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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

grahamm Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (148 comments)

Or even worse when you do not even leave your home country but your phone happens to connect to a mast in a neighbouring country.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

grahamm Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)

Or to learn the techniques used by the Faceless Men in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

about 1 month ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

grahamm Re:The Meat of It (151 comments)

Hiding the destination need not be difficult. You just do the electronic equivalent of putting a coded small ad in a newspaper. Everyone can read it, but only the intemded recipient can decode it and there is no indication as to whom the message is intended for.

about a month ago
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New Attack Hijacks DNS Traffic From 300,000 Routers

grahamm Re: wrong (105 comments)

Even that does not help. These mechanisms only authenticate you to the bank, not the bank to you. A spoof bank site could still request the OTP password or output from the dongle and accepr whatever response you give.

about a month and a half ago
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YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

grahamm Drop the sound (427 comments)

Rather than completely blocking the video, what was wrong with what YouTube used to do - show the video with no sound track?

about 2 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

grahamm Re:Not imposing common carrier status (235 comments)

But they can treat different packets differently in the same way as the Post Office handles letter and parcels differently.

about a month ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

grahamm Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

Or with TCP you have to have sufficiently large jitter buffers to cater for the delays caused by the backing off of the retreansmit timers.

about a month ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

grahamm Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

Oversubscribed always means "congested sometimes".

The analogue telephone network is oversubscribed. It would not be possible for all phones to be on a call simultaneously. However it is extremely rare for there to be congestion - when someone picks up the phone they get a dial tone and can attempt to connect to the destination number. The called phone might be busy, but it is almost unheard of for the call to fail because of network congestion.

about a month ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

grahamm Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

The last mile is the one place which should not be affected, as it is a dedicated link between the customer premises and the DSLAM (or equivalent) so is non-contended bandwidth. It is the various network entities between the DSLAM and the originating server which are shared with other connections and therefore contended and subject to throttling.

about a month ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

grahamm Re:Major flaw in assumption: This ain't arbitrage! (240 comments)

Train companies in the UK do something similar. If you go through London at peak-time (8am - 10am) or (5pm and 7pm), then there is higher ticket price than at other times (x1.5 to x2) . But This applies to any journey starting at these times, not necessarily in London. So you could split your journey into separate ticket segments (8am Liverpool to Oxford) (12pm to 2pm Oxford to London), and avoid this "surcharge".

One difference is that in the UK splitting/combining railway tickets is explicitly allowed by the rules National Conditions of Carriage. Though tickets are non-transferrable.

about 2 months ago
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Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

grahamm Give priority to human consumption (268 comments)

If the area has a drought then priority for water should be given to human consumption and hygene usages. Anyone using 'industrial' quantities of water should be charged in such a way as to discourage its use. Either that or the oil companies should have to pay for pipelines and pumps to bring sea water to their sites rather than competing for the local water supply. Even better make them not only pipe in sea water but also provide desalination plants to augment the local drinking water supplies. After all, the oil companies are no strangers to long distance pipelines.

about 2 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

grahamm Re: Can someone please kill the fucker (166 comments)

I think that a link is the direct equivalent of a citation. The extra functionality is in the user's brower which, when clicking on the link. does the equivalent of "sending a robot into the stacks to fetch the cited publication and open it at the appropriate page"

about 3 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

grahamm Re:Can someone please kill the fucker (166 comments)

Is a bibliographic reference to an infringing work in a paper publication also considered as 'advocating infringement'? If not, then a hyperlink should also not be considered as advocating infringement.

about 3 months ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

grahamm Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

Yes, most governments forget that they are the servants of the people, not the other way round.

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

grahamm Re:It doesn't cost any more to serve more data (479 comments)

Reducing the demand by charging is not a magic bullet. Even if every (or most) customers cut down on the amount of streaming, there will still be a problem if too many of them choose to stream at the same time (eg a popular TV show or live event).

about 2 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

grahamm Re:What has this to do with net neutrality? (479 comments)

A correlation but not always a meaningful one. Consider 2 customers, both of which download about 1GByte per day. One streams approx 500MBytes/hour for 2 hours during the peak period when many other domestic customers are doing the same. The other is downloading at a relatively constant rate of approx 40MBytes/hour 24x7. Even though they both download approximately the same amount each month, the first customer is probably costing the ISP considerably more than the second. If all customers were like the 2nd one then the ISP would only need 1/10 of the external capacity than if all customers were like the first one.

about 2 months ago
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Smart Cars: Too Distracting?

grahamm Only while stationary (180 comments)

Many of these smart systems - such as entering a destination into the navigation system should be made to only work while the vehicle is stationary so as not to distract the driver. It makes sense to input the destination before starting the journey rather than 'on the go'.

about 4 months ago
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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

grahamm Re:Voluntary payments! (244 comments)

That has been suggested in Spotify 'ideas' forum a number of time and each time Spotify respond with 'we will not implement that'.

about 4 months ago
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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

grahamm Re:Useless without context (244 comments)

But that is just one song. Assuming that the other tracks will not get as much play as the 'hit' song an album of 10 tracks might generate, say, five times that - approximately €30 000 per year.

about 4 months ago
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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

grahamm Re:Are they really being hosed? (244 comments)

Yet many, if not most, of the all-time most sucessful artists started out playing local pubs and clubs before getting signing by a label.

about 4 months ago

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