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Submission + - What's the cost of a Gigabyte? 1

interfecio writes: Bandwidth costs are a hot item currently, with Canada ISPs introducing allowances and charging overages, do you know what you're paying for each Gig transferred? I've looked at my routers transfer stats, and it's quite interesting.

November 2010 (Incoming: 109555 MB / Outgoing: 5825 MB)
December 2010 (Incoming: 119505 MB / Outgoing: 4931 MB)
January 2011 (Incoming: 119884 MB / Outgoing: 4579 MB)

@ $58/mo it comes out to on average 47 cents per GB. I'm not exactly a light user, but I wouldn't consider my household extreme either. With a lot of information now "cloud" based, video, voice, data storage, will we start to see a reversal of cloud services because costs could become more of a factor?

Comment The correct way (Score 1) 376

If you want a internet for emergency situations you make legislation that forces a first page in cases of emergency's you don't close off the whole internet. There really is no way to justify complete control of information other than forcing a certain view of the world on the people. And if the government wants to protect their own network make it so there is a kill-switch for closing of any government website for the outside not every site for everybody.

Government

Submission + - What to ask Congressman regarding Net Neutrality? (bluecollarmuse.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: I have the opportunity to participate in a conference call with a local Congresswoman who has sponsored legislation to restrict the FCC from arbitrarily mandating any form of Net Neutrality. Please list some ideas of intelligent questions to the Congresswoman that can be asked during this conference call .

Submission + - Social Intelligence: Why be an Enginerd? 4

EMB Numbers writes: Social Intelligence: Engineers design things that salesmen sell. Salesmen sell to each other in clubs, on golf courses, and over drinks. Engineers value competence in design. Salesmen value competence in clubs, golf courses, and drinking. College fraternities are surely the best possible training ground for salesmen. I should have joined a frat and studied clubs, golf, and beer :( Why does anybody study engineering? Why do engineers always end up working for salesmen? Is it because salesmen bring in the money and engineers are just a regrettably necessary cost of product development?

Submission + - Paypal alternatives? 6

dotancohen writes: It seems that everything that I used to do with Paypal is gone, and nobody has found a good alternative yet. This month I tried donating to Anki (but Paypal is no longer serving Japan for donations) and Virtual Identity (which stopped accepting Paypal due to the Wikileaks incident). The authors of both software are looking for alternatives. What can we recommend to them? What reliable and inexpensive money-transfer services exist today? What do you use?
The Internet

Submission + - The end of the net as we know it (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Britain’s leading ISPs are attempting to construct a two-tier internet, where websites and services that are willing to pay are thrust into the “fast lane”, while those that don’t are left fighting for scraps of bandwidth or even blocked outright. Asked directly whether ISP TalkTalk would be willing to cut off access completely to BBC iPlayer in favour of YouTube if the latter was prepared to sign a big enough cheque, TalkTalk’s Andrew Heaney replied: “We’d do a deal, and we’d look at YouTube and we’d look at BBC and we should have freedom to sign whatever deal works.” Britain's biggest ISP, BT, meanwhile says it could "absolutely could see situations in which some content or application providers might want to pay BT for a quality of service above best efforts." PC Pro asks if it's the end of the net as we know it.
Businesses

Eric Schmidt Out, Larry Page In As Google CEO 185

jfruhlinger writes "Google surprised just about everybody at its earnings call by announcing that Eric Schmidt, who had served as company CEO for more than a decade, would be stepping down and that cofounder Larry Page would take over. Schmidt will stay on as chairman and provide 'technology thought leadership,' whatever that is. When Schmidt, an old Sun hand, joined Google in 2001, it was seen as a move to turn the scrappy upstart into a mature company; now on his Twitter feed Schmidt proclaims that his 'adult supervision' is no longer needed."
Businesses

Submission + - Larry Page to replace Eric Schmidt as Google CEO (blogspot.com) 1

D H NG writes: While announcing its Q4 financial results, Google had also announced some changes in leadership. Starting April 4, Google co-founder Larry Page will replace Eric Schmidt as CEO. Sergey Brin will retain the title Co-Founder and Eric Schmidt becomes the Executive Chairman and retains his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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