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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

ArhcAngel Re:$409.99 WHAT THE FUCK (105 comments)

That was for an AC band WiFi? The AC1750 is listed at Newegg for $95 right now

13 hours ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

ArhcAngel Re:That Reminds Me (203 comments)

But there are whole animals referred to as Aberdeen Angus

2 days ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

ArhcAngel Re:Obligatory (332 comments)

If both your parents are morons then the likelihood of you receiving good fetal development, nutrition, and education are slim to none. There are exceptions but the reason they are called exceptions is they are RARE! That said growing up extended family would frequently commented on how much I was like my grandfather (he died when I was an infant) because I had his smarts (He taught himself chemical engineering and was part of the development of polymers). My take on our society is today's typical highly intelligent couple are too self absorbed to embark on a life of selfless giving by having children. Of those that do have children a large percentage offload the actual parenting to paid support so they can continue to be self absorbed while patting themselves on the back for having pro-created. Having said all that I believe a child raised by morons that love the child has a far superior life to a child raised by intellectuals or affluent parents who see the child as a trophy or burden.

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

ArhcAngel Re:If I have kids... (355 comments)

As long as you teach them proper Engrish.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ArhcAngel Re:A win? (327 comments)

So Netflix says, "Why are we paying all this money to a company that doesn't even really want our traffic?" and so they go talk to Comcast directly about connecting directly to the Comcast network. They work out a deal, and now they don't need to pay as much to InterCo because it's only running traffic for non-Comcast customers, and they are able to give Comcast customers a much better, more controlled experience.

Except Netflix proposed this scenario to Comcast and they refused. Then Comcast started throttling and Netflix was forced to agree to whatever the secret terms of this deal are.

Who is losing out on this deal?

Seriously? We don't know the terms so there could be any number of losers. What if part of the agreement forces Netflix to throttle its own feeds to non-Comcast customers or prevents them from coming to similar arrangements with other ISP's? Ultimately the cost will be passed to customers or Netflix will have to reduce their licensed library to cover the expense.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ArhcAngel Re:A win? (327 comments)

Except your analogy is wrong. And it's why most people don't understand Net Neutrality. Netflix's packets don't weigh any more than Crackle's or Hulu's. There is a reason for charging different rates for the things you mention and none of them apply to this scenario. Netflix pays an ISP to get on the internet just like everybody else. They pay for every bit of bandwidth they use. You pay your ISP for your bandwidth. You choose to utilize your bandwidth by streaming a video from Netflix. Netflix streams the video via its ISP's internet connection and Netflix's ISP transfers the packets to your ISP (in our example Comcast) where your ISP checks the packet and determines it is from Netflix. Having discovered it is in fact from Netflix it routes the traffic on a slow boat to you via a Chinese interconnect. There is no congestion at the moment Comcast is just exercising their right of non neutrality. Comcast approaches Netflix and tells them "You wouldn't want something bad to happen to your packets now would you? We can protect your packets from harm on our network if you just pay the protection fee." Netflix resists but finally caves and pays the fee. All of the sudden your video flies faster than you've ever seen it before but Comcast hasn't upgraded anything on their network. It didn't cost Comcast anything to make it work but they got paid extra not to mess with traffic that should have been unimpeded.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ArhcAngel Re:I Pay (327 comments)

Actually business class does have certain guarantees. But consumer class you are absolutely right. Most ISP's oversell what they can accommodate and hope you all never log on at the same time. Since statistically less than 10% ever use the total bandwidth they are allotted it works out most of the time. And when it doesn't those 10% get booted to keep the 90% happy.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ArhcAngel Re:I Pay (327 comments)

1. I rent a post office box.
2. I pay Amazon to ship me products to that PO box
3. The USPO sees the package is from Amazon and delays the package because Amazon paid the same amount WalMart does but Amazon sends more packages than WalMart so the USPO wants a piece of that action

FTFY
Are you sure you aren't related to badanalogyguy?

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ArhcAngel Re:I Pay (327 comments)

Why should that cost anything as long as the traffic is to Comcast customers?

