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Buzz Out Loud 1289: Facebook's momentary lapse of evil (podcast)

The social network stands up to Googlezon's net neutrality proposal, and meanwhile plots Foursquare's demise. Also Farmville pulling up stakes at MSN, and your car's tire pressure sensors can be hacked by drive-bys. Everybody panic!

The social network stands up to Googlezon's net neutrality proposal, and meanwhile plots Foursquare's demise. Also Farmville pulling up stakes at MSN, and your car's tire pressure sensors can be hacked by drive-bys. Everybody panic!

Now playing: Watch this: Ep. 1289: Facebook's momentary lapse of evil


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I have been listening to your discussions about Net Neutrality over the past few days, but I fear that you are looking at the wrong end of the tubes (to paraphrase the late Senator Stevens) for the real danger.

Why would Google pay Verizon or any else to prioritize traffic on YouTube? Isn't it more likely that Google charge Verizon for the privilege of carrying Google products? And isn't this the most obvious way to monetize Facebook, or even Wikipedia?

After all, this is what developed in the Cable Satellite Biz, which has it's own version of Google, called ESPN. Whether you watch any of the channels or not, if you have cable or satellite service you are paying about $20 a month for ESPN. It's a must-have.

And ESPN3 (which used to be called ESPN360) is an "Internet channel" which is only available on those ISPs that pay for it.

What's to prevent Google, or anyone else on the net, from doing the same thing? It would be technically easy. I could do it. The "Must-Haves" would include Google, Facebook, Espn, ETC.

Structurally, the internet looks like Cable TV, which if anything is more capacity constrained than most ISPs. Content is King. A fast internet connection is useless without content to download.

Ed Joras


I could not help but laugh as Molly argued for an open free internet unencumbered by any traffic prioritization based on traffic type . . . and her Skype call fell apart on air.
Of course, if the internet could prioritize voice calls over web page loads, or ftp . . . . then Skype would not experience drop outs.
I do not believe there will ever be enough bandwidth for all internet traffic. (until someone invents free bandwidth.) Because of this it makes sense to treat traffic that is sensitive to latency and packet drops differently from other traffic. To maintain an open internet, ISPs should not prioritize one web sites traffic over another, but in many cases prioritizing types of traffic will enable a better overall user experience. (How to keep people from cheating could be pretty tricky).
PS I never write in, but since I work on ICs that handle traffic inside cellular base stations, I just had to comment. (Oh . . . and we allow vendors to configure several levels of traffic priority)

Larry Wakeman


With ref to episode 1288, you mentioned that Apple already have some patents for touch controls on the back of devices, well how cool would it be to be able to zoom & scroll your browser, photos, etc with your finger tips that are already on the back of your iPhone or iPad when your normally viewing it?

Plus there’d be much less finger prints on the front screen.

The iPhone 4 already has a glass back…….. how hard could it be???

Cheers from England

And love the show!


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