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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

jonnythan Re:Why would you need this for throttling? (163 comments)

I'm guessing the real reason is so they can do some sort of compression between the ground and aircraft. Lossy compression of Facebook and Google images could save a good bit of bandwidth, and they can't do that without intercepting the unencrypted data using this method.

about three weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

jonnythan Re:Get What You Pay For (163 comments)

They could say something like this:

Bandwidth at 30,000+ feet is inherently limited, and heavy-load activities like streaming videos from the ground can weigh down our network. That means playback is subject to poor video quality, buffering, and slower connection speeds for your fellow passengers.

Oh wait. That's exactly what they say. They're very up-front about not being able to stream video.

about three weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

jonnythan Re:Get What You Pay For (163 comments)

I paid for some GoGo on a flight recently. The signup page made it pretty clear that data speeds were pretty limited and I wasn't allowed to stream video. I don't know why they need to spoof certs for that as opposed to just blocking sites or protocols though. Maybe they do some sort of data compression on the ground before transmitting to the plane or something?

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jonnythan Re:Sounds like the modem problem ... (289 comments)

DSL uses a different technology. It piggybacks a different signal on preexisting wiring, but has totally different hardware at each end.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jonnythan Re:Bootstrapping and time travel (289 comments)

Dr. Thorne was the primary scientific consultant on the movie. For this article he's stepping away from the movie and talking about how possible or plausible some of the ideas presented in it actually are.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jonnythan Re:Sounds like the modem problem ... (289 comments)

I don't believe I've ever seen a modem break 56 Kbps over a phone line.

about 2 months ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

jonnythan Re:Efficiency (181 comments)

Watts is in units of energy divided by time.

Now.... what are the units of "calories per day"? Take your time.

about 3 months ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

jonnythan Re:Protecting What? (73 comments)

Don't look now, but Moto just released one of the best Android phones ever, is about to release the Droid Turbo, and is the manufacturer of the Nexus 6.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

jonnythan Re:Absurd (421 comments)

They also weren't putting IVs in him and taking care of him while he was bleeding out the ass and vomiting during his final few days on earth.

about 4 months ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

jonnythan Re:Are we really that confused? (107 comments)

So eating a lot of protein cures HIV? Who knew. I guess those idiot physicians and biochemists and infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists just don't understand anything a pharmaceutical rep doesn't tell them.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

jonnythan Re:Bill Belichick (405 comments)

No such luck. The tablets have replaced the black and white printouts of player positioning and play development. Turns out those pictures were provided by the league itself to both teams - it's not something teams do on their own.

So if Belichick doesn't want the tablets to view those photos, he won't have any photos to see.

about 5 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

jonnythan Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

Yeah, no. You absolutely do not need to eat cleanly. The idea is silly.

about 5 months ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

Every credit card specifically says on the back that it's not valid unless signed, and as an employee I was instructed by Mastercard and my manager never to accept an unsigned card (or one that says "See ID" or whatever). So I didn't.

about 5 months ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Re: Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

To the best of my knowledge, no major credit card companies allow the use of copied credit cards.

about 5 months ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

It varies. A lot of retail workers won't care, but some will. Especially the ones who are smart enough to be aware of credit card fraud but not so knowledgeable they know about Coin.

I don't think someone would have to be turned down from a purchase many times before they threw the thing in the garbage. It doesn't have to happen often.

about 5 months ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

All the major credit card companies will be rolling out soon-to-be-mandatory chip systems for their credit cards. The point of this chip is specifically to prevent copying of credit cards. Coin is dead in the water.

Beyond this, how many register monkeys will decline the transaction because it's not the original card? I was trained at my old retail job by an actual Mastercard representative never to allow use of a credit card without a signed back, much less a card that's literally a personal copy.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

jonnythan Re:"not my job" - It is *Microsoft's* job (426 comments)

Realistically, "Internet Explorer" as a standard is at least as important as whatever other "standard" you're using. Especially in corporate environments, "Internet Explorer" is generally the standard.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

jonnythan People say they want them, but no one buys them (544 comments)

You can find a lot of people that SAY they want these things, but no one buys them. Pretty much all of the slide-out keyboard phones have been commercial failures.

about 6 months ago

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