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+ - FCC votes along party lines to regulate entire Internet

Submitted by jbdigriz
jbdigriz writes: In a stunning power grab, the FCC has extended Title II, not just to the loosely and flexibly defined "broadband" market, but to the Internet as a whole, wired and wireless, including even interconnects, making ISPs common carriers of telecom services, with the possible exception of dial-up providers (dunno, haven't seen the order yet). The commission voted also to override state law in NC and TN to remove restrictions on community broadband. Ars Technica has more info here. Lawyers, start filing. I'm sure the upshot will not be enshrinement of incumbents, of course. Or "openness" as defined by Fairness Committees of "Stake Holders." Right, suckers.

Comment: Re:Interesing... (Score 2) 394

by jbdigriz (#49137869) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

"PKB", I think, is the term you are looking for here.

Obviously, all private funding for science should be required to be funneled throught Lessig's superpac to be vetted and pasteurized for social responsibility, political correctness, and overall greenness. I nominate Hugh for the job. ;-)

Funding is less of an issue to me than the allegations of fraud on both sides of this "debate".

+ - Macecraft to release open source jv16 PowerTools 1

Submitted by jbdigriz
jbdigriz writes: If you're obliged to sanitize and optimize horked-up Windows installations on a regular basis, you've probably had occasion to use jv16 PowerTools to clean up registry errors, software that doesn't want to uninstall, and so forth. Originally freeware published as "RegCleaner" by then 16-year old Jouni Vuorio in 1998, the software was controversially remarketed as shareware when Macecraft Software was formed to handle marketing of the popular utility. Macecraft has now announced a crowd-funding campaign with a goal of $100,000 by March 23rd, to fund an open source release of jv16 PowerTools. Besides Indiegogo, Macecraft is also accepting bitcoin, litecoin, and dogecoin contributions directly for this campaign.

Comment: Re:Give me a damn web browser (Score 1) 157

by jbdigriz (#45674607) Attached to: Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation

No, ultimately, it's so you will be able to put one Android phone in 7 bars on Tybee and 1 in a mortuary in Port Wentworth and end up with an 8-line distributed Cnet Amiga cluster to play spot the Fed on. ;-) Bonus karma if it's FTSC compliant.

Thanks and a tip 'o the hat to Don Murray and the old Night Owl BBS crowd.

Comment: Re:So what the article is saying... (Score 1) 758

by jbdigriz (#42943983) Attached to: Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

Yeah, they'll shoot if threatened. Liberals will imagine, foster, and sieze on threats, and demand that somebody with guns take those dangerous threats away. Much more, um, manly.

Speaking of gender, this is old, but given His Sagacity's grand, new, and, oh-so-reassuring government-run Brain Mapping moonrace, here's one for the ladies:

Men Locate the Clitoris: The Female Erotic Brain Is Mapped | :Contrast and compare (sic)

Comment: What about libertarians? anarchists? monarchists? (Score 2) 758

by jbdigriz (#42943765) Attached to: Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

"Wherever determinism appears, controversy attends, raising spectres of days when colonialists, eugenicists, public health officials, and political idealists believed they could cure the human condition through manipulation and force."....oh, wait. Wrong tense, anyway.

Comment: Speaking of secretly funded vast networks... (Score 1) 848

by jbdigriz (#42930255) Attached to: Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

Is Greenpeace itself handling its own funding with more transparency and, um, forthrightness than it was 10 years ago? Much less it's activism, which often makes me wonder if it's less engaged in saving the planet than in alarmist market manipulation.

Really, talk about PKB.

Comment: As You Like It (Score 1) 312

by jbdigriz (#40334055) Attached to: Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,...
                                                                                        ---Bill S., 1600

Not a sparrow shall fall...
                                                                                        ---Matthew 10:29

Now if only one could get a copy of the script in advance....


"Whoa, kind of feel like God!"
                                                                                    ---"Cereal Killer" in Hackers I

The ideal voice for radio may be defined as showing no substance, no sex, no owner, and a message of importance for every housewife. -- Harry V. Wade