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Comment So true it hurts my conscience (Score 1) 166

Right in the feels. No sentence I read this week makes as much sense as: "When you entrust your health, safety, or privacy to a device, the law shouldn't punish you for trying to understand how that device works and whether it is trustworthy." The problem is when laws change name for "Acts" and start benefitting companies over individuals.

Comment And don't forget failed attempts... (Score 1) 160

The statistic at hand - 12 people dead with phone in hand - doesn't take into account deaths that were caused by the sheer intention to take a selfie afterwards. The guy that recently fell from a 25m tall statue in Paris comes to mind... It's not just the act of having using a phone with a dangerous background that kills - sometimes the problem comes from getting to the place with that background. Problem, obviously, is the dead aren't here to talk about it anymore.

Comment Re:Do the needful (Score 1) 35

It's just mostly an acronym (Department of Electronics & Information Technology), with an added Y at the end for simplicity (acronyms end better in vowel sounds), which can very well be taken from the last letter of the last word. I'd be more concerned with their dated website, using low-res, stretched imagery, and the notorious HTML 0.1 Alpha and Javascript 1999. It even looks like iframes are used at first glance... Maybe they still need to run stuff in Win98 down there.

Comment Well... Yes, but... (Score 2) 60

Google, Facebook, or even Elon Industries know that. They aren't really trying to look cool while doing public service. They know the problem with a ground-based solution is neither lack of technology nor environmental. The problem is actually scale: when you start projects based on premises such as "universal", "ubiquitous", "unlimited" or "free/cheap", not even big companies can supply all of those due to obvious political reasons, such as those that bolster fair competition. Let's consider major gov'mt lobby poker Google, for instance - if they decided to extend their internet providing services to wireless in the US alone, they would pretty much have to spend billions to topple AT&T's (among others) influence on the administration. It would just make it too costly to actually provide the "free/cheap" service, and would probably imply restrictions to the other two as a trade-off, becoming effectively not "universal" nor "ubiquitous". They already have problems like that with Google Fiber (why are only some cities getting such a great service? You guessed right, existing cable company influence is blocking all newcomers on a political level), and wireless is just a much harsher market due to players being so well positioned. Now scale that to the entire world, with 200'ish countries to lobby. This goes without saying that quasi-orbital (and orbital) solutions such as balloons and satellites actually scale rather easily with minimal costs, even considering maintenance. Suffice to say, it is much easier to have this cool looking, bleeding edge solution that few will have the power to contest, due to universally acclaimed common good and obvious technological prowess (but eventually, stupid ways will be found for that, and stupid arguments will be made. Just look at Uber's case...).

Comment Re:Stupid people are stupid (Score 3, Insightful) 956

So if I take a motherboard inside a box to my school for a science project, you are saying everyone should insta-suspect I am carrying a bomb, even though I'm a pure-bred caucasian and my name is John Smith? In the school's defense, there's only one thing you can say: 'MURICA. When you live in the US and your name is Ahmed Mohamed, you have better chances of not being mistaken by a terrorist if you changed your name to Nero Bombmaker.

Comment Re:Microsoft Word (Score 1) 889

Only it doesn't. I'm a long time Sharepoint user, and I can tell you, if it's anything close to that, might as well stick to Open/LibreOffice compatibility-wise (and it still sucks balls), or Google docs collaborative-wise (and you will still have the finnishing overhead when the collaborative part ends and you need it printed/PDF'd and you want to add that camera-ready Word look, those fancy Excel formulas and dynamic pie charts, or present in that old amphitheater computer that only supports _true_ ppt formatting). If they can do it for MacOS, they can do it for Linux. They just don't see the (commercial) point, so it won't happen. Office 365 is nothing more than a desperate shout which can faintly be discerned as "we are still here, doing our best for you to go back to that Windows version of Office, even though you moved 50% your dayjob routine to Unix-like using portable platforms such as Android and iOS".

Comment Re: So much for net neutrality (Score 1) 346

That is a very good point comparing with the triple-play VLANs. But there is a crucial difference: ISPs separate traffic directly on their hardware (through user-unmodifiable software on the router and effective changes in the uplink). I know of multiple counts of infant triple-play services provided by ISPs where they have to give a jolt to the TV-IP bandwidth, because the user complains of bad service, probably caused by his heavy internet usage pattern conflicting with his TV QoS. What I don't hear about is people getting restricted internet or extra rates because of such changes. This is one crucial point. The other is that with Mobile Data we are talking about a user having his own device (i.e. not a router provided free or at lease by the mobile company) controlled to suit ISP's needs. If they want to do that, they might as well provide me a free/leased phone under a very strict use policy that includes such meddling.

Comment Re:So much for net neutrality (Score 1) 346

Pretty simple questions: why does an ISP need to know the way I use my internet traffic? More importantly, why and how are there means to know the difference between tethered and non-tethered data? Does my tethering device usage comes with a specific end-user agreement clause enabling data carriers to snoop the loops the data goes through on my device's end? Or the quintessential question: what is phone traffic and "not tethered" traffic? Because that is not clear at the very least. Put simply, the data provider only provides an uplink to the internet. My local LAN and/or WI-FI was never meant to be their business.

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