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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

faedle Can't wait.. (92 comments)

.. to use that on my "broadband" connection at home that's 3 Mb/s down and 384k up.

about two weeks ago

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

faedle No. (367 comments)

Can we just stop giving PeTA any attention? They're 100% trolls. The sooner we all ignore them the sooner they go away.

about two weeks ago

Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

faedle Re:Why law not policy? (95 comments)

Oregonian here who follows the happenings in our state capital.

IIRC the concern in Salem was institutionalized cheating: that is, a school district turning a blind eye to (or actively encouraging) cheating to improve scores. Without a law, there was no formal way to dictate a universal anti-cheating policy state-wide.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

faedle Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I designed and built a custom CPU in college. And it had to be somewhat Turing complete.

Computer science isn't what it used to be.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

faedle Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (637 comments)

I've spent some time doing "computer science".

Computer science IS boring. It's a lot of math and logic and tedium. Once you've gone over Turing's proofs, you either go into Cognitive Science or go full Math Retard (I did the latter) and become one of those boring researchers on campus nobody talks to.

about 3 months ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

faedle Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Bandwidth is perhaps cheaper than you suspect.

I worked for a regional ISP that serves about 50.000 subscribers. We had multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections to various peering points, one of which happens to be where Netflix peered with us. Total cost for that peerage: the cost of the extra fiber capacity, plus engineering the peer.

As opposed to housing Netflix servers at our data center. First off, to service that many potential streams might require a few boxes and a not insignificant storage array. We actually did have a similar arrangement with another very large content provider: their stuff took about a half-rack. It then needs to be added to network monitoring, and you need to train your NOC staff what to do when that little red light comes on. And the equipment will fail: the "other content providers" equipment had a MTBF of a couple of months. The hard drives will take a pounding.

And we were small enough that when we asked Netflix to co-locate in our data center for free they actually said "Not interested."

about 3 months ago

Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

faedle Re:Cheap Labor (164 comments)

You apparently haven't been to Billings lately.

It has all of the above.

about 6 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

faedle Re:Forget licking their boots (325 comments)

.. or the beating and civil wiretapping lawsuit for the cameras.

about 6 months ago

Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

faedle Re:There are 1000's (223 comments)

My small city of around 200K just had one big wireless player (who also happened to be the cable company) announce they are leaving the market (and selling the spectrum licenses to one of the big guys) and the other three I know of buy their bandwidth from.. well, that same cable company and/or the local telephone company. There's no other place to ultimately buy bandwidth: there are three companies that transport and transit: the big regional telephone company, the local cable company, and Facebook. Everybody else is buying and selling Internet from the big guys.

I can't talk about the health of the small wireless ISPs here, but if you sit down and do the math, they are likely just barely making a profit. This may be why the local cable company has exited the wireless ISP market. (I live in an area with a small urban center surrounded by miles of farms and ranches, the cable company's strategy was to use the wireless to extend their range to these rural subscribers and infill in the few areas their cable network didn't cover). And this small cable company had the first LTE network on in the state, so they had a hell of a head start.

That's pretty much the picture in most places: the little guys are very little and increasingly getting smaller, and the big guys are only getting bigger.

about 6 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

faedle Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

> Indeed, no culture in the history of humanity has done so

[citation needed].

Many tribal cultures in the Americas and Africa not only acknowledged the possibility of non-child-bearing unions, many Tribal American cultures even had words for describing people in it.

about 7 months ago

Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

faedle Re:Wait... (81 comments)

.. and that's still a pretty accurate description of the contents.

about 8 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

faedle Here's the $64,000 question (2219 comments)

" We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. "

Have you considered that those two points might be in conflict? That the precise reason for Slashdot's success might be that it speaks to the interests and habits of a fairly specific and narrow audience?

about 9 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

faedle "Ditto." (237 comments)

I will not repeat what others have said about the design itself: I really have nothing to add. I hate it: it's wasteful of screen real-estate and makes the actual content more difficult to navigate.

I will only say this: Slashdot needs to ask who's driving this change. Slashdot was historically supposed to be about the USERS, and if the USERS didn't ask for this change, why are you changing it? Does the Dice "Product Team" just need to justify their existence so they created a new UI for a venerable website?

