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Comment: It's not just Google... (Score 2) 790

Microsoft has something called PhotoDNA which scours Bing, Outlook, etc. for child porn. I believe they also make it available to other companies. In fact, given the difficulty of getting images to train on, I wouldn't be surprised if Google was using Microsoft's PhotoDNA technology.

Comment: This should be the FTC's responsibility (Score 3, Insightful) 140

The FTC seems like they have the right tools to tackle net neutrality, whereas it's not clear that the FCC does. For example, they could declare that ISPs letting certain peering links saturate to unreasonable levels without disclosure is an unfair and deceptive trade practice. If a customer purchases Internet access, they expect equal access to all of the Internet. They could also declare that cable franchise monopolies interfering with competing video services (like Netflix) is an anti-trust violation.

Comment: Re: They aren't looking for public comments (Score 4, Informative) 140

The problem is that the FCC has limited regulatory power unless it reclassifies Internet access as a telecommunications service, which is considered the "nuclear option." Prior attempts to enforce neutrality have been thrown out by the courts. At this point, to do anything meaningful they'd probably have to involve Congress... And I bet you can figure out how likely that is.

Comment: Re:Comcast doesn't care (Score 3, Informative) 227

by supersat (#46935203) Attached to: Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible
It doesn't really matter where you are; there is no real competition in the US broadband market. Sure, DSL exists, but old copper lines can't handle nearly the bandwidth that coax can. I live only a few blocks away from the CO, but due to the age of the wires, I could barely get 1.5 mbps.

Comment: The box is pretty much mandatory (Score 2) 97

by supersat (#46674477) Attached to: FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee
The summary says it's "a converter box that allows cable subscribers with older televisions to receive digital channels," but now that the FCC allows cable companies to encrypt ALL channels, it's pretty much mandatory. Sure, you might be able to convince them to give you a CableCARD for your compatible TV, but I've heard that they make it difficult to get.

Comment: Plausible, but unlikely (Score 1) 526

by supersat (#46205523) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC
If you increase VLC's gain too high, it will begin to clip the audio signal (just like anything else would). Speakers do not like clipping. While VLC's volume control makes it easier to distort audio files than, say, Windows Media Player, Dell really should have some hardware protection in place. In this case, it sounds like the speakers were under-spec'ed with respect to the audio amp. Sounds like a design flaw to me!

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