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Comment Not Possible (Score 2) 798

Would prefer a trial where he would be allowed to make his case.

So would Snowden, I imagine. But the laws Snowden would be charged under have no public interest exemption. Likewise, Whistleblower Protections only apply to actual Federal employees, not to contractors (or 'Office Supplies', as we used to call ourselves). So Snowden, in a U.S. court, will be explicitly prevented from 'making his case'. A jury would be forbidden from being allowed to consider it, meaning any such testimony could be blocked.

Comment Re: These are good changes (Score 1) 75

So to be more clear, T-mobile in particular is getting rid of data caps and they are depriotitizing heavy users when towers are congested.

I'll believe that when I see it. I've never gone over my T-Mobile data cap, but family members on my plan have, and they can tell the moment it happens, regardless of whether or not they're in a congested area: immediate drop to sub-Edge speeds until the end of the billing cycle.

Comment Re:These are good changes (Score 1) 75

Binge-on isn't a data cap, it's a bandwidth limiter.

Except there still is a cap. Read the fine print. Past certain usage all your data is throttled.

If you think that 10+ phones using DASH, RTSP, etc, to try to stream an HD video (5Mbps+) out of a single 50Mbps LTE tower, isn't going to cause severe problems for everyone else using that tower, then you have a strange understanding of network protocols and video protocols in particular.

Granting your argument for the moment, artificially limiting bandwidth to 1.5Mbps doesn't help a lot. It's not like it's going to suddenly magically allow a tower to support 3x as many users, as there's other factors at play than raw bandwidth. Additionally it doesn't do anything if T-Mobile's crystal ball can't tell you're viewing video. Also additionally, the existing Binge-On has been randomly deciding non-video things are also video, and artificially limiting download speeds.

I'd also like to know where the "money making ploy" is in a system that gives you unlimited video for free if you're willing to stream it at lower, DVD-quality, bitrates.

1) The new plans cost more
2) You can pay more to use the actual bandwidth on your plan
3) You lack imagination. Once consumers are used to the idea of certain services being zero-rated on their plan, the carriers can start charging services for the privilege.
If Netflix doesn't use your data cap, and Hulu does, maybe it's not worth keeping that Hulu subscription?
AT&T has been very upfront about the fact that this is their end goal: charge both ends of the pipe. They haven't found many takers yet. T-Mobile is making the smarter play: convince the customers it's a good idea first and then the providers will have to come on board.

Comment Re: These are good changes (Score 1) 75

This argument reminds me of having to explain to junior developers why they don't need to use a binary search on an array size of 10.

Everything you have just said is correct, but none of it proves that data caps are actually necessary to combat congestion. In your theoretical example of an oversubscribed tower, limiting city users to the same arbitrary number of bytes as a rural user with a tower to themselves most of the day does nothing to help. It does make the carrier a lot of money, though.

Comment Re:Nice propaganda piece (Score 2) 472

I happen to know that even getting accepted for a BA at the IIT requires passing one of the hardest university entry exam on the planet.

Okay... based on my 30 seconds of research there are about 33k undergrads currently enrolled across all IIT schools. Assuming for the sake of absurdity they all graduated every year (when in fact, for a three year program less than 1/3 would reasonably graduate in a year), and every single one of them became an H1B worker in the US, that would still only account for half of the ~65k H1Bs issued annually. In reality they probably only make up a fraction of a percent (if any) of that workforce, as if they're that good they don't need to engage in indentured servitude. So the quality of IIT grads is not a particularly useful data point here.

Comment Re:Hahaha (Score 1) 52

Step 1: Try to use this book to fight zombies using mass produced consumer electronics starter kits

Actually it's a shame they described the book that way, as that's not all that it contains. It also has details on how to scavenge useful parts out of existing devices (car alternator, disposable camera capacitors, etc.) It's not just Pi and Arduino stuff.

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