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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

haruchai Re:Lies and statistics... (560 comments)

There are now 10X as many Americans running overseas for healthcare as there are coming in seeking same. The last numbers I can recall are 750,000 US citizens & residents practicising medical tourism.
Since it's not likely that they're doing this to have a few hundred dollars, just think about how much money is leaving the US to be spent in foreign hospitals & clinics.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

haruchai Re:medical services need a billing time limit (560 comments)

I completely agree. My health is still excellent although my finances are only now starting to improve after years of living paycheck to paycheck.
On the other hand, I have several very well-to-do friends and former colleagues who've had some quite serious health issues. I wouldn't trade places for 10x what any of them are worth.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

haruchai Re:Lies and statistics... (560 comments)

The more I read about healthcare costs in America, the more I wonder why they didn't move to single-payer decades ago.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

haruchai Re:The American Dream (560 comments)

If you want to truly see condenscension in action, you should watch Fox & Friends.

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

It's no longer about using a VPN bypass.
  That was my original idea BEFORE I thought about a TrafficGen plugin for Netflix. This dummy traffic will come from Verizon customers back to Level3,
There'll have to be some sophistication in the design of the plugin but nothing that is particularly difficult.

You keep mentioning that paying peering costs would be cheaper but without knowing what those costs are, how can you be sure?
From what I've found, peering is charged by Mbps and for companies the size of Verizon & Level3, the price range appears to be $1 - 2.50 per Mbps.

Assuming that Verizon has 10 million customers accessing Netflix, that could be million$ per day.

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

Clarification: at this point I'm not talking about a VPN bypass, only about using a bytecounter / trafficgen plugin to balance the traffic from Netflix through Level3
So no VPN fees for either Netflix or their Verizon customers & no peering payments by Level3 to Verizon.

3 days ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

haruchai Totally against smoking mothers (155 comments)

steaming, sauteing, or even poaching will keep them plump & juicy

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

"That would solve the peering problem but it would double Netflix's data usage. It would be far cheaper to pay for peering."

Double it's data usage where? On Level3? It's traffic to be discarded and this would prevent them from having to pay Verizon.

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

" Verizon sells a cloud solution that is excellent. Netflix could just host out of the Verizon cloud to serve Verizon customers"
That's fine - if Verizon is & remains excellent. But they're essentially in a monopoly position in many markets and what recourse does Netflix have if Verizon decides to amp up the charges or their cloud service start sucking donkey balls?

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

"Our road system is maintained by the government to serve the common good. The internet is much more of a free market"

Not close enough to being free. Far too many people simply don't have the choice to change to providers when dissatisfied.
I would like to see the last mile become a common good but other changes would be needed to ensure fairness.

"How would that help? If a packet is going to get from Level3 Oregon to say a Verizon home in Philadelphia it at some point is going to have to hit a peering location between Level3 and Verizon. Unless you add a bunch of other 3rd parties in there. In which case it is still going to have to happen indirectly. What is a VPN going to do to fix that?"

Colin Nederkoom used a VPN link to show that he could access Netflix at almost 10x the paltry 375 kbps he was getting on his Verizon 75 Mbps symmetric service.
The underlying issue is that Verizon is muddying the waters by being both a residential ISP AND a Tier 1 provider.
I don't know how it would EVER be possible to have nearly symmetric traffic with them when their small-customer base is in the millions as end-user traffic is HIGHLY asymmetric.
There's a reason why i mentioned VyprVPN apart from them being the service used by Nederkoom to bypass Verizon's throttling - they have an online storage service as well so if customer's take advantage of this, it might help balance the traffic if Netflix acquires them.

But there's a much simpler solution that Netflix could implement - a bytecounter & traffic gen plugin that would send random data back when the user is connected to the streaming service and if they implement it unencrypted, they could have Level3 discard it silently as soon as it hits their network from the Verizon side.

