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Comment Re:We really need some laws against false advertis (Score 1) 88

It has become common for mobile carriers to give "free" data for certain things which is called 0-rating and many other similar terms. It is usually because those things are popular and use low amounts of data/low steady streams of data that don't cause big delays for other users on the network, or because someone else is paying for it (like facebook and wikipedia paid carriers in India for their services to be "free" to the end users).

The problem with this is that it is giving an unfair advantage to everything that is 0-rated and can actually encourage people to use more bandwidth than what they really want to use. For instance, if streaming audio (pandora, spotify, etc.) uses your data cap but streaming video doesn't then you will be much more likely to stream music videos from youtube even though it uses ~5x the bandwidth or w/e.

If carriers want to encourage us to use low bandwidth then they should just sell data rates like wired ISP's do and use bursting. ie. if you haven't been using the network for a while then the first 10MB can burst at 100mbps but then it will be throttled to 2mbps or w/e and if you pay extra then it will be 3mbps, 4mbps, etc. Then when people first start using the connection it will load things very quickly but if they continue using it then it will be at a low rate that doesn't affect others much.

Comment Re:Conflating with Network Neutrality (Score 1) 88

In your view of what net neutrality is, how can throttling P2P still be considered a violation since it was the primary motivator of the movement? What you described would allow them to throttle P2P however they like as long as they didn't use the protocols themselves.

There is a huge difference between protocols handling data differently as part of their design (ie. UDP doesn't guarantee delivery, TCP does) and ISP's throttling specific content. Everything at layer 7 should be considered off limits for ISP's to fuck with.

Comment Re:We really need some laws against false advertis (Score 1) 88

Network neutrality is about transporting all data the same regardless of what content it is or where it came from, so yes it does say certain types of content can not be treated differently.

Even if we go down your rabbit hole, they are only throttling certain protocols/codecs that they can detect so lots of less popular protocols/codecs are not throttled and any hot new protocols/codecs wouldn't be either. How is it fair if your video is throttled for using a certain protocol/codec but mine isn't because I used something different? Hell, any site that wants to avoid the throttling could just encrypt it to bypass the content detection system.

Comment Re:Conflating with Network Neutrality (Score 0) 88

Seriously read up on your history.

The term arose when ISP's were throttling P2P traffic and is about treating all DATA equally similar to how telephone network "common carrier" laws made them treat all calls (data) equally. Networks slowing competitors is just an example of the degenerate behavior that could happen without neutrality to all data.

Comment Re:VPN? (Score 1) 88

T-Mobile gives you the option to turn off the throttling but while it is throttled some popular video services are 0-rated (doesn't eat your data limit) but all other video gets slowed even though it's not 0-rated and while the throttle option is off then everything counts towards your cap. Going through a VPN on T-Mobile should avoid the throttling but also count towards your cap just as turning off the option would, but may be useful for temporarily avoiding throttling when you want.

For these Sprint unlimited plans it says "Customers who use more than 23GB of data during a billing cycle will be de-prioritized during times and places where the Sprint network is constrained." so using a VPN should get you unthrottled video but after 23GB it will be "de-prioritized" w/e that actually means (other networks reduce speeds drastically after using your LTE cap).

Comment Re:Conflating with Network Neutrality (Score 0) 88

Why don't you take 2 seconds to learn what net neutrality is before talking about it. Slowing one type of content/protocol is one of the oldest and most definitive examples of what it is.

If they slowed ALL traffic to a certain rate then it would be neutral but slowing specific things is not. There are other issues like 0-rating that are more questionable/arguable but slowing a specific type of content down is not neutral.

Comment Re:Gee, I wonder why anti police sentiment exists (Score 2) 621

Both are at fault. The laws are there for the federal government to be able to seize assets from major criminal organizations without needing to prove a real crime but they've been extended too far. The main problem is equitable sharing which means that the federal government shares a % of the seized assets with the local/state police that seized the assets. In 2015 some equitable sharing was suspended after John Oliver shined a light on it but there are still loopholes that allow it to be done. Equitable sharing incentivizes local cops to rob people blind and they are fully aware that they are stealing $10, $20, $100 from totally innocent people in order to fund their department.

"We've seen single mom's stuff be taken, a cancer survivor his drugs taken, we saw a Christian band being taken. We've seen innocent people's stuff being taken. We've seen where the money goes and how it's been misspent," Loveless said.

Comment upgrade and rollback now, upgrade again later (Score 1) 982

I may be mistaken but as I understand it you can upgrade now for free which then associates your hardware with a Win10 license, do the rollback to whatever OS you had (though anything uninstalled for compatibility may be gone?), and then later if you ever want to install Win10 again then you will still be able to for free because it already has the license associated with your hardware.

Comment Re: Mobile chips are the future of VR.. (Score 1) 38

Exactly. VR is full of flaws but some people are blinded by flavor of the month syndrome and can't see that it sucks. The idea of it is cool but the reality of it is not. You're not going to see people spend all day playing VR games but you will see people bust it out at a nerd party to show off how much money they have available to waste on stupid shit that is fun for 15 mins.

Comment Re:Mobile chips are the future of VR.. (Score 1) 38

VR will never not suck. Even if the technology allowed photo-realistic experiences and was accessible to all, you still have the problem of cutting some of your senses off from your surroundings. It is a totally niche technology that is only viable in very controlled environments like at an amusement park. VR at home will result in lots of broken things, injuries, and friends/family pranking you. VR in public will be a lot worse with all sorts of stupid deaths and a huge increase in muggings.

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