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Comment Re:Surprise! (Score 2) 632

Governments need to promote the right mix of university, trade school, and unskilled workers. Every economy needs a mix of these, no economy needs everyone to have a college degree. If too many people end up with degrees the result is heavy debt load and under employment for the excess workers. In general, more people need to choose the trade school route. You can earn some pretty good money as a plumber, electrician or mechanic and you won't have a giant pile of debt. A lot of the trade people I know earn more than many of my recently college educated friends, some of them earn double.

Comment Re:Wrong Definition of Neutrality (Score 1) 319

There may be many transit providers between you and that third party speed test site. Any one of those transit provider could be the reason why you can't get 10Mb/s. I'm not defending the last mile ISPs. I agree that many of them are underprovisioning their interconnects. I am just pointing out that it is difficult for a normal consumer to accurately identify where the problem is.

I dropped FIOS a couple of years ago when Verizon was fighting with Netflix and Level3. Verizon refused to provision more ports in a router in NYC that was under a lot of load from Netflix use. The problem with Verizon's behavior was that by not adequately provisioning this router they made every Level3 customer behind that router effectively unusable. One on my clients was behind that router and I couldn't reach their site after the Netflix/Verizon fight started. I got very angry with Verizon over this and they hid behind the "upto" clause in their contract. Luckily my Verizon contract expired about 30 days after the fight started and I was able to drop Verizon and switch to another ISP. Meanwhile I used a VPN as a work around before the contract expired.

Comment Re:Wrong Definition of Neutrality (Score 2) 319

1. If you advertise X speed, then the users gets X speed, every time, all the time.

It you download from a third party server who's owner has it throttled to 1Mb/s per connection you're never going to get anything but 1Mb/s out of it. You might have a 100Mb/s ISP connection but it doesn't make any difference if the server is implementing throttling. Many people do not understand this and complain to their ISPs about slow download speeds.

Comment It is clutter not advertising (Score 4, Interesting) 244

My adblock current reports having blocked 1.6M ads -- 1.6 million! No one looks at 1.6M ads, they are just clutter.

I loaded my RSS feed yesterday. 1,200 ads blocked from a single use of my RSS reader. No one looks at 1,200 ads from a single use of an RSS feed. These ads are just clutter to be ignored and blocked.

And I truly hate autoroll video ads with sound. Good way to guarantee I will never buy your product.

Comment UL Listing (Score 1) 253

A 115 comments and no one has yet mentioned that the device plugged into the AC outlet and it did not have a UL listing.

The problem here is that UL listings (or equivalent) are voluntary and there is no legal requirement for a product to carry one. But there is a common sense requirement. Where were the parents when it came to looking at the product for safety approvals? It was free to ship it back to Amazon if they didn't like what they saw.

And I really believe this "It alleges the family was sold a counterfeit product from China instead of a brand with a Samsung lithium ion battery they believed they were buying from Amazon" So they were sophisticated enough to have researched that Samsung Lion batteries were better, but they were not sophisticated enough to notice the lack of a UL listing.

And who was being counterfeited?

Comment Re:I'm sure they will fully comply (Score 1) 120

On the Do Not Call list. I have reported them about ten times. I stopped after someone told me that it was pointless to report them any more since Cardholder Services is the number one robocaller on the FTC robocall list and they are well aware of who they are.

Put Cardholder Services in Google and you get 17M hits on people complaining about them.

Comment Re:I'm sure they will fully comply (Score 5, Informative) 120

Nomorobo actually works pretty well and it is already free on land lines. It has totally stopped Cardholder Services from call me. That spammer was driving me crazy having called me over 300 times. After about a hundred calls I started answering some of them and telling the operators what a disgusting company they work working for. Or I'd hit '1' and set the phone next to my radio. I heard that other people give them made up credit card info just to make them waste time. Even after paying a $1M FCC fine Cardholder Services is still calling my land line. https://www.nomorobo.com/

Of now they have started calling my cell phone four or five times a week. And there is no free blocking.

Apparently Nomorobo works by using the billing information in the call to block the call. The billing information can't be spoofed like the caller ID can be. End phones can't access the billing info so the call have to be blocked inside the network.

Comment Re:can someone give the TL;DR (Score 5, Insightful) 205

Here's how you abuse zero rating. Make up an ISP plan with 1KB/mth data cap. Then charge $1000/kb overage (like a typical Verizon plan). Then go around and charge Facebook/Google/etc fat fees to deliver their data to the consumer for 'free' outside of exorbitant data plan cap. Now you have achieved total net discrimination on a plan that is net neutral. it is discriminatory because this absurd fee arrangement was created to manipulate you into only using the sites that have paid for zero rating and to abandon the rest of the Internet. Of course the ISP arranges things so that Facebook/Google/etc are yielding them more profit than when you were paying for data access. Facebook/Google/etc go along with this because it increases their profitability by driving more traffic to them.

You then say "this is cool, I get free Internet". But you aren't getting free Internet, you are only getting Facebook/Google/etc who pay paid for zero rating. You are unable to access any other web site unless you pay $1000/kb for the data. And of course you won't do that.

Comment Re:"Eat the Billionaires" (Score 2) 644

2015 interest paid on federal debt: $402,435,356,075.49
Average interest rate paid is 2.331% for 2015

It is very scary to consider what is going to happen to that number when rates go back to a normal level - maybe 3% above current depressed rates. Three or four years from now that interest number could exceed $1T.

Comment Re:Uh, just pay extra (Score 1) 644

Here is the full blurb from Google.. Ask it: what do the 1% pay in taxes

When looking at just federal income taxes, they pay 68 percent of the burden. The top 1 percent pays 24 percent of all federal taxes compared to 35 percent of all federal income taxes. The data for total federal taxes come from the Congressional Budget Office. The data for federal income taxes come from the IRS.Apr 15, 2015

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