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Comment: Re:fees (Score 4, Insightful) 359

" If build a network, it is up to me to operate it the way I want to "

If you built a network using your own finances, then I say absolutely.

OTOH, if you take government subsidies ( The Universal Service Fund I think ) to help you build your network / infrastructure out with the conditions / goals of the USF, then you don't get to operate it completely by your own rules.


Promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers
Increase nationwide access to advanced telecommunications services
Advance the availability of such services to all consumers, including those in low income, rural, insular, and high cost areas, at rates that are reasonably comparable to those charged in urban areas
Increase access to telecommunications and advanced services in schools, libraries and rural health care facilities
Provide equitable and non-discriminatory contributions from all providers of telecommunications services to the fund supporting universal service programs

Pay close attention to number three above. THIS scares the shit out of the big players who are in the broadband game. Currently they cherry pick where they build out their networks based on projected profit returns. They classify under Title II, they may lose that privilege.

That terrifies them as it eats deep into their already absurd profits.

Comment: Medication is the new Smoking (Score 2) 394

by nehumanuscrede (#49150793) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
I'm seeing a parallel here with modern day medicine.

Commercials are overflowing with " Ask your Doctor if X is right for you !!! "
Fast forward ten years.
Commercials are overflowing with " Did you or a love one take X that resulted in Death, a third limb, cancer, speaking in tongues or the desire to abuse Nuns ? If so, call the law offices of Y as you may be entitled to a cash compensation !!! "

Wise man say: The experts don't always know what's best for you. :|

Comment: It's a hint for the Big Players (Score 1) 617

by nehumanuscrede (#49142535) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
When the kiddies demonstrate they can't play nice on their own, the parents usually end up getting involved and start laying down the rules. The more intelligent ones realize this early on and self-adjust their behavior accordingly so they retain some say so in how their day to day activities are governed. It allows them a bit more freedom.

It's interesting the corporate interests can't see past their quarterly profit statements to figure out that THEY are the reason broadband in this country is about as pathetic as it gets. Not a f*cking clue on their end. Then again, poster children never realize that they're poster children I guess :|

Personally, I hope they break the companies up. Folks who control the backbone shouldn't be in the content business and vice versa. Too many moral and ethical issues for the average US company to deal with correctly. ( Why offer a superior product when I can just degrade a competitors instead ? )

Comment: Evidence that they don't care (Score 1) 406

by nehumanuscrede (#49121681) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
what we the citizens think. All the Snowden revelations and they have the nerve to even suggest such a thing.

I think it's time for the release of some more damning files from the repository of documented evil. If, for no other reason, to show exactly WHY we need strong crypto in this day and age.

( It needs to be in Comic Sans and giant font with lots of pictures though. The majority aren't getting it )

I find it amusing that the Government argues it must do its job in secret to be effective while, at the same time, no one else is allowed access to any sort of privacy or secrecy at all.

Comment: Re:Malware is NEWS NOW (Score 1) 125

by nehumanuscrede (#49085019) Attached to: Jamie Oliver's Website Serving Malware

If you're perusing the net without some form of basic protection, you're doing it wrong anyway :D

( Bare minimum being: NoScript, Ghostery and Adblock, or their equivalents )
( Paranoia level being: The above plus some flavor of Linux in a VM via a Tor relay, VPN service or proxy and a dozen other addons )

Comment: The insane do not question their sanity (Score 1) 131

by nehumanuscrede (#49084973) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones
I listen to folks talk about not letting the mentally ill have access to firearms, yet we give nuclear launch codes and near unlimited power to folks who consult astrologers ( Reagan ) and have beliefs in imaginary deities ( every US President, ever ) who use such beliefs and information to help formulate both their foreign and domestic policy.

Truly, the inmates run the asylum.

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 1) 131

by nehumanuscrede (#49084927) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones
"Dear Mr. Obama: killing young teenagers who may be "suspected terrorists" was not legitimately in defense of the safety of the U.S., nor a lawful act of war. It's murder, under both U.S. law and International law. Like the Geneva Conventions, for example."

