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[ | 22 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]
T-Mobile and Facebook: Buzz-Killing the Internet? Not Quite.

Net neutrality advocates are spun up about two recent decisions that have little to do with net neutrality.  In the first instance, T-Mobile blocked a company called EZ Texting from sending messages for an outfit promoting medical marijuana dispensaries in California.  The second involves Facebook preventing users from displaying marijuana leaves in the images on the site.
Let’s tackle the last one first.  Free Press’ Tim Karr tweets that this is what a world without net neutrality would look like.  The problem with his assertion is I am not aware of …

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[ | 22 Sep 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
$50 to unlock CPU features isn’t so outrageous

The more I read the Blogosphere the more I realize that the web community seems to be the new entitlement state.  Seems that the latest craze on the web this week is the outrage that Intel is offering a $50 soft upgrade for their microprocessors [CPUs], and the web echo chamber (e.g., DailyTech) is picking up the pitch forks and torches and descending upon Santa Clara.
I cite the DailyTech example because I found one of the comments by “ddopson” to their version of the story to be far more enlightening to all …

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[ | 20 Sep 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Facebook slashes the quality of “HD” videos

Facebook recently slashed their video bitrate in half which means significant degradation in their online videos. Bitrate is a crucial to video quality and every bit as important as resolution. This alone won’t stop anyone from using Facebook but it does diminish the quality of the service and open the door to competitors.

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[ | 17 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
Network Architecture Innovation and Prioritization – Podcast

Podcast of a conference with some distinguished network architects who helped develop the Internet technologies and standards.

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[ | 1 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Massive Cord Cutting in Q2? Um, Not So Much.

When news broke last week that the cable industry saw a net decline of some 711,000 subs in the second quarter, the news was met with near hysteria.  Oddly, though, the hysterics weren’t in cable board rooms, but on blogs.  The chattering class, it seems, was more than eager to proclaim this the work of “cord cutting” consumers, fed up with paying for cable, shedding the shackles of their captor.
As is always the case when someone bangs their gong so loudly, the noise drowns out the real story.
Yes, cable saw …

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[ | 30 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Enough with the dishonest comparison to $100 cable bills

Does cable really cost $100/month or are tech geeks misrepresenting the costs compared to Internet alternatives? By the time the equipment leasing is factored out and premium channels are factored in, the online alternatives won’t be priced much differently.

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[ | 16 Aug 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Can we drop the religious zealotry in Net Neutrality?

After reading this summary of the Net Neutrality debate from David Post, I’ve decided to write the following open letter to him.

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[ | 13 Aug 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Free speech for me but not for thee isn’t free speech

Free Press and their fellow Net Neutrality advocates are a classic example of this contradiction when they say “it’s not their first amendment but ours” and Nicholas Deleon of Crunch Gear is making the same mistake. Everyone loves to support free speech when it comes to speech they support, but the true test of a person’s conviction is when it comes to speech that they don’t support.

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[ | 12 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
A meaningful debate on the Google-Verizon Net Neutrality compromise

The Google-Verizon proposed compromise is based on good faith on the part of both companies but it falls short in some key areas. It takes the extreme position that paid router prioritization and that broadband providers are presumed guilty. It also defers the important debate on ISP differentiation while ignoring the will of the end user.

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[ | 10 Aug 2010 | 15 Comments | ]
Data shows CDN prioritization more harmful than router prioritization

Free Press and other strict Net Neutrality advocates have their facts backwards. The router prioritization that they claim is harmful to others is actually not harmful and the CDN “geographic prioritization” that they claim is harmless is actually the most harmful. Not only does it cause a lot more jitter, but it hogs bandwidth at the expense of other applications.