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I'm going to share this one because it's a well thought out opinion on factual information and not the hyperbolic partisanship common to many other posts on this subject.  
 
Now that the Internet nerds have had their rounds of high-fives, it's time for a net neutrality reality check.

Here's the elephant in the room: The damn 300 page FCC document is still secret. For all we know, the FCC has just delivered us a giant wire-tap approving, government overseeing, shit sandwich. All we have to go on right now is a 4-page summary - http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0204/DOC-331869A1.pdf

Within just these four pages however, there's good, bad, and some loopholes big enough to drive semis through...

1. No Internet "fast lanes". EXCEPT the new rules don't apply to CDNs. Buy Akamai stock RIGHT NOW boys and girls. They're now the FCC approved official net neutrality loophole.

2. Netflix "pay to play". The new rules DO NOT prohibit paid peering agreements. The do give the FCC right to review them. They could very well say Netflix should pay MORE to connect to Comcast customers, considering the infrastructure cost of their data. Sure, you scoff, but who has more lobbyists in DC - Netflix or cable?

3. Junk fees. While the order promises no new taxes or fees, even the FCC admits it's smarmy wording. They were already looking at applying a USF fee to your broadband bill. I'm all for this one as it means Internet users will be paying to bring better rural service to folks like me. 4Mbps down, 0.5 up SUCKS!  :)

4. Pole access / rights-of-way. Possibly good news, but it's loaded with questions. Who sets the pole attachment rates? Will the municipalities (who in many cases took cash from carriers for exclusivity agreements) be indemnified?

5. Data caps and throttling. Here to stay, boys and girls. FCC only promises to intervene when caps are used to harm consumers or competitors.

6. Title II investigations of consumer complaints. By far the best, underreported news. ISPs will now have clear regulations they must follow in addressing consumer complaints. 
 
7. Network management transparency. Sadly no details, but we're being promised that ISPs must disclose their network management policies and practices. So they can throttle us, but at least we'll hopefully know why.

8. VoIP and life-critical services are exempt. This is amazingly good. At least the FCC realizes "all bits are NOT created equal." I officially reserve the right to facepunch anyone who continues to spout that utter nonsense to me.

Now we wait. Supposedly the full 300 pages of regulations will be made available in 3-4 weeks. Until then, I'll hold my applause, thanks.
One day after the FCC adopted new Net neutrality rules, consumers are left scratching their heads about what it means for their Web-surfing experience. Has anything really changed?
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Title II is pretty straight forward. I'm sure there are loopholes, and we know it isn't perfect. But I think leaving the internet in the hands of Verizon and AT&T is pretty foolish.
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Leonard Nimoy's (ז"ל) last tweet, from a few days ago: a perfect capsule of the things which made him so dear to so many people's hearts, and a fitting epitaph.
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I attempted the fireman agility test with Palominas Fire this morning.  Fuck me, I thought I was in decent shape.  I mean, I can hike any trail in the Huachucas at the drop of a hat.  Like, hiking from Montezuma Pass to Bathtub Springs via Miller Peak, with a full pack, is brutal and it takes all day.  I was done walking that day.  Yet I felt like that wiped only half way through the test.  No, I didn't complete it; only made it to five of the seven stations.  But I was the only one who showed up to take the test this morning so I'm that far ahead of the competition.  Eat my dust. 
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I have a Raspberry Pi so I moved my TV activities back to the TV. 
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This is a good use of statistics.  
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I think I served this stream of gobbledegook a well-deserved counter argument if I do say so myself.  I'm quite proud of this one.  The author, who may or may not be the G+ user who posted the article, attempts to find numerous faults with the recent Congressional hearings on vaccinations.  I issued a point-by-point rebuttal with numerous cited references. 

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+Jeremy Petzold I noticed. Apparently they think that quoting our criticism of them back at us negates it and validated their views.
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Internet Service Providers are decrying the FCC's actions in advertisements and through their sock puppets on social media but don't listen to them.  Because they're telling their investors a very different story.  
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This reshare is one of my most popular posts. Thank you everyone who stopped by to help honor the man, the legend, the logic, our friend and mentor, Leonard Nimoy. 
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A little false equivalence.  A little reducto ad absurdum.  Mix it together and you've got a bad but hilarious argument.  
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Vaccines are proven effective and safe.  It's antibiotics we're screwing ourselves with.  
 
Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant. He calls on all of us (patients and doctors alike) to think of antibiotics — and their ongoing effectiveness — as a finite resource,...
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