top FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems
I live in an area that is serviced by AT&T (Southwestern Bell doing business as). This is a rural area in North Texas near Fort Worth that has smaller holdings counted in acres or tens of acres and not generally hundreds of acres. This location is maybe 12 miles from the central office that services my land lines. Almost every time there are heavy rains or even ice or snow (remember, Texas) the phone lines go down. It takes nearly a week to get them repaired. But come the next weather event down they go. And cell phone service is not good. I can walk ten feet within my house and lose the connection with the cell tower.
AT&T expressed their disdain of Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) (analog telephone over copper pairs) about 4 years ago when they filed a request for rule making with the FCC to outlaw POTS. They compared POTS to analog television and used the reasoning that if the FCC could force the switch to digital television and relegate analog television to the garbage bin of history, the FCC could do the same for POTS. I believe it was discussed here on Slashdot. This must have been their marketing department because AT&T didn't realize the technical impact this could have in densely populated areas that have extremely high telephone usage such as skyscrapers with a few thousand people that were constantly on the phone for business. It may be that VOIP would negate the problem but they actually focused on cell phone usage.
The big telephone companies keep dreaming of having everything go over to cell or other services that have MUCH higher profit margins than POTS. If the biggies make the service bad enough they hope they can drive people off of it.
top FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems
The Universal Service Fee (i.e. Tax) that is on everyone's phone bill is supposed to cover the cost of doing this. Unfortunately, it has become just added profit as the phone companies (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) do not use it to subsidize rural phone service. If this was a Libertarian Paradise, you probably would pay $500 dollars a month for landline service while someone in a densely populated urban area would pay $5 a month. Cell phone service would have a greater disparity in price.
top Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video
I was going to make the same point. I viewed those videos a couple of years or more in the past. The main take away was to not talk to the police without a lawyer. If the police are wanting to convict someone or anyone no matter their innocence, they will try to ask leading and distorted questions to get the "right" answers.
top Second SFO Disaster Avoided Seconds Before Crash
As a professional pilot, I have to agree that this seems to be a case of poor pilotage whether they were using the autopilot or not. This goes less to being under trained and more to complacency on the part of the flight crew. I would hazard a guess that the pilot of this one also had thousands of hours of flight time just as the pilot of the Asiana flight did (about 10,000 hours for the later). When flying an airplane one MUST be aware of where they are in the four dimensional space and where they should be; the term for it is "situational awareness". The "are" can be of the flight crews own making or caused by other factors and the "should be" may or may not be attainable. When the "are" is other factors and the "should be" is not attainable then it is a true accident.
about a year and a half ago
top Texas Attorney General Warns International Election Observers
You prove by your own words that your are an ill informed, uneducated, arrogant idiot. You do not understand the relationship of the Federal Government and State Governments. If you are in the United States of America you will probably vote even if you are not a citizen or otherwise not eligible to vote. And I can predict that the candidtate will be a Socialist.
top Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling
The New York Times used to be a good newspaper. It is now a bastion of leftwing nut cases and massively Anti-American pseudo-jounalist. I don't think I would believe what they write even if I saw it happen myself. They would politicize it and blame it on anyone right of the far-far left wing.
There is insufficient evidence to point to changes in the climate being anthropogenic versus just a natural cycle (which could be imposed on other natural cycles). I know most of you lefties, communist, greenie, mindless posters which respect to this issue have the problem solved. I think you believe we should wipe out 90% of the human race and live like we did 10,000 years ago. That would be good for you because they would take away your fricking computers and internet; then you would have to work for a living.
top IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent
I am fine if you don't wear your seat belt and maybe the law shouldn't be that way. But please don't ask to have your injuries caused by not wearing it covered. The auto insurance company I am with does just that. If you don't wear a seat belt then they pay a small percentage of the medical and don't cover anything that is obviously a result of not wearing the seat belt (like being ejected from the vehicle and bouncing down the road). It is a business proposition between my insurance company and myself. To keep my rates lower, I wear a seat belt. And if the law should state something, it should be that insurance companies and individuals are not liable for injuries incurred because a seat belt is not worn.
top German High Court Declares All Software Patentable
Your ECU example is not an example of a software patent but an example of a system patent that employes software. The use of software in a control system is so old that it is probably not patentable on its own. Forty years ago software was used in control systems but it was not practical to implement it for the standard automobile. I would bet that there were test engines run by mini-computers of the time.
