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Comment Re:Price caps cause market distortions. (Score 1) 256

Let me introduce you to Europe, which has local loop unbundling, which is a fantastic way to create competition by reducing the cost of market entry because you don't have to build near as many wires, if any. Also let me introduce you to the internet service anti-competitive laws around the US pushed by concern-troll Republican lobbying bullshit-artists ALEC.

Enough of being nice, though. Fuck anyone who brings up these arguments. This shit is past getting old, it already is old. The market forces that drove the situation that US internet access is in is well-understood:

1) Forced monopolies because the telcos literally divided up the country with tacit non-compete clauses
2) Claim building in a competitor's area is too expensive -- because they made sure of that; see #3
3) Drove up the cost to market entry by lobbying for laws to benefit them and harm area-entrants -- pole access, deny municipal entrants with random bullshit laws country-wide -- you're saying I can't expand my internet service outside my electrical service footprint as an electrical utility why, exactly? -- and make over-building a possibility (hello local loop unbundling)
4) Got politicians to repeat their bullshit "there's plenty broadband competition; T-Mobile's LTE competes with Comcast's wireline!"
5) Drove service costs to near-zero to get more money
6) Profited the fuck off customers by creating natural, basically-government-protected monopolies -- see #1-4

Comment What about the people? (Score 1) 126

If it's going to be that unpopular -- and I'm sure they know it will be -- how about... not trying it in the first place because you're supposed to represent me and not corporations? They're going to either start a smear campaign over Net Neutrality as it gets closer or be as quiet about it as possible, but only because I'm pretty sure they know they have to convince people that removing it is not the worst thing to hit the Internet since fake news.

This is such a prime example of how much power companies have over the American population at large and it's pretty disgusting. Am I a dirty liberal? Probably, but I don't see why expecting representatives to represent the opinions of the majority of the country, instead of a very rich few -- sorry, vocal few; campaign donations are free speech now -- is so difficult. There's a good reason why Congress' approval rating has been so low for so long.

"Corporations are people, too." I hope Mitt Romney is never given the chance to forget he uttered that filth.

Comment Insurance against ransomware? (Score 2) 42

Really? Paying off ransomware companies? That's just going to make them target wealthy people. I mean, I'll be fine but it's probably only going to provoke more attacks since you're guaranteed a payday if the person you hit has AIG.


public static bool operator==(const Person& a, const Person& b)
        if(a.Wealth() != b.Wealth())
                return false;
                return &a == &b;

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 899

1. I'm still right and you're still wrong.

2. It's all stupid. The media's trying to distract with narratives about crowd size to undermine Trump. Who gives a fuck?

Who are you trying to convince: me or yourself? "I'm right and you're not" is the logic of a child in fourth grade and is not going to suffice talking to adults. Please try again. You argued nothing and are throwing another distraction.

Answer to my points or just get out.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 2) 899

No. You are throwing a distraction and I'm not going to bite. The initial claim was that the audience in attendance was bigger.

I'm not going to argue it was the most-streamed event*. That's not what their point was. I don't care who had a bigger audience, Trump cared. They lied because they pointed to pictures and said, "this is framed badly, we had a bigger audience," when clearly from the pictures you could see much more empty space. Not once during this fiasco did they point to online streams, they said, "audience" which can be bent by any person to mean anything. The language is vague on purpose. They all pointed to picture evidence, Trump's ridiculously-worded anecdotal evidence and "bad framing".

* And beside the point, it doesn't give numbers. It is not concrete and would be insane to draw specific numbers from.

"The 17 million streams are the total number of streams, not the average number of people watching. That 17 million figure may include people that reloaded the webpage, or that clicked in and watched for 30 seconds, or people where the inauguration started to auto-play on the CNN story they clicked through."

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1, Troll) 899

Give me falsifiable but true evidence of Soros doing any of this. There have been documented paper trails of the Koch brothers, along with other right-leaning mill/billionaires dumping money into conservative agendas. Is that bad? No, he's free to put money to causes he believes in.

What's bad is the video of that Republican woman on camera caught trying to hire people to disrupt Trump's inauguration. There has been no such evidence of George Soros being involved in anything I've heard people claim but there has been some evidence of Republicans hiring people to disrupt Republican events so they can blame Democrats.

Believe HuffPo is fake news? Feel free, but it's hard to refute a video.

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 229

So, it's to be a battle of wits, is it?

First, I gather you know much of the US has nowhere to go if they want to switch, making your first point moot. But, I fail to see how it's any different from any other business doing cost analysis based on estimates.

