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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

Shatrat Re:I don't see what the Telcos have to do... (74 comments)

Except that everyone is not doing this. The data collected by the big routers and voice switches can still be very incriminating to someone of a criminal or political, but I repeat myself, inclination. All of these capabilities are built into the hardware because the US government and other governments around the world requires it as part of 'lawful intercept' regulations.

2 days ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Shatrat Re:Byebye Node.js. (254 comments)

If these PEOPLE know how to play it right, Node.js is history. HE/SHE had the same thing with the Mambo Fork Joomla. Hardly anyone (POSSIBLY HAVING A PENIS BUT POSSIBLY NOT) remembers Mambo anymore, and Joomla is a leading project.

FTFY

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Shatrat Re:Actually what reduced crime (218 comments)

Actually what reduced the crime was the Cosby Show. Since that show came out crime stats have gotten better and better.

about two weeks ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Shatrat Re:Let me be the first to say (107 comments)

I've never seen that. WAN links typically all aggregate back to the BOE/DOE headquarters in the county, or a large high school, and then there is an IP service that is also leased. The WAN links are generally 1GE or 10GE and the IP service then is provided to that location as a separate product and circuit and usually is 'right sized' to be anywhere from 250 mbps to 2-3gbps depending on the size of the county. Usually that IP service is still overkill. I'm not saying that based on "Oh that looks like way too much for a school" but "Wow these guys are peaking at 4% max utilization on that link" ellipsis ellipsis ellipsis

about three weeks ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Shatrat Re:Let me be the first to say (107 comments)

Actually I work for a company that specializes in rural areas. Not Alaska or Wyoming rural, but we've built fiber into schools in towns too small for a gas station.
Like I said, if you fill out the right forms there is a ton of funding available.

about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Shatrat Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

If that's what you're worried about, we already know that this particular galaxy supports life. Our chances of finding it in one of the others was astronomically smaller anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Shatrat Re:Where do you fill up? (293 comments)

A steampunk universe, most likely.

about three weeks ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

Shatrat Re:What about SSL? (55 comments)

At least that only violates one person's privacy.

about a month ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Shatrat Re:Let me be the first to say (107 comments)

This doesn't jive with my experience. K-12 schools can get federal funding for IP connectivity and in my experience they generally end up with way more than they need. I've seen bus garages with Gigabit connections and elementary schools with 10Gigabit. That's enough bandwidth to aggregate thousands of broadband customers. Maybe qualifying for that funding is a pain or has limitations that some schools don't qualify for, but there's definitely a LOT of money spent every year subsidizing new fiber for schools.

about a month ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Shatrat Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

Or the Connect America Fund, which subsidizes rural telecom buildouts. Rural areas being predominately poor and expensive to reach.

about a month ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Shatrat Re:The Old is New again (150 comments)

You'd be surprised at how many of these we are still using, especially in the far north or the desert areas where it is both flat and sparsely populated.
Most of those old legacy microwaves only go up to a DS3 though, which is 28 T1s or about 45 mpbs of encapsulated Ethernet traffic.
Now there is a new generation of microwave gear going in for Wireless ISPs and cellular backhaul. A lot of it already goes up to a gigabit I believe. I'm a fiber guy though so I don't know too much about them.

about 1 month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Shatrat Re:Why would I use it? (631 comments)

You understand why you get cash back though right? You get cash back because Visa/MC are charging so much extra they can afford kickbacks to the user.
By the same logic, CurrentC would be able to afford the same sort of rewards programs to get you to NOT use Visa/MC. Just because they haven't announced this doesn't mean they're not going to do it. If anything, I would expect more lucrative rewards programs because they're cutting out that middleman entirely.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Shatrat Re:Misleading- Good will is common accounting (255 comments)

He's not claiming a loss. He's listing Goodwill on his balance sheet. Since this is an 'intangible' asset it's taxed differently than a huge stadium.

about 1 month ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Shatrat Re:Next record (175 comments)

To an ever increasing portion of the population, everything is about politics.

about 2 months ago
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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

Shatrat Re:WTF, the antarctic gets FO before me? (92 comments)

They are using technology developed for fiber optic communications. I expect the fiber they are using is standard single-mode G.652 fiber, and the device they are using to measure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B... is an OTDR, which we use in telecom to measure fiber quality and locate defects/breaks.

about 2 months ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Shatrat Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (175 comments)

The US system works exactly like the German system, as long as you are only dealing with voice or T1s. Unfortunately the laws have not been updated to apply to IP, Video, or cable and fiber delivery for that matter.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Shatrat Re:Value (158 comments)

The safest car the NHSTA has ever tested, for one thing?

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Shatrat Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

It's kW*hour not kW/hour. If a new battery powers my phone for twice as long does that mean it has half the capacity?

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Shatrat Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

There is some shared medium in all the PON applications, but the segregation of traffic is handled within the PON implementation. All the customer and 3rd party service provider should see would be a transparent VLAN-tagged Ethernet pipe.
I'm not a PON expert so I don't know how security is handled. I don't know what would happen if I went out and bought my own GPON modem, plugged it into the fibers,and tried to sniff my neighbor's traffic. That's sort of outside the scope of the discussion though.

I do know if you look up all those acronyms and read the wikipedia articles, you'll know more about the future of telecom than most of the people who work in telecom. :)

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Shatrat Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Decrypt? I think you're inventing networking technology. In a utopian muni network, the muni would offer MEF compliant E-Access service over whatever GPON, EPON, WDM-PON solution they choose. The customers would appear as VLANs at a ENNI handoff at the local CO or the nearest NAP/IXC. This is how it already works in a wholesale/large enterprise market and it's easy to buy service from one provider through an access network run by another.
Another solution that would work would be to just provide plain unbundled IP service and allow the muni customers to buy voice and video services over the top. I'm sure 3rd party IPTV could be made to work over an peered access network.

Either way, I have no doubt this would be captured and squeezed and we'd sit around blaming $OTHER_POLITICAL_PARTY for the next 50 years.

about 2 months ago

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