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To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

UPZ Re:Solution! (110 comments)

Politicians are generally idiots on subject matter, but remarkably good at putting up an 'image' infront of voters.

about a week ago

Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

UPZ WTF article (197 comments)

Goal of a tool is to get the job done. The goal is not to achieve the greatest Ghz. Some people lose sight of the big picture and get lost in tech specs.

about a month and a half ago

Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

UPZ Not a good move (134 comments)

"We have a complicated relationship to it. We believe in net neutrality in America," said Gayle Karen Young, chief culture and talent officer at the Wikimedia Foundation. But, Young added, offering Wikipedia Zero requires a different perspective elsewhere. "Partnering with telecom companies in the near term, it blurs the net neutrality line in those areas. It fulfills our overall mission, though, which is providing free knowledge."

Wikipedia supports net neutrality in US, if you RTFA. Just not in other places around the world if they can get exemption from data caps. It implies that they are single mindedly pursuing the goal of making their information available with lack of concern for what fundamental principles they are supporting or opposing.

I'm an annual donor to Wikipedia because I want to support their work. But this "me first, fuck everyone else" mentality has to go. If you want to reap benefits of a civilized society, you need to have civilization including rules that treat everyone fairly all the time, not just when it benefits them.

So, for me, this year I may pass on them and give the money set aside to another organization that perhaps pursues the public good a bit less recklessly.

about 2 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

UPZ Re:Why not both? (270 comments)

McMillen says that not only have the large content providers already had preferential bandwidth for ten years, but that by now this has become an inherent part of the structure of the Internet and in practice cannot be changed.

Everything is *always* in a state of change. Bad argument made by McMillen. There are many ISPs who don't have prioritized access for Google/companyx. Comcast/Verizon/ATT operate only within US, their prioritized access model does not exist the rest of the internet world.

When a journalist writes such poor quality articles you kinda do have to wonder about their motivations ($$$) as well as of their publishing company who approves it for publication.

about 7 months ago

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

UPZ Re:Classify net access as a utility? (343 comments)

Perhaps a more ideal solution would be for end-users to own the last mile of fiber (maybe as a municipality tax?). That way, ISPs could feed into a local hub.

It would lower costs to entry significantly, allowing small start-ups to provide internet much in the same way that dial-up ISPs did.

Also, I think that bringing competition in his way would take away a lot of power that Verizon/Comcast/[insert major cabelco/telco] have. In this situation, net neutrality is almost inevitable as a byproduct of end-user demand, regardless of which corrupt FCC chairman is in power. Net neutrality is almost certain to create more competition among major TV/news networks, which takes away power from the likes of CNN/FOX/Msnbc/CBS/etc who currently dictate the course of conversation in this otherwise great nation.

about 8 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

UPZ Re:Better service though... (286 comments)

I finally cut the cord last month. I missed TV for the first week, but since then it has turned into a very liberating experience. Now when I come home from work, I have time left to do other things, including chatting with friends and family, working out, volunteering, and becoming more politically active :-) You could not pay me to go back to cable.

about 8 months ago

FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

UPZ Sad (105 comments)

It's just sad that we have to fight tooth-and-nail to get something right done by our lobbyist FCC chairman, or even just in general, by the lobbyist run government.

What was the tipping point that brought us here?

about 8 months ago

Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

UPZ Need for long-term view of society (516 comments)

I hope that Mr. Gates sees that 'software replacing humans' even if accelerates is a problem only in the current model of capitalistic society. In this capitalistic society, humans have to compete with automation and software. We do have the resources to feed, clothe and shelter everyone on this planet. I think it's time to start talking about moving past a capitalistic economy. Otherwise, in search of never ending profits, we will destroy the people and environment around us.

about 10 months ago

BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban

UPZ Inherent in nature (247 comments)

The goal of a corporation is to maximize profit at whatever cost to anyone else. The goal of a democratic government is to maximize the population's well being. The two are fundamentally opposed to each other by their very basic nature. But if you let the government run by people with a corporate mindset then it stops doing the job it was expected to do.

about a year ago

Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

UPZ Re: First blacks, (917 comments)

@Jane Yes, it's completely acceptable for a state to regulate prejudices. Much like state can regulate criminal behavior. There's no such thing as absolute freedom. Freedom is relative to what a democratically governed society thinks is acceptable, and there's nothing wrong with that.

about a year ago

ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

UPZ Re:Netflix should know better (289 comments)

Cogent has a long history of instigating peering disputes with other networks. Normally I'd complain about Verizon's behavior but this is Cogent we're talking about. They have -zero- credibility.

