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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

mc6809e Re:What? (198 comments)

Yeah, i don't see how their supposed 'netflix is going to extort us' scare is supposed to work. Everything I remember about how the internet works pretty much invalidates the idea.

I think they're looking at how cable companies have to pay content providers to broadcast their content.

Disney, ESPN, CNN, etc all charge the cable company for their content. If the cable company doesn't pay, then their customers don't get the channels.

Will this happen with websites or Netflix? It doesn't seem possible, yet it's hard to know just where all this is going.

Consider facebook. What would happen if suddenly facebook demanded an ISP pay them for access by the ISP's customers? Who would the customers blame? Would they simply give up on facebook or would they hound their ISP to pay up?

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

mc6809e Re:let me correct that for you. (612 comments)

there was no socialism in east-germany. there was none in east-europe. that was fascism with a tiny bit of communism-appearence thrown in. socialism is found in scandinavia, belgium, netherlands, france, and the former western-germany.

Most Western European countries are mixed economies, mostly capitalist, with some socialism, and a welfare state.

East Germany and the Soviet Union really bought into the idea of Socialism: the state owned everything. Private property was outlawed. You could go to jail for making a profit.

The East Germans were so committed to the idea that the state owned everything that they believed they had a right to build an enormous wall to keep the governments property (people) from escaping to the West.

about a week ago
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'Rosetta Flash' Attack Leverages JSONP Callbacks To Steal Credentials

mc6809e Very clever (68 comments)

Reminds me a little of some work done by Terje Mathisen, an expert assembly language programmer. Not exactly that same as the exploit, but probably interesting to a few slashdotters. I'll let him describe it:

"The most complicated code I have ever written is/was a piece of executable text, in order to be able to send binary data over very early text-only email systems:

"Minimum possible amount of self-modification (a single two-byte backwards branch), a first-level bootstrap that fits in two 64-byte lines including a Copyright notice and which survives the most common forms of reformatting, including replacing the CRLF line terminator by any zero, one or two byte sequence. This piece of code picks up the next few lines, combining pairs of characters into arbitrary byte values before flushing the prefetch cache by branching into the newly decoded second-level bootstrap. (Everything uses only the ~70 different ascii codes which are blessed by the MIME standard as never requiring encoding or escape sequences.)

"This second level consists of a _very_ compact BASE64 decode which takes the remainder of the input and re-generates the original binary which it can either execute in place or write to disk.

about three weeks ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

mc6809e Re:Administrators (538 comments)

In all aspects of education, from primary school to university, the growing swarms of administrators soak up the budget. In some school systems, they vastly outnumber the actual teachers, have better pay, and yet contribute nothing to the operation of the schools.

Don't forget those in the construction industry. Like administrators, they contribute where it counts: in the voting booth where they help elect those that will continue to increase spending on that abstraction "education" rather than on actual educators.

about a month ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

mc6809e Re:For a sense of scale (142 comments)

There are other advantages to shrinking components. Higher clock rates become possible.

You'd think so, but the problem is global interconnect. Not gates. It was all the way back at the 250nm node when interconnect and gate delay were about the same.

At the 28nm node, wire delay is responsible for something like 80% of the time it takes for signals to work their way through a circuit.

And it some cases inverters are actually used to help signals propagate more quickly down long wires. In other words, long wires are so slow compared to gates that adding gates can speed things up!

about a month ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

mc6809e Re:some level of fraud or deception (85 comments)

I believe many ISPs are actively sabotaging customer's connections to some of the internet's content

They don't have to. The protocols we use are more than capable of screwing with things.

Consider TCP: the protocol is BY DESIGN meant to exponentially increase the amount of data dumped on a link until it overloads and begins dropping packets. TCP then throttles for a little while and then soon goes back to bashing the network with packets until it breaks again.

about a month ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

mc6809e Re:You make it... (519 comments)

Oh, it's a bad thing, depending on which way you look at it. For union busters this means you can finally sacrifice the weak and infirm on the altar of efficiency.

