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When are people going to wake up?

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Substantial upgrades to internet and cell phone service in rural BC are in the works thanks to a new deal between the BC government and Telus. Over the next 10 years the government will contribute $1 billion towards upgrades of broadband internet and wireless networks in rural communities in BC.

The letter of intent reveals plans to improve broadband access for government services and public sector partners, including upgrading internet access to nearly 450 schools.

In addition, the provincial government aims to extend broadband access to 97% of BC residents. 119 designated communities will have their internet speeds improved. The plan includes the addition of 1,700 new kilometres of cell phone coverage along unserviced sections of highway making driving safer and improving emergency response.

The deal establishes a Strategic Investment Fund for improving the delivery of government services as well as provisions to maintain the affordability of wholesale internet provided to regional service providers.

This contract with Telus is a major step forward for the improvement of internet access and government services for rural communities in BC.BC Government to invest $1 billion in Telus network

The same government who signed contract with IPP producers(run of the river projects) and is dismantling BC HYdro is the same Government who dismantled BC Gas(what company owns it now) and BC Rail to effectively dismantle the ownership of properties that belonged to the people of British Columbia. They effectively took control out of the voters hands.

Now Telus whose infrastructure belonged to the people,  are now regulating cost to the consumers of British Columbia? Teachers jobs and the new educational system?

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Notice of Intent posted for telecommunications contract

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VICTORIA - Following a three-year negotiated request for proposals (NRFP) process, the Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government posted a Notice of Intent today to award a 10-year strategic telecommunications services contract worth approximately $100 million per year to TELUS.

This contract will provide telecommunications and strategic services to government and its broader public sector partners, while expanding high-speed Internet connections for families and businesses in rural and remote B.C. and expanding cellular coverage along highways across the province.

When TELUS was the successful bidder on all nine individual bundles of services in the NRFP as well as on the total package of combined services, it became clear to government that, instead of awarding the bundles separately, a stronger partnership with TELUS could realize a greater overall benefit to families and businesses in B.C.

In pursuing this broader, more strategic contract, the Province believes it has achieved greater long-term value for B.C. taxpayers. For example, this contract will:

· Upgrade almost 450 schools to high-speed fibre optic cables to enable faster access to information for our youngest learners.

· Provide over 1,700 kilometres of new cellular coverage along unconnected highway segments within five years to improve public safety.

· Establish a Strategic Investment Fund, setting out a minimum of $80 million for initiatives aimed at transforming and improving service delivery for government, families and businesses around B.C.

· Save B.C. $8.5 million in the first year alone and, based on the Province's historical growth patterns, could save a total of $400 million over the life of the contract.

Currently, 93 per cent of British Columbians have access to broadband Internet. By combining all of the existing telecommunications spending done by government through this contract, the Province is committed to expanding high-speed connectivity to 97 per cent of British Columbians. This would ensure the province remains one of the most connected jurisdictions in the world.

Specifically, through this contract, 119 designated rural and remote communities across B.C. will have their Internet connection bandwidth increased up to ten times the current speed to enable broader access for families and businesses. As well, this contract will maintain affordable wholesale Internet access for regional service providers so they can continue to provide last-mile coverage for rural and remote British Columbians.

This contract covers long distance, conferencing, voice, data, cellular and strategic services for core government, the six regional health authorities, BC Hydro, WorkSafeBC, the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) and BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC).

The Notice of Intent can be viewed at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca.

Contact:

David Greer

Communications Director

Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government

250 208-4350

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The StopWatch can only measure websites that can be displayed in a frame. Some websites use javascript to break out of frames. This is not a StopWatch bug.Stop Watch

Just as a exercise look up throttling and see how the transformation was move toward acceptance of data transfer and how fast you receive it. The denials companies had about not doing it? So how were they able to calculate speed in terms of those data transfers without first experimenting on the public? Ah that's okay now ,you having already spent your own money.

Are there such things as Bad ISP's?

Well it may be important to some people who are developers to take note, considering UBB(usage based Billing) has been forced onto you whether you like it or not. You as a consumer agree to the limitations of a contract by signing onto it? You agree by electing governments you have chosen to allow them to decide what is good for you? They are "the people" right? As a consumer you no longer have a voice as long as the CRTC rules in favor of UBB?

So I present the idea of a clock in terms of speed with which information loads.

Can we tell exactly how much data has exchanged hands? Are there still discrepancies here about,  and how,  what you see and what loads by linkage determines the amount of data you will be deducted from your total package? Yes the key is the package you sign on too.

