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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

crbowman Re:Semantics (341 comments)

If you claim (in large print) to be selling me unlimited internet access and are then charging me more when I go over some limit, then yes it's a cap, and the FTC dam well ought to be going in and bitch slapping any company doing this type of thing even if they put an asterix with words in tiny print to the effect of "when we say unlimited what we really mean is as long as you don't exceed the limits we actually put on it"

about a month ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

crbowman Re:It seems to me (182 comments)

And when they conspired with others to commit a crime did it also become a RICO crime? (I must admit I don't know what the hurdle is to make something RICO)

about a month ago

FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

crbowman Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Yes, but remember broadband isn't regulated like telecom. That's part of the whole fight over reclassifying broadband as common carriers so that they would have to comply with net neutrality. True the telecom services (phones but not voip phones) are regulated the way you say, and anything that cherry picks the profitable areas impacts the ability to subsidize the unprofitable ones. But broadband isn't classified in the same way and so I don't think you can say that they are required to offer the services everywhere. Certainly where I live, I'd like to get ATT UVerse which they offer in other part of my Silicon Valley town but not where I live (close to Stanford). I've been asking for it for years and I'd really love to hear that they are obligated to provided it but, clearly, they don't think they are.

about a month ago

Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

crbowman Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

Suppose I bought chips specifically for this feature and now you've disabled that feature in firmware. Can you say class action law suit?

about a month ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

crbowman Re:Although... (532 comments)

First I'm not fat and I don't drink 44oz of soda at a time, thanks for the ad hominem attack. I have not chosen for you to subsidize me or anyone else. You've decided that you want to pay for people who have no health insurance (I assume that's because you think that's what a fair, just or civilized society does) and that as a result of your choice you now get the right to tell those who do and don't have health insurance what to do so that your choice to pay for people who don't have health insurance isn't so costly for you. I understand your choice I'm just not willing to let you take away my rights to fix the problem you created (and with a law that does't really fix the problem but simply inconveniences people, see your buy two fatty comment.)

about 3 months ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

crbowman Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

That's your opinion of what constitutes a civilized society. I don't agree. In my equally valid opinion, a civilized society ought to protect us from each other. If a civilized society would like to educate me as to why it believes what I'm doing is bad for me that's great. If it wants to tell me what to do, I don't consider that civilized.

about 3 months ago

Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

crbowman Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

No the FAA has regulatory authority over those things it makes regulations over pursuant to it's grant of authority to regulate. In order to exercise that authority they must create regulations using the recognized federal regulatory process. Otherwise they haven't created regulations. The judge ruled that in this instance they didn't follow that process. Instead he decided they issued a policy statement and then behaved as if that was a regulation. I think in this case he found, for instance, that there wasn't a publishing of the proposed regulations and a comment period. Therefore theses weren't regulations. Therefore he found there are no regulations covering the activity involved independent of the profit motive. I don't know what the statutory grant of authority was but throwing a rock probably is ok because there are no regulations covering it (just as their aren't for RC aircraft) but if the FAA chose to properly invoke the regulatory process and create regulations they probably could.

about 6 months ago

NSA Can't Search Its Own Email

crbowman Re:big surprise (165 comments)

I don't see why this is a problem. They have a duty to search their files for the requested information. It's not the requester issue that some may have to do this employee mail box by employee mail box. What am I missing?

about a year ago

TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

crbowman Re:And the story is...? (453 comments)

What will they do when I take my bag out of the back seat and hand them the valet key which will only open the doors and activate the ignition. Will they then break into my trunk? If not, then what the F*** good is this anyway? Real terrorist will simply give the valet key. (Not that I think this is useful no matter what they do, it's just more theater.)

about a year ago

What Medical Tests Should Teach Us About the NSA Surveillance Program

crbowman Re:Then what do you do then? (107 comments)

Mohamed Atta the ring leader of the September 11th attacks was not uneducated, he had a degree in architecture and was pursuing a graduate degree. He came from a wealthy family. It is dangerous when you make the claim that violent extremism is a product of poverty and lack of education. While they may be correlated, correlation is not causation and the statement leads people to believe that we can eliminate violent extremism simply by eliminating poverty and providing education.

about a year ago

The ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet

crbowman Re:Good enough for what they are designed for... (344 comments)

Don't be so sure. While I agree with your statement as *I* interprit the Constitution that is clearly not the view of the Supreme Court as demonstraighted by precedent. The entire thesis of Wickard v. Filburn was that by producing wheat for his own consumption, Filburn would not be participating in commerce and thus while he didn't have an effect on interstate commerce by himself many actors doing the same will have an effect on the market via their lack of participation. As Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce and the "neccary and propper" power to implement that regulation it has the power necessary to fix prices even if it has to regultate people who don't participate in order to accomplish that out come. Congress will try to regulate printing guns and if the Supreme Court follows precedent it will succeed.

about a year and a half ago

Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

crbowman Re:becasue Apple never (367 comments)

