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Comment Re:Theoretically (Score 2) 172

Satellite internet access is so shitty. It goes out constantly, doesn't deliver on promised speeds, and has ridiculous data plans. I had one of the largest data plans at 10 GB a month. I had hunted to find the best satellite provider and got Wild Blue. The customer service, ugh, that was the worst. They knew you literally had no other options besides dialup so I would get charged with random shit and have to spend 5 days on the phone trying to get my money back. Eventually I had my internet cut off because they said I downloaded the Matrix (?) and demanded $200 as a settlement offer and I told them to duck off.

Submission + - Why ISIS Is Winning The Online Propaganda War

blottsie writes: The U.S. government has been unable to fight the Islamic State on the one battlefield it currently commands: the Internet. Exemplified by an August 2014 video produced by the State Department, the U.S. remains ineffective at combating violent extremism online. This definitive report by the Daily Dot explores how ISIS succeeds in spreading its message and recruiting new militants and why the U.S. government continues to fail in its efforts to stop ISIS online.

Comment Re:Allow Virtual ISPs or Last Mile (Score 1) 347

Yeah, selling access to it would be leasing. I see what you mean with the retention of control, but unless these provisions were really terribly drafted selling access to it is going to be leasing activity, since it would be trading use of the asset for the rent, even if the use isn't exclusive and the control remains with the municipality.

Comment Re:I actually don't see much wrong with this. (Score 5, Insightful) 568

I'd be ok with it too if it meant that Granny paid very little, but I think that we'll see Granny paying the same amount she currently is while everyone else gets to pay out the ass without being able to turn to alternate ISPs. It's not like this is really going to lower anyone's monthly fees, even Granny's; it's just an excuse to charge more. I would love to be proven wrong, but that's just not the business model these creeps run.

Comment Re:No Xbox != unprepared (Score 1) 398

Yeah I was kind of wondering the same thing. If the power is supposed to be out for quite a while I'll put what I can from the fridge/freezer into a heavy duty 5-day cooler and eat things in the order I think they'll spoil. I'm probably biased because I tent camp a lot, but while power would be awesome in an outage I would see it a luxury and not a necessity. Food will spoil, that will suck, but I have enough non-refrigerated food stored that I'd be good for quite some time.

Comment Re:All the carriers suck (Score 1) 490

I'm not a fan of the iPhone, personally. I have some friends with them, and they love them, but my experience messing with them is rather "eh." What I do like is that ATT, Verizon, Sprint, etc, are all starting to really compete with each other. Service areas are being expanded, and since the coming of the iPhone other carriers are beginning to step up their game with their hardware. I love my Droid X, but I wonder if it would have come to market if not for the iPhone. In my (relatively rural) area, Verizon was the only available carrier until the iPhone hit market, and there was enough demand for the iPhone that ATT expanded into the area, giving us actual choices around here for service. Even if all carriers are bloodsucking jerkwads, at least with competition we get to choose our method of bloodsucking, and I think that, at least in my rural area, phone choices and coverage have exploded since the iPhone. Android, iPhone, 10-pound-brick-phone, whatever, at least now the carriers are trying to offer different things, and I think the market competition is great! I hope it continues!

Submission + - Verizon Denounces Network Neutrality ( 1

darthcamaro writes: There are a lot of opinions in the U.S debate over network neutrality. The FCC is set to announce their ruling tomorrow but today Verizon's CEO Ivan Seidenberg came out with a stinging attack against it. Speaking at the big Supercomm conference in Chicago, Verizon's chief blasted network neutrality as a burdonsome regime that that could put the U.S back into a full blow recession.

"If a burdensome regime of network neutrality is imposed on all parts of the Internet industry, it will inject an extraordinary amount of bureaucratic oversight into the economy's main growth engine to the future," Seidenberg said."We can't create a smart economy by dumbing down our critical infrastructure. "We can't move forward by pitting network providers and applications developers against each other when the real promise of broadband is an expanding pie for everyone."

Comment Re:Use price for the students that we need! (Score 2, Insightful) 531

In a society completely driven by efficiency we become nothing more than cogs in a big machine we can't understand. Without engineers and scientists our ability to technologically advance would be brought to a halt, but without philosophers and historians our ability to connect to each other and our common history is similarly halted.

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