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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

green1 Re:fuck telus (80 comments)

Funny you should bring this up, because that's exactly what this is all about.
Currently the incumbent telephone companies are legally required to offer their network to their competitors at prices that do not cover the costs of build or maintenance. This means that competitors can always undercut prices of the incumbents because they don't have to pay full price for the circuits. Pricing for the customers of the incumbent on the other hand have to cover not only the cost of their own circuit, but also the portion of the cost of the competitor's customer's circuit that wasn't covered by the mandated fees.

Should the CRTC continue to mandate that customers of one provider subsidize customers of another?

about two weeks ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

green1 Re:There is only one way to do this (80 comments)

In Canada the taxpayers paid for the network up until about 25 years ago. After that it was privatized and every cent spent since has been done by the private companies, not the taxpayers. Given that the past 25 years has included huge amounts of broadband build outs (it effectively didn't exist before that) and entire new technologies (fibre to the home) this becomes a much more complicated question.

What incentive will a big player have to develop it's broadband infrastructure if they legally have to give subsidized access to it to their competition? That's actually the state of affairs right now in the copper/ADSL world. The prices that companies must offer to their competition to use that network don't cover the cost of building or maintaining it. This has been justified by the fact that the original copper plant was built with taxpayer money, however even that is a bit questionable because a lot has happened with private money since (including all the ADSL equipment, and in many cases the wires themselves (any community less than about 25 years old, or anywhere that required replacing the wires for any reason). Fibre to the home platforms have been, up until now, exempt from these sharing agreements, a competitor is welcome to try to negotiate directly with the incumbent for access, but there is no legal requirement that the incumbent allow it. These fibre networks are all new enough that they were paid for 100% with private money, not taxpayer funded. The current CRTC hearings are discussing whether this should continue, or if the fibre too should be required to be open to the competitors at discount prices.

Unsurprisingly, the incumbents don't think they should have to share the networks that they paid for with their competitors, and in any other field it would be considered ridiculous to even ask them to. But there's also the obvious question of how many lines we want to run to each house? We don't want 100 competitors all running their own wires.

I think the best outcome for all involved would be if the incumbents do share their network with their competitors, however, the mandated prices must be more than the cost of building and maintaining that network (which is not currently the case on the copper side of things) I also think that if they do this, it should be done evenly. Currently only telephone companies must share their outside plant, cable companies are immune, as there is no difference anymore between the products provided by either (phone/cable/internet) or the technology used (fibre optics) there is no reason to give the cable companies preferential treatment.

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

green1 Re:This seems different (134 comments)

How is that different than a company paying to bypass a cap? how does that not give them an unfair advantage over the company who can't? And how does it not provide incentive for the provider to decrease caps hoping to force more companies to pay to bypass them?

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

green1 Re:Waiving data charges is fine with net neutralit (134 comments)

It's hard to say, imagine a world where your data cap is zero, overage is $100/meg, and certain sites don't count. How is that not the same problem as one where providers are being extorted for money if they want people to see their data? And why does it become any different if the data cap is now 500 meg instead of zero? or the overage is $5/meg instead of $100? Adjust the numbers any which way you want, but the whole idea that one company can pay to get access to the customer while another may not be able to afford the same access is where the problem lies, and allowing this paves the way to a future more like cable TV than like a free internet.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

green1 Re:dragrace (293 comments)

Tesla P85D 0-60 in 3.2 Seconds.
Toyota Mirai 0-60 in 9 seconds.

I think we know how that drag race will go.

about a month ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

green1 Re:Not a disruptive technology (55 comments)

You think any service that does rescue missions gets money for this sort of toy? not a chance. This will be used by DHS, Police, maybe even the TSA. But you won't see paramedics flying in one of these things.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

green1 Re:kph.. (419 comments)

kph is routinely used in many metric countries. it's not at all unusual to see it.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

green1 Re:kph? (419 comments)

I live in Canada, and I see kph all the time. I have also seen it used in places in europe.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

green1 Re:Please wait here. (419 comments)

You think the Japanese drove individual cars to the station? That's actually rather funny... Everyone driving their own car everywhere they go is not the culture in Japan (nor would it be even remotely practical with their population density in their major centres)

I'll agree that the train was likely quite safe though.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

green1 Re:kph? (419 comments)

kph is a very normal abbreviation used in much of the world for kilometres per hour. Nothing unusual at all in seeing it here.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

green1 240km/hr? (419 comments)

Sure 500kph is a great achievement, but put it in perspective of what places that are interested in rail travel do, don't compare the speeds to the rail backwater that is North America. Normal trains in Europe do 300kph routinely.

The problem with North American rail travel has never been a technology barrier, it's always been about having any interest in doing better.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

green1 Re:Bad submission (258 comments)

And if that works, we just permanently stop upgrading all links that don't have someone handing us piles of cash from the other end.

We get to claim that we don't throttle any connections, and at the same time, we get to extort money from anyone trying to send our customers more than a ping reply.