The United States quit caring about laws ( domestic or international ) a long time ago. It's a " Do as we say, not as we do " country anymore. It will also continue until someone else who has the military muscle to enforce it, steps up and says " Enough is enough. "

Comment: LOL WHUT ? (Score 1) 145

When I think of invention or innovation anymore, I liken it to life on the Serengeti. Only a few watering holes remain and all the predators are lying in wait for anyone who dares get too close.

Besides, patents, copyrights, Intellectual Property, etc. are all first world ( read that RICH ) problems.

Does anyone think for a moment that a developing nation gives two sh*ts about patents, IP or what the laws are in ~195 other countries around the globe ? ( Hint: The answer is no. )

Comment: Evil knows Evil (Score 1) 51

When the most privacy insensitive company on the planet is telling you it's a serious privacy issue, that's something you really might want to consider revisiting before proceeding any further.

Given the US Governments recent track record of pretty much spying on anything worth spying on, it really shows their arrogance and disregard towards anything resembling laws, rules, or even the will of the people it was originally designed to represent.

Comment: Re:Google needs to get on the ball (Score 1) 227

It's only because Google announced their fiber rollout plan did AT&T decide to do anything at all. AT&T is quite concerned ( and rightly so ) that if they sit idle, Google will come along and take all of the high density areas away from them. Understand that high density areas = mega $$$$ to any provider.

AT&T is not a proactive company. The status quo is just fine considering their monopoly / duopoly position. It's only when some crazy young upstart shows up and threatens their traditional business model does the company begin to do anything at all.

Comment: Tin Foil Hat Time (Score 2) 227

I thought of something funny yesterday, that later began to bug me a bit.

Imagine if your typical VPN company is really a subsidiary owned by the big players ( Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Google, The Government ).

So they scaremonger the more technically savvy population into getting VPN services to prevent data spying while the VPN services are, in reality, owned ( or have $$$$ agreements with ) by the very ones we're trying to avoid in the first place.

They get your $$ for their basic service.
They get your $$ again when you sign up for the VPN service.
They STILL get your data anyway. :|

I know that AT&T's mobile service is likely proxying my HTTP traffic already, agreements or not. ( My IP changes depending on if I'm using HTTP or HTTPS. )

So does Comcast. ( NMAP port 80 shows open even if I disconnect my equipment from the internet.* Sniffer confirms a 3-way handshake still taking place with something that isn't me answering to my assigned IP address with no local equipment connected or even plugged in. )

*Is what started my looking at this a bit closer since my ACL's block everything on the Wan side of things and was driving me nuts thinking I had borked my config somehow.

Comment: Hacking the NSA (Score 3, Insightful) 58

"hackers believe they can somehow get to it through state computer systems. "

The article makes it sound like the folks doing this are idiots. However, if you really wanted to be a significant thorn in the side of the NSA, would you really attack them directly knowing those systems would be some of the hardest targets on the planet ?

Or perhaps go after some of the potentially easier targets such as the power grid or water control systems that feed a particular site ?

That mammoth data center and all the super-computers within it won't be doing a damn thing if you shut off the water supply required to cool it. Ditto for the electricity, though they likely have back-up power, I doubt it's sufficient to run the entire site non-stop for extended periods of time.

Sort of the whole " Why try to kick down the armored door if a glass window is available to you ? " sort of thing.

Comment: Re:Simple answer that people are afraid to discuss (Score 1) 481

by nehumanuscrede (#48991417) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation
"How are you going to stop people from reproducing? Enforce abortions? Neuter everybody?"

Eventually the natural anti-population algorithms kick in and do it for you. Same things happen to any critter who over-populate where they live:

Resource Depletion.

Those three alone will wipe out most of your problem in a hurry.

Factor in conflict ( fighting over finite resources ) and that should pretty much handle the rest.

So, if the human species is too stupid to see far enough ahead and plan for it, Mother Nature is certainly more than capable of doing it for us :D

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.