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Comment Letter to Mr. Collins (Score 1) 441

Since I happen to be a constituent of Mr. Collins, I decided to write a letter. Feel free to copy and send it to your legislator if you so choose. Mr. Collins, I am appalled that you would introduce a bill to stifle free trade in Internet Services. Specifically I am talking about your bill to overturn Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is a major step toward allowing free trade to compete with large special interest groups such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner, Netflix and so forth. By stifling this FTC action you will kill the Internet for innovation and expansion in the United States. No company is going to invest the amount of money needed to truly bring broadband into this nations homes without Net Neutrality backing up the endeavor. This means that Comcast and AT&T which are the only two providers in my area of Gainesville will never bring prices down and speeds up to par with what other countries now have to offer. Comcast currently charges me $99 a month for 50Mpbs speeds. If Google fiver were to be available, I could get 1Gbps speeds for $70 a month. That is a significant difference in speed versus price. Not only will backing major ISP's bid to kill Net Neutrality hurt Internet expansion, it will also kill off any new companies that wish to compete with large existing businesses such as NetFlix, Amazon and others. When you open the door to businesses being able to pay for preferential treatment, you have stifled the small company which has been the cornerstone of American growth. This bill seems to indicate that you are more interested in backing big business and not at all interested in your constituents. If you do kill off Net Neutrality, you will be doing more harm to the growth of this great nation. Please stop and think about the ramifications of what you are about to do. Whether big business agrees or not, Net Neutrality is good for the consumer by encouraging competition in the marketplace.

Comment Data Caps are already here (Score 1) 475

Comcast has already capped several markets at 300G with Atlanta being the latest. I got my first bill for usage over the 300G cap last month. I have already complained to the Georgia Trade Commission once on this and I plan to do it again. This is ridiculous given that my only other option is AT&T who can't even keep a DSL line functional at my house. There are supposed to be laws that prevent predatory companies fro taking advantage of the public, but in this case no one seems to care.

Comment It will never work (Score 1) 561

Every time I see something like this I have to wonder what the person in charge is actually thinking. Then I remind myself that they aren't.

Group psychology will tell you that rewarding some at the expense of others only makes the rewarded outcasts. It will do the exact opposite of what they are trying to accomplish.

As my boss is so fond of saying; "Reward the behavior that you want to enforce." If you want better teachers, then reward them for bringing their classes up to par. Give them time to do their jobs. Get rid of silly practices like "No child left behind" and let the teacher actually teach.

Teachers know how to make learning fun, but they are not given time to do it because of all of the standardized testing. This testing is what they must teach the students how to master. It doesn't help the student one whit. Just because I can rip an algebraic equation down in thirty seconds doesn't help me a lot. Sure I use it in my job once every blue moon, but guess what? I don't need 6 semesters of math to be able to do it.

The second issue is that we need to quit treating little Johnny like he is exactly like Bill, Doug and the rest of the class. Little Johnny has an IQ of 80. Why are we holding back the folks who have an IQ of 112 just so little Johnny doesn't get his feelings hurt? Suck it up. Little Johnny is going to find out when he hits the employment market that no one gives a care that he can't figure out how to turn on a faucet and mop the floor. They will fire him and move on. So why are we pandering to try and make everyone equal when we know full well that they aren't? Sure, it's a sad situation, but don't punish those who can for the sake of those who can't.

We need full education reform. The system we have in the US is horribly broken and nothing is going to fix that with a major overhaul.
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Selling Incandescent Light Bulbs As Heating Devices 557

Csiko writes "The European Union has banned by law trading of incandescent light bulbs due to their bad efficiency/ecology (most of the energy is transformed into heat). A company is now trying to bypass this restriction by offering their incandescent light bulb products as a heating device (article in German) instead of a light device. Still, their 'heat balls' give light as well as heating. So — every law can be bypassed if you have some creativity!"

Comment Big deal. Another announcement of a Cryptic flop. (Score 1) 169

Honestly, I feel that it will end up like half of the games Cryptic announces. Dead in the water. Emmert has too big of an ego and wants everything his way, regardless of what the playerbase wants. Citation: City of Heroes, Champions Online, Star Trek. Atari needs to wake up and fire this clown or at least move him out of the development process and put him in sales and marketing where he belongs.
Earth

An Animal That Lives Without Oxygen 166

Julie188 writes "Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above."
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Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank 217

krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.
Books

Puzzle In xkcd Book Finally Cracked 90

An anonymous reader writes "After a little over five months of pondering, xkcd fans have cracked a puzzle hidden inside Randall Munroe's recent book xkcd: volume 0. Here is the start of the thread on the xkcd forums; and here is the post revealing the final message (a latitude and longitude plus a date and time)."
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Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality? 735

e3m4n writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for a year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."
PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

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