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Comment Re:if I were GeegawCo, I'd pull out (Score 1) 251

Companies rarely if ever care about public interest. On the other hand knowing that if they were making gimped "security" in their devices, they should know their worldwide sales would plummet like a lead brick! No company with any brains would do this, even if it means cutting off all sales in Germany. The losses would just be too big otherwise.

Comment Re: Define (Score 5, Insightful) 251

NOBODY in security EVER thinks a backdoor is a good thing!
They are a MASSIVE vulnerability just waiting to get cracked, and if they are mandatory, all it takes is a single slip and that entire group is totally unprotected!
It's not a question of IF it will be used and abused, but simply WHEN

Sorry for the caps, but I really wanted to highlight those specific words to get across the point to some of the readers.

Comment Re:Freedom! (Score 1) 347

Have you ever heard of a Free Market? I don't mean the buzzword political idiots throw around, but the actual economic ideal of Free Market.
Essentially it's an economic utopia where anyone can enter any product/service market and compete.
Like all utopias, it never has existed, and probably never will.
Look at the costs to enter into such a business, and then look at the regulations that prevent you from doing so in many places. Those are barriers to entry that prevent most of us from ever doing such a thing. We do NOT have a Free Market, we have something else, but I'm not sure which is the right economist term for it.
So just saying "go start your own business" or "go do it yourself" isn't feasible in this, and most other circumstances we might want to.

I know they covered all this stuff back in my high school days. Have they really fallen that far in education quality now?

Comment Re:Freedom! (Score 1) 347

Not to mention certain companies have lobbied (bought off) various state legislatures and have gotten various cities and others outlawed from being able to provide it in the first place. (Though usually the second place as one or more cities in the state had already started one, or were in the process of it.)

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 347

Actually the internet functions more like a utility, and since it is a communications method, it's completely appropriate the FCC regulates it.
If the companies hadn't violated the spirit of net neutrality, they wouldn't have instituted actual rules known as net neutrality.

Killing net neutrality to "restore freedom" is like killing the constitution to "restore freedom". That's the exact opposite of what killing it does.

Of course, you're just an anonymous coward troll, and probably a paid one at that.

Comment Re:What specific problem did NN try to solve? (Score 1) 347

Certain companies were essentially blackmailing other companies to let them have their bandwidth back.
Certain companies were also killing and cutting the bandwidth on other traffic that their customers were using., despite the customers having paid for a certain level of bandwidth.

There are more details and more incidents, but that's more than enough info to get the idea. They were doing exactly what net neutrality stops.

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