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Cloggedone

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  1. Science

    No, but some close calls:
  2. I really have no idea if I can stay active anymore.

    1. Cloggedone

      Cloggedone

      If you want to know why,

       

  3. Also, here's a resource on how much fiber optics cost, based on various data from different state departments of transportation (DOT): http://www.itscosts.its.dot.gov/its/benecost.nsf/DisplayRUCByUnitCostElementUnadjusted?ReadForm&UnitCostElement=Fiber+Optic+Cable+Installation+&Subsystem=Roadside+Telecommunications+ The "Capital Cost per Unit" would be per mile usually.
  4. Kinda. It's mainly because ISPs/services need some way to pay for their national/global fiber network. Fiber optic/copper/telephone lines don't come cheap, and honestly, if we have NN to where companies can't compensate for the high cost for those lines, you can expect higher Internet bills. Either that, or they won't invest in new networks, meaning either congestion/slow networks or less maintenance on their lines. They won't be able to get a return on their investments.
  5. Hi! I see your notifications quite a bit, figured I'd say hi. ^_^

    1. Princess Cadence Feri

      Princess Cadence Feri

      Well, hello there! :yay: 

  6. Please make a comment on this:

     

  7. Pasted from a post I made on a thread: Unpopular opinion, but I think that not much will change without NN. I know there's been a few instances where companies were caught blocking things, but the FCC has either fined or ordered them to stop, all without NN. One ISP in North Carolina was ordered to pay $15,000 by the FCC for blocking Vonage, and when Comcast blocked the BitTorrent protocol, the FCC ordered them to stop as well. Plus, many experts, such as Marc Andreessen (the creator of Netscape), Mark Cuban (multi-millionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, with Internet start-ups in his history), and Peter Thiel (creator of PayPal and an investor in Facebook) have all stated that NN would extremely limit investment in broadband networks, since if they cannot charge Netflix or some other company for bandwidth as NN says, the ISP cannot get a return on all that fiber they've been installing in cities (as many ISPs have been doing). As for the "paid lanes"? That seems like a far stretch, and with many ISPs converting their existing bandwidth to fiber optic, they should be able to handle that traffic. Plus, you know how cell providers are starting to not charge for data on streaming services (such as T-Mobile not charging for data on Spotify, and AT&T not charging your data on DirecTV NOW)? Not allowed on NN. People love this policy, and a lot of people would hate to see it go. ---- If you want to see the Internet become extremely unprofitable, where companies choose to not invest in websites or starting their own services, then NN is for you. ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and the sort need to charge these companies for bandwidth in order to cover their network costs, and if they cannot do that, as Net Neutrality orders them to, they take a huge hit in their bank accounts, since that monthly fee you pay to your ISP cannot nearly cover the bill for bandwidth. Internet backbones like Cogent and Level 3/CenturyLink charge quite a bit of money (sometimes within millions of dollars a month to big services like Netflix), which ISPs also need to connect to the world as well (do a traceroute to a website, and you're likely to see a company like Level 3, Cogent or Telia pop up as one of the routes). If they cannot charge ISPs or services as well, they take a huge hit too. I don't know, maybe people want the Internet to become where people are afraid to invest in it, like it was after the dot-com bubble, where companies had lost millions in start-ups that would go bankrupt a year later. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Unpopular opinion, but I think that not much will change without NN. I know there's been a few instances where companies were caught blocking things, but the FCC has either fined or ordered them to stop, all without NN. One ISP in North Carolina was ordered to pay $15,000 by the FCC for blocking Vonage, and when Comcast blocked the BitTorrent protocol, the FCC ordered them to stop as well. Plus, many experts, such as Marc Andreessen (the creator of Netscape), Mark Cuban (multi-millionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, with Internet start-ups in his history), and Peter Thiel (creator of PayPal and an investor in Facebook) have all stated that NN would extremely limit investment in broadband networks, since if they cannot charge Netflix or some other company for bandwidth as NN says, the ISP cannot get a return on all that fiber they've been installing in cities (as many ISPs have been doing). As for the "paid lanes"? That seems like a far stretch, and with many ISPs converting their existing bandwidth to fiber optic, they should be able to handle that traffic. Plus, you know how cell providers are starting to not charge for data on streaming services (such as T-Mobile not charging for data on Spotify, and AT&T not charging your data on DirecTV NOW)? Not allowed on NN. People love this policy, and a lot of people would hate to see it go.
  9. What non-profits/charities do you donate to? It's always good to donate to those who need help, or those who provide something useful at the support of donations as a non-profit. Have donated to WFYI Public Radio (NPR) Operation Blessing Plan to donate to Wikimedia Foundation Samaritan's Purse
  10. Hello @Ari Hunter, welcome to the forums! I am Cloggedone, a five-year veteran of the site and a retired staff member. Be sure to read our Guidelines, and also ask questions in the Site Questions and Tech Support section under the Canterlot section (I've linked both). If you want somebody to chat with, since you're new, PM me or send me a status on my profile! Again, welcome!
  11. Depends on what you can take, but I always take some homeopathic stuff, since medication interactions prevent me from taking cold medicine. There's one I use, but I cannot remember the name of it. Look up some good ones and I'm sure you'll find something!
  12. Rainbow Dash, your IQ went up 20% with those glasses!

    see what i did there?

    1. CypherHoof

      CypherHoof

      shoulda phrased it "20% schoolier" :)

    2. Lightwing

      Lightwing

      Welp, that was intelligent :P 

  13. ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a term used for a tingle-like feeling that goes from the scalp and can move down the body, and is typically triggered by certain stimuli, usually audio stimuli (such as whispering, tapping, soft repetitive sounds, to name a few). ASMR is a rather new trend, but is starting to become more studied, and has a few studies out there that state it can help with anxiety, mood and sleep (but obviously should not be used in place of professional help). More info can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response So, I was wondering if anyone else watched these videos? I know some people find them weird due to the subjects they can get in to, but there are perfectly fine ones out there that don't do things that are odd. A good example I can give is my favorite ASMR channel, SensorAdi. A recent example of his work (and example of ASMR in general):
  14. I need one.... I never participate in editing my avatars, mainly because I'm terrible at GIMP/Photoshop.