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So you want a law that says "The owners of the Internet's wires cannot discriminate." Yep, in the same way most public utilities don't allow you to discriminate. I pay for my bits, and it shouldn't matter where I'm sending them too and from. If you can't provide the bandwidth you offered me, then that's your problem, not mine. QOS should be handled at the local end, not in aggregate - just because I'm using torrents shouldn't mean I lose out compared to all your Skypers out there. Here is what a world without Net Neutrality looks like to me. When I pull my car onto a toll road, I have to declare where I'm going. Walmart? Well, then it's $1 and I can drive 100kph. Tim's General Store? Oh, he's not one of our Preferred Sponsors, so you'll have to pay $5 and can't drive more than 50kph. Are you sure you wouldn't rather go to Walmart instead? I pick up my phone to make a call, and get a recording saying that there'll be a delay because their phone company isn't my phone company. I call to complain that my lights are flickering, and get told that the company who owns the wires is throttling current to certain electricity providers. I don't think I'm asking for much - I pay for a connection, and it's none of the ISPs business what I'm using it for.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
One thing that struck me as funny is that Windows for once is the company who is backwards-compatible...
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2010 on The Great Newline Schism at Coding Horror
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