You get data from Comcast at speeds determined by your plan. The problem was at the other end, Netflix was trying to use more bandwidth than they were paying for.

If I am using a pipe than can only accommodate 30 GPM (gallons per minute) flow rate I am not going to get 40 GPM through that pipe without busting the pipe. Likewise Comcast provided a certain amount of bandwidth to Netflix which Netflix is incapable of exceeding. Comcast however was actively slowing down the traffic coming from Netflix to extort higher fees than were originally negotiated because Comcast knows Netflix will pay up or get replaced by a faster competitor.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

ArhcAngel Why... (386 comments)

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I PAY my taxes with Bitcoins OBVIOUSLY!

How do you do your taxes?

I use TurboTax every year and have never been disappointed. One year I decided to try HR Block since they are stalwarts in the tax filing industry (Why does tax filing need an industry?) and I was mortified at the lack of professionalism from their online and support staff. They cost me extra money and wouldn't assist me in correcting the error they caused. The tax "professional" assisting me couldn't even understand the simple concept of adult dependent attending college which I'm pretty sure is a common deduction. Their 2014 ad campaign (Get your billion back) infuriates me.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

ArhcAngel Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (588 comments)

Thing is her distrust goes well beyond a reasonable suspicion. Yeah, the industry makes mistakes and has issues, but she goes to the other extreme and distrusts everything to the point of irrationality.

Are you sure?

about two weeks ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

ArhcAngel NIMBY rules (432 comments)

As someone who works at the company that is the largest generator of wind and solar power in North America I know how hard it is to get Nuclear projects off the ground. Most people will agree that Nuclear is a very cost effective and efficient means of power generations but mention building it anywhere near their zip code and they go ballistic.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

ArhcAngel Re:Good for devs. (270 comments)

My company IS still using COM and ActiveX you insensitive clod!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

ArhcAngel Mint (451 comments)

Since Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu which is a derivative of Debian I'd stick with that. You have the support of the Debian/Ubuntu lines and the added multimedia functionality of Mint which means you don't have to configure any of it yourself. I wish Ubuntu included the multimedia stuff but I think some of it isn't FOSS. You will want to make sure whatever you choose won't run afoul of any licensing.
Had you given any thought to running a Terminal Server? I don't know what the cost of the server license and subsequent seats are but you could install just about any stripped down Linux distro and have them log on to a TS and have their full Windows experience on their older hardware.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ArhcAngel Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (294 comments)

Keith,
I don't disagree. By the time Windows 2000 rolled out NT 4.0 was damn near bullet proof (For a Microsoft OS). I simply stated at launch it was not as good as its predecessor. But I did have a few games that wouldn't run on it so the 98SE partition remained until XP rolled out. I was on a testing team at Compaq for XP so I got it early as well.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ArhcAngel Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (294 comments)

After SP1 perhaps. I had multiple BSOD experiences just installing it on rigs that ran 3.51 flawlessly. Just to get it to install on them I had to disable cache RAM. With cache RAM disabled it took over 8 hours to install. The only thing 4.0 brought IMO was the Windows 95 Start bar and Pinball. I really liked the Pinball.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ArhcAngel Re:Can't fire a Nazi? (1116 comments)

If people are assholes it's generally not conducive to business,

Actually, the most successful business people are, in fact, complete and total assholes. Your argument is invalid.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ArhcAngel Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (294 comments)

Windows 1.0;2.0;2.1: forgettable
Windows 3.0: not bad but definitely not good

Windows 3.1: good
Windows NT 3.1: really bad but has potential
Windows3.11 Windows For Workgroups (WFW): very good
Windows NT 3.5;3.51: really good

Windows 95: meh
Windows NT 4.0: bad
Windows 98;98SE: good
Windows 2000: good
Windows ME: evil
Windows XP: good
Windows Vista: bad
Windows 7:good
Windows 8.x: bad
Windows 9: ???

I always figured it was a marketing strategy on a good day. On a bad day I figure it's a cycle of Lazy -> Oh shit! -> motivated -> relief -> lazy

about two weeks ago

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ArhcAngel ArhcAngel writes  |  more than 6 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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