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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise 239

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-aim-the-gun,-we'll-pull-the-trigger dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The net neutrality debate has been pretty binary: ISPs want the ability to create so-called "fast lanes," and consumers want all traffic to be treated equally. Now, AT&T is proposing an alternative: fast lanes under consumer control. Their idea would "allow individual consumers to ask that some applications, such as Netflix, receive priority treatment over other services, such as e-mail or online video games. That's different from the FCC's current proposal, which tacitly allows Internet providers to charge content companies for priority access to consumers but doesn't give the consumers a choice in the matter."

AT&T said, "Such an approach would preserve the ability of Internet service providers to engage in individualized negotiations with [content companies] for a host of services, while prohibiting the precise practice that has raised 'fast lane' concerns." It's not perfect, but it's probably the first earnest attempt at a compromise we've seen from either side, and it suggests the discussion can move forward without completely rejecting one group's wishes.

Comment: Re:Kickstarter's Problem (Score 1) 215

by zlives (#47891701) Attached to: Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

"legally obligated to provide it to you", but isn't that an agreement between you and KS or between KS and fundseeker. There is no "contract" between fundseeker and you. at least that's what i get or don't get.
I am signing on to KS based on their provision that I am able to get refunded, other wise i wouldn't... right I could always just fund the fundseeker without going through KS ( or throw my money out the window as it were)

+ - Popular Science Magazine: About the Cell towers->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "Popular Science magazine has published an article about a network of cell towers that are owned not by telecommunication companies but by internal US agencies that are, well... gathering, data of US citizens. Many of them are built in US military bases. The revelation states that individual users are being tracked without court order or any warrant nor the knowledge of cell service providers and are built with the sole purpose of .... data gathering (spying, monitoring)."
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+ - Jennifer Lawrence/iCloud Hack and the Need for Zero-Knowledge Data Storage->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The recent hack of dozens of celebrity iCloud accounts and subsequent theft/posting of their private photos highlights the need for host-proof aka "zero-knowledge" data storage. Companies like SpiderOak have been using this technology for years so why are DropBox and Apple so far behind?"
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How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.