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As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens them

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Canada is taking a much stronger stand against data cap exemptions than the United States.

In the US, the Federal Communications Commission's new Republican leadership signaled that it won't enforce net neutrality rules against zero-rating, the practice of favoring certain Internet content by exempting it from customers' data caps. The FCC made that clear when it rescinded a determination that AT&T and Verizon Wireless violated net neutrality rules by letting their own video services stream without counting against customers' data caps while charging other video providers for the same data cap exemptions.

Canada is also taking a case-by-case approach to zero-rating instead of banning it outright. But yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered changes to one carrier's zero-rating program and announced that it will enforce stricter guidelines for determining whether zero-rating programs are discriminatory.

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peelman
3 days ago
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Generally cooler climates, great healthcare, better net neutrality, better politics in general...and no Trump? I am seriously running out of reasons to not emigrate.
Seymour, Indiana
fxer
4 days ago
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What makes a man turn neutral
Bend, Oregon
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A Big And Hardee Burn

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peelman
4 days ago
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This is just priceless.
Seymour, Indiana
MotherHydra
7 days ago
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Wendy's bringing the fire!
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jhamill
7 days ago
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Begun the Fast Food Wars have.
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Colin Furze Builds an Incredible 600cc Bumper Car That Breaks a...

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Colin Furze Builds an Incredible 600cc Bumper Car That Breaks a Guinness World Record for Speed

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peelman
26 days ago
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Ok...I want to build/buy one of these. sans the phallic roll cage...
Seymour, Indiana
MotherHydra
26 days ago
Agreed, it is hard to argue with that look on his face the instant he revs the motor, I'm convinced Colin has a death wish. I'd take a ride on that bumper car any day, it looks like a blast. However! That Hoverbike looks like a nightmare limb detachment device. I sincerely hope the roll cage design was the show having fun, but you can never tell with stuff like that!
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Pages 6.1 Adds Basic LaTeX Support

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Apple (via Jeff Nadeau, Hacker News):

You can use LaTeX commands or MathML elements to include mathematical expressions and equations into your Pages document.

It also works with iBooks Author:

Pages and iBooks Author support all LaTeX commands that can be converted to MathML with blahtex. Additional supported LaTeX extensions are listed below.

Update (2017-03-28): See also: Michael E. Cohen.

Update (2017-03-29): Eddie Smith:

As an added bonus, even though Keynote does not have the same direct LaTeX support as Pages, I found that you can copy the equation in Pages as an image and simply paste it into Keynote. The image appears to be a vector graphic because it scales perfectly without any resolution loss.

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peelman
27 days ago
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At this rate, Pages will be the Go-To Editor for academic papers in like 10-15 years!
Seymour, Indiana
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Mac Power Users #370: Automation with Sal Soghoian

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This week we released a very special episode of Mac Power Users. Sal Soghoian, the father of automation on the Mac, joined David and me to discuss the state of Mac an iOS automation. Sal discusses the history of Automation on the Mac, the possibilities for Automation on iOS and the tools and languages available to put the power in the hands of the user.

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peelman
28 days ago
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Yeah. There's enough depressing things about Apple right now. I don't know that I want to voluntarily pile on by listening to this...
Seymour, Indiana
MotherHydra
29 days ago
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I'm curious and a bit hesitant to listen to this one.
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“School Choice” is like diverting money from parks to backyard swingsets and calling it “recreational choice”

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There is more to the “public” part of public schools than merely government funding. It denotes a population with a common interest. We are not merely a collection of individuals, workers, consumers, or taxpayers. The concept of citizens and the public are closely aligned. Public education isn’t important merely because it serves the public, it is important because it creates the public. The school’s role as a public institution is something that often gets left out or ignored when the subject of “school choice” and vouchers are brought up. Disregard of the public school’s role in creating the public is a fundamental flaw in the “money-follows-the-child” model of funding education.

Consider other institutions that help form the public such as parks and libraries: Parks give all of us green space and places to come together where we can interact with others in the community. They help define and shape the look and feel of communities and neighborhoods; they provide environmental, aesthetic, and recreational benefits to citizens; they help enhance property values; and they attract people to the community. A lot of that value would be destroyed if lawmakers decided to divert park money to individual citizens so they could spend it on backyard swing set projects, bowling alleys, and green space at their churches. You can expect proponents of such an idea would market it as “recreational choice.” Who doesn’t like choice?! Even if money was going to citizens who never used the parks in the first place to fund projects they had previously funded out of their own pockets, proponents would divide up the cost-per-citizen and claim that “recreational choice” is saving us money.

Similarly libraries are more than just books, videos, and computers. They are places where patrons can come together face to face, often for the purpose of engaging in civil discourse. Libraries help build communities. Haves and have-nots have access to information and librarians who can assist in navigating that information. Local libraries maintain collections specific to the community. They promote democratic values and are often housed in architecture that is notable in its own right. The public library was an American innovation. As David Morris noted, “Europeans had subscription libraries for 100 years before the United States was born. But in April 1833, the good citizens of Peterborough, New Hampshire created a radically new concept—a public library.”  “Media choice vouchers” that citizens could spend on books and videos at Amazon or at their church libraries wouldn’t be the same. Maybe citizens could get access to the same books and videos. Perhaps they could get more of them at a cheaper rate. But the public would, nevertheless, be diminished.

The more we turn ourselves from members of the public into an atomized collection of individuals, the weaker our communities and democratic institutions become. Dressing up these decisions in the language of “choice” does not change this fact.

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peelman
29 days ago
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MotherHydra
29 days ago
Well said. I'm ignorant to Indiana's state of affairs when it comes to public education, I truly hope it is in better condition than that of Texas.
peelman
28 days ago
I'm ignorant to texas's state of affairs, but we have had two consecutive governors devote huge amounts of political capital to gutting public education and higher-ed funding. And based on the survey results I recently got back from our reps, the populace of Indiana is fine with that and wants more.
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