The Internet will never satisfy its lust for Net Neutrality and Bandwidth

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I want to see this blow up in the face of its supporters SO bad.
It wouldn’t even be that unlikely, either.

—Patrick
 
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Some of the tech sites I follow have basically been running <Jackie_Chan_Meme.jpg> levels of incredulity about this, since the FTC’s attitude is basically, “The Free Market will fix itself” while knowing damn well that the capital outlay required to compete is basically beyond anyone who isn’t doing it already.

—Patrick
 

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As a libertarian, let me just be on record saying that the free market doesn't fix geographic monopolies, internet access is de facto infrastructure, and ISPs should be classified as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
 
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I know we talked about this at least once before in October, but maybe the idea is finally getting some traction and getting across to people now that actual tech folks are saying the same thing.

Ironically, Too Many Video Streaming Choices May Drive Users Back To Piracy -- Ya think?
Also, bonus points for using "ironically" correctly. So meta!

...buuuut maybe the people involved will still ignore it because they can't see through the dollar signs blocking their vision. Maybe.

--Patrick
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

IMO they shouldn't approve ANY new satellites (from any country) until this is addressed. That won't happen, but it's what SHOULD happen.

I like SpaceX in general, however 4425 satellites shouldn't go up until there's a plan to deal with this.
How about having trash collectors in spaaaaaaaaaaceeeee (still one of my favorite shows). But really, I don't expect this to be addressed if/until it becomes a forefront issue, like with any other imperiled common resource (specially one so hard to stage sit-ins at for interested parties).
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

IMO they shouldn't approve ANY new satellites (from any country) until this is addressed. That won't happen, but it's what SHOULD happen. I like SpaceX in general, however 4425 satellites shouldn't go up until there's a plan to deal with this.
https://www.satellitetoday.com/laun...s-lower-orbit-for-spacex-starlink-satellites/
I assume the lower orbit is as much to combat space debris as it is about lower latency.
How about having trash collectors in spaaaaaaaaaaceeeee
https://www.space.com/space-junk-cleanup-cubesat-oscar.html

--Patrick
 
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The convolution of the legal system is why we can't have nice things, I swear.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/4/20898779/fcc-net-neutrality-court-of-appeals-decision-ruling
Yeah I kinda feel the same way as Scalia about it. I mean, our phone systems aren't even switched any more, and yet somehow it still can't get classified as "a communication service." Our phone calls are literally routed over IP networks now, but noooo somehow my literal phone calls are still classed as mere "information."

BrandX needs revision. End of story.

--Patrick
 
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Net Neutrality adjacent:

This sounds more related to the awful new EU copyright law (the one passed by "accident") and how EVERYTHING is going into a black box that gets sole authority to decide whether your content stays up or not, and how it is probably going to bleed into everything worldwide since nobody is going to wall off the EU's from the Internet even though the EU caused this.

--Patrick
 
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Yeah, I dunno. That's been a big problem on YouTube for a while now. CGPGrey and Brady from Numberphile have talked about their issues with YouTube ad nauseum.
 
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Yeah, I dunno. That's been a big problem on YouTube for a while now. CGPGrey and Brady from Numberphile have talked about their issues with YouTube ad nauseum.
Yeah, Art. 13 sucks because it basically asks everyone to implement youtube's horrible automated copyright bullshit.
 
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Yeah, Art. 13 sucks because it basically asks everyone to implement youtube's horrible automated copyright bullshit.
For those who don’t know, the gist of Art13 is:
  • Make a list of everything to be considered “copyrighted.”
  • Compare everything posted online against this list.
  • Anything found matching an item on the list will be considered “infringing.”
  • Hosting providers/ISPs are no longer insulated from liability. They are now assumed to be willingly complicit in any infringement merely because they host/deliver the content.*
  • There is no language (that I could find, anyway) describing how things get put on that list. So basically, there’s no process to verify that things belong on the list, and there’s no process to challenge anything on the list to have it removed. I also could not find anything ensuring the ability for anyone to say, “show me what’s on the list.”
—Patrick
*Article 13 does away with the “mere conduit” provisions that even the USA’s DMCA has (for now, at least). In my opinion, removing this protection was done mainly to force providers to implement their own content screening/scanning solutions, thereby relieving the EU government of the responsibility of developing an effective solution...because it’s impossible.
 
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  • Hosting providers/ISPs are no longer insulated from liability. They are now assumed to be willingly complicit in any infringement merely because they host/deliver the content.*

To be fair, they're not insulated if they don't implement a youtube-like system... which has proven to suck and be full of false positives (which, under the US laws is actually actionable in court, but for some reason no one with lawyer money cares).

But hey, i for one can't wait for corner bootlegs to come back... that totally a nostalgic period for me. FF8 on 5 CDs bought individually as i had the dough represent.
 
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