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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

silas_moeckel Re:I thought it wasnt possible (105 comments)

When talking about lossy compression for video it might technically work but it's still worthless. For example my highly proprietary heavily patented postage stamp algorithm reduces all video down to 90 era dialup rate mpeg 2 aka a blurry postage stamp. This means it's massively compressed and very quick so it scores high on both metrics. It also looks like crap. Output quality and ratio are generally the metrics that matter and output quality is a subjective factor that needs to be determined by humans. How long it takes to encode is general a non factor as outside of live encoding it's a one time event. The other factor is how hard is it to decode generally not an issue right now.

yesterday
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

silas_moeckel Re:Alternative explanation (393 comments)

But that is not how the internet has traditionally worked. Teir 1 providers (those that pay nobody for bandwidth) which L3 and Verizon are do not pay each other ever. L3 is more than happy to increase port capacity/count and Verizon is refusing to do so. Put more simply Verizon is refusing to increase capacity in hopes to get the Comcast deal with Netflix. Netflix is also happy to give Verizon CDN gear to deploy on their network again a common practice.

Verizon is a teir 1 but pretty much an eyeball network, they send very little traffic compared to what they consume. They are effectively gaming the settlement free peering that has made the internet work to date in attempt to extort netflix and the like to buy their more expansive bandwidth to use their CDN etc etc. If you extend that logically we fall back to the walled garden days of compuserve aol etc which seems to what Verizon wants people paying to consume the things they are getting payed to send them.

For the obligatorily car analogy it's the car dealership making the factory pay them to take the cars and making the consumer pay for the car irregardless if it's the one they want coupled with the government only allowing a couple car dealerships sell to people in a given area, effectively take what they offer or get nothing.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

silas_moeckel Re:Good to hear (279 comments)

It's native objects can look rather childish, look at the cloud object that looks like something from ms paint for an example. But the big issue for me is it's missing the tools built around visio. Network discovery being the big one. Sure could I hack something together to use an existing tool and get the objects into Dia. I may be wrong as it's been awhile since I looked at it.

3 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

silas_moeckel Re:can be done (198 comments)

Frankly if this is done right the muni primarily provides the natural monopoly portion, just the glass back to the CO, no active gear on poles etc. At the CO they could provide power/cooling and implement there own layer 2/3 network to act as an ISP.

CWDM makes it easy to have a muni network and 8+ other networks on a single fiber. A muni might also resell it's active infrastructure allowing smaller players to enter a market and for efficiency serving lower utilization clients. Besides internet access it's fairly simple to provide library, school and government web site access via a google like install fee to cover costs. Offering metro area network type services is an easy add on, point to point via a dark channel and lit services and multipoint via lit services can be a huge boon to companies. Companies can fill in back-hauling to telco hotels and other muni's allowing for meta services to be built on top much like today's long haul fiber market.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

silas_moeckel Re:almost should have let her call (875 comments)

Sure hey TSA idiots arrest this guy. Hell probably try and have it covered under the obey all instructions of the flight staff BS.

4 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

silas_moeckel Re:File with the FCC (285 comments)

At this point you would have to be buying decade old networking gear to not support ipv6. I would stick away from cisco for a school and many other places as real lifetime support on networking gear is built in by HP etc so cisco's TCO sucks, tack on the support bait and switch you need a service contact BS.

From the sounds of this district it's extremely poor, internet access can be a game changer in education for the kids and their parents.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

silas_moeckel File with the FCC (285 comments)

Not really much of an important step, get some fiber back to the nearest colo/carrier hotel/etc, one or more 10ge, a bgp ASN and some IPv6 addresses along with some IPv4 for legacy stuff and 6 to 4 NAT.

about a week ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

silas_moeckel Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Netflix has never "flooded" any lines, Comcast refused to upgrade their circuits with L3 meaning they did not provided the advertised speeds to the Internet through there own negligence. L3 was very clear they were happy to increase port count/speed Comcast refused to do so. L3 is a tier 1 Comcast is not yet L3 was providing them with free peering in the interest of making the internet work.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

silas_moeckel Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

The government should threaten them because they are not providing the service their customers have paid for and they advertised. The Internet works because tier 1's all connect to each other and upgrade ports as they get saturated (good ISP's are proactive, ok ones last minute and crappy ones only after the link is saturated). While this is related to net neutrality it's primarily a false advertising issue, if they change their wording to correct that it's a DPUC (or similar) issue as they are no longer providing internet access per their monopoly contract.

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

silas_moeckel Re:30m (149 comments)

As we have seen with the last few years of hurricane season, putting the fiber huts etc while cheaper is a logistics nightmare in an emergency. The move to put everything on a pole is simply about getting things cheaper. In a rural setting sure but not within 20 or so cable miles of the CO.

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

silas_moeckel Re:30m (149 comments)

I would love to see a passive fiber network that is run by the muni that allows cdwm from central meet me rooms (aka the old telco CO). BX optics are nice, but would rather have optics with different send and receive wavelengths without the built in cdwm splitter/combiner so you can have multiple providers reusing the same fiber.

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

silas_moeckel Re:30m (149 comments)

Your 10 story office building would be out of reach of this, 3.9m is your average commercial building floor to floor distance and I've yet to see one with the primary dmarc in the middle floor :)

In the case of only 1 or 2 clients pulling only one or two pairs might be the correct thing.

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

silas_moeckel Re:30m (149 comments)

30m is pretty short run, 10ge will do 100m over 6a or 7. For office buildings it's normally pretty easy to get new cable in place not so much with apartment complexes.

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

silas_moeckel 30m (149 comments)

That is going to barely make it from the pole to the house. Tack on how much the gear will cost and this is cheaper than pulling fiber? Pull the fiber and be done with it 2 strands of single mode from the 70's would still get me any speed available today, sure it might need C/DWDM to do it but it's doable with standard gear.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

silas_moeckel Look for one that does not take email DMCA notices (148 comments)

That filters out 99% of the garbage right there. Just look at their web site.

If you don't want personal info it as a business with a business address (po box works) and possibly a lawyer to write up the one copy paste counter notice you will ever need and pay them to deal with the inbound complaints.

If your just hosting remember your paying what a few bucks a month? DMCA notices are a cost they get shuffled in and out as quickly as possible. If you want them to look at them you need to be a bigger fish or worth there while so at least dedicated server if not a rack or more.

about three weeks ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

silas_moeckel Re:IPv6 (104 comments)

I've yet to see an embedded device implement privacy extensions. Human facing computers sure.

about a month ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

silas_moeckel Re:Umm... (149 comments)

To bad it's in New Zealand and hinges on the fact that they drives were never supposed to be given to the FBI in the first place.

about a month ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

silas_moeckel Re:IPv6 (104 comments)

An autoconfig ipv6 address is the mac with some static bits shoved on.

128 bit mac's are fairly useless nothing should else have a broadcast domain that large. 64 Bit would seem to be the next step as that allows full use of the ipv6 default subnet of 64 bits

about a month ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

silas_moeckel Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

DPMS or whatever the HDMI equivalent would seem to make far more sense.

about a month ago

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