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What? ISPs are going to "stop" innovating?

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I laid this out in my last post, but I'll make it clear again - ISPs in the United States don't care about customer service, they don't care about innovation, they care about the bottom line... that is all.

In Ars Technica on Tuesday, they broke it down again. ISPs are making threats that if the FCC reclassifies internet service as a Title II common carrier service, they would stop "innovating". There is factual evidence that effectively shows ISPs stopped innovating a few years ago, and aren't making any substantial investments in infrastructure currently.

Today is the day that the FCC votes on the proposal to decide if the new rules Tom Wheeler wrote up will take effect. If that's keeping internet as an "information service" or if they decide to push it into the public utility realm. Either way, there are plenty of folks who have spoken out to the FCC that what the ISPs are doing is wrong, and no matter how much money ISPs throw at Washington

Verizon FIOS isn't throttling data - they're simply not upgrading, and we don't care

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OK Verizon - I get it, you aren't slowing your customers' data speeds. At least not in the sense that you're prioritizing packets or providing preferential treatment to one data service over another. What you're doing is much worse. You're intentionally refusing to upgrade your trunks for your internet service to keep up with the demand imposed by customers that purchase services from companies like Netflix, YouTube. I see now what you're doing, and I'm not happy about it.

I equate this issue to one simple problem for Verizon: poor customer service. It has nothing to do with bytes being categorized or handled differently in some way. Verizon isn't even intentionally reading the content of those packets we perceive as being slowed down.

Verizon refuses to upgrade their network because they are being greedy.

But you may ask - how are they being greedy? The Netflix's and YouTube's of the world are sending large amounts of data through Verizon's…

Art Through Adversity

I might come back and do a timeline later.

Here is O2D #7.
Enjoy.

Dropping a Deuce

Conrad and I decided to try out my iMac's podcast recording capabilities last week. I didn't put any fancy music into it like Josh does, but thought it turned out pretty well. It was just the two of us, and it was fun to just chat about some things and pass the time.

I hope you enjoy.

00:00 - Google +
15:00 - MySpace / GarageBand
19:15 - Independent Video Game Developers
21:00 - Amy Winehouse is dead / Drugs are bad m'kay
26:00 - Netflix pricing increase / video streaming
36:00 - Bandwidth and Comcast / Verizon sucks
42:00 - Phones - still in your house?
43:45 - News of the week judgements
59:00 - Media Consumption
60:00 - Buffy (spoiler alert)
64:00 - Quick vs. Questions

Google told me Happy Birthday!

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So apparently if you enter your birth-date into your Google profile, the Google homepage will tell you happy birthday!

Stroke the Furry Wall

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Here is episode 5, wherein our intrepid hosts are joined by two lazy bastards who should really join us more often. Show notes below.

1:10 intro 2:08 Regretful purchase17:30 Green Lantern review21:05 Green Lantern Movie and comic book spoilers25:50 spoilers over27:00 Rude movie viewers39:45 Rude patron's Audio43:00 FURRIES46:00 Techincal difficulties48:00 A special guest appears. It's not very effective.Then TV, Quick questions, and something about playing cake, for Corwin.

Don't Hack Me, Bro!

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Episode 4 of the Open 2 Discussion podcast, titled Don't hack me, Bro, is available for your aural pleasure. This week we discuss Pen and Paper RPGs, Diablo III, Star Wars: The Old Republic, the ramifications of hackers, the Riots in vancouver, Game of thrones (WARNING: Spoilers from 49:30-100:00, regarding Episode 9), and general entertainment consumption.

We also introduce a new, Conrad-approved, segment call Vs. Quick questions.
Listen to find out our opinions of hacking, riots, and who is the official superhero of the Open 2 Discussion podcast.