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Comment: Re:Kazaa (Score 1) 174

by AndrewBuck (#47803727) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

I have noiced the same thing on my skype in the past. I am fine with contributing some p2p bandwidth but wish the program was a bit more upfront about telling you about it.

On a separate but related issue, I used to use netstat for the same kind of thing you did, but now I run a program called nethogs, which is a command line tool a lot like top, but shows bandwidth usage by process in real time in more sane units like kb/s instead of the ugly packet buffer counts netstat uses which are kind of hard to read. It also sorts by bandwidth similar to how top shows the high cpu users on top by default so it is easy to see what the "random process eating your network" is.


Comment: Re:Durrrr. (Score 2) 174

If this was a business venture, we would have had our answer years ago and wouldn't need another round of National Science Foundation funding to investigate this, or come up with another model that disagrees with the 20 we already have which are not good enough.

So just to be clear, what you are saying is that the science is in such broad agreement that climate change is real and is man made, that it is not even worth spending more money to research it, right?


Comment: Re:Durrrr. (Score 2) 174

Oh yeah, that sweet sweet grant money. Everyone knows scientists who support global warming are all riding around on their private yachts paid for with the grant money they lied in their research to get, whereas the poor defenseless honest scientists who are sceptical of global warming are all broke and starving because no one will pay them a dime.


Comment: Re:In London, Lyft/Uber are intelligence tests. (Score 2) 125

by AndrewBuck (#47656259) Attached to: The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Seems like he might have been referring to this, moron.

Here are the relevant bits...

The taxicab driver is required to be able to decide routes immediately in response to a passenger's request or traffic conditions, rather than stopping to look at a map, relying on satellite navigation or asking a controller by radio. ...

It is the world's most demanding training course for taxicab drivers, and applicants will usually need at least twelve 'appearances' (attempts at the final test), after preparation averaging 34 months, to pass the examination.

Next time you feel like being a pretentious twat, why don't you just keep it to yourself.


Comment: Re:You can help out (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by AndrewBuck (#47631415) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

We actually have a wiki page about that exact issue. We have worked on this quite a bit to work out the best way to tag the roads in Africa to handle the huge variety of what they have there. It really makes you appreciate the infrastructure that the developed world has when you see how difficult it would be to travel in these parts of the world.


Comment: You can help out (Score 4, Interesting) 183

by AndrewBuck (#47631131) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has been working with WHO, MSF, and Red Cross since the outbreak began in march to map roads and villages in the affected areas. These maps are used by medical teams to move people, medicine, and equipment around, as well as to do "contact tracing" of infected people to see who they might also have infected. The maps are crowdsourced and released under a copyleft license like wikipedia uses. If you want to help out you can check out a task to work on on the HOT task manager and help improve the maps these organizations are using to do their work. There are some instructional videos on the MapGive site run by the US State Department which has donated a bunch of imagery for us to better map the affected areas.

Please take some time to learn how to help with this mapping and help these doctors do what they need to do.


Comment: Re:Dismantle DHS (Score 1) 190

by AndrewBuck (#47524983) Attached to: The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

It was a bit clumsily worded. I meant "the opposite of hiding", so I was not saying that you want to do the opposite of hide, not the opposite of what you suggested. In any case, clumsy wording or not, glad to hear that you understood my message and are joining the effort.


Comment: Re:Dismantle DHS (Score 2) 190

by AndrewBuck (#47517753) Attached to: The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Quite the opposite in fact. In my opinion when your government starts making lists of "the bad people" then I think it is your moral duty to make sure you are one of the people on the list. From the recent NSA leaks (this one may not actually be from Snowden, which is interesting) the NSA considers anyone who uses or runs Tor to be an extremist, so apparently I make the list twice; just glad to be doing my part. I also installed PGP and use encryption whenever possible, although that is rare because I only know a few other people using it, and most of the communicating I do with them is on a mailing list anyway so encryption doesn't really work. Still I do what I can to throw up a bit of "chaff" to make their job just that little bit harder.

You posted your comment anonymously (or as anon as you can be on slashdot), but I won't post mine that way. My government knows who I am and what I think and I couldn't be happier. Fuck the motherfuckers.