Reasonably populated areas in Europe pay far less than reasonably populated areas in the US. New York City and San Francisco, two big cities, have some of the worst service in the country. Why? Effective regional monopolies. NYC is suing Verizon for failing to meet terms. Verizon doesn't want to build more. Can't imagine why. (Simply, costs more to maintain than wireless. Why serve customers when you don't have to?)

And yes, I carefully worded that because I'm not a network engineer for a major ISP and don't know how they over-subscribe. I thought I made it clear that is acceptable practice but if not: that is obviously acceptable practice. Theoretical peak is just that: theoretical. I'm not going to make a case for a restaurant to build out for unused tables and will not make the case for an ISP to build out for unused bandwidth. Both are silly. Again, I thought that was clear. Haha, wasted your time.

The argument is ISPs are, in fact, super-villains. Why? Data caps have nothing to do with over-subscribing or bandwidth management. I'm not comparing this to restaurants because the analogy would be poor. In fact, none of what you argued have anything to do with the reason most people hate their ISP. Bits are not consumed. The only scarcity is bandwidth. Restaurants have a max capacity but that does not cap the speed at which people can be moved in and out. People would be pissed if they were rushed because they had a time cap and would go elsewhere. Whoops, I did what I said I wouldn't do. And yep, the analogy is awful.

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 229


Private companies have been put under the regulation gun before. Why should it be any different whether it's an ISP or an electric company? I'm pretty sure phone companies in the US are/were under pricing regulation (as long as they use POTS lines, thanks to loopholes). This is what happens with virtual monopolies -- and, in some regions, actual monopolies.

Of course, it shouldn't have to be like this. There should be competition so consumers have somewhere to go when they don't like one carrier's policies. But, they've crafted themselves regional monopolies. Until local-loop unbundling is a thing, this will never happen.

Sufficient Bandwidth

Ok, let's define sufficient bandwidth. If you have 1000 customers on a node and they're all at your max tier, say 50 MB/s, you need 500,000 MB/s on that node to support theoretical peak bandwidth. Of course, the node will rarely if ever reach 500,000 MB/s and ISPs know this so, naturally, they'll do some percentage lower, say, 75% theoretical peak. They probably set this number based on a monthly (yearly, likely, or else I'd rarely have to complain about persistent bandwidth issues) report of max bandwidth in a node.

But, we're forgetting that until they upgrade those routers, their costs are mostly comprised of replacing aging hardware (ROFL) and paying employees, along with putting away billions for the CEO's severance package (I'm bitter). How does this differ from a shipping company who has to replace aging trucks, or purchase more trucks as their business grows? The analogy isn't 100% but it's a damn shot closer than Oreos vs. bits. If the actual peak bandwidth rises above "sufficient", then purchase more/bigger routers/another node for more customers.

An ISP is a business that, once it has a footprint, won't grow much. The ISPs around the US have carved out their own sections and detest anyone creeping into their regions. Thus, their expansion can and will flatline. How else are they supposed to grow their income? I can't fault them for wanting to do so but I can fault them their methods. That said, my electric company isn't growing its income.

It's past time ISPs become utilities or, better yet: must not control both the last mile and "first mile", and cannot be part of a content company.

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 3, Insightful) 229

No one's saying bandwidth is free. We're saying the bits are free. There's a difference. Bandwidth is how many bits per second. Bits is a file transfer or data being streamed. A sliver of a frame of a video. A single millisecond of a song. Once sufficient bandwidth is in place, it costs an ISP nothing if you're downloading at 1 MB/s or 1 GB/s. Other people may suffer at the hands of your use of the total bandwidth at your area of the Internet but the costs do not change because they don't have to put bits into the hardware so that some can be used to give you your video, song, file, etc. You do, however, have to put Oreos in the truck.

Because the bits, the thing being transferred, are there whether you use them or not. What we call "used" bits is just some program deeming the electrons flowing into your data port actual data instead of garbage. Therefore, you cannot "use up" bits and the infuriating part is these people spouting the nonsense work for the ISPs in some fashion or another and should know this. Oreos, on the other hand, stop flowing when they are all gone and must be manufactured. Bits are not manufactured. They are charging for both the bits and the bandwidth, when the bits cost them almost nothing. The cost is the device to manage the bits (the "router"), which is not nothing but would may cost a $20,000. Compared to an ISP's income, that's grains of sand.

I feel like I'm wasting my time talking to an AC. With sufficient knowledge of how the Internet works, you understand that data caps are a way to create artificial scarcity. The common uses are to prop up a dying business model or to extract extra money.

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