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Comment Re:He's wrong of course (Score 1) 149

Your paying customers will start complaining. And switching to other providers. Or making others switch to other providers by publicly complaining.
So, no, there's no obligation other than needing to offer good services to be able to keep your customers.

Let's consider the alternative: you throttle Netflix. This hurts Netflix's business. It will benefit Netflix's competitors. Internet access is a utility, where traffic should be treated equally in order to allow people and businesses to use the internet as a way of providing their services. With equal treatment from ISPs.
If your ISP wants to manage their traffic, they could for example ask their customers money for faster connections, or ask money per amount of data transmitted. Or upgrade their lines.

This post has been posted from a connection through which all traffic is guaranteed to be treated equally by national law. And Netflix works just fine.

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 128

Because for most readers that's in the wrong language and far too long, a summary:

Encryption nowadays is everywhere and getting more easy to obtain/use. It's important for businesses, and for people who want to keep their private life private. It is getting more and more impossible to break encryption. This is a problem for national security and intellegence services. However, there's no foreseeable way of putting in backdoors without compromising security. Cooperation with industry partners is required for intelligence/security tasks. The cabinet (meaning the ministers) sees the importance of encryption for security/safety onn the internet, for privacy of civilians and confidential communication for the government and businesses. Therefore it considers it undesirable to take limiting measures regarding the development, availability and use of encryption within the Netherlands. Internationally, The Netherlands will promote these views and conclusions.

Then there's mention of a budget amendment that recently has been accepted. It means the state will donate 500.000 euro to open encryption projects, like openssl, libressl, etc. They say they're actually going to do that.

Comment You need competition (Score 1) 622

For providers, bandwidth is rather cheap, especially in urban areas. All you need is enough competition.

Here the government decided DSL and fiber networks should be open to competition for a fair price. Cable networks are not open at the moment.
An example of what happened as a result of this:
In this city you can choose Cable, DSL or fiber. For cable there's one provider, for DSL many providers and for fiber at least three (one of which has many sub-brands). It means I can get a 1 Gb/s fiber connection for 55 euro, uncapped, including TV. Or, the next fastest provider, 58 euro's for 500 Mb/s and tv. If i want to pay less, i can and I'll just get lower speeds - currently i'm quite happy with my 50 mbit/s connection, that does 70-80 mbit/s in practice.
If a provider were to put a cap on the connection, people would switch to another one really fast.

Do not be fooled in thinking this is 'congestion management' or even 'cost management'. You are suffering from the effects of an oligopoly.

Comment right... (Score 2) 489

While I haven't read the FCC's version of net neutrality, The Netherlands has had net neutrality for several years. In the meaning that an ISP cannot prioritize traffic, or block traffic, or pay for (faster) access to a specific service. With very few exceptions. You can let people pay for faster speed and download caps are allowed.

This has not caused any problems, at all. Internet access is still fast and affordable. fiber/cable/dsl do not have usage caps. ISPs have not gone bankrupt.

Comment the public understands just fine (Score 1) 217

there's a proven, simple way to let the public understand this: let all the telecom operators announce that from now on, you get only a basic internet connection. No skype, facebook, spotify or netflix.

Oh, you want those services? well, facebook is 5 euro, spotify 3, netflix 10. Oh, skype. hmm, thats annoying competition. 15 euro.

Here all major mobile telecom providers announced plans like this roughly the same time for their cellphone plans.

We had a law guaranteeing net neutrality in weeks.

Comment let him try a rewrite! (Score 1) 507

If he thinks the code is bad, ask him why the code is bad. Ask what his problem is with the code, and what he wants to improve and why. Ask him to be very specific, with examples of what could be improved, why, and how.

If you still disagree about the code and how it works, you can decide to actually let him rewrite a bit. Make sure you both agree on a relatively isolated/small part. Set a time constraint on the task. Then, when he's done, check. If he made better code - great! You might learn something and you have better code. He may not be so bad after all. If he made things worse, or broke them, or even if there it's just a matter of taste- great! He might learn something!

Also what you can do is get another person to look at the code, who you know writes clean code. Ask him what he thinks, and see if it matches the criticism of the intern.

Comment Re:Not yet... (Score 4, Informative) 151

Regardless of the law being accepted or not, the combination of the resistance amongst the public and the politicians agains the telco plans and the proposal of this law had a significant effect: the telco's withdrew their plans. And they are slowly switching to a different pricing model, where data is the main component. And in one case, already the new phone subsidy has changed into a phone lease, for which you pay separately if you want it.

This does mean that the price of data becomes a significant amount of the price of your monthly phone bill. It doesn't magically mean that data is now free and unlimited, and not even that things like price differences within and outside of your data limit will disappear. You will not suddenly pay less in all cases, telephone companies still need to make money. But it does force them into a more fair pricing plan.


Lastly, nobody at Chernobyl had to dive into water to release a valve. That would be the absolute worst possible design a reactor could be, and the Russians were smarter than that. On top of that, even when not in meltdown, the water in a plant is going to be incredibly warm - close to boiling if not actually boiling, so it should not be possible to do anything in that environment. You probably couldn't open your eyes or do anything useful because of the intense pain of being boiled alive. This situation never happened, and you are probably confusing the name of Chernobyl with what happened at Three Mile Island (which was nowhere near as dramatic as diving into a reactor).

I'm sorry, but people really had to dive into emergency cooling water to release a valve. Not in the reactor, but in a pool under a reactor. Read if you want to know more.

Comment Re:I as an IT person have directly dealt with this (Score 1) 417

Spend money for software for remote work with laptops? You need very little money for this purpose:

1. A VPN, with a public/private keypair per user. Please use an open standard, or it'll be horrible for anything but windows. And then there's no software to buy, you can use free software.
2. full disk encryption that locks automatically after some inactivity, or at least the parts that contain user data. You can get this for free as well.

If anyone steals the laptop, the user data will be useless without the encryption key and you can just no longer accept his key for the VPN. Done!

Comment the article contains a few mistakes (Score 1) 136

the article mentions this program is unique as it only uses electrical cars.

The autolib website has a lists of cars you can rent. It contains many cars, none of which are electrical.

The article mentions this is 12 euro a month. The website mentions 12 euro a month, plus an hourly price and a price per kilometer.

(and the thing about them not being the first, but i think this may have been mentioned in other posts :))

Comment it's allowed outside of the US as far as i know... (Score 1) 619

I get a robot call every time the company that owns the house i rent makes a repair. They present me with some questions about how happy i am with the repairs, on a scale from 1 - 9. Never heard of debt-collectors doing that around here.

But you can block all telemarketing calls to your number here in this country, and at the end of every call they have to tell you how to block it. That helps :)

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