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Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

jkxx Re:Still too vague and too poorly defined (705 comments)

What "most" of the people here want, and forgive me if I'm bringing in anyone who disagrees, is to make sure neither Comcast nor the govt gets to filter traffic or somehow tamper with any data passing a network.

QoS has been brought into this and it is a legitimate issue but there is a difference between QoS for VoIP vs other traffic, and QoS for sites who pay up vs those who don't. QoS wouldn't be an issue if last-mile ISPs had the bandwidth they purport to have where all users get to max out their connection if they want or need to.

On the other side there is the concern that government will create rules allowing them to censor content. A well-founded concern, given the ICE's recent takeover of various sites and the pressures applied against several news organizations and banks.

So, again, net neutrality is needed, and all proponents are asking for is that neither the govt nor the ISPs get to mess with the bits on the wire.

more than 3 years ago
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Recording the Police

jkxx Re:and we should also... (515 comments)

You won't have problems if you aren't "loud" as being quiet is pretty much the norm there. They also tend to judge on a personal basis, so you shouldn't have problems with people stereotyping you though there is always the oddball.

Being from an eastern-European country myself, I would advise against moving to anything east of Italy or Hungary. Things are improving in those countries, but they are nowhere near as good as the USA at the moment. Corruption is the way things get done there, and EU membership isn't helping for some of the newest members. Croatia is not even a member for that exact reason.

You should be OK in most of Western Europe and I can personally vouch for Switzerland. If you can, try to find a few people from these countries (through social networking sites, etc) and ask them specific questions you have. They'll probably tell you if there's anything you should really know about before settling down there.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama FCC Caves On Net Neutrality

jkxx Re:What a suprise (853 comments)

Comcast is not officially preventing any services from their network, although they were caught throttling bittorrent traffic in the past.

I've had an Asterisk PBX running on a Comcast account for several years with few to no problems so far. However, Comcast has an interest in degrading SIP as well as video services from 3rd party providers since they provide both of these themselves.

The fact that the telcos are cheering means today's legislation favors content discrimination and they'll no doubt be taking advantage of it soon.

I guess we should enjoy these multimedia services while they last, and that won't be long.

more than 3 years ago
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Recording the Police

jkxx Re:and we should also... (515 comments)

I am personally looking at moving back to Europe which is where I was born, even though I'm a US citizen now. Same reason as yours.

One piece of advice, don't announce the fact you are an American if/when you get to Vancouver. We are not well liked by either Europe or Canada, so make sure you get to know your company well before announcing that to them, lest a cop there decides to get personal with you.

I have actually been harassed at more than one European airport after showing a US passport, so the warning is not purely theoretical.

more than 3 years ago
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Recording the Police

jkxx Re:and we should also... (515 comments)

I have considered doing the same, and I have had a cop actually point a gun at me, hands shaking, because he thought I had stolen a car. Of course I hadn't, and the fact that I was walking and had no car keys on me did not help.

Just asked a Canadian friend of mine, he states it is legal to tape cops there, at least in public. He also says the same cops get quite brutal with certain "troublesome" minorities in the area. He lives around Toronto.

more than 3 years ago
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Recording the Police

jkxx Re:and we should also... (515 comments)

TFA also states one of the victims was arrested for videotaping the cops inside his home, and that the home happened to have a sign stating the premises are under video surveillance. Quote:

In 2006 Michael Gannon of Nashua, New Hampshire, was arrested for recording police in his own home, despite having a warning posted that the premises were monitored by a surveillance camera. And last July, 20-year-old Adam H. Whitman of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was arrested for recording cops who had raided a party where they suspected underage drinking. Both Gannon and Whitman were initially charged with felonies. Charges against both were later dropped.

It looks like there are places in the USA where right now you would be required to turn off any and all video surveillance (inside your own home) when the cops arrive, who are they free to beat the crap out of you if they feel like it. The felony charges will eventually (probably) get dropped, but you're still left with any abuse suffered.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama FCC Caves On Net Neutrality

jkxx Re:Pitchforks (853 comments)

I had a hard time explaining this even here on slashdot - that ISPs would not need to resort to QoS if the last-mile pipes are big enough to accomodate everyone connected. Instead they are not, the ISPs are oversubscribing and we get this funny situation of some users getting totally nowhere when the network gets congested.

I guess we can point out that people are now getting 30-100 Mbps in various countries while Comcast is still selling 3 Mbps service in much of the USA. It will at least show the alarming difference in the service here vs there. Oh wait... think that happened some time ago and was explained away by apologists.

