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Telecom Conference SUPERCOMM Shelved For 2010

Raindeer Just send them to Ecomm (28 comments)

Lee Dryburgh has been organising a great telecom conference called Ecomm for the last two years. It specifically excludes people pitching their products and only gives sponsors a speaking slot if they have something to say. http://ecomm.ec/

I was lucky enough to speak on the Amsterdam version. I had a 7.5 minute slot to tell my story on why all telecom marketing and product management is wrong and another slot on another day on why voip won't be free anytime soon. I thought the format worked great because of the short pitches of the idea, instead of the usual BS on market shares etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Dragging Telephone Numbers Into the Internet Age

Raindeer Enum: why you want it (239 comments)

I'm the author of the piece. Most comments in my opinion make the mistake of saying: I want this or that to be my identifier. Or I don't want a universal identifier.

The reality is: there are two identifiers that are on most business cards. Phone numbers and e-mail adresses. Both could be used in a much more advanced way. No matter which way you look at it the telephone number won't go away. ENUM would enable you to use it in multiple ways.

more than 4 years ago
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Cellphones Increasingly Used As Evidence In Court

Raindeer Cellphone data to be stored 12 months (232 comments)

Cellphone traffic data has to be stored for 6-24 months in the EU, exactly for this reason. It's useful for law enforcement. The Dutch Parliament yesterday accepted a law that requires this data to be stored for 12 months (who called who, where). Internet data (who used what IP-adress at what moment, who mailed who, but not what websites were visited, gmail, twitter etc.) will only need to be stored for 6 months.

more than 5 years ago
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Raising Doubts About Australia's Broadband Upgrade Plan

Raindeer Telstra: No problems here and better agree with us (98 comments)

Paul Budde an Australian Broadband honcho had the following experience with Telstra and the way they see broadband:

Telstra and Freedom of speech Last week I was involved in an interesting but disheartening incident - one that further highlights the problems we are facing with Telstra in Australia.

Tomorrow I will be chairing Day One of the Broadband World conference, organised by terrapin. This event included a panel session entitled 'Can open access regulation truly work in Australia without retail separation?' in which Telstra had agreed to participate.

At the last moment, however, Telstra asked the conference organisers to withdraw two people from the panel, saying they wouldn't participate otherwise. It was also very interesting to see that they even came up with the names of the people they would like as replacements. more

about 6 years ago

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Connected TVs will not break the Internet, but may be illegal in your country

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  about 10 months ago

Raindeer (104129) writes "The OECD, an organisation working on better policies for better lives in 34 countries, released a new report last week showing that combining the Internet and television will not break the Internet. Most networks will be able to handle it. Some networks, such as Swisscom, are even encouraging Over-The-Top television. Other networks however are considering charging content providers. This reports evaluates those proposals and also shows why content providers do not sign up for many proposals. Furthermore it shows that for-example Cablevision's Cloud DVR would be illegal in France and Australia. (btw I'm the author)"
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Internet traffic exchange: 2 billion users and it's done on a handshake

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Raindeer writes "Every day one Exabyte of data is said to travel over the Internet – enough data to fill 300,000 of the world’s biggest hard disks or 212 million DVDs. And astonishingly, according to Internet Traffic Exchange: Market Developments and Policy Challenges a new OECD report on Internet traffic exchange, most of the thousands of networks that exchange this traffic do so without a written contract or formal agreement.

The report provides evidence that the existing Internet model works extremely well, has boosted growth and competition and brought prices for data down to 100,000 times less than that of a voice minute. A survey of 4300 networks, representing 140,000 direct exchanges of traffic, so called peerings, on the Internet, found that 99.5% of “peering agreements” were on a handshake basis, with no written contract and the exchange of data happening with no money changing hands. Moreover, in many locations, multilateral agreements are in place, using a so-called route server, where hundreds of networks will accept to exchange traffic for free with any network that joins the agreement. The parties to these agreements include not only Internet backbone, access, and content distribution networks, but also universities, NGOs, branches of government, individuals, businesses and enterprises of all sorts – a universality of the constituents of the Internet that extends far beyond the reach of any regulatory body’s influence."

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How to be the world's greatest ISP

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Raindeer (104129) writes "We're not always aware of it here in the USA, but there are many ISPs out there in the world who do things quite differently than what we're used to. Some of these ISPs ideas are even really good. Ars surveys the global ISP landscape and paints a picture of what a dream ISP might look like.

So what would it take to craft a truly "cool" ISP, one that attracted legions of adoring customers who sing its praises to everyone they meet? Fortunately, ISPs around the world are doing innovative things at prices that will make your jaw drop. Join us on our worldwide quest to find the coolest ISPs in the world, then get ready to write your own service provider a strongly worded note once you know what else is possible."