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

Deal 3 - pay the Comcast / Verizon extortion for as short a time as possible while working on an alternate solution.
For example, buy up or cut deals with as many top-tier, distributed VPN providers as possible; VyprVPN would be a good start.
Cut deals with Google & Microsoft to deliver Netflix content on their infrastructure and distribute through as many peers as possible.
Work with Google Fiber & municipalities to build hi-speed & wireless that bypasses the monopolies while media-blasting the customers of said monopolies about greater choice, performance & security and truly-free markets.

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

It's well within Level3's capability to spread the load among all the peers. Netflix is not a ISP, they're a content provider so it's wrong to strongarm them.
Do owners of popular venues pay to upgrade the interstate 50 miles out of town?

By the way, Netflix HAS ALREADY PAID both Comcast & Verizon - http://www.theverge.com/2014/4...
That was months ago. So the issue now is between Verizon & Level3.

Is Netflix going to have to pay extortion money to EVERY major provider in the world if their traffic causes asymmetric bandwidth between peers?

If it were up to me, I would tell Comcast & Verizon to go fuck themselves and start buying up every multihomed / distributed VPN service I could find and sell that as a premium service with some goodies to sweeten the pot for my customers.
I'd start with VyprVPN, which is the one that was used by Colin Nederkoom to figure out that Verizon was throttling his Netflix traffic
http://www.goldenfrog.com/vypr...

5 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

They very much are - as with Comcast, Netflix was forced to cut a deal with Verizon, which was done back in April or May.
So requiring Level3 to pay as well is double-dipping

5 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

Looks like VPN services like VyprVPN will see some significant growth from Verizon's customers in the short term.
While Verizon may want to strongarm Netflix into paying them directly, Level3 could reroute the traffic through other networks that also peer with Verizon since Netflix's traffic isn't at all latency sensitive

5 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

haruchai Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

And yet they're still throttling Netflix?

5 days ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

haruchai Re:Texas? (172 comments)

That makes a stronger business case for China and it looks like they want Teslas much, much more than Texas.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

haruchai Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

If no one provides a link to a story about the Big Bang, does that mean the Universe doesn't exist?
In this universe, we have search engines. Perhaps you might have inadvertently used one but I see you've recovered nicely from that misstep.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

haruchai Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Thanks to Castle Doctrine & Stand Your Ground laws, that's not true in a lot of places in America.

about three weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

haruchai Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

So do car drivers as I've noticed over the past 40 years. Take away the insurance requirements & penalties and North American drivers will behave just as badly, probably worse and definitely far more lethally.
Auto drivers aren't better people than cyclists; they're merely under greater external control. Period.

about three weeks ago

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High-Energy Rechargeable Molten-Air batteries developed at George Washington U

haruchai haruchai writes  |  about 10 months ago

haruchai (17472) writes "Researchers have demonstrated what's considered a new class of battery, using either iron, carbon or vanadium-boride as the anode.
Energy densities are from 10%-70% that of gasoline by weight, or 100%-250% by volume and the batteries have an operating temp of ~700 C

Phys.org story: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-molten-air-battery-storage-capacity-highest.html
Arxiv.org paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1307/1307.1305.pdf"
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Hans Reiser sued by own kids for $15 million

haruchai haruchai writes  |  about 2 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "The Reiser kids, now aged 12 and 11 have had a lawsuit filed against the former Linux developer, inventor of ReiserFS and convicted murderer of the mother of his children, to the tune of $15 million.
It's believed he may have hidden assets and a judgment is sought so a search for these can be conducted."

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haruchai haruchai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "http://www.gizmag.com/go/6416/ A team of highly creative Volkswagen designers based in California have unveiled their own unique take on the future of modern transportation. The result is the Volkswagen Nanospyder. Futuristic nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wheel-mounted electric motors and inflatable organic body panels combine to form the unusual shape of the two-seater concept. http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/nov2006/ bw20061106_548484.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily For other VW concept cars, see here: http://www.vw.com/models_overview/conceptcars.html "

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