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Submission + - Crushing Competition: Cable Companies Try To Outlaw Google Fiber (

MojoKid writes: Two events in the telecommunications and cable world this week highlight why we need net neutrality and stronger protections for consumer rights. Time Warner Cable, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Comcast have collectively introduced a bill into the Kansas legislature that prevents any city from rolling out any broadband infrastructure unless the area is completely cut off from the grid. It would bar the use of eminent domain for the purpose of providing better service to a city's citizens. And not incidentally, it makes Google Fiber effectively illegal. The bill would outlaw public/private partnerships, open access approaches, and the partnership that brought Google Fiber to Kansas City. Meanwhile, AT&T has been quietly assembling a patent portfolio for itself that simultaneously attacks net neutrality and consumer rights. The company applied for a patent titled "Prevention Of Bandwidth Abuse Of A Communications System" in October 2012. The abstract reads, in part: "A user of a communications network is prevented from consuming an excessive amount of channel bandwidth by restricting use of the channel in accordance with the type of data being downloaded to the user. The user is provided an initial number of credits. As the user consumes the credits, the data being downloaded is checked to determine if is permissible or non-permissible. Non-permissible data includes file-sharing files and movie downloads if user subscription does not permit such activity.

Comment Re:A cynic's view (Score 2) 637

The executives power to delay implementation rests in the interpretation of the Administrative Procedure Act (1946).

So the ACA can be delayed through APA. I recognize "agencies" tasked with implementing law creates an extra-Governmental body that bleeds into both the legislative and executive branches, which is problematic.

Comment Re:From the summary: (Score 1) 200

Question: When you say "roughly" as functional as an iPad email app, are you considering that the Surface RT still doesn't support POP3? Can you let us know if that has been fixed yet?

Comment Re:Fairly well known issue (Score 4, Interesting) 567

True story:
A friend of mine and I were at the 9:30 Club in DC circa... July 2006 to see Cracker play. The opening acts finish up and here comes this tall, lanky, scruffy-looking dude who is laying down cable and taping up mics. He's setting up guitars and stuff, roadie jobs. I turn to my friend between sips of beer and say, "You know, that's David Lowrey." At the 9:30 Club you're about 10 feet from the stage once up front, max. We've got a clear view of this guy and sure enough, it's David Lowrey, roadie.

As you'll read in the article, David Lowrey is a math grad. If he's calculated that his band can't pay a roadie to do set-up, then you know they're making next to nothing for these shows. I'm not saying he's supposed to have a designated cape handler like James Brown, but a roadie - sure.

Point is - I'm not sure they were making anything off this show. He was his band's roadie, and they drove Johnny Hickman's microbus to the show from Richmond. This was a harbinger of things to come.

Comment Re:Honest Question (Score 2) 2115

Great idea. Now where were you when Bush Co. went to war in Iraq and decided to lose about 1.5 trillion dollars? 10 billion dollars in cash was stolen off pallets in Iraq. Gone, vanished. No one has any idea where it went. That's just one example. Routinely every years the Pentagon comes out and tells us 40 billion in military spending is completely unaccounted for. The money has been flushed down into a Military Industrial Complex sewer and is gone. For good.

So Obama Co. tries to prop up a green company as he tries to ignite a new driver for the economy. The company fails and goes bankrupt.

Which scenario do you prefer? Losing 20x as much overseas, and likely funding/fueling/creating terrorism, or losing 1/20th to an American company?

Big Oil doesn't pay taxes either. Please.

Comment Re:Epic waste (Score 1) 475

I'd say RTFA, but apparently people don't even read the summaries before playing "let's jump to conclusions":

From the SUMMARY:

"with a molten salt system to store power as heat for times when the sun isn't shining"

And really, nuclear power? Good luck getting the regulatory approval for that. The hoops and hurdles for nuclear are profound. The AP1000 by Westinghouse is attached to six applications before the NRC (12 AP1000 reactors in all). The AP1000 design has been under review since... 2007. Four years later they are still reviewing the design because of "additional technical issues." There is a reason an American nuclear reactor hasn't been built in this country in 30 years. It's called regulatory bottleneck.

Comment Re:Whoops (Score 1) 510

People making below your decent wage pay more proportionally than the rich do for FICA. It's a regressive tax that draws more from the middle class and poor on a percentage basis.

Also, if Warren Buffett is scratching his head over why his tax rate was lower than that of his secretary, then something is wrong with the system. That shouldn't happen.

Comment Re:I actually liked the idea behind courier (Score 1) 203

The folding tablet with two screens has an inherent flaw - it's two screens. Driving that video is going to put a ton of pressure on the battery, and the useful battery life for the Courier would likely be a disaster. They could segment the two screens (one LCD, one OLED), but at that point you're adding more to the bottom line cost.

The Courier was great smelling vapor, but that's it. They only released the mock-ups in an attempt to distract from the gathering thunder of the iPad.

Comment Re:Obama Brought back Jobs and Growth (Score 1) 639

Sorry, that doesn't follow. We are not talking about Pelosi. Obama met with Republicans, and their stage prop reams of paper, at the Blair House. It was an open conversation; it was inclusive. The Republicans didn't care to debate the bill on the merits, they merely wanted the optics of astroturfed outraged to campaign on.

As near as I can tell the bill was posted on in July of '09. You could have read it then.

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