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Comment: Strawman argument, here we come! (Score 3, Informative) 424

ISPs deal with this in some legitimate ways like throttling (deprioritizing bittorrent packets so that they're first to drop when congestion occurs or policing the endpoints to a maximum throughput rate) and some not-so-legitimate ways (injecting connection reset packets to disrupt sessions).

Sounds like a strawman to me. No one (except perhaps the anti-NN folks, like yourself) has proposed that throttling excessive usage goes against the tenets of NN. What NN does argue, however, is that throttling *based on endpoint* is not kosher - mainly because it provides a strong negative incentive to customer quality.

From the FCC Commission Document ( ):

No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.

Don't confuse last-mile congestion issues (that you raise, and are legitimate) with throttling the interconnects. In your example, the BT excessive user should expect to hit monthly caps (which are not covered by NN) or overall throughput caps, especially during peak times. That's all (again referring to Commission Document) considered:

Reasonable Network Management: For the purposes of the rules, other than paid prioritization, an ISP may engage in reasonable network management. This recognizes the need of broadband providers to manage the technical and engineering aspects of their networks.

Comment: Re:"Conservatives" hating neutrality baffles me (Score 4, Insightful) 424

The conservative bias is "don't regulate what you don't have to,"

s/what you don't have to/at all/

Republicans know that if government doesn't do regulation, the monopoly or cartel that owns the market sure will (and such regulation is optimized to maximize profits, not the health of the market, much less *customer* health).

And thats where the congresscritters get their campaign funding. Sounds pretty clear to me what their goal is - just like their funders, it's to line their pockets.

Comment: LEave it to the Clown car Republicans. (Score 1) 424

When are they going to change their name to the "We hate americans" party?

I am so done with those paid for corrupt scumbags, and it blows my mind how any person that can call themselves a republican can support these idiots and how scummy evil they really are.

I'm waiting for them to start wearing sponsor patches like Nascar race teams.

Comment: Re:define terms in article summary (Score 3, Insightful) 42

by Tom (#49195123) Attached to: Red Hat Strips Down For Docker

I'd be interested to see which distro can get their image down to the smallest (functional) size.

LFS, of course. Or any other non-distro approach. What do you need a distro for if all you want is the kernel and basic system functions? It's not so difficult to start with zero and get to a shell prompt. Been there, done that.

The really interesting approach would be to have a deployment distro - a way to add packages to such an image from outside, without having all the packaging crap and its dependencies on the image itself.

I think what you really want is a build system that can install to the image.

Comment: Re:define terms in article summary (Score 1) 42

by Tom (#49194763) Attached to: Red Hat Strips Down For Docker

I kinda miss the era in which a general computing proficiency was possible. Specialization used to be for insects.

It still is. But when you have millions of people working in IT, instead of thousands, there's space for insects. Doesn't mean you have to become one.

To any new technology that people worship I say: Give me one hour on the Internet, then I'll know what I need to know about it and you can worry about the implementation details if you like it so much.

Comment: Re:Thought it was already the norm abroad (Score 1) 230

by plover (#49192649) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?

Cameras and license plate readers, and Bluetooth readers, have already automated the data capture of your travels and no longer require you to voluntarily participate by running a state-provided transponder.

You're in a public place, in a publicly licensed vehicle, on a public road, and technology means that data is now a matter of public record. Welcome home, Winston Smith.

Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 5, Interesting) 690

by FreeUser (#49192407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Yes. They don't lose anything by becoming citizens (there are tax issues but they are pretty minor), and being a US citizen has a lot of advantages, like the support of US consulate services.

I'm a dual citizen (born American, obtained British citizenship while I lived there), and while my default position would be "you should grant them US citizenship as that opens up more options to them if they ever want to live in the US" (and despite the many issues, there are still good reasons to want to live here for many people), it should be said that the tax bullshit really is onerous, and renunciation would be expensive. It is like the US congress has built a financial Berlin wall around the country ... sure, you're free to leave, if you can pay up (and pay for expensive tax preparers who specialize in filing US taxes for expats, as the forms are by no means easy), but good luck ever getting out from under our thumb.

It's not an easy question to answer, and as someone else suggested, I would involve your 16 or 17-year old child in the decision beforehand, with good financial and legal advice on the implications pro and con. Weighing the option of living here vs. the never-ending IRS headaches of living abroad--that's a tough one.

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 174

by Tom (#49192363) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

You may have noticed I don't care how it got there, only why they are acting now the way they are.

Many companies have this immune system response that if something happens that shouldn't have, they will at the same time punish someone internally, and defend themselves externally claiming everything is proper.

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