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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Shatrat Re:People should leave. They Don't. (229 comments)

Maybe they were smart enough to realize BP isn't the problem? As long as we're dependent on fossil fuels we're going to extract them from the ground. Really what's the difference between a few million barrels spilled in the ocean or burned in the air? Other than pictures of greasy ducks on the nightly news.

yesterday
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

Shatrat Re: Ancillary Justice (172 comments)

We will never finish the star trek reboots. 1000 years from now they will still be making them and people will be believe that Captain Kirk was a real historical figure.

2 days ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Shatrat Re:Big Data (181 comments)

No one gets rack space, power, and connections for free.

It's not for free. The ISP gets a serious reduction in network congestion as a result. I'm a network planner for a national ISP in the US and deploying these caches has seriously cut down on our network load. For the cost of space and power for this cache I regained capacity on the network which would have cost 100s of thousands of dollars to build. You've fundamentally misunderstood the benefit to the ISP of deploying these. The only ISPs that don't deploy these are the ones that also get a lot of revenue from video such as Cable and FTTH providers. They don't WANT to reduce the congestion because it boosts their IPTV revenue.

3 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Shatrat Re:Rolling roadblocks (473 comments)

Smart drivers do this in the US, but it's not the law or the norm. There are still plenty of people driving slow in the overtaking lane, or weaving through traffic and overtaking on the outside lane. I think a big part of the problem is that everyone assumes they have a right to a license, and the barrier to entry is very very low.

3 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Shatrat Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

When you are in another country, you abide by that countries rules.

I agree with the sentiment in this case, but not the concept. Every country in the world has some fucked up rules better off ignored.

about a week ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

Shatrat Re:Most documentaries suck (103 comments)

It's telling when the most worthwhile educational show the last years came out on Fox.

Maybe what it tells you is that the world isn't as simple as your biases lead you to believe? Hitler loved dogs, Ford hated jews. People are capable of good things and bad things.

about a week ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

Shatrat Re:So which agencies' backdoors are in there? (135 comments)

Probably, but anyone who cares, such as google, should be assuming that is happening and using wire-speed encryption hardware on both ends. Even without collusion, it's not that hard to sneak a 90/10 tap into an optical signal at a NAP and take a peek.

about two weeks ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

Shatrat Re: Isn't this pointless? (135 comments)

No, because those submarine cables also include the amplifiers/regenerators spaced out across the ocean floor which aren't compatible with the slick new coherent optics. Most of the old ones are hardwired to regenerate Sonet framed signals.

about two weeks ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

Shatrat Re:Only 6 pairs? (135 comments)

The limitation is in the amplifier equipment in the festoons on the ocean floor. In terrestrial cables we don't have that limitation and you'll frequently see 288 count cables on long-haul routes and 48 count cables going through neighborhoods and subdivisions.

about two weeks ago
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Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

Shatrat Re:Design Issue (60 comments)

What's to stop it from using only the 4G connection and being completely undetectable by the firewall/IDS/IPS? That scenario is already broken.

about three weeks ago
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'Optical fibre' Made Out Of Thin Air

Shatrat Short and straight only? (1 comments)

I'm having a hard time seeing any communication use for this. Surely the range is going to be very limited and it can only fire in a straight line. If that's the case I'm not sure what the benefit is over just firing a laser straight at the receiver.
Air does have a lower refractive index than glass which has latency benefits, but 'Hollow Core' fiber is in development which would provide the lower latency without requiring line of sight.

about 1 month ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Shatrat Re:Meanwhile, in DSL-land (149 comments)

It's true a lot of FTTH early adopters didn't find the business model as attractive as they thought. But every year the price of the FTTH PON equipent comes down, and the price of ADSL and copper is going up.
It's inevitable that we will all have FTTH at some point. It's debatable whether the existing ILEC will survive long enough to build all the way to the home, but I think the healthier ones will.

about a month and a half ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Shatrat Re:However this begs the question.... (149 comments)

20 milliseconds to what? Google? That's going to be dependent entirely on the ISPs transport network and peering locations, and the access technology won't affect it at all (assuming it's not congested).
The latency from the customer to the broadband gateway router in the ISPs office is going to be similar to a LAN.

about a month and a half ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Shatrat Re:Why not use Gbps? (149 comments)

Maybe to disambiguate from 10GigE, which is a different beast altogether from 10G over unshielded telco twisted pairs.

about a month and a half ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Shatrat Re:30m (149 comments)

The other concern is, what if only 1 or 2 tenants in the 10 story office building are interested in anything higher than 50mb/s service. Why run fiber through the whole building for those two customers, when you can just upgrade your equipment in the wire closet and be done in an afternoon?

about a month and a half ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Shatrat Re:Meanwhile, in DSL-land (149 comments)

Synchronous != Symmetrical. The article does mention that the XG-FAST technology is symmetrical, although the service provided by the Telco probably would not be.

about a month and a half ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Shatrat Re:Meanwhile, in DSL-land (149 comments)

This is the future of DSL land. Every year the twisted-pair based providers build more fiber extending their DSL aggregation modules closer to the customer. Eventually they will all become FTTH providers, but somewhere in-between they are high speed DSL over short copper lines that go to a DSLAM at the end of the street.

about a month and a half ago

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