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Comment Re:Well.. (Score 5, Interesting) 197

Agreed. This is a sad first turn -- Trump's FCC may as well have sent a letter to the major ISPs saying "Hunting season on American Internet consumers is open! No tag limit!"

I was very skeptical when Wheeler was appointed to chair the FCC, given his corporate background, but he ended up being one of the most consumer-focused and practically progressive people in Obama's government.

And now? May as well say goodbye to net neutrality.

Comment Alexa Rankings (Score 2) 85

found that the number of websites listed in Alexa's top one million websites that have adopted to HTTPS has more than doubled

Why do people still use Alexa? There can't be more than a tiny handful of people who still use their crappy browser toolbar and that measuring metric has always had significant selection bias. Do they have a newer, better data source, or is there just nothing better so people fall back to a name that's familiar?

It would be nice if the major ISPs would aggregate and share all that data they save for the NSA anyway with some nonprofit org for this kind of thing.

Earth

First Human-Pig 'Chimera' Created in Milestone Study (theguardian.com) 158

Scientists have created a human-pig hybrid in a milestone study that raises the prospect of being able to grow human organs inside animals for use in transplants. From a report: It marks the first time that embryos combining two large, distantly-related species have been produced. The creation of this so-called chimera -- named after the cross-species beast of Greek mythology -- has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers and kidneys from scratch. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, who led the work on the part-pig, part-human embryos at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, said: "The ultimate goal is to grow functional and transplantable tissue or organs, but we are far away from that. This is an important first step." The study has reignited ethical concerns that have threatened to overshadow the field's clinical promise. The work inevitably raises the spectre of intelligent animals with humanised brains and also the potential for bizarre hybrid creatures to be accidentally released into the wild. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) placed a moratorium on funding for the controversial experiments last year while these risks were considered.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 185

wouldn't shit the bed when they tried to parse a URI like moz://a in a chunk of text.

If an application blows up when it encounters :// in free-form text, I have no sympathy and neither should Mozilla. Too many things try to be cute with minimal and poorly-defined markup these days and any pushback is welcome.

Comment Re: Amazing (Score 4, Insightful) 375

I've had insurance since I was born, I'm in my 50s, and my cost of insurance jumped 4 times since obamacare. My employer dropped it because insurance rates soared, so I no longer had matching, plus the regular rate better than doubled. And that is for insurance that covers almost nothing until I spend 28,000 because there are virtually NO doctors in the network. And NC has NO options, only Blue Cross. We used to have over half a dozen. My cost of insurance and overall healthcare went from being 5-10% of my income to over 1/3. So fuck your socialized healthcare that says responsible people have to pay insurance for irresponsible people that don't like to work. I'm fine helping those that can't help themselves, but this current bullshit is killing the middle class. You know, the people making 50k a year and pay the highest percentage of their income as tax because they don't make enough to shelter it. But then, that was the original plan, wasn't it? Make a system so god damn bad people would beg for a single payer. Guess what? You got Trump instead, so suck it up Dr. Buttercup. You have no fucking clue the pain this system has caused to hard working, middle American, blue collar people.

Comment Re:No headphone jack ... (Score 4, Insightful) 205

Must be a shitty ploy, my brand new HTC bolt came with wired headphones.

Pushing more expensive headphones might be a bonus short-term side effect, but the real victory here is the potential of closing the analog hole for mobile devices. I fully expect someone to introduce "end to end" DRM within a year or two which will require an authenticated and encrypted connection from the source (file or stream) through the mobile processor, to the headphones. Non-compliant headphones won't be able to authenticate with the host device and therefore won't be usable with certain DRM'd media.

Don't be surprised when Apple shows more "courage" and removes the analog audio connectors from their next lineup of desktops and laptops (if they haven't already). The desktop / laptop market will swiftly follow once people accept it on mobile.

Take a look at HDCP for an example of how this has already been done elsewhere.

Comment Re: Unlimited? (Score 2) 196

What the hell does net neutrality have to do with the data limits on cellphone plans?

Moving away from unlimited and into more expensive and limited plans pushes people towards provider-sanctioned services for which the bandwidth does not count towards your monthly usage. This goes against network neutrality, even if the topic is bandwidth usage instead of transfer speed.

What the hell does Trump's winning the US Presidential election have to do with cellphone data plans?

Trump is an opponent of net neutrality.

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