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Russia moves closer to banning the use of proxies and VPNs

Russia moves closer to banning the use of proxies and VPNs

Wow, that's insane from an IT standpoint. That will totally screw up businesses if they can't tunnel their domains. As a .NET contract developer, I have to use VPNs daily to get on a customer's domain so that I can access their resources, like TFS, etc. If VPNs were outlawed, I have no idea how I'd be able to work. All the SAP developers and consultants would pretty much be screwed as well since I've never worked on anything with SAP without having to connect to a VPN first.

As per Russian lawmakers, the move would further help enforce the country's ban on extremist content hosted online.

That's what dictators do.

Dictators control the media, and when that media gets out of line they are called "extreme" if they disagree with those in power.

From what I read, VPNs aren't banned, but VPN companies that allow access to blocked websites will be fined

So Russians would just need to use VPNs hosted outside the country?

Why failing to protect net neutrality would crush the US's digital startups

Why failing to protect net neutrality would crush the US's digital startups
Why failing to protect net neutrality would crush the US's digital startups

That's sort of the goal isn't it. I mean opponents of NN didn't pay $500 million to have MORE competition.

Here is the difference... I pay 90 for Comcast 200/20 which actually sits around 120/10 most of the time. My friend, in NC has Gigabit for 70... and TV. I pay $130 for TV alone because I hate Comcast that much, so I went with DIRECTV. Now I hate satellite because of nature, but I hate Comcast more.

Today, an ISP is a content producer as well as provider to the net, the conflict of interest is so overt, I don’t know how any lawmaker can consider anything else.

ISPs should be ONLY an ISP, and in the US, we’ve already paid for backbone to be installed. Dark fiber is everywhere, but I’m still paying for access at a shitty rate.

Competition is key to innovation and consumer benefit. Long live net neutrality. I still think the people will not be heard though, the rich and powerful want to control the message.

Then again, they can't buy any startups unless they're poaching them out of Vancouver or wherever they'll move?

I used to pay $60/mo for only internet with Cox. 20mbit if I got lucky. Now I live in Poland. $150/mo for 1gbit down, 400mbit up. HBO, ESPN, Stars etc. for $30/mo, all digital.

Today a flyer came in, another big telco provider expanded to the neighborhood. 900mbit for $50/mo.

Let’s not mention the 20gb cell contract for $15/mo.

America is now so far behind it’s embarrassing.

EDIT: I want to add that after 5 years of having 1gbit internet, YOU DO NOT NEED 1GBIT INTERNET! The fasted I've seen is Apples CDN for developer downloads, that reached 68 mbyte/sec thats with packet overhead etc. little under 600mbit. If you think torrents might be super fast, which are btw. semi legal in Poland, you're wrong too, at that speed it becomes a CPU bottleneck. Fastest torrent I was able to download was around 40 mbyte/sec or 320-360 mbit with packet headers etc.

In short, 200mbit is all you need, trust me. Now the problem here is that EU cities and even outside cities have >100mbit via ADSL or more modern cable modems for over 10 years for a fraction of the cost you'd pay in the US.

Not to speak of that EU ISPs did not get billions and billions of euros from their governments to build out the EU infrastructure.

Btw. the secret to this is that Telco is declared a real utility in the EU. Meaning if you want to start a ISP or a Telco the major Telco or underground pipe owners MUST rent access to them to you. So you dont need to dig any pipes throughout the city, you just send a request to the pipe owner to access it and pull your fiber through it. BAM, competition on every level! ... and prices will drop automatically.

Verizon Says It Was Totally Just Testing How to Throttle Video

Verizon Says It Was Totally Just Testing How to Throttle Video

Ah, the "it's just a prank, bro!" defense.

Verizon is evil.

This is why NN is important and if you want to help protect NN you can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality.

https://www.eff.org/

https://www.aclu.org/

https://www.freepress.net/

https://www.fightforthefuture.org/

https://www.publicknowledge.org/

https://demandprogress.org/

also you can set them as your charity on https://smile.amazon.com/

also write to your House Representative and senators http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

and the FCC

https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact

You can now add a comment to the repeal here

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

here a easier URL you can use thanks to John Oliver

www.gofccyourself.com

you can also use this that help you contact your house and congressional reps, its easy to use and cuts down on the transaction costs with writing a letter to your reps.

https://resistbot.io/

also check out

https://democracy.io/#!/

which was made by the EFF and is a low transaction​cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop and just a reminder that the FCC vote on 18th is to begin the process of rolling back Net Neutrality so there will be a 3 month comment period and the final vote will likely be around the 18th of August at least that what I have read, correct me if am wrong

Don't forget T-Mobile forced everyone to lower bitrate videos by default on their unlimited data plan.

