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Comment: MPG (Score 2) 290

by fulldecent (#48927571) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

iPad is a single-player device.

The one in my house displays a pop-up when shoes go on sale that my wife wants or whenever a commit hits any of my GitHub projects. Multiply that by about 50 installed apps and this quickly become a device that is not fun for anyone.

But sure, for business users and single people, it is just a big phone.

Comment: Re: I believe you missed who the adversary is (Score 2) 109

by fulldecent (#48195407) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

This is a cute post that implies governments will use influence over CAs to sign fake websites that are accepted by default by browsers.

Given any such forgery would:
  - leave immediate and permanent evidence
  - be a known attack vector that people are actively seeking evidence of
  - be of high interest to slashdot and browser makers

Then I would recommend the naive null hypothesis that governments do not do this on a large scale has a high bar to be rejected.

OTOH, targeted attacks against individual people are a different story.

Comment: The right place to complain to (Score 1) 149

by fulldecent (#48145821) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

If you have problems with your local internet (or cable) service provider, there is only one correct audience for your complaint. Competition is regulated LOCALLY, just like wars are handled NATIONALLY and family budgeting is a DOMESTIC issue. The FCC advises at https://www.fcc.gov/guides/cab... to direct complaints to local franchising authorities.

For example, with Comcast, they are required to plainly put this contact information on your bill. See for example this bill http://comcastbills.com/Compar... The franchise authority is on the bottom right. If you have unrequested upcharges on your bill and then the ISP fixes it, that is fine -- but you should also make a report to the LFA so they can see the pattern. You can also call the LFA first.

Talk of boycotts are not effective. Talking about Obama is not effective. Talking to your ISP is not effective. This is because you are not the customer. Your local regulatory commission is the customer. And they are not helping us because they do not understand the issues. They do not use pipe analogies and don't read slashdot. They worry about school funding, local taxes, AARP, and baking brownies. If you've read this far you already know what to do.

Comment: Franchise authority (Score 1) 204

by fulldecent (#48140423) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

If you have problems with your local internet (or cable) service provider, there is only one correct audience for your complaint. Competition is regulated LOCALLY, just like wars are handled NATIONALLY and family budgeting is a DOMESTIC issue. The FCC advises at https://www.fcc.gov/guides/cab... to direct complaints to local franchising authorities.

For example, with Comcast, they are required to plainly put this contact information on your bill. See for example this bill http://comcastbills.com/Compar... The franchise authority is on the bottom right. If you have unrequested upcharges on your bill and then the ISP fixes it, that is fine -- but you should also make a report to the LFA so they can see the pattern. You can also call the LFA first.

Talk of boycotts are not effective. Talking about Obama is not effective. Talking to your ISP is not effective. This is because you are not the customer. Your local regulatory commission is the customer. And they are not helping us because they do not understand the issues. They do not use pipe analogies and don't read slashdot. They worry about school funding, local taxes, AARP, and baking brownies. If you've read this far you already know what to do.

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