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Comment Successor states after a breakup (Score 1) 56

Contracts that granted exclusivity in Czechoslovakia would probably be interpreted as granting exclusivity in both of its successor states, namely the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Likewise with the successor states of Yugoslavia. Cases of unification, such as absorption of the DDR (East Germany) into the BRD (West Germany), pose a more interesting legal challenge. Have you read about any cases where different companies ended up with exclusivity in BRD and DDR at the time of unification?

Comment Re:Die Qualcomm, die! (Score 1) 40

True, but perhaps beside the point. By "CDMA network", the featured article probably means the CDMA2000 platform, and I guess Anonymous Coward was referring to CDMA2000 as well.

My gripe with CDMA2000 is that U.S. deployments, instead of using a CSIM, prefer to program the subscriber identity directly into the phone.

Comment Re:Netflix is unwilling to lease 4U of rack space (Score 1) 127

Netflix pays for transit. Netflix pays low-rent transit providers for transit. Many of these low-rent transit providers (or, as pedrop357 put it, "providers that would abuse settlement free peering links") refuse to in turn pay major home ISPs for transit through the home ISPs' networks.

Comment Re: He's wrong of course (Score 1) 127

Often it's the last mile that's saturated, especially if it's wireless. A Netflix Open Connect Appliance won't open up more RF spectrum, procure land for more cell towers, or launch more communications satellites.

And even on networks with a wired last mile (fiber, cable, and DSL), who pays to power and cool the OCA, and who pays the opportunity cost for 4U of rack space that the ISP could be leasing to someone else?

Comment Re:Why have any of these restrictions? (Score 1) 56

Why do we need restrictions on moving physical and digital goods across borders?

To respect freedom of contract. A lot of works of authorship are subject to decades-long exclusive territorial distribution contracts that date to before the EU common market. The model was supposed to be that a publisher would enter into a contract with a publisher that understands the Estonian market under the condition that no other distributor would be allowed to distribute the same work in Estonia. Break these contracts, and the work goes out of print everywhere.

Restricting trade and commerce at international borders results in a suboptimal economy

Prisoner's dilemma.

Comment Re:A dumbphone would cost less (Score 1) 241

Compulsory data plans for smartphones, is that a US-only thing?

It might be. See AT&T story from three years ago. There was a workaround, but it's sort of hard to discover and may not still work: buy a phone separately, buy a pay-as-you-go SIM from AT&T, activate it over the Internet from a desktop or laptop computer (instead of in the phone), and be careful never to turn on cellular data. And you can't buy data by the MB on a smartphone on AT&T's network; you have to buy it by the month.

The CDMA2000 carriers (Verizon and Sprint) are even worse: the CDMA2000 subscriber identity is programmed directly into the phone instead of being stored on a removable CSIM. So they can refuse to activate service on any device for any reason. Phones with LTE have a SIM slot, but that's only for the carrier's LTE network, not its parallel CDMA2000 network.

Comment Re:Facebook as a Dictatorship? (Score 0) 197

And finally, they certainly DO force me to interact with them. Their fucking scripts and like-buttons are everywhere.

Facebook's scripts won't load if you keep its hostnames from resolving. There are several ways to do that, such as a Windows application written by APK that creates a list of hosts to resolve to

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