* Posts by Panicnow

127 posts • joined 11 Jul 2012

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

Panicnow

Fit for purpose

The the banking system totally fails to offer a reliable and secure payment system is a scandal.

To blame the users deserves retribution!

E.g. Barclays has just changed its on-line system. so that it now prompts the user to re-input the account number from what you typed in, not from the original document. Thus you confirm an error, rather than discover it.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Removing the special treatment for eu

By far the biggest problem is getting visas for non-EU staff.

With the tidal wave of migration from EU under control. Recruitment from US Canada, India, Russia etc can restart on an equal footing to those still in the EU!

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India's ‘Facebook ruling’ is another nail in the coffin of the MNO model

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Saved from fragmentation

With having to have FreeView, Sky, BT et al to see all the video content, linking services to transport sucks!

Ironically Net neutrality SAVES MNO s not kill them. Just that they have to charge economic rates for a commodity business.

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PBX phone system hacking nets crooks $50 million over four years

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Telcos are money laundering too

Why are not the telco's being prosecuted for money laundering?

The money doesn’t, (or at least doesn’t need to) leave the Telco premium rate coffers until at least a month (judging by their terms of business). So they are plainly CHOOSING to transfer the money to a less reliable deposit holder.

A few CEOs in Jail would kill this problem stone dead!

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US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

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Possible compromise

How about allowing encryption, but it HAS to be signed by the author using a signature known by the state.

The law enforcement can then sue the author for the original, taking whatever inference they may if the author can't or won't

Carriers can refuse to transmit unsigned encrypted messages

I know there are lots of but-ifs in this, As there are with banned encryption or freedom to encrypt

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Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

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This isnt about "Bad Policy"

This is about rich companies being able to de-rail or at least delay ANY policy made by democratic process.

Many of the challenges are due to loss of sovereignty to Europe. I.e. our elected law maker can be over-riled by unelected European institutions.

As a UK business owner frequently "run-over" as a result of big corp successfully lobbying Euro institutions the sooner we get out the better

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Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

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Our politician should be deaf!No representation without Taxation

Why does the EU even allow off-shore companies to lobby OUR politicians. OUR politician are there to represent US! It was reported recently that Google was the largest EU lobbying spender. If this isn't corruption I don't know what it is!

Our politician should be deaf to these people!

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Mushroom

Good Riddance to Lewis Page

I note that Lewis Page has left the Register. I for one celebrate. His dishonest misrepresentations brought the Register into disrepute

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BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

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Jump before Prison

Bitcoin is the current premier money laundering tech. It is only a matter of time before US authorities turn on it. Jumping now should keep Mr Hearn out of Chokey.

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Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

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Mothership Remote switch on

Handy in a hostage crisis ... and for blackmail

We've seen it on mobiles...

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

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Mesh not end-to-end

The question does not reflect Internet reality. The concept that a piece of traffic can maintain its identity across multiple networks is just wrong. A Service provider can provide differing connectivity to its network, size of pipe is a good example. But as soon as its is routed it is just a packet.

ISPs can now do "deep packet sniffing" to guess what type of traffic is being carried, the problem is some ISPs think(/have) they can extort money by choosing to alter that packets routing. E.g. introducing jitter to make streaming unpleasant.

There is nothing to stop a network provider from delivering an end to end solution that has wonderful characteristics, Indeed specialist networks exist for superfast trading.

Think of net neutrality as being a common minimum speed limit on motorways that ensures best flow for everyone,

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: Purpose

THose cuts were not managed well, As a party member, my house was turned off like the rest in my street. This way I can keep my power on while the riff-raff next door crowd around a candle

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

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Usenet

These young whipper-snappers, Usenet is a proper open messaging platform and it pre-dates the Internet!!!

Now if some smart open platform champion spread some love on Usenet, maybe a miracle could happen in the New Year!

Lets Wizpar it for now....

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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Politician signing their own death warrant

It is only politicians that are worth snooping on. Look at how Gordon Brown got pilloried for buying Champagne a few ears ago, when his credit card account was hacked.

Apple, Google FaceBook can make dangerous associations between politicians (E.g. two mobiles in the same hotel room overnight) and then have power over them! I'm sure the current management of these august companies wouldn't stoop so low, but an unscrupulous policeman using these powers?

Us hoi poloi have little to worry about, apart from this type of abuse of our politicians!

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: History proves

You miss my point, With Clinton it was tried, and with Straus Khan it succeeded in removing him from his job. Funny how these things occur when the person "in-play" is seen as a problem, but left alone when they are toeing the line!

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History proves

Look at Clinton, Straus Khan, Assange, and 20 other high profile people who were taken down through this mechanism. Add in the attempts and the ones that folded before its made public. No tin hat needed here, this one is true.

