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  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    ScanIAm:  Ok your turn to show me where government regulation helps innovation. 

    mstefanik:  ScanIAm and I were talking about the local ISP's.   Long run fiber like L3 runs or others which go city to city is not the problem.  You are right there is plenty of bandwidth there.  Netflix could also lease those lines to totally avoid long run traffic problems.   If you are willing to wait 15 minutes for your movie Netflix could use satellites to beam to you house. (using some caching of course).   The local guy like Comcast does not like their bandwidth sucked up by Netflix who gets their money from Comcast customers.   If Netflix was a small guy showing youtube videos Comcast does not care.  If you become a big player then you have to start paying a toll because the local guy wants his share.  Its how normal greed works.   Does the IRS audit people making 20k or less?   Its all unfair but it is how the world has worked since the beginning of time.  If you think the government saying that the packets should all be free and the same priority will make things better you are in for a big surprise.   If that happens look for your local ISP to put in caps just like your cellphone provider.

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    @ScanIAm:Well here is some evidence on stifling innovation. 

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102169780?trknav=homestack:topnews:4

  • Told ya (dotnet)

    So I wonder if I will be able to start a new project and deploy to either windows or Linux with support right in vs2015?   I think they leave the GUI business to Xamarin so Xamarin might have less work to do with worrying about other mono components.  They also announced future WPF support for windows .   Lots of good news.

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    @mstefanik: I hear you but you have options.  Comcast competes with Hughes satellite (and Elon Musk might have more to say here in future) and competes with Verizon and att.  When you compete it allows artificial barriers to go away.   Trucks pay more than cars to use the toll ways.  Netflix should pay to use bandwidth.  The government needs to stay out of it or maybe local governments create local ISP's with no affiliations to other companies.(just access).  No feds here. 

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    @ScanIAm: For now I would oppose net neutrality because it would stifle competition and innovation.   In the US,  nothing killed innovation more than regulating phone lines.  Same old analog phone lines everywhere.   There is still last mile local ISP competition happening with wireless (att and Verizon)  , cable guys (Comcast , Timewarner), and wireless point to multipoint guys (independents).   Lets give it 5 more years and see where the chips fall.

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    That's kinda what net neutrality does. It stops the last mile monopolies (eg. Comcast) from interfering with the backend providers (eg. Netflix). In theory there is little Netflix can do to stop you from creating a competing service, so they do not require regulation. A last mile provider CAN stop you from creating a competing service and even stop you from creating backend service that would interfere with their business interests, with no real way to "out compete" them. They are quite literally, the gatekeepers to the Internet.

    This is true.  I also don't want Netflix choking my internet access on my local ISP.  I like my local ISP to limit packets from Netflix.   They can then be innovative like Amazon and start buffering the videos or they pay the local ISP money so the local ISP can use that money to fatten the local pipe.  Also I have seen local ISP's with fiber connections still only offering 10mbits downloads (more for tv etc)                                                                          

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    , Bass wrote

    @kettch:

    I think that is TexasToast's insurance. HSA are basically catastrophic insurances. But you still gain the collective bargaining advantage of the insurance company. I don't remember ever paying a doctor directly, my insurance would be the one that billed me for everything. It was a lot higher then standard insurance, but you aren't going to be paying $300 for a doctor's visit with a HSA.

    Your right it was a 280 office visit lowered to $190 by insurance company.  I pay clinic because my deductible not hit but I pay the $190 amount. It is a nice clinic with receptionists and good parking( that must be the extra  $140 bucks more for me)

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    When I had a HSA, the doctor still billed the insurance. I only paid the price my insurance paid. Which was more like $50 for a doctor's visit. You are probably getting bamboozled by the doctor, or you are not going in-network.

    You are right on last point.  I am getting bamboozled along with a lot of other people.  Some have it even worse with 10k deductibles.                                                                                                                                   

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    @Bass:You don't think you could take a picture of your injury,  put it up on ebay and ask for quotes to fix it?  You can shop for flu shots why not tetanus shots?  I think prices have to be made public before healthcare costs come down.

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    I was seeing a doctor, but he called the nurse in to give me the shot while I was there.  Not included in the visit, the shot was $150 bucks extra on top of the 280 dollar office visit.  I did have office visit covered before in past insurances but the future is now having a high deductible HSA type plan.. I think obamacare is similar but I don't know.