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Comment: Re:Of course they do ... (Score 1) 85

by grahammm (#47266893) Attached to: Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Why should ISPs not be regulated the same as phones? They both do basically the same thing - provide the infrastructure for party A to connect to party B and exchange information. The only real difference is that a phone line only (normally) allows communication with a single peer at one time but communication to multiple peers can be multiplexed over the connection to an ISP.

Comment: Re:FYI: remove from Youtube not from 'Google' (Score 1) 364

by grahammm (#47256977) Attached to: Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

The agreement protects google against legal action arising from hosting copywriter content.

Do not forget that someone owns the copyright on every video posted on YouTube, whether it is a private individual posting a video of their cat playing with a ball of string or a TV company posting a complete TV show.

Comment: Re:Driver and user licenses (Score 4, Informative) 301

The same as if any other vehicle (whether it is car you are driving or a vehicle in which you are a passenger) breaks down. You (or someone else) calls for assistance and either the vehicle is towed, a mechanic does a roadside repair or another vehicle is dispatched for you to continue your journey.

Comment: Re:conflict of interest (Score 1) 123

by grahammm (#46922205) Attached to: Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

Yes, but we can do that without restricting them from providing other services.

Why not? It seems to work for the landline and mobile telecom companies. Basically you can dial any number from any phone, including one which connects to a competitors service. The way they handle it is in the charging structure. If they provide service X then access to this is included in the basic charge. If you want to connect to service X provided by a competitor then you will have to pay the call charges. Translating this to ISPs would mean that access to the service provided by the ISP would either not be metered or would not count towards any data caps or allowances.

Comment: Was it picked up in Beta? (Score 1) 125

by grahammm (#46314957) Attached to: Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

Chrome 33 was in Beta for a while before being released as stable. So these issues should have been picked up/highlighted then. How much negative feedback on the new 'new tab' page was there during the beta cycle? I am using Chromium beta cycle and soon got used to the new 'new tags' page.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by grahammm (#46194873) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

This type of thing predates the internet. Back in the days when hobbyist electronics/radio construction was reasonably popular and 8-bit (6502, Z80, 6809 etc based) were becoming available, most of the magazines were pretty 'light' on the technical/theoretical side of the hobby. Then a new magazine was launched with a much higher technical level. This high technical level did not last long as lots of people wrote in asking for it to be dumbed down and despite other letters pointing out there were a number of other magazines catering for the less technical reader the published 'caved in' and lowered the technical level to that of the existing magazines. It folded soon afterwards.

Comment: What is the press? (Score 1) 230

by grahammm (#45249897) Attached to: ACLU: Lavabit Was 'Fatally Undermined' By Demands For Encryption Keys

Surely in this internet age, anyone writing a blog or publishing a web page is the equivalent of 'The Press' in the days these precedents were set. In those days, there were no large multi-national media conglomerations, most of the 'Press' was local to a town or district and the editorial reflected the views of the (local) editor. "The Press" was anyone who could set up a printing press, employ some journalists (though some were one-man bands), print a paper and get people to buy it. So modern day blogs are just as much (or even more) in the spirit of what the drafters of the First Amendment to the US Constitution considered "The Press" as the current TV news and newspaper conglomerates.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly