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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Aqualung812 Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

Perhaps you could just link to the article or a particularly insightful comment you made instead of making a post that adds nothing to the conversation.

Not all of us read every comment on /.

I'm very curious as to why Netflix would degrade their own service and why Comcast and Verizon wouldn't point to this smoking gun every time they're accused of throttling.

3 days ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Aqualung812 Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

But the corporate official VPN uses some strange protocol. Once the VPN is connected ALL the traffic from the local machine will go the corporate VPN host.

This isn't strange, it is considering SOP for most corporations to ban "split-tunneling", where only traffic to the corporate network are sent over VPN.
It also isn't a protocol, it is just a default route to send all traffic over the VPN.

The theory is that by allowing someone to have unfiltered access at the same time as they are connected to the internal corporate network, they are creating a security risk.

The reality is that the "crunchy outside, warm gooey inside" security model as been broken for some time, and modern security is to use a zero-trust network model.

TL;DR: It is quite common but agree it is quite stupid.

about a week ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Aqualung812 Re:And in totally unrelated news.... (383 comments)

The valuable and talented employees will not be laid off and they know it.

You're saying that they trust their management to make the right decision? Maybe, but if they are as bright as I hope, they would have a healthy lack of faith in their management based off Windows 8/Windows Phone 8.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Aqualung812 Re:And in totally unrelated news.... (383 comments)

That means, for over 6 months, Microsoft employees won't know for sure whether they will be laid off or kept.

Which means the most talented and valuable employees will find new jobs before there are layoffs, and Microsoft will end up keeping the ones that couldn't find a job elsewhere.

How does this make Microsoft better?

about two weeks ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Aqualung812 Re:You keep using that word... (710 comments)

I think so, but normally they don't draw less power, but just produce more light.

I suppose they could be considered slightly more efficient if you use less of them to cover a given area, or if you are only measuring lumens per watt.

Just looked it up:

Yes, halogens are slightly more efficient, on average, but the best tungsten incandescent is more efficient that the worst halogen.

about two weeks ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Aqualung812 Re:He does know what it means (710 comments)

Which is technically also called halogen because that describes the type of gas inside

Wait, I just listed noble gasses, and you corrected me that they're also called halogen, which is the group NEXT to the nobles. On what planet do you call those gasses halogens?

Had I listed fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine, you'd be correct.

about two weeks ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Aqualung812 You keep using that word... (710 comments)

Halogen. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Halogen lights run VERY hot and bright, but do not offer any energy savings, as they are still incandescent (glowing resistor) lamps.

Do you perhaps mean fluorescent or compact-fluorescent lamps (CFL)? They are filled with low pressure mercury vapor and argon, xenon, neon, or krypton. They are about the same efficiency as LED, but are slow to come to full brightness as you describe.

Otherwise, great post. Completely agree on the advantages of LED. I've actually skipped the bulb-style and have started installing LED strips with a standalone 12vDC converter.

about two weeks ago

Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Aqualung812 Re:There's an "ick factor" but... (242 comments)

Exactly. My town pulls drinking water from a river, then sends the sewage out a mile downstream.
The next town 10 miles to the south gets all of our sewage (somewhat treated), and does some treatment itself, then repeats the process.

My guess is that the "closed loop" system from TFA is actually cleaner than what I'm drinking, simply because they know they are dealing with something completely polluted to begin with and have to win the public on it.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Aqualung812 Re:Tell me how this is suppposed to work. (155 comments)

How do you make this pay?

The customer pays. You can have it free in two days, tomorrow for $5, or in 2 hours for $30.

That's $300 per drone per day, plus the reduction in paying FexEx to do it.

I think there are enough people that would pay $30 for something NOW.

about two weeks ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

Aqualung812 Re:Brilliant... (158 comments)

Not all of us like the sun still being up past 9pm. Some of us hate hearing lawnmowers and having the sun shine in when we're trying to put our kids to bed. Some of us want to look at the stars with our children, but can no longer do it.

