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Comment: Re:This seems different (Score 1) 100

by diamondmagic (#48475445) Attached to: Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

Absolutely not; prices are set based on what the market can bear, completely independent of input materials. If a vendor makes a huge investment in widgets and no one wants to buy, it ends up being a sunk cost and they'll sell it below cost (because supply and demand).

Additionally, cost is defined as "the value of the next best alternative." Unless the network is at capacity, it costs me nothing when my neighbor uses e.g. T-Mobile's no-charge music streaming.

What's being proposed is called toll-free broadband and all parties have an opportunity go in.

Net neutrality, on the other hand, is a routing philosophy. It applies to routers. It says don't drop packets based on source or destination (dropping packets being how the Internet signals congestion and prioritizes in general). Toll-free broadband doesn't violate this rule.

Comment: Re:quick question (Score 4, Informative) 210

by diamondmagic (#48414071) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

It's called DANE, or DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities and described in RFC 6698. The DNS record is TLSA, it associates a TLS certificate to a domain name.

Unfortunately a major browser vendor has yet to implement it. How about supporting the feature requests to implement it?

Comment: Re:If they're going literal.... (Score 1) 251

by diamondmagic (#48323645) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Just because one thing you do is interstate, doesn't mean every part of your job is.

What if the states did this? "Someone sold your product within state lines, and therefore we get to tax and regulate your product even though it was manufactured it in another country entirely. Pay up."

Comment: Re:If they're going literal.... (Score 4, Insightful) 251

by diamondmagic (#48323365) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

A constitutionalist (you know, the supreme law of the land, the thing they all swore to uphold) would also notice that no part of the Constitution granted authority to do such a thing: An application of Sarbanes-Oxley needs to involve interstate commerce in some fashion.

Fishing is distinctly intrastate commerce (if commerce at all!), and cannot be covered by federal law. Criminal law is supposed to be a state issue.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution also requires "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." I doubt 20 years prison listed in the statute is ever warranted.

Comment: Re:End asymmetrical billing (Score 1) 97

by diamondmagic (#48307923) Attached to: Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

"Upload" and "download" here is from the viewpoint of that server.

Sending data from my computer here on my desk to my AWS instance, AWS bills me nothing. Why? Because it's so under-utilized that it's practically free. People just don't use servers for consuming stuff.

Upload (from server to my desktop) is what it utilized, and pushes prices upward.

Residential connections tend to be the opposite, though there's no hard rule that this must be true, as TFA points out. The pricing phenomenon is decided by how people are using their connections, not how the Internet is designed. The Internet doesn't care. And neither should the FCC.

Comment: Re:The more things changes... (Score 2) 401

by diamondmagic (#48299279) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

Not sure what I'm doing, but I'll bite.

The House is the chamber that produces the budget; it was controlled by the Republicans who produced budgets, and the Senate kept voting the budgets down. Several budgets were voted down by the Democrat-controlled Senate, actually, and they somehow blamed it on Republicans by saying "See! They won't send us a budget with everything we want, so it's THEIR fault!" Hissy fit drama at its finest.

Comment: Re:End asymmetrical billing (Score 1) 97

by diamondmagic (#48299119) Attached to: Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

Amazon is allowing you to upload free because when you upload you are generally going to be buying storage. That doesn't reflect Amazon's underlying network costs.

Upload (out) is what's expensive. Download (in) is what's nearly free.

Amazon likely pays for the entire pipe which is rated at a certain capacity; they charge those particular prices because of supply and demand. Same thing with your commercial ISPs. The fixed costs and cost of the pipe is irrelevant; the price they charge is chosen because that is what that market can bear.

I think you should go back read about supply and demand. The supply curve is a curve which indicates how supply increases as cost increases. The whole point of the intersection point being on that curve is that price is not independent of cost of providing the service. In particular, carriers are not going to give you services for far less than they cost to deliver.

You're diving into the finer (but equally important) points of a change in supply vs. changing the quantity supplied. Yes, a change in supply can happen as a result of a change in cost, and affects the market price. That's not the phenomenon in question here.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.