Have Internet Providers really scientifically given "a measure that is viable as a reality counter" so that you can be conservative as some might infer by wordage and metaphorically descriptive might call it a Smart Machine? Don't kid yourself as seeing no similarities.:) Electricity, Gasoline, and "the internet" are now commodities that business and busines governement had forced onto the people becuase they voted for them?:) But while in power can you wake yourself, and them, up? To me it is looking like a lossing battle...and why even give a shit?

Are you going to inherently be conservative about the things you look at now? How much you might want to look at Youtube videos as using up amount of data transfers to reduce the limitation on the amount of information you are going to use?

It sounds to me like UBB is already in practice wouldn't you? The cost of data packages....from what was unlimited to a valuable resource today. Whose left? Verizon just gave notice and the last, well,  I should not write or I will have to divert large population to packages that are better served the consumer?

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Now for the big lie?

How many "cell towers" are within range of rural communities? How long did the big companies know that if such communities are within cell phone range that these same communities are within high speed internet access? It seems our provincial government knew or why invest in new cell tower placements?

Lets say you have/had a school in that rural community. The school was within cell phone range? If you were such a techno savvy government why would you have closed schools when you could have used the existing structures as links to the larger teaching staffs that would replace teachers( teachers be aware of this, this is on business government minds)? No just destroy the communities and then rebuild them later? Destroy,  teaching jobs? No really it was about the support staff and the upkeep of existing structures right?

If you are living in a rural community and I ask you if you are receiving cell phone signals, how many of those cell phones work? Can't receive reception because of the strength of the signal......well data transfer can connect with very little strengths while the voice does not work? The technology then exists while they manufacture more technologies to tie you into the construction of their packages?

What if you had your technology design by the community or municipality for non profit reasons a to ensure rights and access according to UN statures?? An "open source" as to a non profit organization to benefit the local people of those communities? Bnefit people who bu those technlogies would you deny them access to the towers? Okay, we put up our own towers?

So, why not keep this information private? So rural people can experiment with all the selections of current satellite technologies and exorbitant prices,  while there was always a way in which these communities could have connected?

Now lets looks  at the Federal governments grants for rural development shall we? Comment 40.

Grants have been received by a company that I had used by example..in calling and sometime shortly there after, on my doorknob is a card stating that because of the trees I do not have line of sight? How much was the Grant....do you think they would tell me? I'm asking. How was that grant money divvied up?

Hmm....curious wouldn't you say now knowing there is high speed in the airs around us that this company cannot use its smarts in terms of the repeater stations(possibly on telephone poles) pointing toward location to line of site?

Yes it's all about infrastructure isn't it?

Well while I have proposed Community Broad Band systems, it seems that the business of government is to make profitable TELUS by forcing you to accept data packages it's distributing? Wouldn't you want some guarantees as a taxpayer as to reduction of our costs as consumers according to such a large contract by our Provincial Government?

You know it 's time for those who think being self indulgent is to write in bog postings as self serving to wake up and start adding there two bits.:) Professor or not?:) I mean if you were that smart and educated, wouldn't you want to add your two bits in order to set the record straight.

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Since the "letter is of intent" only and we assume BC Government has not signed contract, they would be lying again wouldn't they if such a contract existed already?:) How much time out to tender? 3 years?

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Conversion to commodity pricing and the complicity of Federal and Provincial governments toward Health and spectrum allocations too, "for profit systems?"

During the tenor of BC Liberal Provincial government in waiting for last 10 years there were sell off of public companies like BC Gas to set cost of product toward private interest "on open market pricing system" as a fair way in which to provide governance too, the people of the BC Province, as a sign of such Government complicity,  as to indicate observance and containment of help toward "your cost as a consumer."

In this case, Telus indicated as public company once, now a business company infrastructure signs 1 billion deal over ten years with the very company that once belonged to the people of BC province. A"resource based" identity marker of the people's, now a market control product toward development of public systems, other then putting "business partners" in control?

How do you regain control?

I hope to combat this as indicated by Community and Municipal Broad band placements as well as Digital development "over the air" TV broadcasting of TV stations "toward new developed as Non profit systems?" How do you provide cost of business but by advertising? Google was well to recognize it's core product development interest other then TV Business controls as to developing new business under the provisions of the INternet.

No, don't be a fool about emphatic deterioration of where our democracy "is going" by signing on too new Business governments.....society just does not recognize the markers for change and conversion to commodity pricing and systemic works of business governments?

Now you have to be there( have been there) in terms of what has taken place historically,  to have observed such a system in place while we ask about the future of democracy at work. While being subverted to what we think is okay, from a Professors point of view(POV) about how well a company like Telus stands out amongst it 's partners, while in bed with the CRTC regulatory committee through recent conference(Vertical Integration) while to the exclusion of Open Media organization representation, as some element of a democratize institution to challenge such changes?

