Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

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

And yet, AT&T wants more money because they think they have the right to charge Netflix more to pass through their tollbooth.

- it's not their 'tollbooth', it's their road. On a road you can charge different rates for different types of vehicles, this is the same situation. An eighteen wheeler can cause more damage to the road that requires more maintenance than a motorcycle, this is the same thing: a movie that needs to be streamed a million times takes up much more capacity and energy and basically uses the system much more than millions of small individual requests do.

See, I even used an appropriate car analogy.

OK, so this is AT&T's road. HOWEVER, it's customers are paying to drive whatever vehicle they want on that road. Sure, you've got millions of request from Netflix to stream a movie, but you have millions of end users paying AT&T to be able to do that. I'm on Time Warner's Roadrunner. I pay them every month to use their networks however I see fit, and there is no exemption in that agreement regarding what that content is. So why should Netflix have to pay, too? TW has already been paid once for that bandwidth.

about 5 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

frozentier Re:Fairly simple solution (349 comments)

Good idea -- otherwise, Google might miss out on some of your browsing activity if you're using another browser, use their DNS to make sure they can capture all of your activity.

As opposed to Comcast capturing all your activity?

about 5 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

frozentier Re:ISPs and Net Neutrality (338 comments)

I would not run google as an ISP.

I try to avoid google; the last thing I'd want is to have them at the other endpoint of my link!

bandwidth be damned; privacy is worth more to me than that.

Implying your ISP doesn't know, and possibly log, every move you make now.

about 7 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

frozentier Re:I don't see need for 1Gps either (338 comments)

If we had proper (bi-directional) home internet connections we wouldn't need large storage devices with us and could simply remotely access our files from home whenever we want to listen to music or transfer a report we've been working on for work/school/etc.

You have NO IDEA how much more dangerous that could potentially be than storing them at a third party site.

about 7 months ago

Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

frozentier More accurate (129 comments)

I think it's more likely that they can infer what you make BY WHAT CURRENT JOB YOU LIST. Someone listed as working as a lab tech somewhere is obviously going to make more than someone listed as working at McDonald's.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

frozentier Re:4 years (682 comments)

(c) understand that having a kid is not worth the hassle, and (d) take action in avoiding procreation. It's green and helps the earth, to boot.

I'm assuming that you are glad that your parents didn't feel the same way instead of having you?

about a year ago

CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

frozentier Re:Use the other less popular limb (481 comments)

Fingerprints are left behind all the time so it would be trivial for someone to obtain.

That depends on the situation. If you find a phone lying on a bus seat and decide you're keeping it, then unless you lift the print from the phone itself you are just shit out of luck. If you don't even know who the phone belongs to, you're not going to be able to get a print. Also if you steal a phone, say out of a woman's open purse, you aren't going to be able to get prints from anywhere other than the phone, either. What are you going to do, find out where she lives, break into her house, find a dirty glass and lift a print from it? It's not like people are going to keep government secrets on their phone. If you do, you're dumb as a box of bricks. Phone security is there to keep credit card numbers from casual thieves in the event that you lose your phone. If the cops or the government have you in custody and are trying to get into your phone, you've got much bigger things to worry about.

about a year ago

CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

frozentier Re:Am I missing something? (481 comments)

"Has anyone else verified that the suppose hack really does work? Isn't a bit premature to claim Apple is lying off a single youtube video?"

No, but everyone is acting as if you can't fake a youtube video, so this claim must be enough for them.

about a year ago

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

frozentier Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

Why this is deserving of an article I don't know.

It's not. I've been doing that with Chrome since it first came out.

1 year,1 day

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

frozentier If by win... (365 comments)

If by "win" he means Bill Gates will finally get even richer off a Linux app, then sure he won.

1 year,25 days

The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

frozentier Re:Expect more of this. (608 comments)

It would be totally feasible to install your previous OS on your new Windows 8 machine. May not cost anything if you have the original install disc.

about a year ago

U.S. Independence Day is a ...

frozentier Re:Not surprising . . . (330 comments)

Why would a German associate the 4th of July with fireworks? There's no reason, it's not his national day.

Then why would non-U.S. citizens even answer? If the question was about which programming language do you use, and I don't program, why would I participate?

about a year ago

New Moons of Pluto Named Kerberos and Styx; Popular Choice 'Vulcan' Snubbed

frozentier Woof... (194 comments)

Does it really matter if the names of the moons follow any kind of guidelines considering the fact that the planet (or dwarf planet, or whatever you want to call it) was named after a cartoon dog?

about a year ago

NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

frozentier IF... (407 comments)

My question is if the government has the means to access encrypted material, why do we keep seeing people going to jail for refusing to hand over the password to their encrypted drives and files?

about a year ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

frozentier Re:if only ARRL supported 1st like NRA supports 2n (371 comments)

Think of how much more interesting ham radio would be if the ARRL was anything like the NRA...

That will only happen when people find a way to start killing other people with amateur radios. Then membership numbers will skyrocket.

about a year ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

frozentier Re:Numbers stations? (371 comments)

Does anyone seriously not believe the famous numbers stations as already an ultra-low-throughput form of encrypted transmission? Whether you send the data as electrical bits, RF, carrier pigeons, or a recording of Angelina Jolie saying "zero" and "one" over and over and over really has no relevance to the underlying meaning. Either it already breaks the law, or it doesn't.

Totally true. But I've never heard a numbers station in a ham band. Hams can't just operate everywhere in the shortwave spectrum. There are certain frequency "bands" they can use. The numbers stations aren't within these bands.

about a year ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

frozentier Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (371 comments)

I am not interested in supporting censorship, which is what you're doing when you pay your fees. See ya.

What "fees"? $15 for a 10 year license? It's not about censorship. It's called acting civilized, having respect towards each other, and having an environment where even kids can participate.

about a year ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

frozentier Re:hm (371 comments)

Well depends on the type of encryption. I can read off a series of numbers that are a one time pad encrypted message and get the same effect. If they are talking about full on scramble and sounding like white noise (for more bw). Then yeah I could see how that could be an issue.

I don't know why your post was scored so low, because I see the point you are making, but you are wrong. Reading off a series of numbers from a one time pad IS illegal and exactly the same as a full on scramble of the signal. There's no difference whatsoever. The law is that you can't obscure the meaning of a message, and both of those examples do just that.

about a year ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

frozentier Re:packet radio? (371 comments)

Yes the FCC will absoultly revoke your HAM license, if you make a habit of breaking the rules.

Get on, go to "Los Angeles county", and scroll down to the W6NUT repeater. Listen to that for a couple of days and tell me they will take your license for breaking the rules. That repeater has absolutely dripped with filth for decades, and nobody does anything about it. They SHOULD, and the FCC CAN, but they don't.

about a year ago

iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"

frozentier Warranty (260 comments)

I assume with the turn of a screw you also void the warranty?

about a year ago


frozentier hasn't submitted any stories.


frozentier has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>