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+ - Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Higher Broadband Definition

Submitted by WheezyJoe
WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Responding to the FCC's proposal to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, the lobby group known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) wrote in an FCC filing Thursday that 25Mbps/3Mbps isn't necessary for ordinary people. The lobby alleges that hypothetical use cases offered for showing the need for 25Mbps/3Mbps "dramatically exaggerate the amount of bandwidth needed by the typical broadband user", referring to parties in favor of the increase like Netflix and Public Knowledge.

Verizon, for its part, is also lobbying against a faster broadband definition. Much of its territory is still stuck on DSL which is far less capable of 25Mbps/3Mbps speeds than cable technology.

The FCC presently defines broadband as 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up, a definition that hasn't changed since 2010. By comparison, people in Sweden can pay about $40 a month for 100/100 mbps, choosing between more than a dozen competing providers. The FCC is under mandate to determine whether broadband is being deployed to Americans in a reasonable and timely way, and the commission must take action to accelerate deployment if the answer is negative. Raising the definition's speeds provides more impetus to take actions that promote competition and remove barriers to investment, such as a potential move to preempt state laws that restrict municipal broadband projects."

+ - Kim Dotcom launches end-to-end encrypted voice chat 'Skype killer'->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Kim Dotcom’s encrypted file sharing service has added free end-to-end encrypted voice and video chat through the browser.

MegaChat, which promises to keep video chats secure and private, has been developed by the Mega “Conspiracy Team” and is being described as a “Skype killer” by Dotcom.

“We are releasing #MegaChat beta step by step. Starting with video calling today. Text chat & video conferencing will follow soon,” said Dotcom.

MegaChat does not require software beyond a web browser to operate, unlike many other similar services, although plugins for Google’s Chrome and Firefox are available for “faster loading and added resilience against attacks”.

‘No US-based online service provider can be trusted’
The system allows users to share encrypted files having previously shared a personal decryption key with them."

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+ - Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don’t even know they’re talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen.
The first commercial transcontinental phone line opened on Jan. 25, 1915, with a call from New York to the site of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Alexander Graham Bell made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson. Just 39 years earlier, Bell had talked to Watson on the first ever phone call, in Boston, just after Bell had patented the telephone."

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+ - Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In The Public Domain

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "While you can make a public domain dedication or (more recently) use the Creative Commons CC0 tool to do so, there's no clear way within the law to actually declare something in the public domain. Instead, the public domain declarations are really more of a promise not to make use of the exclusionary rights provided under copyright.

On the "public domain day" of Copyright Week, Public Knowledge has pointed out that it's time that it became much easier to put things into the public domain. Specifically, the PK post highlights that thanks to the way copyright termination works, even someone who puts their works into the public domain could pull them back out of the public domain after 35 years."

+ - Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Jennifer Abel writes at the LA times that according to a recent survey over 80% of Americans says they support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Ilya Somin, writing about the survey at the Washington Post, suggested that a mandatory label for foods containing DNA might sound like this: "WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children."

The report echoes a well-known joke/prank wherein people discuss the dangers of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide" also known as hydrogen oxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Search online for information about dihydrogen monoxide, and you'll find a long list of scary-sounding and absolutely true warnings about it: the nuclear power industry uses enormous quantities of it every year. Dihydrogen monoxide is used in the production of many highly toxic pesticides, and chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Conventions. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all tumors removed from cancer patients, and is guaranteed fatal to humans in large quantities and even small quantities can kill you, if it enters your respiratory system. In 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky, David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, a public body that operates Waterfront Park, wished to deter bathers from using a large public fountain. "Counting on a lack of understanding about water's chemical makeup," he arranged for signs reading: "DANGER! – WATER CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF HYDROGEN – KEEP OUT" to be posted on the fountain at public expense"

Surgeon Makes Tutorial DVD For Conscious Open-Heart Surgery 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the looks-easy-enough dept.
Lanxon writes "Swaroup Anand, 23, from Bangalore, was fully conscious as he underwent open-heart surgery. An epidural to the neck, administered at the city’s Wockhardt Hospital, numbed his body during the procedure. Dr Vivek Jawali pioneered the technique ten years ago and has recently released a tutorial on DVD, which gives a step-by-step guide to the procedure for other surgeons to watch and learn from."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pricepoint-better-be-right dept.
Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Comment: Re:I See. Yet Another Cockamamie Scheme... (Score 4, Funny) 384

by algerath (#29714513) Attached to: Gigantic Air Gun To Blast Cargo Into Orbit
Hey wait this guy might be on to something, this lattice reminds me of something.
"It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."
Yes that sounds similar!
We need to master the lattice and soon we will be able to jump really high, move shit with our minds, and battle each other with laser swords.

Comment: Re:Gutless? (Score 3, Informative) 687

by algerath (#29107983) Attached to: World's Only Diesel-Electric Honda Insight
Units are not exactly the same. Europe and most of the world, I believe, uses the Research octane number or RON. The U.S. uses the average of RON and MON.
If I remember right RON tends to be 8 to 10 points higher than MON or Motor octane number. The RON MON average used in the U.S. would be 4-5 points lower than the RON for the same gasoline.
87 in the U.S. would be around 91 in Europe
91 or 92 premium in the U.S. would be 95-97 in Europe.

Comment: Re:Face Value vs Ore Value (Score 1) 394

by algerath (#28360635) Attached to: Anonymous Newspaper Commenters Subpoenaed In Tax Case
if you sell it for $100 yes, you should pay taxes on $100

I think your argument would only work if the people getting paid were actually spending the gold coins at face value, which would be incredibly stupid.

It is really no different than if the boss pays you in merchandise which you then sell, you can't then claim he never paid you with money so you owe no taxes, well I guess you can claim that but it won't work

Comment: Re:Unfortunate (Score 1) 800

by algerath (#28211619) Attached to: Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter
I agree retailers provide a service and add value. The statement about retailers was to counter the statement that "buying something just so you can turn around and sell it to someone else for more money, without having made any improvements is just jackassery." Using retailers was a bad comparison.

How about investing in gold. I buy an ounce of gold hold it until the value increases and sell it. I don't think that is wrong. I didn't provide a service or improve the gold in any way. I just waited for it to appreciate in value, nothing wrong with that.

The thing I don't like about the squatters is that they are not "buying" an item to resell, they are paying a nominal fee to register an item that, in essence, is unowned solely to deprive others from the opportunity to use the item, and later try to sell it for a profit.

I guess my main point was that it is not wrong to buy and sell for profit regardless of whether or not you add value to the item, but the squatters are not "buying" items they are in essence obstructing access to what should be an available pool of items so they can sell them.

The only solution I can think of, and it probably has a huge flaw that would make it unworkable, is names are not transferable. I can register an unused name and if I don't want it at the end of the term it will revert to an available status, but I cannot transfer or give it to anyone. Once it reverts to available it is fair game first come first serve. If I were sitting on a name that you wanted I could say pay me and i will not renew, but you would not likely pay much as you may not get the name even if I don't renew it, someone else might jump in and grab it. I think that then there would be little incentive to scoop up an assload of available domain names just to block users from getting them.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"