Now Facebook knows your whereabouts every second and can correlate your secret second phone to you. expect Facebook to be untouchable by politicians. ( Oh they already are)

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Interoute gets green light for £402m Easynet gobble

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Murdoch undervalued it x4

Sold it for 100m 5 years ago, and this sale doesn't include a good part of what Murdoch sold.

He never did understand Internet did he!

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Big Brother

Fearing the wrong party

Why does everyone trust the ISPs, Facebook at al with their life data? It has been repeatedly demonstrated that they are poor custodians. Ashley Madison is an excellent example of how that trust can be abused.

The politicians who are allowing these corporations to accumulate the power are the very ones who will be most at risk. I remember the scandal when Gordon Brown's Visa bill with Champagne from Oddbins was disclosed. Imagine what an unscrupulous employee, or exec could do, knowing where the President is by the minute. " So he did meet that terrorist to negotiate whilst claiming no negotiations" could easily lead to "Now Mr President, about the regulation of data centres..."

Its not that governments should have access, it that these corporations shouldn't have (and keep) the data in the first place!!!

Did you know that most messaging apps report to the server your location every time you send a message, which they store.

An Siri is now always listening...

Get your tIn foil hats now!

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Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

Panicnow

No representation without taxation!

Surely, Corporations that little or no tax would never get a moment's attention from our law makers!

Or does party contributions $s count?

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

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Kernel Bloat

With "VM" now the Kernel, the OS (e.g.Linux) is now in "tool-space" . Next logical step is to have direct user-space Docker-space calls for high performance operations.

(My last real coding work was using a <1Mb Unix sys5 kernel, which looks and feels like a VM container to me!) and with a 4MHz 68000 you NEVER copied when you could pass pointers!)

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'Disruptive Innovation'? Take this theory and stuff it: MIT Profs

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Re: They couldn't all just go out and start their own search engine.

Because their legal dept told them they had to obey the law!

Google didn't have a legal dept when it started!

Now <disruption> is break-the-law-big, so the politicos can't close the door!

Banks, Taxi, hotels, data protection, security, you name it, the <disrupters> ignore the <local> law

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Universities can't do training, they just do "Education"

The sooner we create new training institutions the better! 'cos what comes out of University is not fit for purpose, from an employers perspective

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

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Flame

mind-controlling parasitic wasps

They have certianly reached the Register offices!

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TCP is a wire-centric protocol being forced to cut the cord, painfully

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FAIL

Transmission Control Program!!

I know I am the only one to remember this, but the RFC for TCP names the protocol Transmission Control Program (protocol). Even Vint Cerf the author of the rfc gets this wrong.

( Go on, check the RFC!).

More seriously, one always has to watch Telco tinkering of protocols to make sure they are not removing net neutrality by other means.)

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Inequality

I'd put it down to the use of debt at consumer AND government level.

Once a borrower cannot repay their debt, the creditors have the debtor by the short and curlies.

Thus the creditors can choose whatever interest rate they like, using the threat that they will take all their money away from you and lend it to some other schmuk! So the Capitalist can capture all wealth creation for themselves without lifting a finger.

Look at how they totally subverted the democratic process in Greece for an example!

There is a way to get out of this problem, but it is for a brave government

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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DAB ... now try DVB

a TV station in a box for a small community,,,

You wouldn't believe the expense and crap of doing business with arqiva!

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Goods not people!

The smart money should be on delivering goods. not people!

- Over 50% of urban journeys are delivery

- You can't kill the occupant

- Goods are more patient than people

- Goods are more robust than people

so:-

An autonomous locomotive that pulls a series of "pallet trailers" holding standardised "boxes"

A network of "shunting yards" to rationalise journeys.

The loco can disassemble a pallet and deliver to the door

(A bit like Victorian trains really!)

Making the goods train, low axle weight and just big enough to carry a standard pallet, means that two would fit side-by-side in a EU standard road-lane, and Road damage obeys a fourth power of axle-weight law!

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Flame

Lewis bias

I'll (and other should) pop at any journalist who consistently, over several years, cherry picks what he covers to provide an emphasis to his personal view. I.e. Not a reporter but a politician. Without a disclaimer that he IS cherry picking.

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Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 was the third lowest in the satellite record.

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

Well done Lewis, keep choosing your reports from a bias standpoint.

If EL Reg can't provide a balanced author, don't cover it! It is damaging your brand!!!

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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It must be intentional!

After the disaster of Active controls, Passwords that are checked on the local system, and now this. Microsoft must have a direct line to the malware over-lords.

To do something stupid once is unfortunate, Twice is foolish, Three times is a conspiracy!

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OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

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Let me set up a competitor ( And anyone else)

DNS operation need NOT a monopoly. One could set up an alternate services with alternate defined terms and conditions.