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Nominum calls Open Source DNS 'a recipe for proble

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Raindeer writes "In an effort to promote its new Cloud based DNS service SKYE, Nominum one of the commercial DNS-software, providers slaundered all open source/freeware DNS packages. It said: "Given all the nasty things that have happened this year, freeware is a recipe for problems, and it's just going to get worse.(....) So, whether it's Eircom in Ireland or a Brazilian ISP that was attacked earlier this year, all of them were using some variant of freeware. Freeware is not akin to malware, but is opening up those customers to problems. " This has the DNS community fuming. Especially when you know Nominum was one of the companies affected by the DNS Cache poisoning problem of last year. Something PowerDNS, MaraDNS and DJBDNS all open source weren't vulnerable too."
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UAE hacking Blackberry's for interception

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Raindeer writes "It seems the UAE had some trouble reading Blackberry communications and turned to SS8 for a solution. SS8 suggested an unobtrusive program to be loaded on all Etisalat's customers Blackberry's. 'Trust me guv, nobody will notice'... yeah right. The programme eats batteries for lunch and the server it needed to communicate back with was overloaded (IDIOTS, like you don't know how many devices there are!). Annoyed Blackberry users saw their devices slow down to a crawl and started to complain. A little investigation later and a programmer found out the so called performance upgrade rolled out to all Blackberry users was a snooping programme by the SS8 company."
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Iphone users use 640MB per month

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Raindeer (104129) writes "T-mobile NL saw a great increase in mobile data usage from the introduction of the iPhone 3G. The monthly usage of mobile increased from 12Terabyte to 80Terabyte a month. How stunning a number that is, I only realized last night in bed. The average iPhone user uses 640MB per month. T-mobile also said it was 30-40 times more than the average mobile data user at 16-22MB per month."
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How the Net works: Peering and Transit explained

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Raindeer writes "Ars Technica just posted an article I wrote, where I explain Peering and Transit. In 2005, AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre famously told BusinessWeek, "What they [Google, Vonage, and others] would like to do is to use my pipes free. But I ain't going to let them do that...Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?" The story of how the Internet is structured economically is not so much a story about net neutrality, but rather it's a story about how ISPs actually do use AT&T's pipes for free, and about why AT&T actually wants them to do so. These inter-ISP sharing arrangements are known as "peering" or "transit," and they are the two mechanisms that underlie the interconnection of networks that form the Internet. In this article, I'll to take a look at the economics of peering of transit in order to give you a better sense of how traffic flows from point A to point B on the Internet, and how it does so mostly without problems, despite the fact that the Internet is a patchwork quilt of networks run by companies, schools, and governments."
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Japan: 900 Gigabyte upload cap, download uncapped

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Raindeer writes "While the Broadband Bandits of the US are contemplating bandwidth caps between 5 gigabyte and 40 gigabyte per month, the largest telco in Japan has gone ahead and laid down some heavy caps for Japans broadband addicts. From now on if you upload more than 30 gigabyte per day, your network connection may be disconnected. Just think of it... if you're in Japan and want to upload the HD movie you shot of yesterdays wedding, you soon might hit the limit. The downloaders do not face similar problems"
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Will ferrets bring you the Exaflood?

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Raindeer writes "Ars Technica had two good stories on the future of the Net. One story examines the future of broadband networks and how ferrets will be bringing it to you. The article points to a new OECD-study on how we will need 50Mbit/s minimum in the coming years. (Also explaining why squirrels and sharks are natural enemies of the internet)The paper also examines business models and regulation for new networks.
The other one is an interview with Andrew Odlyzko of the Minnesota Internet Traffic Studies (MINTS) project, explaining how the predicted Exaflood that would overflow the web is not happening and the growth of traffic is actually slowing and there is no sign that ISP's cannot keep up with bandwidth growth."
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OECD Broadband stats using Google Moving Graphs

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Raindeer writes "Google recently gave people the possibility to use motion charts, just like prof. Hans Roslin of Gapminder.org fame. I haven't used it to show the distribution of wealth and health around the globe, but to display the progress of broadband in the OECD. One of the variables is the amount of households that have a PC. In countries where this percentage is relatively low (USA) broadband penetration is low too."
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The day the Routers died

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Raindeer writes "The RIPE 55 meeting has just concluded. There was much debate on what to do on the imminent depletion of the unallocated IPv4 pool in 2010. We could do nothing or we could create a market place and facilitate transfer of IP-adresses, but it's all a train wreck waiting to happen. This is best shown however by a beautiful song "The day the routers died" also available on Youtube written and performed by Gary Feldman. So please all upgrade to IPv6 soon, or else you will not get 40Gbit/s to your mother."
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UK conspired with mobile companies on roaming

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Raindeer writes "The Times revealed that the UK government actively conspired with phone companies to keep mobile roaming charges high. A Freedom of Information Request revealed that the UK Government were "not happy bunnies", when the European Union wanted to lower charges for mobile roaming in the EU dramatically. Ewan Sutherland, a leading telecoms policy consultant, said: "I hadn't fully appreciated that the Government had gone over to the Dark Side to that extent." Even now the charges are excessively high at 49 eurocent per minute. But the chances that the EU would actually support a simple idea that would promote competition are marginal. Data roaming charges (for Brits) are even more excessive at up to 21USD per Mbyte."
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Should the BBC pay ISP's for iPlayer

