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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

I track it at the router (Tomato installed on Asus RT-N16). That only keeps track of actual delivered traffic. It certainly doesn't cover encapsulation and transit and retransmits (except retransmits from my side).

To find out your cap, Google it. It's going to be fairly standard if you're with a national ISP.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:What are you downloading? (343 comments)

I thought I'd log into my modem and find month after month of > 150GB. I don't use as much as I used to. I'm really shocked that I haven't peaked above 100GB in the last year. My Netflix usage is way down lately, and I'm not downloading a lot of ISO files, but 150GB still isn't hard to do. It's only double my average usage, and my wife and I are a household of only 2.

Date, DL, UL, Total
2014-07 75.69GB 13.27GB 88.96GB
2014-06 67.32GB 16.88GB 84.20GB

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

Encapsulation takes bandwidth

What do you define as bandwidth? With DSL, each user has a dedicated pair of wires back to the DSLAM. Any encapsulation is borne by a dedicated link. Spare capacity can't be used for ANYTHING. The DSLAM is backed by fiber to the CO. There is no bottleneck there, so really no reason to worry about overhead. It's only when it goes out on the open Internet from the CO where bandwidth usage matters.

Cable Internet is the one where last-mile overhead has a true impact. And I don't think they count it toward caps like AT&T seems to be doing.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

On my electric bill, there's a usage charge AND a delivery charge. But both charges only account for what's used behind the meter - not during transit.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

I don't have a data cap (supposedly 250GB but not really enforced) and I talk in complete sentences. I have sympathy for the people who can't track their usage in any accurate and accountable way.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

Nope. U stuck in an SMS?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

When you buy a quarter pounder, there's a footnote on every sign and menu board that reads *Precooked weight. Where is AT&T's definition?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

In that case, you're choosing the packages and paying to have it delivered. In this case, you're paying for an x amount to be delivered. Overhead might be part of the cost, but the definition of the metering for all intents is described as what's delivered.

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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

omnichad Re:maybe (343 comments)

And using hard drive accounting where 1 Gigabyte is 1,000,0000,000 bytes...

yesterday
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

omnichad Re:Why'd he leave the iPod Touch in his truck thou (194 comments)

Do you think the voltage or amperage would warrant it? If it doesn't run on 5v servo motors, you'd have to include an extra transformer. Not to mention the slow charging time with USB on such a high amperage device.

2 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

omnichad Re:Counterproductive (251 comments)

That would be Windows MESE: Just Plain Messy.

2 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

omnichad Re:Counterproductive (251 comments)

If they give us a Windows8SE, they're just going to follow it up with a Windows 9ME

2 days ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

omnichad Re:Correlation is not causation (175 comments)

If you're 300 baud mind can't see that my joke wasn't predicated on your joke, then you'd better start learning Morse code.

about a week ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

omnichad Re:Correlation is not causation (175 comments)

wallet sure seems lighter

How about you use that 25Mbps to pay your bill online and not pay in cash. Then again, you said you didn't get any smarter.

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

omnichad Re:A lot of easy things are illegal (144 comments)

Its probably easy to build

The cost of building a device doesn't necessarily include R&D costs. It's possible someone else has already done the work for you.

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

omnichad Re:I wonder if this means... (144 comments)

Flashing reds is probably a failsafe mode. You could give yourself a green, but it won't fix them for anyone else.

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

omnichad Re:What are they waiting for? (144 comments)

Because the CEO already got theirs and they can just step down and keep their share of the profits. Leave it for the corporation to handle without them.

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

omnichad Re:people charge of traffic lights are engineers b (144 comments)

I was stuck at a faulty red light with a sensor once. I waited for almost 5 minutes, wanting to call the police out to get me out of the stop light. Yes, I'm pedantic enough to annoy my wife like that. I knew that backing up and pulling forward would work, but it shouldn't have been necessarily.

about a week ago

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Huge Twitter Campaign against Outlook '10 renderer

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "The Email Standards Project just launched a massive Twitter campaign, begging Microsoft not to use the Word rendering engine in Outlook 2010. As it stands, Word 2010 will continue the tradition of painful HTML email design for those of us who create HTML emails for a living. Another several years of tables and almost no CSS support."
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Is "Card On File" Even Allowed Under PCI D

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "I am working on a new payment system for my employer. We would like to allow the customer to keep the "Card on File" for future service. How can we make charges against the card on file if the PCI DSS Standard explicitly forbids storing the CVV or CVV2 codes from the card?

How is it that GoDaddy, Amazon, iTunes, Paypal and all the rest are able to do this? Are they violating the PCI specification? Or is there another way of processing a transaction without the CVV codes? Dish Network kept my card on file so that they could charge my cancellation fee directly to my credit card. Note that I'm not just talking about recurring billing as a monthly fee — although that would also fit under the same umbrella."

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