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Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

Gates82 Re:Different Services need to be split (209 comments)

Mod parent WAY up.

The first thing I thought when I looked at the graphs, what service plan are these people on. Most I know have the cheapest package they can find with connection speed upper bound at 1.5-5mbs. At those speeds the throughput Netflix is reporting look pretty good. I have a 20mbs connection (from an ISP not listed in the report) and over the summer I routinely streamed MLB.com (@ 8mbs), the wife would have a Netflix movie on her laptop, and the kids watching some show from Netflix as well. Aggregate bandwidth requirements were roughly 15mbs.

It fits: you get what you pay for, though I don't defend the prices or lack of sustained rate one typically finds with ISP's. I just found that good hardware, a decent home network configuration, and staying away from the cheapest bottom rung plan tend to go a long way.>/p>

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more than 3 years ago
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Geocities To Be Made Available As a 900GB Torrent

Gates82 Link Please!!! (215 comments)

Certainly needs to be asked.

Link Please

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more than 4 years ago
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OCZ IBIS Introduces High Speed Data Link SSDs

Gates82 Re:Familiar connectors (76 comments)

Yes, this is a plain Jane SAS connector, as a comment above eludes, don't mix and match this drive with your RAID card.

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more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Encryption/Decryption Code Released

Gates82 Re:Congrats! (225 comments)

Question: 60fps, why?

Answer: Stereoscopic or 30fps x 2 streams

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more than 4 years ago
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Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid

Gates82 Re:No problem, long as they charge at night (438 comments)

I am an engineering for a large utility in the US, granted Civil not Electrical, but the principal for generation is:

You produce a little spare power that is grounded to handle increases (your buffer)
There are voltage regulators and capacitor banks at substations to handle small variations in load
Utilize peaking stations when the load on the grid is particularly high
The key for generation: RPM of the turbine, as load on the grid decreases it take less energy to maintain the speed of the turbine; so while a turbine may still be spinning at the same speed during high and low demand it is certainly not consuming as much fuel

With that being said, there is certainly a lag between the consumption of fuel and the utilization of that energy (steam to mechanical motion) that may produce a delay of an hour as load decreases. Utility companies have a great deal of data and they can generally predict when usage will change and adjust the fuel consumption accordingly.

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more than 4 years ago
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Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

Gates82 RvsB Counterpoint (1186 comments)

I define almost any tatoo as pointless. Besides how stupid were you 10 years ago?

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more than 4 years ago
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NASA's Space Balloon Smashes Car In Australia

Gates82 Re:could someone translate from australian for me? (174 comments)

Dictionary.com

Paddock
3. Australian: any enclosed field or pasture

I also think you have Australia confused with Austria.

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more than 4 years ago
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Son Sues Mother Over Facebook Posts

Gates82 Re:16 years old, no legal rights against parents. (428 comments)

Why are you putting up with that? Your tacit approval of the parents' unreasonable requirements is part of the problem.

Short Answer: For the kids that are not a pain in the butt.

Long Answer (sans explanation): Out of a moral and religious obligation (not that I would expect most slashdotters to comprehend)

Additional Note: Recently started working with this group of kids, and parents are being notified of the behavior and that it will not be tolerated; I hardly think I am part of the problem.

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Son Sues Mother Over Facebook Posts

Gates82 Re:16 years old, no legal rights against parents. (428 comments)

I totally agree with this sentiment. I work with a youth group at my church, mainly the teenage boys, and some are forced to attend by their parents, and they are impossible to control. Growing up I attended the same group and participated as I wished but did not actively cause problems at risk of punishment that may be doled out even though my parents could not really do anything (I just didn't really realize it). The kids today know that their parents and leaders can't do anything. A very dangerous line has been crossed in the American Society. Just my thoughts

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Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

Gates82 At the Bottom (569 comments)

One would think that the slashdot crowd would be a little more up-to-date. I guess it doesn't exist until Apple releases a comparable product. I can't believe I had to wade through tons of posts to find someone that finally extols the virtues of the marriage of laptop and hand writing. I spent the last two years working on my CE degree with an X61 Thinkpad Tablet. I went completely paperless, lowered the weight of my backpack to a few pounds, scanned all of the material handed out, and took notes in class with OneNote. Every item for school was converted to PDF and I was able to search, combine, cut and paste easily.

I wish this crowd would wake up and look more seriously at the tablets that have been around for 3 years. I know I should get off your lawn.

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more than 4 years ago
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Apple Tablet Rumor Wrap Up

Gates82 Re:TV and Kindle Competitor (348 comments)

Really, you think the company that wont even put a measly FM radio tuner on their mobile audio devices is going to release a product that lets you view over the air TV broadcasts. Highly doubtful.

