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Comment Re: Microsoft deserved it (Score 5, Insightful) 121

Which is why a 90 day disclosure to public announcement deadline is a reasonable measure. If a bug can be discovered by a nice engineer, it can also be discovered and exploited by a malicious one.

People being mad about this announcement would be akin to people being angry about leaks from Trump's administration rather than the malfeasance uncovered, which would be, you know... Ludicrous.

Or Snowden, etc...

Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 109

If you go out into the Rockies or Appalachians you can drink most surface water untreated

Sure, there are many places here in Australia where you can still drink from a mountain stream. However the vast majority of our ancestors over the last 5-10,000yrs did not live in next to a pristine mountain stream. They lived in towns and villages with open sewers running thru the streets and into the waterways. The local water was not fit for human consumption, people did not drink it because even though they knew nothing of germs they knew that dirty water could/would give them cholera and/or dysentery, they also knew that turning it into beer/wine prevented that agonising fate from happening to them. .

Comment Re: I understand your point, you're missing mine (Score 1) 197

The problem here isn't whether you can adjust shapers or rules for jitter and reliability.

The real problem is that Comcast (or any ISP) can decide to impose a consumer monthly cap and charge for overage, after which they can also *not count* Netflix against that cap while still counting Hulu or PlayStation Vue against that cap. Practical network management is a red herring to distract from uncompetitive business practices. There may be some naive non-experts who would want to jump into routing and low-level management, but that is a staggeringly small minority that could be easily convinced to stand down.

The real game is in market-changing billing practices that enter under the pretense of responsible network management.

Step one is to take an honest look at the vast distinction between those areas of concern and consider policy honestly and realistically. That is, by the way, something that I wouldn't anticipate in the near future from this administration or the FCC. The obfuscation is convenient and intentional.

Comment What. An. Asshole. (Score 1) 564

Like many, I championed his cause and firmly stated that he was being unfairly politically persecuted. But the reality is that he's just a douchebag that found a cause to stand atop and be the king of. It's just another power-play. He's as principled as a toaster oven.

Comment Re:corporations may not collectively bargain (Score 1) 123

Your analogy fails because union members are analogous to shareholders, not the corporations they form. Personally I'd be fine with individuals opting out of a closed shop as long as they also opted out of any wage rises or benefits the union wins on behalf of its members.

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