What package like Bell to demonstrate such integration we knew was always at the heart of media control, too have it recognized that Telus Optick would incorporate Television as a standard representation of such packaging is to include Television in packaging and pricing, as toward unlimited indications of Data conversions(alongside of internet?) For Bell to have bought CTV stations as part of the proceeds toward "this data conversion pricing and packaging?"

Shaw satellite system hidden under Telus Optick viewing and now part of Data packaging system?

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The CRTC eschews both Facts because it refuses to do much of its own original research. It’s feelings about norms and values are even more suspect. Indeed, even the old sign hanging over it’s front door, at least it’s web page, “regulation in the public interest” disappeared from all public documents sometime in late 2009.  The regulator, in sum, has intentionally fenestrated itself in terms of both Facts and Norms, suggesting that not only is it poorly equipped but not all that interested in doing the job at hand. Bell gouges and lies, the Competition Bureau charges, and Canadians know that something has to change

The silent cost and recognition of "commodity pricing" was to recognize "the Kilo/Mega/Giga Bit data transference" toward the idea of what we had taken for granted as "deficit leading indicators in society" as a way in which to control inflationary attitudes toward cost of living like "bank rates,"  according to such indicators. Raise the interest rate to control inflation..... is to silently acknowledge commodity pricing  in what determinations lead the way, silently again, is to recognize Government complicit in attaching itself and taxing system "for profit schemes?"

Would Gas as a monopoly raise and lowers it's rate according to some silent indicator of markets conditions allow us to view it as a fair market decision?

Why would Government want too, "control pricing?"

 

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Fidel,

Matlab Data counter simulations?

I want to develop counter for data transfer from internet connections as to clock data usage......anybody use this besides internet companies data counters as to checking their error percentage?

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Canadian ISPs Admitting to Traffic Management

  • Bell Wireline (excludes Bell Mobility and Bell Aliant Atlantic). DPI technology is used, though the vendor and products are filed in confidence.
  • Cogeco uses DPI, but has filed the vendor and products in confidence.
  • Rogers filed their comments in confidence, but from past information that has emerged we know that they are using DPI equipment.
  • Shaw Communications Inc. uses Arbor-Ellacoya devices, though the particular products are filed in confidence.
  • Barrett Xplore Inc. Uses VoIP prioritization, provisioning of modems, and DPI. Specifics are filed in confidence.
  • While not explicitly stated, is appears as though Bragg Communications Ltd. also uses DPI.

Canadian ISPs Not Using Traffic Management

  • MTS Allstream Inc.
  • SaskTel (though they do use Arbor Peakflow SP, dominantly for network security purposes)
  • Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
  • Telus

What is Being Filtered/Throttled?

  • Bell acknowledges that they do throttle traffic between 1630 and 0200 each day by limiting bandwidth available to P2P applications. A detailed listing of applications is not publicly mentioned.
  • Cogeco currently uses management technologies against: eDonkey/eMule, EmuleEncrypted, Kazaa, Fast Track KaZaA Networking, Napster, Bittorrent, Dijjer, Manolito, Hotline, Share, Soulseek, v-share, Zattoo, Joost, KuGoo, Kuro, DHT, Commercial File Sharing, Baidu Movie, Club Box, Winny, Gnitella, Gnutella Networking, WinMX, Direct Connect, PeerEnabler, Exosee, Further, Filtopia, Mute, NodeZilla, waste, Warez, NeoNet, PPLiveStream Misc, BAIBAO, POCO, Entropy, Rodi, Guruguru, Pando, Soribada, Freenet, PacketiX, Feidian, AntsP@P, Sony Location Free, thunder, Web Thunder. They only look at the specific signature of P2P applications.
  • Rogers “looks at header information embedded in the payload and session establishment procedures.” What is unclear to me is how they are suggesting that header information is embedded in the payload itself – these are two separate spaces in packets, as I understand networking 101. Specifics P2P that are filtered is not mentioned, though they only concentrate on uploaded content.
  • Shaw doesn’t say – they’ve filed their findings in confidence.
  • Barrett doesn’t say – they’ve filed their findings in confidence.
  • Bragg targets: Bittorrent, News, DirectConnect, Blubster, gnutella, KaZaA, WinMX, eDonkey, Filetopia, Hotline, GuruGuru, Soribada, Soulseek, Ares, JoltID, eMule, Waste, Konspire2b, ExoSee, FurtherNet, MUTE, GNUnet, Nodezilla. Bragg focuses on the packet headers and the behaviour of packet exchanges, and avoiding learning about the content of packet flows.