Comment: Re:Coldest first half in the US since 1993 (Score 2) 552

by AndrewBuck (#47457979) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

So the global average was the warmest on record, and you point out that the US was a bit cool. You think this means that global warming isn't happening (actually you are probably smarter than that you are just trying to trick those that casually read your comment); but actually what this means is that it must have been _crazy hot_ somewhere else to balance out the relatively cool US and still come out as the top temp.


Comment: Re:Sick Joke (Score 3, Informative) 69

Wow, yet another industry shill posting as AC to spread propaganda. I think you are the 4th or 5th one in this thread.

In answer to your misinformation...

Net Neutrality originally meant: leave the internet alone, it's been working fine for years.

Yep, and it still does mean that. You can claim it means whatever you want, but the people areguing for common carrier status want exactly this, and nothing more.

Then corporations start to throttle back our bandwidth, and instead of the courts charing them with selling a fraud, or deceptive trade practices

I would be very happy to see them do this, unfortunately it would be a tough case to make because they always weasel language into the contract you sign with them saying they can "regulate speed for QOS reasons" and that your speed is "up to" some threshold, etc.

the FCC and Obama come in with a plan to give government control over the internet, and require the ISPs to log your internet activity and just give it to police whenever they ask for it. And of course Mr. Obama and the FCC call this plan "Net Neutrality".

This is just ludicrous. In what way is saying to ISPs "you can't discriminate based on who sends the traffic, you have to treat it all equally" equal to "governemnt control over the internet" in the pejorative sense you are intending for it to mean. I guess the government would have some control as all regulations are a form of control, but that is not what you meant. The people arguing for net neutrality want all players to have the same access to the public internet without large entites paying to prevent their data from getting through, so why would they want the government to do exactly the same thing. You were just trying to scare people into doing what the giant corps want, which is to let them screw their customers over by forcing them to pay for a connection and then pay again to make it not suck. Furthermore, your comment about logging on the internet is pretty funny in light of the Snowden leaks. Why would they need to pass a law to "log the internet" when they have been doing exactly that for years. Just more phony scaremongering to confuse people who are not well informed.

That's right, they gave it the same name, but it has a completely different meaning.

Nope, that was just the big ISPs and their paid shills who post AC on sites like slashdot. Go crawl back into the hole you came out of. To quote Woodie Guthrie "all you facists are bound to lose". You might win on this one and get the two tiered internet your paymasters want, but the people are slowly learning how badly they are being screwed over and eventually they will wake up and take action.


Comment: Re:The FCC needs to classify ISP's as common carri (Score 2) 69

Interesting idea sharing your actual comment. Here is mine (link is to a small pdf from the fcc site showing the text of the comment):

Others are welcome to read the comment to get ideas for what to write but I don't recommend copy-pasting my comment as your own. Write it in your own words and say why it affects you personally. Getting 20 real, independantly written comments with personal stories matters more than getting 100 copy pasted comments. These orgs are used to getting hundreds of identical comments from groups like and such which encourage people to "write their representatives, and to make it easy for you here is what to write..." and those are too easy to ignore.


Comment: Re:Win or lose the government will find a way (Score 4, Insightful) 69

Again with the propaganda. Analogies are useful, but only to a point and your analogy has gone past the point. You are perfectly allowed to pay more to get a bigger pipe or lower latency today; that already exists, just go shopping for bandwidth and you will see many options. What you are not allowed to do is pay more to make sure your competitors have a smaller pipe, or higher latency.

To use your analogy, you are allowed to spend as much as you want and buy as big of an engine as you want, but you are not allowed to spend money to make sure the guy you are racing against has a smaller engine.

I really do wonder what the motivation for all these AC posts is. Are they just misunderstanding the issue and posting anon because they are afraid of being downmodded, or are they paid industry shills whose job is not to win the argument, just to muddy the water enough that people get confused?


Comment: Re:Win or lose the government will find a way (Score 4, Informative) 69

Way to repeat the industry propaganda. Net neutrality does not say anything at all about the upgrades you carry out, all it says is that whether or not the upgrades are done, you can't priveledge one customer over another because that person paid you to speed their traffic and slow others.


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