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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

silas_moeckel Re:How Does this Effect Rural? (318 comments)

They might have to use the piles of cash they get to actually upgrade them. We have paid to connect every rural home with fiber several times over. Instead they foisted off outdated slow gear on them and used the fund to pay for it.

Sure their might be some places in the US that are more than the 130ish km allowed by standard optics, it's not like we don't know how to stick a DWDM light pump on a pole for those are are to far.

2 days ago

Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

silas_moeckel Re:It's a production system (85 comments)

And if you look at IPv6 BGP filtering is a lot better.

3 days ago

Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

silas_moeckel Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (154 comments)

Some parts are complex and successful company's often part out things to others. To bad most of the changes that drive up the price are cosmetic. Does every model year need new headlights and thus slightly different body panels? A different but otherwise the same stereo?

Frankly cars should be a platform. More like a piece of farm or construction equipment where refinements are made to efficiency, durability or safety. Upgrades are made where it makes sense, engine blow well might as well get the new one 15% better mileage.

4 days ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

silas_moeckel Re:law enforcement scams (462 comments)

And there is only one group who puts them in a position to do it the Democrats?

Please there is no effective difference in US politics, it's the same group. Hell politician's change affiliation and still get elected. Sure one side tends to do one thing or another you need something to campaign on after all. Neither wants any real change.

about a week ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

silas_moeckel Re:It should be (363 comments)

Isn't that effectively what the new autonomous cars are? Horses tended to go back to their barn so yea similar effect.

about two weeks ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

silas_moeckel Re:Nanny State (363 comments)

It just shows that the law is broken, LEO's frankly need to be the model drivers unless the disco-tech mounted to their roof is on (and that needs to be toned down at night).

about two weeks ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

silas_moeckel Re:It should be (363 comments)

Because we have little to no functional mass transit. That is pretty much a lifetime imprisonment being forced to live in a city to be able to get a decent job. Forget being able to take care of family life.

We really need to rethink our transport related laws, were effectively removing peoples freedom to associate/travel on the mere accusation that they did something that might hurt somebody else. It frankly seems like the buggy whip guys started us down this slippery path trying to throw roadblocks at the switch to cars. The move to self driving cars may be the answer, with licencing turning into something for enthusiasts.

about two weeks ago

Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

silas_moeckel Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

Parallel construction is a farce and has no place in a legal system. The defendant is being intentionally lied to and thus unable to defend themselves. If you can not say how you got the info they should not be able to use it. Same goes for confidential informants. The people the NSA should be spying on are supposed to be dealt with via the CIA aka outside of the country assassinations.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

silas_moeckel Re:Look at the ELK Stack (137 comments)

ELK works but frankly it's defaults do just about nothing. As a stack sure it's great but it needs to be added as an adjunct to a real monitoring system and it needs useful defaults and/or some sort of add on repository. The opennms boys are working on showing rrd data into ES.

Pretty much you set up ELK and go great my logs are all one place but it does nothing by default nor is it easy to do anything useful with it. Adhoc searches of logs is great in all but your basically replacing ssh cat | grep. Take a common thing like percolating up an alert when a bit of redundant hardware fails and pushing that event into a ticketing system to the correct group and priority and ELK needs a lot of customization to do anything useful. Sure you can put an search in a window somewhere and make a human look but that is frankly going back 2 decades in sysadmin space. Devs seem to like it but it's pretty much an adhoc reporting tool for them.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

silas_moeckel Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

That is a very different thing, if it was the companies data it matters not where the data is they have to produce it. This is about Microsoft trying to comply with an order for somebody else's data that is not under their control but they do have access to.

I run an IT business, this is much like getting an order to produce a clients data. Can I technically do it sure. If it was in the US I'm covered legally via the judge made me do it and possibly a gag order precluding me from disclosing that we did so. Now if it's foreign I'm committing a crime and do not have legal cover, some of us still want to leave the US from time to time. In neither case should my company be compelled to deliver that data, it's not ours to give. Doing so has the potential to ruin business relationships. Having it be the law in the US leads to no foreign company allowing a US one access to it's systems.

It is not hard ask an Irish judge to issue the order to Microsoft EU (or whoever). It seems they do not think disclosing this data would be legal in the EU and the request would be denied thus this end run. The US can and does get just this sort of thing all the time the EU just has better protections and thus a higher bar to meet to avoid fishing expeditions like this one.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

silas_moeckel Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

Actually they data is in Europe the judge is trying to say since they have access to it from the US they need to turn it over. The data is under the control of a division incorporated in Europe.

There is established procedure to get this it called ask the European courts.

about three weeks ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

silas_moeckel Re:Jail them for contempt (248 comments)

The federal judiciary has no enforcement powers those fall under the executive. Many state's have marshals that report to the courts and can enforce their orders.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

silas_moeckel Re:DSL Is generally several layers of encapsulatio (355 comments)

Well look at it like the modem analogy. Dial up days you "paid" for the overhead as well the PPP overhead effectively reduced your max connection speed/throughput.

about three weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

silas_moeckel dash cams. (455 comments)

Even simpler if no recording then charges must be dismissed without other testimony. This should be belt and suspenders dashcam, bodycam and guncam all working together. Chance of 3 things failing at the same time for a fatal shooting are very low. Sure they might not be on the dashcam but a gun cam gives a great POV of the cop right before they fired and a body cam gives a more general overview.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

silas_moeckel Re:DSL Is generally several layers of encapsulatio (355 comments)

It can actually be baked into their resale bit. You know where they charge a 3rd party near as much as you or more to resell the DSL send the connections to them via an overpriced ATM circuit and they still have to deal with internet transit etc. All so they can say to the regulators that nobody else wants to sell DSL in their area or that since they have a couple token providers they are not a monopoly.

Often with AT&T they use this to separate the phone company side from the ISP side and suck the profits from the ISP side. Yup AT&T overcharges itself so it can cry poor and get rate hikes through.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

silas_moeckel DSL Is generally several layers of encapsulation (355 comments)

PPPoE and ATM add overhead to about 16%.

Yup your paying for the encapsulation that never leaves their network.

about three weeks ago

California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

silas_moeckel Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

They can cut off phone service in this and other countries but the theft is going to china etc that does not care or the be broken down to parts.

about three weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

silas_moeckel General perparedness (191 comments)

Not living anyplace earthquake prone, but generally prepared.

2 Generators (need to convert one or both to propane since that stores well)
A couple months supply of water, plus a reliable spring on property.
A few months on food. (just regular sundries that get rotated through)

It really surprises me when a blizzard happens and people are running to stock up. Sure I make a french toast run (Milk Eggs Bread) as boxed milk is expensive to regularly use, eggs well they go bad and powered eggs same as milk, and bread well its easier than making from scratch.

As to long term prep talk to the LDS people while I don't condone there or anybody else's religion they seem to have a love of being prepared.

As far as data goes personal backups are stored at multiple offsite facilities and have a portable copy of the critical stuff.

about a month ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

silas_moeckel 3 Person household (260 comments)

3 Phones
3 Tablets
2 Notebooks but wireless use is rare
1 roku (1 so wifi only)
1 Xbox 360
1 Printer (Large format inkjet)

2 R Pi
1 Custom arduiono compatible head end (acts as a bridge for several low speed wireless networks)
3 Desktops
1 Server
3 Roku
1 Laser printer

In total I've got 3 AP's and need 2 more to finish coverage of the house and garage. May add one to a tree fort. One of those AP's and the wired printer are via powerline ethernet as I've not had time to hard wire them.

about a month ago


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