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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

rickb928 Re:Competition urgently needed (149 comments)

And that post explains the Olympics, art, and literature. And virtually every other endeavor where one compares their work to another's.

What BS.

A thing measured improves.

True competitors don't slow down when they reach the top. They never give their competition a chance to catch up.

Your peers are your competition . Your customers, clients, or fans are your audience. Your peers are not your judge, your audience is. Listening to your competitors for advice is fraught with peril.

You need not deal with competitive people. Just buy their product, that's really all they ever wanted anyways.

And yes, in the US, we have room to improve how we regulate ISPs. They should be either carriers that set honest expectations and adhere to them, or purely competitive entities that receive no subsidies from the public and need none. Think Universal Service Fund, for instance. But that doesn't mean other nations are so much better. South Korea is approximately the size of Virginia, with six times the population, and has fabulous Internet. If Virginia had a population of 50 million, their Internet service might be a lot different than it is. Comparing Internet service in the US to other nations is mostly pointless.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

rickb928 Re: Voting for the right people (149 comments)

"Republicans are even MORE in favor of a corporatocracy than their opposition"

Don't bother. there is no functional or philosophical difference between the leadership of the two major parties. Making that point labels you as blinded by your own partisanship, and perpetuating the root problem - our political system is co-opted by lobbies of various constituents, industries, and others. A wholly owned subsidiary of interests that do not have our best interests at heart.

Really. if you don't get this, you don't get IT. At all.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

rickb928 Re:IRL (204 comments)

Let's put it differently. If Verizon/AT&T/etc all decide to charge for incoming data from the heavy hitters, and they say no, when do customers stop actually using the service at all?

As in cancelling their cable TV subscription and relying on the Internet for media - paying more, but in the end lowering their costs.

Naw. the ISPs really don't care. They will jack your bill back up to where it was before. Until they reach the limits of elasticity.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

rickb928 Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Residential ISP service is pretty much asymmetrical. I click here and there, and get a few gigs of movie as data. It;'s been this way forever, since when I ran an ISP off of a pair of T-1s, a Cisco 2600, and a Livingston box. One of the T-1s was all dial in ports. those were the days...

Not only did my customers show asymmetric data (10% up, 90% down often) but they railed about speed that only exceeded expectations by 10-25%. Customers.

Complaints that the business is so asymmetrical that it's unfair are nearly specious. That is the definition of the business. You're just extorting form the media providers, and lying to your customers. It ought to be regulated, but I don't yet know if we can get that done.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

rickb928 Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

When gasoline goes to $20/gallon, people;

- stop eating out just to save on the fuel

- start combining trips to the grocery to avoid fuel costs, which coincidentally reduces those impulse purchases as as fraction of the total

- stop taking their kids to soccer three times a week. And piano classes, gymnastics, robot league, etc...

And school systems start surcharging for the bus for field trips.

The analogy breaks down a little.

But, if Netflix does go to $50/month, do we start watching something else? Hell yeah.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

rickb928 Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

And Netflix programming is uplifting, educational, and inspiring?

House of Cards makes me want to storm Washington. the rest is, well, pretty much a lot like what Verizon is peddling.

Come to think of it, HoC is too.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

rickb928 Re:To their defense (314 comments)

I met the man who continues to provide US paper mills with a crucial part, and he accepts only cash on delivery. And he's happy to drive his truck home without payment, because they will eventually pay him, and pay him for the wasted trip as well. There is no substitute for this part, and the other sources are somewhat more difficult to deal with - they like to sell new, he refurbishes old.

He would retire if the gummint told him cash was not possible. and he's a bit of an extremist in every other way.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

rickb928 Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

Um, a few notes (pun alert):

As of May 30, 2009, 167,289 $1,000 bills were known to exist. Let's Make a Deal game-show host Monty Hall occasionally gave away $1,000 bills as prizes.

As of May 30, 2009, 342 $5,000 bills were known to exist. Currently, there are no known 1928 $5,000 Gold Certificates in existence except the unique specimen (# A00000001A) in the Smithsonian Institution.

Courtesy of Wikipedia. Must be true.

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rickb928 Responsibility on who? (279 comments)

"The U.S. Constitution—written approximately 100 years before the germ theory of disease was proven by French chemist Louis Pasteur and German physician Robert Koch — places responsibility for public health squarely on the shoulders of local and state political leaders"

Tell that to our President and the Congressional representatives that enacted the ACA. And the Supreme Court that then remade it into a tax.