"Apple sells" and that's the heart of the problem Apple *sells* you the software, there is no EULA presented for you to agree with or disagree with *at the time of purchase." It's a sale and as such the first sale doctrine should apply just as it does with books. If I want to read it upside down on the moon or run it on a non Apple machine that's my first sale right since they *sold* it too me they didn't license it to me. It also means I can sell it on to the next person if I want to. If they want to claim the ability to restrict the use and resale then then need to enter into a license agreement with me, and present me with all the terms *before* they complete a license deal.

about a year and a half ago

TSMC To Spend $10B Building Factory for 450mm Wafers

crbowman Re:How about getting the units right? (104 comments)

Uh, no! They are correctly referring to 450mm *wafers*. 450 mm or about 17.7 inch diameter *wafers*. Not line width wafer diameter. This represents a roughly 125% increase in area over current 300mm wafers, and since the marginal cost of processing a 450mm wafer over a 300mm wafer is no where near 125% (it's mostly in the cost of the newer machinery) TSMC will be able to significantly decrease the cost of their products and so will companies like NVidia, ATI, Broadcom and Qualcomm (NOT Apple they don't make chips at TSMC yet). We Americans may not be great at using the SI system but at least we know what where talking about.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Reasonable Immigration Policy For Highly-Trained Workers?

crbowman Re:With unemployment where it is at, send them hom (357 comments)

No it's called supply and demand. I promise you that you'll find plenty of people doing what ever job you want if you just pay them accordingly. If we paid tech workers (or fruit pickers or teachers or whatever job you want) what we apparently pay investment bankers or CEOs or what we used to pay lawyers you'd be able to find as many as you need. People seem to want the free market but then complain when the free market responds by informing them that they need to pay more than they want to for a particular resource. The market is telling that employer that smart people capable of doing the job they want done can get better compensated in a different field. Why should we distort the market for any particular field?
    Let me pick on Bill Gates who has testified before congress on this issue (partly cause it's just fun). He has said that Microsoft can't find enough people here with the skills they need. That's not true, there is a whole company here called Apple (and Google and yadda yadda yadda) that have all the skilled workers Microsoft needs. However Microsoft is unwilling to pay them enough to lure them away. That's the market at work, it's has decided that the most productive place to put it's skilled workers, *for a given wage* is a variety of companies. Microsoft's complaint isn't really that it can't find enough workers locally, it's just that it doesn't want to pay what's required to do so, and so what it wants to do is artificially increase the supply of workers by importing them so that the price on the demand curve shift lower.
    Finally to answer the question originally posed. I'd make it a requirement that H1B type migrants be paid in the top 5 percentile (or pick your own high figure) for the job they are taking. That gives the employers incentive to find a worker here and the market will work out the rest.

more than 2 years ago

Super Bowl Bust: Feds Grab 307 NFL Websites; $4.8M

crbowman Re:China (198 comments)

In many places in the US if an ambulance comes for you, you will get charged. I see stories all the time about people who didn't pay the fire insurance/protection bill in their jurisdiction and the fire department comes and watches their house burn down without lifting a finger. Traditionally a copyright or patent holder was granted a government privilege but they were required to pay for the enforcement. They were required to find the infringers and bring court cases and recover damages. Now they want to shift the cost of their business onto tax payers and the general public and this is what I object to. (I apologize for ending this sentence with a preposition.)

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Manipulated Railway Computers, TSA Memo Says

crbowman Re:Why... (116 comments)

When you say cheaper, are you including the inevitable cost associated with the eventual security problems like this? Then you aren't not really doing a fair cost benefit analyses are you? You're just pushing your costs off onto the rest of us in the form of inevitable regulations need to protect the "critical infrastructure" Internet because of your stupid implementation. Of course it's cheaper, it's always cheaper to make someone else pay.

more than 2 years ago

When Having the US Debt Paid Off Was a Problem

crbowman Re:Say what? (633 comments)

Actually that isn't true. Andrew Jackson paid off the national debt.

more than 2 years ago

Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

crbowman Re:This doesn't prove anything (437 comments)

But their random occurrence shouldn't be a flag. These aren't random events. You have a group of people taught by the same people, and likely helping each other study. Their answers on an exam aren't statistically uncorrrelated and treating them as if they were is wrong.

more than 3 years ago

Challenge To US Government Over Seized Laptops

crbowman Re:The government *does* have the right !! (246 comments)

This is not true. Domestic law does still apply to US citizens outside the US. You still have to pay taxes. You are still entitled to 4th amendment protections of your conversations and property from US agents abroad. FBI agents abroad can't simply search you because you aren't on US soil. If you commit murder while abroad or violate a federal law you can still be tried for it at home. The reason you can be searched at the border is that the Federal Government was explicitly granted the power to raise and levy customs in the constitution Article I section 8.1 (thank you US Constitution iPhone App). Meaning taxes on goods brought into or out of the country. It is considered inherent in that power that the government should be able to search you and your property as you enter and leave the country to levy those taxes and prevent importation of contraband. My questions is, if you're looking for contraband you shouldn't get a blanket exception to search through things that can't contain it. You aren't going to find marijuana in my laptop hard drive. So why do you get the right to troll through it? I don't agree with it, but that's in essence the legal rational. If you want to fight it you gotta explain why why that reasoning is wrong or shouldn't apply.

more than 4 years ago


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