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+ - Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier today, Comcast published a blog post to criticize the newly announced coalition opposing its merger with Time Warner Cable and to cheer about the FCC’s decision to restart the “shot clock” on that deal. But someone at Kabletown is probably getting a stern talking-to right now, after an accidental nugget of honesty made its way into that post. Comcast posted to their corporate blog today about the merger review process, reminding everyone why they think it will be so awesome and pointing to the pro-merger comments that have come in to the FCC. But they also left something else in. Near the end, the blog post reads, “Comcast and Time Warner Cable do not currently compete for customers anywhere in America. That means that if the proposed transaction goes through, consumers will not lose a choice of cable companies. Consumers will not lose a choice of broadband providers. And not a single market will see a reduction in competition. Those are simply the facts.” The first version of the blog post, which was also sent out in an e-mail blast, then continues: “We are still working with a vendor to analyze the FCC spreadsheet but in case it shows that there are any consumers in census blocks that may lose a broadband choice, want to make sure these sentences are more nuanced.” After that strange little note, the blog post carries on in praise of competition, saying, “There is a reason we want to provide our customers with better service, faster speeds, and a diverse choice of programming: we don’t want to lose them.”"

Comment: Re: Seen the e-Golf? (Score 1) 395

by drsmithy (#48483773) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel
90 miles is frankly pathetic. That's a best case scenario 45 miles there and back; less with frequent starting and stopping. And 45 miles by road is probably not like 35 miles as the crow flies. Imagine a 35 mile radius around your home. You cannot get any further than that without recharging. And that's supposed to be good mileage? I wouldn't hesitate for a second betting a comfortable majority of drivers rarely, if ever, drive more than 90 miles in a day. Heck, I'd be pretty confident that a fairly large proportion (say, between 25% and 50%) rarely exceed 50 miles in a day.

Comment: Bandwidth (Score 1) 90

by abirdman (#48464807) Attached to: New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps
It seems like a lot of the high bandwidth claims related to the NSA and other spooks indicate they want an iSCSI connection or other high speed, low-latency access to their sources to make for more efficient and cheaper connections. Why bother recording everything when that's already done by the telcos? My inner spook just wants a fast connection to data that is already on disk.

+ - What Does The NSA Think Of Cryptographers? ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "A recently declassified NSA house magazine, CryptoLog, reveals some interesting attitudes between the redactions. What is the NSA take on cryptography?
The article of interest is a report of a trip to the 1992 EuroCrypt conference by an NSA cryptographer whose name is redacted.We all get a little bored having to sit though presentations that are off topic, boring or even down right silly but we generally don't write our opinions down. In this case the criticisms are cutting and they reveal a lot about the attitude of the NSA cryptographers. You need to keep in mind as you read that this is intended for the NSA crypto community and as such the writer would have felt at home with what was being written.
Take for example:
Three of the last four sessions were of no value whatever, and indeed there was almost nothing at Eurocrypt to interest us (this is good news!). The scholarship was actually extremely good; it’s just that the directions which external cryptologic researchers have taken are remarkably far from our own lines of interest.
It seems that back in 1992 academic cryptographers were working on things that the NSA didn't consider of any importance. Could things be the same now?
The gulf between the two camps couldn't be better expressed than:
The conference again offered an interesting view into the thought processes of the world’s leading “cryptologists.” It is indeed remarkable how far the Agency has strayed from the True Path.
The ironic comment is clearly suggesting that the NSA is on the "true path" whatever that might be.
Clearly the gap between the NSA and the academic crypto community is probably as wide today with the different approaches to the problem being driven by what each wants to achieve. It is worth reading the rest of the article."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Municipal WiFi (Score 2) 106

by sheddd (#48407951) Attached to: NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015
You make good points... Encryption hopefully works as I've implemented for me :) I went to a wifi radio mfg event for resellers recently and some of the resellers were really concerned that Apple's MAC randomization (which doesn't really work yet) was going to hurt their location tracking abilities... It's not terribly hard to figure out I surf with a device with a certain mac address... and many of these muni wifi systems require you to login... directly, thru google, thru Facebook, etc before you get access... I love free WiFi but I'm cynical, and I think some muni's are doing bad things; I wouldn't be surprised if some are doing automated MITM attacks.

Comment: Moving is always an option (Score 1) 405

by gowen (#48380129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

"When I ask my other tech friends what they would do, they simply suggest changing ISPs. Nobody likes Comcast, but I don't have a choice here. I'm two years into a three-year contract. So, moving is not an option"

Moving is always an option. But you have to eat the cost of one year of Comcast. Sorry, but that's your solution.

Comment: Re:Perhaps the answer is taxes (Score 2) 161

by danheskett (#48338931) Attached to: Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

Silicon Valley does a lot going for it, in that it's a nexus with a critical mass of people with money, employees, and business people. But it's not the center of the world.

I do think it's funny that Florida is considered such a redstate. It's not. The major metro areas are demographically similar to many places on the west coast. Highly skilled, younger crowd, and ethnically diverse. Several of the metro areas have a lower average age than the Bay, even. Tampa area average age is 3 years younger than the bay area, for example, at 29.5 years. Both California and Florida have passed gay marriage bands that were later overturned in Federal court.

