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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

KaLeVR1 Delay means no action...EVER (127 comments)

This has been a hot issue for a couple years now and there is no doubt the FCC has been studying this for some time. Obama has allowed the agency to be filled with Telecom industry cronies and lobbyists who stand to get sizable golden parachutes from the likes of Comcast and Time Warner if they hold the line. Obama's only card to play if they stonewall is to fire Director Wheeler and replace him with a pro-neutrality director, who will staff the agency with members who will vote the way he wants. If they can delay until the new Congressional session begins in January, then Republicans can block any pro-neutrality nominee. So firing Wheeler after the new session begins is very risky and will likely fail.

The only way Obama can affect the change he wants is to move on the director now. As long as this issue has been discussed, why should we wait another year for the FCC to rule on this? They clearly already know what they want to do. They are just stalling. I hope Obama can see that.

about a month ago

Favorite Star Wars Movie?

KaLeVR1 Lucas: Inversely Proportional to Popularity (457 comments)

Over the years, George Lucas has re-released each movie over and over with extended versions, director's cuts, "remastered" cuts, and so on. When he did the new versions of episodes 4-6 with new footage and updated special effects, he said in the directors comments and featurettes that he now had the influence and control to remake Star Wars as he originally intended. He also talked about how Luke Skywalker was supposed to be a young boy like Anakin was in the Phantom Menace but that Mark Hamill was forced on him by the studio because of his popularity at the time.

When I first saw Lucas' comments I thought how great it would be to get the "real" Star Wars that Lucas envisioned. In fact I think most people thought that. But if you look at the results of this poll, you can see that the most popular Star Wars movies were the ones where Lucas had the least creative control. The more control he had, the more childish and superficial the story and characters became. That's why I'm so glad that Disney took over the franchise. As this chart shows, the less involvement Lucas has with Star Wars, the better it will be for fans and the future of the franchise.

about 7 months ago

The Dismal State of SATCOM Security

KaLeVR1 Unique conditions and needs (54 comments)

There are a couple of factors that are worth considering. Unlike fiber or coax transport systems, satellites are usually used for very long distance communications. Because of this, it is quite frequent that your link will terminate in another country or even continent. This will make standards compliance and procurement a challenge from day one since you can't guarantee everyone has access to the same equipment.

Secondly encryption standards have to be agreed upon and quite often, equipment from different manufacturers can't be cross-utilized, so you can't just assume that off-the-shelf crypto will be an option to everyone who will participate.. This means everyone has to agree what to use in advance, which could lead to still other challenges. So it's not as easy as the question implies.

about 8 months ago

California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

KaLeVR1 Bitcoin hasn't gone away yet? (396 comments)

The way I translate this is that the US Gvt waited patiently for this to fold under its own weight and collapse. Now it looks like it's catching on so they've decided to try to kill it. Good Luck. I guess the creator remained anonymous for a reason.

about a year and a half ago

Disney Switching To Netflix For Exclusive Film Distribution

KaLeVR1 The Live Sports Situation..? (124 comments)

Dude the live sports situation is awesome! I am streaming live NBA and NFL games and watching their archives directly from the respective sources. You don't need Fox or ESPN for anything besides college football right now.

about 2 years ago

RIAA Goes After CNET For Media-Conversion Software

KaLeVR1 Fight the power (257 comments)

I don't even have a need for copying content but every time the RIAA opens the bung hole they call a mouth it makes me want to do it any way.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 9.0 Beta Available

KaLeVR1 Re:8 now 9....tomorrow will be 15 (291 comments)

It pisses people off because Mozilla has inflated their versioning system. They are incrementing quickly not because they are integrating major, watershed features but because they want to pump up the version number quickly. This is because marketers believe consumers view version numbers as an indicator of a product's maturity. To such people, Chrome would seem to be way out in front. So they are forcing all of these reinstalls and obsoleting extensions over and over for little gain, all because their marketing folks think this will help with market share.

