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Comment Completely wrong summary (Score 1) 142

Subject should read: House votes to extend Patriot Act, and changes some cosmetics when it comes to telephone meta data collection.

1.) Without the act, the Patriot Act, which is what allows the intelligence agencies and LE to collect way to much data, would be again illegal and/or practically much harder. The Freedom Act extends the Patriot Act so the agencies can continue legally to collect the data heaps.

2.) So, the data will be stored at the provider, and they need a court order. And FISA is known to reject at least one request per year (well, most of the years, one cannot be so hostile to our protectors, right), and has never allowed unspecific over broad warrants to be issued, right?

Comment Re:Solution: Decouple wired buisness from company (Score 1) 255

Exactly, adding coverage requirements to licenses makes for a great motivator.

E.g. that leads to an arrogant expectation, that your mobile just works. Does not matter if you are in the city, or in some remote valley in the mountains.

Another brutal way to go at it is simply not allowing deployment of LTE in urban environments before the countryside does not have enough coverage.

Comment Re:What a bunch of A-Holes (Score 4, Interesting) 255

Well, they did manage to get POTS to everywhere.

At least, in Europe, coverage of at least 95% or more of the population are standard for licensing requirements even for mobile operators. Don't fulfill, and your billions in licensing fees go away and you loose your right to operate the network.

Nothing wrong in this, beyond that the operators don't like it.

Comment Re:life in the U.S. (Score 1) 255

Actually, the telcos in Europa are preparing to roll out, which makes telcos again competive with Cable.
(In this case the telcos are quite happy to upgrade, they have not been competive for a couple of years, actually, I'm on my second "free" bandwidth upgrade from by cable company that were not triggered by telco competition)

Comment Re: life in the U.S. (Score 3, Insightful) 255

Hint, streaming is meant to be streaming. There is no point in downloading data much faster than what your viewing application can use up, per time period.
Especially as it's unclear if the user will be watching that stream in 30s anymore. No point maxing out the connection, especially as it might steal needed bandwidth from another connection.

On the other hand, 4mbit/s downstream would be locally budget mobile internet. 25 mbit/s is a budget landline connectivity product.

Comment It's an open source myth (Score 1) 255

Because the closed source shops prefer not to discuss these issues. And have you've seen our new glossy product folder, our lowpaid code monkeys^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsuperb software development gurus don't make mistakes. No sorry, for whatever reason the legal department does not allows us to give you any warranty on our software.

Comment Re:The charges are complete garbage (Score 2) 219

Well, without a trial, how do you know they are guilty?

They admit guilt, because the punishment for the trumped up charges is so out of relation to the crime that happened for real. (Which does not mean that the defendant did the crime, or even a real crime happened, it's just the "visibile" thing) Now we've already concluded that many people take the plea deal to avoid that risk. (Hint: Because of minimum sentencing standards yet another safety valve has been disabled, e.g. the judge sentencing you for a dozen guilty counts to 40 hours social services, because he can see the real scope of the "crime").

So without that coerced admission of guilt how do you know that these guys are guilty? Just because the prosecutor (which risks nothing if he puts an innocent on death row, actually, getting the gulty verdicts even if they are turned over a decade later might be a career boost) says so?

One of the relevant outcomes of the American revolution was the right to a jury trial to avoid these kinds of abuses. The government has managed to void this right by putting an incredible high price (e.g. risk to spend your life in prison for something that might be a misdemeanour worth of a $500 fine. Or not even that.)

One last thing, yes, jury trials are a load for the system. But somebody is creating the load. Notice that many of these "small stuff" in most European countries would have been handled (as being dropped, converted to an "voluntary" reparation) much earlier, e.g. at the police level.

And before you cry, I live in big city, and I can walk the dog in the "worst" part of the city at night, don't carry, and the expected outcome is that I'll just get home, and the dog might be slightly tired. (Not the expected value for some US cities, where I was told by locals, no you cannot carry that expensive looking stuff in the subway). So while our mild justice system can be frustrating from time to time (because you often have the feeling that the perp is getting of easy), it seems to work better than the harsh system (walked the street with a red light, oops, it's 3rd strike, so it's mandatory life in prison).

Comment Re:News flash (Score 1) 115

Don't flaunt, I'm sure we'll get with the "earth is flat" (some words in the bible that can be interpreted this way are there) once certain US school authorities finish rooting out evolution (which is obviously wrong because it's not explained that way in The Book).

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas