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Comment: Re:Of course the FCC wants net neutrality - (Score 1) 255

by pecosdave (#48767737) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

It has nothing to do with packet discrimination and everything to do with being in control. Best case scenario is having such a plethora of providers to pick from that garbage can be avoided easily. Right now the carriers lobby and receive regulation that prevents competition which creates the illusion that laws need to be passed to protect consumers from packet discrimination. In reality if you got rid of competition barriers carriers would be afraid to throttle because they know we'll pack up our bits and move.

Comment: Of course the FCC wants net neutrality - (Score 1) 255

by pecosdave (#48765683) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

The arguments being made for Net Neutrality are not for Neutrality but control. The Pro "Neutrality" angle is a government dominated Internet, the anti-Neutrality angle is a corporate dominated one. There's not much of a difference considering how hard it is to tell the difference between the two. Real net neutrality is a level playing field without government protectionism (which we have tons of at the moment) and the ability to purchase whatever we want and there's real repercussions for companies that attempt to fuck over the users because the users have another option.

Comment: Re:thatsracist.gif (Score 1) 448

by pecosdave (#48763703) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Wait - you're still stalking me? My personal racist caller, always figured you found something better to do with your life.

I guess working for a self proclaimed Hispanic company doesn't dull that attack any - no sir! Couldn't possibly have anything to do with 12 Spanish channels my family and I have no interest in being crammed into the lowest tier while stuff like the NASA channel which is free in every way but cable tier is one up.

If anything the cable company is racist - Hispanics get everything on the lowest tier while the majority English speakers have to pay extra to get something other than Home Shopping Networks and MSNBC along with some useless local stations.

Comment: Cable service is already shitty. (Score 3, Interesting) 448

by pecosdave (#48757713) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

And it's just getting worse. There's been articles here on Slashdot about how carriers "tune" channels for quality on the shared data pipe. SciFi, Discovery, the nature type channels that all benefit the most from good quality get the low tuned down shit, but never mind, the Home Shopping Network is always 1080P and max bps.

I haven't had cable of my own or satellite in years and I frankly don't miss it. Every time I'm at a friends or relatives and I see definitive examples of said channel tuning and all the Spanish networks being on the lowest paid for tier while even channels that are free streaming over the web and on terrestrial satellite being on upper tiers it doesn't soften my feelings towards cable companies.

Comment: It doesn't already? (Score 1) 169

by pecosdave (#48740213) Attached to: How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?

I like to use BTSync to keep all of my music where/how I like it on every device, but the users in my organization along with family/inlaws all seem to be obsessed with streaming. I know people who will skip the movie/music on their HDD to stream it because it's easier to find.

Geeks, DJ's and old folks seem to be all that's left not streaming. (old folks using physical media of course)

Does radio count as streaming?

Comment: Re:OS X is just not reliable any longer (Score 1) 598

by pecosdave (#48739203) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

As a user of OSX, Windows 8, and Linux I have to say:

They're all doing pretty well in the stability department.

I remember the days of Windows hell. I remember pre-OSX Mac, and I've had my share of weird Linux issues. OS X has taken a major nose-dive with Yosemite - I recommend staying on Mavericks. As far as Windows is concerned get over your Start Button issues and just deal with the new interface, it's not that bad and you might like it if you get used to it. As far as Linux is concerned - stop being afraid of it and give it a shot - it's actually easier to keep up to date than Windows is! (though Windows is catching up)

Sony

After Outage, Sony Makes Peace Offering To Users of PlayStation Network 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the sorry-for-your-trouble dept.
An anonymous reader notes that Sony is offering deals to make up for the downtime over Christmas. "PlayStation Network gamers didn't have such a happy holiday thanks to the reported handiwork of some hackers, so Sony is hoping to appease users of its online gaming service with promises of deals and discounts. For Playstation Plus subscribers, Sony is offering a 5-day membership extension, and for all members, a 10 percent discount at the PlayStation store, according to a blog post published Thursday. The PlayStation Network is Sony's online service for its PlayStation game console. Both PSN and Microsoft's online gaming service, Xbox Live, were intermittently offline beginning on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Xbox Live came back online first, with PSN following Saturday night."

Comment: The DVIS system - 1980's tech at NASA (Score 2) 123

by pecosdave (#48651635) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

used the infrared curtain concept. It was basically a badass intercom, or a closed loop HAM radio that used fiber optics instead of radio depending on how you want to look at it.

Not super awesome capacitive touchscreen tech - but it's something that will work for gloved or calloused fingers - something touch screens have a problem with. (you have no idea how many bad "drops" I've made on video games because the screen doesn't work on my callouses)

Comment: What are the chances those on the side of force (Score 1) 1051

by pecosdave (#48583153) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

as in forcing children to get the vaccines or incur penalties are the same ones who are demanding we leave our borders completely unchecked. As in allowing unvaccinated people to walk in unregistered and do as they please in our our country. So it's okay to force our own people to do it, but it's racist to expect other people in our borders to do it.

Time to learn some objectivity here!

Slashdot used to be a nice place to discuss technical things, it's slowly started taking on a pro-big-brother attitude.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.

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