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    [–] I want to boycott US PC hardware, software and services. Is it possible? Ian doesn’t like the way the US is going, and wonders if he could avoid using the country’s PC products. LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in europe

    What about the hardware and software you use for work? Most companies are not going to risk their business model like that, to use an inefficient software or piece of hardware.

    Agreed, u/Senaleb. But it is an interesting thought experiment (which is what it seems the writer is engaged in). Schofield points out the interconnectedness of many products, the questionable value of across-the-board boycotts, and the unfairness in punishing innocent U.S. citizens. He writes:

    "You could certainly eliminate a lot of American products, but you might be giving up features without getting any ethical benefits."

    Schofield points out some tech companies headquartered outside the U.S. which offer impressive services. Based on posts here, it seems many people think the U.S. has the market cornered on all things tech, but that's not the case.

    In fact, U.S.-based companies that sell to consumers worldwide should seek out partnerships with companies around the world. There are cases where U.S. products bought by people everywhere provide a platform for other U.S. products only. This may be inadvertent or simply because the included companies are local to them. I'm not saying there's anything nefarious going on. It would be smart for these tech companies to embrace non-U.S. companies, as well.

    I'll give you an example: Apple. It's a great company that focuses on privacy and sells devices to people around the world. However, the company only offers U.S.-based search engine options built into iPhones AFAIK. Wouldn't it be nice for Apple to include a non-U.S. search engine option? Just an example.

    [–] Sen. Tester: FCC's Broadband Maps ‘Stink' - "There appears to be bipartisan consensus that the FCC doesn't know its maps from a hole in the ground." LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in MarchForNetNeutrality

    John Eggerton writes at Multichannel News:


    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing audience Thursday (Aug. 16) that the commission was doing its best to identify where service did and did not exist, so commercial providers did not get overbuilt in the first instance but build-outs could be subsidized in the latter instance.


    That did not seem to assuage a restless group of legislators from rural states.

    Sen. Jon Tester was the most vocal in his criticisms of the maps. "They stink," he said.


    "I can send texts based on where the sun is in the sky, basically. And I can get voice calls...sometime, depending on which direction I'm driving the tractor,” he said, calling out Frontier for getting subsidy money but not spending it.

    Tester said they still don't have 1G where he lives, much less five.

    Pai said the reason the FCC had been modernizing its rules—like rolling back net neutrality regs—was to help build that case for 5G in rural areas and drive the investment to make that a reality. Tester said he thought it was going to take more than rules, and instead would take "some sort of a push." He had a specific one in mind.

    "We've got to kick somebody's ass," he told the chairman. Pai joked that the FCC would take that as a figurative, rather than literal, congressional directive.

    [–] I want to boycott US PC hardware, software and services. Is it possible? Ian doesn’t like the way the US is going, and wonders if he could avoid using the country’s PC products. LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in europe

    The OP wants to avoid using a US product.

    Hi u/sektabox. No. That's the headline of The Guardian article.

    Actually, I'm in an interesting situation because I'm American, but consult with an EU service that competes with American services. I buy and use products made many places, as most people do.

    [–] I want to boycott US PC hardware, software and services. Is it possible? Ian doesn’t like the way the US is going, and wonders if he could avoid using the country’s PC products. LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in europe

    I think Schofield is also entertaining the idea since the user posed the question seriously. In some ways, he's dispelling the idea of purely U.S. companies for hardware, for example. More of a thought experiment.

    Thanks for clarifying your position.

    [–] I want to boycott US PC hardware, software and services. Is it possible? Ian doesn’t like the way the US is going, and wonders if he could avoid using the country’s PC products. LizMcIntyre 6 points ago in europe

    For hardware. Right. But Jack Schofield of The Guardian newspaper notes that most of the companies selling the hardware are from the U.S.

    Schofield does offer some alternatives that are based outside the U.S., where possible.

    [–] Ajit Pai’s Senate testimony on net neutrality is petty as hell LizMcIntyre 20 points ago * (lasted edited 20 hours ago) in KeepOurNetFree

    EDITED to reference deleted comments and make sense of my response.

