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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

broknstrngz Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (162 comments)

You'd think that such companies touting themselves as the masters of the new way of doing business would refrain from the very monopolistic manoeuvres they have been criticizing all along. You'd think...


Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

broknstrngz Re:Fourteen years? (132 comments)

Growing beards.

about 2 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

broknstrngz Postorius (57 comments)

Man, this thing is killer fast!

about 5 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

broknstrngz The Internet is being broken on purpose (574 comments)

This is a censor's wet dream - turning the Internet into an unidirectional distribution channel, just like TV. IPv4 address space exhaustion only helps them do that sooner. MPAA/RIAA also have a vested interest in this.

about 6 months ago

Users Identified Through Typing, Mouse Movements

broknstrngz Up next (149 comments)

An algorithm that recognizes users based on their masturbation movements. Even those with Parkinson.

about 10 months ago

SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

broknstrngz Re:The 1990's have returned (188 comments)

But they've bumped the version number to 2.0!

about 10 months ago

Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

broknstrngz Re:This is the internet (545 comments)

From a guy called Guppy, by any chance?

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?

broknstrngz TarSnap (200 comments) Not very user-friendly, but it does what it says on the tin.

about 10 months ago

Why NASA Launched Millions of Tiny Copper Wires In Orbit

broknstrngz Re:dup (86 comments)

Earlier today, the OP was heard saying "I know I have Alzheimer's, but hey, at least I don't have Alzheimer's!"

about a year ago

Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

broknstrngz Re:Why keep making simple things complicated? (362 comments)

Because it help useless techies employed. You really can't justifiy selling RHCE training and exams without this crap.

about a year ago

Mystery Intergalactic Radio Bursts Detected

broknstrngz Re:First post (259 comments)

My fantasy is a nearsighted: I would just back her against the wall.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start Reading Other's Code?

broknstrngz Re:Read someone elses Perl code first (254 comments)

Better yet, read your own 3 year old Perl code. Everything else will seem simple after that...

about a year ago

SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

broknstrngz Yet another attention-seeking parasite (1145 comments)

Starting a development company without an evangelist is like going to war without accordions.

about a year and a half ago

More Evidence That Multitasking Reduces Productivity

broknstrngz Sorry, you were saying? (133 comments)

I was reading something in a different tab at the same time.

about 2 years ago

Wrong Number: Why Phone Companies Overcharge For Data

broknstrngz Re:The trouble is. . . (105 comments)

Even with bad WiFi, your RTT should still be an order of magnitude smaller than on the 3G network.
I suppose it also depends on your 3G network. I am in the UK and my service works well enough that
I don't have to bother finding WiFi spots at all, I just use 3G.

about 2 years ago

Wrong Number: Why Phone Companies Overcharge For Data

broknstrngz Re:The trouble is. . . (105 comments)

Mobile operators collect CDRs on the terrestrial side of the GGSN. Even if over the air there are no retransmissions,
there will still be some on the IP network. I work for a provider with higher RTTs (~1200ms) and the extra 5% is pretty
much what we are seeing. We all use the same TCP splitting techniques (Vegas on the slow link and Reno on the
fast link), because the primary purpose is to improve the user experience.

Navigate to any content heavy website. If your mobile browser allows you to, try to see the source of the page.
Chances are you will see all whitespace trimmed, all CSS and JS inlined. All pictures are compressed in a lossy
fashion to reduce their size.

There is also HTTP request coalescing. If you request "/", the whole page will be retrieved, then processed as
above and delivered to the mobile browser in a single reply. How many GET requests do you save? A lot.

If there were no such techniques, one's mobile bill would be almost twice as high and the browsing experience
would be 4 times as slow.

about 2 years ago



Inmarsat launches the I-5 F1 satellite

broknstrngz broknstrngz writes  |  about 9 months ago

broknstrngz (1616893) writes "The first of three Inmarsat-5 satellites forming the Global Xpress network is scheduled to blast off on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 8 December. Global Xpress will deliver mobile broadband speeds at up to 50Mbps – across the planet – to compact and lightweight satellite terminals. Part of a US$1.6 billion programme, it will be the first time a commercial operator has utilised Ka-band radio frequencies to deliver a global satellite service. More details on the mission and the satellites. Alternate live coverage of the launch is provided by the International Launch Services website."
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Wave goodbye to Internet freedom

broknstrngz broknstrngz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

broknstrngz (1616893) writes "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency's chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will "preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet." No statement could better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies.

With a straight face, Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the "freedom" of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web. Ordinarily, it would be appropriate at this point to supply an example from the proposed regulations illustrating the problem. Mr. Genachowski's draft document has over 550 footnotes and is stamped "non-public, for internal use only" to ensure nobody outside the agency sees it until the rules are approved in a scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for "openness.""

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Chandra discovers "exceptional" cosmic object

broknstrngz broknstrngz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

broknstrngz (1616893) writes "NASA will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 15, to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory's discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood.
The news conference will originate from NASA Headquarters' television studio, 300 E St. SW in Washington and carried live on NASA TV."

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Stopping terrorism by banning C++ programming

broknstrngz broknstrngz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

broknstrngz (1616893) writes "On a talkshow on France 5 one of the guests, Roland Jacquard, presented a "manual given to Al Qaeda members", which "offers means of survival and protection for concealing communication between Al Qaeda leaders". When questioned whether the "manual" was already available online, Mr Jacquard answered "No, it's actually a manual which allows Al Qaeda leaders to avoid being tracked by secret services". Mr. Jacquard also stated that the "manual" was called "Muhajedin Secrets 2" and had 300 pages. It's actually a 101 pages C++ manual. Its author has also written a book on databases — The site it is hosted on is dedicated to sophism, which is the exact opposite of the Al Qaeda doctrine. More here:"
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Wikileaks releases "Afghan War Diary"

broknstrngz broknstrngz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

broknstrngz (1616893) writes "25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers, and mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.

The document collection is available on a dedicated webpage:"


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