So Netflix says, "Why are we paying all this money to a company that doesn't even really want our traffic?" and so they go talk to Comcast directly about connecting directly to the Comcast network. They work out a deal, and now they don't need to pay as much to InterCo because it's only running traffic for non-Comcast customers, and they are able to give Comcast customers a much better, more controlled experience.
Except Netflix proposed this scenario to Comcast and they refused. Then Comcast started throttling and Netflix was forced to agree to whatever the secret terms of this deal are.
Who is losing out on this deal?
Seriously? We don't know the terms so there could be any number of losers. What if part of the agreement forces Netflix to throttle its own feeds to non-Comcast customers or prevents them from coming to similar arrangements with other ISP's? Ultimately the cost will be passed to customers or Netflix will have to reduce their licensed library to cover the expense.
1. I rent a post office box.
2. I pay Amazon to ship me products to that PO box
3. The USPO sees the package is from Amazon and delays the package because Amazon paid the same amount WalMart does but Amazon sends more packages than WalMart so the USPO wants a piece of that action
Are you sure you aren't related to badanalogyguy?
Why should that cost anything as long as the traffic is to Comcast customers?
You get data from Comcast at speeds determined by your plan. The problem was at the other end, Netflix was trying to use more bandwidth than they were paying for.
If I am using a pipe than can only accommodate 30 GPM (gallons per minute) flow rate I am not going to get 40 GPM through that pipe without busting the pipe. Likewise Comcast provided a certain amount of bandwidth to Netflix which Netflix is incapable of exceeding. Comcast however was actively slowing down the traffic coming from Netflix to extort higher fees than were originally negotiated because Comcast knows Netflix will pay up or get replaced by a faster competitor.
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How do you do your taxes?
I use TurboTax every year and have never been disappointed. One year I decided to try HR Block since they are stalwarts in the tax filing industry (Why does tax filing need an industry?) and I was mortified at the lack of professionalism from their online and support staff. They cost me extra money and wouldn't assist me in correcting the error they caused. The tax "professional" assisting me couldn't even understand the simple concept of adult dependent attending college which I'm pretty sure is a common deduction. Their 2014 ad campaign (Get your billion back) infuriates me.
Thing is her distrust goes well beyond a reasonable suspicion. Yeah, the industry makes mistakes and has issues, but she goes to the other extreme and distrusts everything to the point of irrationality.
Are you sure?
Had you given any thought to running a Terminal Server? I don't know what the cost of the server license and subsequent seats are but you could install just about any stripped down Linux distro and have them log on to a TS and have their full Windows experience on their older hardware.
I don't disagree. By the time Windows 2000 rolled out NT 4.0 was damn near bullet proof (For a Microsoft OS). I simply stated at launch it was not as good as its predecessor. But I did have a few games that wouldn't run on it so the 98SE partition remained until XP rolled out. I was on a testing team at Compaq for XP so I got it early as well.
If people are assholes it's generally not conducive to business,
Actually, the most successful business people are, in fact, complete and total assholes. Your argument is invalid.