    For those who actually watched parts of it, very little had to do with the unimportant comments system, and much more had to do with 5G, "net neutrality", and other issues. Nothing about his Senate testimony is "petty" in any way, and I am not sure why the author of this hit piece says so. And just as a reminder, the Senate often calls for people to testify about what they are doing, and they allow senators to ask questions. This wasn't done just because of the irrelavent comments system "issue".

    One part of it was a Democratic senator foolishly asking them their opinions on the President's comments about the (fake news) media being the enemy if the people, which was totally irrelevant and inappropriate of her to ask. They act as if the President doesn't have the right to criticize the media using his first amendment, but they should be able to say whatever about him. He has never said that there shouldn't be a free press (and always protects their rights to publish), but the media will just interpret it any way they want, regardless.

    Hi u/ProfessorMaxwell. Glad I copied your comment before it disappeared completely. But in the original (now deleted) post, you also accused the reporter of writing about Pai's comments before he delivered them. I'd like to set the record straight.

    Pai wrote and released his testimony in advance, giving the Senators and media a chance to preview his thoughts.

    I believe the FCC has oversight over inappropriate broadcasted behavior (i.e. the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction). I believe they can also warn and fine broadcasters for inappropriate content (hence the beeping out of curse words during family shows). Maybe that's why the question was posed to the FCC at the hearing, but I'm just guessing.

    [–] What's the issue with Google tracking? LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    You can avoid the "filter bubble" with, too. No logging of personal info.

    Even though I consult w, I recommend DuckDuckGo as another option. DuckDuckGo offers another perspective as its results come mainly from its partner Yahoo. It's good to have more than one privacy-friendly choice.

    If you're at DuckDuckGo and want Google results to compare, you can "bang" into using the !s or !sp bang. (You'll get Google search results without the personal info logging and the "filter bubble.")

    [–] ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money. Industry asks for handouts, arguing that broadband is essential—like a utility. LizMcIntyre 12 points ago in netneutrality

    Jon Brodkin writes at arstechnica:

    Broadband providers have spent years lobbying against utility-style regulations that protect consumers from high prices and bad service.

    But now, broadband lobby groups are arguing that Internet service is similar to utilities such as electricity, gas distribution, roads, and water and sewer networks. In the providers' view, the essential nature of broadband doesn't require more regulation to protect consumers. Instead, they argue that broadband's utility-like status is reason for the government to give ISPs more money. That's the argument made by trade groups USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association. USTelecom represents telcos including AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink, while NTCA represents nearly 850 small ISPs.

    "Like electricity, broadband is essential to every American," USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter and NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield wrote Monday in an op-ed for The Topeka Capital-Journal. "Yet US broadband infrastructure has been financed largely by the private sector without assurance that such costs can be recovered through increased consumer rates." ISPs want benefits but not responsibilities

    While ISPs want the benefits of being treated like utilities—such as pole attachment rights and access to public rights-of-way—they oppose traditional utility-style obligations such as regulated prices and deployment to all Americans.

    Go figure. It's doubleplusgood doublespeak to me.

    [–] Ajit Pai’s Senate testimony on net neutrality is petty as hell LizMcIntyre 12 points ago in KeepOurNetFree

    Sad to hear. Would like to know if there were any serious questions posed about Net Neutrality. Please let me know if you find a replay link.

    [–] [Lifestyle] - I want to boycott US PC hardware, software and services. Is it possible? | Guardian LizMcIntyre 2 points ago * (lasted edited 21 hours ago) in privacytoolsIO

    No. I think he's pointing out that most machines (or components) are made in China, even if they are sold by US companies. Jack Schofield writes:

    Most hardware is made in China, mostly by Taiwanese companies. Whichever brand of PC you buy, it was probably built by Quanta, Compal, Pegatron, Wistron, Inventec or Foxconn. Apple and HP are from California while Dell is from Texas. Asus and Acer are based in Taiwan. Lenovo is Chinese.

    Better still, you could buy a PC assembled in the UK from a company such as Zoostorm or Chillblast, though most of the parts are still manufactured in China.

