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+ - As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies->

Submitted by tedlistens
tedlistens (1697590) writes "On Thursday, before it voted in favor of "net neutrality," the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to override state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that have barred local governments and public utilities from offering broadband outside the areas where they have traditionally sold electricity. Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance said the move was as important for internet competition as net neutrality: "Preventing big Internet Service Providers from unfairly discriminating against content online is a victory, but allowing communities to be the owners and stewards of their own broadband networks is a watershed moment that will serve as a check against the worst abuses of the cable monopoly for decades to come." The laws, like those in over a dozen other states, are often created under pressure from large private Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon, who consequently control monopolies or duopolies over high-speed internet in these places."
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Comment: Re:What were you expecting? (Score 1) 154

only in the since that you take a photograph, and you "should be paying" in the same way any group of thugs says "I'll hit you if you don't pay me for doing this".

Well the government also thinks they have a right to charge you for simply taking pictures on national park and forest service land too.


Comment: Re:NWO (Score 1) 154

No. It took 25 years for people to wake up and see what's happening around them.

Unfortunatelly, it is way too late now.

25 years ago it wasn't justified to take to arms to solve the problem. I'm not sure it is justified yet either.
But I don't see anyone in power trying to correct things so there is no way this will end other than with bloodshed.

Well to quote Thomas Jefferson

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately... (Score 1) 190

Zfs filesystems do the same, vmware is easier to use thats all. Sparc is a niche market for large corporations. (Banks, financial services, payrolls), thats why is expensive. There is no way a large corporation will use a cheap commodity hardware and vmware for mission critical operations.

That may be true for corporate dinosaurs, (big old companies that started back when having a corporate song sounded like a good idea) but most corporations that got started after the 90s have only ever lived on commodity Intel/AMD (in some cases even ARM) hardware.

Comment: Re:IBM should submit some (Score 0) 190

I agree that free software is a good thing, and so does Oracle, as they give away their RedHat clone for free.

Oracle gives away PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLLite, and several other databases in their clone, and will support them if that is important to you.

Some applications require scalability, availability, or other features that are beyond the realm of the free databases. In those cases, Oracle database XE is free, standard edition is under $10k, and enterprise is available where performance outweighs cost.

I wholeheartedly concur that it will be a good day when a free database gets on the TPC-C top ten list.

Oracle has nothing to do with PostgreSQL Development, they do however develop Berkeley DB both of which came from University of California Berkley research projects.

Comment: Re:You could just... (Score 1) 168

I cannot believe that nobody here got this. Revelation 13:16. And I don't consider myself religious. Too bad I don't have mod points right now. well done sir.

I got it but no mods points to spend today. always have mods when there is nothing worth modding but never when there is

Comment: Re:0 hours to 0 hours (Score 1) 244

by lister king of smeg (#49004345) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

Hacker news but the people that dont worship javascript or fallow the group think get hell banded so you cant see them pipedot and soylent news are also good but less active there are some reddit boards but they become either echo chambers or they get popular enough that it hits a mini eternal September and the good comments are drowned out and good commenters leave.

Comment: Re:monoculture again? (Score 1) 296

by lister king of smeg (#49001699) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

Just thinking out loud here, the IE6 monoculture was terrible, and we all hated it...and justifiably so. However, with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera all based on WebKit now, have we simply embraced a different monoculture? Admittedly the main difference here is that WebKit is more open than Trident, and the days of ActiveX and Java are more behind us than not...But is having an alternative render engine a better situation, or just redundant coding?

Firefox is Gecko based not WebKit.

Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 1) 288

by lister king of smeg (#48944705) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

VirtualBox has one advantage now, and that is that it is licensed at no charge. On Linux, this isn't a big deal (as KVM and Xen are decent alternatives), but a hypervisor on Windows or OS X, this can be important.

However, if one can choose a non-free solution, the competition has lapped VirtualBox several times. VMWare is extremely strong, both with Workstation on Windows or Linux [1], as well as Fusion on Mac. For a dedicated box with a tier 1 hypervisor, both Hyper-V (can be downloaded separately from Windows) and ESXi are quite useful (although there are limitations without the commercial management tools.)

I've tried various VM products, and the main reason that I chose to just go with VMWare is the universal-ness, and because it is at least a generation past the competition with dealing with RAM overcommits, snapshots, clustering [2], and other features. Plus, if a company sells an appliance, it almost always will be distributed as an .ova file, and other hypervisor architectures come in second. The downside of VMWare is the price... it isn't cheap ($250 for Workstation, ~$70 for Fusion), but it does work well.

Hyper-V isn't bad, as the latest iteration auto-activates Windows VMs sitting on it (no need to worry about a KMS server accessible by all VMs... just the operating system instances running on bare metal). However, usually it is implemented with the full Windows Server OS underneath, making an attack surface, as well as a point of downtime. However, for a Windows shop, the price is right, and it does a good job. VMware is great... but you do pay a king's ransom for the features it brings with it.

[1]: If one needs a home machine to run VMWare stuff on, one might be better off running VMWare Workstation ontop of Linux because ESXi cannot use USB hard drives as backing stores, while VMWare Workstation really doesn't care since it is a type 2 hypervisor and lets the OS handle the disk stuff. Of course, don't expect vMotion or other stuff... but if one wants a dedicated box just for virtual machines, this is a usable alternative.

[2]: Clustering and fault tolerance is brain-dead easy, either using VMFS on a logical drive from a SAN or a NFS backing store.

It is the only free desktop oriented virtual machine to have versioning of clients so you can roll back vms. You have pay for that in its competitors.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]