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Comment Re:2015... (Score 1) 182

Yes, the easy way is to just penalize usage: It reduces the need to upgrade infrastructure and increases profits. OR unload your issue onto wireless networks so effectively people are paying you to switch the data onto the other connection they also pay for.

I know mobile data providers are under the gun, but they put themselves there.

I'd bet a good amount that the future of telecom will be 'untethered' devices that operate completely from wireless(etc) providers and VOIP because the monopolies are simply to big to change. Of course, like Cable they will fight this tooth and nail, of course through legislation not innovation.

Comment Re:2015... (Score 1) 182

There *is* more than enough to go around in most places, the only issue for like forever is how to properly monetize it. Since the 500$ monthly bill AOL days everyone who should does know the insatiable thirst for bandwidth, this stuff was charted out in board rooms to 2030 in 1990.

Unfortunately, the installed brass at most of the big telcos/cablecos only know how to twist the knobs a bit right or left to reach peak profit for this fiscal year. Yet another byproduct of monopolies: Innovation suppression for profit.

Comment Re:If you're so altruistic, why pick Delaware? (Score 1) 40

"The Delaware General Corporation Law is the most advanced and flexible business formation statute in the nation. The Delaware Court of Chancery is a unique 215 year old business court that has written most of the modern U.S. corporation case law. Delaware’s State Government is business-friendly and accessible. The state’s Division of Corporation is a model state-of-the-art efficiency and the staff provides prompt, friendly and professional service to clients, attorneys, registered agents and others. These factors have all contributed to making Delaware a premier legal home to companies around the world."

Sure, there are tax benefits but a small start up is thinking ease of entry more than 'how do we hide our profits'.

In other words: I like to support my local grocer but if I have to wait in line for ten minutes I'll just go to the big box.

Comment Re:No doubt about it Tor is broken (Score 2) 122

Would you consider a nation that spies on it's entire population oppressive? Do you never think there will be a time in which our government overreach will land us in another McCarthy era and use this kind of monitoring to have witch hunts?

In my opinion the inability to securely communicate is as much of a suppression of free speech as direct suppression.

Comment Re:Drug dogs (Score 1) 409

But it's not in the handler's best interests to claim that their dog alerted them to the presence of drugs when they don't actually find any because that just makes them look stupid.

And you know this how?

All they need to say is that there *were* drugs in the car or that wad of cash has drug residue on it. There's no formal review process for use of the dogs and a lot of times they are used as a threat to people who refuse a voluntary search of their car without any real cause.

If you think a K9 is going to be called out and they are just going to walk away when he doesn't hit you are seriously deluding yourself.

No one here is questing the ability of the dogs, they are questioning the integrity of their handlers.

Comment Re:Drug dogs (Score 1) 409

One reason: They, or the handling officer are held to no accountability if they are wrong.

We aren't privy to the data but I will bet the 'hit' rate when a dog is called to the scene of a traffic stop is nearing 100%. And god forbid if they really think they are right, they can take your car and dismantle it.

If they are wrong...then what? Sorry about your constitutional rights.

I'm all for dogs being used to assist in a search once probable cause is established. Using them and only them as probable cause obviously can cause problems because only the handle will know what that means.

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