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Comment: Re:They ARE a utility. (Score 3, Interesting) 706

by ohieaux (#48351473) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
You've hit the real problem. Many large ISP have effective monopolies through high infrastructure costs. I would expect that any government regulation would first seek to formalize these, justified by the claim that service and rates would be managed centrally by the government.

We have, with great struggle, deregulated power and gas in my state. In most options, the prices were lower for competitors delivering service over the same "pipes" as the official, prior monopoly.

Comment: Re:They ARE a utility. (Score 0) 706

by ohieaux (#48351133) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
When the airlines were de-regulated in 1978, fares dropped. But, passenger loads increased. This, of course, allowed commoners better access to the friendly skies.

I'm pretty sure if government gains more regulatory control over the internet, speed will continue to lag our peers, quality will go down and price will go up.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 251

by ohieaux (#47757545) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

... It works well with a touch screen but sucks for anyone without it.

Actually, I bought a Yoga Pro 2 with WIn8 (now 8.1) and I find the touch interface useless when I have a keyboard and mouse. Only with the use of 3rd party utilities can I control Windows 8.1 enough to use the computer. But, I've found myself using my old netbook that I put Mint on. It's a shame when a small, slow and old computer is now more usable.

Comment: Re:Easy, India or China (Score 2) 303

by ohieaux (#47716713) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Why did "mega-corporate bitch" Obama introduce new carbon emissions rules in June that will cost energy producers a fortune?

I'm pretty sure the "fortune" will be paid by the common folk, and go to the corporations making green products. And, I'm guessing these "green" companies are held by the 1%

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