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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

NormalVisual Re:Why rely on peering? (187 comments)

They intentionally dumped this traffic on the connections of the ISPs who wouldn't give them free expansions, in hopes that the customer complaints would force their hand.

Except you're not telling the full story. Netflix was well aware of the potential congestion issues, and offered their to place their own CDN boxes at no cost to any ISP that asked in order to alleviate this. Comcast chose not to avail themselves of this offer, as they couldn't double-dip if they did.

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

NormalVisual Re:Yes it is a peering problem ... (187 comments)

You can't just ignore the entire OSI model like that, and the fact there's an application level request being sent from Comcast to Netflix for the traffic received DOES most definitely factor into it. That a layer 7 request/response is being implemented by means of layer 3 activity doesn't change the fact that the layer 7 request from Comcast was the ONLY reason that the subsequent Netflix traffic was generated and received.

The fact is that traditional peering simply doesn't work when dealing with hugely asymmetrical networks like the average ISP. Comcast isn't transiting the Netflix traffic to another network, they're routing it directly to a Comcast end customer. IMO this wouldn't be an issue if Netflix weren't competing with Comcast's own content offerings.

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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

NormalVisual Re:Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Fascist (107 comments)

Kevin Beary, the former sheriff of Orange County, FL did something almost as bad a few years back. A lady wrote a letter to the local newspaper criticizing the department and him personally, and he looked her up in the state database to get her address, and sent a nastygram back to her. Of course he didn't face any responsibility for his actions, even though they were clearly in violation of federal law.

And the lady was right - he IS fat.

2 days ago
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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

NormalVisual Re:competition (107 comments)

Rather, this is one case, where the only person to stand up against government surveillance spent 6 years in prison (plus lost his job and a lot of money paying for lawyers before that).

Plus Qwest almost certainly got blacklisted from certain government contracts as a result, if what Nacchio says is true.

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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

NormalVisual Re:Horrible track record (439 comments)

"Innovation You Can Count On, But Too Many Pieces To Count"

2 days ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

NormalVisual Re:Orbital (439 comments)

but there will be launch failures, most not at all related to politics

Unfortunately, one American launch failure that resulted in the loss of seven lives was completely due to internal politics.

2 days ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

NormalVisual Re:Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free? (153 comments)

Bennet should learn how to program and then add some value to the world, instead of giving opinions and hoping someone else will.

He actually can program, but the circumstances of his departure from Microsoft are still rather mysterious to me. Sorry Bennett, "Term. type: Voluntary" and "Term reason: Resignation" don't tell the whole story, especially when you haven't been any more forthcoming on the subject.

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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

NormalVisual Re:I'm fine with a fine (173 comments)

they will usually let you out of the contract as long as you do it as soon as the changes are made

Of course they do. You can't unilaterally make a material change to an existing contract and force the other party to abide by it. That's why they say "by continuing your service you indicate your agreement with the new terms".

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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

NormalVisual Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (173 comments)

If they advertise unlimited peanuts, and you ask for more peanuts, and they don't give you more peanuts, or they give you fewer peanuts than you can consume, then it is not unlimited peanuts.

They could also take an unreasonable amount of time to give you more peanuts, but given that there are a lot of restaurants that use this tactic with their AYCE offerings and none that I know of that have been successfully sued for it, it's still probably not a good example.

2 days ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

NormalVisual Re:Foxfire Books (266 comments)

+1 for the Foxfire series. I have a pretty fair number of the books myself.

2 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:Seomething seems odd about this... (422 comments)

That doesn't change the fact that the other owner was deprived of her interest in the property, nor does it change the effect the ruling has on future cases since the Supreme Court essentially said, "even if you're innocent and can prove it, it's still not unconstitutional". You're splitting hairs, legally.

4 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:Oh boy ... (422 comments)

The president is part of the executive branch I mentioned earlier.

4 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:Oh boy ... (422 comments)

I was assuming the legislature was already included since they passed the law to begin with, and needed bitch-slappin'.

4 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:Seomething seems odd about this... (422 comments)

I'm not sure I understand why people don't take the matter to court (and involve the press) to expose the unconstitutional actions of the government.

Because the Supreme Court has already ruled that it's not unconstitutional. I personally disagree with their opinion, but that's how the law is interpreted at present. You can prove you're an innocent owner, but there's legally absolutely nothing to keep the government from taking the property anyway.

It's disturbing, because when there aren't any legal avenues available to address this kind of theft, eventually people with nothing left to lose will start to work outside the legal system for redress.

4 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:Oh boy ... (422 comments)

Essentially, one of the branches of government completely failed the American public by neglecting to bitchslap congress for passing such shitty legislation.

Two branches. The courts didn't have to uphold this ridiculous concept, but the executive branch also had the power to say "this isn't right" and refuse to prosecute.

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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re: Oh boy ... (422 comments)

This is the DIRECT result of law and order conservatives and their war on drugs, on 'terror', and whatever other fearful crap they come up with.

Civil forfeiture has been going on since at least the 1800's.

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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:ummmm the constitution trumps laws (422 comments)

Taking from people with no proof of a crime, is unconstitutional.

I agree with you 100%, but the history of civil asset forfeiture would seem to indicate the courts beg to differ.

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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

NormalVisual Re:Not a Fifth AMendment issue (422 comments)

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

It's a Fifth Amendment issue, but I think it's more to do with the bolded text.

