intended on sending that document within their own domain, which likely means it wouldn't have left the control of GS anyways. I'm not saying this is the best way to do things, but it's not necessarily insecure.

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

by Nos. (#46923071) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Q: How do you turn the car off in an emergency - e.g. stuck accelerator pedal?
A: You can't just press start/stop, as the vehicle speed sensor inhibits the button, so you can't turn off the ignition whilie the vehicle is moving. This isn't even in the manual. However, pressing and holding start/stop for 10 seconds will cause the ignition to turn off completely. This is a surprisingly long time in an emergency. In fact, in several "unintended acceleration" episodes, the drivers said they tried to turn off the push-button ignition, but couldn't turn it off.

Turning the ignition off should be your last option. Your first is to shift the vehicle into neutral, pull over and stop, then shut the vehicle off.

Comment: Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (Score 3, Insightful) 290

by Nos. (#46237777) Attached to: Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

As another poster said, this isn't fair. Lots of us drive with winter tires, I doubt anyone down there has even heard of them.

We (most Canadians) have the equipment and machinery to clear snow, maintain highways, and the experience to get around in these conditions. They don't.

Comment: Re:Blaming the cables? (Score 1) 476

by Nos. (#46093499) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

I can see it being the cables. Having lived in one of the colder parts of southern Canada all my life, I can tell you that the extension cord you use matters. It's not as big of an issue now as it used to be, but I remember plenty of times thinking I've plugged my car in only to come out in the morning and realize it wasn't when I tried to start it. In these cases, I believe the issue was that the cord, and specifically the plastic around the female end contracted making it every difficult to force the male end in. Sure, once current was flowing there would be some heat generated, though I'm not sure it would be enough to help.

Comment: Best is subjective (Score 5, Interesting) 201

by Nos. (#46024399) Attached to: Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

I live in a small town, and after 10 minutes or so of my eyes adjusting to the dark, I can easily make out the arm of Milky Way. We have a hot tub, and I love sitting out there, with the lights off, floating and just looking up at the sky. We see satellites usually every night and the ISS occasionally. Jupiter and Uranus have been really bright the last week or so as well. There's no telescope or other equipment that could enhance that experience.

Just so relaxing to be out there, especially in the winter when the air is cold and clear on a moonless night.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 180

by Nos. (#45889729) Attached to: McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

To be fair, we never used a client side email scanner. We (at the time) did it server side on Lotus Notes and didn't have any performance issues. Virus Scan would scan any attachments on the client side when opened, but that wasn't an issue either.

We've migrated to Google for email now, and rely on them for server side email scanning, but again, there is the desktop side to deal with attachments.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 5, Interesting) 180

by Nos. (#45888601) Attached to: McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

McAfee may not be what I'd recommend for home use, but I would for enterprise. Their suite of tools and being able to pull together a very accurate and real time picture of a huge environment makes it very worthwhile. That, and a properly configured agent and virus scan shouldn't interfere too much outside of doing a regular full scan, and even then, the computer should still be usable, if a bit slower.

BASIC is to computer programming as QWERTY is to typing. -- Seymour Papert