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Comment Re:Should be illegal (Score 1) 53

Pricing their video service over cellular implies that the cost of the cellular hop is zero, and that the expense of transmitting the video to the viewer is all in the Internet link. Since their own video service is hosted locally, there is no Internet bandwidth consumed, and thus the price should be zero (which was what Netflix offered these guys for free on their landline ISP service and they turned it down). For a market economy to function properly, the minimum pricing has to reflect the expense incurred by the seller.

I can understand zero rating as a temporary promotional measure (e.g. streamed video doesn't count against your cap for the first 6 months if you use our service). But making it the standard price is equivalent to dumping to try to kill off competition. Especially if they're using revenue from other sources to subsidize this service, like say, extra money they're collecting from Netflix in contravention of Net Neutrality.

You got that right. It also implies that there is a load of bandwidth available to use. So, wait a sec.. If there's a load to use, why do you place a high value on it because of its limitation? Then, why do you encourage people to use it for something that limits it further and then say there isn't a a problem with limitation? Stupid circle.

Comment Re:They're lying. (Score 1) 53

"AT&T said exempting services like DirecTV Now from data caps saves customers money. "

No, it doesn't. Wireless network costs are shifted onto consumers who don't buy their streaming services. If all the costs of streaming bandwidth are included in the price of the streaming service, then reduce the cost of that service and let the consumers pay for the bandwidth directly, just like customers who use competitive streaming services.

My reply to them: "Yeah.. Why don't you reduce my data cap and save me, as a customer, money."

You're right, that makes NO sense.

Comment It's deeper than ethics (Score 1) 53

Ethically/morally/etc it's one thing. It gets a bit trickier. When you offer a service like that, it also pushes more traffic onto the network, which affects other users of said network.

Personally, I think it's interesting that the FCC is calling out a company early (though this would have to be fought outside the FCC in the end). If I'm paying for bandwidth that isn't throttled and don't abuse it, it seems a bit lopsided that my bandwidth gets throttled by the heavy usage of others that were encouraged to use the LTE network for a service that eats a lot (especially the more users are using). Basically, it's throttling without throttling.

In terms of what I think is a better idea, that's not something I can technically address without impeding on the morals of others. From a technical standpoint, it's dumb, and I don't want to be pigeonholed by dumb. I might be going overboard, but if there will be lots of video eating up available short-bursts fast bandwidth, I don't want to be paying for it. Lower my cost or fix the technical dilemma. Just an opinion, and I know that doesn't matter. :)

Comment Re:Publicity before giving MS a chance to fix it? (Score 1) 138

Surely that's not good! Such behaviour is only justified if the software developer refuses to do anything about it

Oh, but worry not! The fix is randomly applied to your machine when they feel okay about releasing it to your neighbor's computer for download.
Okay, okay, I'll stop.

Comment Re:Double as in two ROT13s? (Score 1) 138

So, is that double as in 2 ROT13s of the data?

No! The FS is ROT-13ned and important files' contents with passwords and other sensitive data (read: registry) are ROT-1024ed. The fix they are going to release ROT-?s the data with Unicode 6.0 Emoji characters as keys to each block. Too soon?

Comment Re:Measuring from space (Score 1) 240

Wow, mapping a buildings from space with millimeter accuracy. From an orbit 693km high. That's an accuracy of 1:100,000,000 while flying 24,000 km/h.. Crazy. And then imagine the capabilities of really good US satellites aren't even known because classified.

The ESA link to this story: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-1/Satellites_confirm_sinking_of_San_Francisco_tower

THAT'S the damn thing that pulled an eye image when I looked to the sky the other day. I was wondering how in the hell the government of Jaiaguanaga found me after all of this time. *shakes fist at sky...and stuff*

Comment Idiots. I swear. (Score 1) 403

Microsoft doing this is like asking a safety-conscious analytical security freak to yield their control for a moment to a control freak.

We don't 'not use your OS' because of its lack of kernel-level power (the Windows 98 days were done a long time ago). We don't use it because it USES US. For eff's sake, you sound like an old 1980s Reagan-era "drug pusher" by making requests like that. "Just try it, you'll love it and want more! Here, I'll prove it by giving you some for free to try."

