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Comment UBI or a similar mechanism is inevitable (Score 1) 889

It's simple. More and more jobs will be done by technology. More and more people will be unemployed. At some point, it is cheaper to use a robot than to pay a person enough for his own sustenance. The actual problem is capitalism itself: who is going to be play the consumer if most of your population is unemployed?

Comment it says "does not exist on our systems" (Score 1) 103

The denial says it does not exist on their systems. It does not deny that the software exists or even that it is actually running, just that it is running on the systems they own.

It is an entirely accurate statement if their systems forward all emails to NSA owned systems in or directly connected to their network.

Comment Re:Unlimited means without limit (Score 1) 622

Not when they understand its limited and communal resource that they are being given unmetered access to.

I have an objection against the usage of the word "communal" here. This suggests it is owned by everyone and one person abuses it. This is not the case.

The user entered a contract with a company one-on-one and exercises the contract to the limit. If they are depriving others from said resource because the traffic is aggregated in the company network, the problem lies with the contract the company issued, not the user.

The word "Abuse" means that she exceeded the spirit and intention of the offer., which is absolutely what was done.

And here is where the problem lies. The company puts "unlimited" on paper and then expects "but nobody will actually use it all". The babysitter was offered a snack and the provider badly misjudged the babysitters' appetite. I say it is rude to offer a snack and then to leave your babysitter hungry.

Spirit and intent is subjective.

For example, I have unlimited service and last week, the Nathan Drake Collection was released, this morning, it was Fallout 4. Together, close to 70GB of data I already downloaded this month. There are probably a few patches for those games coming and in a few days the Nathan Drake 4 multiplayer beta. Add to that my pretty much continuous Spotify usage, several weekly TV episodes @ 1080p or 4K if i can get it, etc....

Is this abuse? I certainly don't think so. But I bet you it is quite a bit more than the average user.

The company is actually putting a smart spin on this. Instead of saying "we badly misjudged this" or, as mentioned elsewhere "we just want to extort more money from you", they are putting the blame on others by saying "a few people abuse it". And since we are having this discussion, they are obviously getting away with it.

Comment Mandate open firmware, awesome idea. (Score 1) 193

Yes. Mandating open firmware, awesome idea. Because we want to need X different compilers compiling code for Y different cpus/mcus running Z basic OSses just to compile our kernel and use our hardware. It will make our lives so much better. Why not just mandate that those embedded cpus must run Linux themselves?

Perhaps it makes sense to differentiate between binary drivers for Linux (bad) and binary blobs running on the embedded hardware taking to opensource drivers (ok)?

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 106

Except that they concentrate on "the last mile" and take this very literally. I have a VDSL2 with vectoring connection that supports 70mbit down and 10mbit up (and the modem claims it can go to 110/27) but I'm only a few hundred meter from the exchange. Don't expect bandwidth like that after a mile of copper cable... that rural house that will NEVER get fiber will NEVER get decent xDSL either.

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