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Weighing in on Netflix Neutrality

The idea of neutrality is an aspiration to equality.  Just like all equality, its currently a myth when mixed with human nature.  In this scenario the idea of Neutrality (net specifically) is that an internet service provider provides a lane-an avenue to reach a certain destination.

Just like Verizon/AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile  doesn’t have anything to do with your Samsung/Apple/LG/Motorola phone, only the call service your receiving.  Short of illegal content, Verizon/Comcast/Time Warner shouldn’t have anything to do with the websites or services you use.  Seems simple enough, right?  I pay Verizon over $100 a month, so long as I’m not searching for child pornography or breaching private networks- the services that I use on their advertised speeds should be irrelevant.

Sadly, that’s not the case.

Verizon (among other carriers) customers recently have seen drastic quality issues using Netflix (among other things).  Why?  Well, they know you’re streaming Netflix and not their own OnDemand services, and they lower your bandwidth for that application.  Everyone up to speed?

Interestingly- there are ways around this.  AppleTV (sorry Apple Haters) for example, either doesn’t identify what its pulling data for, or specifically earmark as “Netflix” and thusly is not throttled.

Other ways around this throttle- go to Comcast, where Netflix has partnered (read: paid a higher premium to not get penalized by their service.)  How is this legal?

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Net Neutrality Verizon looks to have crippled Netflix on computers and PS3. Doesn’t seem to have affected AppleTV.  So I’m only partially outraged.  (isn’t that like the department of transportation saying you can only drive Hondas and all other cars will have horrible traction?)

My coolant pump (#waterpump?) has gone out again (2nd full replacement, 3rd issue) on my GTI.  While Volkswagen has been amazing every time (this time I got a 2014 Passat with only 300 miles on it), 3 issues in less than 60k miles concerns me.  They tell me its a new hardware type that should reduce issues.. still concerned.

$MJNA has raised from 14c (where I bought) to 31.5c.  $GDX Gold Miners is up .48c since I got the recommendation.  I’ve $5k to invest immediately and want a quick return… Gold looks key.

Can we all agree, Skyfall was the best shot movie, if not the most complete James Bond film in the last 5 years (if not the prettiest film) in the last 3?

I travel constantly- Podcasts are my only sanity.  Huge fan of James Bonding – Heres my problem:  Goldfinger- the QUINTESSENTIAL Bond film: and they employ the most annoying feminists to comment.  First: Bond is not conducive to feminists.  Sorry.  Second:  They completely derail and lose topic entirely.  This is the same scenario for all the Brosnan Bonds and some Connery.  Matt Mira is awesome in every Podcast he does- but God Dammit stay on topic or stretch it to 2 episodes….

I need to do a Podcast called “Here’s my problem”…

Severine, in Skyfall dies too fast…

Work has been difficult.  My gut reaction is to base it upon weather, traffic, snow, and all things February on the East coast.  My second thought reaction is that is weak- and to demand more.  Either the best of employees or the worst of employees.  I was offered an alternate position in my same company.   This fell through because it would be “too expensive” to transition.  I can’t see how its more expensive than I am now… So I estimate I’ll be a sales rep at my old company in the next 14 months.  I sold out long before you knew my name… weeeeeeeeeee

 

 

 

 

Commercial Break

No, not more shameless plug of my Amazon link, or my online store

While poking around on AppleTV- I realized it comes preloaded with Crackle.

UnknownI remember Crackle from way back in 3G times (read about it… in story books!) when they had free streaming movies, before Netflix came to Android.  Well, I have since moved on to iPhone, and had forgotten about Crackle until it showed up on AppleTV.

I love Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and they even had some awesome options Netflix and Hulu didn’t have (Ghostbusters!).

Then, the other shoe proverbially dropped.

I was watching Ultraviolet.  I’m not proud of it, but.. hey, its a fun.. its got some interesting… I’m an adult, I don’t have to make any excuses! Its a silly anime feely shitty film, Ok?!  Literally- every 7 to 10 minutes in this dog shit film, a Discover card commercial would come on.  I get it, we need advertising cause I’m not paying for Crackle.  But… it would be 2 or 3 commercials, then back to the film.  TWO OF THE COMMERCIALS WERE ALWAYS DUPLICATES! Really guys?  there’s not a department that handles that?  Here’s the worst part- ostensibly, Crackle is playing to an audience of people watching TV on smart phones, or computers… know what else my computer does?  Torrents.

Know how long it takes to download a full film?  Less than the time between commercials.

The gatekeepers have left their gates.  The old ways are over, and we are not a nation of construction, or development anymore- we are a nation of consumers, and entertainment, and creativity-How many more years before entertainment finally realizes, the old business model is dead.  Please, embrace a way to be more creative with your approach to monetization.

For instance- I would gladly pay an extra 10-15% for the same produce I receive now without commercials.  OR give me an option of the commercials I see.  Believe me, History Channel, I don’t need to know about Humira, Vagisil, or Viagra.  But I am interested in electronics, entertainment, and travel…

Bottom line, the moment we decided it was Ok to pay for a product that gets the opportunity to advertise was the moment we lost all hope.  We allow too much.  The old ways are done- Arrrr…