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  • New Law Bans ISPs From Charging You A 'Rental' Fee For Hardware You Already Own

    streetlight ( profile ), 10 Jan, 2020 @ 12:37pm

    ISPs will find another way to get into your wallet. Raise the price of Internet service by whatever they were charging they can't charge anymore.

  • Google Fiber Broadband Hype Replaced By Delays And Frustration

    streetlight ( profile ), 05 Jun, 2018 @ 07:56am

    Re: Re: Different fiber

    Same thought. Dial Up was actually ~56 kbits/sec, maybe a bitmore.

  • Google Fiber Broadband Hype Replaced By Delays And Frustration

    streetlight ( profile ), 05 Jun, 2018 @ 08:11am

    Installing cable & Internet by cities might be better

    In some places we've seen cities and towns install municipally owned cable systems that give more than adequate Internet speeds with much smaller monthly fees for Internet service. This might be a better option than Google Fiber if the installations are completed in a timely manner. It's possible the increasing monthly fees for commercial services is to keep profits up in a time of cord cutting. The commercial, for profit services need to increase Internet and TV monthly subscription fees as folks cut TV subscriptions. All this assumes it's not against the law to for municipalities to do this.

  • Romance Novelist Secures Trademark For Word 'Cocky,' Begins Beating Other Novelists Over The Head With It

    streetlight ( profile ), 08 May, 2018 @ 09:47am

    Maybe I'll trademark lots of words

    How about I trademark all the letters of the English language and any combination of them into words, including their various upper case forms. Sounds like it would be a goldmine or a money pit depending on lawyer's fees.

  • Those Annoying Cable Channel Blackouts Are Only Going To Get Worse In 2018

    streetlight ( profile ), 08 Jan, 2018 @ 09:58am

    Re: explain why retransmission fees are even a thing

    Because congress allowed transmission fees to be a thing. These fees are a major income source for local TV stations. Not sure if it's more than 50% of revenue, though, but could be. These fees help insure the very highest quality of the ten o'clock news. And also why we are so entertained by the increasing quality, number and length of commercials.

  • Vulnerability Found In Amazon Key, Again Showing How Dumber Tech Is Often The Smarter Option

    streetlight ( profile ), 24 Nov, 2017 @ 07:49am

    And what about alarm systems?

    We don't have a dog or cat but do have motion detectors connected to the system, so if the Amazon delivery person opens the door, the alarm will sound. The cops will be around in a few minutes. Probably another reason not to get one of these lock.s

  • Trump May Not Be Serious About His NBC Threats… But He May Have Violated The First Amendment

    streetlight ( profile ), 13 Oct, 2017 @ 12:02pm

    What's the penalty for violating the 1st ammendment?

    First, would the violation be criminal or civil? I suppose threatening violence could be criminal and subject to the penalties associated with criminal activity such as fines and prison time. Civil penalties might involve fines. The 1st amendment doesn't specify penalties for it's violation so some law must exist that sets them which could be at the local, state or federal level. Options might include job loss.

  • DHS To Officially Require Immigrants' Files To Contain Social Media Info

    streetlight ( profile ), 27 Sep, 2017 @ 03:52pm


    Except it won't be "Please". It'll be, "I demand your papers," at the point of a gun.

  • When Godwin's Law Met The Streisand Effect

    streetlight ( profile ), 16 Sep, 2017 @ 07:15am

    Why not just jump to the end?

    Instead of having a long, multi input discussion ending up bringing up Hitler, just do it in the first couple of posts. Cut to the chase, as it were.

  • FTC Advice On How To Deal With Equifax Hack: Er… Race The Hackers To Filing Your Taxes Before They Do

    streetlight ( profile ), 12 Sep, 2017 @ 10:17am

    The IRS needs to be prepared

    I don't know about the FTC, but the IRS is the organization that needs to be prepared. For the situation that the hackers beat an individual in submitting tax forms then upon receiving a later, second tax form based on the SS# of a previous submission the IRS needs a quick, effective notification and appeal process to solve the problem. It shouldn't be too hard to detect the fraud. Folks who owe money probably aren't fraudsters. There should be mailing addresses or checking/savings account numbers available for folks who get refunds and have had refunds in the past to cross check. Of course, people move and change banking. These cross checks might detect fraud requiring follow up by the IRS. Not sure how effective that, or any action, the IRS can take to mitigate the situation. And then there are state taxes to consider.If the fraud involves 10s of millions of tax submissions, things are going to get expensive for the IRS and very time consuming for individuals.