Under What Conditions Non-Management ISPs Would Manage Their Networks

  • MTS Allstream notes that only if a capital investment analysis found traffic management technologies to lead to enhanced revenue would they invest in management technologies.
  • SaskTel has three conditions that would lead them to adopt management technologies: (a) customer demand outstrips capacity and augmentation could not be economically accomplished; (b) if competitive forces require the introduction of alternate service definitions; (c) if there was a need to enforce the aUP so that there was sufficient network capacity for end-users.
  • TELUS does not currently use management technologies such as DPI, and has no plans to do so. Canadian ISPs and Internet Traffic Management

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Sir Tim, creator of the World Wide Web, pointed to open data and linked data as exciting examples of the way that the Web is promoting transparency of information and looked forward to the time when the current 20 per cent of the world’s population who can access the Web grows to 80 per cent, with all the changes this will bring in terms of technological and social developments, and new possibilities of communication and cultural change.(bold added by me for emphasis)

Profiting from the Web has it's connotation here in this blog entry to mean, development of societies in regards to the knowledge based and development of individuals to widen their boundaries of perspective.

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Open Hardware Repository

"Designing in an open environment is definitely more fun than doing it in isolation, and we firmly believe that having fun results in better hardware." It is hard to deny that enthusiasm is inspiring and that it can be one of the factors in the success of any enterprise. The statement comes from the Manifesto of the Open Hardware Repository (OHR), which is defined by its creators as a place on the web where electronics designers can collaborate on open-hardware designs, much in the philosophy of the movement for open-source software. Of course, there is more to this than the importance of enthusiasm. Feedback from peers, design reuse and better collaboration with industry are also among the important advantages to working in an open environment.Hardware joins the open movement

Just have to legally read License application in order to see that it is actually a concerted effort to such establishment of an Open Internet agenda ? Why is this important?

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OHR Manifesto
The Open Hardware Repository is a place on the web for electronics designers to collaborate on open hardware designs, much in the philosophy of the free software movement. There are numerous advantages to working in a completely open environment:

  • Peer review. If you are a designer in a somewhat small team, or even alone, you can get very useful feedback from others by exposing your ideas in an open space. Chances are somebody has similar interests to yours and more experience.
  • Design reuse. The OHR has its origins (and initial scope) in the community of electronics designers working in experimental physics laboratories. One of its goals is to reduce the number of different teams working independently to solve the same problems, in order to make better systems with less time and effort.
  • Better collaboration with industry. The current business model for most commercial design companies is to keep the details of design secret. While this might maximize the margins of some companies it has no advantage for the customers. We believe that a business model based on companies designing in the OHR and getting paid for it is perfectly feasible, and would result in better products and the possibility for the customer to improve them and debug them more effectively.
  • Last but not least, designing in an open environment is definitely more fun than doing it in isolation, and we firmly believe that having fun results in better hardware.

There are two different areas in the OHR:

  • Project pages are under the responsibility of a given project leader. There are two requirements for any project to qualify for OHR support:

    • Everything needed to review and modify the design and to produce the final hardware must be published. This includes schematics and PCB layout in some human-readable open format, bill of materials, mechanical drawings, manufacturing files, etc. Submitting the electronics CAD files in case someone uses the same design software and wants to modify the design is also requested. A project leader is free to use any licensing scheme for a given design, provided it is compatible with the OHR goals stated in this document. Two good candidates for open design are the TAPR Open Hardware License and the CERN Open Hardware License.
    • The project must present an interest to the community of electronics designers for experimental physics facilities. This community being very wide and diverse, we don’t think this is a very troublesome constraint.
  • OHR Support is a specific project devoted to the OHR itself. It contains useful information for users and any issue on OHR usage can be reported there.

We hope that the OHR will be a worthy contribution to a change in design paradigms and practices towards more openness and quality. See: http://www.ohwr.org/

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CERN Open Hardware Licence

The CERN Open Hardware License was written for CERN designs hosted in the OHR and can also be used by any designer wishing to share design information using a license compliant with the OSHW definition criteria.

Access to the full text: CERN Open Hardware Licence.


 It is important for "such distribution" to understand that the very development of internet through CERN and Sir Tim Berners-Lee as too,  Cern being the birth place of internet communciation. The origination of Internet Technologies as a development toward "advancing communication" other then corporate monopolistic control over the internet. Why then,  non profit development detriment to not to consider it as a right to all countries "access to information" with which to advance those same societies?
 
To combat UBB and Vertical Integration. LHC development,  as a participation of many countries.

Cern must turn their views toward Canada and "current events" in order to understand the importance of such developments with regard to OHR Manifesto.If you can free the consumers/population in Canada then you can free the world to stopping advancing communications constraints and development toward a world population knowledge and developmental bottleneck..

