Netflix does an amazing job with video compression, however the crux of the matter is that none of this would have been possible if the country was still on dial-up. Data transfer is like a goldfish (stick with me on this one), it tends to fill up to expand its environment.
The problem is that the advertised speed is megabit while our operating systems use Mebibytes [2^20] (compared to the Megabytes [10^6] of hard drive manufacturers). Your 35Mbps connection is about 4.5 MiBps. That is enough to stream a reasonably HD movie from Netflix, but if you have somebody else in the house wanting to stream, play an online game, or browse in a snappy matter you'll be out of luck. I have 50 Mbps service with Charter and am actually pretty pleased with it. But saying that you'll never peg a high-speed connection is just showing a lack of imagination.
Personally, I think this is a long time coming. When I was a younger man I used to pop little white pills like candy, until I started hallucinating that ghosts were chasing me. Later in life I was involved in underground street fights until I got my face bashed in by an Asian girl with gigantic thighs. And the final tragedy...me and a bunch of friends got together to collect a bunch of crystals to help save the world. I don't mind telling you, if it weren't for the copious amount of phoenix down that we had, it would have been much worse. Stop violent video games now!
I'm not a constitutional lawyer, but in my mind the U.S. Constitution doesn't grant natural rights but recognizes them. As in they're inherent. The 4th Amendment not being recognized outside of our borders is as troubling as the 13th Amendment not being recognized beyond the border.
Based on all of the "LOLs", "ROFLMAOs", etc I think you should get upstairs quick! Your mom is no doubt done making your lunchtime sandwich (no doubt with the crusts cut off!). After that take a few hours to finish that blasted Kirk/Spock slash-fic. These things don't write themselves.
Baen has a pretty large collection of SciFi available DRM free. Obviously the Gutenberg Project has what little hasn't been ripped from the Public Domain (yet). From an ethical standpoint, I have zero problem with grabbing electronic versions of books that I already own...so a few have also come from friends willing to share their particular file. If you haven't installed and learned Calibre yet, do so. Not only is it the best manager around, it can also download articles from various sites and send them to your device properly formatted.
Wrong. I don't like Amazon, but the Paperwhite the most used gadget in my collection. The e-ink is much easier on the eyes than a backlit LCD screen and the battery lasts for weeks.
In fairness, the first thing I did when I bought it was root it and remove the ads. I haven't given a dime to Amazon (outside of the cost of the hardware) and purchase everything through 3rd party sources using Calibre to synchronize. It's an extremely locked down device, but credit where credit is due.
Note: I say this as an application developer and server administrator.
It really isn't fair to ask everybody to become conversant with the underlying technologies behind everyday conveniences. The world is becoming much more complicated. I know the most basic aspects of how my truck works, but I would not trust myself to do any major repair work. Asking a non-techie to learn the basics of Java, C (and its cousins), Assembly, etc. is just asking for trouble.
I've always judged both sites by the intelligence of their commentators. The people commenting on CNET stories sound barely high-school educated and willing to prove to the world how little knowledge they have. Ars seems to be doing a bit better and attracts a more intelligent crowd. This may not always be a good thing as any regular reader of /. will tell you.