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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

devman Re:IPv6 would make the problem worse (248 comments)

In addition to the other points brought up by other posters. Routing decisions occur only on the first 64 bits of an IPv6 address. There is no need to store the entire address.

about two weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

devman Re:Betteridge (248 comments)

Also routing only occurs on the first 64-bits of an IPv6 address, the router doesn't need to store the host last 64-bits of an IPv6 address.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

devman Re:Theft (368 comments)

There are legal remedies available if they send a bogus charge to collections. Several of them can be exercised without engaging a lawyer. It usually never gets that far, anytime I've had to call about a billing error it has been fixed over the phone.

The point of my original comment to say that one should not blindly pay bills with auto pay systems, the bill should be examined and errors corrected before sending payment. It doesn't take much effort to verify the bill is correct once a month.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

devman Re:Theft (368 comments)

This is exactly the reason I use electronic bill pay through my bank and don't use the service providers auto pay system. I like to see the bill before I authorize payment.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

devman Re:Huh? (406 comments)

It is likely that if that is the case one of two things will happen. You'll be required to indemnify the manufacturer when you buy the car, individuals would then cover their risk with insurance policies, or you'll be required maintain an insurance policy on behalf of the manufacturer as a condition of using the vehicle, (or the cost of the policy for the life of the vehicle may be priced-in some how). Both of these have a nice feature that underwriting should provide a corrective market force (unsafe cars or autonomous driving systems cost more than safe ones to insure).

about three weeks ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

devman Re:If only they recognized the difference... (149 comments)

In case you are asking this for real, this is a documented gmail feature.

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10313?hl=en

You can actually log in with any variant of your username that includes 1 or more periods added in arbitrary locations.

about three weeks ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

devman Re:How can Java code be "native code"? (127 comments)

Native as in "comes with the OS", not as in "compiled to machine code". It is confusing, but that is what I make of it.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

devman Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Yes and not long ago all US citizens had the right to be married to one person of the opposite gender of the same race. The Commonwealth of Virginia use the same argument that you are using now defending it, that the law was equally applied to all citizens. The supreme court said that that was incompatible with the 14th amendment.

No doubt eventually we will knock the gender caveat off of marriage too. While we are at it, lets just get the state out of marriage and just allow exclusive legal partnerships between any two consenting adults.

about a month ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

devman Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

I've never seen any marketing materials that commit them to delivering a certain speed. At most you see stuff like "up to, blazing fast, X Mbps speed!!!111!!" which is not a commitment or guarantee.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

devman Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

I'm not against charging Netflix-FIOS mutual customers more than non-mutual FIOS customers. As long as it isn't because they are Netflix customers and instead because they are using more bandwidth I see no reason that it would run afoul of net neutrality. People should pay for what they use, If Verizon isn't charging enough for bandwidth that is a Verizon problem not a Netflix problem.

about a month ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

devman Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

Unless the contract specified a service level agreement for speed, Verizon is free give you unlimited data at whatever speed is reasonable. I'm not sure I've ever seen a clause for "Unlimited bandwidth means no limits above physical layer" spelled out anywhere. There is probably wiggle room on "reasonable" you'd likely have to take them to arbitration over it if you don't like it.

about a month ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

devman Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

No Verizon should charge a usage based model just like every other consumer utility. If Verizon isn't charging their users enough for bandwidth because of their flat rate model that is a Verizon problem. Netflix should not have to pay a premium for packets Verizon users request.

about a month ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

devman Re:Forcing a $5/mo router on you, too. (234 comments)

Current FIOS customer, everything I've seen the router is free* with the install. That being said, the stuff ISPs give to customers is generally junk so I only use it as a MoCA bridge for the STBs. I use an Edge Router Lite as my actual gateway connected to the ONT. (ERLs rock)

*Free meaning they recoup the cost elsewhere

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

devman Re:Bah (280 comments)

Yes people will go back and fourth on password managers. They are not idiot proof, and take skill to use, but for those of us who use them properly they are very convenient. No security system is going to be perfect so one just has to do a risk management analysis for themselves.

Personally, if I was forced to use an unsecured computer (a public terminal) to log in to a website I would look up the password on my cellphone and physically type it in. I would not log in to my password service on an unsecured computer, ever.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

devman Re: Major source of corruption is Tax Code not PAC (209 comments)

Not an accountant, but I believe IRA earnings withdrawn are taxed as regular income today, regardless of how those gains were realized in the IRA. Getting rid of the special treatment of long term capital gains wouldn't have any impact on your IRA.

about 2 months ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

devman Re:Culpability at the Top (307 comments)

A little background research show lawsuits were filed on Jan 10, one day after the event, Freedom Industries did not file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy until Jan 17. Really it is more about the limited liability of the company stake holders and officers than bankruptcy law that is upsetting.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

devman Re: 50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

People need to realize that post-paid contract cell phone accounts are *unlimited liability* credit accounts and that you have agreed to pay whatever roaming charges are forwarded to ATT from other carriers that ATT agreed to. There is no incentive to change this practice absent regulation. This kind of stuff on post-paid is why I'm switching to prepaid when my contract is up, as I can control what I spend and what features I want to pay for. I will not be back on post-paid until they allow setting a spending limit like most other forms of credit accounts.

about 3 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

devman Re:Irresponsible (354 comments)

I have serious doubts as to whether a source file for printing a 3D weapon can be regulated. Forgetting the 2nd amendment issues I doubt it would stand up to 1st amendment scrutiny (source files are speech). Possession of the output (the gun) is already regulated under existing laws anyway, I'm not sure what the big deal is.

about 3 months ago
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Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

devman Re:just because (143 comments)

If you commercially distribute binaries not accompanied with source code, the GPL says you must provide a written offer to distribute the source code later. When users non-commercially redistribute the binaries they received from you, they must pass along a copy of this written offer. This means that people who did not get the binaries directly from you can still receive copies of the source code, along with the written offer.

You sort of proved the GP's point. Only if you choose to use written offer must the offer be good for any third party. If, instead, one distributes binaries with source, there is no obligation to third parties as they should have received source from their distributor.

about 2 months ago

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