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Comment: Re:Competition urgently needed (Score 1) 149

by rickb928 (#48143983) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

And that post explains the Olympics, art, and literature. And virtually every other endeavor where one compares their work to another's.

What BS.

A thing measured improves.

True competitors don't slow down when they reach the top. They never give their competition a chance to catch up.

Your peers are your competition . Your customers, clients, or fans are your audience. Your peers are not your judge, your audience is. Listening to your competitors for advice is fraught with peril.

You need not deal with competitive people. Just buy their product, that's really all they ever wanted anyways.

And yes, in the US, we have room to improve how we regulate ISPs. They should be either carriers that set honest expectations and adhere to them, or purely competitive entities that receive no subsidies from the public and need none. Think Universal Service Fund, for instance. But that doesn't mean other nations are so much better. South Korea is approximately the size of Virginia, with six times the population, and has fabulous Internet. If Virginia had a population of 50 million, their Internet service might be a lot different than it is. Comparing Internet service in the US to other nations is mostly pointless.

Comment: Re: Voting for the right people (Score 2) 149

by rickb928 (#48143891) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

"Republicans are even MORE in favor of a corporatocracy than their opposition"

Don't bother. there is no functional or philosophical difference between the leadership of the two major parties. Making that point labels you as blinded by your own partisanship, and perpetuating the root problem - our political system is co-opted by lobbies of various constituents, industries, and others. A wholly owned subsidiary of interests that do not have our best interests at heart.

Really. if you don't get this, you don't get IT. At all.

Comment: Re:IRL (Score 1) 204

by rickb928 (#48142989) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Let's put it differently. If Verizon/AT&T/etc all decide to charge for incoming data from the heavy hitters, and they say no, when do customers stop actually using the service at all?

As in cancelling their cable TV subscription and relying on the Internet for media - paying more, but in the end lowering their costs.

Naw. the ISPs really don't care. They will jack your bill back up to where it was before. Until they reach the limits of elasticity.

Comment: Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (Score 2) 204

by rickb928 (#48142945) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Residential ISP service is pretty much asymmetrical. I click here and there, and get a few gigs of movie as data. It;'s been this way forever, since when I ran an ISP off of a pair of T-1s, a Cisco 2600, and a Livingston box. One of the T-1s was all dial in ports. those were the days...

Not only did my customers show asymmetric data (10% up, 90% down often) but they railed about speed that only exceeded expectations by 10-25%. Customers.

Complaints that the business is so asymmetrical that it's unfair are nearly specious. That is the definition of the business. You're just extorting form the media providers, and lying to your customers. It ought to be regulated, but I don't yet know if we can get that done.

Comment: Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (Score 1) 204

by rickb928 (#48142873) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

When gasoline goes to $20/gallon, people;

- stop eating out just to save on the fuel

- start combining trips to the grocery to avoid fuel costs, which coincidentally reduces those impulse purchases as as fraction of the total

- stop taking their kids to soccer three times a week. And piano classes, gymnastics, robot league, etc...

And school systems start surcharging for the bus for field trips.

The analogy breaks down a little.

But, if Netflix does go to $50/month, do we start watching something else? Hell yeah.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 314

I met the man who continues to provide US paper mills with a crucial part, and he accepts only cash on delivery. And he's happy to drive his truck home without payment, because they will eventually pay him, and pay him for the wasted trip as well. There is no substitute for this part, and the other sources are somewhat more difficult to deal with - they like to sell new, he refurbishes old.

He would retire if the gummint told him cash was not possible. and he's a bit of an extremist in every other way.

Comment: Re:Not only in Finland. (Score 1) 314

Um, a few notes (pun alert):

As of May 30, 2009, 167,289 $1,000 bills were known to exist. Let's Make a Deal game-show host Monty Hall occasionally gave away $1,000 bills as prizes.

As of May 30, 2009, 342 $5,000 bills were known to exist. Currently, there are no known 1928 $5,000 Gold Certificates in existence except the unique specimen (# A00000001A) in the Smithsonian Institution.

Courtesy of Wikipedia. Must be true.

Comment: Responsibility on who? (Score 1) 279

by rickb928 (#48137493) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

"The U.S. Constitution—written approximately 100 years before the germ theory of disease was proven by French chemist Louis Pasteur and German physician Robert Koch — places responsibility for public health squarely on the shoulders of local and state political leaders"

Tell that to our President and the Congressional representatives that enacted the ACA. And the Supreme Court that then remade it into a tax.

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Comment: Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (Score 1) 403

by rickb928 (#48094959) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

My 2004 Lancer OZ gets 31 MPG on my commute without A/C on. that's a 44 mile run each way, 3 miles at one end and 2 mines at the other end streets with 50MPH limits and 2 traffic lights each. 65MPH on the highway, no slowdowns or stops in the morning, averaging closer to 45MPH in the afternoon with slowdowns to 25MPH and sometimes dead stops.

It gets 26MPG when I travel the highway at 70MPH with the A/C on.

Before this, a 1998 Saab 900 SET met its MPG ratings even with A/C on.

The 2000 Explorer V8 my wife drives? Horrible, doesn't meet ratings for her at all.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.