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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Tim the Gecko Re:$230 (611 comments)

...OK...where do I sign up?

You can sign up for our flat rate Gold Plan at $1000, or the Silver Plan where we will nickel and dime you until you pay $2010 per year, or the Bronze Plan where you will get some carefully selected ads in return for a lower fee of $500.

This service brought to you by your trustworthy ISP.

Notes: (1) You may occasionally see ads, (2) Ads you don't see will still count against your bandwidth cap, (3) We hate you.

about a month ago

Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Tim the Gecko Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (146 comments)

How do you [Slashdot users] see IPv6 transition actually happening?

Will each internet user have dual stack?

Yes. They will have a dual stack with the IPv6 address being used for a bigger and bigger proportion of traffic. Meanwhile IPv4 will probably traverse some NAT.

Once IPv4 is the minority of traffic (many years in the future), it will turn into a legacy PITA to administer separately. But that is a while away.

IPv6 is much more complex, how will companies support users who barely understand IP addressing when IPv6 is going to seem like a long string of meaningless characters?

Those 30% of Comcast customers aren't calling a helpdesk and reading out hexadecimal digits. If DNS is working they will say things like "". If DNS isn't working then they can't fix it by reading out or typing those "meaningless characters".

Do you see something like a dynamic IPv6 to IPv4 DNS/NAT translator to hide IPv6 complexity from the user a viable solution?

Not viable. It wouldn't help more than a single digit percentage of users anyway.

about 2 months ago

Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Tim the Gecko Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

Facebook uses psychology to make minor changes in our happiness... Something must be done!

Soda companies use psychology to sell huge buckets of sugar water... Hands off our soda, Mayor Bloomberg!

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

Tim the Gecko Re:So after years of panic... (250 comments)

"Years of procrastination" might be a better description than "years of panic". Putting off action is my favorite strategy too, but I've heard it doesn't work forever.

about 3 months ago

FCC Looking Into Paid Peering Deals

Tim the Gecko Re:If it's paid (37 comments)

This is the common definition:

  • Settlement free peering: Doesn't take money from you. Advertises their routes to you. Advertises your routes to their customers.
  • Paid peering: Takes money from you. Advertises their routes to you. Advertises your routes to their customers.
  • Transit: Takes money from you. Advertises the whole Internet routing table to you. Advertises your routes to their customers and peers.

You will see that there is no technical difference between settlement free and paid. It's the same router configuration. The money flow is just the end result of the poker game of which peer needs the other more.

about 3 months ago

Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

Tim the Gecko Re:Or you could just you know... (187 comments)

ipv6 (which no consumer ISP is supporting, not even comcast who was running trials)

As of December last year, more than 25% of Comcast customers can get native dual stack broadband - see

about 4 months ago

Who controls the HVAC at work?

Tim the Gecko My freezing summer (216 comments)

A few summers ago I was in the cube where the air conditioning sent in the cold air. Unfortunately the cube with the temperature sensor was occupied by a guy with a space heater. As the aircon pumped in more and more cold air I ended up taking warmth breaks standing outside in the summer sun. Finally, after a long negotiation between my neighbor and the HVAC guy, sanity was restored.

about 4 months ago

Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Tim the Gecko Re:Many polite people (490 comments)

Thanks for this. Another year-round commuter here, and I get nice weather most of the time even in winter. I love your positive attitude, and it's sending me out on my Sunday morning ride in a much better mood. It will be even better if I don't see any driver looking down at his or her phone.

about 4 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Tim the Gecko Re:Might look like less of a (477 comments)

Looking at your mod score of zero I'm feeling whatever the French call Schadenfreude.

about 5 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Tim the Gecko Tapas Acupressure Technique (517 comments)

Mmmm... Tapas!

about 6 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Tim the Gecko Re:Cruel and unusual punishment (914 comments)

The 18th amendment made life seem longer by depriving people of alcohol. It's already been abolished.

about 6 months ago

Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

Tim the Gecko Re:Ah, the Planet Pluto (138 comments)

19th Century: Saying "We changed our mind and decided that Ceres isn't a planet" is bad. Just say that Ceres and Pallas and Vesta and Hyperion and ... and ... and ... and ... are planets and be done with it.

about 6 months ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Tim the Gecko Re:Real geeks know statistics (334 comments)

Statistically speaking even if your body can live forever, some kind of accident will almost certainly kill you in that ten thousand year timeframe.

Wouldn't people get more risk-averse and change the probabilities? You've driven behind 70-year-old-guys. Now imagine 7000-year-old-guy is driving the car in front of you!

about 6 months ago

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Tim the Gecko Re:Tried it already. It kind of flopped. (459 comments)

"What health problems? My health is probably better than yours."

Is "Internet Healthy Guy" a new variation on "Internet Tough Guy"?

"My blood pressure could kick your blood pressure's ass!"

about 6 months ago

Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

Tim the Gecko Re:Gender neutral? (462 comments)

Let me guess, you are under the age of 30, yes? Probably under the age of 25?

This is location-dependent, not age-dependent. Singular "they" is perfectly OK in Britain, and I think it's something that Americans could find useful too, once they get over their grammar doubts.

about 7 months ago

Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

Tim the Gecko Win for IPv6 (303 comments)

Comcast have been rolling out IPv6, and I can now get all of Google/YouTube, Facebook, and Wikipedia. Slashdot is still only IPv4, of course.

TWC's installed equipment may delay a roll out right now, but a long term commitment to IPv6 would be good.

about 7 months ago

Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

Tim the Gecko Re:Wrong Design (213 comments)

Most of the Internet is built this way already. The Internet backbone is mostly idle and under-utilized. About 80% of the fiber that was installed for the backbone has gone unused as technology keeps pushing data transfers faster and faster.

Let's take round numbers - 100 fiber pairs between a pair of major cities, with 80 of them unused, and (say) 1Tbit/s on the other 20 pairs. That's 20Tbit/s of backbone capacity, and you might think of it as 80Tbit/s "unused". However, to bring those fibers into use, you need to sink the capital costs for the routers, optics for the 10 or 100Gbit/s ports, and the DWDM equipment. That's not a trivial cost, and people will need a business case for turning up new capacity.

It's a lot easier to upgrade the core than the edge, but the core router ports certainly aren't sitting there at some low utilization all the time.

about 7 months ago

Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Tim the Gecko Re:Stunning. (227 comments)

Here's what the internet has to say ( )

Yep. 100% sure. I've even researched how so many people can believe this is an actual quote when it isn't (which is a strange phenomenon). I'm also a huge Simpsons geek.

The actual quote is: Wiggum: Well that's some good work, Lou. You'll make sergeant for this.

But almost universally people say and believe it to be "That's some (mighty) fine detective work, Lou"

about 7 months ago



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