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I understand why content companies always get "net neutrality" wrong, but constantly trying to pretend that it is something it isn't, doesn't actually aid in the discussion.

Net neutrality has absolutely nothing to do with democracy, free speech, or one content company charging more to another content company.

Net neutrality is a technical concept, that the network should treat all packets the same, whether they are UDP, TCP, time sensitive, or time insensitive. 

I understand that "net neutrality" has become a catchphrase that has little bearing on its actual meaning (largely thanks to the rabid ideologues at the EFF and vapid hipsters who can't be bothered to look anything up, because they already know everything), but constantly misusing that catchphrase like this article does, really muddies the water.

Look, in very real terms, the majority of traffic on the Internet being video, is a very real sign that we probably should abandon the technical concept of net neutrality. It makes no technical sense at all, to be treating extremely time-sensitive packets like parts of a video stream, and completely time insensitive packets like an email, in exactly the same way. It slows down all the packets, and means people need higher bandwidth, and smarter (and therefore more power-hungry) devices to make sense of the mess of packets.

Unfortunately, we can't have that technical discussion, because as soon as net neutrality is brought up, the conversation is swamped with people who are arguing anti-trust regulations that don't have a single thing in the world to do with efficient network design.
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Quite often, I get annoyed at people because they just accept how things are, and just assume that is how they've always been, and always will be. A really great example of this is interest rates.

Back when I started my first savings account (in the '80s), the average interest rate was around 10%. While that is nothing amazing, it was at least worth putting money in savings. If you put $100 in savings, then after a year, you would have around $110. It wasn't going to make you rich, but at least it was a little something to make you feel better about not just keeping it in your checking account.

Now, however, the bank you keep your money in is making record profits (it doesn't matter which one, they are all making record profits), and yet a "high yield" savings account might pay a whopping 1%, if you really shop around! That means that at the end of the year, your $100, will now have grown to a glorious $101. So, you could open a savings account... or just go through the couch for extra change, and probably get about the same return annually.

Read that again. One of the many reasons banks are making exponentially more money than they did a 30 years ago, is because they are taking your money, investing it, making a profit from it, and then giving you a tenth of what they used to give you for letting them use your money to make their profit. But hey, at least they charge you more service fees, give you less personalized attention, and give themselves bigger bonuses for figuring out that they can just keep more of your money, and you will just shrug and say "whatcha gonna do?"
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in the voice of Eeyore thanks for that cheery reminder.
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After years of dealing with cheap bike computers that really didn't give me much more information than my current speed, and were so unreliable that I didn't even use them most of the time, I finally broke down and got a GPS unit for my bike.

It isn't the newest or fanciest GPS available for a bike, but then I'm just riding around town, not training for the Olympics or anything. I'm really digging the extra information, and it is super cool to be able to see all the information about my rides on the desktop. Over time it will be cool to see a slightly more accurate record of how much mileage I actually put on my bike.
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I suppose I should probably also add a #6. The Garmin has no wireless communication. So, if I want to leave the phone at home, and go for a ride without bringing Google, Apple, Microsoft, their ad networks, the NSA, IRS, local police force, and every hacker in the world along with me, then I have that option, and can still have maps and a record of where I went.

