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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (191 comments)

All I know is people complain about FiOS TV services pixelating when using high bandwidth Internet apps. I don't have FiOS, I have an actual dedicated fiber connection where the ISP does not oversubscribe and make sure there are no choke points, unlike Verizon and their "I'm getting 60KB/s to AWS, but when I use a VPN, I get 4.5MB/s". Verizon is crap, but some people get lucky.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:All I know is... (191 comments)

If you compare population densities of cities, it's about the same, or more dense in the USA.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:I thought they're making money... (191 comments)

The mean usage is quite low. Look at Netflix, 10Tb/s of peak bandwidth and 50mil customers. That's an average of 200kb/s per customer, yet their average streamer consumes about 3Mb/s. This means that only 1 in 15 Netflix customers are using Netflix at any given time during the busy hours. Netflix is 1/3 of all bandwidth being used of the entire USA internet. With about 100mil households in the USA with an Internet connection, and peak USA bandwidth of about 30Tb/s, that means the average house uses about 300Kb/s or (1/3)Mb/s. The average USA Internet connection is about 10Mb/s. That means, on average, each customer only uses about 3% of their connection speed.

On average, going from 10Mb/s to 1Gb/s increase the average usage by about 10%. This means that those "heavy" users, who can saturate their 1gb/s connection 24/7, make almost no difference on the whole.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:You're really not missing much.... (191 comments)

If you like cows, beer, -40f winters, and good Internet, this is the place for you. If you want a "city" life of any kind, this is not the place for you.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:Verizon suck (191 comments)

That's actually really bad response times. GPON has response times in the 0.4ms ranges.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:Time for a new paradigm? (191 comments)

FCC proposing to Congress for broadband to be defined as 25/3.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (191 comments)

You're getting 56/67 on your 50/50 because FiOS TV services share bandwidth with your Internet. For whatever reason, FiOS can't break these services over separate VLANs or can't keep bandwidth separate between VLANS, whatever they're doing. You can even find people, as of 2015, having issues when hammering their Internet, their DVR or TV functions start having pixelation issues. My ISP gives me 50/50, and I get exactly 50/50, well, something like 49.8 in practice. IPTV comes over a separate VLAN, which has separate bandwidth allocations.

Yay, Verizon. I still read about issues with Verizon peering and random problems with AWS, Akamai, Netflix, YouTube, and others. You might have gotten lucky, but many around the nation have issues trying to get 1Mb/s from their 50Mb connection. At least the speed test is good.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:I thought they're making money... (191 comments)

For every person using 1Gb/s, there will be 1,000 other people using 0Mb/s. It averages out. Kind of like insurance. For every person that needs $10mil in special treatment, there's 100,000 other people just getting their yearly check-up for $200.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (191 comments)

Which is funny, because Verizon's own CEO said that FiOS increased revenue as people were more likely to purchase more services with FiOS, plus support costs are cheaper, plus lower long-term upgrade costs.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Bengie Re:You're really not missing much.... (191 comments)

I can get a 70/70(dedicated) for $70, about $73 once you include tax, and you bill won't change. It was $70 when it was a 1.5Mb DSL line back in 2003, it was $70 when it was 30Mb four years ago when they installed fiber, and it's still $70 today. All upgrades are 100% free in every way.

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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Bengie Re:Gravity is the weakest force (228 comments)

The simplest calculation tends to be the most correct. We almost always start out with something complex, and as we find out more information, we can simplify the equation. The more complex something is, the more likely it is to be "brittle".

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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Bengie Re:I don't get it (228 comments)

Virtual particles do impart force. My understanding is that it is a net of zero, Universe wide, but maybe not locally. Virtual particles can push two plates together, and create torque issues with nano-structures.

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Calls For European ISPs To Filter Content Could Be Illegal

Bengie Re:Our superiors (60 comments)

Lies and falsehoods are easy to counter

You make a huge assumption that most people are rational, they are not.

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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Bengie Re:New /. poll (261 comments)

More than 5. Still at my first job.

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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Bengie Re:The white in your eyes (219 comments)

My current manager couldn't hack it as an engineer, but he understands the problems good enough. He protects us programmers from the harsh realities of inter-departmental politics, he's a good people person. He tries to maintain a good balance of not bothering us and coming to us for our opinions for stuff like estimated time to get work completed or what kind of issues we need to worry about.

Several of us programmers are the "quirky" smart type and don't do well with idiots and have been known to get verbally snippy. But we keep getting raises because we deliver. I couldn't imagine working with an incompetent manager, I would feel sorry for them.

3 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Bengie Re:Oh I live in this world as well (261 comments)

Product have made something that's not quite right. We ask them to fix it.

The statement of work should have everything as required. If the statement of work is satisfied, then the work is done, if it is not, then it needs to be finished, otherwise it's a breach of contract.

I don't see the issue.

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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Bengie Re:It all comes down to payroll (261 comments)

Our division breaks even, but we use internal billing to track interdepartmental charges. Because we don't really make money, we have a hard time getting more funding to hire more people. Until sales found out that nearly every multi-million dollar contract that comes in requires a service that only our department supplies and no other department can supply. Suddenly we're getting money thrown at us. Could have used this funding a few years back. Now we've got a backlog of work on top of the new contract deliverables.

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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Bengie Re:Time for a UNION! (261 comments)

changes in tech make their skills useless

You forgot quotes around "skills" to indicate the sarcasm of what many people call "skills". Skills don't get outdated, knowledge does. Problem solving is a skill, programming in C is knowledge. A skillful person can easily apply their skills to new problems.

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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Bengie Re:The white in your eyes (219 comments)

And these women play well with other women, will cooperate and open doors for each other

Great, now I got tea all over my monitor. Great joke! I wonder how many of those women getting college degrees are for psychology.

High School Teacher: Ohh, I see you do well with test taking. You should go to college where you can further increase your ability to take tests.

Soon we will have an army of women who are highly educated in test taking and a psychology major. Since you can't find a good psychology job that doesn't require a PHD, they can be great secretaries. /sarc

But really, our educational system is messed up. Women are smart as men on average, but it's not as simple as getting a degree, you need a marketable degree and preferably in a non-saturated market. We're treating college like extended high school. Moar Test Taking!!!!!

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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Bengie Re:LHC (119 comments)

I also read that even if the LHC did create a "stable" black hole that didn't immediately evaporate, that if it fell to the center of the Earth, it would take about 10,000 years before it came in contact with other matter to consume. The Earth would die of other reasons far before the pico-blackhole was able to do any real damage.

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Resolving IP to MAC address across a router

Bengie Bengie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bengie (1121981) writes "From what I know about networks, you can't find out the MAC of an IP across a router. At some point I stumbled across a program that does just this. The only google hits I get talk about Netbios. Being able to do this would help out IT dept because our back-up registration page pulls MAC info from our DHCP server, but the DHCP database only syncs with our back-up database every 24 hours. If we build a new computer to replace an old one, our registration page can't get the new MAC for the Wake-on-LAN info until 24 hours later. We could use netbios if we had to, but that's kind of shady and won't work for our Mac computers since they don't have netbios. Is there a way of resolving the MAC of an IP across routers?"

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