swordgeek (112599) writes "Canada's CRTC ruled today that Bell may continue throttling internet access to its customers, including downstream resellers of the service. This is a major setback to the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, who brought the complaint forth that Bell's throttling violated their guaranteed service with resellers. The president of the CAIP was quoted as saying, "This is a licence for the carriers to continue to interfere with the consumer's use of the internet."
The CRTC also announced that they will be investigating the general issue of throttling, with an outcome expected in 2010." top
swordgeek (112599) writes "Comet 17P/Holmes, a relatively obscure and dim object has suddenly flared to be literally a million times brighter than it was two days ago, going from below magnitude 14 to 2.8 in less than 24 hours. It is just outside of the constellation Perseus, which puts it high in the sky and ideal for viewing at this time of year.
The comet is now readily visible with the naked eye, and remarkable in binoculars or a telescope. This is a completely unexpected once-in-a-lifetime event, so get out your finest optics (even if it's just your eyes) and go comet watching! No one knows how long this will last, so grab the chance while it's there."
I don't use or pay much attention to the FFFF part of/. For that matter, I don't use the journal much (at all?) as you can see. This is my first entry, since I consider/. a place for discussion and debate, not blogging/exhibitionism.
But for some random reason, I went to look at the people who consider me a freak. (or who consider me a foe, which means I should consider them a freak? Whatever.) The "Fan" listing is a nice ego boost, but it's more interesting to see the people who consider you a screaming moron, or at least a nutbar.
The curious thing is that I agreed quite passionately with several of them, in both a general and a specific sense. Similar philosophies, similar attitudes, similar posts even.
Then I went looking at THEIR freaks. What did I find? More of the same--not exclusively, but it's remarkable how close they (we) all think.
So why the foe/freak rating? I know the reasons behind me getting on one list--a guy disagreed with me on a point, and was REALLY pissed off that I got modded up to 5, while he was modded down to 0. (For the record, I agree--I disagreed with his point, but it was certainly a well thought out and interesting one--we both should have been +3 or +4.)
Are the rest something like that? Or did I clash with someone on a single post that was pro/anti-American, pro/anti-Linux, pro/anti-OSS, or is it something...deeper?