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Comment: Social Opportunity (Score 3, Insightful) 274

by bobdehnhardt (#47674203) Attached to: Of the following, I'd rather play ...

My choice is Poker, because for me, it's the most social of the games listed. When my friends and I were all local to each other (we're now scattered to opposite ends of the country), we'd get together for penny-ante games that were more about conversation, jokes and obscure movie references than about gambling. The big winner of the night might leave $4-5 richer, the big loser might drop $2-3, but everyone would have had a great time.

Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 1) 341

by bobdehnhardt (#46810701) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

For me, it's financial. I was downsized in 2010 and out of work almost 2.5 years; went through savings, cashed out my 401(K) (at the bottom of the market), lost my stock options because I couldn't afford to exercise them and the company would do a cashless exercise or buy them back. I love my new job, but for retirement, I'm starting at Square One. In a little over 15 years, I'll be 70 (yes, yes, I'm old), and I figure that's the absolute earliest I can afford to retire. If I can do a few more years after that, I'll get a little better retirement package and life will be a bit better.

If I had my druthers, I'd be retiring before 65.Sometimes life has other plans.

Comment: Re:wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (Score 1) 396

Putin is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Obama is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Hillary is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect she would.

Kerry is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Boehner is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

McConnell is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Ryan is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Equal time, don't ya know. The statement applies to virtually any politician.

Comment: Re:So it's the "tech industry", so what? (Score 2) 287

by bobdehnhardt (#46748185) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Director of Information Security, six-figure income, no degree. Not exactly the "shit-end of the industry". I've known IT managers and directors (and one CSO) who can make the same claim.

Maybe... just maybe... there are career ladders in IT and IS that don't lead to staring at a monitor for hours on end writing algorithms that the users will break.

+ - Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality->

Submitted by bobdehnhardt
bobdehnhardt (18286) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, a federal appeals court has struck down federal rules that had required equal treatment of Internet traffic. The FCC's "open Internet" rules, often referred to as net-neutrality rules, were passed in 2010 and designed to ensure Internet service providers treated similar content on their broadband pipes equally. Verizon Communications Inc. sued to block the rules, saying the FCC lacked the authority to impose them.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with Verizon. The court also threw out an FCC rule that barred providers from blocking Internet traffic outright."

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+ - US appeals court strikes down net neutrality->

Submitted by Pigskin-Referee
Pigskin-Referee (1389181) writes "The FCC did not have the legal authority to enact 2011 regulations requiring Internet providers to treat all traffic the same, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court has struck down the government's latest effort to require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, meaning mobile carriers and other broadband providers may reach agreements for faster access to specific content crossing their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission's open Internet rules, passed in late 2010, require internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally and give consumers equal access to all lawful content, a principle known as net neutrality.

But the FCC lacked legal authority to enact the regulations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday, siding with Verizon Communications Inc that challenged the rules.

Verizon has argued the rules violated the company's right to free speech and stripped control of what its networks transmit and how.

"Even though the commission has general authority to regulate in this arena, it may not impose requirements that contravene express statutory mandates," Judge David Tatel said.

The FCC has classified broadband providers as information service providers as opposed to telecommunications service providers and that distinction created a legal hurdle for the FCC to impose the net neutrality rules.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday said the agency was considering "all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans."

The FCC could appeal the ruling to the full appeals court or to the U.S. Supreme Court. Or it could attempt to rewrite the regulations to clear up its authority over broadband providers — a move urged by consumer advocacy groups.

Supporters of the rules worry that without FCC's rules, internet providers such as Verizon or Comcast Corp would be free to charge websites for faster access to their content or slow down or even block access to particular sites.

"That's just not the way the internet has worked until now," Matt Wood, policy director at public interest group Free Press, told Reuters.

But opponents say the rules inhibit investments, represent government meddling in free Internet and are not necessary to ensure open access to the Internet.

"Today's decision will not change consumers' ability to access and use the Internet as they do now," Randal Milch, Verizon's general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, said in a statement.

"Verizon has been and remains committed to the open Internet which provides consumers with competitive choices and unblocked access to lawful websites and content when, where, and how they want. This will not change in light of the court's decision," Milch said.

Similarly, the Broadband for America coalition representing various internet service providers and CTIA, the wireless industry association, pledged commitments to an open Internet.

Major content providers Netflix Inc and Google Inc who may face new hurdle referred inquiries to the Internet Association representing them.

"The Internet Association supports enforceable rules that ensure an open Internet, free from government control or discriminatory, anticompetitive actions by gatekeepers," the group's President and CEO Michael Beckerman said.

Facing strong resistance from Republicans, Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday pledged to help FCC redraft its rules to regain authority over broadband providers."

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Comment: Re:DRM not possible in my ride (Score 1) 231

by bobdehnhardt (#45426076) Attached to: DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

My point is that buying a new car with DRM is a choice. Don't want DRM? Don't buy new; there are plenty of viable alternatives out there. Or, buy new from a manufacturer that hasn't gone the DRM route. If enough people make those choices, it starts to hit the manufacturers where it counts the most, in the profit/loss statements. Doesn't always work, but it works often enough.

Comment: DRM not possible in my ride (Score 1) 231

by bobdehnhardt (#45425494) Attached to: DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

I own a 1980 Triumph TR-8. No ABS, anti-lock, traction control, air bags, EFI (it's carbureted), bluetooth, or GPS; therefore, no computers. The most modern thing in it is the stereo, a Clarion from 1993. It's even got manual door locks and windows. Analog clock. Mechanical speedo, tach and odometer.

I'd like to see them try to apply DRM to it.

Sometimes, being a partial Luddite can be a good thing.

Oh, yeah, it's a real kick to drive....

Comment: Re:Alternatives? (Score 3, Informative) 501

by bobdehnhardt (#45124603) Attached to: Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

For states that set up their own exchanges, there are generally offices available as well as phone lines people can call. Many of the states that opted out are also trying their damnedest to block any perceived successes for the ACA, and have taken steps to hinder their establishment. How much help someone can expect in signing up depends entirely on what state you're talking about.

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