If we're basing the clock off the sun, then adjust to local time and leave it alone.
If we're not basing the clock off the sun, we all should use UTC.

about a month ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Aqualung812 Re:Problem #1: Usage Cap (184 comments)

I average 400-500GB per month, no torrents.

I have a family of 4 with Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Since we don't use cable TV, many of us just have streaming shows on for background noise while working. We treat it like broadcast but stream it.

about a month ago

US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

Aqualung812 Re:Black Swan (164 comments)

We agree completely on this point.

about a month ago

US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

Aqualung812 Black Swan (164 comments)

There WILL be another 9/11. This stuff happens, and it CAN NOT be 100% avoided.

You can do some things that could help (hint: the issue with 9/11 wasn't a lack of info, but a lack of communication. We still have this problem regardless what the NSA does), but you can't stop it from ever happening.

So, no matter what things you do to prevent 9/11, something like it will happen again. The Boston Marathon bombings, while much less severe, show that even with the super surveillance, people dedicated to cause death can do it, and always will be able to.

What makes for more interesting discussion is if there are ways of preventing the root causes for wanting to cause death. Perhaps that can be more effective than ignoring what the cause is & trying to stop the effect?

about a month ago

The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

Aqualung812 FBI = STASI. (124 comments)

Yet, you call this man a good friend, even though he supported an agency that you compare to the STASI?

about a month and a half ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

Aqualung812 Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

We do agree. So the two of us are good, maybe 200,000 others in the USA, give or take 100,000.

The rest want bars on the school doors and windows to prevent shoot shootings that are a fraction of the deaths caused by the cars they drive their kids to school in. They keep the kids inside so they don't get kidnapped while their kid gets a higher risk of death from poor fitness. They support the "war on drugs" and the "war on terror".

I honestly don't know what to do about them. If I try to talk about it, their eyes roll back into their head.
If I talk about sports or the hit show, they're enthralled.

Again, Huxley was right.

about a month and a half ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

Aqualung812 Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

Yes. (Quote from Men in Black)

I want the truth. I don't want to be protected by ignorance.

However, I'm not sure if the majority of people actually feel this way. My wife and I are truthful to the other, in the extreme. It has meant our first year of marriage was AWFUL, and here 15 years later it is AMAZING, and continuing to get better. It is hard to speak and accept the truth, but it is worth it IF you are willing to handle it.

Again, I'm not sure everyone, or even a majority, is willing to handle it correctly. It is an honest question.

about a month and a half ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

Aqualung812 Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.
Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.

about a month and a half ago

Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

Aqualung812 Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (154 comments)

Since when the fuck did the traditional pure metal signs go out of style?

Since we figured out that electronically changing the message on a sign was MUCH more cost effective than printing a new one each time the message changed.

"Road closed from June 1st to June 14th" Oh, shit, now we need one that says "No left turn from 8a-5p until August 1st", I guess will order a new sign...

Also, don't discount the usefulness of re-routing traffic when there is a large planned or unplanned event, like a sports event or an Interstate closing because of a massive wreck.

about 2 months ago

Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

Aqualung812 But, you left out the biggest question: CDMA/GSM? (158 comments)

This is a lot of great info, but what I want to know is will Sprint move to GSM or T-Mobile to CDMA?

I have a Verizon CDMA phone, and *HATE* it. Call management (3-way or more, call waiting, etc) is a nightmare on CDMA. Plus, CDMA is not common outside North America.

I really hope to see Sprint drop CDMA, but will they, or will they remove features from their T-Mobile imports?

about 2 months ago

The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

Aqualung812 Re:The poster is showing his prejudice. (240 comments)

Internet access isn't needed, though. You can do some searching and find ATM hacks using the mag card reader.
I would assume that with enough playing around, there may be a key combination that could cause an exploit on the slots, but the cameras all over the casino do a good job mitigating that threat.

about 2 months ago


top down for hours - "Facility issues

Aqualung812 Aqualung812 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Aqualung812 (959532) writes " went down somewhere around 1300 EDT, still down. Story here. The only site that appears to be up is their blog site. That site is claiming that is that "Cisco is experiencing some facility issues". Updates will be posted at that location."


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