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If there is resistance from CERN modelling type technological development scenario, previously mentioned "hardware open source technological development modelling" should take preference.

OTA digital frequency and TV Station development would cover monopolistic control sought by BIG video integration and consider consumer friendly advertising as to future of monetary support for such Broadcast stations. Monopolistic control over media is an inevitable consequence of CRTC's man handling and coddling of companies over consumers,  so.  there is no other choice but to combat monopolistic control?

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I do not have time to edit right now so will come back later to do that. Sorry.

It good to see great minds think alike?:)

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The Open Hardware Repository was inspired by the success of open-source software. (Image courtesy CERN.)
 
 
 
 

Hardware and software go hand in hand – one doesn’t work without the other. Despite being so closely linked, the two industries operate very differently. For the most part, hardware is produced in isolation and product designs are concealed by manufacturers, while software is created in a largely open and collaborative environment, available for anyone to use.

Javier Serrano, a hardware designer for accelerator systems at CERN, set out to change that. Three years ago, his software design colleagues were developing device drivers – the interface between a piece of hardware and software applications – with the Linux open-source operating system. Serrano noticed that they enjoyed being part of a community where they had access to high-quality products and could seek help whenever they needed it. CERN brings hardware into the open

See Also: My Hat's Off too: Open Hardware Movement

Take Note: Make sure you check out the labels to learn some history.

It's good to see where such thoughts originated at Cern with regard to this subject. This issue is one which I had proposed sometime ago in terms of broad band development as a non profit in order to establish some competition to what has become monopolistic control over the internet in Canada.  It is with the full compliance of the CRTC which supposedly is to represent some fairness to the internet and consumers, which it does not.

I was able to detect product(Bell, Shaw, Telus,) development around internet usage according to UBB, while there were still methods that these companies were "fully aware of"  back tens years ago that allowed such easy connections in terms of wireless internet?

These thoughts for me go back to the ideas around Netscape and Microsoft when Microsoft was trying to be the based software on computers placed into the market.

 

 

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Do you know that we have 1.4 million cellular radio masts deployed worldwide? And these are base stations. And we also have more than five billion of these devices here. These are cellular mobile phones. And with these mobile phones, we transmit more than 600 terabytes of data every month. This is a 6 with 14 zeroes -- a very large number. And wireless communications has become a utility like electricity and water. We use it everyday. We use it in our everyday lives now -- in our private lives, in our business lives. And we even have to be asked sometimes, very kindly, to switch off the mobile phone at events like this for good reasons. And it's this importance why I decided to look into the issues that this technology has, because it's so fundamental to our lives.

Subcarrier-Index Modulation OFDM

Abstract—A new transmission approach, referred to as subcarrier-index modulation (SIM) is proposed to be integrated with the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. More specifically, it relates to adding an additional dimension to the conventional two-dimensional (2-D) amplitude/phase modulation (APM) techniques, i.e. amplitude shift keying (ASK) and quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). The key idea of SIM is to employ the subcarrier-index to convey information to the receiver. Furthermore, a closed-form analytical bit error ratio (BER) of SIM OFDM in Rayleigh channel is derived. Analytical and simulation results show error probability performance gain of 4 dB over 4-QAM OFDM systems for both coded and uncoded data without power saving policy. Alternatively, power saving policy retains an average gain of 1 dB while using 3 dB less transmit power per OFDM symbol. See: Subcarrier-Index Modulation OFDMRami Abu-alhiga and Harald Haas

Fidel

Spectrum wrote:

Fidel,

Matlab Data counter simulations?

I want to develop counter for data transfer from internet connections as to clock data usage......anybody use this besides internet companies data counters as to checking their error percentage?

I've never used MATLAB, but I have some experience with PIC microcontrollers, real time clock counters etc. Some of Micro's newer chips handle pulse width modulation and external clock sources(two or so) and timers. And there are must be data sheets on how to do it. I'd bet a dollar.

 

[url=http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/devicedoc/39662a.pdf]ENC28J60 Data Sheet[/url] Stand-alone ethernet controller with SPI interface

MATLAB Device Blocks for MPLAB v2.2 available for download [url=http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1...

MPLAB IDE v8.76 can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. With it you get MChip's assembly compiler, MPSIM- a discrete event simulator, and MPLIB libraries. Don't bother with MPLABX - it's like Dali wrote a gui.

Fidel

China’s next-generation Internet is a world-beater

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An open-access report published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society last week details China’s advances in creating a next-generation Internet that is on a national level and on a larger scale than anything in the West, New Scientist reports.

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China’s next-generation Internet is a world-beater

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An open-access report published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society last week details China’s advances in creating a next-generation Internet that is on a national level and on a larger scale than anything in the West, New Scientist reports.

