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This reader has a thought on Facebook oversharing. But he’d rather not share it.

(Tony Avelar / Bloomberg)

We love hearing from our loyal Switch readers. So every week, we highlight a few of our strongest commenters.

When Andrea Peterson wrote about Facebook users' growing frustration with oversharing, reader GaryEMasters cleverly wrote:

I do have a thought about this, but I had better not over share it.

In response to my post on a Texas software engineer who accused Verizon of throttling his access to Amazon Web Services, reader Scott Moore wrote that he hadn't seen any problems from his end:

As an AWS engineer, I work in AWS everyday, while connected using Verizon FiOS. I have a hard time believing the Verizon rep is stating valid facts as truth. For one, I upload and download over 30GB of data on a daily basis, on a standard home account. 98% of this is pushing and pulling data, to and from AWS S3.

I have never once, not once in 6 years had a degraded connection associated to connecting to AWS or another site.

And when Andrea Peterson wrote about why NBC exercises such tight-fisted control over its Olympic broadcasts, reader saul3 argued that NBC's corporate parent has no incentive to loosen its grip:

This is one of those stories which would gain a lot by making some of the corporate relationships clear.

"NBC" is owned by Comcast, the largest internet provider in the United States. While Comcast the internet provider tries desperately not to be a "dumb pipe" by providing all sorts of value-added services, it has no incentive to make streaming of the Olympics available because Comcast the corporation makes more money if you have to buy both internet and cable from them. The Comcast/NBC-Universal should never have been allowed.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.



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