  • IOT Devices Provide Comcast A Wonderful New Opportunity To Spy On You

    streetlight ( profile ), 28 Aug, 2017 @ 03:45pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I was recently in Costco and walking through the TV section I noticed a large (55" ?) "TV" but the price sign said it was a monitor. It had all the usual inputs and outputs but I saw no coax input. I assume it had no over the air receiver, so you would need some other source - cable box, Chromecast, Roku, etc. IIRC, it was an LG but may be wrong.

  • 'Smart' Lock Vendor Locks Hundreds Out Of Their Home With Bungled Firmware Update

    streetlight ( profile ), 18 Aug, 2017 @ 06:52am

    Re: Re:

    What fraction of folks buying into smart home stuff read Techdirt or subscribe to newspapers or other media explaining this paradigm? Not many I'd guess.

  • Court Strips Immunity From Sheriff's Office That Raided Hobby Gardener's Home Over Tea Leaves

    streetlight ( profile ), 29 Jul, 2017 @ 06:50am

    Re: Re:

    Sniffer dogs are trained to respond to their handler's signals. They can be made to point 100% of the time in response to such a signal and planted evidence can be found.

  • Verizon Throttles Netflix Subscribers In 'Test' It Doesn't Inform Customers About

    streetlight ( profile ), 24 Jul, 2017 @ 11:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You made one point I was going to make: regulation also involves restrictions on establishing a monopoly. Maybe I'm wrong but the only sanctioned monopolies involve patents and copyright. For patents there's a time limitation and even then patent holders can get around that by making slight "improvements" or changes to a product. Copyright seems now to grant a permanent monopoly.

  • As A New Wave Of Cyberattacks Rolls Out, Rep. Ted Lieu Asks What The NSA's Going To Do About It

    streetlight ( profile ), 30 Jun, 2017 @ 02:12pm

    Why would there be an off switch?

    The NSA probably didn't create an off switch for this software. The purpose of the software could be to disable specific target systems and if the IT folks were able to examine the code they might find the off switch. That doesn't mean one couldn't be developed but that would take time for both the NSA and particularly the folks managing the targeted systems. The intention may also be to shut down targeted systems for a fairly short time so some activity can't take place until the systems are replaced with redundant hardware. This could include shutting down defensive hardware during a military attack, or some such thing.

  • Bob Murray's Lawsuit Against John Oliver Is Even Sillier Than We Expected

    streetlight ( profile ), 23 Jun, 2017 @ 12:01pm

    Murray may be his own enemy

    I watched the video yesterday and it seems Oliver depended on Murray's own statements and actions. They didn't need much, or any, interpretation. At another web site discussing the Murray lawsuit, it was mentioned that perhaps the use of the term Streisand Effect needed a new name. I suggested the Streisand-Murray Effect.

  • Sorry East Texas: Supreme Court Slams The Door On Patent Jurisdiction Shopping

    streetlight ( profile ), 22 May, 2017 @ 12:04pm

    East Texas becomes the new Deleware

    Companies could move their incorporations to East Texas as well as startups incorporating there. The Post Office will need to add new mailboxes and there will be new employment opportunities as jury members deciding patent cases. Might need a larger court house and additional judges. Incorporation lawyers might need to open offices there, too. The economy may boom. Then again, it's East Texas.

  • Sad Raiders Fans Fail To Keep Team In Oakland By Squatting On Trademark

    streetlight ( profile ), 04 May, 2017 @ 03:25pm

    If the guy had been successful

    The Las Vegas NFL team could be called the Slots, or the Craps, or the Black Jacks, or....

  • ESPN Axes Long-Standing Reporters, But Not The Execs That Failed To See Cord Cutting Coming

    streetlight ( profile ), 28 Apr, 2017 @ 07:23am


    I always thought these bozos got paid by the word, thus the continuous stream of nonsense blather.

  • NY Judge Says Prior Restraint Is America's Best Defense Against Internet 'Chaos'

    streetlight ( profile ), 21 Apr, 2017 @ 04:39pm

    Re: Where this leads

    Many of the folks who supported DJT are getting or soon will get what they thought they wanted and are coming to realize, or will realize, it's not going to be good for them or the country. The White House and government agencies' swamps are getting larger and thicker as the billionaires wield their muck.

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