Yeah, except the "world beating" tech won't allow you to connect to youtube, or facebook, or twitter, or wikipedia, or google. What matters is free exchange of information, not stolen tech.

Fidel

Cloud computing modernizes education in China

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Chinese cloud services provider, 3Tcloud, is implementing the country's biggest education cloud project, enabling the local authority to optimize resource allocation and cut maintenance cost.

According to a report last week on Chinese tech site CCIDNet.com, the city of Zhuji in Zhejiang--one of China's most developed provinces--has installed over 6,000 3Tcloud computing terminal devices in 118 schools. The terminals are supported by 28 pieces of blade servers and a 60TB HDD storage installed in the city's information center.

The project, scheduled to be fully completed by 2015, would replace all obsolete PCs in the city's school system with over 30,000 cloud terminal devices. It would cut cost on software and hardware maintenance, lower power consumption to 3W per device level, as well as allow the municipal education authority to collectively allocate online education resources and enhance efficiency in administrating each school's computer rooms. ...

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators (2010)

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“Wow, I’m kind of stunned, I’m thinking Sputnik,” said Chester E. Finn Jr., who served in President Ronald Reagan’s Department of Education, referring to the groundbreaking Soviet satellite launching. Mr. Finn, who has visited schools all across China, said, “I’ve seen how relentless the Chinese are at accomplishing goals, and if they can do this in Shanghai in 2009, they can do it in 10 cities in 2019, and in 50 cities by 2029.”

And to think China was a fourth world country in 1949. The progress is breathtaking.

NorthReport

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix


http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/28/seven-people-keys-worl...

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spjabal2014

I truly agree with the post author and I appreciate the initiative also. In India also there has been such initiatives in the post which received much wider public support. http://www.price4india.co.in is one of the sites dedicated to such causes.

mmphosis

The Web We Have to Save (medium.com)

Hossein Derakhshan wrote:
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in
an Iranian jail for — is dying.
Why is nobody stopping it?

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The Internet died today:

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The nonpartisan First Amendment advocacy group Free Press vowed to take the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to court Thursday after the Republican-controlled panel moved to gut net neutrality protections that prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from charging for and discriminating against content, in a 3-2 vote along party lines.

Free Press and their many allies rallied outside the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the five commissioners prepared to vote on FCC chair Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back the Obama-era protections. The protest represented the final push to stop the vote in its tracks, following hundreds of demonstrations outside Verizon stores across the country last week, Fight for the Future's "Break the Internet" action earlier this week, and thousands of calls to members of Congress.

The two Democratic commissioners on the panel, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, met with protesters outside and issued powerful dissents ahead of the vote, with Clyburn noting, "The fight to save net neutrality does not end today. This agency does not have, the final word. Thank goodness."

In addition to Free Press's plan to sue the FCC, the group urged supporters to push Congress to nullify Pai's plan using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows representatives and senators to review new regulations and overrule them by passing a joint resolution.

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With the vote, ISPs like Verizon—Pai's former employer—will no longer be prohibited from blocking or slowing down certain websites and content, and will be able to charge fees to web companies that can afford to pay them for access to an internet "fast lane," leaving smaller sites struggling to reach audiences.

Despite comments from millions of Americans who spoke out in favor of the protections, Pai did not mention the widespread opposition to net neutrality in his order to repeal the rules. Last week, he refused to release documents related to potentially fraudulent comments left on the FCC's public comment website.

It was nice while it lasted. It's only a matter of time before the same thing happens in Canada, and when it does, rabble.ca is very unlikely to survive. Do we have any active American members of our community? I wonder how this decision will impact their ability to participate in this forum.

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The biggest irony here, to my mind, is that the ISPs are already making incredibly large margins on the bandwidth they sell, and still cry poor. For example, my ISP, Cogeco, provides decent service, but they charge me about $90/mo for a plan that includes 60 megabit/sec downloads, somewhat slower uploads, and 275 Gigabyte/mo of bandwidth. That amounts to about $33Cdn/100GB.

On the other hand, I maintain a few servers at Linode, a U.S. supplier of vps (virtual private server) hosting. For $10US/mo I get a virtual machine with 2GB RAM, 30GB ssd storage, and 2,000GB/mo of bandwidth. Even if we assume that the server is free, and the whole $10US goes for bandwidth, that's still only about $0.50US/100GB.

So, Cogeco is charging at least 50 times as much for bandwidth as Linode, and Linode is a very successful, growing business. Cogeco is getting a markup of at least 5000% on the bandwidth they sell to Canadians. Quite a ripoff.

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Net neutrality in the US is dead becausae Obama made regulations for this NOT to happen.