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

about two weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

rickb928 Re: HangArs (48 comments)

Not so much bad code as a lesson in testing software.

about two weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

rickb928 Re: HangArs (48 comments)

Once Slashdot ditches the Therac-25 system there's a chance the mobile site might not suck so hard.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

rickb928 Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (403 comments)

My 2004 Lancer OZ gets 31 MPG on my commute without A/C on. that's a 44 mile run each way, 3 miles at one end and 2 mines at the other end streets with 50MPH limits and 2 traffic lights each. 65MPH on the highway, no slowdowns or stops in the morning, averaging closer to 45MPH in the afternoon with slowdowns to 25MPH and sometimes dead stops.

It gets 26MPG when I travel the highway at 70MPH with the A/C on.

Before this, a 1998 Saab 900 SET met its MPG ratings even with A/C on.

The 2000 Explorer V8 my wife drives? Horrible, doesn't meet ratings for her at all.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

rickb928 Re: "Consented" (191 comments)

I've never attended college.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

rickb928 "Consented" (191 comments)

"implicitly consented by granting access to the information stored in her cell phone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid in an ongoing criminal investigations [sic]."

"Consented". they keep using that word.

I do not think it means what they want you to think it means. Ever.

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

rickb928 Re: $1000!? (278 comments)

I'm saying that the summary alone explained that they were disabling routers/hotspots.

about three weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

rickb928 Re:Sounds About Right (278 comments)

That knew they were being jammed.

about three weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

rickb928 Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

The last Motel 6 I stayed at charged $29/night for Wi-Fi.

They didn't attack my hotspot.

about three weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

rickb928 Re:$1000!? (278 comments)

You should read the summary at least, my friend.

about three weeks ago

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Cox Coaster, life in the frustrating lane

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So, I've become a participant in the Cox Coaster trial here in the Phoenix area, and I'm wondering if any of you have had a shot at this elsewhere, or if you have some questions about it.

Coaster is Cox's IPTV offering, still being built and tested apparently. As part of the deal, I got a new Cisco router/firewall/wifi hub, the Coaster PC, HDMI cable, and TWO remotes.

And so far, it is an unrewarding experience, but I'm not done trying it out. Verdict pending.

Questions?"

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We're the governent, and we're here to secure you

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So the Pentagon, with their shiny new CyberCom commander and all that, are trying to convince corporate CEOs and "companies that operate critical infrastructures" to let them install monitoring systems on their networks or, quote, "stay in the wild wild west of the unprotected internet".

From the article:

"Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn III, speaking at the Strategic Command Cyber Symposium in Nebraska, said we need to think imaginatively about how to use the National Security Agencyââs Einstein monitoring systems on critical private-sector networks ââ such as those in the financial, utility and communication industries ââ in order to protect us."

Sure sounds good to me. Let the Pentagon keep an eye on your critical network, and they will not only alert you to something going wrong, but they'll even respond to the threat. And if you operate 'critical infrastructure'. you owe it to our nation to opt-in, right? I mean. What could go wrong? It's the Pentagon, surely they know what they're doing, right?"

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Hidden web ads inflate revenues, don't annoy us

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  about 5 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "Well, sort of...

The Wall Street Journal publishes here (Same story, who stole what???) and here:

'Kraft Foods, Greyhound Lines and Capital One Financial have bought some strange ads on the Internet lately. What's so strange about them is that they're invisible.

The companies might not have known about their invisible display ads — the kind that are supposed to appear alongside content on Web pages — if not for Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School who studies Internet advertising.

Mr. Edelman says his research shows that all three marketers, and many others, have fallen victim to Web sites that use such ads as a way to sell more ad space than they have.

The Web sites can get away with it, he says, because online advertisers don't always audit their campaigns for proof their ads are appearing. It isn't clear how common these ads are or how much they cost marketers.

Mr. Edelman and other Internet-security experts say the ads are created with the use of computer code that makes it look to marketers as though their ads are showing up on legitimate Web sites. But consumers who visit those sites can't see the ads because they have been placed on invisible Web pages.

In one example, visitors to a site called MyToursInfo.com saw an ordinary-looking Web page with one ad for Verizon Communications and another for a weight-loss product. But, Mr. Edelman, who studied the site in January, said software code running behind the scenes opened more than 40 Web pages, each including three ads from marketers such as Domino's Pizza and Capital One, which were invisible to visitors.

Mr. Edelman's analysis of the code was confirmed by computer-security experts at Symantec and McAfee as well as online-ad advisory firms DoubleVerify and Anchor Intelligence.'

Sweet. I'm not sure what's worse, these and other companies being cheated out of ad dollars by this latest wrinkle in fraud, or us waiting while these invisible pages load. Not only do we suffer through interminable Flash loads, every geegaw Web trick to tickle our eyeballs and/or ears, but we now can be pretty sure that some of those sites that take so ^*%^ long to load are actually loading up page after page of 'invisible' ads.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED! Ad fraud, right under our noses, on the Internet? Oh my..."
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The Empire Strikes Back: Broadcast's end run?

