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Steven Farnell
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The future is getting closer... My phone has the power, not I just need the implementation...

"Video demos Ubuntu Convergence on tablet, phone" http://osnews.com/story/28350/Video_demos_Ubuntu_Convergence_on_tablet_phone
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It's interesting to think that people argue that because data on the Internet competes with multiple existing industries (TV, Phone, Commerce, Mail, etc) that it shouldn't be considered a common carrier.  I think the opposite is true.  Because so many other industries are built on top of it, it should be a common carrier; in the same way that ferries, rail, roads, and phones were common carriers.  Think about it; commerce, mail, and TV (VHS/DVD delivery) all utilized those older industries...
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The new FCC rules require service providers to be a neutral gateway to the Internet. The move has precedent in the 1930s, when regulators enacted "common carrier" rules on phone service companies.
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so... yesterday, all day long, I saw a blue and black dress... then, this morning, when I woke up, I looked at feedly and saw a picture of a yellow and white dress, rubbed my eyes, and it turned blue and black again... weirdest thing ever.
Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media…
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I see three different color dresses.

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A wonderful dinner at the space needle for Renmin's birthday!
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One thing you might not know about me, is that I love maps...  I was aware of this, but I never really thought about it...  Especially with tools like Google Earth...
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This is an excellent story that helps to explain why Internet service in the US started going down the tube after 2002: (while the rest of the world saw incredible and vast improvements.)  The short answer, DSL was reclassified from a Title 2 communication service to a Title 1 information service; as opposed to Cable modem being reclassified from Title 1 to Title 2.  

Now for the long story...

This meant that DSL providers (the Baby Bells) no longer had to lease access to their infrastructure (copper lines and phone poles), and as a result they didn't have to compete.  In fact, this lead to a series of legislative actions that have made it nearly impossible for new companies to compete with the existing major players; such as the minimum infrastructure investments and bans on municipal networks that have prevented nearly 30% of Americans from getting access to broadband Internet.  The result was the big companies we see today (Verizon, Century Link, SBC, and BellSouth) are almost the only options for DSL service.  Time Warner and Comcast never had to compete, because Cable Modem was always Title 1; however, under Title 2, cable modem providers will have to compete with other companies that can use the same cable already running into your home/apartment for TV service; most importantly, a startup can simply build a relay station that provides Cable Modem on Comcast's infrastructure in a region where Comcast doesn't feel it is profitable enough to build a relay station: (this is done by leasing the unused spectrum on the Cable line).

If you have read Tim Wu's The Master Switch, you will recognize a lot of patterns here that point back to the 1920's & 30's, and eventually lead to the creation of Title 2 in the 1934... but I guess American's are really good at forgetting about history... if you care about getting involved in the Net Neutrality debate, it is a must read book.  It will provide some insight into how the debate behind net neutrality is nearly 100 years in the making.  A constant tug of war over controlling the flow of information;  some theoretical concepts even go back to realizations during the dark ages and enlightenment periods.  

The Master Switch: http://amzn.com/0307390993
Opinion: Millions spent on campaigns, lobbying in bid to avoid common carrier label.
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I always love these types of videos about the technology of the future... Corning's world of glass series seems better though... but Microsoft did a good job with this one... then I remember, we were supposed to all have jetpacks and flying cars by now...I guess this stuff isn't that far fetched.  We just won't be there until we have Terabit to the home networks...
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Not a big Star Trek fan, but still sad news.
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Thanks to the FCC and Tom Wheeler for supporting local choice and broadband competition. https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/open-internet-g
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I particularly like this little bit:
"we'd do well to remember that at the end of the day, the law doesn't defend us; we defend the law. And when it becomes contrary to our morals, we have both the right and the responsibility to rebalance it toward just ends." Edward Snowden
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Awesome:)  Did you finish that book "Leadershift" I gave you over Christmas break?  It gets into this kind of discussion.

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I really do like listening to Edward Snowden speak... and reading his words in this case... He's a pretty smart guy.
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To be honest, Title 2 could solve all of these issues... including the problem of only having one cable modem provider for 95% of cable modem users...

