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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

alen Re:i blame my kids (263 comments)

some of use have to go to work and you can't leave 6 year old alone

7 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

alen Re:So! The game is rigged! (263 comments)

get a credit card and charge $100 a month and pay it off. or charge your living expenses and pay it off
simple

8 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

alen i blame my kids (263 comments)

i have to pay day care for one kid and after school for another
add mortgage, HOA dues, taxes, food, car, mass transit and some other expenses
when school is out you have to pay for camp which in NYC for most people is like $4000 for the summer, although i got a deal MUCH CHEAPER
for a lot of people they also pay for tutoring for their kids or test prep

sometimes you have to use the credit card instead of paying cash and sometimes you have to juggle bills

8 hours ago
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Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

alen Re:Is the AWS cloud... (25 comments)

being that amazon charges you for incoming and outgoing data, i don't think they really care

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

alen my ipad 2 still works (276 comments)

speed is about the same too. i plan to use it until it dies or i can't get any new apps which will probably be a year or so after ios 9 ships

2 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Alternative explanation (393 comments)

if the file is 3000 miles away across three networks it's not your ISP's fault it takes a while
it's up to your provider to host the file close to you

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Alternative explanation (393 comments)

i'm a light netflix user and the last thing i want is to pay more money just because someone can't live without their netflix
netflix needs to raise their prices and pay a CDN to host their data like they used to last year

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re: Alternative explanation (393 comments)

every other CDN pays ISP's to host their boxes. netflix wants an advantage

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Enraged Customer doesn't bother to research (393 comments)

level 3 and cogent are sending the data over settlement free links. those will have a 2:1 or 3:1 max traffic ratio and are basically friendly links to exchange equal amounts of data for faster routing. the baby bells still charge for terminating calls on their networks, this is a system to bypass the admin burden of equal payments and keeping track of them

trouble is sending netflix data is A LOT of data and they want to take money from netflix as payment to deliver the data but not pay anything out to actually deliver it. so they can't just send it to other Tier 1's because there is a risk the other end will disable the connection.

verizon has offered to sell them links at CDN rates, but that would mean they lose money because they charged netflix too little. they tried to game the system taking money from netflix and sending the data over links they don't have to pay bandwidth for. and of course, only netflix has these problems because they have been buying bandwidth at below market rates for the last 5 years. everyone else pays CDN's and their video traffic comes in HD quality with very little problems

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Alternative explanation (393 comments)

they are in the process of doing direct peering with netflix like comcast is doing, but it's taking a while

when the comcast deal was announced they had already done the engineering, etc
with verizon they have to build out the peering location and they are saying sometime this year

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Enraged Customer doesn't bother to research (393 comments)

because netflix contracts with level 3 and cogent to send their data to before it reaches the ISP and that is who it goes through. netflix can't just send their data to every tier 1 backbone on the internet without paying them

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

it doesn't matter
settlement free links have always had friendly agreements about traffic ratios and the reason behind them was to exchange data on the internet without the pain in the ass of a budget. it worked ok until cogent and L3 decided to throw those agreements away to take the netflix business.

in the past it was always OK for cogent and L3 to de-peer from a partner who didn't live up to their end until they wanted some free bandwidth and charge netflix for it on the other end.

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

that link is dedicated netflix and it limits them to the amount of data they send. last year super hd was for a few selected ISP's but then netflix started sending it to everyone over Level 3 and screwed up everyone's service

the point is netflix is trying to increase costs on their business partners who will then have to increase prices of their customers. customers will hate the ISP but like netflix. same strategy as TV companies have used with cable TV and forcing them to sell bundled channels, intel has done this, a lot of companies have done this. customer hates the company they do business with for high prices, but it's really because they are being forced to provide services some may not want

current system is not perfect but it ensures that people who use the service pay the costs and not everyone pays

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

there are a dozen video providers i can name who stream video with no problems. Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon, Vudu, Cinemanow, Apple itunes, ABC, History Channel, Disney, Lifetime, PBS, Fox, ESPN, NBC and others. most of this is video on demand, but they have some live video they stream as well.
only netflix is having these issues. difference is that everyone uses a CDN to host their content inside the ISP's network or close to. there are at least a half dozen CDN's that do most of the hosting
the way it has worked for 15 years since Akamai made the first CDN because people figured out a long time ago you can't send large files over the internet. the way it works is the CDN pays the ISP for hosting and bandwidth and the customer pays the CDN
netflix used to use one of these CDN's, forgot exactly who but they let the contract expire last year
instead netflix came up with a cool CDN box but they demand ISP's host it for free and give them free bandwidth as well. i guess netflix got so big they think they can extract payment from everyone

and if there is a lawsuit it will be brought up that this is only a netflix issue and there would be lots of discovery on netflix's business for the last 5 years

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re: Alternative explanation (393 comments)

It's up to Netflix to buy cdn hosting to improve their speeds. ISP is just a dumb pipe, remember?

Everyone buys cdn hosting for their content except Netflix

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alen Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

i can say why netflix and everyone will lose any lawsuit, but i'm tired of repeating myself to retarts on the internet who can only parrot what BGR and other tech blogs tell them
netflix did some things last year that directly resulted in their service being degraded

3 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

alen Re:What? (199 comments)

back in the 1990's ESPN extracted payment from every ISP for users to access the website

this was before watch ESPN and needing a cable subscription. this was at the dawn of the internet for people to access a "free"website.

4 days ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

alen Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

congress will pass a law or the president will issue an executive order allowing military use of OSS whether the license prohibits it or not

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

alen Re:But what IS the point they're making? (318 comments)

i've looked at new construction and every new house i see, the frame is built from CLT, not you 2x4's. of course this is national builders, not your local contractor who knows how to build a whole house.

4 days ago

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FCC to allow cable companies to encrypt basic cable

alen alen writes  |  about 2 years ago

alen writes "The FCC is now allowing cable companies to encrypt free OTA channels that they also rebroadcast over their networks.

"The days of plugging a TV into the wall and getting cable are coming to an end. After a lengthy review process, the FCC has granted cable operators permission to encrypt their most basic cable programming."

Soon the only way to receive free OTA channels via your cable company will involve renting yet another box or buying something like Boxee"

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Apple to Present at Black Hat Security Conference

alen alen writes  |  about 2 years ago

alen writes "In a first, Apple's head of security is going to be at the Black Hat Security Conference for an official presentation on the iOS security model"
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Apple's iCloud is powered by amazon and microsoft

alen alen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alen writes "http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/09/03/rumor_apples_icloud_powered_by_microsoft_amazon_servers.html

It has been confirmed that apple's upcoming iCloud service is really hosted by Microsoft Azure and Amazon's AWS. No word on what exactly their role is but tests have shown that when you upload photos to iCloud there is network traffic to and from Azure."

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alen alen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

alen writes "http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/12/can_yo u_hear_me.html

I read this on another forum. In their investigation of a Mafia family the FBI was able to access their cell phones remotely and turn them into microphones when their traditional bugging devices were discovered. The only way to defeat this is to take the battery out of your cell phone. Even turning it off doesn't prevent this."

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