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rickb928 writes "Is this Television's big step past Cable? USA Today quotes John Eck, President of NBC Network and Media Works:

"If we play it right, it can be a compelling service"

Indeed, if several manufacturers follow suit and build mobile receivers, as LG, Samsung, Zenith, Kenwood, and others disclosed at CES in Las Vegas, this would offer viewers an option to cable, and even to Internet services such as Hulu, among others. Might even impact Youtube...

By offering local news, which normally isn't available from cellphone video services, they could leverage their fading brands even more, and most importantly directly to their audience. And probably preserve advertising views as well, which gives them an advantage with advertisers who pretty much despise Tivo and other services that let viewers bypass ads and get to the good stuff.

From the USA Today story: "At least 63 stations in 22 cities — including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Washington — will transmit news, entertainment and sports to portable devices this year, according to the broadcast industry's Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC).

The initial group will include affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, ION and PBS. Each city will have a different mix. Most will simulcast regularly scheduled shows."

Gotta love it. Broadcast TV joining forces with the cellphone industry to take on a common enemy: Cable, which has been intruding on Telephony's turf with VOIP services, and clearly would love to dominate IP Television, may have a foe that can actually hurt them where it counts; in the wallet.

Do we consumers get anything out of this? 'Free' (as in beer) TV, albeit on smaller, mobile screens? On-demand shows? (I doubt that). Local stations on our phones or whatever little device? Smaller pictures of Jennifer Aniston? Is this a good thing?"

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Reporters at Black Hat get bounced for hacking

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So some reporters at Black Hat decided to teach the other reporters in the press room about the importance of securing their connections. They must have been thinking "hmm.. this is Black Hat, so why not hack their ids and passords and stuff, and show them how pwned they are, right?".

Not so funny. At Black Hat, hacking is encouraged. Everywhere except the Press Room, apparently.

So the reporters, from the French magazine 'Global Security Magazine', apparently did the unthinkable — hack at Black Hat:

"The French journalists — identified by organizers as Dominique Jouniot, Marc Brami, Mauro Israel — apparently set up their own server to siphon off traffic passing through the media room's central router."

Once again, hacking is cool. Unless, of course, it's done at you, or where you don't want it to be done.

Right back at ya, Black Hat."

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Gold Digger or opportunist? Sexist or pragmatist?

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  about 7 years ago

rickb928 writes "When this story" on my company's internal blog, I had to go read the original. Yep, allegedly a woman posted a personal ad on Craigslist asking how to meet her 'Sugar Daddy' move to New York City, and basically cash in. And this is a reposting of the ad and a response.

Some of this may or may not be true — and that's not my point. But this gets me thinking. And wondering. Among other things;

Was there a line crossed in this posting and response? I mean, the obvious observations in the NYT article include the blatant sexism by both the woman and the responder, and while many will complain that his (and I assume it was a 'he') response was throughly sexist, wasn't it also honest, brutally so? And what about the woman posting? While she's honest, she's probably smart to be anonymous as well. Posting her photo would not make her gym visits bearable, I bet.

What was the most outrageous thing you have read in a personal ad? I read plenty when I was dating, and the ones pointing out that Republicans, ex-military, etc. need not apply always got my attention. And I got plenty angry until I realized that it was for the best that I avoided these women. And many men used the dating sites to troll for sex, pure and simple, and would post ANYTHING to get a meeting. After all, you can't make the sale unless you can meet the buyer. (Was THAT crossing the line?).

But more to the point, it's not about whether or not a woman can seek marriage to a 'rich guy' for no other reason than to be taken care of, or a 'rich guy' to marry a woman for no other reason than to have a pretty girl on his arm and in his bed. It's deeper than that, I think. How can you really know what your fiance really has on their mind? Rich guys, do you wonder about this? And beautiful women, do you also wonder if the attraction really isn't just skin deep?

Of course, does this matter a bit to your average Slashdot reader? Let's find out."

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rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  about 8 years ago

rickb928 writes "Just when you thought it was bad to talk on your cell phone all the time, comes this story about the amount of cell phone affecting your sperm count and quality. And it's all about the quality, isn't it?

The premise is that men who talk on their cell phones for more than 4 hours a day have lousy sperm.

Of course, the first question I have for the researchers is, 'Dude. The phone is out of my pocket. It's in my ear. I'm not a dickhead".

Whatcha think? Hidden danger or the funniest thing since, well, since tighty-whiteys?



-rick"

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Redesign

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

There's a reason Slashdot doesn't redesign the site very often. Same reason I dont lick the stove when its hot.

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