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Comment Requirements need to be clear and solid (Score 2, Interesting) 426

Any proposed replacement must satisfy the following conditions showing it is a true improvement

a) be cheaper now and for the long term for customers
b) be more reliable
c) provide better 911 and other emergency services information

From the above
a) there will not be an initial upfront customer cost over and above current costs.
    If it is to be cheaper overall the provider is to eat the up front cost and just delay reducing costs to the customer.
b) things like a touch tone charge are disallowed
c) it must not depend on power available at the customers site
d) digital features like allowing customers to add a digital description containing things like number of house occupants, ages, medial conditions to be sent along with a 911 call should be considered.

Comment Ads not acceptable if we pay for bandwidth (Score 1) 419

With the ISP's pushing to get us to pay for every bit of data there is no way I am going to let any page I visit load every element without me giving it permission.

Page text 2k.
Page images 4 x 50k = 200k

Ad to text ratio 100:1. Sorry not a good idea.

Also page rendering time is a function of the size of the page elements. A snappy page usually has very few ad images.

If they can make the ads low bandwidth and not add a load to the page rendering and not annoying people might accept them. The odds of that are very low.

Comment Should start with huge commercial organizations (Score 2, Insightful) 268

CRIA is a huge violator. I suspect the RIAA is a similar violator. These organizations should be made to pay in full.


Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) was sued for $6 billion (not $60 billion as initially reported) for commercial copyright infringement. The case was only filed and already, it is seemingly beyond the point of damage control for CRIA. The question is, can CRIA recover from what may be the biggest blunder in its history?

Comment Exposure is good. (Score 3, Insightful) 316

Suppressing the exposure is not the solution. It just means any future such leaks will be distributed "below the radar". In the interests of national security the leaks should be made as public as possible so that reactions can done to the leaks if required. Ideally the policies should be secure enough that we are still safe with full disclosure. As we all know security through obscurity is not a good solution.

Better that we know the leak occurred than the leak occurs and we don't know it happened.

Comment wrong funding strategy (Score 0, Troll) 226

It should be funded by the ISPs. The ISPs should be free to charge end users rates based on the OS the end user is doing.

Like insurance rates for different drivers of different cars as end users present threats to the net based on their OS and experience the rates charged to support a malware elimination office should depend on what is being connected.

Comment Free hookers like the climate conference (Score 4, Funny) 186

This sort of thing only seems to happen at the political conferences, not the technical ones.

Copenhagen's city council in conjunction with Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards out to 160 Copenhagen hotels urging COP15 guests and delegates to 'Be sustainable - don't buy sex'.

"Dear hotel owner, we would like to urge you not to arrange contacts between hotel guests and prostitutes," the approach to hotels says.

Now, Copenhagen prostitutes are up in arms, saying that the council has no business meddling in their affairs. They have now offered free sex to anyone who can produce one of the offending postcards and their COP15 identity card, according to the Web site avisen.dk.


Comment Re:Good test case (Score 5, Interesting) 705

> the Happy Birthday song has been in the public domain for over 100 years, it's unlikely that someone has any valid claim to it...

Uhhmm. No. The happy birthday copyright is in full force.

Ever wonder why those food places have the servers gather round and sing some really stupid non-happy birthday song to the birthday person.

The Happy Birthday copyright is vigorously defended.

I don't know how it works exactly as the song predates current copyright limits.

Comment Re:Good test case (Score 4, Insightful) 705

> A faithful application of the law here would shock the conscience.

As to the movie it is going to depend on the legal definition of excerpt and context. Otherwise every photograph with a TV image would be a violation.

As to the performance of happy birthday I think they are clearly guilty. The key will be to appeal to the jury on reasonableness and the fact that the performance while public was not to the public and thus not technically a public performance.

Comment They need to know future costs and plans (Score 1) 301

Very important for management is future planning.

Track Hardware age.
Present at least a 2 year out management plan for hardware upgrades with likely costs.
Do the same for software. But you also need to watch for potential compatibility issues.
Do you have spares?

Watch for potential migration opportunities of software and hardware platforms for efficiency and cost. These would not be indepth studies as management would have to approve those. Just keep you eyes open and report when something looks interesting. Especially with future scaling issues.

Comment Copyright is less than 100 years old (Score 0) 675

People told stories, wrote books, created music and designed things for thousands of years before copyright's and patents were invented. If you look at the time scale then it is only copyright protection that is new.

I say we go turn the clocks back and remove copyright protection and patents. The lack of copyrights did not stop the creation of Mickey Mouse. Also I would like to be able to sing Happy Birthday in public without having to pay performance fees to someone.

Correction copyright originates from the British Statuate of Ann 1710. So 300 years for copyright, except it was repealed in 1842. So when do we start counting?

Comment I will bet it is not implemented as worded. (Score 1) 698

As worded we see "by using more than 70 per cent of your maximum downstream or upstream bandwidth for more than 15 minutes"
Which would imply that a few seconds gap of less than 70% traffic every 15 minutes would allow you to go at 100% for the rest of the time.

I bet it is actually done as "using more than 70 percent bandwidth averaged over 15 minutes". In which case 12 minutes of 100% followed by 3 minutes of silence is 12/15 -> 80% usage.

And also they don't mean a short burst that uses 100% of the load 5 sec out of every minute for 15 minutes.

So they are talking average bandwidth load vs short term load.

Typical non-technical notice not able to conceive the difference between throughput usage and bandwidth capacity. But then they want to sell you the capacity but not the usage.

Comment Steering wheel spike (Score 2, Insightful) 432

I would guess the simplest solution would be a sharp point in the middle of the steering wheel.

There is nothing like the threat of death to keep one focused.

What we have done is made driving so easy and effortless that people feel free to do other tasks. All this stability and traction control have just added to the feeling of control. Adding even more safeguards is just going to let people do more other activities.

Reminder of the story of the person in the motor home who set the speed control then made a sandwich. Urban legend or not it is human nature to self distract if a task does not require attention.

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