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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

ArhcAngel Re:What about (203 comments)

This is fiber. I don't have Verizon myself, but in general everything people complain about in regards to ISPs goes away once you're fiber. They'd have to have some pretty serious congestion issues for FiOS to start having trouble.

It matters not how fast your download speed from your ISP is if said ISP's connection to the content you are requesting isn't able to deliver it.

Along that same line though, I've no idea why they had asymmetric on fiber to begin with. The point to ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) has to do with crosstalk on the copper lines in the DSLAM. This isn't an issue, at all, for Fiber. So it makes little sense to have asymmetric fiber service other than for marketing purposes.

Consumer ISP's are all about getting content to you. They don't want you throwing up a server at your house to stream data to the ethers. They want you to stream media from them. So much so most have U NO RUN SERVER clauses in their TOS. An asynchronous connection allows them to advertise higher bandwidth "download" speeds and keeps those nasty server runners with paltry pipes to get their filth up to the internet.

yesterday
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

ArhcAngel Re:This is news? (191 comments)

Yeah, our banks don't have that but our cable providers do if you want to watch streaming video from ABC, CBS, NBC or HBO GO.

yesterday
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Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid

ArhcAngel Definition of Intelectual Property (44 comments)

"Data in its ethereal, non-physical form is simply information that does not fall under any of the categories of eligible subject matter under section 101,"

Intellectual property is ownership of ethereal, non-physical ideas so couldn't this be used to combat IP across the board?

2 days ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

ArhcAngel Re:Apple refutes China but stays mum on... (134 comments)

You mean that metal with nickel in it might cause people who are allergic to nickel to have a response?

How shocking.

I don't think any shorts were reported so shocks were not responsible for the rashes.

about a week ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

ArhcAngel Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (134 comments)

Or...the security holes in iOS are big enough to drive a Mac truck through so no request was ever needed.

about a week ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

ArhcAngel Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (132 comments)

You forgot that I must be racist because I disagreed with you...Oh well so much for civilized discussion. Enjoy

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

ArhcAngel Re:It's only fair (147 comments)

Another company is quietly doing its own shaking these days and I find its approach very interesting. ION has local stations in most of the large metropolitan markets. It has started leveraging those stations by selling a set top box that decodes sub channels on its local broadcast to deliver premium channels from Showtime and Starz as well as PPV content. It uses your existing antenna and you still get all the local channels. If Aero were to offer something like that for ~$30-$40 like ION does I'd be very interested.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

ArhcAngel Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (132 comments)

The grandparent was talking about the One Book To Rule Them All - Ma Bell's

"Ma Bell" hasn't been a thing since 1982 when AT&T volunteered to divest itself of its regional local telcos. AT&T retained ownership of YellowPages and they remained the dominant business directory but competition in the last decade has been fierce. It's so vast it even has its own association. And while you are correct about businesses getting a line for "free" it still required them to be an AT&T customer so it was a value ad for service not free.

The point of TFA is that a business owner shouldn't have to spend time and money policing multiple sites in order to protect himself from trolls and malicious mischief. Especially because so many of them manipulate the information presented so that bad reviews predominate - which they then charge the business to clear up.

That's not what I took away from TFA and anyone who did should not try and run a business as it is wishful thinking. In fact it is entirely the business owner's responsibility to ensure information about his business is accurate. If he is benefiting from positive or hurting from negative reviews he needs to be pro-active. There are unscrupulous businesses that berate competitors and post glowing reviews on their own business all over the place. You cannot expect you won't be a target at some point especially if you are successful because the better you are doing the bigger the target you are.

From a user's perspective - it's pretty much nothing but bad. Between the tendency of people to complain more than they congratulate, deliberate manipulation by website operators, and various forms of trolling and mischief... the 'net is virtually completely unreliable.

While all of this is going on it isn't as pervasive as you make it out. It is pervasive but it's not absolute like you make it out to be. And much of it can be spotted in a heartbeat if you know what you are looking at. I often see overly praising reviews of products or services and I completely discard these as they are clearly planted by the review-e. Same goes for over the top lambasting of a subject. If you take the objective posts and throw out the extremes you're left with a pretty good picture of what to expect.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

ArhcAngel Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (132 comments)

What you might not have known (but should have) is all those listings in the yellow pages were paid advertisements. The yellow page market used to be extremely competitive with numerous companies fighting for a business' 2" x 2" to full page ad. We're talking about free (as in beer) marketing and the ole adage "you get what you pay for" applies here. It's word of mouth in the internet age which is both good and bad. If just one person can get your customers to believe something unflattering about your business it can ruin you. That's why another adage "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is just as true. The quicker you can catch the nefarious mischief the quicker you can curtail any damage.

about two weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

ArhcAngel Re:Can we get .... (180 comments)

And clicking the icon takes you to 927

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

ArhcAngel Re:The web is not a runtime environment. (608 comments)

then you are an idiot.

You had a nice semi-informative argument but couldn't help but show your true color in the end.

The reason you can't use TurboPascal is because web pages run in the browser virtual machine, and TurboPascal code runs in the TurboPascal runtime environment linked into the native code TurboPascal application.

Which does not preclude an interpreter being written to convert the code into the browser VM readable code. Just because a language was originally designed to be compiled doesn't mean it can't be redesigned. Whether it's the best use of resources not withstanding.

All of your arguments are irrelevant to my comment. They might very well be valid but only because the people designing the newer systems made decisions that precluded the use of existing technologies. Which in fact validates my claim more than nullifies it.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

ArhcAngel Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

You are right of course it is similar to the 80's and 90's in that companies that wanted to steal the sales of other companies simply created new fangled languages and marketed the hell out of them instead of embracing what works and adapting it to the new paradigms. The only reason you can't use Turbo Pascal to make web pages is the compiler was never updated for the functionality but it very well could have been. In fact its progeny Delphi is alive and well and building apps for almost every popular platform out there today including the web. As long as there is competition there will be someone who chooses to create from scratch rather than use someone else's tool.

about two weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

ArhcAngel Submarines have been doing just fine for year (468 comments)

Why do they need windows in the first place? I mean subs don't have any and they do just fine without them. There's arguably less things to hit flying than there are in a sub as well. OK there is the small matter of subs cruising at 32 MPH ( ~31 knots) and a plane cruising at 750 MPH (0.75 Mach) but really a pilot should be able to compensate for that...right?

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

ArhcAngel Re:Have you actually tried hiring these days? (401 comments)

Your comment and the first response kinda paints the picture. NYC and Seattle. Two places I have no desire to live. The cost of living in NYC would mean I'd have to double my current salary to maintain my current standard of living and it's too crowded. Seattle is nice but again it costs more to live there and...winter. The reason companies can't find skilled workers in the US is they aren't looking in the US they're looking on the East and West coast.

about two weeks ago

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ArhcAngel ArhcAngel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArhcAngel writes "My stepson's laptop was stolen recently and the person who stole it knew exactly where to look. I'm pretty sure he is acquainted with the person who stole it and they go to college together. My question for /. is since I have the MAC address of the laptop and I know where the kid goes to school is there a way to have the college IT dept. flag that MAC address when it hits the schools network? Has anyone ever done something similar and what kind of help or hindrance was the IT dept. in assisting in this kind of request?"

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