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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Slashdot - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 12:12pm
An anonymous reader writes: The net neutrality debate has been pretty binary: ISPs want the ability to create so-called "fast lanes," and consumers want all traffic to be treated equally. Now, AT&T is proposing an alternative: fast lanes under consumer control. Their idea would "allow individual consumers to ask that some applications, such as Netflix, receive priority treatment over other services, such as e-mail or online video games. That's different from the FCC's current proposal, which tacitly allows Internet providers to charge content companies for priority access to consumers but doesn't give the consumers a choice in the matter." AT&T said, "Such an approach would preserve the ability of Internet service providers to engage in individualized negotiations with [content companies] for a host of services, while prohibiting the precise practice that has raised 'fast lane' concerns." It's not perfect, but it's probably the first earnest attempt at a compromise we've seen from either side, and it suggests the discussion can move forward without completely rejecting one group's wishes.

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Is your data boring? MapR wants you to bore it back with Apache Drill

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 12:00pm
New release adds support for Google-y SQL-on-Hadoop tech

MapR has given its customers a new way to use SQL to query their Big Data stores, with the addition of Apache Drill to MapR's eponymous Hadoop distribution.…

Apple Watch is a danger on the roads, warns driving charity

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:57am

Because you apparently need two hands to operate it

One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:41am
1. Make cheap mobe. 2. ???? 3. WORLD DOMINATION

One in six human beings are set to buy a new smartphone this year, Juniper has predicted, with the sales surge driven by the availablilty of mobes which cost under a hundred quid.…

Virgin Media broadband trial delivers 1Gb speeds to Cambridgeshire village

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:34am

Test looks to reduce cost of network rollout by a third

Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:22am
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans

Weve, the bonk-tastic joint venture between EE, O2 and Vodafone to “create and accelerate the development of mobile marketing and wallet services in the UK”, has abandoned plans to launch a digital wallet.…

Developers won’t have access to NFC chip on the iPhone 6

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:07am

But the API could be opened next year

SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:01am
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse

Attachmate, the software shop that headhunted Novell and SUSE Linux, is itself being bought out by Micro Focus International.…

Germany wants access to Google's search algorithm

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:33am

Chasing the transparency dragon

Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:28am
Yes - a (sort of) Google Car system for the skies

Recently we wrote about how developing city delivery drones was a fool's errand. Yet Startup Airwave is working with NASA to develop an air traffic control system for drones. Who’s foolish now?…

Apple to pre-install iLife and iWork apps on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:05am

To stop users downloading Google, Microsoft alternatives

A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 9:58am
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?

Review  Samsung has been in the SSD business for over ten years. Most of that time has been spent delivering drives to the Enterprise and OEM segments. Since the introduction of its first consumer SSD drive (the SSD430) in 2010, it has since shipped over 12m drives worldwide – including the SSD840, the world’s first TLC NAND drive.…

Google’s 10th transparency report shows government requests are rising

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 9:32am

No surprise there, then

NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Slashdot - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 9:25am
Bismillah writes Wikileaks' latest release of documents shows that the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed. NSW Police spokesperson John Thompson said it would not be appropriate to comment "given this technology relates to operational capability".

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 9:24am
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs

Israeli politicians and a former military intelligence commander have hit back at reservists who criticized Israel for spying on ordinary Palestinians.…

Permabit builds shrink-your-SAN dedupe box

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 9:07am
SANblox compresses too

Permabit has built a front-end SAN box to dedupe and compress SAN data so it needs less disk capacity.…

Apple tells users how to remove that U2 album

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 9:05am

You are looking a forced gift horse in the mouth

Samsung Galaxy Alpha price, release date and specs

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 8:37am

Everything you need to know about Samsung's latest iPhone rival

Give us a digi-Czar and more bureaucrats, begs UK tech-services biz

El Reg - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 8:32am
Come on everybody, let's upload all our stuff into Government by Cloud

+Comment  New policy proposals published by tech services trade group Tech UK (formerly Intellect) today seek to grapple with its members being marginalised by recent Government fads.…

Contactless payments go live on the London Underground

L'Inq - Tue, 16/09/2014 - 8:26am

Service began Tuesday morning on tubes, trains and trams

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