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Comment Re:What part of this is hard to understand? (Score 1) 181

"But how can you vote with your wallet, Mr. Anderson, when there are no competitors in your area?"

That might be true in some parts of the U.S., it most certainly is not in The Netherlands.

That shithole has enough competition in the broadband ISP market to make this a viable option.

Comment Re:What part of this is hard to understand? (Score 1, Insightful) 181

Second and most importantly if you the give the ISP any flexibility whatsoever they can and will abuse it.

How about the government keeps its dirty hands out of private infrastructure and lets customers vote with their feet? If I build a private network with my own money and offer services on it the way I want to, the government has no business regulating what I do. Period.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 657

So basically these developers are intolerant of any type of political message other than their own.

This. Exactly this.

Trump might be an idiotic bigot, and Hillary might be a liar and crook, but that does not mean anyone is entitled to their own opinion.

And sure, it is your right to not to business with someone you don't agree with, but that makes you an even bigger idiot because that's not how a society will function. It's more Kindergarten behavior.

Comment Re:Not for me anymore.... (Score 1) 241

You're no more aiding illegal activity by running a Tor nod of any kind than your ISP is by allowing network traffic. Or Verizon is with their 4G network. The Internet, in all it's forms, is used for an unfathomable amount of illegal activity. Nothing will stop it. Ever. Policing infrastructure is an absurd idea.

Right. I think you need to come up with better arguments.

The fact that nothing will stop illegal activity means noting: nothing will stop people from murdering each other, yet we have all these laws.

Policing the internet is a must, but we are at a point in our technological revolution where technology is way more advanced than our policing abilities. And, let's be honest, at a point where the public's trust in the police as an institution is at an all-time low.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 2) 305

I get your point, but are any of these companies Palo Alto based?

Nope. But a lot of their workers are. And those are the ones that are bringing the revenues. Spending their paychecks in the city. Paying property taxes, utility bills. The companies themselves usually don't pay a lot to a city directly. It's all indirect.

That's why I'm saying: remove the 10 biggest tech companies and Silicon Valley will become a silicon desert with a huge housing crash.

Just take a look at Detroit to see how quick a booming economy can crash.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 4, Insightful) 305

Do they really think their downtown will improve by kicking all the jobs out of it?

It's time to make Silicon Valley a Silicon Desert.

Look at the City of San Francisco. They want all the tech companies to come in, giving lots of tax breaks and other incentives so they can pride themselves on having all this innovation. But then they complain about all the tech workers coming in and living in the city. Then they complain about buses picking up workers. Did you ever hear a greenie complain about people using a bus? Well, go to SF.

Palo Alto is doing the same thing now. They want all the tech money, but not the tech companies. And watch them whining when large companies decide to move out.

Just imagine Cisco, Google, Facebook and Apple deciding to move out of the area completely, with all their workers. Imagine how many mortgages will be under water, how many folks will lose their jobs, how many tax revenue these cities will have to do without.

Palo Alto should shut the F up really quick.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 1) 564

That deal has been deemed illegal.

Apple & friends have done nothing illegal. They made a deal with the Irish government where the Irish government provided tax incentives in exchange for local jobs. That's nothing new, a lot of countries, including the US, do so.

What is new is that non-elected non-judiciary officials have the power to "rule" over an independent state's tax laws and regulations. This is what drives member countries out of the EU.

It's almost as if you had a bunch of them sit together for a working lunch with one topic: how can we get money out of large tech companies?

Don't forget, Putin does the same to his opponents. They're always arrested for "tax evasion". Remember Gazprom?

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 4, Interesting) 644

Texas and ISIS are the only places in the world where you can just shoot down anybody who enters "your" property.

Except that an aircraft flying over your property is not entering your property.
If I fly at 1500ft over your property, I'm not entering your property. In fact, the FARs allow for me to get to 500ft over your property. Below that I'm violating minimum altitude rules.

My point is that the FAA governs airspace and airplanes. Any craft that flies on its own power is an aircraft, remotely piloted or not. And the FAA governs all of that, not the individual states. A state cannot legally prohibit me from flying anywhere, only the FAA can.

Submission + - Google Fiber To Cut Staff In Half Following Disappointing Numbers (

An anonymous reader writes: Sources claim that Google Fiber has been disappointed with the company's overall number of total subscribers since launching five years ago. A paywalled report over at The Information cites a variety of anonymous current and former Google employees, who say the estimated 200,000 or so broadband subscribers the company had managed to sign up by the end of 2014 was a fary cry from the company's original projection of somewhere closer to 5 million. Google Fiber has never revealed its total number of subscribers. A report last October pegged the company's total broadband subscribers at somewhere around 120,000, though it's unclear how many of those users had signed up for Google Fiber's symmetrical 5 Mbps tier, which was originally free after users paid a $300 installation fee. Disappointed by sluggish subscriber tallies, The Information report states that last month Alphabet CEO Larry Page ordered Google Fiber boss Craig Barratt to cut the total Google Fiber staff in half to roughly 500 people. That's a claim that's sure to only fuel continued speculation that the company is starting to get cold feet about its attempts to bring broadband competition to a broken duopoly market.

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