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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

butchersong A little disappointed in slashdot (218 comments)

This is not news. Verizon, Netflix and customers all already know what the problem is. Routing around the bottleneck (saturated interconnect) by using a VPN will obviously avoid the bottleneck... I don't understand why this was posted as a story.

4 hours ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

butchersong DVDs.. are dead. I'm calling it. (348 comments)

I wouldn't watch a movie I thought I might enjoy in standard def... I realize you're in a bit of a bind when netflix doesn't have rights to stream a movie you want to watch but I would seek out other sources (apple, vudu). It isn't necessarily "ethical" but perhaps do a search for couchpotato howto. Doesn't justify it but the more content is pirated the more content providers should feel pressured to make their stuff available in a method consumers want.

4 days ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

butchersong Re:Big Deal (261 comments)

Nations are sovereign but they are not immortal. Sometimes they fall and sometimes they are taken. It is certainly a position worth discussing that Iraq was wrong or a mistake. Remember that the same Iraqi regime forced us to war to defend Kuwait and the region at great expense and some loss of life some years before and only a cease fire was ever declared. One that Sadam repeated violated. I don't think Sadam had a right for us not to hold him accountable in some way but we sacraficed more than was gained in the invasion. That is certain both from our and the Iraqi peoples perspective.. The neocon position in the US would be that our withdrawl was the mistake and that we should have created stong economic and political ties and maintained a presence in the country the whole point being to create a stablizing force in the region. I'm not sure I buy that though I certainly don't understand why we left Iraq its chemical weapons and radioactive materials. We should have destroyed or shipped that content out prior to leaving. Now.. yay that material is in the hands of ISIS.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

butchersong Re:Big Deal (261 comments)

The fact that at best they might be no more or less competent than any other organization is the best point you could make against them having too much influence though given their structure many myself included would argue even that level of compentency. Why must we consolidate the power of every nation in the world into one organization? Does that really seem like a good idea? At the moment the UN is basically a place for countries to natter on to one another and that is fine, there is a place for that but to cede a portion of sovereignty to the UN? No thanks. They can issue declarations and findings with no teeth to back them up, maybe spark some conversation... good for them but to give them too much credibility is dangerous. I much prefer many individual nations each answerable to its on citizenry. Some nations will misbehave some won't but at least you don't have a single point of failure.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

butchersong A butterfly flaps its wings... (278 comments)

I don't think there is much debate that we impact the climate by some amount but even I have serious doubts as to how much of an impact we might have when it comes to CO2 and if it is in fact all that negative. The models keep predicting catastrophic scenarios and they keep not happening... I'd be lying if I said I was really all that concerned about a 1 degree change that can be said to "mostly" be attributable to global warming or "climate change". I just don't care and don't follow it. Too many alarmist predictions about tipping points that haven't come to pass. Pollution in general is something I care about but that is a separate discussion.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

butchersong Re:Artificial (238 comments)

Pretty much that. I can understand the ACs position but I guess I consider youtube to be a less formal environment. I like the idea of certain settings linking to my true identity and others allowing me a little anonymity. Pushing me into the spotlight for all my interactions in google owned properties just got to feel too intrusive and uncomfortable to me... especially as those properties expand and continue to make up more and more of my online life.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

butchersong Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

Agreed. I use my real name on G+ and never had a problem with that. I enjoy the conversations and try to think out my posts and be polite in my replies. Of course not everyone is but I've found the lack on anonymity contributed to a rather unique and convivial environment. Now, it completely pissed me off when they tried to force me to do the same on Youtube. I always tried to be polite on youtube as well but I don't want my real name linked to every obnoxious video I watch and comment on. Love it for G+, haven't used youtube comments since they tried to enforce the same policy.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

butchersong Reviews next (238 comments)

Maybe next they can begin allowing you to post reviews anonymously again from your main account. I use google+ quite a bit and post using my full name but I don't want a restaurant I frequent or my tire change place to see my full name in my reviews. I haven't posted a review since the removal of public facing anonymity.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

butchersong Re:Should probably be locked up (185 comments)

