bullshit decryption, tech, telecom, media, politics, and consumer rights @Motherboard @Techdirt @Verge. Formerly: helped build DSLReports.

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Joined May 2008
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"Using ratings to determine news value is riddled with potential problems. Basing today’s content on what people wanted to watch yesterday means you inherently lose the 'new' in news." cjr.org/public_editor/cnn-pu… Recommended.
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New: found what appears to be another database of Facebook users' phone numbers online. According to our/security researcher analysis, it is not the same data as the 500m one. "This is insane," one user said when we phoned (they weren't in the 500m one) vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/f…
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"residents of deep East Texas pay four times more for fixed-line internet service than those in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex"
Deep East Texas is one of the most underserved regions in the nation when it comes to broadband. In Jasper, the lack of high-speed internet is so severe that there is no Zoom-style instruction for remote learners. ⠀ @sindyabhanoo reports: texasmonthly.com/news-politi…
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one more time with feeling: slow, spotty, and expensive US broadband is the direct result of 35 years of government policy that coddled powerful monopolies. It was a choice. the "digital divide" didn't just manifest itself one day in a mystical puff of smoke.
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Karl Bode retweeted
"my laundry machine uses gigabytes of traffic every day" is another one of those fun things we can say now that we live in The Future™
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the GOP showed no such reservations when they used the CRA to kill consumer broadband privacy protections at the FCC before they could even take effect
Replying to @RegStudies
"It’s hard to conclude from observing the process that Democrats wanted to get much done with CRA, despite it being a powerful tool that is not reliant on breaking a #filibuster." @ddayen #RegDigest via @TheProspect: prospect.org/politics/why-de…
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Karl Bode retweeted
So... it's just a one-way tunnel with lights and no guideway, forcing cars to travel slowly toward the terminus, an underground parking lot?
Footage of what it looks like when a @Tesla is traveling through the @boringcompany’s Convention Center Loop. #vegas #boringcompany
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Karl Bode retweeted
Some Dems believe Manchin has boxed himself into what one calls "the Joe Manchin test." When 10 GOP senators keep failing to support one thing after another, his own claims about the filibuster facilitating bipartisanship will become untenable. New piece: washingtonpost.com/opinions/…
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Russia's new censorship system employs deep packet inspection to throttle user access to select websites. Access to Twitter is being restricted to around 128 kbps because the company hasn't been willing to censor at a rate Putin and pals would like: therecord.media/academics-ru…
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this is of course on the heels of 2016 Russian "security" legislation that mandated backdoors in encryption, and effectively banned any VPN that wasn't willing to kiss Putin's ass and participate in widespread censorship. torrentfreak.com/russia-says…
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a good thread on Russia's new throttling-based censorship efforts by one of the study authors:
1/ Russia recently began throttling access to Twitter, their first acknowledged use of throttling for censorship. My lab investigated, and what we found is an alarming consolidation of Russia's Internet controls. #russia #throttling Read our full report:throttlenitter.net
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Karl Bode retweeted
Unreal. Charles Harder is whining about cancel culture. Also, I can't say enough about the courage and integrity of @mmasnick whose small media company has been repeatedly sued and harassed by Harder and others — and still he won't be intimidated techdirt.com/articles/202104…
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I too live in a manufactured alternate reality where corporations haven't spent millions of dollars to successfully stack the top court of the land with unqualified right wing sycophants
Justice Stephen Breyer, the most senior member of the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing, delivered a stark public warning against partisan proposals to expand the court and the branding of its current makeup as "conservative." abcn.ws/3wF8nWo
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seems breezy and pleasant on whatever planet this guy is living on
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"overbuilding" is the industry parlance for this crazy thing called "competition," which guys like Carr don't support because they're mindless rubber stamps for entrenched, dominant monopolies. (83 million Americans live under a monopoly, usually Comcast)
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I'm also so glad to see Carr's still pushing the false and debunked claim that all community owned broadband networks are inevitable boondoggles, when the data doesn't support that at all techdirt.com/articles/202005….
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Karl Bode retweeted
In case you're wondering what it's like in Berlin right now: - You need a negative test from within 24h to enter any non-essential shop - You can buy a home test for about 8€ - Residents also get a free weekly quick-test, or can pay 25-70€ for a PCR—usually needed for travel
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