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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

SumDog Re:Spoilers (120 comments)

No. That's totally different. Network Neutrality means that when you pay for a given quality of service, you get that same quality of service to any destination on the Internet.

When you pay for 30Mbps, you expect that maximum of that to any Internet destination (of course within reason of normal traffic congestion and delays on that path). But what if an ISP says, "Well for YouTube, Google is forking over $1m for this dedicated fiber lane to their data centre." So now they charge you a little extra, maybe $5 a month, for faster YouToob. Now you have two Internets.


NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

SumDog Why bother? (72 comments)

Why even bother getting an extention? We all know the program will continue anyway.

2 days ago

Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

SumDog Re:The what? (34 comments)

Same here. WTF? How the fuck does someone like Amazon fail at a PayPal competitor?

2 days ago

Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

SumDog Tits (81 comments)

I'm a little more concerned that the fact that Janet Jackson's led to over a million complains. Why are American's afraid of tits?! There wasn't even a nipple. I don't get it!

4 days ago

Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

SumDog Re:Internet Slowdown Campaign? (81 comments)

I think I saw it on here, which is why I added the banner to my site.

4 days ago

China's Island Factory

SumDog By Country (199 comments)

So here's some trivia. How many aircraft carries to most countries have (those who have them)? Take a guess. Another guess. The answer is 1. Only two nations have more than 1 and that's India and Italy.

The United States has 11:

The United States is one of the most dangerous military states in the world and the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. An 11 carrier Navy fleet is not sustainable. It will require more war and wars that do not end.

about a week ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

SumDog Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

They started their service before Twitter had photo hosting. You had to use an external provider.

As Twitter tried to monotize, a critical part of that was getting rid of all this 3rd party stuff. They incorporated a lot of it directly into Twitter, put in API limits that killed apps like FalconPro, disabled their 1.0 API so people had to use the user-limited API... They're trying to kill off every 3rd party thing that originally helped them to get to where they are.

Twitter could chose to do something amazing instead. They could federate. Create open-source mini-servers that could communicate to each other and allow people to do twitter stuff from their own networks. They could shead their users, slim down, pay back steakholders and move onto different projects.

You cannot sustain infinite growth. Facebook and Twitter haven't learned this yet.

about two weeks ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

SumDog Re:They used to be called UHF TV tuners (237 comments)

My buddy in high school had a police scanner and as we were driving around we could ocasionally pick up cellphone calls, but only one half of them. It really sucked when we got the boring half.

"Yep...uh huh...yea...What time?...I'm free tomorrow...yea....uhuh....what?...gotcha..."

about two weeks ago

You Got Your Windows In My Linux

SumDog Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

But OpenRC (Gentoo) does dependency management without having to replace init.

Now systemd does give you a lot of advantages when it comes to fully managing processes, respawing and dbus/alerting. But that's also part of the problem. It connects to EVERYTHING. And if one of those things breaks or has a security flaw, you could pass messages around and compromise systems.

Not to mention the command line tools SUCK.

Sys V: /etc/init.d/ (stat|stop|restart)

Upstart: (start|stop|restart)

Systemd: systemctl restart .service

And you get ZERO output. You have to run journalctl -n or systemctl status right after it. Who the fuck thought that was a good idea?! A widows developer?

about two weeks ago

The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

SumDog Re:LOL (182 comments)

There was a lot of stuff on the TOR mailing listing about how there were two Washington, DC nodes that couldn't be removed from your list of peers.

Even if it's still somewhat anonymous, I wouldn't doubt the NSA has its hands in several of those exist nodes.

Freenet serves a different purpose entirely, but it's also pretty good at what it does.

about a month ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

SumDog Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

It's a lot more expensive that you think. The development networks for drug research reach into the billions. Keep in mind that when you find a compound, it has a lot of basic tests before you get to single cells, complex organism, invertebrates, vertebrates... by the time you reach mice, you're already talking about $10million+ ... researchers, grants, equipment, poorly paid graduate students. And when you get to monkeys...each monkey is $15k a pop and if any of them die, the compound almost always gets tossed, or at the least, get set back 4 years.

And when a decent drug does come out, the entire management and executive engine of big pharma absorbs all of that. CEOs make billions while grad students still barely make $35k a year. It's a sick cluster-fuck.

But those procedures and equipment needed for a high level of accurate scientific research is still expensive and it's the difference between real replicable research and snake oil

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

SumDog Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (170 comments)

I had an old Handspring Visor, Palm Treo and Centro. I came here to say this.

I had the IDE for a while. No multitasking (you could have timers that ran background tasks) and you could read/write directly into other programs' memory spaces. It was so easy to crash that OS. It's seriously only a few levels above MS/PC DOS with a really crappy C API. I'm really glad we're so far past those devices.

about a month and a half ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

SumDog Re:It's a great weapon. (190 comments)

Conventional weapons also don't know when treaties have been signed: land mines, cluster bombs...

about 2 months ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

SumDog Re:It's a great weapon. (190 comments)

He was being sarcastic

about 2 months ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

SumDog Aliens (190 comments)

This just makes me think of the Alien's movie, where The Company(tm) wants to harvest, study and learn from the Xenomorphs, even after being fully aware at how horribly dangerous they were.

about 2 months ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

SumDog Re:Don't mention the tree-planting thing! (228 comments)

umm...extreme much? The EPA has been striped of most useful powers and allows industry to pollute uncontrollably. Just look at Fraking.

about 2 months ago

Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

SumDog Final Cut? (214 comments)

I stopped using iPhone years ago because of it's horrible UI and way of pulling everything into its ecosystem. I hated the fact that Lion removed both spaces and expose and replaces them with the mission control rubbish. And I really hated how Apple destroied their Final Cut product and told professional video editors to basically use their new iMovie pro.

And yet people will tell you all the above is better, because they love Apple and can't see past that. It's like being with a women who started smoking cigarettes and puts on an extra 20kg. You still love her for some arbritrary reason of a memory of what she once was.

about 3 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

SumDog Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Contempt of Court is a lot less time than the possible crime you could be implicated by decrypting that disk. What's the most you'll get for contempt? A year tops?

about 3 months ago

The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

SumDog Re:normally id be all for this. (58 comments)

1984 and Brave New World were never intended to be user manuals

about 3 months ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

SumDog Re:Communism (404 comments)

Yep. They band AirBnB (using your home has a bed and breakfast) if you don't have a permit. The hotels lobby for that shit. You're not free to rent out a room, in your own home, which you own, for short term (must be longer than a month).

about 3 months ago



AT&T wants to offer "Sponsored Data" programs.

SumDog SumDog writes  |  about 8 months ago

SumDog (466607) writes "AT&T is preparing to offer "sponsored data" programs. Companies can front to bill so their content is delieverd without impacting a consumer's mobile data caps. While this seems good for the consumer, it creates two tieres of service. If Google pays AT&T for streaming fees, it would encourage people to use YouTube over other services like Vimeo. It's a good thing the United States has network neutrality leglisglation to prevent this sort of thing. Oh wait, it doesn't."

SumDog SumDog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SumDog writes "The international space station's newest power source, a set of solar wings, made its debut yesterday. The solar array is part of a new 17.5-ton space station segment that was connected to the orbiting outpost during a spacewalk Monday."
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