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Comment Re:unlimited if bundled (Score 1) 180

U-Verse TV is done over IPTV, so it's all data. They are effectively zero-rating that TV data, and uncapping your other data uses, only if you bundle products. This seems to me a violation of net neutrality. You might want to use a different TV provider.

Or another attempt to squeeze blood from a stone that you refuse to upgrade through sound investment to modern internet standards.

Comment Wrong TLA group, guys. (Score 1) 74

The FTC, according to the letter, is doing this on the basis of a "resolution." No law. No regulation. Just they _resolved_ it in order to complete a study. They're basically making a willful power grab. I wonder if the manufacturers will bite or fight? I think they should tell them where to stick it.

The FCC or NSA has more authority to do this than the FTC. The NSA through a FISA court order seems the most likely way to grant any legal authority in the matter. This is otherwise a blatant power grab. What the hell is wrong with the executive branch these days? In the lame duck years, it seems to be going out of its way to assert new, untold powers by only their say-so. This requires a regulation that does not exist, and can only be made by the legislature.

Finally, just what the hell does this have to do with trade policy/regulation? This is clearly NSA mission territory in my book. I would actually be comforted if the NSA took an interest in this and started helping us secure our technology instead of hanging on to a pool of vulnerabilities that any nation could exploit.

Comment Re:And yet many websites don't work with it (Score 1) 126

Ticketmaster's "print tickets" function (absolutely critical) failed to work in Firefox, and worked in IE. That's one example I ran into a while back. Fx devs may have fixed it by now.

On a lighter note, Firefox won't use Diffie-Hellman for key exchange, and IE will. I can't log in to my university cloud services without mucking about in about:config with Firefox (I have to explicitly tell it to use DHE anyway). I'm not sure this is a favorable thing for IE.

Comment On my comp it says it's resetting them but doesn't (Score 2) 387

Since that update (KB3135173), I keep getting told that PDF is reset to Edge, JPG is reset to Photos, and MP3 is reset to Groove Music, but nothing actually happens to my file preferences. Windows 10 just keeps announcing that it made the changes, on a daily, or slightly less often, basis. It doesn't seem to be associated with any task in the Task Scheduler, either. I checked the logs at the time of the message. It just keeps telling me that "an app caused a problem" so it's resetting my preferences in those three file types. All three announcements come at the same time.

But nothing actually happens other than the announcement.

I'm running in a Limited User Account. Could that have anything to do with it? Why wouldn't the OS be able to make the changes? I'm glad it can't seem to do what it's threatening to do, but it's weird.

I feel just like a beta tester. Windows 10 is flaky.

Comment List (Score 1) 255

From the web:

Surprising omissions from the actor race this year included Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation,” Will Smith for “Concussion,” Michael B. Jordan from “Creed” and the many young actors in “Compton.” link

Will Smith was fantastic in "Concussion." I didn't see Idris Elba in "Beasts of No Nation," but I'm going to rent it just to thumb my nose at the Academy. No interest in "Rocky VI" (ahem) "Creed," but I think Stallone got nominated for his performance in that one. It seems to me he's milked all the Oscars he should get out of "Rocky." Were the leads up to the same level? Don't know. "Straight Outta Compton" is another one I mean to hit in rental. No idea if it was any good, though.

Seems suspect. Insidious, isn't it? Definitely worth talking about. Quotas are probably the wrong way to go, though. Public shaming is fair game.

Comment Re:"No" carbon emissions should be the goal. (Score 1) 346

Yes. I understand this would also optimize zero emissions technology, I just don't think that's the way the world works. I think we would just say, "Oh good, now we can burn a little less coal." i.e.: I think this would just make us boil the frog a little more slowly. We need to work on getting rid of the coal in this country, not make that technology more feasible and attractive.

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