Really, what will it take to get "most" people to agree that the ISPs are charging way too much and providing way too little vs the rest of the developed world?

more than 3 years ago
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Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality

jkxx Re:How does Net Neutrality fix Comcast? (604 comments)

The peering issue above concerns major backhaul traffic routes, where most of the recent worries are about Comcast's (or other ISP servicing end-users) last-mile links. In the above case level 3 really is asking comcast to take on more than they are sending out, so there is an issue.

On the other hand, there is the separate problem of Comcast oversubscribing last-mile infrastructure to the point it is getting overloaded. Pretty much everyone reaches the "bowels" of the Internet through such links, and these links are the responsibility of the companies operating them. Comcast has a problem of their own if the congestion is in this part of the network and they didn't do their math in the first place.

There definitely is more than one issue involved and with different specifics, and one should not be confused with the other(s).

more than 3 years ago
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Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality

jkxx Re:My argument against the Net Neutrality (604 comments)

Yes, I have Comcast and they use the "bus" topology. Still, my outdated modem can do 28 Mbit down and 10 Mbit up - so taking this with Comcast' officially offering 3 Mbit down and 1 up (yes, and this is in Denver) they can reasonably only have 10 customers connected to one segment all capped at 3/1 so that all of these can take full advantage of their connection at any given time.

I agree there's a need for a "minimum guaranteed bandwidth" here so that no one is left out because the other peers on a segment totally clog up the connection. To my knowledge Comcast isn't doing that, and at times my own VoIP calls get interrupted or dropped because of that.

On the other hand, Comcast shouldn't be overselling bandwidth they can't guarantee, but should sell at the minimum possible. As it is they are already playing dirty within their existing technology instead of fixing any of its problems.

more than 3 years ago
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Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality

jkxx Re:My argument against the Net Neutrality (604 comments)

If your page load times are crappy then that's your ISP's fault.

DSL offers a dedicated connection to your home so that part of the network sees no interference from other users. The only reason you would see crappy performance on a DSL connection is that the ISP doesn't really provide the bandwidth they advertised.

Broadband through cable is more susceptible to one user hogging the connection of others, but even here each customer's cable modem is capped to put a maximum amount of data per second on the line. So, if the ISP really offers the advertised bandwidth they can split it evenly among all the customers on a given segment where all concerned would get the max bandwidth at the same time. Again, if that's not happening then the ISP is oversubscribing or doesn't really offer the bandwidth they say they offer.

Bottom line, your ISP should tell you the truth about what they offer, not penalize anyone who dares exceed some threshold.

more than 3 years ago
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This is your brain on Linux

jkxx Re:Not an OS problem (11 comments)

Quite so. My post was an attempt to show this is about values, and about a difference in the values of each group. It too is subject to opinion. Windows is not the best example of a locked down system either, as iOS fits that better, so a better extremes comparison would be Linux vs iOS.

What I was getting at is that (enthusiastic) Linux users tend to mesh political views and expectations with that of the OS whereas Windows users don't or at least not to the same degree. The end result is miscommunication, frustration, and name-calling, including the "fanboy" assault.

I'd like to see this discussion make it to front page but it looks like others already thumbed it down..

more than 3 years ago
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This is your brain on Linux

jkxx Not an OS problem (11 comments)

The "fanboism" seen on this web site transcends product lines ($OS is just a tool for a job..) and is more about the ideology of the developers behind a given OS or another product. As such it's not directly related to either Linux or Windows themselves, but to the principles embodied by these OSes. I'll leave the question of zealotry to others as I'm not an export on it. Back to ideologies, Linux and Windows represent the two extremes in the spectrum of openness. One is about having everything left to the user, while the other is closed with many technologies having been made by the developer. This creates a somewhat backward trend with users, where those who want total control of their system learn about and later use Linux, where those who just want a computer can end up with Windows (or OS X). One can take this further and theorize that the Linux users are going to be more concerned about freedom in general (not just within their OS) while the Windows users might be content to just "go with the flow" and accept whatever comes their way. If this is true, it's no surprise that the Linux users should have a more purist attitude and look down on the Windows'ers for not demanding more from their OS, ISP, bank, city, school board, political representative, etc, etc. So this is really a "people" conflict and not about operating systems or shills. The Windows crowd is content (more or less) with life, and that includes their computer and the OS running on it. The Linux crowd has a more perfectionist view on things and will lash out at anyone who seems "too brainwashed" to share these ideals. Whether or not they are is a matter of opinion, but the issue is a good one for anyone doing research into human psychology.

