had to buy one of these, one of the only models I could replace my Xfinity rented box with (providing telephone as well as internet). As I understand, it was originally produced for Comcast / Xfinity, or at least Comcast still has a lot of confused technicians who think this Arris was made only for Comcast and can't be purchased... I had to go through 3 techs to get them to hook it up. I wonder if the backdoor of the router was designed in for Comcast, which I can imagine has thought of justifications (e.g. providing tech support to subscribers).
On the plus side, it eliminated the XFinity login by wifi (see Slashdot a few links up)
RE: India - Interestingly, it appears that a nation's demand for gold correlates most strongly to women's ability to inherit land. If you love your daughter, you buy her gold.
Regulation is also driven by land value, EPA enforcement activity is proportional to property value. That has been labelled an "environmental justice" issue which I don't 100% agree with (whoever lives on property with lower appraisal has less vested interest in demanding enforcement, and enforcement is driven primarily by demand for it, not by enforcement agents racism). Again, the gold mining goes to poorer countries, less populated areas, and the ocean.
1. Tinkerer invents something.
2. Regulator goes to office, gets cup of coffee, reads the paper, doesn't care.
3. "Wild West" economy as millions buy and use invention.
4. Regulator goes to lunch.
5. Nine Journalists report on invention as wonderful, spectacular, world-changing.
6. Regulator does some shopping on way back from lunch.
7. Tenth journalist, beaten to punch, finds "man bites dog" story, unintended consequence of invention
8. Regulator packs briefcase for ride home.
9. Legislators get panicked calls from people either hurt by invention, or afraid they'll be hurt by invention.
10. Regulator has dinner, goes to bed.
Guess what regulator reads in the paper tomorrow morning? Guess what's in the regulator's email tomorrow morning?
As a former regulator, there's nothing sinister about either the cowboy market or the regulations, and I get weary of the memes of anti-cowboy and anti-sheriff. What is broken is risk-benefit analysis, and it's probably broken at the journalism juncture. "if it bleeds, it leads" gives journalists money if they shock us, and there's nothing more shocking than a new risk we have to worry about.
Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.