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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

macromorgan Re:ISPs don't want to take Cogent's money (706 comments)

You'd have a valid argument if that's not exactly the system the cable companies operated under until 2002, and the phone companies operated under until 2005. For your logic to hold, there would have been little investment by the cable companies in data service until after 2002 and by the phone companies until after 2005. But that isn't the case; since 2005 infrastructure spending by telcos and cable companies has gone DOWN.

about a month ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

macromorgan Re:Umm, how about a more meaningful comparsion? (108 comments)

Off site backup. Out of home access to home resources (streaming off of the DVR, using my computer at home via remote connection, remote play of games from my console, etc.). Smart home security systems that use more data than just "did an alarm get triggered". Telepresence.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

macromorgan Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

It looks like the rules were changed last year, so what I said should be considered wrong. And boy does that suck.

about 1 month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

macromorgan Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

How does CableCARD work for video on demand or for less popular channels that have been moved to switched video?

On demand service will not work with a CableCard, however some providers (Comcast) offer an IP based on demand service that integrates with TiVo. I use TWC and I just have a Roku with the TWCTV app that lets me use on demand, so I don't miss it. As for switched digital video, there are SDV adapters that cable companies are required by law to give customers who have a CableCard when they offer SDV in the area. Excepting a few occasional hiccups, the SDV adapters work quite well with my TiVos (a 2 Tuner Premiere and 4 Tuner Roamio, both upgraded with 2TB HDDs).

about 1 month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

macromorgan Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Minimum basic cable price (if I don't want to sell my entire soul to the cableco) where I am is $39.48 + $3.99 for a converter box

They blatantly lie and claim that the box is "necessary" "because digital", but it isn't. The real reason they want you to use the box is because of their unilateral insistence on encrypting even the signals that you'd otherwise be able to get unencrypted from an antenna anyway, so that they can charge you a rental fee. But even then, it still isn't necessary because you can get a CableCard instead.

When I had cable TV (only because the TV + internet bundle was cheaper than internet-only that year), I refused the box (and refused to be charged for the box) as a matter of principle.

They are prohibited by FCC mandate from encrypting over the air channels, those must be broadcast "in the clear", and with the copy protect flag set to "copy freely". You just need a tuner capable of grabbing Clear QAM signals to view it (some TVs but not all). If you see a violation of this you can report it to the FCC and they'll get in big trouble. As for the rest of the channels, Time Warner Cable is objectively the worst cable provider, in that they encrypt ALL channels (excluding the Discovery Channel) that they aren't required to decrypt by law. They also set the copy protect flag to "copy once" on all channels except those they are required not to by law. Comcast is a better TV provider than Time Warner Cable, and that's saying something. Comcast uses the copy protect flag more sparingly, and offers more Clear QAM channels. If the merger goes through the only silver lining is that my TV will get better (while my Internet gets far worse... fucking data caps should not exist on wired broadband).

about 1 month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

macromorgan Re: Not a chance (631 comments)

Wouldn't the square root of -1^2 be -1(i)? Wouldn't it be fair to say 1 = -1(i)?

about 2 months ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

macromorgan Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

Don't forget the FCC. Time Warner got their act together very quickly once I complained to the FCC about their cable card fuckery. We'll see if the FCC gets Verizon Wireless into shape for their violations of the C Block auction rules I just complained about.

about a month ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

macromorgan Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

The "chance" to make a difference has long since past. The general election is just a formality. If you want to have a true impact on who gets elected and what kind of platform they run on, you need to vote in the PRIMARIES. Since so few people do, we end up with these mostly-unelectable assholes who manage to get elected anyway. What we need (in addition to stronger 3rd parties) are more participation in the primaries.

about a month ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

macromorgan Re:But what about... (38 comments)

Probably. When can we expect this free market you speak of? I only see a duopoly where I live for wired service, and a 4 player oligopoly for wireless.

about 2 months ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

macromorgan Re:Power VR sucks (97 comments)

Bay Trail uses Intel's own HD graphics. Bay Trail is good stuff. It's the Pine Trail that you want to avoid.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

macromorgan Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Instead of paying interest, money should have an expiration date. Use it or lose it.

You mean like inflation?

about 2 months ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

macromorgan Re:Power VR sucks (97 comments)

I bought one of these boards with the PowerVR crap, but I knew what I was getting into when I did. It makes a handy headless server, but aside from that it's a paperweight. I'm a bit disappointed that the Nexus Player has an Atom with a PowerVR graphics core; otherwise it would have made not only a compelling purchase on its own merits, but an awesome device that could easily be extended with different media capabilities. With the PowerVR chip it's pretty much Android or nothing.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

macromorgan Re:Also announced Nexus player (201 comments)

I suspect it's the Z3560. If I were you I'd be less worried about the bitedness and more worried about the graphics drivers if you wanted to run Linux on this thing. Intel chips with PowerVR graphics have had a terrible track record (compared to Intel chips with in-house graphics).

about 2 months ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

macromorgan Re:I wonder how much we can trust it (68 comments)

I would argue that thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know a lot of things we thought were unlikely aren't.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

macromorgan Re:No substitute for the real thing: cat5e or bett (279 comments)

For best performance they need to be on the same breaker switch and not share the breaker with any electric motors or fluorescent lights. If they have noisy devices on their circuit, or are on a different breaker they'll run slower. If they have noisy devices and are on a different phase they may not work at all.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

macromorgan Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

A lot of the newer ones should be able to handle a gigabit connection. The problem is (unfortunately) is that it relies on hardware based NAT acceleration which sadly doesn't work with most 3rd party firmwares. I grabbed a Asus RT-AC68U which should get close enough to a gigabit to be okay for my needs; the advantage is it is one of the very few routers that has a 3rd party firmware (AsusWRT Merlin) that maintains NAT acceleration while adding to the factory firmware.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

macromorgan Re:more than I can technically achieve over wirele (279 comments)

In my experience each stream of 802.11ac in the real world has the same bandwidth of a 100Mb network link. If you go triple stream, you'll be getting about 300Mbps (despite the 1.2Gbps "rating"). There really is no substitute for wired. I just bought a house a few months ago and one of the first things I did was drop CAT6A in as many rooms as I could. It's a pain in the ass since it's an existing 2 story home, but again, there is no substitute for wired.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

macromorgan Re:Population Density centers (346 comments)

Population density is a problem of backbone infrastructure, not last mile infrastructure. The US is on par or better than most nations in the world when it comes to our backbone infrastructure; it's our last mile that equates to a 3rd world internet (at above first world prices). You have only 1 or 2 companies to blame which vary depending upon your market, and that is exactly the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

macromorgan Re:It's not just Sweden (346 comments)

So which telecom company do you work for? Multiple Verizon references makes me think you work for them...

about 2 months ago

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