Tech at Saturday Afternoon: FCC redefines broadband, making the distinction pointless
So it’s official: FCC is completely detached from reality and declaring that if you don’t have 25 MBit/s download speeds, you might as well have dial up because you don’t have “broadband Internet.” Remember, this is a speed Netflix says is only required for ‘Super HD video’, so even speeds sufficient for ordinary HD Netflix streaming are no longer deemed ‘broadband’ by FCC. This means | Read More »
Tech at Night: We have a right to lock our data, even if it inconveniences government
A long running theme of Tech at Night is that people don’t care about privacy, and we know this by their actions. That’s why the NSA critics are all wrong. Abolishing the NSA would leave everyone still vulnerable to spying, and just eliminate the agency that exists to counter the other guys. It’s up to us to protect our own privacy. Therefore, government actions contrary | Read More »
Tech at Night: Leftists selectively feign outrage over ghost writing
Socialists desperate to vilify private business in favor of a totalitarian nanny state are now asking us to get outraged over Comcast’s campaign to fight back. Tell you what, guys. If ghostwriting is now disallowed, why don’t they go and look up how many industry letters, legislation, and books that Democrats have had ghost written for them? No? Oh, that’s what I thought.
Tech at Night: The Jerk takes on Net Neutrality
Here at RedState, Jon Henke posted a good diary on Net Neutrality and the Thune/Upton bill. He’s right, and the slippery slope he describes the FCC being poised to run down, if it takes any Title II powers at all (which would enable it to regulate the Internet as tightly as phones, including price controls), is absolutely true.
Abortion clinics are closing. Slowly, we’re winning.
In 1991 there were 2,176 surgical abortion clinics in America. Without getting graphic, in each of those places physical butchery of unborn babies (and sometimes born ones) was happening as a stated purpose. That number is falling fast. By 2009 we were down to 713, and with the Republican waves in 2010, we’ve managed to claw that number down even further, to 553. Left-wing extremists | Read More »
Tech at Night: It’s time to settle the Net Neutrality debate
It’s time to settle the Net Neutrality debate. For years the left has been pushing a list of reasons to support government action, and the Thune/Upton bill addresses them. The extremists will complain, but it’s time for the rest of us to address these popular issues and move the heck on already.
Houthi coup in Yemen, to give Shiite rebels Red Sea influence
Since 2004 the Houthi movement, led by Shiite sect leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, has been fighting to take over Yemen, a country that had only been reunited since 1990, near the end of the Cold War. They’ve now succeeded in taking the Presidential palace in the capital. It’s a pattern we’ve seen throughout the Arab world, where the post-Cold War political situations have been swept | Read More »
Tech at Night: Edward Snowden’s Latest Attack on America
There are two possibilities when it comes to the latest Edward Snowden announcement. Option one is he’s lying, and simply spreading propaganda against America to appease his Russian paymasters. Option two is he’s telling the truth, and specifically attempting to undermine American operations against a brutal Communist regime that has been attacking America for years, including a massive $100 bill counterfeiting operation (remember when we | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Net Neutrality bill gives them all they’ve asked for
So it’s really all about Net Neutrality right now. In case you missed it, I gave a summary of the events earlier this week. I can add to that this further update: all information I have with respect to the bill says it’s a good one. I said before this isn’t about winning. This is about not losing. But the Thune/Upton bill is probably going | Read More »
Net Neturality Update: Thune and Upton get to work
Well, as has been warned, the FCC will have a vote on Net Neutrality at the end of next month. And after intense lobbying by Barack Obama, Chairman Tom Wheeler has made it clear that he will pursue Title II Reclassification, a ridiculous power grab favored by the extreme left wing, which would place the Internet under 1930s-era telephone regulations. However [mc_name name=’Sen. John Thune | Read More »
Tech at Night: Wednesday Update
So I happened to get sick twice in two weekends, though the second cold was well worth it as I picked it up giving Zelda 2 commentary to help in the raising of $1.5MM for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. But regardless I have some Tech at Night catchup to do. The biggest stories are related to Internet policy and Net Neutrality as they usually are. | Read More »
Tech at Night: Yeah, any country can attack us online. Even North Korea.
People don’t really believe how much damage a determined state-backed attacker can do to us online. And yes, the attack on Sony Pictures was an attack on us. North Korea’s attack on that studio, and let’s be clear, it was North Korea, not a domestic malcontent, was their way of cheaply doing millions of dollars of damage to our economy. It used to take bombs | Read More »
Tech at Night: Next month is D-Day for Net Neutrality
Well here it comes. After pro-liberty, anti-Net Neutrality forces won the comment period, forcing the Obama Democrats to ‘find new comments’, The FCC will vote on the next round of Net Neutrality next month. There are two ways this could go. Chairman Tom Wheeler could try for a repeat of the rules that were thrown out in court the last two times, with a possible | Read More »
Tech at Night: Watch for more online attacks in 2015
People keep trying to diminish the possibility that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony, which I don’t get. An online attack is not like a nuclear weapon, needing a massive capital investment and scarce domain expertise. Computer experts are much easier to develop, and the investment to make such attacks is well within the budget of even a backward country like North Korea. | Read More »
Tech at Night: America continues to lead the way on high-speed Internet
They keep telling me American Internet access is terrible, but the appropriately-named US Internet is announcing the world’s fastest home Internet access: 10 Gigabit fiber. Not coincidentally, US Internet is in competition with Verizon’s 0.5 Gigabit fiber in the same area. In other news, DSL is improving, pushing 45+ Megabit connections to millions of Americans. Note that officially, the FCC and others have declared DSL | Read More »