They also violate network neutrality by treating traffic from popular music and video streaming sites differently than other internet traffic.

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Texan coal plant lays off 70 workers because the fossil fuel is not making money

Texan coal plant lays off 70 workers because the fossil fuel is not making money
Texan coal plant lays off 70 workers because the fossil fuel is not making money

When the national coal museum runs on solar, you know coal is a dying energy.

The coal miners are too stubborn to leave the mines too. I work in coal mining town and almost all of the mines have shut down. To combat unemployment, the town brought in instructors to teach these miners how to install solar panels and other renewable energy. They are mostly refusing the schooling and sitting on their hands thinking Trump will reopen the coal mines and complaining that Obama made them lose their jobs. The coal mines are shutting down because people aren't buying coal, plain and simple.

They're the horse buggy drivers of our time.

Texas is the nation's largest producer of wind energy by a factor of nearly 3. So when people talk about saving the coal industry, they aren't talking about Texas. They are talking about states where other forms of affordable energy aren't available.

Let the robots take our jobs and pay for a universal basic income - "Companies will profit significantly from workforce automation, so the private sector will be able to afford shouldering this burden, while at the same time still making greater profits."

Let the robots take our jobs and pay for a universal basic income - "Companies will profit signif...

Neat thought. But of course, increased profits and decreases in personnel costs would only line the pockets of those who own the robots, not the people out of a job because of it.

For a universal income to come around, the US would need politicians a lot more socialist than you currently have in office. Fuck, even here in Europe, such ideas don't have much traction

edit: in case someone wonders how to change how politics work...you should change the voting system. Ditch the First Past The Post system, and also implement independent committees tasked with redrawing all voting districts to eliminate gerrymandering.

It's going to be hard to convince most people that a business owner, who takes the risks of investing their capital, should 'share' those profits with people sitting on the sidelines, not participating in the endeavor. This is going to be true even if the sidelines include artists and volunteers. Will probably be the hardest sell in modern economic history.

Yeah I imagine profits will dry up preeeeetttty quick when nobody has any money. Your business only exists because of demand.

Consider:

Company A and Company B make widgets. A widget costs $1 to make when you use human labor, and they sell at retail for $2. If the companies use robots instead, the widgets cost $0.25 to make.

The proposed idea assumes that the retail price of the widgets will remain the same, at $2, and that a tax can be levied on the extra $0.75 in profits.

But market forces will push that $2 lower. With vastly lower production costs, the companies can afford to lower their prices to compete with one another, without changing their original return on investment projections.

You may or may not see retail prices drop to $1.25, but the fact remains that you won't see/tax nearly the additional profits you think you're going to.

Just like all UBI proposals, this treats the economy like a snapshot in time - assuming that everything remains identical when you introduce these radical changes.

the FCC says it has no documentation of DDoS attack it claims took down website following John Oliver net neutrality segment, despite claiming that it's website going down right after the segment was due to a DDoS attack before

the FCC says it has no documentation of DDoS attack it claims took down website following John Oliver net neutrality segment, despite claiming that it's website going down right after the segment was due to a DDoS attack before
the FCC says it has no documentation of DDoS attack it claims took down website following John Ol...

Utter bullshit, then. Logs are the very heart of any system. And the most absolutely basic of them could identify the start of a DDoS.

The FCC's system is protected by Akamai. Their logs would be available to the FCC. In fact, to us all.

Have a glance over bullshit, analysed.

This skips why it's a big deal. Their claiming it was a DDoS implies that comments can be ignored. It down plays how vehemently people are against the changes being proposed. It also allowed them to take the site offline during the biggest rush of comments coming from gofccyourself. That's why this claimed DDoS is so disgusting, because it was an attempt at silencing voters.

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Verizon admits to throttling Netflix

Verizon admits to throttling Netflix

“We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network," a Verizon Wireless spokesperson said. “The testing should be completed shortly. The customer video experience was not affected.”

Well clearly the customer experience was affected otherwise people wouldn't have noticed and called them out on it.