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more than 4 years ago
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I Appreciate The Ergonomics Of My ___ The Most

Gates82 Re:other... (460 comments)

I voted other and was going to say "nothing", but I agree with this one completely.

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more than 5 years ago
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What Accounts For Most Of Your Computer Time?

Gates82 Missing Option (237 comments)

I don't spend anytime on a computer you insensitive clod.

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more than 5 years ago
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Students Settle With TurnItIn In Copyright Case

Gates82 I got ripped off then (208 comments)

Your college credit is the salary.

If course credit and a piece of paper is their payment to me then I got ripped off. I hate the higher education system, but have learned to deal with its shortcomings and maneuver through the system to get my piece of paper so that I could finally have my work experience count towards a PE license. I was very annoyed while streaming my graduation ceremony* that the president of the university bestowed my degree upon me with recommendation from the faculty. BS I earned that degree, fulfilled all requirements for such and in then end it was because they felt I was worthy not because I actually did anything.
*I only watched graduation because the president was speaking and wanted to hear what he would say to students who are thousands of dollars in debt as a result of school and graduating in a time of almost no jobs. Worst commencement speech I've ever heard (not that I've been to many graduations).

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New ICANN TLDs May Cause Internet Land Rush

Gates82 A Better Time (443 comments)

I long for the days of fully qualified URL's; 'http://www.domain.com'. I personally still type out the fully qualified domain names to half the websites I view each day (I typically only use bookmarks for address I use rarely). I also miss when the tld's meant something usefully and websites used a tld that matched their content

The internet does very little in addition to what I could already do in 1998 except now I have to deal with ads and pop-ups. I long for the days when individuals and companies setup webpages to showcase their interests or products not as revenue generators. I still run my webpages ad free and host my own servers because I want the information available.

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more than 5 years ago
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Internal Instant Messaging Client / Server Combo?

Gates82 Sametime (360 comments)

I've used IBM/Lotus Sametime and thought it worked quite nice, and is very professional. Not sure what the fees are like, but it does support a myriad of platforms.

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more than 5 years ago
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Cities View Red Light Cameras As Profit Centers

Gates82 This is a Tax (740 comments)

It drives me nuts when traffic violations are used as tax rather then for public safety, and these things typically get passed under the guise of safety.

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more than 5 years ago
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Google Search Flagging Everything As Potentially Harmful

Gates82 Must Be Fixed (407 comments)

I didn't have any problem clicking through my search results. Is there another Google search I am unaware of?

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more than 5 years ago
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Monster.com Data Stolen, Won't Email Users

Gates82 Re:um (200 comments)

Why the hell is a job search site collecting birth date, gender, and ethnicity information?

Most online applications have the optional equal opportunity information fields. Monster offers a way to auto submit this information. I'm not sure about the DOB, but this additional information is optional on Monster.

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How often do you google yourself?

Gates82 Gates82 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gates82 (706573) writes "How often do you google yourself?
Never!
Hourly
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Yearly
When looking for a job
I thought googling yourself was the other thing"
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Child Safe Desktop Environment

Gates82 Gates82 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gates82 (706573) writes "I have a 4 year old who has recently been drawn to playing on my ThinkPad Tablet. I would like to configure a desktop environment or find and application that creates a kid's safe platform. The most frustrating part for the two of us are miss-clicks; he'll minimize the game he is playing or bring up another window. This means being close (interpret interrupted frequently) while he is using the computer. To protect the computer and keep the child entertained what are some decent solutions? Should I configure a separate profile with reduced rights or is there an application that creates an isolated sydo-workspace?"
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Gates82 Gates82 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gates82 (706573) writes "I have recently been frustrated by "added security" questions on banking and credit card websites. It seems that all of these institutions are heading towards a regular login and a second (3rd or 4th) security question to be used as a second authentication or as verification to reset your primary password. These questions seem a step backwards in security; now all that it is required to reset my password on these sites is to know my user ID and then answer a simple question (ie. place of birth, date of birth, pets names, etc) with most of the answers being quite publicly available. Personally, I normally bash on the keyboard and click continue not caring what the answer is; assuming that it will be more difficult to crack then guessing fluffy as a pet name. But to make matters more unbearable I attempted to login to a credit card website and was greeted with a second login and it was requesting an answer to one of these (hit-head-on-keyboard) questions. It took two calls to get logged in and I am now forced to use a password for each security question in place of the real answer.

This process seems like a way for companies to deal with joe blow who forgets his password every month when he goes to make a payment. But how insecure is this for the rest of us who are comfortable with our password making/remembering capabilities?"
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Gates82 Gates82 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gates82 (706573) writes "The University I attend holds an annual Security Awareness Week and this year the RIAA is going to be there for an "open dialogue". Is it worth the time to sit through an event like this to hear the slander from the horse's mouth? Given the opportunity what questions would you ask to the beloved association."

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