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

by yacc143 (#48904119) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

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

by yacc143 (#48904001) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

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

by yacc143 (#48903895) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

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

by yacc143 (#48903853) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

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

by yacc143 (#48725445) Attached to: 2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

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

by yacc143 (#48477715) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

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:And cheaper, right? (Score 1) 338

by yacc143 (#48456823) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Well, and after how many days as unemployed do you get deported. Don't know about H1B in detail, but e.g. the preferential work visas for Aussies mean that you have to leave the country after being 7 days unemployed.

And your comment about "2 weeks and 2 months" is not a very correct observation, California is like most US states a at-will state. That means, if your employer does not like you, you are gone today. And the legal thing to do at this moment is not look for new work, it's looking for a ticket and moving your home back to a country where you are allowed to stay.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin