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Comment net neutrality is certainty for growing companies (Score 1) 319

Net neutrality is certainty for growing companies. AT&T née SBC, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner... these are not companies that need a lot of growth. They're already huge. The simple regulation was pretty straightforward.

Not having a neutral network, which actually means not having fair-market pricing and having censorship power over content producers and publishers in the hands of the incumbent network providers means much less certainty for smaller companies that may be trying to grow. Will your customers be able to see your video without paying extra to receive it compared to Comcast's own IP video streaming? Will AT&T disallow traffic from a website that publishes an article critical of AT&T from reaching AT&T customers? This whole "pay to upload and pay to download at the producer, then have the consumer pay to upload and download at their end, then tack on extra costs for the consumer to download the content from only some producers" is an unfair business tactic and a cause of uncertainty among those content producers.

Pai is trying to make things simpler for the biggest companies on the network and much more risky and unknown for absolutely everyone else, and calls that transparency.

Comment Re:Oh, Very Fscking Hilarious, Pai... (Score 1) 119

Bannon was just recorded on audio the other day at some meeting. The topic was Trump's clear mandate to disassemble the administrative state and gut non-statute regulations. That's the plan. They want to make sure if something's not in the statutory code it's not legally enforceable. The want to completely dismantle the Executive agencies beyond Defense, State, and DHS basically.

https://www.washingtonpost.com...

http://www.nationalreview.com/...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

Pai's not there to provide regulations or play games with regulations. He's there to remove them. "Improved demarcation" means in this context he wants to shrink what each one covers to the point there's obviously no overlap.

Comment "both sides of the aisle" is a political statement (Score 1) 402

The phrase "both sides of the aisle" is itself a political statement, and a bullshit one at that. The majority of the US are independent voters. The "first past the post" voting system is allowing this duopoly and false dichotomy to keep gasping for air. We need real chances for other parties and a real representational voting system to allow that. I support approve/disapprove voting.

Comment Re:FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 209

Oh, we really need Portillo's down here. Or at least Munchies. In the meantime, http://houston.eater.com/maps/... has some recommendations. For what it's worth, the JCI on Hollister off 290 and the one on SH-6 out in Copperfield have never put barbecue sauce on my Chicago dog. Sonic has a reasonable facsimile, too, minus the bun of course.

Comment Re:FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 209

I actually moved down here from downstate - the Quincy / Springfield area - about six years ago. I used to travel to Chicago regularly for business and pleasure. My girlfriend just moved down from the northwest 'burbs about two and a half years ago. She's from the Rolling Meadows / Arlington Heights area. She's a Cubs and especially a Blackhawks fan. I'm a Cards, Chiefs, and Blackhawks fan.

There's a Gino's East up around Spring / The Woodlands. Groupon has a $30 for $16 deal for it right now. It's not quite the same, but it's much closer than anyone else down here. There are some other decent deep dish places, but most of them don't get the cheese/crust layer just right and don't use any corn meal in the crust.

I work with some Chicago transplants, too. I can probably ask around about whether anyone's found something close to Giordano's.

Comment Re:FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 209

Here in Houston we can still get the Blackhawks audio on the WGN app, thankfully. We can't get it on broadcast unless it's something like the Wednesday Night Rivalry. The NHL app is blacked out if they're playing the Stars, as if Dallas is local to Houston or Houston TV would carry a Dallas game by choice.

I used to sometimes listen to Spurs games back in central Illinois as long as they were night games. WOAI 1200 AM carries quite far after dark.

Mostly I use the radio to listen to KUHF, but sometimes I'll flip over to KKHH or something on the way home from the office.

Comment Water doesn't tend to be the problem (Score 2) 218

Water doesn't tend to be the problem in aqueous solutions. The fact that it's a solution means that you've got these other chemicals in your water if it spills. I doubt anything that stores a high amount of charge is something you want to casually mop up while the kids and pets lap it off the floor.

Comment Re:You're missing half of the equation (Score 1) 399

You're leaving out that some of these people rather than work a low-paying job at that point would seek education, training, and internships that make them more qualified for jobs that require more skills and are more rewarding. It can be difficult to fit in school and work when you have to work 40 or 60 or 80 hours a week. If one is paid enough to have a studio apartment, laptop, and Internet access and enough free time to take classes online without needing all those hours, one might be more likely to bootstrap themselves out of the unskilled labor pool into something less prone to be replaced with automation.

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