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The Big Biz of Spying On Little Kids

alexborges Re:big data,,, (111 comments)

Some more than a hundred billion dollars beg to disagree with your statement there, sir. As for your final question, I propose as an answer "Who cares?". Nobody cares about intrinsic built-in trust of a civilised society. All they want is profit to have as many bitches sucking on their dicks and their kids dicks. Human lifespan is short and the rich are accutely aware of this. This is why they take what they can when they can.

You seem to believe someone out there in industryland cares even a little bit about the rest of society and their future: good luck with that.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

alexborges Re:Triple dipping? (135 comments)

Okay, point granted on rural access, but I think you miss the important part. WE pay for access. WE have a contract for speed delivered. ISPs make deals or charge for access and interconections: the value of their bussiness is the bandwidth.

I dont give a flying fuck if Mary McBrotherFuck up in the Kentucky mountains cant see House of Cards because she doesnt have the bandwidth: if she wants more bandwidth so much, then she should pay for it or move to civilization. I pay for bandwidth, netflix pays for bandwidth. Why in the world would they, or us, have to pay for 'heavyer content' like high resolution video? If the video rate is more than my bandwith, then I cant see it instantly. Period. If I want to see it instantly, then I should pay more and thus, the incentive of the ISP is merely mantaining infrastructure and its growth: a low margin bussiness it is, but a huge profit cow in the long run.

Why in the world should I, or netflix, pay more than our bandwith usage? Because ISPs, on the one hand, FAILED in the projection of bandwidth demand and thus heavyer content eats into their projected profits. On the other, because ISPs are also cable companies, and to them the cable bussiness, which is clearly a content-control racket, is more profitable than a flat internet.

And this is what is in front of us: the 'channelization' of internet content. They want it to be like cable tv.

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

alexborges Re:It's Not Really Oracle (163 comments)

Well yeah. But if this was the case, then the buyers are to blame: if they were going to wing it, they would have been way, way better hiring opensource consultants and an open source database and then get to coding like hell and even open source their whole op. If the case is that the state didnt purchase a fire and forget project, then they are as stupid as the oracle salesmen is a ghoul.

A word for 'buyers': if you are going to go macho on a thing like this, you cant be a little bitch and buy oracle. You go at it like a man and actually learn to code.

about 3 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

alexborges Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

Why you trollin? Everything is flammable.

about 4 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

alexborges Re:Glitterboyz on the way (630 comments)

Whats the recoil on this thing?

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

alexborges Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

I believe you, but i think youd agree that arround that, lies the problem. Its not an easy problem, but I dont think liberally charging whomever is to blame for extra demand than planned is a good solution either. Thats why I say '*or* be agressively and intelligently modified is the oversubscription model'. Hey, if we all have to pay for the extra demand, then we should: be transparent and fair about it and maybe it can be handled.

And yeah, maybe some small ISP's can't handle the increase in demand and yeah I feel shitty for thiking this, but hey, the market is obviously different than what the current model can handle.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

alexborges Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

How about you guys actually plan for your infrastructure to meet demand and charge accordingly. What needs to go, or be aggressively and intelligently modified is the oversubscription model.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

alexborges Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Your low ID attests to your wisdom, oh elder of the internet. It cannot be said any better (or in a shorter sentence for that matter).

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

alexborges Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Its not appropriate: bytes arent cars. Bytes are bytes, 8 bits the last time I checked, and they dont 'damage' anything. For example, ISP's promise to the customer 1mbit on delivery, and they charge for it. Netflix's ISPs (they are probably many and/or all of them) promises, for example, 1tbits/s and charges for it. If there is enough infrastructure to comply with the promise, then why would you need to charge any of your good customers anything?

Thats the thing: its called oversuscription. They NEVER have the infrastructure to actually give all that bandwidth to everyone that pays them. It used to be you only had 30% of the absolute full use of your network. I dont know now, but that used to be the number back in the day (it worked fine with phonelines for example). That model, now that demand of bandwidth is growing much faster than they expected, needs to change. Simply, they didnt expect that people would actually demand, en masse, what they bought. And now they want us to pay for it and we will, because somebody has to and it sure as fuck isnt going to be them.

about 4 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

alexborges Re:That's ONE choice (151 comments)

YES!: really man, are there ANY hackers left on slashdot?

about 4 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

alexborges Re:That's ONE choice (151 comments)

All languages share that characteristic, you insensitive clod.

about 4 months ago
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Diamond Suggests Presence of Water Deep Within Earth

alexborges Re:A better article (48 comments)

I have one word for your feeble heart, infidel: Cthulhu.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

alexborges Re:Stills seems like it has to be an inside job (228 comments)

This is pure FUD: nothing can "generate" "humnoungous" quantities of bitcoin on demand. The coins got stolen or didnt, but nothing was "generated" in a faster pace than it can be generated by whatever mining farm they had in gox.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

alexborges Re:LIFE IS SO AWFUL. (228 comments)

Why do you think nothing of value is being created? Work is work and LSD doesnt make nor distribute itself. I only wish it did. Goods that are bought and sold in bitcoin arent "nothing". That it is now in a speculative bubble only confirms the fact that well, all money is subject to that posibility. The cool thing about bitcoin is that nobody saves anyone from bad investments, nobody forces anyone to use it, nobody prints more to finance idiotic projects that give no value back but instead cost the next generation their credit.

