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Comment: Easy: Use Public Funds You must be net neutral (Score 1) 132 132

by gral (#47966997) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate
If a corporation does not use and has never used public funds for infrastructure, then they can do whatever they want. If they use public funds to setup an area monopoly they should NEVER be allowed anything other than Net Neutrality, or lose their area monopoly.

Broadband should be defined as anything 10Mb and above, continuous bandwidth. So they cannot use DSL as a competitor (If it is below 10Mb still), or UseNET as it is not continuous throughput.

With this straigh forward definition, all this back and forth will go away. If a company wants to do crazy things with bandwidth, then customers will have options to go to.

+ - Best way to counter Online Posts

Submitted by gral
gral writes: A friend of mine is the recipient of a rather ridiculous online smear campaign. They are taking half truths and posting things about him on Facebook and other locations. He has tried to get Facebook to remove the posts and they did, but the user simply took a screen shot of the post, and added it as an image on the site.

He has an online business and if people look him up, he doesn't want to have to explain these posts every time. Nor, does he want to lose business outright because they see these posts about him.

What are the options for getting these things taken care of? What is the most effective way to counter online slander?

Comment: This is not union, this is the businesses (Score 1) 1103 1103

by gral (#44158631) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
They want to lower cost, so they pass the charges to have accounting payment etc on to the employee. My ex-wife got a minimum wage job once, that paid on one of these cards. Cash withdrawl $3. You could only withdrawl half of your check at a time up to a certain amount, so you got charged about $6 no matter how much you made. Then you also had charges to move the money to a REAL account etc. She quit the same day, because we calculated it up and found that for her $140 / week she only made about $100 with all the fees etc.

Comment: N770, N810 Lines (Score 2) 176 176

by gral (#42463505) Attached to: Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?
I had the N770 and the N810. They could have used them as a base for great phones. I believe the N9 was a start in that direction. All they needed was to CONTINUE. Not scrap everything they had done, and go with MS. Luckily Google came in and showed them what could have been done.

Comment: Cool... If this goes for Oracle... (Score 2, Interesting) 475 475

by gral (#39919173) Attached to: Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial
I can see MORE innovation going to countries that have not setup copyright along with the USA. Java being completely dead, companies like Microsoft going after everyone on US soil that "Infringed" on their API by implementing it. Apple going after.... Oracle going after...

I guess IBM should watch out.....

I guess the good news is that if Google puts their weight behind Python or some other language then it will actually tag along with the success that Android has already become. The better for the language whichever it happens to be. Of course, they could also just fix up their Go language as well.

Companies can really be stupid sometimes. All in the name of protecting their "Shareholders" I guess.

Comment: Re:that's funny (Score 1) 672 672

by gral (#39647883) Attached to: Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law
Sadly, I have been involved with several scares with my wife's medical over the last 2 years. After spending $3000 in Co-Pays and several 10s of 1000s in payments from insurance. We probably could have got a better diagnosis from the gardener.

BTW, they came back and said, "She was having problems with gas, and may have some ulcers."

Comment: Sadly I Live in Tennessee (Score 1) 672 672

by gral (#39647815) Attached to: Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov

The problem with letting this kind of stuff in, is that science is OK with being wrong, that is part of science. If people decide there is no reason to consider something anymore, because their god made it happen, then anyone that does question could be burned at the stake. (Oh sorry, wrong millennium.....)

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."