Friday, March 6, 2015
The FCC classifying the internet as a “utility” last week will be beneficial to many.
But just as ConEd has no liability for how we use their electricity, the ISP’s will now have no liability for what travels on their networks.
They cannot shape their traffic anymore, balancing loads trying to get optimal service to everyone.
If you use the network a lot less, you should pay less, no? And if you use it a lot more, like streaming video or bit torrent, you should pay more for all the bandwidth you use.
Nope. Not anymore.
Light users will now underwrite heavy users by paying the same price.
You won’t be able to pay to get a better connection either, nor buy a faster upload, or get a prioritized delivery of the data you want to send the way the Post Office can give you options.
No more options. Now we get what we get.
With all data treated equally, EMT’s waiting at an accident for medical records are no more of a priority than the Twitter boys who were abusing Curt Schiller’s daughter this week.
And a panel of 45 economists from MIT, Harvard and Yale agreed that we can probably expect a drop in speed investment by the telecom’s.
Now they can’t charge more for custom service,
so why invest more to provide something better in the first place?
Be careful what you wish for.
And have a good weekend.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Back in October we featured autumn foliage in “leaves on time”.
That same shot presented itself again in November.
I imagined it in memory, found the frame and shot it again,
“one month later”.
Now I can’t stop myself.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Every year the Police Commissioner releases a report of crimes committed in NYC.
Shootings in this past year are significantly up.
News4 reports that despite the record cold,
“outdoor homicides” are up a whopping 93% over 2014.
February murders are up 50%.
12 last year, but already 18 in the past month.
Crime stats citywide confirm that shooting incidents are now up 53.8%, an incredible leap from just one year ago.
What the hell is going on?
The Commissioner reports that roughly 95% of all shooting victims, suspects and arrests are either Black or Hispanic, with White and Asian combined accounting for less than 4% of the total.
This has to stop now,
for the safety of the South Bronx neighborhood we call home.
Despite Police Data showing the largest increase in shootings are in Precincts with the largest drop in stop-and-frisk, Commissioner Bratton took pains yesterday to say he believes the shootings have “no correlation to the large drop in street policing.”
No official comment, as yet, from the tooth fairy.