I, personally, don't know of one single Linux developer OR user that hasn't experimented with Windows 10, in the retail storefront or outside of it, that hasn't just made a simple statement with a laugh like, "Oh. Yay. There's another one. This time they are taking more control away from the user. Gee, why don't I get on it right now?"
That quote isn't exact, but it pretty much covers every individual I know in the OSS/Linux communit[y|ies].

Comment Re:Not at all surprising (Score 1) 79

Whatever happened to all that dark fiber companies were installing?

When Google backed off of their fiber expansion, well, I don't need to anything more. I was going to have gigabit (read: 500-700mbit) fiber near my place of living a year ago, now it's almost certainly not going to happen. MaBell stopped saying that expansion was happening and also stopped honoring non-FTTN requests the day before the Google slowdown news made it to /.

Comment Re:Constitutional rights (Score 1) 345

It's a valid claim if they can prove they've been damaged by climate change/warming/etc. Therein lies the rub.

Agreed. This is another cigarette lawsuit. There will also be a group of people who claim their life and liberty are compromised by the lack of progress due to restrictions. And no, for others reading this, I'm not saying that either is okay. I'm saying that it's a lawsuit that will go on and on and on and on and on and.... Before the lawsuit is settled, natural progression will probably have proven its merit, or disproved it. At that point, arguments can destroy the internals of the years of "lies" from "the other party". Sigh. Maybe the children will get to see how the legal system in a capitalist society REALLY works and be quite, uh, educated.

Comment New trend developing (Score 1) 64

This is getting quite annoying and disappointing.

See, back in the "good ol' days", we used to pay attention to market trends, gets news releases about a huge new storefront corporation opening, etc. Now it's starting to degrade to "News" being released about a single website/corporation's "records" being "broken". It's starting to actually sound like a broken record now.

To stoop to the level of "News" release advertising to try and gather more uneducated peoples' purchases is different from SPAM.. how?

Comment Let me correct that for you, Slice Intelligence... (Score 1) 209

Slice Intelligence says the new MacBook Pro accumulated more revenue SO FAR, from online orders during its first five days of availability than the Microsoft Surface Book, ASUS Chromebook Flip, Dell Inspiron 2-in-1, and Lenovo Yoga 900, based on e-receipt data from 12,979 online shoppers in the United States.

If I sell apples and oranges by the street for 8 hours, and I sell 10 apples and 8 oranges in the first 5 minutes, it does not indicate that apples are the winner.

I'm SURE they don't have any relationship whatsoever.

I'm gonna look up "Slice Intelligence" and see where they're headquartered and if they have any satellite locations. Ah. Here ya go, and BTW, San Mateo, CA and Cupertino, CA are about 50 miles apart:

800 Concar Drive, Floor 5
San Mateo, CA 94402

+1 206-390-6637

Comment Not amusing... (Score 1) 499

...but sort of. People using FB as a point of blame for their not getting what they want is humorous, as they didn't get what they want because of the electoral college system. She DID win the popular vote, so why not blame the electoral college?

I guess that they think there will be something they somehow gain from finger pointing a corporation rather than a government process that's been in play since..well.. the beginning. They used to have to take tallied vote totals and rush them by horseback to districts, etc etc to the actual central point of decision. It's unnecessary nowadays due to telecom and other forms of near-instant communication, but people aren't really attacking that. I'm not pro-Clinton, BTW. I'm not pro-Trump, either. I was pro-NON OF THE ABOVE on this election. None. No party. Nobody. I'm not speaking in support of a party, is what I'm getting at.

Comment Re: Sad to see the Zuck... (Score 1) 499

This election will be the defining moment for these online millennials as they learn to deal and grow the fuck up.

I'm still wondering when slashdot will do that. Literally every summary posted somehow can't deal with the reality that its (obviously) favored side just fucking lost. In this case it blames facebook, of all fucking things.

Scapegoating logic and bias is a constant over Human evolution. You can probably predict who/what will be "blamed" for their not getting what they want next after Facebook-centered finger pointing has started to settle a hair. Sad but true and easily predictable. ALMOST as predictable as "the sun rising tomorrow". I'm a bit bold on that loose analogy, but I'll bet on it. :)

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