top Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality
For politicians, "net neutrality" is something to get people fired up about an idea, so that it can be wrapped up with other things. The recent Obama push for net neutrality isn't for the sake of net neutrality as we geeks know and love, but rather some vague notion of a clean internet. The real aim is to move the internet under Title II so that it can be heavily regulated. It would also be subjected to the 16.1% universal service fund tax (as spelled out in the telecom act of 1996).
With the recent events such as the Federal Election Commission wanting to
impose new regulations on internet-based political activities, I question the motives of the government heavily regulating the internet, and if it would stay neutral for long. The government has a long, long history of grabbing up any amount of control and power it can reach, and I'm personally fearful that moving the internet under Title II will force on so many regulations that, even if the internet was "net neutral", it would be hampered in plenty other ways. How much more innovation would the telephone have gone through over the past 100 years if it weren't regulated? There's no way of knowing, but I personally don't want to see the internet thrown to that kind of experiment.
"Net Neutrality" is being used as the boondoggle to move the internet under Title II. This is a power grab by the government, and has nothing to do about protecting the consumer. Yes, I believe net neutrality is paramount to protecting the innovation that the internet brings us; but moving it under Title II does nothing to guarantee that.
top Pacific Northwest Lab's Sensor-Packed Fish Gauges Hydropower Facilities
"Users interact with the Sensor Fish via communication software developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with the serial port configured to 921.6 kbps, 8 data bits, 1 start bit, 1 stop bit, and no parity."
While I shouldn't complain about news reports that include specs, I'm not sure if I need every last detail into start / stop bits and parity of the communications protocol....
about a month and a half ago
top Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days
Uhh- none of this is true. The BMW part, the Hyundai part, or the iPhone part. Since the original iOS release. If you're going to try to make a rant against an iPhone analogy, at least learn enough to speak intelligently.
top Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?
I manage a team of developers, and I directly hire new developers coming in. One of the things I look for specifically in the interview is "I don't know". Everyone has limits, and everyone needs to acknowledge that they have limits. What's much more important to me is that someone can recognize this and then be able to work around it. The last thing in the world I want is someone telling me they know about something when they really don't, just to appease me.
top A Tour of One of the World's Only Underwater Labs With Fabien Cousteau
Has Fabien even been diving before? Fish sleeping in sponges? I've seen that on nearly every night dive I've done. Christmas tree worms spawning are science fiction? Really? I have my own pictures of that:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/... - and I'm pretty sure I'm not special here.
Seems to me this guy needs to get out some more. Or at least find something useful to do with his life other than try to capitalize on his name with ridiculous stunts...
top FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact
I've flown a fair amount in recent months and in more than half the flights, I'm trying to use my iPad during takeoff, and the stewardess will come and bark at me to put my iPad away on takeoff or landing. Naturally, on an airplane, the customer is always wrong. It's not just a matter of telling the consumers, it's a matter of the airlines properly training / informing the crew.
And to add to the rediculousness, when I was flying into St Maarten's airport (the famous one that's right over the beach) last month, the whole plane was reminded that we needed to put away our phones for pictures because "we aren't in FAA airspace, so the rules don't apply here." I guess the EM spectrum is different outside the States...
top Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
As long as you look at the world as it is now and don't account for a fast moving tech world, I suppose his viewpoint is correct.
In the same vein, around 2004 or so, smart phones would have appeared "limited" because the cell and wifi infrastructure didn't exist. Yet, in 10 years, the supply has met the demand (well, arguably), and now smart phones are ubiquitous.
Or it could just be sour grapes.
top BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo
Blackberry is dying. If their only move is to sue people trying to imitate their "exceptional typing experience," then the death knell isn't far away...
top Largest US Power Storing Solar Array Goes Live
And how do you think they extract electricity from nuclear fission plants?
Fission -> Heat -> Steam -> Turbines -> Electricity
This solar setup does the same thing, except replaces the heat source with sun / molten salt.
top Online Law Banning Discussion of Current Affairs Comes Into Force In Vietnam
And the US is in a position to be talking about "fundamental freedoms"?
top Using Zillow's Creative Commons Neighborhood Boundary Data For the U.S.
Wow- an online estimated price in a bad recession is off and the size of a house as stated in county records is wrong.
Therefore Zillow willingly and knowingly lies and markets to scum bags? I suppose two data points (one of them a computer generated estimate) out of billions is enough to draw a valid conclusions.
top First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger
I lived in London during that timeframe as well. Having eaten at McDonalds doesn't make you ineligible. Simply being in the UK for a prolonged time during the BSE outbreak will cause you to be turned down for blood donations.
The forms for blood donations don't even mention McDonalds, but they do ask if you were in the UK over certain dates. If so, you're ineligible to give blood, even if you're a vegan.
top Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained
The question is... if these countries had the budget (err... were willing to put themselves into huge amounts of debt), would they eventually create the same programs as the US? In other words, are the freedoms a result of the will of the people or from more limited resources?
about a year and a half ago
top RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days
If you're a developer / company with an existing BB app, and you see that your product is about to be EOL'd because there's an new OS coming out, then it be prudent to port your app to the new version. Presumably at least some existing apps make money on RIM devices. I have no idea what's involved in the port - whether it's a refactoring of codebase or complete re-write, but 15,000 apps that want to keep pulling money in the door sounds relatively low compared to the total number in iOS or driod stores...
top What Did Google Earth Spot In the Chinese Desert?
Obviously, the answer is "no"...
top Solar Panels For Every Home?
It's not that solar provides a fraction of "needed" power. The issue is that Americans (myself included) use far more than they really "need". People considering solar should look at lowering their energy usage and increasing their home's efficiency as a first step, and then looking at solar after all other improvements have been made.
top Richard Stallman: 'Apple Has Tightest Digital Handcuffs In History'
I wonder what kind of car Stallman drives. Seriously. Does he update the firmware controlling the engine timing and fuel injectors?
What's that? The car manufacturers have digitally handcuffed him so that he can't go mucking around with things? Oh - it must be a safety issue. OK, well, surely he can update the firmware for other things in his car, such as the radio display?
People aren't hearded in to giving up their freedoms. There are certain freedoms that those people just don't *need* to begin with. My mother, who has an iPhone, isn't handcuffed - if anything, the device liberates her into using technology that she wouldn't otherwise use in in the modern world.
There are products across the spectrum that address the balance between usable and the freedom to do whatever you'd like. Just because manufacturers lock down their devices doesn't mean there's not a suitable audience that doesn't benefit...
top Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch
I have as much disdain for the TSA as anyone else on here, but after watching the video, I tend to agree with TSA's action. They stated that the watch had "wires, switches, and fuses" on it, and somewhere mentioned that they were toggle switches.
Now, I have no idea what it actually looked like, but there's only so many ways to attach toggle switches and fuses to a watch. It's going to look highly suspicious. Couple that with some odd shoewear, and I actually think the TSA is justified in taking precautions on this one.
However, continuing to detain him after the bomb squad cleared him is blatantly wrong..
top Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings
Only two comments, both in this post, talking about how great Microsoft is.
Can we have a "Shill" negative rating?
top Images Show Apollo Moon Flags Still Standing
Not even Hubble can resolve that from LEO:
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