I agree that Cogent is no saint, but the argument falls against Verizon here.

Verizon has a responsibility to the paying customer that Verizon do whatever peering is needed to deliver promised bandwidth. Why else does the customer pay Verizon - it's certainly not for access to Verizon's internal network. Granted, Verizon can't afford to peer with every mom-and-pop streaming service, but reasonable to expect peering with Cogent/Netflix when 30% of traffic on the internet is netflix. That's why an ISP is charges the end-user.

Now Verizon, being a near monopoly like Comcast, decides that it has leverage to double-dip. Verizon has a competing service in Redbox Instant, and it certainly is to Verizon's benefit that their competitor Netflix suffers. Proof is in that netflix has offered to put servers on Verizon's internal networks but Verizon is asking 10x the going rate. In other words, Verizon is trying to either a) extract exorbitant money from a competitor or b) degrade the competitor's service. Note, that other ISPs like TWC or google fiber or GreenLight don't seem to be having a problem, just Verizon.

This is why folks, it's an issue of principles of net neutrality and that monopolies should be tightly regulated (deliver traffic only, not content). To avoid conflicts of interest that result in harm to the end-user.

about a year ago

FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

UPZ Words (235 comments)

Are nice but only action means something. What happens six months from now when the topic is not making headlines?

about a year ago

Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will

UPZ Libre for masses (58 comments)

What active effort being made to bring linux to the masses, and not just the technical few? Is there even such an organized plan in existence?

about a year ago

Google Seeks To Throw Out UK Safari Tracking Suit

UPZ Screw Google.. (70 comments)

Bottom line: Google answers to the Chinese legal system (when it comes to censorship) but not to the British legal system (when it comes to privacy).

about a year ago

NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom

UPZ Re:Not only for "Terrorism" (208 comments)

Lol...they targeted Kim Dotcom with prism and missed Jamie Dimon and associates on Wall Streets. Who did more damage to the economy?

Is it incompetence or corruption folks? Obama went to Harvard and Eric Holder went to Columbia. So I guess we all know the truth.

about a year and a half ago

NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

UPZ Re:At the end of the day (634 comments)

Just goes on to show the huge disconnect between the government and the people.

about a year and a half ago

Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

UPZ Re:And it's only going to get worse (835 comments)

Before things improve, they will get worse.

Probably and unfortunately. Public isn't interested in holding police accountable until the degree of brutality reaches to levels that everyone can see.

about a year and a half ago

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

UPZ Re: Commies occypied /. ? (272 comments)

So the author forgets to compare the amount of innovation that goes on in countries with strong IP laws versus those with weak IP laws. Like it or not, innovation is what improves the standard of living in the long run.

about a year and a half ago

EA Responds To Its Appearance In the 'Worst Company In America' Poll

UPZ Re:Nothing will change (208 comments)

They are not bastards, per se. EA's job isn't to look out for your interests but their sharesholders' capital. To the extent that both parties' interests are compatible, you will think that they are a good company, and vice versa (bastards).

about 2 years ago

Dell Offers Ubuntu Option With Alienware Gaming Desktop

UPZ Re:Why so negative? (135 comments)

I'm constantly surprised at how some people can only see the bad side to any news.

Finally we're seeing mainstream acceptance of Linux as an alternative to Windows and yet people still complain. This is a great first step, a major manufacturer is putting Linux onto machines designed to be sold to the home in a competitive way. It can only lead to good things, more game manufacturers taking notice and developing their games for the platform, which in turn will make the hardware vendors made decent drivers.

And yet all some people can focus on is the fact that this machine doesn't suit their own personal special snowflake situation. the mind boggles!

Some people are unwilling to appreciate a "better" situation because it's not the "best" situation. An adult version of throwing temper tantrums.

about 2 years ago



State Department's 'Keystone XL Report' actually written by pipeline contractor

UPZ UPZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

UPZ (947916) writes "The group Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document. The statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable."
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