more than 3 years ago
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Logitech G35 fried my computer, what should I do?

jkxx A quick test (1 comments)

The first thing you should do is get a ground or circuit tester like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-3-LED-CIRCUIT-TESTER-CT120/dp/B00025ALCA and plug it into the outlet used for your PC. If it shows the "all ok" and not open ground, then you can rule out logitech's suggestion right away. That said, clothes made out of synthetic materials can produce static electricity and that can be transmitted into any pair of headphones. I get it plenty with my own pair of audio-technicas. What is interesting is that the headphones are directly connected to the motherboard ground, which is connected to the AC outlet ground, so the static electricity should not be able to do any damage.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Knocks Out Ministry of Sound Website

jkxx Wikipedia (1 comments)

Looks like Anonymous also got to the wikipedia page: from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_sound "Ministry of Sound London (commonly referred to as just /b), is a pedophile place, based in London, England and an associated record label."

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.10 Release Candidate Launched

jkxx Re:Server management (172 comments)

Don't know about the init scripts but Gnome is and was (in 10.04) messed up. Can't change default app settings, can't make the compositor work properly. Pulse audio is a mess for anyone that cares about audio quality and I've had a hell of a time just trying to preserve my settings in either KDE or Gnome - both are more unstable than the older BSD versions I have. With those kinds of problems they don't have a good desktop offering. The Gnome issues have been there since 10.04 at least too so it seems no one cares enough to fix them.

more than 3 years ago
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Spanish Copyleft Group Faces Legal Threat

jkxx Reputation (1 comments)

Yes, since the recording industry's reputation of being douche bags must be preserved. After all, we wouldn't want to mistake them for some decent guys who actually work for their money.

more than 3 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

jkxx Re:Response to rampant speculation (370 comments)

Yes, as wine often runs games better than linux itself, or to phrase it differently, windows exe's through wine have a better chance of running properly than native binaries, at least on linux. Unfortunately the game makers themselves are unlikely to consider Linux given its small user base, so even if this happens it will benefit Linux or dual-boot users only.

more than 3 years ago
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Affordable IP-based phones for family use?

jkxx A generic SIP box? (1 comments)

Potentially any of these will do: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=sip+adapter&x=0&y=0 They all use SIP and connect to a regular phone, which means your family members can keep the same phone while using that. SIP boxes can be connected to either the PSTN (regular phones) or each other through a service like http://www.freeworlddialup.com/learnmore/ - it's free and registers both boxes so they get 'virtual' phone numbers for that network. At that point you should be able to make unlimited free calls between the two devices. SIP also works with the PSTN so you can hook up to another service (incl Skype) to provide cheap long-distance calls and the like.

more than 3 years ago
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Shuttleworth Answers Ubuntu Linux's Critics

jkxx Re:Proper link (382 comments)

Well said, and is pretty much what I was about to post as well. Ubuntu has its own issues as does every other OS out there but to say Canonical is not doing anything of importance with Linux is just asinine.

more than 3 years ago
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The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

jkxx Re:8800Ultra (715 comments)

Still happily running a now 3 year old Evga 8800 GTS without any problems so it seems you just got lucky in a bad way. SATA and other ports going bad has been a problem with numerous VIA boards or boards with VIA chipsets, naturally all of which were cheap/low-end.

more than 3 years ago

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FreeSpeech.org hacked?

jkxx jkxx writes  |  more than 10 years ago Maybe just my paranoid suspicion, but at least for the time being, it looks like www.freespeech.org might have been hacked into. Other possible explanations include a simple MySql error, except FSTV is running Linux (and only Microsoft SQL produces random nondescript errors). Only time will reveal the real nature of the problem that is plaguing FSTV's web site.

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Microsoft nonsense

jkxx jkxx writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I was browsing the net as usual when I stumbled upon http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/facts/default.asp the info on that page. Halfway down or so it goes "Upgrade to .Net and boost peformance/lower costs".. so I went out and found an actual stat someone performed to measure how fast Microsoft's .Net languages go (C#,J#,VB.net) and see if there's any truth to that. Well at http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5602&page=3 MS apparently did so bad that their new C# runs slower than just Visual C++. And to top it off, Sun Java 1.4.2 performs the same as VC++ (except on trig math), and Java is an interpreted, not even a compiled language.

Perhaps the lower costs in Microsoft's estimates come from a weekly hurricane followed by exploding [Dell] servers for no apparent reason, followed by volcano-like tectonic plate movement at the server site.

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