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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

quetwo Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (382 comments)

Dude. You are still talking about backbone-to-backbone peering arrangements. This hasn't been the case for ISPs in probably 10 years. Just stop it.

yesterday
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

quetwo Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (382 comments)

You are already late to the game. Tons of ISPs have direct contracts with companies for direct peering. Things like ESPN360 and the like have existed for years and are ISP specific.

What we are seeing Netflix do here is smart for both them and the ISPs that are offering to host them. They send one data stream to a colo box that the ISP is hosting, and the the massive bandwidth that it generates is moved from their expensive pipes to the "free" pipes they already own. They aren't offering any services that aren't available to the rest of the world (in fact Netflix is doing this all over the place -- ISPs, Universities, etc, and building their own CDN).

yesterday
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

quetwo Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (382 comments)

But you are under the grand assumption that Level-3 is going to charge Verizon more because of the imbalance. Something they have NOT said. In fact, they have a blog post on their site (quoted multiple times in this thread already) they will NOT be charging Verizon more, and have offered to pay for the equipment to do it.

In the old-world, peering arrangements between backbone providers and ISPs were all about symmetrical data. That day is LONG gone. Now it is all about bandwidth and that is it. It's well known that the last-mile providers are heavy downloaders and that large hosting companies are large uploaders. It's just the nature of the internet as we know it. Peering arrangements between large backbone providers (which is the knowledge you are referring to) are generally seen as symmetrical.

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

quetwo Re:One might say (174 comments)

Mappoint did a lot more than Bing does... And the VPs who think Bing is the answer have no idea.

Mappoint is closer to ArcGIS than it is a consumer mapping applications. It had an extensive set of APIs that you could allow apps to push data onto maps, it allowed statistical queries and it allowed complex boundaries. etc... all back in 2004. Heck, they even had some traffic data built in for their analysis.

I remember when Verizon used on-site Mappoint servers to allow dispatchers to use Verizon phones as tacklers (this was before smartphones), so dispatchers could see where certain trucks were, directions they were going, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

quetwo Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

Since the time that the S has come out, battery technology has gone significantly further... I'm sure that by the time this hits the road it will be far enough to compensate the difference in material...

about three weeks ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

It all depends on what you are shooting. I'm paid to cover an event (concert, wedding, conference, etc), and don't second chances -- let alone much time to setup the shot -- so I take two or three exposures per "shot". It's easier to discard later than it is to miss the shot. When I shoot a concert, I'm shooting the entire 3 or 4 hours. A wedding, I'm shooting for usually a 12 hour period, at least. A conference may be over 4 days, and a runner's race might be over the course of a full day. Each event usually produces just as many shots.

If I only was shooting a potted plant I might only need three exposures because I can carefully plan the shot, adjust the lighting, and edit the shot thoughtfully for an extended period of time. A senior photo shoot might only need 20 exposures. But when you are working events with moving lights, moving people, and instantly changing emotions, the difference between 1/3 of second between exposures can make the photo while the next one is too dark, missing the person, or doesn't show what I want it to show.

I don't deal with film anymore. Space is cheap. Exposures only cost power. In this day and age there is no reason to not take too many photos and throw out or ignore the ones you don't want.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re: My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

Not quite. Tried it, but it is still linked back to the App Store. If you copy it to a computer that doesn't have a sub to the app in the App Store, it won't run. It wants you to login to the App Store. When it doesn't find it, it won't run.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

I usually only edit about 1/4 to 1/8 of the shots I take -- sometimes less depending on the client. Each one takes at most 5 minutes to edit -- usually closer to 2 minutes. Each day of shooting takes a day of editing. But RAW does chew up LOTS of space with a good camera.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

I shoot live events. Typically concerts or conferences, but I've done weddings and other engagements like that as well. It is not unusual to snap between 1,200 shots and 1,800 shots in one evening between my three cameras. My 7Ds stores RAW files sized about 50MB or so each. My 5D-MK3 ends up somewhere in the 35-40MB range per shot. Heck, even my backup 60D takes 35MB RAWs.

I don't delete shots that make my first pass. Blurry ones, or test shots usually get deleted but the rest stay. I edit the ones I feel the client want and store the rest. I've often come across clients that want a photo of person X or a particular moment in time that didn't make it through my 2nd pass, so the small cost of storage is worth it. I have a few 3TB drives that get put into storage after they are full.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

You only have a 70GB library? Hell, I usually shoot 30 - 90GB each and every shoot I do. And I'm probably on the low end in my studio...

