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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

MozeeToby Re:Yes it is a peering problem ... (183 comments)

I agree, why should Cogent need to supply all this throughput that Comcast's paying customers are asking for!? Waaaaaiit a minute....

7 hours ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

MozeeToby Re:How many engineers does it take to screw netfli (183 comments)

Engineer - "Hey Boss, we need some cash to upgrade the connection to these networks."
Boss - "What?! We just upgraded those connections a couple years ago"
Engineer - *rolls eyes* "Well the link is saturated, looks like lots of people watching online video... Netflix comes in over this connection so it makes sense"
Boss - "First they take our subscribers now they're forcing us to upgrade our equipment... well fuck em!"
Engineer - "Waaah?"
Boss - "You heard me, fuck em!"
Engineer - "But... our customers will get terrible service when they try to watch Netflix, or do anything else on that network for that matter"
Boss - "Exactly!"

8 hours ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

MozeeToby Re:WHy net neutrality doesn't work (183 comments)

Stuff like this is why I think Net Neutrality discussions miss the mark - you're not going to fix the problem that way, you're only going to cause the cable companies to achieve the same throttling through other technical means.

You can make crap like this illegal, in fact it arguably already is without net neutrality legislation.

9 hours ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

MozeeToby Re:Yawn (613 comments)

Unfortunately lots of people. Some of them young gay people facing harassment, others are the ones doing the harassing. When it comes to certain sub-subjects (such as legally recognized marriage), only a very narrow majority "don't care" and we only crossed that threshold very recently.

So yes it's great that an anonymous "who cares" gets modded up on Slashdot, I think it says good things about our community. But at the same time it's a bit of patting ourselves on the back about how forward thinking and accepting we all are.

10 hours ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

MozeeToby Re:Silly (613 comments)

Arguably it's more affirmative than that, it's not just "I'm not ashamed" it's "I will not be ashamed".

10 hours ago
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Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)

MozeeToby Re:Seems like a bad way to do it (42 comments)

Not to mention I think you're gonna have some lag issues controlling a probe orbiting Saturn. Heck, you'd probably have latency issues with a submersible a few thousand feet down, enough to make you nauseous anyway.

yesterday
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

MozeeToby Re:Completely appropriate venue (976 comments)

The "discussion" as you call it has been going on since Origin of the Species was written. One side of the "discussion" has brought 150 years of scientific research and refinement the other has brought... the bible... or at least some interpretation of it, an interpretation that would have horrified and/or confused most theologian from 2000 BC to 1800 AD.

3 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

MozeeToby Re:Completely appropriate venue (976 comments)

allowing them to have a "conference" at a university seems wildly inappropriate

The fact that it is a state funded university makes it doubly so.

3 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

MozeeToby Re:It makes you uneasy? (976 comments)

They are borrowing the prestige of the University and it's faculty to lend credence to their anti-science agenda. I don't have a problem with them talking, but I certainly have problem with them appropriating other people's reputation to improve their ability to be heard.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

MozeeToby Re:For Starters (317 comments)

$60 billion dollars are spent on truck driver salary's in the US. If automated vehicles achieve a 1% improvement in fuel economy (which is ludicrously conservative) you would save the economy another $45 billion in fuel costs. Not to mention the hundreds of millions of hours of wasted time, tens of thousands of deaths, and hundreds of thousands of injuries that could be possibly be prevented or at least reduced.

3 days ago
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Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

MozeeToby Re:"The data come from" (93 comments)

"Data" can also be used as an "uncountable" or "mass" noun, which is it's common usage.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

MozeeToby Re:This is silly (714 comments)

wage increase don't happen in a vacuum

From what I've seen, one side of the debate assumes they're in a vacuum, the other side assumes that they are spherical and exist in still water. Both sides are wrong, nearly equally so. Economies are chaotic, actors aren't rational, externalities drive changes in both directions. You talk in absolutes just as thoroughly as the people you are arguing against, and with about the same amount of evidence to back it up.

about a week ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

MozeeToby Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

The two people who got sick from Thomas Eric Duncan were directly involved with caring for him at the hospital and obviously didn't follow the procedures well enough to keep from getting infected. But now that the 21 day period has passed none of the people he was living with in Dallas got infected.

It's the difference between being at home with a fever and diarrhea and being at the hospital bleeding out every pore of your body with explosive diarrhea unable to get up and use the toilet. Someone's gotta clean it up, not to put too fine a point on it.

about a week ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

MozeeToby Re:in favor of "space suits" (372 comments)

Afaict in the core countries of the epedemic the problem is a lack of resources. Ideally you would use a new protective suit each time to minimise the risk of material transferring from outside to inside and you would work very slowly and carefully to make sure you didn't puncture the protective suit

And how many medical professionals in the US are actually trained to do so? How many hazmat suits are actually available? How many beds? How many isolation wings? More generally: how big does an outbreak have to be in the US before it's not containable?