As far as I can tell, we (the users.. and even some of the editors of Slashdot, if some of the comments on the main site are to be believed) didn't ask for this change and we don't want it. That's enough reason to stop this project dead in its tracks before even more permanent damage to Slashdot's reputation is done.

about 9 months ago

QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

faedle Re:C'mon editors (197 comments)

The fact that's buried in the Slashdot Blog and not prominently featured in either the "you're gonna get beta whether you like it or not!" popup and/or a sticky on the Slashdot front page tells this long-time Slashdot user that your "Product Team" isn't really interested in our honest feedback.

Beta sucks, period. It's a design change the users haven't asked for and don't want.

about 9 months ago

NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

faedle Re:Use NoScript to block Beta (127 comments)

The argument can (and should) be made that I shouldn't have to use browser tools like NoScript to make a site "readable." And few people will:

This "new look" for Slashdot pretty much guarantees Slashdot continues down the path of irrelevancy, as another wave of people decide the downsides of (say) Reddit now aren't nearly as bad as the Microsoft Windows 8-inspired Slashdot.

about 9 months ago

Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

faedle Re:He REALLY shouldn't from a trade-off standpoint (231 comments)

FWIW, while I'm sure Linus is living quite comfortably, and may in fact be a millionaire (which really isn't that much money these days: my parents were paper millionaires and they were a postal carrier and a government clerk.. they only were "millionaires" because the Southern California house they owned wound up being worth $600,000, plus another $400,000 combined in retirement assets), but he's not exactly living the life of a 1%er. From what I understand, he earns a respectable salary from the Linux Foundation, but not anything out-of-line for a talented software engineer in Portland.

He's not exactly shuttling around the West Hills in a limo. Unless you consider TriMet MAX (Portland's light-rail system) a limo.

about 9 months ago

How Google Broke Itself and Fixed Itself, Automatically

faedle Re:Well congratulations (125 comments)

Nagios can be built and designed in such a way that there are no false criticals and few spurious alerts. but it requires dedication, documentation, and attention to detail. Most Nagios installations I've run across are built and maintained by people who often lack one (or more) of these three traits, or are a single-man IT operation that can never devote the time or resources to doing it properly.

I have seen systems of Nagios and Zenoss (and a few others) that are devastatingly precise, accurate, and timely. However, they were typically set up by a highly dediated TEAM of sysadmins who's entire job for the organizations they work for is managing the tactical systems. It's a full-time job in and of itself, and not one that many organizations really devote the manpower to do "right." They do it just "good enough", which is why you are used to seeing the installations you are seeing.

Google's exactly the kind of organization that has the man- and brain-power to do it right. And it's not really that hard, it's mostly just simple attention to detail. And that's a trait I've found is lacking in a lot of the current crop of junior system administrators I've run across.

about 9 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

faedle Re:It will never go away (513 comments)

While I agree that Microsoft will likely never "go away", to a large degree the statement that "the next generation .. will not be dominated by Microsoft" has already come true. The vast majority of new "screens" that people are viewing content on, surfing the Internet on, and generally "using" in their day-to-day life are smartphones and tablets. And Microsoft is being pummeled by Android and Apple. People are looking at what they used to buy laptops for and deciding "hey, I can do 90% of this with an iPad/GalaxyTab, and the 10% that I need to use a keyboard for my old laptop works just fine."

Behind the scenes HP (and the other manufacturers) would respond to Microsoft by saying "look, Samsung is killing us. Apple is killing us. Let us sell Windows 7 or our next new product is a laptop that runs Android."

about 9 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

faedle Re:meanwhile.... (513 comments)

Actually, if the sales numbers are to be believed, people just aren't buying new PCs at all.

about 9 months ago

Bennett Haselton: Google+ To Gmail Controversy Missing the Point

faedle Re:tl;dr Phonebook? (244 comments)

Spammers didn't typically scan the phone book and use automated bots to email all the people in it.

No, but spammers and scammers do use automated bots to CALL all the people in the phone book.

about 9 months ago


faedle hasn't submitted any stories.