    Intel microprocessors are American, but the company also makes them in Ireland and Israel, and it has several factories in China. Intel’s main rival, AMD, is American, but some of its manufacturing is done by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor) or Korea’s Samsung.

    [–] Ajit Pai Says He Had Doubts About DDoS Attack, But Didn’t Say Anything. "[He] stumbled through questions about the nonexistent attack on the net neutrality comment system during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing [today]" LizMcIntyre 6 points ago in MarchForNetNeutrality

    Kaleigh Rogers writes at Motherboard about the Senate Oversight Hearing held today on Capitol Hill:

    Ajit Pai says he was asked to keep quiet about the fact that a cyber attack his agency claimed happened never did.

    Last year, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) site for people to submit comments on the net neutrality repeal went down due to a flood of commenters last year. At the time, the organization, and its head Pai, told the public and congress that it was a targeted attack. This wasn’t true.

    On Thursday, Pai told a senate committee that he had his doubts about the targeted attack from the beginning, but went along with what the FCC's Chief Information Officer (CIO) claimed.

    “Once we knew what the conclusions were it was very hard to stay quiet,” Pai, the chair of the FCC, said during a hearing with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “We wanted the story to get out because it vindicated what we were saying, that we were relying on the Chief Information Officer.”

    Why am I having a hard time believing Pai's version of events? It seems to me that if he was truly in charge...

    [–] Ajit Pai’s Senate testimony on net neutrality is petty as hell LizMcIntyre 77 points ago in KeepOurNetFree

    I agree. Just another excuse to trash Net Neutrality supporters and justify the rollback. That said, I'm hoping there were good questions posed at the hearing, too. I wasn't able to see the live feed. Kept getting an error message. Maybe a replay will be available later.

    [–] Ajit Pai’s Senate testimony on net neutrality is petty as hell LizMcIntyre 56 points ago in KeepOurNetFree

    Andrew Wyrich of the Daily Dot writes about Ajit Pai's prepared testimony for his hearing today at the Senate oversight hearing:

    In his remarks, Pai blasts those who opposed the FCC’s decision and mocks “hysterical predictions of doom” from proponents of net neutrality in the lead up to the FCC’s vote.

    “We were told that it would be the destruction of the Internet, or as some outlets put it, ‘the end of the Internet as we know it,'” Pai’s opening statement reads. “And the official Twitter account for Senate Democrats made the following assertion (one word per line in the actual tweet): ‘If we don’t save net neutrality, you’ll get the internet one word at a time.’ This claim was baseless when it was made…The claim remains false today.”

    You can access Pai's prepared testimony here, along with testimony from the FCC Commissioners.

    Viewing of the livestream is supposed to be available here, but the link isn't working for me.

    [–] What's the issue with Google tracking? LizMcIntyre 7 points ago in privacy

    Here's an easy alternative for Google search:

    You still get Google search results, but in privacy -- and without the "filter bubble."

    (I consult w SP btw, as disclosed in my profile.)

    [–] The FCC Says Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Moot Because It Already Repealed Net Neutrality ("...kind of like they’re trying to sweep a broken vase under the rug and saying ‘what vase?'...") LizMcIntyre 95 points ago in KeepOurNetFree

    Kaleigh Rogers writes at Motherboard:

    The Federal Communications Commission is making every effort to shut down lawsuits against its decision to repeal net neutrality, including employing some arcane and somewhat desperate legal strategies.

    Put as simply as possible, the FCC wants to have a previous court decision on net neutrality rules scrapped from the legal record, which would eliminate a precedent for net neutrality proponents currently challenging the agency. The FCC’s reasoning for requesting the scrap, though, is that those net neutrality rules don’t exist anymore...because the FCC reversed them…which is why they’re being challenged in court in the first place.

    “It’s kind of like they’re trying to sweep a broken vase under the rug and saying ‘what vase? What are you talking about?’” said Christopher Terry, a media law professor at the University of Minnesota, in a phone interview.

    Ajit Pai is resorting to desperation measures because he's trying to hold back a tidal wave of public support for net neutrality. Since this majority support crosses political boundaries, legislators know their seats are in jeopardy!