Comcast is claiming that not upgrading does not equal throttling, but that's exactly what it is. Their customers are paying for access to the internet, if they don't provide adequate bandwidth on their peering points to support that, it's them that are in the wrong.

This whole thing is really just an attempt to stop government regulation though "you don't need to regulate us, we're already doing what you want!" which really just shows that they're scared because they AREN'T already doing what they fear would be in the rules.

about a month ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

green1 Re:Just ask your bank to send you (126 comments)

Depends on your bank. I have credit cards with 2 different banks. At first both of them flat out refused to send me cards without NFC, and as the NFC chip is integrated in to the chip-and-pin setup you can't simply destroy the chip as many Americans can (swipe isn't the usual way of paying around here)

More recently though one of the banks has wisened up and has sent me a non-NFC card, the other one is still NFC enabled.

That said, I have modified my NFC card to significantly reduce it's effectiveness, I scored the edge of the card near the chip deeply enough to break the antenna wire that runs around the periphery of the card. I know I can't make it detect on any NFC pad anymore, so hopefully that makes it relatively secure.

As for people suggesting Faraday cage wallets and such, I'm unconvinced. A proper Faraday cage has to have no gaps, and most of these are not that tightly constructed. I would not be at all surprised if many of them provide only a feeling of security rather than actual security.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

green1 Re:working as designed? (139 comments)

I don't want to get her emails whenever she has a statue for sale, and neither does the rest of the planet. If people want to get them, they'll go to her.

I don't care if unsubscribe work. once it's in their inbox it's too late.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

green1 working as designed? (139 comments)

The poster complains that some email marketing (spam) companies don't provide any way to avoid being caught by these anti-spam tools... sounds like a good thing to me...

about a month and a half ago
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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

green1 Re:Cue the first pot grower nabbed by this (168 comments)

That's a very long way away. These systems aren't being put in place by the government, they're being put in place by the corporations. Corporations have it in their best interest to avoid doing things like that because it would draw attention to their surveillance, without any financial benefit to themselves.
What you suggest may happen, but it won't be until the world is wired and the general public is already well aware of it.

about 2 months ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

green1 Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

In other parts of the world they're covered by default. In Japan for example there's never s vi visible from the outside. (I have a Japanese domestic market vehicle, the VIN is on a plate under the hood.

about 2 months ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

green1 Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

In Canada, I remember buying a computer years ago with a single $1000 bill. The bank looked at us funny when we made the withdrawal, but they ended up being ok with it. The computer wasn't new, it was a private sale of a used computer, when we paid the fellow he looked at us funny and asked if he'd have trouble depositing it, he said he thought that was the currency of criminals or something, but he did accept it.
The somewhat funny part is, it turns out afterwards that he actually was a criminal, we found out later that the computer we had bought had been stolen from a local computer store... (The police, and that computer store, were both very understanding about the situation, and it all ended up working out)

about 2 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

green1 Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

.. the only problem being that, if you're in a plane with actual life-vests under the seat, the seat cushions might not be easily detachable as they're not the primary flotation device. Also, is your life-vest located under your seat or in the bin above you? If it's under your seat, can you *reach* it?

I fly canadian airlines, seat cushions as floatation devices are not legal here, so the life vest is under the seat, always. and yes, I can reach it.

More-importantly, which of the exit doors are the kind that swing in and stay there? Which ones come completely off and need to be tossed out the doorway? Do you pull the door into the cabin from the top or bottom? Which doors release by swinging a single arm? Do you swing it up or down? Which ones don't have an arm, but a pull-down lever? Which of those have an additional cover over the lever which you must pull down *first*? Which doors should you not open in a water landing? Which doors have escape-slides? Which ones auto-deploy when you remove the door? Which ones require a tab to be pulled? Which ones detach to become rafts? How do you detach them?

Even more importantly, show me even one airline that includes that information in their safety briefing. (which is what this is talking about, not the seat card) (though I can tell you, the ones in exit rows over the wings you need to pull in and up and then throw out of the plane, they come completely off, you pull from the top. The other doors, and on planes with exit aisles instead of exit rows, swing outward, you use the big lever on the door, they all have escape-slides, and you can use all of them in a water landing, and they all auto-deploy when you open the door (assuming the flight attendant properly armed the door when the instruction to "arm and cross check" came over the PA)

about 2 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

green1 Re:I'm a pilot (406 comments)

I'm not a pilot, however I have volunteered with an air search and rescue group.
On a commercial airliner I glance at the card, take a quick look around at the safety equipment, and completely ignore the "briefing"
On a military or civil airplane, I pay full attention to the briefing, where everything is, and any other information I can get.

The difference is that the commercial airliners are all essentially the same, and haven't changed in decades.
Each military or civil airplane is completely different.
(there's also the bit about flying at 30,000ft, vs flying at 1,000ft (or less) AGL through the rocky mountains...)

about 2 months ago

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