Note to the FCC: inequalities with mobile computing
Many might wonder why I’m so happy with Windows 8 … normally I don’t promote industry. Or only in round-about ways.
Well, over the last 2 years or so, we have entered the mobile age of computing. In this new arena, a development has occurred: Collusion to limit access.
Many website-owners, as well as content providers … use code to limit access by mobile. Now there are several reasons for this. The main reason, is that the PROVIDERS of 3G, 4G, and xG ….are well aware of the limits in wireless bandwidth. SO they are working with many website providers to STOP access to certain content that is bandwidth-intensive.
This is done by modifying software of the mobile device itself, AND by those flags that indicate to the internet servers that you are on a mobile PC. Mostly, there is no workaround and they have it sewed up tight. Even if you load a firefox browser to an Android, you can install the plugin to mimic a desktop PC, BUT since there is no working plugin for flashplayer in firefox, it doesn’t help for those sites blocking access to streaming video.
SO …………… what makes me happy about Windows 8? It integrates the mobile and desktop environment. If websites discriminate against ONE, they will have to discriminate against ALL. And then lose business. Windows 8 will force an equality on the web for mobile computing.
THAT’s why i love them. Or as close as you can get. Because as long as the vigilante and rouge enterprises on the internet are allowed to send mobile computing to the back of the bus — we are a lesser people.
Why? Because like 90% of ACTIVE mobile computing is done by the lower classes. The homeless, the youth who have no other computer. To save themselves, industry is fracking THEM. And that’s not right.
I realize the government needs to open up more airwaves. But consider, that if you can’t behave with what you have been given so far, why should we give you more?
When I was out on my walk the other day, I wanted to download an app from the Amazon appstore. It was just an angry bird app, I think — nothing of a large file size. I got a response that they could not download that with a mobile connection.
So I went over my other apps … all the same thing. Would not download with a mobile 3G connection, and allowing download only through a wifi. SO, if you have someone where the mobile is their main PC, they have to make a trip to Starbucks to install an app?
NOT to mention that I PAY for my mobile service, AND Comcast internet. I almost NEVER use my mobile 3G……. maybe twice a week. So when I go to USE if, I want it to WORK. Not give me a message that “Sorry, we can only perform this on a wifi connection.”
Could understand if I had used up the allowance for 3G, but like I said — I almost never use it. In fact, keep an app specifically to turn it off so I don’t get accidentally charged. Then for the 3G to be USELESS the one time I WANT to use it?
So we have an obstruction of legitimate use of a service that is PREPAID. And of course the burden is put on the server, yet with software on the device itself playing a part. So each party in the obstruction of legitimate use, can effectively pass the buck to the other. SINCE mobile computing has worked itself into a conglomeration of only a few industry-giants (within their collusion of policy to FUNCTION as a monopoly) — AND since a 3G service purchase IS REQUIRED when purchasing a new phone capable of mobile computing — are looking at a breach of contract and means to require redress.
Now I know if I call Verizon, they would offer an apology and even perhaps a small credit or extra 3G allowance (which I would not need or use). The only thing that would do is sap my time, on TOP of the time already wasted trying to connect for a non-functioning download. Also, my loss is not the point. The point is there are those who cannot go home after their walk, and connect to the wifi then to download an app. There are those who cannot switch from the mobile PC to the desktop, to finish filling out a government online form when it did not function on the mobile device.
WHY is that government form not working? Because changes have been made to the Java host, by the Mobile Internet Provider, that PREVENT its full function and execution, obstructing the user from filling out and submitting a government form.
I hope I’m not the only one noticing this stuff …. because it’s gone beyond bad into the realm of “Are you kidding me????” I honestly don’t care if Microsoft integrates a bandwidth-limiting factor within their mobile PC’s. What I care about is fair access to internet services by mobile-PC users. And I believe that within the scope of Windows 8, we will have that.
No thanks to the rest of you numb-ruts sitting on your knuckles, doing nothing. As time goes by, I only watch the discrimination against mobile users grow and grow and grow. Tighten, and you also watch the workarounds. For example, Google now asks their users if they would like to make their uploaded video UNAVAILABLE to mobile computing. That’s right — another kick-back tendril. I imagine those larger “You-tubers” are getting a stipend from the mobile industry per video they make unavailable to mobile.
And since it is the uploader’s CHOICE, Google washes their hands.
I don’t CARE if Microsoft manages to create an effective pseudo-monopoly on ALL computing. Goes against everything I believe-in, but I think it’s the only answer we have. Because at least Microsoft has integrity, which none of the rest of these Bozos have demonstrated. When you have a sheriff coming to town, willing to straighten things up…..by Gosh you hand over the ammo and give him the power.
I rest my fack-a-lackin-case. What say the court of internet thought?
Posted on June 21, 2012, in computer wiz, political/current events and tagged android smartphone, fcc, fcc mobile computing, fcc smartphones, mobile computing, smartphone, verizon, windows 8, Windows 8 mobile. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.