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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise 239

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-aim-the-gun,-we'll-pull-the-trigger dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The net neutrality debate has been pretty binary: ISPs want the ability to create so-called "fast lanes," and consumers want all traffic to be treated equally. Now, AT&T is proposing an alternative: fast lanes under consumer control. Their idea would "allow individual consumers to ask that some applications, such as Netflix, receive priority treatment over other services, such as e-mail or online video games. That's different from the FCC's current proposal, which tacitly allows Internet providers to charge content companies for priority access to consumers but doesn't give the consumers a choice in the matter."

AT&T said, "Such an approach would preserve the ability of Internet service providers to engage in individualized negotiations with [content companies] for a host of services, while prohibiting the precise practice that has raised 'fast lane' concerns." It's not perfect, but it's probably the first earnest attempt at a compromise we've seen from either side, and it suggests the discussion can move forward without completely rejecting one group's wishes.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 364

by poetmatt (#47872803) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

This requires people to install the app. That's a failure right there on many levels.
Not only that, but it cannot tell if you are the driver or the passenger. That's failure #2.

Then you get to the fact that this could stop you from making emergency calls. That's questionable and teeters in the "is this even legal?" quesiton range.

It is not just the implementation - the very concept of "if vehicle is moving you cannot use your phone" will ALWAYS be wrong whether it can figure out you are a passenger or not, if the decision is implemented via software.

Comment: Nope (Score 0) 364

by poetmatt (#47871229) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

It should be the District attorney that is disabled (or never quoted ever again). She is an idiot, because software like the interlock concept doesn't exist on a phone.

Part of the problem is user education and part of it is that an attorney who has no understanding of technology who simply wants to create more business via litigation.

Who the fuck is Kathleen Rice and why should any of us give a shit? Answer: we shouldn't.

Comment: Re:Old dudes (Score 1) 231

by just_another_sean (#47833449) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Yeah, as mentioned in my post the poll is vague but this being /. and inferring from the answers it seemed to me to be related to computer technology. I did mention power tools after all.

But hey, you seem to revel in being somewhat of a sarcastic asshole so glad I could provide you with this opportunity.

Comment: Old dudes (Score 1) 231

by just_another_sean (#47829515) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

What about us old dudes who grew up when technology in general was too expensive or inaccessible to mere mortals? I guess if we start including power tools as technology than, sure, I had opportunity but was a pretty good kid.

But if I read the poll as I think I should I think accessing computers/systems that I wasn't supposed to access. The closest thing I had to a computer until I was 20 something was an Atari 2600 and it didn't come with a modem!

Comment: Re:That explains a lot (Score 2) 169

by just_another_sean (#47828985) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Screenfulls of BS just confuse people.

It's not just BS to everyone though. And even without understanding what it was telling me by googling the stop codes I've been able to fix things based on good search results, especially for very common problems like driver errors. As another poster mentioned it's sometimes possible and a hundred times easier to search for a stop code and get a fix for a problem than it is to fire up WinDBG.

Operating Systems

You Got Your Windows In My Linux 613

Posted by Soulskill
from the entirely-uncontroversial-opinions dept.
snydeq writes: Ultimately, the schism over systemd could lead to a separation of desktop and server distros, or Linux server admins moving to FreeBSD, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. "Although there are those who think the systemd debate has been decided in favor of systemd, the exceedingly loud protests on message boards, forums, and the posts I wrote over the past two weeks would indicate otherwise. I've seen many declarations of victory for systemd, now that Red Hat has forced it into the enterprise with the release of RHEL 7. I don't think it's that easy. ... Go ahead, kids, spackle over all of that unsightly runlevel stuff. Paint over init and cron, pam and login. Put all of that into PID1 along with dbus. Make it all pretty and whisper sweet nothings about how it's all taken care of and you won't have to read a manual or learn any silly command-line stuff. Tune your distribution for desktop workloads. Go reinvent Windows."

Comment: Slow on the take (Score 5, Insightful) 441

by just_another_sean (#47807071) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

As if the story itself could not be more horrible I can't believe the books were published in 2011 and 2013 and just now they decide to go after him. Either he pissed off someone high up and they just found a reason to go after the guy or some bored cop just got around to discovering fiction...


Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 4, Insightful) 133

by poetmatt (#47784323) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

Of course an employer can do what they want which includes busywork, but that doesn't mean the employer isn't a complete failure when it comes to defining the scope of a job position. Most employers are too lazy to do this well.

Any employer who can't accept that you won't be busy every second of the day is not an employer worth working for in any country in the world.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 2) 643

by poetmatt (#47768271) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

It will save a hell of a lot of the settlements they have as a result of illegal police action as it will hold police accountable, too.

That is as long as they can't disable or prevent the recording.

So far, it seems every version of a camera tool lets an officer later review and potentially delete the information, which can lead back to the same coverup/problems.

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