It's a valid question that no one seems to want to talk about. Even with relatively unlimited resources, first world countries are still vulnerable if the outbreak grows above a certain size. Keep in mind you don't need one hazmat suit per doctor, you need 1 per doctor per 2 hours of on shift time. The same is true for a lot of equipment.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

MozeeToby Re:In later news... (697 comments)

For the vast majority of consumers, changing the PID to 0 is absolutely damaging the product. Product works one day, plug it into the computer with the new driver and it stops working. It's broken. Yes it can be fixed, but it's well beyond the comfort zone of the average consumer, which means they need to either pay someone to fix it, go begging for help, or buy a new one.

about a week ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

MozeeToby Re:Is Google Losing It? (160 comments)

How would this work exactly? Should I be arrested for drug charges if I smoke pot while visiting Amsterdam? Should I be arrested upon entering Iran for drawing a picture of Mohamed while in the UK?

Extradition has rules and requirements, one of which is that the charges being extradited for have to be valid in both countries.

about two weeks ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

MozeeToby Re:Simpsons Movie? (474 comments)

Nudity is not automatically pornography, not in any sane jurisdiction anyway. I can think of at least 2 album covers that feature pictures of very nude, very underage persons for instance.

one sounds like it's purposefully sexualizing drawings of children.

Fixed.

about two weeks ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

MozeeToby Re:Is Google Losing It? (160 comments)

Yep, the judge understands that the internet is global but he has totally forgotten how international law works. You cannot prevent a company from doing something outside of your borders just because it is illegal inside your borders. What if China decided that if Google wanted a Chinese presence they had to filter all results for all users globally? How is that any different other than the subject matter being blocked?

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

MozeeToby Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

To be fair, he does say a progressive tax on consumption, presumably meaning every additional dollar spent would be taxed at a slightly higher rate. You could lay that out to mean everything from hitting the poorest the hardest all the way to no one paying taxes on the first $100,000 they spend every year, it's all in how you lay out the numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

MozeeToby Re:their own fault (463 comments)

Ah yes, lets blame the victims, the very people who were trying to help a very sick, very dangerous man while he lay in a hospital bed dying.

What the fuck is wrong with you!?

If AIDs or hepatitis were anywhere near as communicable you would see a mass exodus from the medical profession: working with sick people would be a death sentence waiting to happen. You can work with, live with, eat with, share a bathroom with, even fuck (with appropriate protection) people who have HIV or hepatitis without contracting it and you can do so for years if you're careful. We've now had 2 out of a team of perhaps 60 who cared for Duncan get sick. Does that sound equivalent to you?

about two weeks ago

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High Temperature Super Conductivity Reported

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The EE Times is Reporting a developement in near room temperature super conductivity. Professor John Tse of the University of Saskatchewan announced the discovery of a new family of superconductors based on Silane (Methane with Silicon replacing the Carbon).

This new discovery does not come without its own obstacles to overcome. While the new superconductors don't need to be supercooled, they do need to be super-compressed, on the order of 100-125 GPa."

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Ohio Voting Machines Tampered With Last Year

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a criminal investigation currently being performed in Franklin County Ohio. It seems several voting machines listed Jay Perez as withdrawn from the race when in fact he wasn't. By the time the investigations tracked down which machines had been affected, Mr. Perez's name was back on the ballot.

Normally, we could dismiss this as confusion or a mistake on the part of the voter(s) who noticed it. In this case, the person who first noticed the discrepency was Ohio Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner. Further compounding matter, the Franklin County Board of Elections had dissabled virtually all logging on the machines to speed setup of the balot.

Naturally, the county board remains sceptical of these accusations."

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Electronic Scholars to Interpret Muslim Law

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "
An 'Electronic Mufti' is currently under development that will use artificial intelligence techniques to issue opinions on contemporary Muslim affairs. A mufti is an Islamic scholar who offers interpretations of Sharia, Islamic law.
Apparently, such a system does not violate muslim law and is welcomed by most traditional clerics; after all, what could possibly go wrong."

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No link between violent behavior and video games

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "In a study confirming what most of us already believed, it was found that there is no link between violence and video games. Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M has published a meta-analysis of the results of past research done on the topic.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/66217176984x7477/

He concludeds "Once corrected for publication bias, studies of video game violence provided no support for the hypothesis that violent video game playing is associated with higher aggression."

As an added bonus, he also found that violent games improve spatial awareness. Maybe this will finally put the debate to rest... or most likely not."

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Dark Matter May Not Exist

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  about 7 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "Last August, a collision of two huge clusters of galaxy's was found to have separated the normal matter of the clusters from the dark matter. Now scientists are saying that this is not necessarily the case. Instead, John Moffat and Joel Brownstein propose a Modified Gravity theory that they say can explain these results and others without having introduce dark matter."
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