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Comment Re:All would be resolved if we could all lay cable (Score 1) 151

No community can ban access to a public utility (as defined by the state law) beyond reasonable fees to inspect and monitor the construction in the public right-of-way (ROW) for preservation of that ROW. A franchise agreement that purports to enact such a ban is illegal and will be struck down the first time a city tries to enforce it. Not that any city would try to enforce such a claim, it's blatantly unconstitutional.

You don't understand the law, stop commenting on it.

Comment Re:Another benefit of low crude pricing (Score -1, Flamebait) 89

They have a Napoleon complex. They want to be big and powerful, but they aren't anymore. When they were with their buddies in the Soviet Union they were big and powerful with a long reach, now they are pretty much landlocked Asian minor country.

Sure they have some pretty cool weapons and capabilities as that goes but their economy is entirely natural resource based, their governments are corrupt and their private enterprise is non-existent. Destroying the market for their resources destroys their entire economy because they have not bothered to diversify mostly because they are entirely focused on trying to rebuild the status of the former soviet empire. Russia won't fix these problems until all the old KGB bosses are gone. As organized crime is heavily embedded into the culture at this point it would take decades to reduce their influence. Look at how long it's taken Italy to reduce the influence of La Costa Nostra.

The single greatest threat to Russia is that the resources their entire economy is based on (Oil and Coal) are within 50 years going to be worthless. When that happens it will make the 90's look like a booming economy. But by the time it happens Putin will be dead and his progeny will be in Europe so he really doesn't care.

Comment Re:Another benefit of low crude pricing (Score 1) 89

Fortunately you are wrong. Interstellar travel could be possible with current technology, just the investment would be massive and the people picked to travel would likely be on a suicide mission. Don't discount the discovery of future technology. We know barely the basics of physics. Though interstellar travel is certainly difficult it is not impossible.

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 4, Insightful) 250

They make decent money, rather consistently actually. But it's not growing very fast. That doesn't meet the hedge funds demands. The hedge funds aren't satisfied with 2% growth, they want 20%. So rather than see 2% they will see the company destroyed. They call these hedge funds "activist investors", but their goal is to squeeze every dime out then sell the stock. The actions they advocate are never good for the long term.

Comment Re:Licensing? (Score 1) 182

Certain states decided that it had better legibility, due to the research on it, than the freely available highway fonts (A-E). I know of one state that uses the font exclusively, North Dakota. AFAIK this font isn't in wide use.

Safety is all the matters in this regard, if the commercial font really does have better the standard fonts then it should be used. Yea it would be great if the font is freely available and all that but what matters above all is the legibility. If the font can be read at a greater distance than the traditional fonts it is worth the licensing costs because it could save a life.

Comment Re: Linux is a fragile house of cards (Score 1) 697

He's already talked about doing so and I wouldn't be surprised if he's started. He wants to standardize pieces of linux that have been a nightmare of aging incompatible code. A natural stop on that path would be Linux package managers. As much as I love Apt-get, and I like emerge they all ultimately suck. They call it dependency hell for a reason.

Ultimately we'd all be better off if someone could figure out a better, more robust and more modern solution to Linux Package managers.

Comment Re:Cable Box Software (Score 4, Interesting) 167

The FCC learned pretty good from how the Cable Companies subverted the Cable Card mandate. This one forces them to pass the data out of their system via open standards, it allows them to continue to pass on the restrictions and other stuff they are using but the key here is everything is in software. There won't be any hardware to rent from the cable company. This is going to make it very difficult for them to subvert like cable card.

They subverted cable card by getting the FCC to OK creating a certification laboratory. They called this cable labs and they used it to throw so much red tape in front of companies that it became nearly impossible to get hardware through. On top of this they would add conditions about software and other things that they had no business putting into the certification process. On top of this at first they made the cable card process extremely complex to begin with including partial implementation so that anyone that bought a cable card device would find the process either broken or impossibly hard which would bias the public about cable card being bad.

The software option is going to block all this. They have to pass the data out in an open published way. The FCC just basically made them implement an API and pass everything out. Because there is a lack of hardware there can't be a certification laboratory and because they are required to use open ISO approved standards they can't game the software side.

I'm sure if there is a way to subvert the process they will find it but this cuts almost all of their current methods off. It should be easy to develop hardware and software systems to implement the standards and if the cable company isn't complying with the standard you should be able to complain to the FCC.

Comment Re:Cable wants to have a forced rent gateway for e (Score 1) 167

Hell if you are an Comcast business sub with static ip's YOU MUST rent there hardware.

The modem rental is part of the price, there isn't an extra charge for it on the business side. Now if you want to argue the static IP costs are extravagant I would agree but the equipment rental is not a big deal IMO.

Comment Of course they're steamed. (Score 3, Insightful) 167

Do you have any idea how long it took and how much effort they expended to make sure that the Cable Card standard was never actually usable? And this new standard basically says they have to pass the data to an outside provider without being able to force the electronics retailer to have to go to cable labs which helped to make sure the process is painful and you can't win without giving in?

My god, people might not have to spend $20 a month on a DVR they don't own!

Comment Re:That is utterly stupid (Score 2) 217

Binge on allows T-Mobile to have a say in who wins the video streaming market. In time that ability to influence will be worth money and they will start charging for it.

The reality is the Binge on is T-Mobile using it's status as network provider to decide who will win the most video streaming business. That's bad for everyone, even if helps some of their customers.

Comment Re:Wha? (Score 3, Insightful) 217

It would be better if they were tampering with the video streaming market by favoring one group over another. That's the point of net neutrality, we don't want the phone and cable companies deciding the winners and losers in the video streaming market.

I doesn't matter if this is good for some consumers, it's bad for the market. Your support only means you are willing to sell out future use of the network for an immediate short term benefit.

Comment Re:Tim Cook should resign, NOW. (Score 1) 269

People like you said the same thing about the Apple CEO from Pepsi that cut R&D and raised prices which maximized revenue for about 5 years, that is until the company began to flounder because the reduced R&D caused them to no longer be competitive once the in channel developments were used up (about 5 years later).

Bad CEO's generally aren't revealed for a number of years. Carly Fiorina was praised for the first 5 years, that is until the reduced R&D and focus on commodity printer market flatlined all growth.

Is Tim Cook as bad as Pepsi guy that was CEO? No, but is he as innovative and as big of an asshole as Jobs? No. Given that he hasn't been in charge that long the jury is still out on whether he's a good CEO.

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