Freedom!

The Sandias are barely visible this morning, which means the yeti can move about with impunity.

The Sandias are barely visible this morning, which means the yeti can move about with impunity.

We finally got a little snow here in Duke City — nothing like they’re getting back in Bibleburg, mind you, but still, it helps keep the cacti looking sharp.

Meanwhile, net neutrality, yay. Here’s a look at how digital liberty is working out for the Dutch. I’ll take that cellphone/broadband plan, Hans, but you can keep the Steven Seagal, thanks all the same.

And finally, The Boo took a dump this morning that looked just like Bill O’Reilly. Upon emerging, the turd signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Fox News based on an inspirational tale about how it had to fight its way out of a commie dog’s butt, in a snowstorm, to freedom.

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7 Responses to “Freedom!”

  1. Steve O Says:

    I saw where that Dallas Mavericks owner was ranting the net neutrality would be the end of democracy as we know it in America. For some reason people consider this guy some sort of renegade genius of the business world. The only thing he’s actually made money on was selling broadcast.com to Yahoo for $6 billion, which may have also marked the downturn of the tech bubble. You gotta hand it to him for selling something that no longer exists for a ton of donuts. But to be fair, you should also downgrade him for inventing something that no longer exists.

  2. Steve O Says:

    I have fairly serious concerns about a bunch of 70-year-old men (Tubes! The Internet is tubes!) creating laws that govern emerging technologies and markets that are in their infancy. Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach… And those who can’t teach, legislate.

    But for all of the handwringing on both sides, from what I can find, it basically just says that providers cannot throttle down service in order to sell a more expensive, higher-speed version.

    There is a risk that somebody will invent something super cool that requires gobs of bandwidth, and they will be thwarted from providing it to the masses because they can’t cut the deal that they need. But there’s every bit the converse possibility that this new invention will get its conductivity in a different means. Packet switch interface message processing that led to ARPANET celebrated its 45th birthday last year. There’s got to be something coming to totally revolutionize the whole process any day now.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      What we need badly is more competition and build-out. Basic service, is what, not just bigger and better.

      Down here in Duke City the choice is mostly between Comcast and CenturyLink, which is no choice at all. Access to utility poles seems to be a big deal, cost-wise. Much cheaper than trenching, don’t you know.

      Over-the-air TV signals mostly don’t make it up the hill to Rancho Pendejo — we can get HSN, PBS and a smattering of Spanish-language channels — and the maximum download/upload speeds via DSL are half what we had in Bibleburg (here it’s 10mbps down, less than 1mbps up).

      Cell service? Atrocious, and it doesn’t matter whether you use AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. We’re talking one bar, and text messages can take eons to send, especially if you include a pic.

      Tough to persuade bidnesses to locate here if they have to bring their own carrier pigeons, log drums and semaphore flags.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Here is my two cents. Broadband, and calling Patrick’s DSL speed broadband is being generous, is infrastructure and a utility like power and water. Monopolies are allowed by government to insure service equally to all customers. In my opinion, the internet delivered to your home or cell phone is a public utility. Title II designation is not the end of digital innovation. Seems to me, and I will check, that the ISP’s are not the ones with all the patents for new digital tech, they are simply own the pipes. And they were allowed to build these pipes, phone lines and cable TV, government approved monopolies under title II. That is why the whole town of Sierra Vista has one single cable company just like many towns and communities all over the country. All that has changed on the pipe is the traffic. They are just pissed because the possibility of juicy profits from speed manipulation was taken off the table. The argument that they wouldn’t do it because they haven’t already is a hollow one. Trusting corporate America is hard to do these days. They showed their true colors long ago.

        We rode to the mountains this morning and got their good tidings. Now the wind is gusting 30 mph. Guess we had good timing.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Good on you for getting a ride in, Pat. I may walk to the grocery to fetch some tomatillos for salsa.

        I don’t think our plodding DSL even meets the FCC’s new definition of broadband. They peg it at 25mbps and up, yeah? We get 10mbps (if they have a tailwind). The U.S. Mail arrives faster than that.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Last time I ran a speed check on our cable ISP (Cox) we were getting 60 mbps down and 7 up. Not bad I guess for $65 a month. My nephew is a “honest to god” network engineering type that works for a big cloud computing company. I asked him if my opinion on net neutrality was all wrong. Let you know what he thinks.

        We figured it would be our last chance for a ride this weekend since rain and wind is coming in later today. Man it was sweet. I never tire of that place and there is always something new to see. Today is was two does standing in the middle of the road, and a suicidal squirrel that played chicken with Sandy on our descent out of Ramsey canyon.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good morning! Windy down here with rain coming.
        My nephew, the master degreed network whiz, agreed that net neutrality is a good thing. He was also concerned about ISPs giving their content faster speeds then the competition, but he thought if they were allowed to control speeds that they would have an unfair advantage on current and future digital tech development like cloud computing, the business that he is in. He works for an American company providing cloud computing services to US and international customers. Big outfit it is. Plus he said the gubmint really have to watch that ISP companies don’t merge into monopolies.

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