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+ - FCC Approved Change in the definition of Broadband->

halfEvilTech writes: As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps, which effectively triples the number of US households without broadband access. Currently, 6.3 percent of US households don’t have access to broadband under the previous 4Mpbs/1Mbps threshold, while another 13.1 percent don't have access to broadband under the new 25Mbps downstream threshold.
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+ - Devil is in the details of the new Spending Bill approved by Congress-> 1 1

halfEvilTech writes: The Congress who has done nothing but bicker the past 2 years has just passed an over 1600 page spending bill. This will keep the government funded through next September but tucked inside are somethings that I am sure will make a few of those here on slashdot upset.

Wealthy donors allowed to give more to political parties : The bill increases the individual limits that donors can give to national parties to help fund conventions, building funds and legal proceedings, such as recounts. The change would effectively allow rich donors to give ten times more than they can today to support political parties. Republicans who pushed for the change say they are substituting more private money for the taxpayer money that was collected for national political campaign committees, but instead used to fund a pediatric cancer bill that passed earlier this year.

Banks allowed to use taxpayer money to engage in potentially risky trades : The bill rolls back a provision that was part of financial reforms for Wall Street banks. It reverses a rule that was enacted in 2010 that barred banks from using taxpayer backed funds from trading in derivatives. Democrats argue these often risky trades helped contribute to the financial collapse in 2008.

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Comment: Re:Yeah right (Score 5, Insightful) 308 308

Kind of hard to pause something the said they wanted to do. Which means they didn't even start it. Maybe notes on the back of a napkin. But that would be giving them to much credit.

This is about holding customers hostage on promised upgrades and throwing a tantrum over possible Title II reclassification. Even though they already enjoy the benefits of Title II (subsidies) without having to be classified as such.

Comment: Re:The Cult Leader will solve the problem! (Score 0) 124 124

Hell any proposal for the government to do anything would be automatically rejected as "the wrong thing" by Ron Paul as he is against all forms of government spending, regardless of how many lives are at stake (excluding, of course, his own).

So if he is against all government spending he should return his paychecks then.

Oh wait that is ok?

Comment: Re:How much! (Score 3, Informative) 405 405

actually it is -
32 teams
53 players per active roster
10 players per practice squad (not active for game days so doesn't count)
22 coaches per team

so that would come out to 2720 personnel - but even then during the preseason I believe they announced each side would get something like 13 Surface Tablets on the sidelines and 12 to use in the coaches box.

so that is 25 per side per game - with at max 16 games (weeks 1-3 and 12-17 I believe) that would be at most 800 tablets in use any given week.

+ - Twitch streamer SWATted while broadcasting live.->

halfEvilTech writes: Police in Littleton, Colorado are investigating a prank call on Thursday that led a SWAT team to raid an online video gamer's office. Heavily armed officers forced a well-known gamer to the ground in what is believed to be a case of "swatting" by an unknown rival gamer.

"I think we're getting swatted," Jordan Mathewson, who was playing Counter-Strike, said during his Twitch livestream. "What in the world?"

full video of the raid is also available at the source

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