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Junior-Sized Supernova Discovered By New York Teen

jimbudncl [transcript from Caroline's discovery] (154 comments)

"Welcome to McUniverse, would you like to try a black hole sundae?"

"No thanks, could I just have a junior super nova salad, to go?"

"Would you like to biggie size that?"


more than 5 years ago

Junior-Sized Supernova Discovered By New York Teen

jimbudncl She got a raw deal... (154 comments)

She discovered it and they didn't even name it after her??? Sue, Caroline, sue!

more than 5 years ago

Security Firms Fined Over Never-Ending Subscriptions

jimbudncl Re:Humph... (194 comments)

A play on words becomes Trolling... pathetic.

more than 5 years ago

Security Firms Fined Over Never-Ending Subscriptions

jimbudncl Re:Humph... (194 comments)

Anybody who is anti-Semitic deserves to get a virus? I'm confused.

more than 5 years ago

Palm's webOS Root Image Leaks Out

jimbudncl Post "first post!" (176 comments)

I was trying for Pre "first post!", but my existential metaphysical co-processor had a meltdown.

more than 5 years ago

Hacking Our Five Senses and Building New Ones

jimbudncl Great thing about "perceptions"... (290 comments)

Even if you think your "eyes have been opened" (no pun intended), just give it time. You'll soon realize, again, how narrow minded you used to be.

Trust me, this will continue for(;;) until you realize the truth... you no longer fscking care ;)

Only then will you have enlightenment (or will you?!?!, sucka!)

more than 5 years ago

How Google's High Speed Book Scanner De-Warps Pages

jimbudncl Here's to you... (209 comments)

Mr. Google book scanner page flipper guy!

When the rest of humanity vomits reflexively at the thought of turning the pages of 7+ million books, you prevail by showing us that, even if your job sucks, you can take pride in it. Some how.

So here's to you, crack open a cold Bud Light and keep on flippin'.

more than 5 years ago

Can Cable Companies Store Shows For Us?

jimbudncl Poor Fair Use... (165 comments)

I'd feel shunned if they didn't seize my low hanging fruit ;)

more than 5 years ago

NSA Wages Cyberwar Against US Armed Forces Teams

jimbudncl Finally! 2009... (219 comments)

The year of the Linux... undergraduate military PC?

more than 5 years ago

The Pirate Bay Seeks Interesting Route To "Pay" Fine

jimbudncl That's.... really not smart. (545 comments)

Car analogy: That's like using a bullhorn to tell the cops outside your house that you'll be out shortly to stick a banana in their tail pipe. When you get there, you'll find a 46" diameter tail pipe and you'll only have a one banana.

TPB may have gotten themselves in trouble, and been convicted by a biased court, but playing silly games isn't going to solve any problems. Childish acts, even if committed by thousands of kids on the inernet, will never amount to more than a flea on the war machine that is corporate greed. They have an organized team fueled by money, and you've got pent-up angst fueled by living in your mom's basement.

Who do you think will win?

more than 5 years ago

Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

jimbudncl Re:I say, Let them eat plagiarism. (289 comments)

I'm glad someone bestowed you with the will to achieve.

I'm not sure if you realize it, but we're waving the same flag. If teacher's didn't have time to sniff out students who plagiarize, they're certainly not giving 1000%. Coming up with a system to automate plagiarism detection is just removing the human factor another step from our education system, when what we need is more human interaction. I'd say take all the effort being put into these systems, and spend it on educating teachers and improving wages to attract more talent (I know some teachers give 1000%, even though they're underpaid... but there aren't enough of them to teach the world).

Of course my humorist slap at this article doesn't apply to the real world... it's suppose to spawn discussion. Thanks for playing ;)

more than 5 years ago

Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

jimbudncl I say, Let them eat plagiarism. (289 comments)

Seriously, if the teachers don't have the time to identify it and the students are hell bent on doing it... let it happen. Perhaps that's the only way these people will learn anything about the subject matter anyway.

And when they graduate, get a job, and completely fail... that'll be a nice wake up call. Sure, some will succeed (PHBs, anyone?)... but I doubt catching them in school would change the end result much.

Face it, some problems aren't worth the time it takes to solve them, especially when you're approaching them the wrong way from the start.

Queue: whining about how it'll make schools/univeristies look bad when their students fall on their faces in the real world. (I think I'm gonna cry)

more than 5 years ago

GE Introduces 500GB Holographic Disks

jimbudncl Re:Not good enough. (370 comments)

In attempting (and succeeding, apparently) at humor, you hit the nail on the head. Magnetic storage, in its current form, can only go so far. At some point, the track of this technology will end, and we'll all be left stranded.

Except, a new technology is inevitably going to emerge before that happens... maybe this is it! We knock it now, but we may all be using this (or some derivation of it) sooner than we think.

And for a new technology, this pricing is pretty good. We'll see what actually happens, of course ;)

more than 5 years ago

Philosophies and Programming Languages

jimbudncl Re:Those who kan't... (239 comments)

Suggested mod and got it... There should be an achievement for this!

more than 5 years ago

Philosophies and Programming Languages

jimbudncl Those who kan't... (239 comments)

use Python. </flamebait>

more than 5 years ago



TWC and COX throttling

jimbudncl jimbudncl writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jimbudncl (1263912) writes "I have Time Warner Cable's Roadrunner service in NE Ohio at home, and a server in a data center connected to COX Cable (also in NE Ohio). Up until a month ago, I saw anywhere from 500-900KB/s when transferring from the data center to my house (I'm capped at 15Mbps/768Kbps by TWC). Now, I'm seeing 7-30KB/s, and stalled transfers (over SSH and HTTP alike). I still max out my 768Kbps when transferring the other way (from house to data center), and traces and pings show no glitches along route.

I know a number of other people with TWC's Turbo 15Mbps service in this area, and testing from their houses yielded the same results: pathetic transfer rates. Even viewing "top" over an SSH connection appeared choppy, with breaks in the refreshes. All this made me think one thing, broken hardware somewhere or bandwidth throttling.

I have other servers on bandwidth from XO, GoDaddy, and Limelight Networks, and all of these see 1-2.5MB/s when transferring from this COX connected data center. So I found an 11MB audio file on COX's main site, no where near my data center, and to my other servers I got 500-700KB/s when downloading. However, on all the NEO TWC connections I tested, the file poked along at the same rate as I was seeing from my data center on COX. Interesting, I think. I'd like to know what other TWC users can download this file at, both inside and outside the NE Ohio area.

After talking with TWC's tier 3 techs, and hearing the party line of "we don't mess with your transfer rates," I set up IPSec VPNs between the COX data center and three of the TWC connected houses (using pfsense at all the locations), and did the same transfers using private IPs across the VPN... and got 1.2-1.35MB/s! I then immediately tried the transfer using public IPs, and got the abysmal transfer rates again. So, the wholly encrypted traffic doesn't get throttled, while obviously TCP-based connections are shaped down to 30KB/s. I gave this information to the techs at TWC, and they still say they're not throttling...

I really have a hard time imagining COX is throttling the bandwidth specifically to consumer level Roadrunner accounts, especially from a business level data center service and their own web site. I'm open for anyone's opinion, and am submitting this solely because I can't seem to get technically founded answer from TWC (I doubt the techs can view the config of each device along the route my packets travel, so how can they give me a real answer?). Maybe a little publicity would yield better results? :)



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