Also if they are doing this for the sake of testing video optimisation couldn't they have stated that prior to the testing so people knew what was happening, sort of like how a website will say "maintenance is scheduled to occur at X time, expect downtime". This isn't an explanation, this is an excuse.

Oh they are testing. Testing the new throttling program they are going to start using after nn is repealed.

They weren't doing any tests...It's just to make face

"We are testing how much shit our customers will put up with."

Senator Doesn't Buy FCC Justification for Killing Net Neutrality

Senator Doesn't Buy FCC Justification for Killing Net Neutrality
Senator Doesn't Buy FCC Justification for Killing Net Neutrality

Pai is lying, but he will still kill neutrality.

Pai is expected to ignore the public and push for a final vote to kill the rules later this year.

What the fuck is the point of democracy when stuff like this can happen?

Astroturfing by an elected official needs to be a felony.

Get your tar and feathers people because our representatives are using propaganda bots to manipulate public opinion to justify selling us out against our best interest.

Next thell lobby to revert us back to 56k with a petition of 500000 dot matrix signitures begging comcast to stop giving broadband speeds....

Pretty close to doing just that, this happened.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/8/15577988/ajit-pai-protest-door-hangers-fcc-net-neutrality-proposal

Verizon is allegedly throttling their Unlimited customers connection to Netflix and Youtube

Verizon is allegedly throttling their Unlimited customers connection to Netflix and Youtube

It hasn't even been signed yet. Holy shit.

This is why we must fight to keep NN

This is why NN is important and if you want to help protect NN you can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality.

https://www.eff.org/

https://www.aclu.org/

https://www.freepress.net/

https://www.fightforthefuture.org/

https://www.publicknowledge.org/

https://demandprogress.org/

also you can set them as your charity on https://smile.amazon.com/

also write to your House Representative and senators http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

and the FCC

https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact

You can now add a comment to the repeal here

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

here a easier URL you can use thanks to John Oliver

www.gofccyourself.com

you can also use this that help you contact your house and congressional reps, its easy to use and cuts down on the transaction costs with writing a letter to your reps.

https://resistbot.io/

also check out

https://democracy.io/#!/

which was made by the EFF and is a low transaction​cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop and just a reminder that the FCC vote on 18th is to begin the process of rolling back Net Neutrality so there will be a 3 month comment period and the final vote will likely be around the 18th of August at least that what I have read, correct me if am wrong

No man there’s no evidence ISPs will do anything like this. /s

Seriously though, someone actually tried to make that point to me once in an argument against NN. I think they had to be a shill. Like that’s what corporations do. They exist to make a much money as possible and if they can squeeze more money out of people or sites by throttling, then that’s exactly what they will do.

FCC Refuses to Release 47,000 Net Neutrality Complaints

FCC Refuses to Release 47,000 Net Neutrality Complaints
FCC Refuses to Release 47,000 Net Neutrality Complaints

Astroturfing by an elected official needs to be a felony.

Get your tar and feathers people because our representatives are using propaganda bots to manipulate public opinion to justify selling us out against our best interest.

Further, for those of us that have worked in advocacy for a career and been a part of campaigns that have busted their ass in the phones and streets to collect real public comments and facilitate participation, this is insulting to the highest degree. I have seen public comments ignored when the public was 99 percent supportive or opposed only to be at the opposite side of the decision maker's agenda. This isn't supposed to be how ANY OF THIS FUCKING WORKS! How long will we stand for these motherfuckers just railroading us? Something is going to have to give sooner or later.

if you want to help protect NN you can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality.

https://www.eff.org/

https://www.aclu.org/

https://www.freepress.net/

https://www.fightforthefuture.org/

https://www.publicknowledge.org/

https://demandprogress.org/

also you can set them as your charity on https://smile.amazon.com/

also write to your House Representative and senators http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

and the FCC

https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact

You can now add a comment to the repeal here

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

here a easier URL you can use thanks to John Oliver

www.gofccyourself.com

you can also use this that help you contact your house and congressional reps, its easy to use and cuts down on the transaction costs with writing a letter to your reps.

https://resistbot.io/

also check out

https://democracy.io/#!/

which was made by the EFF and is a low transaction​cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop and just a reminder that the FCC vote on 18th is to begin the process of rolling back Net Neutrality so there will be a 3 month comment period and the final vote will likely be around the 18th of August at least that what I have read, correct me if am wrong

Man, watching corporations rape your country is really disheartening. I'm sorry America.

Try one of these subthreads