He was definatley working himself up to live his fantasies and he definately should have been convicted for misuse of the law enforcement database and anything else that could have stuck. Conspiracy to kidnap and murder.. they almost had enough for that but even given that he talked about his intent and purchased implements for a kill that probably shouldn't be enough to convict. Misleading slashdot headline though. This guy was almost certainly preparing for a kill and actively hunting he just hadn't settled on a target yet.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

butchersong Re:hero worship (242 comments)

Dude I'm sorry but... Woz would kick Ghandi, Mother Theresa and FDR's ass.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

butchersong Re:watches? (242 comments)

I have to agree. Trying to make a wearable device pretend to be something it isn't and conform to a 19th and 20th century form factor seems silly. I know it sounds a little nerdy but a small unobtrusive 16:9 flexible display on the bottom of your forearm would be a better solution than a watch. Maybe a small near invisible projector HUD display for people who wear glasses. There's lots of cool wearable stuff you could do and do stylishly... I just don't get these pretend watches that are never going to look right on half the population with smaller wrists.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

butchersong Re:Good? (273 comments)

Welcome to the internet my friend, disrupting oligopolies and weaving communities from strangers for over 20 years now ;)

about a month ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

butchersong Re:His choices... (194 comments)

That is one of the reasons I hate DAs and prosecutors in general. They will pursue charges they know are completely unreasonable compared to the offense for no other reason than scare the hell out of someone making them face their lives being ruined if they attempt to state a case for their innocence in court. They bully people into plea deals every day. This should be illegal. If they are not prosecuting the crime in good faith they have no business representing the publich in such a powerful role.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

butchersong Re:Yeesh. (484 comments)

They're also paying a lot more than the cost of a cheap antenna. What's your point?

about 1 month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

butchersong Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

You'd basically be arguing then that it is impossible to legally do this over the internet or in fact to store anything for a user that they have a right to on the net. It's not like anyone allocates a unique physical machine anymore. Everything is virtualized and of course they have multiple users using the same switches and the packets are traveling over shared fiber and wire... Aereo transcoded every customer's stream separately though I imagine the same hardware handled the transcoding of all those streams. If you say that isn't legal though then what about Amazon Web Services ( http://aws.amazon.com/elastict... )? They are a cloud solution that is used for transcoding in the same way.

about 1 month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

butchersong Re:Bicyclists (358 comments)

I commute to work on a bike about half the time but I tend to agree. I use a mountain bike and stick to sidewalks and cutting through green spaces.. I'd just feel like a douche going along the road. My city is starting to carve bike and jogging trails that can get you most anywhere so that also helps.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

butchersong Re:You know ... (358 comments)

I actually agree with you but if you are going outside the law with the understanding that "the law is equal to justice" is basically a lie we tell ourselves to allow us to function as a society then you have to accept that when caught, you are to be treated as a criminal regardless of the morality of your actions. Even setting that aside, while I'm usually pretty sympathetic to vigilantes (with the exeption of mobs) this guy put other peoples lives in danger.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

butchersong Re:Should the US government censor political blogs (308 comments)

So you'd allow someone who wants to blog for a candidate to pay a hosting provider x amount of money and to pay another company to make sure they are top of google search results but wouldn't allow them to pay for an opinion piece advising people to vote to candiate x in the newspaper, local radio or TV?

about a month ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

butchersong Re:Food chain (107 comments)

I would hazard a guess that people spend quite a bit more time on land (where the bees live) than swimming in the ocean. This is like saying I'm more likely to die in my home. Well... yes my home is where I spend most of my time that doesn't make my home more dangerous than other locations.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

butchersong Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

Harley is working to expand their appeal given that their customer base is getting steadily older. Thats the reason for the new 500 and 750 water cooled base models coming out. They aren't going to do everything right and perhaps will mostly make mistakes but I appreciate that they are at least making an effort and as long as they acknowledge the mistakes and double-down on the successes I think they might be ok. I've always liked their bikes... I just couldn't justify the price and I hate the style-first clothing store feel of their dealerships.

about a month ago

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