TivoToGo Transfers broken.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

With all the chatter recently about TiVoToGo coming to Mac users, I'm a bit surprised that nobody mentioned the fact that a significant percentage of TiVo users have not been able to use TiVoToGo since a patch in November broke the functionality on a small (but significant) percentage of Series2 TiVos. This problem was discovered within days of the patch's release, and as of today there has been little official response from TiVo.. save a few messages in the forums when things got downright nasty.

The problem is in the TiVo box, not in the implementations of TiVoToGo, and affects both PC and Mac users. For those considering shelling out the US$100 for Toast 8 Titanium, or any other TiVoToGo solution, you might want to read a few forum posts first to get an idea of the scope of the problem...

Personally, I'm appalled that TiVo could break something this bad and then take two or more months to not fix it. And, what's even worse is, if you read the forums it appears that Tier 1 support isn't completely informed of the problem.



faedle faedle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, I submit (what I think) is a great "Ask Slashdot" about wanting to hear everybody's moving experiences ("Moving Your Geek Cave") on August 15. Here it is, almost a month later, and the submission is still "Pending."

Jeez. Reject it or freaking post it already.

Meanwhile, we get Ask Slashdot "stories" about cleaning pig smells out of equipment. Like, any of us is ever probably going to have to deal with that.



faedle faedle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I think I just did a Bad Thing. I posted a link in a slashdot story about Scott McCollum, and I suspect that I'll get a lot of hits. Heck, they're already pouring in.

My poor bandwidth bill...


Ueberroth __NOT__ for Governor

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago I'm submitting this as a slashdot story, but in the likely event it dosen't get approved, I'll go ahead and write something here. It's also on my livejournal.

I got spam from the Ueberroth campaign this morning. Ugh. Not that it matters, because I'm still registered to vote in Arizona (not here in California). But, I did send off this little letter to Ueberroth's campaign. Maybe something will come of it. I doubt it.

It's very unfortunate that your campaign has chosen unsolicited E-Mail as a way of promoting your campaign. It now has required me to rethink whether or not Ueberroth is going to be sensitive to the needs of the electronic community.

Unsolicited E-Mail is a huge problem on the Internet. It costs mail operators and ISPs like myself millions annually in costs, clogs our systems with mail that is largely unwanted and discarded by our customers, and is generally used to advertise products and services of questionable legality. One of the issues that will inevitably come up during this governor's term is the "SPAM issue".

By choosing to send spam, you have proven to me that you will not be "tough on spam". We need laws that make spammers responsible for the damages they do to systems, and to allow both consumers and business owners to seek damages; and allow our state government to imprison those who use spam to run scams.

As an aside, not only does this show a resistance towards passing tough anti-spam laws, it also shows that Mr. Ueberroth is out of touch with those of us that the media has labelled the "digerati." Without question, none of us likes spam, and the vast majority of us get so much spam in our mailboxes that we are drowning in a sea of penis-enlargement scams, MLM solicitations, and porn website ads that we go through extensive technical measures to shelter ourselves from such unsolicited crap. It does make me wonder how Mr. Ueberroth will vote on other important issues like UTICA, the use of open-source software (and IT methods) in government, and the abuse of the court systems by "industry groups" like the RIAA and MPAA. It sends a very clear message that Mr. Ueberroth is likely either behind the times, or in active opposition of the online community in these areas.

For the record, at no point did I ever release my E-Mail address for the purpose of solicitation. I do not tolerate spam, and this is "polite" compared to the average spammer message I send. I expect to be removed from your mailing list, and further expect an apology for intruding on my personal space.


Oh, the insanity.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago It's a sad day on slashdot when Phil Karns KA9Q gets modded a troll.

No, really. This is one of the guys who's singlehandedly responsible for TCP/IP over amateur radio. He's part of the ARRL's Future Systems Committee (or, at least he was a number of years ago). Argh.

When even the tech community can't tell the differnece between a troll and somebody who knows how to butter his bread, we're in big trouble.


Journal on /.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't ever write much here. Mostly, because I don't comment much on slashdot. Maybe I should start journalling here on things that are /. related.

If you want to read the generic journal, check out

I've recently started ticking off people who's comments I enjoy as "Friends." If you came to my user account's journal as a result of looking at your "Fans", welcome. You apparently don't suck. *chuckle*

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