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Open Source Router To Replace WRT54GL?

bjelkeman Re:NO gig-e low # ports and pci bus for most of th (344 comments)

I have fibre to my house connected to the 2 Gbit ring that my local government owns (i.e. I am a co-owner of this). I subscribe to a 100 mpbs service on my fibre and when I connect a laptop directly to the fibre hub I get over 85-90 mbps download speed. I am not sure why I didn't get full upload speed during these tests, but it doesn't bother me too much.

Now I am connected through a Buffalo Technology WHR-HP-G54 WIFI router, running Tomato Firmware so the actual throughput in the Buffalo is never more than about 40 mbps. But even when my s/w development team is here in the house, all 12 of them, nobody ever complains over bandwidth. (But we don't run torrrents all of us normally.)

Here is a link to an online test result: http://www.speedtest.net/result/264255518.png

I live in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. Our local government has built the local fibre infrastructure and I can subscribe to 100 mbps IP services from four different ISPs for about US$33/month.

more than 4 years ago
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I've originated Q Wikipedia articles, where Q =

bjelkeman Re:Missing Option (256 comments)

Yes indeed.

We did the same. Launched our own wiki. As we were uncertain if we could keep our content "relevant" enough for Wikipedia editors.
Not original research, but with the support of an editor on staff.

By water and IT geeks for better living for the other half of the world population.
http://www.akvopedia.org/

more than 4 years ago
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Cellulosic Biofuel Finally Ready For the Road

bjelkeman Re:Chop Chop (355 comments)

+1 Indeed. No mod points though. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Impressing Security Upon End-Users Visually?

bjelkeman Re:This just gave me an idea. (157 comments)

Use the MS Office tools with the paperclip a lot?

more than 4 years ago
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How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Part of a Botnet?

bjelkeman Re:If you suspect the router itself (491 comments)

Care to describe those "different issues"? Curious minds want to know.

about 5 years ago
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Videogame Places You're Not Supposed To Go

bjelkeman Re:Everquest 1 Secret Cat Room (261 comments)

Swimming across Lake Rathe I used to occasionally fall through the cracks between the water texture tiles. Disturbing when it happened as the perspective changed abruptly and unexpectedly. Normally you would fall for some time and then end up zoning to a safe spot close to South Karana zone line.

more than 5 years ago
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UI Customization and Capital Ships In Jumpgate Evolution

bjelkeman Re:Don't let users mod the UI! (41 comments)

World of Warcraft allows modding of the UI. That hasn't exactly destroyed the user experience.

more than 5 years ago
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Irish GSM Providers Asked to Track Users' Web Use

bjelkeman Re:Universal law. (102 comments)

"Remember people the "world" isn't "the US". Warrants, probable cause, and presumption of innocence aren't universal."

Good point. Not even in the US does it apply to all people.

more than 5 years ago
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TWiki.net Kicks Out All TWiki Contributors

bjelkeman Re:You make a good point... (194 comments)

I can't mod as funny, as I already posted in the thread.

more than 5 years ago

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Sun breaks agreement with OpenSolaris community

bjelkeman bjelkeman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bjelkeman writes "Roy T. Fielding of Day Software leaves the OpenSolaris community because:

This well is poisoned; the company has consumed its own future and any pretense that the projects will ever govern themselves (as opposed to being governed by whatever pointy-haired boss is hiding behind the scenes) is now a joke. Sun should move on, dissolve the charter that it currently ignores, and adopt the governing style of MySQL. That company doesn't pretend to let their community participate in decisions, and yet they still manage to satisfy most of their users. Let everyone else go back to writing code/documentation for hire.
Is this just a lot of flames over nothing or is Sun not able to live up to its promise of being open?"

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Copyright concerns more than pirates

bjelkeman bjelkeman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Original article in Swedish [www.dn.se]

[This is a quick translation from Swedish to English of the above linked article. The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter published this the other day and I thought it was a real shame that it couldn't be read by a wider audience than the Swedish speaking one. I mailed the newspaper and asked them to translate it. They replied that they haven't got time. But the journalist encouraged me to spread the word. So I do. This translation probably breaches copyright. However, it would be quite amusing for the newspaper publisher to come after me with a copyright argument after publishing this article.]

Copyright concerns more than pirates

The failed action against The Pirate Bay shows that the end of the road has been reached for Bodströms [Minister for Justice] hard-line copyright approach. It is time to review last years changes of the law and start discussing the real problems.

The raid against the file-sharing web site The Pirate Bay has ricocheted into the election campaign. Instead of becoming a forceful blow against illegal file sharing quite the opposite has happened.

A question which primarily concerns young internet users has now landed high on the agenda of the political debate. Essentially all the political parties and a growing number of citizens are starting to question the sense in using the police to track down people who distribute software that makes it possible to download movies, music and other copyrighted materials.

Even Minister for Justice Thomas Bodström, otherwise an un-flappable character, has started humming and hawing, maybe in the insight that his uncompromised approach can become a burden for the social democrats during the election process for this autumn.

All of this is excellent. All to long the copyright question has been dealt with in the outskirts of the political debate. The risk is that many perceives the conflict as a battle between lawless net pirates and fat media moguls. But the situation is more complicated and if we are going to progress in the issue we have to get rid of some delusions that mar the debate.

Firstly, the policy of copyright is not on the defensive, at least not in a judicial sense. On the contrary, during the last decades there has been a gradual strengthening of the copyright across the world, strongly supported by the USA, whose entertainment business has strong economical interests in protecting its products.

The time which a work is protected by copyright has been increased in several countries and the ability to copy materials for private use has been curtailed. There are many reasons to be critical against the hardening copyright regime without actually proposing to abolish the copyright. What is needed now is rather a substantial timeout to discuss if there are other and better ways of protecting the production of intellectual works. Bodströms enthusiasm for stronger laws and to hunt file sharers has been the wrong approach.

Secondly, it is not the anarchic internet pirates who have been hit the hardest by the new stronger copyright laws, but law abiding librarians, university teachers, archivists and museum workers. Their ability to teach and to make the cultural heritage more accessible to people has in one blow been made substantially harder since the new copyright laws came into power last year.

On paper there are many possibilities to negotiate with the originators of the works or their representatives, about permission to copy and publish their works. But in reality it is essentially impossible, as the cultural institutions do not have the resources required to gather all the necessary permits. The consequence is a privatisation of our commonly owned culture.

Thirdly, the comparisons between copying of intellectual property and theft of private property leads the discussion away from the real issues. There are important differences between right of possession over physical objects and copyright. Intellectual property is as opposed to material property not a finite resource.

Einsteins theory of relativity or Marcel Prousts writings do not run out because someone else shares them. What is important is whether the creators has a sufficiently strong incentive, if the reward is in proportion to the actual work.

On the other hand we have the issue of freedom of expression, the intellectual commons. If ideas, theories and artistic works are easily accessible we increase the possibility of improvements, new discoveries and creation of new works.

The argument that we can do without patents and copyright are not convincing. The risk is that we go back to the situation where artists, scientists and other intellectuals will become dependent on a rich benefactor is acute.

But the efforts to turn back technical development with ever increasingly strong copyright equally leads in the wrong direction. Sweden should as a first step go back to the copyright law which was in place before 1 July 2005.

DN 20 June 2006

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