One thing to watch out for in Silicon Valley is that it is highly susceptible to bubbles. There is almost certainly a tech bubble going on right now - it's not much of a secret. This has fueled an almost insane real-estate bubble. When the jobs start to dry up, which will dry up around the time that the stock market starts to pull back and VC money is hard to find, the situation may be different. Florida has it's own bubbles, but they are primarily in construction and other fields.

Finally, the list of reasons why it's great to be an employee in California are probably the reason why there are some experiments to to place some jobs in other states. In the end, people and talent will go where the jobs are.

Comment: Re:Perhaps the answer is taxes (Score 2) 161

by danheskett (#48338909) Attached to: Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

It is very difficult to compare states evenly, but it is worth trying at some points. California (actually, like Texas and Florida) is adding a lot of new jobs because it lost so many in the recession. It has a lot of damage to undo. This is a good and bad thing.

Companies don't really move, you go that right. Sometimes, occasionally, they do, but it's not a real thing. But business does come and go, and at least part of that is the result of the business environment.

California population growth is still strong, but both Texas and Florida are growing faster. In all three cases, population growth and a few key industries are doing a lot of the heavy lifting economically.

Comment: Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (Score 4, Informative) 161

by danheskett (#48338887) Attached to: Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

You have a lot packed into that post. It's a sort of typical Silicon Valley is the center of the Universe attitude. A few interesting things I would just point out:

Florida, like California, is a big state. It's approximately 20 million people, only about 55% of California, but economically, pretty diverse. There is a bubble in Silicon Valley, it's fairly well recognized, and it's going to pop. It's a matter of timing as to when, and luck as to how bad it will be. Many local real estate markets in California are also once again over-valued, and if/when the jobs and inflated stock market deflate, even slowly, the real estate market will be in bad shape (again). California and Florida both had big shocks with foreclosures in the great recession, however, Florida has not put the brakes on new development, which have kept new home prices relatively low.

Weather wise - I mean - you can have your pick. If you live near the west coast, like say Tampa or Bradenton - you are looking at daily average highs from about 70 in the winter to 90 in the summer. If you head down to the islands, it's a narrower band and more comfortable from the ocean winds.

Recreationally, Florida has an amazing network of state parks, and you get a nice variety of beaches - you can have white-sand beaches that are similiar to California, or you can have some amazing active beaches. Yes, there is Disneyworld, and Universal, and Busch Gardens, and SeaWorld. There's a lot to do around those things for adults - Universal for example has a pretty interesting Halloween event if you are into that type of thing.

Politics wise, is obviously in the eye of the beholder, but it's a bit weird to claim Florida is some weird political universe when you've got San Fransico in your backyard, protesting buses. Like California, Florida has a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which have been reversed by Federal courts. The best comparison between California and Florida government, however, is that in Florida, the State government is basically not part of your life as an individual citizen. I moved to Florida a few years back, and I am fairly convinced that the State of Florida, except for a line item in a motor vehicle database somewhere, has no clue I live here. There is no State Income tax, nothing to file, no refund to beg for. I bought a new car, and there are no trips to city hall, or the DMV. You get a real license plate at the dealer that renews automatically by mail. And that's it. If you live in any of the rural areas, you won't have the state government in your way, and you probably have a town government either. Millions of people live in unincorporated areas, which effectively mean, you own a piece of land and pay some tax to the county, but there is no sub-division of government that makes municipal laws or regulation over you. Yes, that caters to weirdos, but it also caters to people who just want to be left alone, to live a peaceful life.

There are a lot of other positive aspects to living in Florida. We have a robust and dynamic healthcare market in most metro areas, with several large hospital groups fighting for patients. There are a many doctors who compete for patients, and keep prices low. When I shopped for health insurance last year, on the ACA marketplace, I had over 60 plans to choose from, and almost all of them were well below the national average.

Industry wise, we are more diverse in most cities than you'll find in Silicon Valley. The next wave of carnage, like the first bubble, will be epic. In Florida, we have a strong tourism sector, and companies like Mariott and Disney provide many excellent, middle class and professional job, along with roughly 250k lower-wage unskilled jobs. Educationally, Florida has an excellent University system. UF, USF, UCF are all fine universities. On top of that, there is an extensive community college network. For high schoolers, students graduating at the top of their class get free college tuition. And, it''s rather affordable. If you have a child today, you can pre-pay their 4-year university tuition for $178/month, till their 18th birthday. That will cover tuition, fees and some living expenses for any state university. There are good technology jobs in finance, banking, education, R&D, pharma, aviation, manufacturing, tourism, construction and other segments.

Cost wise, almost all areas of Florida beat California hands down. Depending on which formula's you use, Florida is 20-30% less expensive to live in than California, and depending on the area, can be quite a bit more than that as well. Utilities, food, real estate and/or rent are all less on average.

I am all for Silicon Valley, but it's not the center of the world. Florida is doing pretty well - like California there is a lot of immigration, a lot of cultural diversity (and in fact, Florida is growing population wise at twice the rate of California).

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