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100,000 iPhones Overwhelm Activation Server

Otterley Re:Sprint porting seems overloaded (166 comments)

Check the status at http://www.sprint.com/bringyournumber/ - if it says your port status is complete, then either do an iTunes or iCloud backup of your new phone, then go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings. That will put your phone back in factory setup mode, and your phone should then get your new number. Then you can restore your backup and happiness will resume :)

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Unveils Its First UAV Bomber

Otterley Re:Also (574 comments)

The Taliban et al. have already figured all this out. So they don't play this game.

Instead of trying to defeat us by conventional means, they've chosen to give us an autoimmune disease, something like AIDS: First, they damage us slightly via one or more (usually few) terrorist vectors. The initial damage is not particular great, but it causes the rest of the body (i.e. the government and the public) to overreact.

All of the body's defenses (i.e. treasure) are focused on eliminating the agent, but the agent retreats into a place where the autoimmune system is ineffective (i.e. caves). The continuing effort begins to sap the body of energy necessary for maintenance of the rest of itself (education, infrastructure, etc.). Eventually, the body begins to decay such that the nervous system (government) begins to break down and the logical part of the brain begins to fail. Psychosis takes in as the body begins to give in to strong, vacillating emotions.

Eventually, other vital organs begin to fail, leaving it open to opportunistic diseases (massive debt and possibly graft). The final prognosis is not promising.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Steve Ballmer Speak At WWDC Keynote?

Otterley Re:Rubbish (280 comments)

Why? Bing has a fine search engine, no worse than Google's nowadays.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Relying On Faulty ISP Performance Data

Otterley Re:FCC is faulty? (89 comments)

No, but a judge can hold you liable if you violate a contract or damage a private party. I wasn't trying to imply that private parties can levy taxes.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Relying On Faulty ISP Performance Data

Otterley Re:FCC is faulty? (89 comments)

Private companies can use legal process the same way the Government can to obtain access to your paycheck. Ever heard of "garnishment"?

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Relying On Faulty ISP Performance Data

Otterley Re:FCC is faulty? (89 comments)

And we all know employees of private companies are infallible.

more than 4 years ago
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ISC Releases the First Look At BIND 10

Otterley Re:DJB might agree (172 comments)

I'm sorry, which version of xinetd and init tracks both the daemon and its logger daemon as a unit and ensures they are always piped together?

more than 4 years ago
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T-Mobile's First HSPA+ Modem Goes On Sale Sunday

Otterley Re:Latency? (74 comments)

Browsers don't load every page element in parallel. Usually the concurrency is limited to 4 connections per server, per the HTTP spec.

more than 4 years ago
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T-Mobile's First HSPA+ Modem Goes On Sale Sunday

Otterley Re:Latency? (74 comments)

Streaming HD video is not what 99% of people use these connections for. If you do, the service provider hates you and is likely to cancel your service.

more than 4 years ago
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T-Mobile's First HSPA+ Modem Goes On Sale Sunday

Otterley Latency? (74 comments)

These tests are useless without latency measurements. For nearly all practical purposes, a 21Mb transfer rate is not significantly better than a 1Mb rate if the round-trip time is 500ms.

more than 4 years ago
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I Use Twitter, Please Rob Me

Otterley Re:Just because you can... (403 comments)

"endorsing the breaking of the law is also illegal"

It's not in the USA. Inciting violence is, however.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?

Otterley Re:Is putting a bounty on someone's life illegal? (172 comments)

CA law incorporates the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in California Civil Code sections 3426.1 et seq., the text of which you can find here..

BTW, this was referenced in the attorney's notice, which was linked to the story.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?

Otterley Re:Is putting a bounty on someone's life illegal? (172 comments)

Breaking a civil law is still illegal. (Put differently, you don't have to commit a criminal act for something to be illegal.)

more than 4 years ago
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Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?

Otterley Re:It's in the wording, I think.... (172 comments)

I'm not even sure that matters. It's like saying "go rob a bank, but make sure you do it legally."

more than 4 years ago
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Security In the Ether

Otterley Re:Whom are we securing it from? (93 comments)

Whether the data is in the cloud makes no difference with respect to discovery requests. If you are served a discovery subpoena, you have to turn over the data whether it's in the cloud or not.

The difference is that under the Stored Communications Act, the provider can turn it over to the Government without notifying you. That's what has most data security experts nervous about cloud storage.

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Wins Gizmodo 3G Bandwidth Test

Otterley Re:Look at the latency (156 comments)

I agree, and this is why I have nothing but contempt for typical "best provider performance" conclusions that are driven solely by single-connection TCP transfer tests (e.g. speedtest.net).

In most cases, latency matters more than bandwidth (where bandwidth is roughly the same within an order of magnitude or so). This is why there's a very strong correlation between the provider that had the lowest measured latency and the provider that had the lowest page retrieval time. In the end, real-world page loading is precisely what we use smartphones for, and so we need to know how that application performs, instead of what raw transfer rates are.

I still think the Gizmodo tests are deficient, though, as they are unclear as to whether they repeated the tests at regular intervals over a 24-hour period. Network congestion varies throughout the day, and at any given moment one path may be more congested than another. A valid test, IMO, would take the average (or median) of each metric over a 24-hour period (or even longer, covering both a weekday and a weekend, since usage varies among them).

more than 4 years ago
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The NoSQL Ecosystem

Otterley Re:Shards and clusters and servers, oh my! (381 comments)

But if you are concerned about performance, and you are already running your RDBMS servers at their limits, then you also already know way, way too much about the internal RDBMS structure, how tables are split, where they are split, and so on.

At some point the comparative cost of doing your own joins is less than tweaking your RDBMS to scale. However, this point is rarely reached in most organizations.

more than 5 years ago

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