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Jan 14, 2014, 11:13 AM
 
Net neutrality is half-dead: Court strikes down FCC’s anti-blocking rules | Ars Technica

The Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules.

Those rules in the Open Internet Order, adopted in 2010, forbid ISPs from blocking services or charging content providers for access to the network. Verizon challenged the entire order and got a big victory in today's ruling. While it could still be appealed to the Supreme Court, the order today would allow pay-for-prioritization deals that could let Verizon or other ISPs charge companies like Netflix for a faster path to consumers.

The court left part of the Open Internet Order intact, however, saying that the FCC still has "general authority" to regulate how broadband providers treat traffic.

The FCC got itself into trouble with some wishy-washy rulemaking. The commission did not declare that ISPs are "common carriers," yet it imposed restrictions that sound strikingly similar to regulations that can only apply to common carriers.
Can't wait for Netflix and YouTube to get throttled even more.
     
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Jan 14, 2014, 11:37 AM
 
We will look back at the 2000s as the golden age of the internet, before every conceivable avenue was monetized.
     
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Jan 14, 2014, 02:16 PM
 
This is most distressing news. Prepare to be nickel & dimed to use the internet now.

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Jan 14, 2014, 03:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Can't wait for Netflix and YouTube to get throttled even more.
A couple months ago I switched ISPs to get a nice 50Mb connection. Immediately after switching Netflix started acting up - a video would start in HD, then pause, re-buffer, and begin playing in very low quality. This went on for weeks until I posted something on the ISP's customer support forums about Netflix throttling. They claimed that they do not throttle internet at all, then a day or two later Netflix magically began working fine for me.
     
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Jan 14, 2014, 04:44 PM
 
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Jan 15, 2014, 12:41 AM
 
Quick question about VPN: I am being restricted from accessing my US brokerage account because I am overseas (totally lame). If I create a VPN on a US computer and access it from my overseas computer, would I theoretically be able to bypass their IP checking machines?
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Jan 15, 2014, 01:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Quick question about VPN: I am being restricted from accessing my US brokerage account because I am overseas (totally lame). If I create a VPN on a US computer and access it from my overseas computer, would I theoretically be able to bypass their IP checking machines?
Yes, should work fine, I've done it myself.
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Jan 15, 2014, 10:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
Yes, should work fine, I've done it myself.
Thanks, would Back to my Mac or Mac OS X screen sharing be a viable option?
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Jan 16, 2014, 03:32 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Thanks, would Back to my Mac or Mac OS X screen sharing be a viable option?
I haven't used those, but I've found Splashtop to be very good and fast, even with questionable foreign connections.
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Jan 16, 2014, 07:30 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Thanks, would Back to my Mac or Mac OS X screen sharing be a viable option?
This sounds like you want to set up a Mac of your own in the US to act as your VPN server. If you want to do that, get Mac OS X Server from the App Store (only $20 these days), which includes a VPN server - that will be significantly faster than trying to hack it using the screen sharing feature. The easier way is to pay for a service that runs a VPN server for you. There are about a million such services - just type "VPN" into Google - and I have no personal experience of which is the best one.
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Jan 16, 2014, 09:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by P View Post
This sounds like you want to set up a Mac of your own in the US to act as your VPN server. If you want to do that, get Mac OS X Server from the App Store (only $20 these days), which includes a VPN server - that will be significantly faster than trying to hack it using the screen sharing feature. The easier way is to pay for a service that runs a VPN server for you. There are about a million such services - just type "VPN" into Google - and I have no personal experience of which is the best one.
Thanks for your suggestions. The paid VPN service sounds appealing, but since I am dealing with my financial brokerage firm here, it kind of sounds scary. If anyone has any suggestions to such companies, I'm open to ideas.

And yes, I have an iMac in the US which would serve such purposes. I just need to set it up.
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Jan 16, 2014, 10:59 AM
 
In that case, I'd probably set up my own VPN. Never did it myself, but Apple's Server package seems like the easiest way to make it work.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
   
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