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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Wesley Felter Re:A little naive perhaps? (181 comments)

run a business without paying the traditional costs in the field and socialize your costs. in this case he wants every internet customer to pay for his bandwidth whether they use netflix or not.

ISPs chose their flat-rate business model; Netflix didn't force it on them. If that business model no longer works, ISPs should switch to a different one.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Wesley Felter Re:Big Data (181 comments)

Nah, Netflix used to use other CDNs. But then they got big enough that it was cheaper to build their own.

That's orthogonal to the issue that (in most people's opinion) no CDN should have to pay broadband ISPs.

about 4 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

Wesley Felter Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

There are two different ways to do network display: the RDP way and the right way. With RDP you're sending the entire "screen" over the network, so all the windows have to be composited first. Thus RDP requires a fully featured compositor like Weston on the remote end.

The right way is to send each window over the network, which should require a lightweight compression proxy. No one appears to be working on this.

about 7 months ago
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QUIC: Google's New Secure UDP-Based Protocol

Wesley Felter Re:That's a terrible idea (97 comments)

QUIC has congestion control. (I suppose your brain would explode if you saw uTP, which runs over UDP yet is even less aggressive than TCP.)

about a year and a half ago
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QUIC: Google's New Secure UDP-Based Protocol

Wesley Felter Re:Not necessarily the right place (97 comments)

I think Google intends to put it in the kernel once they have finished actually designing and standardizing it. Since it would take 10-15 years to get QUIC into the Windows kernel, they're putting it in Chrome as a stopgap.

about a year and a half ago
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QUIC: Google's New Secure UDP-Based Protocol

Wesley Felter Re:The always-present question for UDP (97 comments)

QUIC uses an equivalent of SYN cookies to prevent some kinds of DoS. It also uses packet reception proofs to prevent some ACK spoofing attacks that TCP is vulnerable to. Overall it looks even better than TCP.

As for encryption, Google gives two reasons. They intend to run HTTP over QUIC and Google services are encrypted by default; it's more efficient for QUIC itself to implement encryption than to layer HTTP over TLS over QUIC. The other reason is that middleboxes do so much packet mangling that encryption is the only way to avoid/detect it.

about a year and a half ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Wesley Felter Re:Huh? (406 comments)

He's including free speech in civil rights. He supports free speech for everyone except fanboys and trolls.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

Wesley Felter Re:Mac Pro DRAM (464 comments)

You mean a workstation uses "not consumer" RAM? Tell me more...

about a year and a half ago
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Rough Roving: Curiosity's Wheels Show Damage

Wesley Felter Typical auto industry (78 comments)

The rover loses 30% of its value as soon as you drive it off the lot. And if NASA tries to trade it in I bet a lot of "damage" will be discovered to drive down the price.

about a year and a half ago
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Jolla Announces First Meego Phone Available By End 2013

Wesley Felter Real multitasking (152 comments)

I used to have an N900 running Maemo with "true multitasking". A poorly-written app in the background (like Firefox with the "full Web experience" of Flash) would run down the battery in two hours. But at least I could use top to find the problem and kill -9 it.

Now I use Android where apps are specifically written to be aware of my battery.

about a year and a half ago
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How Netflix Eats the Internet

Wesley Felter Re:Is Netflix (303 comments)

That was kinda my point; people with a 15 GB cap will not sign up for Netflix at all. They won't sign up for Netflix, blow their cap, and pay $100/month in overages. So Netflix does not cause ISPs to earn more money.

about a year and a half ago
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How Netflix Eats the Internet

Wesley Felter BitTorrent traffic has dropped dramatically (303 comments)

A lot of BitTorrent traffic shifted to cyberlockers like MegaUpload a few years ago; I don't know if it has come back since then.

about a year and a half ago
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How Netflix Eats the Internet

Wesley Felter Re:Is Netflix (303 comments)

But since most ISPs are either unlimited or have such punitive overage charges that customers will never pay them, greater demand for bandwidth generally does not translate into more revenue for ISPs. Even the lowest tier 5 Mbps plan is sufficient to watch Netflix.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Details Silvermont Microarchitecture For Next-Gen Atoms

Wesley Felter Re:AMD (82 comments)

If by similar you mean 1/18th the performance.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Details Next-Gen Kaveri APU's Shared Memory Architecture

Wesley Felter The real reason is cost (128 comments)

In low-cost systems the CPU and GPU are combined on a single chip with a single (slow) memory controller. Given that constraint, AMD is trying to at least wring as much efficiency as they can from that single cheap chip. I salute them for trying to give customers more for their money, but let's admit that this hUMA thing is not about breaking performance records.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Details Next-Gen Kaveri APU's Shared Memory Architecture

Wesley Felter Re:The PS4 (128 comments)

One of the problems with the PS3 is that it didn't have shared memory. Maybe you're thinking of the 360.

about a year and a half ago
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Wayland 1.1 Released — Now With Raspberry Pi Support

Wesley Felter Re:Dead on arrival? (197 comments)

Yeah, I'm thinking 30" monitor + keyboard + mouse, apps that aren't forced full screen, a real file system instead of crippled sandboxes, etc. If tablets can deliver that, more power to 'em, but I doubt it.

about a year and a half ago
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Wayland 1.1 Released — Now With Raspberry Pi Support

Wesley Felter Re:Dead on arrival? (197 comments)

Even years from now there will still be a few people who do actual work, and they won't be using tablets to do it. They'll be using computers and they'll need an OS which is optimized for productivity, not gaming, watching movies, tweeting, or shopping at Amazon. Few as they are, these people are willing to pay real money for a computer, like $2,000. Perhaps that is what GNOME and KDE should focus on, considering that Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Canonical don't care.

about a year and a half ago

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