I can choose to upload the tracks I record with the Garmin to the web, but I don't have to as a condition of using it, unlike modern smartphones.
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These are some really cool purpose-built tools! I don't do cabinetry or furniture, but I sure wish someone made this sort of focused tooling for the stuff I do. 
Here's an interesting design challenge that extends beyond the design of the object you're trying to get into people's homes: Imagine you and your team have designed your thing, whatever it may be, and have engineered the parts to be manufacturable. Now you have to design an additional line of objects that people can use to assemble the initial object with complete precision. That's the challenge faced by companies like Häfele, Hettich and Blum,...
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It is disappointing to me that no one I know really comes to G+ anymore, but I still refuse to go back to Facebook. Facebook is like the abusive boyfriend of social networks, and no matter how many times he says he's sorry, and didn't mean it, you know he's always going to demand more than any sane person should be willing to give up.
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Oh, I won't give in. If I'm anything, it's unreasonably stubborn. I determined that Facebook was a fabulous way for me to loose friends, and that my life was quite a bit happier without it. Once I've made a determination like that, I almost never reverse myself, unless there's some major change of some sort. 
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AT&T has work crews out back marking things up to run new lines. Here's to hoping this is that supposed new fiber rollout we are supposed to be seeing in LA. I don't want to get my hopes up, it is AT&T afterall, but it sure would be nice to go back to having fiber. I have missed it, and I'm getting really sick of this 10Mbps BS I have to deal with right now.
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It's an article from several years ago, but really, read it and see if you think the author was wrong.
The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countrie...
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Ok, I'm really getting sick of hearing tech sites talk about the "huge" differences in phone sizes, when in fact they are all pretty much within a few millimeters of each other.
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And I remember the Osborne portable computer.  Oh how I wanted one.  CPM and 64K memory in under 20 pounds!  Come to think of it, for some sick reason I still want one.
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Wow, that's a motor vehicle I could see actually buying... except they say it is designed for primarily people under 5' 7", which means I could probably use it as a rollerskate.
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Meh!  They would make something super cool looking and then make it for short people only. :-/
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I was pretty lukewarm about the original Blackmagic digital cinema camera, but this new one looks pretty great, with a fantastic price!
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Forget all the ridiculous politics that come up any time someone mentions this chain here in California. If where you eat is how you express your politics, then what are you doing eating at any fast food chain? Anyway, great chicken sandwich, and a lot better than KFC.
Food: Very goodDecor: Poor to fairService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Really great burger, for the money. This is easily my favorite place to get a good cheap burger, and they have sweet potato fries. These guys have totally stolen me away from In-N-Out when I want to grab a cheap burger.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I will admit up front, the name and the hipster vibe gave me a bad feeling about this place from the beginning, but I was willing to give it a try. Unfortunately, it turned out to be just like practically every other 'hot' Hollywood restaurant, which is to say mostly atmosphere, bolstered by the obsequious praise foodies have to heap on any place that caters to 'alternative diets' with things like turkey and veggie burgers. Actually really boring food though, at a really high price. While we were there eating, my wife claimed they had the best turkey burger she had ever tasted in her life. But given that she never went back again, and has since found several other places that she says have the best turkey burger ever, I think that was just her justifying the high price. As far as their actual beef burger, it wasn't even in the top 20 burgers I've ever had, and nowhere near worth the price. Service was poor, we had to wait to be seated, it was loud and crowded, the prices were high for what it was, and I've had much better burgers, at half the price. Do not recommend it.
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Food: GoodDecor: Very goodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Their BBQ Pork Buns were very good, much bigger than I expected, and a great bargain. Unfortunately the same can not be said for the Broccoli Beef. It was pretty much flavorless. My wife said she liked the Garlic Chicken, but then her idea of good Chinese is Panda Express. At least the portion sizes are generous. We both had plenty of bland leftovers for tomorrow. The place is relatively clean and nice, at least compared to all the scary doughnut/Chinese/burger/chicken places that litter the area. All in all, there are much worse Chinese places in Hollywood, but Hoy's didn't really stand out as anything but your average generic Chinese, in any way but their Dim Sum. It is passable for grabbing quick food in the neighborhood, but not somewhere I would make a special trip to visit.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
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This is my favorite cheap burger place in all of LA. The food really is fantastic for the price. Throw in some sweet potato fries, and I'm sold. Really like this place.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
For Hollywood it isn't bad Chinese food. Nothing to write home about, but if you live in the area, it is a viable option for picking something up. Can't really say I understand the reviewers who say it is either really great, or really horrible, because it seems like run of the mill Chinese food to me. Nothing special, but not bad either.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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