I fancy that the ICANN DNS database "SHOULD" be legitimately mined, but even without doing it, a clever set of Ts&Cs ( $0 price for registration) and automated registration could create a usable copy pretty quickly..

Ts&Cs by TLD could include domains that define jurisdiction, domains that "promise" Kosher, Halal, Christian, Free Speech, only sites ....

And nice two fingers to everyone involved in the ICANN débâcle

Any support?

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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Privilege not Right

Lets be clear! IP is a Privilege granted by government, Not a Right!

IP is a restriction on Free speech, which IS a Right!

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Capital inflation is not caught by CPI

There has been plenty of inflation, but it has been in the value of capital assets. which don't show in CPI etc.

Housing,Land, Shares have all risen sharply, yet GDP has remained static.

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EU reduces science cuts as Juncker finds €500m down back of sofa

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Academics need a reality check

Many academics are pro-EU because a lot of their funding passes through EU programmes. They don't realise that out of the EU, the same funds will be there, but without EU admin taking a 20% slice, rules that make them "partner" with second rate EU universities, rather than first rate global ones, and that the money is allocated to EU political "priorities", not scientific ones.

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Re: Who is Kidding Who?

Renationalised, but without the prime property portfolio that went with it!!!

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Bait and Switch is standard US business practice ( And it sucks!)

1. Establish a dominant market position by marketing spend and giving away a valued service.

2. Progressively add money making "features" that no one would have subscribed to if there were not already captured.

3. Put cash in off-shore havens to fund the next step 1.

Optional step 4, remove initial capability ( E.g. remove support for "old" devices)

Apple's progressive "capture of the value added market

Facebooks advert revenues

Googles trawling of your activities to sell you stuff

Microsofts shift to SAAS

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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Er, Red Shift not just velocity then?

"That's what links the supervoid to the possible acceleration of the universe's expansion: over the 1.8 billion years between ingress and egress, the universe around the photons became less dense, leaving less stuff to give the photons back their kinetic energy."

Photons loss energy as they travel it seems, i.e. they Red shift?

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Class Action needed

I fancy that features used to market a device need to be maintained for a reasonable time, e.g. the normal "life" of a TV in this case say 10years. Otherwise it is miss-selling or fraud.

If I'm wrong, then our law makers need to enact such a law!

When IoT gets going, "upgrade" could shut down your life-support!

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EU digital veep: If you like America's radical idea of net neutrality, you're in luck, Europe

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Not "radical" just status quo (and essential IMHO)

Anyone would think the author has been briefed by the foes of net neutrality

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Now we know...

Surely the whales, the petunias would not have made much of an impression

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

Panicnow

JUST FIX THE SERVERS!

This is a negotiation, if the servers will not except 512, then no harm done!

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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"This isn't so much a problem with the "cloud" - from the description given in the story, it's more a problem with crap phoning home and throwing a hissy fit if it's unsuccessful."

But this is precisly a cloud operation! The TV should be able to work without phoning home first

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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We Internet pioneers breathe a sigh of relief

Net neutrality was a major factor in the success of the Internet over other proprietary networks. If the broadband providers ever get the right to extort taxes for transit, then the internet will be no more, just a small number of proprietary network with ever reducing connectivity to aid tax collection.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Corporate capture

You try producing something that doesn't infringe big patent pool companies like Apple!

Watch Apple sue you to STOP you producing something

F**KIng hypocrites

Intelenctual property is THEFT!

Ip is a privilege, not a right

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

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Everyone has to register

In order to get a farm done, everyone who works on submissions need to be cross registered. thus the farm owner, the farm manager, the accountant and the company secretary need to register.

With Gateway many just used the one account and shared the password.

Getting the owners to register is a big problems! one has to track them down in Barbados, Singapore, Beijing or wherever!

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Re: From the Whitehall Home for the Hard of Thinking

Try Norfolk...

No Broadband, no 3G

Norfolk...ing signal !!!!

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

Panicnow

Upgrade to Linux and keep using your existing PC for another 10 years.

Used Windows once, it crashed.

Never had a Linux crach in 17 years!

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Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

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Re: Am I being stupid here?

Presumably the supercells will have wave guides so that they can reuse the standard spectrum more efficiently

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Keep politics off of Register

Reporting the tech error etc fine

Cheap political side swipes belong elsewhere!

Regardless of authours position!

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Not broke, don't fix it!

We've had de facto net neutraity from day 2 of the Internet.

Now explain why all those $billions of investment to get to where we are today didn't happen because of net neutrality!

Once again, lazy businesses want to get the government to impose a rule that lets them rip off the voter.

(E.g. The ever extending period of copyright)

Then again, while voters vote for the party with the largest corporate funded ad campaign...

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