There are many examples that show what are bad software patents. The recent Redhat/Novell case which invalidated iPi's patents show some of the absurdity of software patents. HPs recent patent on number order that is a mathematical process that has been done for nearly a century, why is it patentable when done in software and not on a yellow pad of paper? There have even been a case or two of patents for software methods that have been taught for decades.
top Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking
The banning of the use of dihydrogen monoxide (also known as hydric acid) in the preparation of food would be an excellent admentment to this bill. Yes, I know what dihydrogen monoxide is. In our lab at my previous place of employment we even had a material safety data sheet for it. Check it out here
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division.
top Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"
And you appear to be a troll. He i a VP for Microsoft and not just an employee. VPs set the direction of a company. Therefore what he says is the direction of Microsoft.
top Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing
You are out of your bloody mind. You know nothing of the United States of America except what those who hate the USA have filled your head with. As some one said what you apparently want is an Anarchy where you are not constrained nor responsible. The fact is that all Anarchies eventually become Totalitarian Dictatorships because people desire some degree of order.
BTW, while John Lennon was an okay musician; he was a political and social IDIOT.
top Glenn Beck Loses Dispute Over Parody Domain
ABC/CBS/NBC/AP/etc.,etc. traffic in lies, propaganda and demagoguery much worse than Fox News. As a matter of fact the mainstream media (or lamestream media as it should rightly be called) are just mouth pieces for the Liberals. They make up things such as the CBS Bush documents which were made with MS Word. They report false hoods and call them truth. They report only half of the facts and then turn the article into an editorial for their blatantly pro-Leftist views. Oh, and they think they are smarter than the majority of idiots that post to
So for all of you truthers, Socialist, and others who inhabit
/. -- GET STUFFED!!
top Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"
Yeah and the whole world should be just like him!
top Hello World!
You made an excellent example of why the second sample is better. The first is nearly impossible to read.
top RIAA Victory Over Usenet.com In Copyright Case
As one poster to this comment noted, if it isn't copyrighted in your jurisdiction then singing "Happy Birthday" is fine. In much of the English speaking world it has gone out of copyright. Only in the US where its copyright was forced by a court against evidence to the contrary (there are strong indications that the tune and lyrics existed independently and as a song long before the copyright was granted)and essentially extended indefinitly is it against copyright law if done for money.
You are wrong on loaning or giving a book to a friend. Once you purchase a book you are free to do with it as you please other than copying it. You can loan it; you can give it away; you can sell it. All of that is legal.
In some of your statements you try to turn copyright into patent. Not so!
You are spreading FUD on copyright. Are you astroturfing?
top Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"
Love the shill, hate the behavior.
top Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year
Fifteen years ago? Twenty two (22) years ago I was told that we would have fiber-to-the-premesis within a year or two by the Southwestern Bell installer. It hasn't happened in that area yet. When you have a monoply there is no incentive to change.
top Mississippi Bill Would Tax Software Sales
This has been done in the past and there are people who would like to try this again. Imputed income is money that you never saw but they claim that you received the benefit of. To give an example, there was an attempt in the early 1990's by the US Congress to chrage people for imputed income on their mortgages. If the taxing authority (IRS) determined that your house payment was less than what the going rate for rent in your neighborhood was, they imputed that the difference was income on which you would be taxed. To put numbers to this, if you have $1000 a month house payments and houses in your area lease for $1500 a month you have an imputed income of $500 a month. At the end of the year they tag an additional, imaginary $6000 on your annual income on which they want real money paid for taxes. This idea could be applied to sales/use taxes for goods received.
Now move this to software. If the MSRP of MS Office is $600 (I don't have an exact number) then you are imputed to have earned $600 if you download OpenOffice. Therefore you own sales tax on $600 dollars even though you didn't pay any money. That would be about $50 here in Texas that you owe.
They can dream up about any way to gain tax revenue.
top Groklaw's PJ Says SCO's Demise Greatly Exaggerated
The procedural error in The SCO Group's view is that they were not allowed a jury trial. They have thrown a bunch of other stuff into the application for appeal but that is their main point. If the appeals court overturns Judge Kimballs final rulings and any preliminary rulings it would go back to his court for a jury trial. I don't know if Darl McBride and company are slick enough con-men to pull off fooling a jury but they might. Even in a civil trial, I believe that hersay evidence is inadmissable.
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