Wait. Are you talking about the children or the teachers?

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

mc6809e Don't worry--the crime rate is sure to go up again (875 comments)

Well, maybe.

Many of the worst and violent crimes are committed by men age 16-24.

Now look at this.

Notice that nice peak in the crime rate around 1992? Many of those crimes were committed by people born in the 60s -- a turbulent, uncertain time, and the 70s -- a rotten decade with a corrupt or weak presidents, increasing unemployment, inflation, and plenty of other rottenness.

I don't think it's too much of a stretch to believe that that sort of environment helps turn some children into violent criminals.

We have in some ways similar situation today. While some groups seem to be enjoying the recovery (baby-boomers, especially) many others are struggling. Young people -- those forming families right now -- have been left behind.

And I expect children being born into that world are having a tough time -- and in 16-24 years, we'll start to see the consequences.

about a month and a half ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

mc6809e But it gives the driver the wrong impression (243 comments)

Drivers depend on feedback from the car to help them make necessary adjustments.

If a curve isn't banked enough, the car shouldn't fool the driver into thinking that it is banked enough.

That feeling one gets when the car leans towards the outside of the curve is telling the driver to slow down!

about 1 month ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

mc6809e Re:Where does 7 feet of water come from? (323 comments)

Water like other materials expands when it gets warmer.

Just a nit-pick, but water's maximum density is actually at about 4C.

That means as it cools below 4C, it begins to expand again. If it didn't, ice wouldn't float!

about 2 months ago
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As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

mc6809e Re:Eric Burger asks, how did it come to this? (250 comments)

And that little fact is almost entirely due to Congress' inability to think past pork and the next re election cycle.

So much of the budget is off-limits (social security and medicare) that the only areas left vulnerable to cutting are things like NASA.

The USA has locked itself into forced spending in some areas and it's squeezing other areas.

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

mc6809e Re:AT&T land line (286 comments)

You probably live in a big city with actual choices. In my small town, I have ONE CHOICE for cable TV, and ONE CHOICE for internet, unless you count satellite or wireless options.

And why shouldn't we count satellite and wireless?

I use Fios for internet, TheDish for TV, and I have a cell phone tether plan when I want to use my laptop on the road.

I agree that satellite internet access is probably a mistake unless you have no choice, but a 4G access point or tethered cell phone is really impressive for something that's wireless.

I routinely got 10Mbps and sub 100ms ping times while staying on a horse farm in the middle of no where.

Explore your options and force providers to compete.

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

mc6809e Re:inevitable (286 comments)

Capitalism and the markets demand exponential growth in a finite world,

No they don't. They're just somewhat efficient collective resource allocation systems.

Exponential growth appears to be a requirement because populations grow exponentially.

If an economy can't keep up with the exponential growth of population, then there is less produced per person.

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

mc6809e Re:more money - less quality (286 comments)

He tell's me that ESPN gets about $30/customer in an all or nothing deal.

Sorry. That's wrong.

The $30 figure is the amount each actual viewer of ESPN would have to pay if they were forced to pay for it themselves, but ESPN doesn't allow that.

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

mc6809e Re:more money - less quality (286 comments)

The quantity of programming has increased with the prices

......yet the quality of programming decreases......

so (quality/quantity) * price is constant?

I have a friend at BrightHouse Networks.

According to him (and I suppose he could be lying), it's the price that the content holders are asking that's driving up prices, especially ESPN.

He tell's me that ESPN gets about $30/customer in an all or nothing deal.

about 2 months ago
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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

mc6809e Re:Stop Parroting Cardiography (149 comments)

Also, most health care providers are already paying vast sums for VPN services, this stuff doesn't hit the public internet.

Uh, the 'V' in VPN stands for virtual. It's not a real PN and very well could be sharing the same fiber and wire and routers as the public internet.

It isn't uncommon for VPN providers to give a guaranteed amount of bandwidth to a user on a router and to sell the surplus bandwidth for use by the public internet.