Erasing everything and anything Obama did in 8 years is the Orange Menace's M.O.

Pai is a pece of shit who deserves to face an angry mob. But it was an Obama era regulation. OFF WITH IT'S HEAD.

It's the only thing that gets Trump out of bed in the morning,the only thing he's been cramming through. He has a sick and perverse obsession with Obama...And Hilary Clinton.

Question is,when will Americans wake up and realize they've been had? The 'swamp' didn't go anywhere,it's gotten bigger and more polluted than its ever been.

I think before you physically rip apart Pai, wake up and realize that your 'anti-establishment' President just fucked you. And he REALLY fucked you with his tax bill.

Enjoy the next 3 or more years,suckers.

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He has a sick and perverse obsession with Obama...And Hilary Clinton.

The right's obsession with Obama, and even moreso Clinton, is clearly out of proportion and a bit creepy.

But not as creepy as the k00Ky left's.

josh

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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He has a sick and perverse obsession with Obama...And Hilary Clinton.

The right's obsession with Obama, and even moreso Clinton, is clearly out of proportion and a bit creepy.

But not as creepy as the k00Ky left's.

Huh?

The repeal has already been challenged in court.  And a change in party control can always bring it back.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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He has a sick and perverse obsession with Obama...And Hilary Clinton.

The right's obsession with Obama, and even moreso Clinton, is clearly out of proportion and a bit creepy.

But not as creepy as the k00Ky left's.

Not sure what youre insinuating,Magoo. Please dont tell me youre trying to make an eqivalincy between left and right.

One wants to give unlimited blowjobs to their billionaire overlords whilst kicking the working class in the teeth endlessly.

The other wants to hold people up,give them a helping hand and champion progressive values.

Hmm..looking at that now I have to agree with you. Nobody is as creepy as leftist kooks. They should all grow up,do the right thing and be responsible adults and join the Tories.

God bless Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

There is an article up at The Intercept about how the death of net neutrality has given extra urgency to the already active municipal broadband movement. It seems like a good idea. Is anybody working on something similar in Canada?

Aristotleded24
Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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Not sure what youre insinuating,Magoo. Please dont tell me youre trying to make an eqivalincy between left and right.

I'm certainly not saying they're the same.  I'm just pointing out that Trump and the Tea Party aren't the only people still obsessed with Clinton, over a year later.  Is this the first you've heard of that?

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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Not sure what youre insinuating,Magoo. Please dont tell me youre trying to make an eqivalincy between left and right.

I'm certainly not saying they're the same.  I'm just pointing out that Trump and the Tea Party aren't the only people still obsessed with Clinton, over a year later.  Is this the first you've heard of that?

Fair enough. A lot on the left hate Clinton. But for being a neoliberal. Conservatives hate her because she's a Democrat and a woman. So there are no equivalincies.

And how many on the left hate Obama? Sure there was a lot on the left that hated him for a variety of reasons but since Trump's election,many of them have done a 180 on their opinion of the man.

Conservatives hate him because he's black. That is not hyperbole.

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Fair enough. A lot on the left hate Clinton. But for being a neoliberal. Conservatives hate her because she's a Democrat and a woman.

Both of those just made so much more sense prior to Nov. 8, 2016.  Though I suppose it's true that she's still a Democrat, and a woman.

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Sure there was a lot on the left that hated him for a variety of reasons but since Trump's election,many of them have done a 180 on their opinion of the man.

Interesting.  Did he pass some new laws, since Trump's election?  Nationalize some industries, since Trump's election?  How has he managed to un-do whatever he did BEFORE last year's election and get his name off the shit-list?

The problem is that the left likes to bully its own first.  If Clinton were, in fact, worse than Trump then the left should be happy that the lesser evil won... right?  Notwithstanding the ever-present Russophiles, do you think the left is actually relieved that Trump won?  If they are then let's enjoy our salad days.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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Fair enough. A lot on the left hate Clinton. But for being a neoliberal. Conservatives hate her because she's a Democrat and a woman.

Both of those just made so much more sense prior to Nov. 8, 2016.  Though I suppose it's true that she's still a Democrat, and a woman.

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Sure there was a lot on the left that hated him for a variety of reasons but since Trump's election,many of them have done a 180 on their opinion of the man.

Interesting.  Did he pass some new laws, since Trump's election?  Nationalize some industries, since Trump's election?  How has he managed to un-do whatever he did BEFORE last year's election and get his name off the shit-list?

The problem is that the left likes to bully its own first.  If Clinton were, in fact, worse than Trump then the left should be happy that the lesser evil won... right?  Notwithstanding the ever-present Russophiles, do you think the left is actually relieved that Trump won?  If they are then let's enjoy our salad days.