It would also assist in making FCCs nation wide VOIP service a reality, which could be good.  Also, it's true, Comcast was asked to comply with all of these requests ten years ago, but the state of California can't make them do it... but this agreement...
California seeks more cheap Internet for the poor. Comcast says it's too hard.
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Sr Quality Analyst
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Security Development Life-cycle and Networking Technologies
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  • The Seattle Times Company
    Sr Quality Analyst, 2014 - present
    Write automated test cases for web-based platforms, organize QA processes, and deliver reports to indicate overall health of new product lines.
  • Prithvi Catalytic @ Microsoft
    SDET - Consultant, 2013 - 2014
    Write testing tools and maintain network infrastructure for the testing teams. Coordinate development tasks with testing priorities to meet team goals.
  • Volt @ Microsoft Game Testing Organization - Shield MP Team
    Software Test Engineer 2 - Test Lead, 2009 - 2012
    Lead testing teams and organize test cases for execution by the testers. Report on technical requirement compliance for multiple (5+) products every week.
  • Volt @ Microsoft Zune
    Software Test Engineer 2 - Area Owner, 2008 - 2008
    Analyze requirements, write test cases, execute manual test cases, and report results from automated testing for the marketplace client.
  • Volt @ Microsoft Game Studios
    Test Associate -Game Tester, Editorial Content Testing, 2007 - 2007
    Execute manual test cases related to completion of user scenarios and golden path scenarios within the product.
  • Volt @ Bungie Studios
    Test Associate - Multiplayer Tester, 2007 - 2007
    Execute manual test cases, report bugs, and investigate use reported issues on product features related to joining multiple clients into a single session.
  • Bridge Consulting LLC @ Oberon Media
    2007 - 2007
  • Farnell Contracting Inc.
    1998 - 2007
  • ITT Technical Institute - Troy, MI
    2003 - 2003
  • Jerry's Bicycles
    1995 - 1995
  • The Home Depot
    Plumbing Associate, 2006 - 2006
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Hello!  I am a Software Test Engineer with a specialty in Networking technologies.  I primarily use both Windows and Linux machines for work and personal use.  You can also find me on a variaty of social networks such Blogger, Orkut, Myspace, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  

I am a self proclaimed Googleholic, and I love to keep up to date with the newest products provided by both the Internet giant in Mountain View, CA and the software giant in Redmond, WA.  I also love to find new and interesting web and desktop applications to run.

When I'm not on the computer I play bass guitar, love to hike, and sometimes I ride my bike.  When I have longer breaks from work I like traveling to new places and improving my skills as a professional tourist!  Feel free to contact me for more information at:

"A good well-lived today makes every yesterday a dream of a good future, and every morning is a vision of hope."
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  • ITT Technical Institute - Seattle, WA
  • Bellevue College
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Long Before Net Neutrality, Rules Leveled The Landscape For Phone Services
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The new FCC rules require service providers to be a neutral gateway to the Internet. The move has precedent in the 1930s, when regulators en

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED
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Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fa

We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-...
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Hello reddit! Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald here together in Los Angeles, joined by Edward Snowden from Moscow. A little bit of context:

xkcd: Pirate Bay
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[[Awaiting the judges' ruling at the Pirate Bay trial]] Character 1: I wish this were in America. Character 2: Why? Character 1: I hear we'd

Wi-Fi Privacy Police
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Wi-Fi Privacy Police prevents your smartphone or tablet from leaking privacy sensitive information via Wi-Fi networks. It does this in two w

1# I like big pugs
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Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for frami

Microsoft Partners To Offer Hybrid Cloud Bundle - InformationWeek
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Microsoft, Accenture, and Avanade join forces to help enterprises migrate and manage applications between public and private clouds.

Hobbitul: Bătălia celor cinci armate
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Explorează lumea din #Hobbitul cu O călătorie prin Pământul-de-Mijloc, un Experiment Chrome.

THE YETI PROJECT: DANCE, SASQUATCH, DANCE
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Make this yeti put its "hands in the air like it just don't care." But "How?" you ask. By the amazing, creative, wonderful power of code - t

The secret world of submarine cables | ExtremeTech
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Have you ever wondered how your packets jump across the Atlantic or Pacific in just a few milliseconds?

ESnet: The 100-gigabit shadow internet that only the US government has a...
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One day, as I surfed the web on my laptop and lamented how long it takes a YouTube video to load, I found myself wondering if employees of t

Transit App
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Wherever you are, just pull Transit out of your pocket and quickly know when the next bus or train is arriving. Not sure what's the fastest

Hangouts Dialer
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Now call any phone number in the world from your Hangouts app. Download and install the Hangouts Dialer to activate phone calling functional

Hangouts
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Google+ Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and videos, and even start free video calls — one-on-one

Chrome remote desktop connects and only shows a black screen. - Google P...
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Dan Katz, 2/22/14 1:41 PM. When connecting to my windows 7 computer with Chrome Remote Desktop, I sometimes get a black screen with no refre

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This is your chance to win an invite to buy the 64GB Sandstone Black OnePlus One.

The Evergreen
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Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

Although the cupcake are a little expensive, you can tell they are made from quality ingredients, so I am not upset about the price. I love the coffee, smoothies, and Italian sodas here, and the family that runs the shop its delightful. They always have water for my dog, and there are plenty of seats with tables out front with shade from a tree and umbrellas. They also have air conditioning, which helps a lot on those hot days.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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This was my favorite restaurant in Renton until they closed on April 21st 2013. The location will become Afghanistan cuisine in early May.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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This transit center connects a number of areas that have high crime rates with the rest of the Seattle metropolitan area. Most of the time this is not a problem, but be careful at night.
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I've been going to Jet City for years for the atmosphere and people that I find there. It's a unique experience where you can sit down with your coffee and enjoy a good conversation, sit and read a book, surf the web using the free WiFi, or just sit and admire all the antiques.
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