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Original 11' Enterprise Studio Model Being Restored, Yet Again

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about a month and a half ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The original 11-foot U.S.S. Enterprise studio model from the original series has gone back into the shop again. The Smithsonian owns the model and has had it on display in a gift shop at the National Air and Space Museum for the last 13 years, but will be placed on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in 2016, to coincide with the museum's 40th anniversary. In the meantime, the model will be undergoing its fourth restoration to address a number of issues. The last restoration in 1991 was performed by Ed Miarecki, a professional modelmaker well known for his work in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as well as films such as "Event Horizon". This previous restoration had Trek fans up in arms owing to the paint job, which many feel doesn't represent the way the model looked originally. Hopefully this next restoration will bring her back to her former glory."
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Newegg Patent Case

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 10 months ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes ""It's a really tough time to be a patent owner", said Soverain Software, LLC president Katharine Wolanyk, after the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated three of Soverain's shopping cart patents. Soverain had sued Newegg for allegedly infringing the patents in question, and had won in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Newegg later had the decision overturned on appeal, with the court ruling that the patents in question were obvious, and thus invalid."
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Jack Daniels Shows How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "When the Jack Daniels distillery recently became aware of a book whose cover they felt substantially infringed their trademark, they didn't go into instant "Terminator mode" — instead, they wrote a very thoughtful, civil letter to the infringing party, and even offered to help defray the costs of coming into compliance. I believe plenty of other companies (and many in the tech world) could use this as an example of how *not* to alienate people and come off looking like a bunch of greedy jerks."
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "License-plate reading cameras are popping up on utility poles all over St. Lawrence County in upstate New York, but no one is willing to say who they belong to . One camera was found by a utility crew, removed from the pole, and given to the local police. "Massena Police Chief Timmy Currier said he returned it to the owner, but wouldn’t say how he knew who the owner was, nor would he say who he gave it to....(Andrew) McMahon, the superintendent at Massena Electric Department, said one of his crews found a box on one of their poles and took it down because “it was in the electric space,” the top tier of wires on the pole above the telephone and cable TV wires, and whoever put it there had taken a chance with electrocution. He said they had never received a request or been informed about its placement.""
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Australian Restaurant To Use iPads As Menus

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The Pearl restaurant in Melbourne will soon begin using Apple iPads running custom software to describe the available culinary options to its customers. Chris Lucas, the proprietor, has spent $40,000 in development costs on top of the costs of the devices themselves in order to research the food offerings in as much detail as they choose.

No word regarding the expected longevity of the iMenus, but it's doubtful they'll deal with spills and accidental drops nearly as well as paper menus."

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Sony Offices Raided In Copyright Dispute

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "A copyright dispute between Latin recording artist Alejandro Fernández and Sony Music has resulted in more than 6,000 CDs being seized from Sony's Mexico City office by the Mexican police, along with master tapes and cover art. Fernández's contract with Sony was for seven albums, and the label had compiled and was attempting to market and sell an eighth album, created from previously unreleased tracks. The seizure comes two weeks after Sony ignored a cease and desist letter from Fernández's attornies. Sony of course maintains it has done nothing wrong."
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Seagate 1TB Drives Failing at Alarming Rate

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Owners of Seagate 1TB drives have been experiencing serious issues of late — many recent 7200.11 Barracuda SATA drives have a problem with the version SD15 firmware that often results in the drive failing on power-up after working perfectly fine for a time. While the data on the drive appears to be safe, the drive is completely bricked, resulting in the inability to flash it to any further firmware revisions without a bit of hardware hacking. The problem is making for an interesting discussion on Seagate's community forums, particularly since Seagate still refuses to acknowledge the issue and is tightly censoring the "official" discussion on the forums, so many 7200.11 owners are having to discuss the issue outside of Seagate's control. Tom's Hardware has also picked up the increasingly-vocal story. So, if you've got one of the big Barracudas, it's probably a good idea to to stay on top of those backups."
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"Cloverfield" Trailer Available on Apple.c

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "After much waiting and speculation, the hi-def trailer for J.J. Abrams' new monster movie "Cloverfield" has finally been made available on Apple's web site. Still no really clear shots of the monster(s), but we really didn't expect that, did we? Let the hours of vapid and pointless speculation begin!"
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MythTV Listings To Cost $15 for 3 Months

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Schedules Direct, the folks that have been working towards providing listing data for MythTV users in the shadow of the impending shutdown of existing listing services by Zap2It, has finally announced pricing for their soon-to-be-available service. They will be initially charging $15 for a 3-month subscription, but anticipate substantial price decreases as they get more people on board. I for one am quite happy to hear this news."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The mailing lists were buzzing recently when Michael Buesch, one of the maintainers for the GPL'd bc43xx Broadcom wireless chip driver project, called the OpenBSD folks to task for apparently including code without permission from his project in the OpenBSD bcw project, which aims to provide functionality with Broadcom wireless chips under that OS. It seems that the problem has been resolved for now with the BSD driver author totally giving up on the project and Theo De Raadt taking the position that Buesch's posts on the subject were "inhuman"."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts ruled today that recording XM Satellite Radio broadcasts using the built-in recording functionality of some XM receivers is not equivalent to taping music off the radio with an analog cassette deck, as detailed in this article. The judge's reasoning was that the built-in recorders in XM units essentially make XM a broadcaster and distributor, whereas XM is only paying to be a broadcaster."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 8 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "It appears that the unconstitutional and controversial warrantless surveillance program being conducted by the Bush Administration can continue until an appeals court can hear the case, according to this AP article. The 6th Circuit ruled that while the lower court had ruled the program was unconstitutional, they felt that the case's chances before the appeals court and the possible danger to national security warranted their decision to let it continue despite the likelihood that the appeal process will take months.

Good to know that the whole "separation of powers" thing works so well for keeping the government in check, eh?"

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