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re: My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

Yes, but you can't GET a backup installer, if you bought from the App Store. Oh, and the most recent versions, you could ONLY buy from the App Store. As soon as Apple removes it from the store, you can't re-install. You are not only responsible for the data you own, but the installers you use -- and you can't get access to them in this case.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

quetwo Re:Administrators (538 comments)

Here is the dirty little secret -- there hasn't been a huge influx of money. It used to be that most public schools got a majority of their funding from the state they reside in. Back in 1990, the public schools in Illinois got approximately 70% - 80% of their budget from the state. In 2010, this number is now 20%. Many states have also capped the school's ability to increase tuition to help back-fill this huge reduction in funding. The cost of things like power, water, gas, food, insurance, etc all continue to go up, and in most cases, the corporate donations to schools that used to fund research has gone down. Demand for increased enrollment has gone up (because every child NEEDS to attend school).

What you have is a case where there is much more pressure applied to each dollar that walks in that door. In response, schools have been cutting everywhere -- including the amount they spend on faculty.

about a month ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

quetwo Re:Still in the cloud? (39 comments)

Windows, Office, MacOSX, and just about every other app in the top 15 do this now. If you don't think that's the case -- you got something else coming....

about a month ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

quetwo Re:It doesn't take a genius to come up with an att (155 comments)

tl;dr -- It's not as big of a deal as the TFA makes it out to be. The vector of attack is incredibly small, very well protected and requires a very specifically trained person with very trusted access to do. And the result would be that all they get is a webpage to pop up on a TV, that is turned on, that is tuned to that channel, and has the viewer's attention. Oh, and is on OTA.

I'd imagine a larger metro like Chicago you might get a few dozen people at most to be in this category.

about a month ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

quetwo Re:But...why? (39 comments)

Because they offer a feature that you may not have the skills or ability to do yourself? A technology like content-aware fill is one of those billion dollar patents -- and one of the reasons why people buy Photoshop. If they license it to you so you can use it within your own app, you have that power and technology that you didn't have to develop yourself -- you just include it.

about a month ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

quetwo Re:Adobe is incredibly trustworthy. (39 comments)

They developed a new pen to get around the pressure sensitivity and accuracy issues. It doesn't use the touch screen for input, it connects to the app via Bluetooth. This is not your standard iPad pen...

about a month ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

quetwo Re:Still in the cloud? (39 comments)

Except they've been pushing out updates to the major applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom every two months since they launched CC. Illustrator has gone some MAJOR new features in the last 18 months -- most which have been a huge time saver to me. Photoshop has beefed up it's 3D capabilities and now supports 3D Printing (do I think it's best of breed? no. But it is a new feature that has been added).

They don't force updates on you. You still choose when they get installed, etc. In fact, I haven't updated Dreamweaver since the original CC update because they changed around some options in a way I didn't like. Yes, it does check with the licensing server every 30 days, but guess what? Most apps do now a days..

So, maybe you should check into the things you are ranting about a bit more...

about a month ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

quetwo Re:Really? (293 comments)

I found the CS AP class that I took in HS was actually pretty good. My University didn't accept the credit (even though I got a 5 on the exam), but I'd say we got a further into the true CS topics than I did in my earlier college classes. The class was built around C++ and included all the fun stuff like memory management, pointers, etc. The non-AP class was done in Pascal.

about a month and a half ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

quetwo Re:It doesn't take a genius to come up with an att (155 comments)

The TS most likely re-written on final broadcast. If it is going out OTA, then the transmitter will repack the data as ATSC, regroom the MPEG2 content, and rewrite the PAT at the tower (usually with a custom PID for each video stream, a PID for DATA, etc, to make it consistent at the viewer's side). So changes are low there.

Since most CATV providers require a STB, very few TVs are using the ClearQAM streams directly (usually encrypted streams that require an handshaked box). Those very few that are using a CableCARD or equivalent are probably in such a minority you might not even want to bother. Oh, and the streams are re-packed when they are encrypted so garbage data is probably removed at that point.

Oh, and good luck "just walking into a CATV headend and replacing commercials." Every CATV headend that I've seen (including the one I run), don't store the commercials there, let alone have any way to change them. Those are usually controlled up-stream in some no-name office remotely then muxed or pulled in by the groomers or stat-muxers (depending on how they are setup).

about 1 month ago
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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

quetwo Re:He also forgot to mention... (343 comments)

Actually, that's not true. The USPS receives no money to deliver the mail that originated in other countries -- the cost to deliver that letter/package comes out of the local budget. They try to make up the amount by charging more for packages that go the other way (e.g. packages from USA to Canada) -- pretty similar to a peering agreement. For most countries, this usually works out, and is the arrangement for a great majority of the countries.

Then enter China. If you've ever had to ship something from China to the USA, you will notice it is crazy cheap -- often less expensive than shipping something from within the USA. This is because China subsidizes products shipped from there to the USA by charging only for postage to their regional export center, rather than trying to recoup the money they use to send stuff back (sending from USA to China is much rarer than the other way around).

about 2 months ago

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