Obama was disdliked by many leftists for being a hawk,increasing drone strikes,increasing deportations (even though most of those deportations were criminals),caving in on Republican demands.

But apart from that,he did some decent things. People are only finally realizing he did good things now that Trump is erasing him from the history books and deregulating every policy he has made. It turns out a lot of those policies were a lot more popular and important AFTER his presidency,there are a lot of people wishing he was still the President.

Clinton was a megahawk who never seen a war she didn't like. REepublicans would have been happier with her as President because she'd do all the shitty things the Republicans wanted but done moderately. I don't believe she would have fucked over 90% of the country with a tax bill from the bowels of hell. And she certainly wouldnt have killed every executive order and policy Obama  ever passed.

What would you call the purposely aggressive deregulations,damned the consequences? Obama was hated mostly by racists and if youre searching for an anti-black racist party,welcome to the Republican Party.

They are still blaming him as if he's been fucking Americans over when the reality is that Donald Trump and his Tea Party GOP are the ones doing the fucking and are the direct cause of the severe fissures stretching and tearing American society.

They're still going on about Clinton because,like everyone knows,she is a child molester who runs a pedo prostitution ring from a pizza parlour.

I must admit that I find the Pro-|Putin,Pro-Russia leftists very puzzling. Putin is all but an intellectual and experienced version of Donald Trump. Fuck Putin. And fuck Trump.

Americans need to get rid of this raging madman from office. ASAP. But I'm also well aware that that may not change much. Mike Pence is a degenerate too.

I hope the mid terms in 2018 leaves the Republicans in tatters and I'll actually masturbate watching TRump leave the WH disgraced and with his brand as popular as a brain tumor. I'd bust a nut if he ended up in jail. I suppose we'll soon find out.

Here's an American perspective of Hilary Clinton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1jbvmalQ68

But I disagree about Sanders. He was fucked over by the DNC,not directly Hilary.

Doug Woodard

A Chinese style digital dystopia isn't as far away as we think:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mattstoller2/as-democracy-suffers-digital-dicta...

 

Doug Woodard

The internet's co-creator thinks it's under threat, and he has a plan:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/the-man-who-created-the-world-wi...

 

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Doug Woodard wrote:

The internet's co-creator thinks it's under threat, and he has a plan:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/the-man-who-created-the-world-wi...

A somewhat interesting article, but it totally misses the elephant in the room, as apparently Berners-Lee does as well. He complains loudly about the corruption of his original concept for the World Wide Web, but makes no mention whatsoever of the actual, obvious cause for it,  Capitalism. As long as society is controlled by corporations which are mandated to maximize profits, any technological system, no matter how clever, will be gamed and corrupted by the power of capital. Berners-Lee's new system, Solid, sounds as if it has some good features, but no technological fix will defeat capitalist greed.

Berners-Lee seems to be a rather clueless academic, who doesn't think that class enters into the equation because the class he is part of is a very comfortable one to live in. He is deeply embedded in the establishment. For example, the article notes that he is on the board of trustees of the Ford Foundation. Not many radicals there. Also, only a few years ago, Berners-Lee directly and quite controversially supported the inclusion of a DRM (digital rights management) component in the html specification. The only purpose of this was to allow copyright holders to attempt to protect their intellectual property. This makes the situation he is whining about worse, not better.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Today's xkcd is about any voting method that includes computers or the internet. As a person who has spent significant time and effort studying the question from a technical point of view, I totally agree with this cartoon.

 

6079_Smith_W

Never mind that if you consider how much energy it takes to use that technology any election would completely crash the grid, and take a month.

NDPP

Europe Just Voted to Wreck the Internet, Spying on Everything and Censoring Vast Swathes of Our Communications

https://boingboing.net/2018/09/12/vichy-nerds-2.html

 

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

NDPP wrote:

Europe Just Voted to Wreck the Internet, Spying on Everything and Censoring Vast Swathes of Our Communications

https://boingboing.net/2018/09/12/vichy-nerds-2.html

Wow, pretty soon the internet in the EU will be as bad as it is in Russia. What a nightmare.

NDPP

Does the name Ed Snowden mean anything to you? William Binney? The electronic surveillance and intelligence gathering apparatus in the West, including CSE, Five Eyes, NSA etc VASTLY exceeds the domestic capabilities of Russia. 

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https://youtu.be/qVE4-a8Lqws

Science is growing more complex, and so are the problems scientists face. A growing number of researchers argue that changing not just how we do science, but how we share it as well, would unlock vast new opportunities. A recent conference at Perimeter Institute asked: Is the time right for open source science? See:Can open-source software be a model for science?

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