In this scenario the VPN user has a 'fast lane' up to the amount of bandwidth that's been guaranteed. When it's not used, the extra bandwidth is given over to the public internet.

about 2 months ago
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How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

mc6809e Re:Congressional fix? (217 comments)

It seems to me the lobbying forces on the part of the content providers, Netflix et al., would be pretty formidableâ"unless they think the price is worth it to suppress upstart competition. Which is it?
I think they're getting to the point where they're willing to pay for prioritization just to guarantee quality.

A big problem is that we have a transmission protocol (TCP) that is a well deployed but incredibly stupid protocol that that intentionally floods the network with packets until it breaks, then backs off for a little while, then tries to break the network again, always trying to consume every little extra bit of buffer space and bandwidth that might be available in competition with every other server that's doing the same thing. It's constant war with attacks and retreats.

There are a least two approaches used to cope with this. One is to add bandwidth. The trouble is that TCP will greedily consume any additional bandwidth that's available and you're back to the original problem.

The second is to buy your own little slice of bandwidth and isolate your stream from all the battles going on between the other streams. This solves the problem for you but creates a kind of bandwidth aparthied. Your traffic is finally safe, but there's less bandwidth available for everyone else.

The media streamers would prefer guarantees so that their customers get the quality they pay for. Adding bandwidth doesn't provide any guarantee. Packet prioritization at the router (almost) does. We're getting to the point where Netflix, etc are willing to pay for prioritization that gives a guarantee.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

mc6809e Re:Well considering that.. (390 comments)

There is not a SINGLE European country with a worse ratio than the US. Granted, the aforementioned Georgia along with Portugal and the UK are coming close to it, but none of them is actually WORSE. Most central European (and let's also lump in the Scandinavian) countries revolve around a disparity factor of about 5-8.

That means that we're looking at about three times more equality in Europe than the US.

I'm not saying you don't have a point. Maybe you do. Maybe you don't. But if you're going to compare inequality in Europe to inequality in the USA, you can't compare the USA with individual European countries.

Smaller inequality in all individual European countries doesn't imply smaller inequality in Europe as a whole.

Inequality inside Albania, for example, might be small, but there's a great deal of inequality between Albania and the Netherlands.

about 3 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

mc6809e Re:Uhm... since when are non-competes a bad thing? (97 comments)

How do you get from 'taking IP' to 'killing the industry'?

The free flow of ideas and techniques is what drives technology and industry.

Well taking IP has certainly driven technology in China, right?

about 4 months ago

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Bad news: Bertha is damaged

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  about 6 months ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "Officials on Friday announced the seal assembly is damaged. Bertha may be shut down for several more weeks as workers fix damaged seals that protect the drive system that spins the giant cutter. The revelation comes two months after the drill failed to grind ahead and operators shut it down. The machine known as Bertha tweeted in December that she was doing fine, just facing an obstruction. An 11-day inspection in January found no big obstacles, turning engineers’ attention inward. The ongoing investigation — which includes an influx of staff from drill maker Hitachi-Zosen — could take up to two weeks before the Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) contracting team issues a strategy to repair and restart the machine."
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F.C.C. Bars Lightsquared from Using Airwaves

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The news appears to squash the near-term hopes for the network pushed by LightSquared, a Virginia company that is majority-owned by Philip Falcone, a New York hedge fund manager."
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Killed for Tweeting: Mexico's Drug War Has Two Mor

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "Twitter has become deadly serious in Mexico, where two people were allegedly murdered for denouncing a drug cartel on the social network.

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge by their hands and feet. An examination of the bodies showed signs of torture, and the pair is thought to have been beaten and killed by a powerful local drug gang, then displayed to send a message to citizens who might want to publicly renounce the group.

Attached to the bodies were two signs, one of which read “This happens for denouncing,” according to CNN. One of the notes also had the names of two blogs, Al Rojo Vivo and Blog del Narco."

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