I like the damned thing. I only wish the whole fucking world would switch to something like it.

about 4 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

alexborges Re:Kurzweil is an idiot with Super Powers (294 comments)

So we build a computer that perfectly does vector-style intelligence, one that perfectly does bitmap-style intelligence, and then we force them to mate... or just build a perfect computer and kick it in the head when it cries: that'l teach it to be human for sure.

about 5 months ago
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First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death

alexborges Re:hallucinogens (221 comments)

Well then, eat it bro.

about 5 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

alexborges Re:Kurzweil is an idiot with Super Powers (294 comments)

I propose, en the other (third) hand, that reliably educating humans to be smart should be the first step. We will only do the artificial intelligence bit when we actually get the human intelligence angle.... and that will not, for sure, happen any time soon.

about 5 months ago
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Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

alexborges Re:Good if they succeed. (132 comments)

Totally agree, but I should note that it happens the exact same thing in the private sector. Ive seen salesmen threatening customers to with dropping support for, say, the ERP, if they did not push a competitor out in an altogether unrelated section of the business like hardware, OS or even collaboration tools.

Oracle has a well earned reputation for being a company of assholes from the utter top to the lowest bottom (okay, i should probably exclude the cleaning staff): it shows in their sales but, worse, it shows in their service.

about 5 months ago
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First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death

alexborges Re:hallucinogens (221 comments)

Marijuana unpleasant due to excess?

I think you need to try again, sir.

about 5 months ago
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Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

alexborges Its a fucking mess.. (132 comments)

Ive worked with several fortune 500 companies that got into Oracle's Black Hole of DEATH. Classic propietary setup, even if you are purchasing open source service and expertiese. They do have the toughest salesmen youve ever seen since Saint Paul, ill grant them that, and the technology is not necesarily FUBAR. Much of it is FOSS or has a FOSS equivalent and it is standard's compliant if the end customer demands it (and they do: we have won that battle at least). And some of it is supperb, but not without plenty possible substitutes.

The problem with oracle is their ABISMAL service. My customers had (I quit this job fairly recently as an infrastructure expert after 14 years) multimillion, multiyear dollar contracts with them and still they pushed to sell more and more elements of their infrastructure products (even the fucking OS: some traded RHEL for Oracle's clone against our recomendation) toughly leveraging their products running critical bussiness applications to the point of threatening to suspend support for the apps if the client did not buy this or that other shitty thing.

I dont even mind the tough salesmanship. Bussiness is bussiness and salesmen will do their worst if they are any good at their job. In the end its very simple: oracle does not even try to build a decent channel and in my experience, does not have the staff to take care of their customers like they deserve (since, i mean, they paid). I wouldnt recomend them for anything else than the foss version of mysql but then there is mariadb....

about 5 months ago

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Mexico's Electoral Institute to censor YouTube

alexborges alexborges writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MexicanTexican (313924) writes "Mexico's national electoral institute (IFE), has officially ordered YouTube to bring down a video (that's in spanish) that criticizes Governor of the State of Veracruz, Fidel Herrera. This comes after a electoral reform in 2007 that passed laws that attempt to thwart "black campaigns" (meaning political mudslinging both within the multiple parties or from third persons) which states that the electoral institute may demand the bring-down of any kind of announcement or statement that makes allusions "against the dignity" of any party or politician. When the law was passed after a particularly icky 2006 presidential campaign, we all took for granted that they meant mass media (TV, Radio and Newspapers). But it seems now that this guys think that they can interpret the law to effectively thwart not only the right of Mexicans to listen, produce, post and view what they want on the net, but also the rights of anyone in the world that would want to know how political things are going in Mexico, using mexican-citizen-made content. Now I do think that ill-mannered and patently mean and wrongful campaigns hurt my country's young democratic setting, but this story clearly depicts how clueless can government institutions be regarding online media outlets and, of course, about personal freedom of expression.

I hope YouTube gives them the finger."
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Yahoo Buys Zimbra

alexborges alexborges writes  |  more than 6 years ago

alexborges (313924) writes "Zimbra , IMNSHO the best FOSS collaboration server out there, is being bought by Yahoo for some 350 million dollars, as you can see in Zimbra's official press release.

Zimbra is quite the nice Ajax based email and collaboration suite out there, it can pass as an exchange with a proprietary plugin and supports a host of handheld platforms to sync appointments, emails and that kind of stuff."

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