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Raindeer writes "In the UK debate has broken out about the BBC's iPlayer. Part of it, because it does'tn support open source, but seems to be some evil Micrsoft plot. Another part of it is because of the choice for the Kontiki P2P distribution system, which according to some important industry insiders and bloggers is unfair towards ISP's. In this article I evaluate the arguments in favour of making content providers pay for their bits and show how these are flawed and would stifle innovation."
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Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Raindeer writes "It would be great if it would be possible to select in Google Adsense that (part of) the revenue will be sent to charity. This way it will become easy to contribute to open source projects or other good causes. This will increase the income of those charities. It will also become possible for accounts that generate little revenue to send the money that is there to a charity. (And yeah, Microsoft and Yahoo can also implement this idea, but unfortunately for them most of the money is at Google at this moment) I hope Slashdot-readers will help me generate more attention for this idea and come up with ideas to get this idea higher up Google's to-do-list. I have blogged about this and written about in my journal and a Dutch site. The origins of this idea lie in me looking at the enormous amount of $8 on my Adsense account (the payout limit is $100) and wondering if there was something better to do with it, instead of waiting 12 years for the first check."
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Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Raindeer writes "I sent the Google Adsense people the following suggestion/feature request; for Google to add an option to allow the pay-out of (a part of) the Adsense revenue of a site directly to a charity. The Google ads on my blog don't generate much income and well, I don't really care about it, they're partially a service to let people find interesting companies and partially a way for me to keep track of statistics (before Google Analytics came around). It's a bit of a long tail idea, where many small sites help generate a big amount of money for charity. I hope some people in the blogosphere help to give this idea some thrust and also encourage Google to allow people to easily let a charity become the beneficiary of the revenue the Google Ads generate."
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Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Raindeer writes "Sion Touhig, an award winning photojournalist, wrote a very interesting piece on how the internet has changed the industry of photojournalism. He blames this (at least partially) on the Creative Commons. Though I disagree with him on this, it does remain a fascinating read on how the lower costs to produce content, the lower transaction costs in finding and disseminating content and the decline in advertising revenue for mainstream media is changing an industry. There are some good reactions already on his blog "

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Using Google Adsense for Charity

Raindeer Raindeer writes  |  more than 7 years ago I hope Slashdot-readers will help me generate more attention for this idea and come up with ideas to get this idea higher up Google's to-do-list. I have blogged about this on my blog. The origins of this idea lie in me looking at the enormous amount of $8 on my Adsense account (the payout limit is $100) and wondering if there was something better to do with it, instead of waiting 12 years for the first check.

The idea
It would be great if it would be possible to select in Google Adsense that (part of) the revenue will be sent to charity. This way it will become easy to contribute to open source projects or other good causes. This will increase the income of those charities. It will also become possible for accounts that generate little revenue to send the money that is there to a charity. (And yeah, Microsoft and Yahoo can also implement this idea, but unfortunately for them most of the money is at Google at this moment)

Possible ways to implement the idea.
- Account-owners can specify that all the revenues of their Adsense-account will be sent to one (or more) charities. At the end of each month the revenues of the account will be transferred to the charity, regardless of whether they have reached the payout limit of $100.
-Account-owners can specify that x% of their revenue will be sent to charity. At the end of each month this percentage will be sent to charity.
-Account-owners can sent a fixed amount per month to a charity, if this amount is generated by the account. The remainder is sent to the account-owner (if it's over $100)

What charities?
I personally don't care. They may be American, medical, Unicef, Open Source, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, just as long as they do good. But Google probably will opt for a practical solution.

Advantages for the account-owner
The advantages for account-owners are in ease and simplicity. If an account-owner would have to do everything himself, he/she would first have to cash the check and then transfer the money (internationally). That's a lot of work for small amounts of money. It also gives the account-owner a good feeling, that the money that used to be locked in into a small revenue generating account is put to good use.

Advantages for Google
Google will be able to improve on it's "don't be evil"-image. It will help charities (maybe open source projects. Google will profit from this in good PR and maybe better open source software. It will also keep away discussions about small amounts of Adsense income that are locked into an account. Another advantage is that it will make Adsense more attractive for a larger group of websites, which in turn will improve the reach of Adense and it's attractiveness to advertisers. Keeping score of payments to charities online will only help here. There might be a small issue with Google loosing some interest on the money, but this is probably small compared to the goodwill. There are hardly any costs for executing this idea. Google will only have to screen charities.

How much money are we talking about?
Google had $10 billion in revenue this year. Almost all revenue is generated by advertisements. Google pays out about 40%. That is $4 billion. I assume that this idea is a long tail idea and it's aimed at the end of the tail. The end of the tail is the last 0.5% of the revenue or $20 million a year. 99.5% gets paid to people that have an Adsense-account. But even if it was only 0.1% or less, it's still an interesting amount of money.

Status
Google has replied to my suggestion, that they will look into it. This is great, but I would prefer hearing that they will implement it. The sooner, the more money there is for charity. I have also found out that the idea is not unique. Two weeks before I blogged about it, Michael Yarmolinsky of Crohnsforum.com also asked Google for this possibility.

What can readers do?
Spread the word! Blog about it! Send it on to a Google manager you know! And help me find better ways to get attention to this idea. All your comments and ideas are welcome. This post has appeared in Dutch on the site Frankwatching

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