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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

raju1kabir Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

Ah, I see, you have to use the HTML entity rather than typing the character directly: €

That seems odd for a page that was sent with a UTF-8 character set indication in the headers. If you send the â character in the form it gets mangled, which is something I would have expected to happen on a site last updated in 1998, before anyone thought about encodings.

about 8 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

raju1kabir Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

Your argument seems to require that every phone company is already making the most money that it possibly can. One wonders why they ever hire consultants or make any changes to management.

about 8 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

raju1kabir Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

Right, I forgot, markets invariably find optimal price points on their own, and regulation never helps anything. See you in church.

about 8 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

raju1kabir Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (148 comments)

The incumbent operators will have little or no incetive to build out their network capacity/coverage, since the need to upgrade capacity is mainly driven by tourists.

What are you talking about? There is almost no place on earth where the majority of phone traffic comes from tourists. Maybe airports.

about 8 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

raju1kabir Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

increased usage means more cost for the provider. How does that offset the income loss?

Let's say the carrier currently charges EUR 1/MB for a service that costs them EUR 0.02/MB to provide, and customers use 1 million megabytes. That's EUR 20,000 in costs and EUR 980,000 in profit.

Then they are forced to charge their domestic rate of EUR 0.10/MB for roaming data, and customers stop being stingy and use 20 million megabytes. That's EUR 400,000 in costs and EUR 1,600,000 in profit.

Obviously these numbers are plucked straight from my ass but surely you can see how it's possible. Roaming charges are almost pure profit as it is, and that's only possible because we're a captive market.

P.S. What is up with Slashdot still not being able to display the Euro symbol (â)? This is 2014, isn't it?

about 8 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

raju1kabir Re:Good, I guess (148 comments)

In the USA I believe the idea of the FCC forcing AT&T to wholesale its lines to competitors is completely alien?

It actually used to be the law of the land. During that period (around 2000) there was an incredibly vibrant broadband ISP scene. Unfortunately the FCC changed its mind (and no doubt a few briefcases full of cash changed hands) and now the situation has reverted to the anti-consumer oligopoly you see today.

about 8 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

raju1kabir Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

Consider how much effort and worldwide coordination has gone into the IPv6 migration, and it really doesn't make sense to do that multiple times for only 250x the address space each go-round. Why half-ass it?

about 9 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

raju1kabir Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

I was talking about a solely 40-bit address space -- something different than IPv6.

Well, stop talking about that, it's a stupid idea. If we're going to upgrade billions of devices around the world, I don't want to have to do it again in 4 years' time when 40 bits prove to be inadequate.

about 9 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

raju1kabir Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

Well... don't write shit programs. FTP "active mode" is an example of said shit.

Active mode FTP predates widespread usage of NAT by about 20 years.

It was a perfectly good solution at the time, and saying that its developers wrote a "shit" program is like saying that the people who built ancient Rome were shit architects because the streets weren't wide enough for semi trucks.

about 9 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

raju1kabir Re:NAT (574 comments)

lease times could be really short - maybe a minute or two - even if that were not handled

That would mean more spurious data charges, and lower battery life due to frequent activity that has to trickle up from the radio board to the phone's OS. Also I don't want to lose my IP every time I'm in an elevator.

about 9 months ago
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Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

raju1kabir Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (284 comments)

Yes, we already knew that the periodic table of elements is pretty much the same all across the universe.

That wasn't his point at all, as I hope you know. He was describing how it helped us project the specific mineral makeup of the moon, which, though falling on the same periodic table, does not necessarily have to be the same as that of the earth.

about 10 months ago
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Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production

raju1kabir Re:I liked the N900, but.... (109 comments)

I need to be able to hold my finger on a key for pressing on time. I can't imagine how to do this with a "touch"screen. While I generally use a laptop for this, I occasionally use the N900 as a remote (ssh over wlan).

All of my phones have had very erratic latency, even for wifi over LAN. Have yours been consistent enough for this to provide the split-second timing you need?

My N4 is about 3 unobstructed meters from the wifi access point. With 10 samples of each, a laptop at the same distance gets pings to the router ranging from 0.399ms to 0.418ms. The phone's range from 6.89ms to 91.27ms.

about a year ago
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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

raju1kabir Re:FFS (456 comments)

Did you miss eighth grade civics class or something?

My eighth grade civics teacher was pretty specific about how "free speech" is a construct involving the relationship between individuals and the government. Perhaps yours left that part out.

The government is obliged to let you say what you want, without putting you in jail.

I, however, am not obliged to continue to give you money if you are saying things that annoy me. I have the freedom to spend my money elsewhere.

about a year ago
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

raju1kabir Re:I might not be here for Hurd 1.0 (206 comments)

I think they are overly sensitive about it, but I do see where they're coming from. It is in fact possible to see both sides of an issue, if you open your mind a little.

And, importantly, the straw man that you're arguing against (that RMS wants people to call the kernel GNU/Linux) is way out in left field. If you are confused about GNU's position, it's clearly laid out here: http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html

about a year ago
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

raju1kabir Re:I might not be here for Hurd 1.0 (206 comments)

My understanding has always been that RMS wants people to refer to distributions that contain the Linux kernel and GNU userspace tools to refer to it as GNU/Linux... not that he wants the Linux kernel itself to be referred to as GNU/Linux.

about a year ago
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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

raju1kabir Re:FFS (456 comments)

How does that misrepresent what he said? He was using social pressure against someone with whom he disagreed. If he didn't care about my reaction, he would have kept it to himself.

about a year ago
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

raju1kabir Re:I might not be here for Hurd 1.0 (206 comments)

Yeah, none of this addresses my argument.

There are also several systems in my home with large bases of installed GNU tools, that don't run Linux at all.

Linux doesn't need GNU tools. Nobody's arguing with you there.

GNU tools don't need Linux.

But the vast majority of the time, you find them together. Specifically, in all the distributions that some (admittedly persnickety) people like to call GNU/Linux.

about a year ago
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

raju1kabir Re:I might not be here for Hurd 1.0 (206 comments)

The kernel can run without those utilities/libraries. The utilities can not run without some flavor of operating system to run them on, Linux being one example of such.

The kernel can't do anything useful without the userspace stuff, the GNU tools can't do anything without a kernel. They're both dependent on the other, and the "other" is fungible but they are most commonly found in this pairing. It's a fairly equal relationship.

about a year ago
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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

raju1kabir Re:FFS (456 comments)

you are among the few people I hate.

Because of this, I am going to stop talking.

about a year ago
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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

raju1kabir Re:FFS (456 comments)

Social and/or business consequences, yes. Legal consequences, no, as I've already made clear.

How would you envision a world in which there were no consequences for speaking?

And what would be the point of opening your mouth in such a world?

about a year ago

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