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Comment Re:Small ISP's are the target... (Score 2) 159

As a TekSavvy customer, I can guarantee you we either aren't being throttled, or we're getting around it. I used to be on their DSL service provided by Bell's last mile, and I've since switched to their cable service on Rogers' last mile. It's true Bell throttled all of their lines, including the wholesale customers, but TekSavvy specifically supported MLPPP on their precisely to get around this, so it wasn't an issue for anybody who was actually, you know, tech savvy (pun intended).

Rogers doesn't throttle their wholesale customers at all. It's always possible they might start, but with Bell backing off throttling now, Rogers is the only major ISP left who is actually throttling at all in Canada, as far as I'm aware. I think it's highly likely Rogers will soon be going the same route, and extremely unlikely that they'll go the complete opposite direction and start throttling everybody the way Bell was.

If the reason for this change really is because they've got all their customers on UBB plans, then the independents like TekSavvy have an even bigger advantage over them than before. Their caps are huge in comparison (300 GB on every one of their plans, and unlimited options available).

Comment Re:Just another provocation of war (Score 5, Insightful) 206

Who said anything about a judge? That's one of the major problems with this bill. It lets rights holders cut off funding to any site accused of copyright infringement without having to go through the courts. That's exactly what Hollywood wants to avoid. The legal system is actually starting to get wise to the sheer idiocy of their anti-piracy legal cases, so they're going around it.

Comment Re:Patents vs Copyrights (Score 1) 536

To use an analogy, you can copyright Micky Mouse or Bugs Bunny, but the patent equivalent would be patenting use of a mouse, or patenting the use of a comedic drawn humanoid figure. Easier to get around the copyright in this scenario if you are in the industry.

How does that work? Having a patent on Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny would cover that specific mouse or bunny, not all of them. Patenting the "use of a mouse" would be like owning the copyright to every mouse ever. The only differentiation I can see is that copyrights are applied to "works of art" and patents are applied to actual inventions, or at least they're supposed to be.

Comment Re:One problem with Python's standard library... (Score 2) 33

I do like twisted a lot, but with regards to SocketServer, I can tell you that the company I work for uses it in production applications and it works quite well for us. I supposed twisted is easier to work with, less that you have to do by yourself, etc. But if you're limited to the standard library, it works just fine.

Comment How is this news? (Score 1) 23

Didn't the "discontinuation" announcement specifically say that they were simply stopping it being a Google branded thing and open sourcing it? Not only that, but they also said they had plans to continue developing it. They were just killing the Google branded part. It was never going away in the first place.

Comment Re:China? (Score 4, Insightful) 403

That's even less feasible than shutting down the networks entirely. How will you figure out who is participating in the attacks and who is just reporting on them and trying to warn others? By hand, maybe, but you won't have the response time to deal with it. If you automate the process, you're going to silence people trying to report on what's happening or warn others. And of course, you'd still need the cooperation of Twitter or whatever social network you're talking about to make all this happen. This is a really stupid idea any way you slice it.

Comment Re:Hundreds of millions for payroll software? (Score 2) 215

You know, this seems to be par for the course with government contracts, and I've honestly never understood why. If my company contracts another company to do Job X for $Y million in Z months/years/whatever, that's a legally binding contract. If they go over budget, or don't deliver on time, or don't do the job they were supposed to do, we don't pay them. Why does the government? Is it because they can just ship it off to the taxpayers? Are they in bed with the companies bidding on the contract and getting lots of hookers and blow? Is it both?

Comment Re:what I did (Score 1) 510

Agreed. I would format my code the way I write it in Python anyway for readability, so why not? Forcing better code readability is a fine tradeoff for me. I might think a beginner would have more trouble understanding that nicely formatted code block A is the same as code block B with completely random indentation and line breaks, even though they look totally different. On the other hand, this doesn't apply when dealing with lists, tuples and dictionaries, where whitespace doesn't matter until you actually close it, so maybe there might be an issue there. Overall though, Python is a simple language with a very strong standard library that I would absolutely recommend for beginners. Hell, I'd recommend it for basically anyone. We do 99% of our code in Python at my workplace (web pages, cron scripts, network applications, etc.) and I personally find it fantastic to write in.

Comment Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (Score 4, Informative) 160

I saw him a few years ago in Toronto for the Straight Outta Lynwood tour, and he did play all his classic hits. I specifically remember Eat It and Amish Paradise both, and the encore was Albuquerque which was incredible to see performed live in its entirety. He opened the show with White & Nerdy and came out on stage riding a Segway. The show was fantastic, one of the best I've ever seen. There were costume changes between almost every song, and videos playing while they changed sets. It was a full-on multimedia show, not just a concert. If you get the chance to see him, do it. I'm seeing him again in a few weeks for the new tour. I'm really hoping he opens with the Gaga track and comes out of a chicken egg or something.

Comment Re:The invisible hand of captialism (Score 1) 300

You misunderstand what I mean by "scarcity". I mean that if you think up a unique idea, my using of that idea does not prevent you in anyway from also using it at the same time. What you refer to as "scarcity" sounds more like "credit" for discovering something first, which obviously is limited to whomever comes up with the idea. My reasoning for "running to a patent attorney", as you put it, would be to ensure that I get credit for whatever invention I came up with. In our current system, "credit" means that I'm the only one who is allowed to make money off my invention for a certain amount of time.

Now I argue that if the issue is recognition of a useful invention and monetary compensation, we ought to be able to handle this without imposing restrictions on other people making use of this idea. After all, isn't the way new ideas come about by building on older ones? Everybody is standing on the shoulders of giants, but they act like they're standing completely on their own. I thoroughly believe that this kind of thinking about IP is leading us towards a complete stagnation of real innovation that could progress us as a species. Eventually, everything will be tied up in IP and nobody will be able to create anything new.

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