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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Michael Casavant Re:Verizon and AT&T will have it next year (149 comments)

Exactly! How else could they charge for a fast lane if the connection is horrendously slow?

about three weeks ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Michael Casavant Re:In other news (358 comments)

It's not illegal to be riding and using a cell phone at the same time.

It is illegal to cause harmful emissions (jamming)

about a month ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Michael Casavant Re:This is why I straight talk on AT&T (321 comments)

Switch to Cricket (formerly AIO), best of both worlds. Auto-pay gives discount, same price as Straight Talk, uses AT&T network (like ST).

about 2 months ago
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BitPay, Toshiba Partnership Brings Bitcoin To 6,000 New Merchants

Michael Casavant Re:What about taxation? (85 comments)

On the other hand chargebacks are not that prolific for honest sellers. I've used two in my life and both for cheats.

I used to work for a small retail chain (75 stores) working specifically on the POS system (including CC processing). Chargebacks are a huge issue.

Our staff had to deal with 30-40 chargebacks a month during our busy times. Each of those required at least an hour of research on the transaction, filling out forms and then getting the information back to the credit card processing company. All of which typically resulted in money coming out of our account, even though the customer was in the wrong (Along with other things, we sold monthly subscriptions to our service. A customer would dispute charges because they went to a store that started with the same first 4 letters of our name and didn't recognize the charge.).

Chargebacks cost us 1 employees time for an entire week every single month, and we where an honest retailer (refunds for anything even have way reasonable).

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

Michael Casavant Re:Stop Parroting Cardiography (149 comments)

EXACTLY

And to top it off, there is already a service for high priority traffic. It's called: Guaranteed bandwidth and QoS.
So long as both ends agree on which packets get delivered first, this is already a widely deployed (and acceptable) practice. An internet "fast lane" is not a solution to the heart monitor "problem".

about 3 months ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Michael Casavant Re:Why I won't use Ultraviolet ... (200 comments)

All of the above, plus "You can only watch this movie on a Windows PC".

I don't own a single Windows PC.

DRM sucks. Hard.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

Michael Casavant Re:And what's Google *promising*? (129 comments)

Oh, yeah, this:

In February 2014, Google announced it had "invited cities in nine metro areas around the U.S.—34 cities altogether—to work with us to explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber."

One shallow, useless promise begets another...

[fanboi]But, Google!!![/fanboi]

Ummm....
You say "One shallow, useless promise begets another..." but there simply isn't a promise in your quote.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Michael Casavant Re:Mixed Linux/Windows Environments Don't Work Wel (452 comments)

So? Run LibreOffice everywhere, Windows and Linux. MS Office is arguably more vulnerable to attacks than the core of Windows XP.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Michael Casavant Re:Should be objective, not biased... (452 comments)

No, re-read the license.
You can have it installed on up to 10 PC's. The company itself can have hundreds, so long as it's not installed on more than 10 you're still good.

about 4 months ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Michael Casavant Re:Viable Replacement? (242 comments)

Free Dynamic DNS is fine but....
I've used Namecheap.com for my personal domain for a few years now and recently found out you can do dynamic DNS with them too. I realize it's not free, but, it's my own domain on a service I'm paying for. It's nice having house.(mydomain).com...

about 4 months ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Michael Casavant Re:Give Bill a break... (220 comments)

And now he's one of the biggest advocates for science and technology in the country (CEO of the Planetary Society), of which there are far too few. Remember people, you are not born a scientist, actor or comedian. These are things learned over time. Plenty of people switch jobs when they find something more enjoyable. Bill Nye happens to be in a position where he supports science and has influence because of his past roles.

I, for one, applaud his effort to bring science to the masses. One doesn't have to be doing science research to make a difference.

about 4 months ago
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Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

Michael Casavant Might help the US.... (97 comments)

Now stolen iPhone's from the US will be worth SLIGHTLY less. Because nobody can clone an IMEI...

about 4 months ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Michael Casavant Re:The US is broke for these kinds of projects (216 comments)

This is like taking a vacation to the big ball of twine vs Disney Land because you can't afford it.

That is a terrible analogy. By comparing space exploration to vacation you are suggesting that the science has no value other than to satisfy someone's curiosity, which is simply not true.

A better analogy: Going to Europa is like a manufacturing company investing in a robotic production machine. It costs a lot and takes a considerable amount of skill to setup and use, but once it's going the payoff is enormous.

We should be taking money from other things and putting them into the space program. We need these investments. See: http://www.investopedia.com/fi...

about 5 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

Michael Casavant Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

I think you misunderstand what QoS is...
QoS isn't throttling, it's packet prioritization. It means that this VoIP packet get's out first and the HTTP packet get's bumped it's place in line; but it still get's delivered and it has to happen within the TTL (time to live). QoS does NOT mean "this Torrent packet might get delivered".

Throttling, on the other hand, means the amount of packets which are coming from Netflix servers are limited to X per second. Throttling is what we're talking about here, not QoS.

about 5 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

Michael Casavant Re:Why SHOULDN'T Netflix Pay? (235 comments)

Ummm...
Netflix doesn't get a free ride, they have to pay for outbound bandwidth on their side. You pay for inbound bandwidth on your side.

about 5 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

Michael Casavant Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

Slow clap starting...now

about 5 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

Michael Casavant Re:Car analogy (430 comments)

On the car analogy... Imagine that same road system requires a specific type of car to drive on it.

Actually, many toll roads are privately owned (For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I... and to a lesser extent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... ).
What's funny about the I-185 toll road is how absolutely bad things are:
1) There is almost no mileage/time savings vs the primary highways
2) The tolls have skyrocketed over the past few years because it's basically a useless road (It now costs $6 cash to go end-to-end to save no time and no miles)
3) They chose their own transponder system, not compatible with EZPass, so pretty much the only people who buy the passes are people who live right off the exits

Private roads at their finest.

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Michael Casavant Re:Full retard (723 comments)

That's true, but there's something else at play here.

Many people in the Atlanta area get 3-season tires (aka Summer tires, not to be confused with Ultra High Performance Summer tires) because they tend to be FAR better in the rain than all-seasons.

See:http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/products/know-your-tires-all-season-vs-summer-9647443
http://www.tirereview.com/arti...
http://www.edmunds.com/car-rev...

So, here's the decision: Buy all-seasons to be safe for the 3 days every 3 years you need them, or buy summer tires to be safe for the 345 days every 3 years you need them. (Source: http://www.sercc.com/climatein...)

about 5 months ago

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