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+ - OpenBSD In Financial Survival Crisis

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Today the OpenBSD mailing list carried a plea from Theo de Raadt for much needed financial aid: 'I am resending this request for funding our electricity bills because it is not yet resolved. We really need even more funding beyond that, because otherwise all of this is simply unsustainable. This request is the smallest we can make.' Bob Beck, of the OpenBSD Foundation, added: 'the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.'"

+ - 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:So much for the importance of "market share" (Score 1) 366

by cbuskirk (#39639213) Attached to: Google Earns $2 Per Handset; Apple, $575

That leaves two possibilities for now:

  1. Sell Android devices also to other species (rodents for example)
  2. Search for alien lifeforms to sell the devices to

Or sell one very expensive Android phone to one very rich person every possible alternate dimension, Although I'm not sure how that ended up working out for the Vogons.

Comment: All the carriers suck (Score 3, Insightful) 490

by cbuskirk (#33017430) Attached to: Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

Everybody's service sucks. I hear Verizon customers bitch all day long then someone mentions iPhone and all off a sudden they love Verizon and AT&T is the devil. I have had many carriers and they all suck. I tolerate AT&T's suck because the iPhone is better than any other phone I have tried.

Comment: Re:Adding to the Speculation (Score 1) 298

by cbuskirk (#32329356) Attached to: Mark Twain To Reveal All After 100 Year Wait

Actually he was more critical of organized religion than he was of God. He was always critical of Man's abuse of power and organized religions hold power over people. Originally he set out to write a book proving that Joan of Arc was crazy and Christians were crazy for revering her. Later in life he devoted 12 years to researching her life, and eventually spent 2 years writing a very reverent portrait of her under the pen name translated from French "Her Faithful Servant". http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Recollections-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486424596/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274737370&sr=8-1 He would later state, "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books, it is the best."

Comment: Flaming Printer (Score 2, Informative) 142

by cbuskirk (#26920581) Attached to: When Servers Explode

Never had a server explode on me but I did get a call once 10 years ago when I was working tech support at a University from a scared professor about a his printer smoking. I told him to unplug it and laughed thinking it was the usual type of user hysterics. I smell a little bit of burnt plastic thinking maybe there was some plastic left from when the printer was packed up by the manufacturer. I plug it in and right as it starts up its print head check flames start shooting up out of the back of the printer. I quickly extinguished it but looking around we really dodged a bullet. This printer was networked, and sitting on top of a large stack of student papers. The entire room was some college professor cliche with dozens of massive stacks of paper in this tiny 6x6 office. One unattended network print and the entire office goes up in flames in less than a minute.

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