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Comment: Re: Meh, vote left. (Score 2) 302

by spike hay (#46829861) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

The problem with the internet, especially cable, is that it is a natural monopoly. It's like most utitilities that require infrastructure to the home. It would be stupid to have 10 competing water companies, right? That's because there would be large amounts of redundant infrastructure. Therefore, it is better to have a highly regulated monopoly with pricing set to prevent monopolistic rents.

The current situation is that each cable company has a monopoly in most areas, with DSL providing a duopoly in some places. Obviously, monopolistic pricing occurs, with prices far above the free market rate for inferior service. But that isn't illegal! You have to show that they are acting in an anticompetitive manner, which is very difficult.

Even in the case of oligopilies, price fixing is legal as long as it is implicit: A company can signal to another by unilaterally raising prices in a way that would be irrational if non-cooperative behavior is assumed. Then the other company will raise their prices as well, to acheive a cooperative outcome with both companies making more money. Again, this isn't illegal, unless there is an explicitly communicated price-fixing agreement.

Thus, FTC antitrust stuff means fuck-all.

Comment: Re:It's been a lot longer than 2007 (Score 1) 218

by dougmc (#46826855) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

Reading the citation you gave, that definition is for setting the scope of the laws/regulations that the FAA has been ordered to create by Congress. The FAA has not created those laws/regulations yet, so it can't very well enforce them yet.

This may be very important once they've created these regulations ... but they're not there yet.

Comment: Re:DUI checkpoints (Score 1) 415

by swillden (#46825627) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Not really, since many officers can claim to smell marijuana in its complete absence. Make them verify the smell with some chemical test before they can search and you'll probably get a lot less searches since they aren't actually smelling weed.

Good luck getting departments to buy weed-sniffing equipment (assuming it exists) which is clearly inferior to officers' own noses. And it will be inferior unless it can provide false positives on demand.

Comment: Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (Score 1) 387

Now that's a neat idea hidden behind your words.

What if you had a serial hybrid, with a decent navigation system (that included such things as terrain on route) and *intelligent* battery charging based not just on taking care of the battery (like in a Prius) but also predictive (based on navigation system route). So for a 10 mile trip full charge from wall, it doesn't bother, but for a 20 mile trip battery charging kicks in after the first 5 miles of driving.

Comment: Re:Wheel-well traveling 101: (Score 1) 232

Or else, you know, travel inside the plane, in the environment designed and regulated for human comfort.

Obviously, parent never flies economy.....

Parent nearly always flies economy (though I fly enough that I do get the occasional upgrade). Remember we're comparing to the outside of the plane. Comfort is relative.

Comment: Re:yeah, lemme see where was that in the requirmen (Score 1) 167

by swillden (#46823201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Except that he was right (by accident)?

By using Java you were also importing a massive API surface onto production machines.

No different than any other language. And massive libraries are better than creating massive amounts of new code to solve the same problems any day, in terms of both effort and security.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson