Friday, January 23, 2015

"That's not how this works! That's not how any of this works!"

So, when I got my first Droid phone, I checked out a bunch of the Android-related fora, and still do, as sometimes they have a good tip about an app, or an accessory.

Today, I found this: Blackberry CEO wants net neutrality conversation to extend to apps.
Think about that title for a moment. Take it in. John Chen — CEO of Blackberry — went on a little rant on the company’s blog this morning, and by the end of it all we’d learned that he essentially wants to make it illegal not to use Blackberry. That’s how crazy it sounds when you think about it, anyway.
What he actually said is that he wants Congress to extend the discussions going on about “net neutrality” into the world of software, noting that he believes the problem of enforcing an “open highway” for internet traffic can’t stop at the carrier level alone.
 "Net Neutrality" sounds good, until you realize that it's code for "The government should regulate what people say on the internet." It sounds like it should be some sort of guarantee of freedom of speech, but, no. What it really means is "You can't say stuff that might offend protected classes." Or, actually, certain protected classes. Pick on Sarah Palin all you want. All these people ganging up on the Twitter/Facebook user CommunismKills because she mocks progtardia in general for a bunch of simpletons and hypocrites are an example.

Also, if you're the CEO of a technology company that's lost it's mojo, Net Neutrality should be a guarantee of income:
Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them. Many other applications providers similarly offer service only to iPhone and Android users. This dynamic has created a two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem, in which iPhone and Android users are able to access far more content and applications than customers using devices running other operating systems. These are precisely the sort of discriminatory practices that neutrality advocates have criticized at the carrier level.

(Emphasis in original.)

Here's a clue, John: The way it works is, you sell enough product to make it profitable for Netflix to support your platform.

 And, yes, I know, that's "The way it's supposed to work."

Because John, and most if not all the idiots ranting on YouTube and at #Occupy events and the DNC about "Capitalism" wouldn't know a Free Market Economy if it made them prosperous...

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