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Comment: Re:The saddest part is..... (Score 1) 47

Hi, meet me.

I support internet fast lanes "if" they can be implemented without slowing any other connection speeds down to below what the customer actually pays for. I also support QOS prioritization of VoIP traffic.

I also think net neutrality can be realized today by enforcement of existing laws and rules. When an ISP sells you service advertised at 10 megs or up to 10 megs, if they purposely and intentionally slow any part of it below that 10 megs, they are not delivering the goods sold to the consumer. And no, up to is not a cop out because the up to number will never be above what they limit. That means if they limit a connection to 1 meg, regardless of what they sold you, they are delivering goods of up to 1 meg. But if they sell a 4 meg connection and Youtube wants to stream at 10 megs, I have no problem with them paying to do so as long as it doesn't slow anyone else speeds to below what they purchased.

Also, many of these ISPs get money from the governments to roll out broadband or service areas not profitable to them. Well, if they limit their service or any parts of the service to below 4 megs, it is technically not broadband and they would be in default. Also, if they manipulate packets in ways like with the bit torrent in which they injected packets to cause the connection to reset, wouldn't that be a copyright violation as well as under the fraud abuse laws? For instance, Ohio law considers it bait advertising to " Delivering offered goods or services which are unusable or impractical for the purposes represented or materially different from the offered goods or services. ".

But more than all, I think the way the FCC is trying to create and or change law by wrangling reinterpretations and classifications without any intervention of congress (elected officials) is dangerous to freedom and directly contradictory to democracy. This should be true whether you support it or not. Get it done right and get congress or even your local state governments to pass the laws. Even at the state level, the state can extend it's jurisdiction to actions by the same company in other states so if Verizon in Indian is barred from restricting packets based on payments from any third party, Verizon in California doing so for traffic originating from or destined for Indiana would put them in violation and under jurisdiction.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 0) 430

by sumdumass (#48226467) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

We shouldn't challenge student's fixed beliefs? Or undermine parental authority? Those sound like usual and desired outcomes of critical thinking skills.

Yes, because the last thing we want is the child to possibly believe there is or may be a god, or that sharing is good, stealing is bad, murder is bad and you will be locked up for life unless you live in a state that will kill you too, that you should look both ways before crossing a street, cussing and swearing around people you do not know is impolite and still rude with ones you do know, or anything else parents instill as fixed beliefs with their authority. Well, that unless the child comes to those conclusions on their own through trial and error or whatever process he/she may choose to develop an understanding of them.

Yes, that sounds like a great thing.

And I'll admit that "focus on behavior modification" sounds like a code phrase. You seem to like this statement; could you translate it into language that I can understand?

Politifact has a writeup on it that explains it. Some of the links are dead though but it drops the meat right in the analysis.

From this write up

Opponents said the outcome-based approach was antithetical to critical thinking. They claimed it "dumbed down" curricula and influenced students to adopt liberal attitudes because the "outcome" of their studies was predetermined by academia.

In case you did not know, most conservatives think academia is fraught with liberals pushing their agenda which is why you can get Mumia Abu-Jamal speaking at a commencement ceremony and Condoleezza Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, protested to the point they withdrew from speaking. The lists goes on.

Part of this is from The Naked Communist (1958) and School of Darkness by Bella V. Dodd but more recent claims have been made

You don't have to believe those claims, but you should believe that other do. That is what is meant by behavior modification as stated.

Comment: Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (Score -1, Troll) 145

by sumdumass (#48225755) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Nope, my theory is that the internet was indeed created for porn.

The integrated part was only to clarify that the bunk mate was not a woman. I also shouldn't have to remind you that don't ask don't tell came after arpanet, the internet, and openly serving gays happens only recently.

Comment: Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (Score -1, Troll) 145

by sumdumass (#48225563) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Bull.. The internet was specifically designed to get Asian porn on US shores and US bases as quickly as possible. People think it was about national security with arpanet but it was really about cold war soldiers needing something to look at besides their bunkmate. And this was before women were "integrated" in the military.

Comment: geiger counters vs. survey meters (Score 2) 40

by iggymanz (#48224979) Attached to: A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

Geiger counters are great for prospecting for uranium or looking for any residual contamination after being in a hot site. However, they will be easily overloaded in a nuclear disaster area and could even give a very low rad reading while you are getting a maiming or lethal dose. What you need is called a "survey meter', and they do NOT work on the same principles as a G-M tube. But I daresay this guy will need a different type of electronics to make a survey meter that could be dropped in, your normal SOC and microprocessors will go apeshit in a rad environment

Comment: Re:backup for 911 (Score 1) 115

by iggymanz (#48213333) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Wrong, in the USA there is very high per capita ownership of guns in nice areas with no crime. It takes a lot of money to own and maintain firearms.

Fear the inner city punk with just one. Most the gun crime (and rape, armed robbery, etc.) is done in inner cities by a couple of subcultures with no respect for life and property.

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