I think we've all been insulted.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 9.0 Beta Available

KaLeVR1 Re:This is ridiculous (291 comments)

I don't know why Mozilla doesn't just skip the next few decimals and just match Chrome's version number with their next release since that's clearly what they are trying to do. I've read the articles claiming that consumers are too dim-witted to know that the version number doesn't necessarily indicate which browser is the most advanced and Mozilla is trying to regain lost mind-share. But it's a waste of time and bandwidth to install a new version every week just because they want to actually use all of the numbers along the way. It all seems a bit childish to me.

more than 3 years ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

KaLeVR1 Re:Honestly (667 comments)

Yea, it's safer under your mattress.

more than 3 years ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

KaLeVR1 Re:I really doubt that BoA cares (667 comments)

That cannot be more incorrect. The banks that got clobbered by derivative and other debt trading in the '08 crunch disappeared almost 3 Trillion dollars from wealth management accounts. That's retirement accounts, trusts, and life savings. Someone once said, "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money."

more than 3 years ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

KaLeVR1 Re:Are the sheep finally waking? (ATM Convenience) (667 comments)

By the way: the excuse that big banks give you conveniently placed ATM machines is bunk. I have an E-Trade account and they reimburse all ATM fees no matter how high. I never have to search for a particular bank and the fee is automatically returned. You can't beat that.

There is NO REASON to do business with a big bank.

more than 3 years ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

KaLeVR1 Are the sheep finally waking? (667 comments)

I last had a B of A account when I was 19. They had the highest credit card rates of any major bank in the country. I shopped around for a day and found a bank with an interest rate 7 points lower than theirs. I moved accounts and a few years later found a credit union with a rate 3 pts lower than the new bank. So I cut my rate from 19.8 to 9.9 just by not being too lazy to shop around. For some reason however, 19 out of 20 people I tell this story to have ump-teen superficial reasons why switching banks would be too much trouble. The truth of it is, they are complacent and lazy.

There shouldn't be even a single person complaining about the bank bailouts or Wall Street who still has an account with these money pimps. If you do business with them, you are an enabler and partially responsible for the bank meltdown of '08.

more than 3 years ago

Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

KaLeVR1 American innovator? Hah! (1452 comments)

The thing that irritates me is all of this nonsense about him being a great "American innovator." Hasn't it been more than a decade since he built ANYTHING in America? He was a great innovator of Chinese products.

more than 3 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

KaLeVR1 Re:Release cycles? (1231 comments)

I participated in an interesting Ubuntu forum discussion about a data corruption in the ext4 file system and Canonical's decision to deploy the OS despite some misgivings of some of its engineers. I gave a link where bug chasers trying to build the final release suggested that they install ext3 as default since there were some unresolved bugs allegedly in ext4 when transferring large files. One engineer took over responsibility of the bug and said it was not conclusive enough to change their plans.

It was very obvious that the priority was sticking to the schedule and the published feature set at all costs. You can find the post here: http://forum.nginx.org/read.php?26,18172
The reference cited contains the entire text from which the excerpt was taken. I think it gives a clear example of why these problems persist. Canonical won't be accused of vaporware like Microsoft is when it is late delivering RTM versions. What it is being accused of is far worse I think and may have a long term cost. Especially if this is not a one time thing.

more than 5 years ago

Personal computer seized by employer

KaLeVR1 Get you files back (11 comments)

I don't know how important the files you lost are, but if the data where worth fighting for you can get a lawyer and petition a court for the return of the image they took of your hard drive. It is likely they took the image before deleting anything thinking they may need to use this as proof against you. However, it could just as easily be used against them as well.

If you just want the files, sue them for damages over the violation of your rights then offer to settle if they give you the image file. Alternatively, you may be entitled to compensation for their actions. Of course, if you are anywhere but the US the damages you could be awarded may be trivial.

more than 6 years ago



Rush Limbaugh slams Wikipedia over NFL scandal

KaLeVR1 KaLeVR1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KaLeVR1 (34637) writes "Rush decided to explain how he was a victim, while being rejected by investors attempting to buy the St. Louis Rams. He blames Wikipedia as the source of what he says is bad information cited in allegations against him by journalist Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post saying, "Their sources, as best I can tell, were Wikipedia and each other. But the Wikipedia post was based on a fabrication printed in a book that also lacked any citation to an actual source.""
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