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Comment: Re:fees (Score 1) 284

by sjames (#49152437) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Title II could make that happen, but it will be a few years until there are enough choices to make a market work half decently.

For example, back when dial-up was the best technology generally available there were dozens of ISPs to choose from, all connected to a highly regulated POTS network. Prices dropped like a rock and if there was an issue, you could actually get your call elevated to the actual network admin.

The big flub with DSL was not giving the regulations enough teeth to make access truly equal. Many providers gave up when it took a month or three to get their DSLAM connected to a subscriber line but the local Bell's own service would get connected within 24 hours.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 1) 284

by sjames (#49152413) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

It has everything to do with what capitalism becomes when the market regulators are asleep at the switch or simply absent. There is no such thing as "free market capitalism". It is either Capitalism and the market regulations that come with or it is not Capitalism at all. You can't call it anarchy and you can't claim that the government isn't involved because that would make corporations non-existent.

Corporatism might fit or Cronyism or perhaps just plain old corruption.

+ - Inhofe hurls snowball on Senate floor->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) threw a snowball on the Senate floor Thursday in an effort to disprove what he sees as alarmist conclusions about man-made climate change.

Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said the snowball was from outside in Washington, which he used to argue against claims that the earth’s temperature is rising due to greenhouse gas emissions.

“In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is,” Inhofe said to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who was presiding over the Senate’s debate, as he removed the snowball from a plastic bag.

“It’s a snowball. And it’s just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.”

He then warned Cassidy before throwing the snowball at him.

An Inhofe aide said the snowball was caught by a congressional page.

“We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year on record,” he said, referring to a report last month from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“But now the script has flipped,” he said of the unseasonably cold weather.""

Link to Original Source

+ - Is methane-based life the next big thing?

Submitted by Randym
Randym (25779) writes "With the simultaneous announcement of a possible nitrogen-based cell-like structure allowing life outside the "liquid water zone" (but within a methane atmosphere) announced by researchers at Cornell and the mystery of *fluctuating* methane levels on Mars raising the possibility of methane-respiring life, there now exists the possibility of a whole new branch of the tree of life that does not rely on either carbon *or* oxygen respiration. We may find evidence of such life here on Earth down in the mantle where "traditional" life cannot survive, but where bacteria has evolved to live off hydrocarbons like methane and benzene."

Comment: Re:Single point of failure (Score 1) 104

by sjames (#49151823) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

Finally! Someone noticed. Half the state dependent on a single fiber out in the middle of nowhere. What the hell?!?

To make it worse, it sounds like it was all communications. Cell, landline, and internet. Every egg in that one basket.

Surely there should have been at least a second cable somewhere.

Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 1) 254

And the people they apply that leverage to have been known to put families out in the streets at the drop of a hat, so not all sunshine and roses on that side either.

If you think the teamsters are a problem, just think of them as revolution lite. The concessions unions have gained are a good bit of what kept a worker's revolution from happening in the U.S.

Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 1) 254

Yeah, they'll have those automated buses ready to go and have state and federal approval in a week or two, tops!

Back here on Earth, it'll be several years before they can get approval for an automated bus on public streets, another few years until they get people to trust them rather than protest them as a safety hazard, and perhaps another year or two to get them to pay for themselves before they break down (driver salary and all), especially for a shuttle bus that isn't running 24/7.

So I guess the Teamsters kids might need to do something different.

Comment: Re:In related news... (Score 1) 254

And either those drivers join Teamsters before the cutoff date or the next news item is about how Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, eBay and Zynga were shut down for two weeks when their employee buses couldn't get through the picket line. I wonder how much that downtime will cost?

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 611

by sumdumass (#49151271) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Nah, he's just not looking at the right set of rules. Those rules are the ones that allow exclusive access to a larger area in which a portion may be profitable on the condition of them serving the unprofitable areas equally as well. It also includes rules concerning municipal provided broadband competing with those monopolies in particular 2 states, Tennessee and North Carolina.

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fc...

in combination with page 4 of this

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fc...

makes it clear that exclusive access is no longer allowed. This means that I can run in and saturate the profitable areas with my offerings making comcast or whoever else either lose money in general or raise their rates to avoid doing so

Ensures fair access to poles and conduits under Section 224, which would boost the deployment of new broadband networks

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