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Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 322

by ArhcAngel (#46764241) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

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.

Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 322

by ArhcAngel (#46758973) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Except your analogy is wrong. And it's why most people don't understand Net Neutrality. Netflix's packets don't weigh any more than Crackle's or Hulu's. There is a reason for charging different rates for the things you mention and none of them apply to this scenario. Netflix pays an ISP to get on the internet just like everybody else. They pay for every bit of bandwidth they use. You pay your ISP for your bandwidth. You choose to utilize your bandwidth by streaming a video from Netflix. Netflix streams the video via its ISP's internet connection and Netflix's ISP transfers the packets to your ISP (in our example Comcast) where your ISP checks the packet and determines it is from Netflix. Having discovered it is in fact from Netflix it routes the traffic on a slow boat to you via a Chinese interconnect. There is no congestion at the moment Comcast is just exercising their right of non neutrality. Comcast approaches Netflix and tells them "You wouldn't want something bad to happen to your packets now would you? We can protect your packets from harm on our network if you just pay the protection fee." Netflix resists but finally caves and pays the fee. All of the sudden your video flies faster than you've ever seen it before but Comcast hasn't upgraded anything on their network. It didn't cost Comcast anything to make it work but they got paid extra not to mess with traffic that should have been unimpeded.

Comment: Re:I Pay (Score 2) 322

by ArhcAngel (#46758697) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Actually business class does have certain guarantees. But consumer class you are absolutely right. Most ISP's oversell what they can accommodate and hope you all never log on at the same time. Since statistically less than 10% ever use the total bandwidth they are allotted it works out most of the time. And when it doesn't those 10% get booted to keep the 90% happy.

Comment: Re:I Pay (Score 1) 322

by ArhcAngel (#46758649) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

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?

Comment: Re:I Pay (Score 1) 322

by ArhcAngel (#46758549) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

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.

Comment: Why... (Score 3, Interesting) 385

by ArhcAngel (#46756839) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I PAY my taxes with Bitcoins OBVIOUSLY!

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.

Comment: NIMBY rules (Score 2) 429

by ArhcAngel (#46742531) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate
As someone who works at the company that is the largest generator of wind and solar power in North America I know how hard it is to get Nuclear projects off the ground. Most people will agree that Nuclear is a very cost effective and efficient means of power generations but mention building it anywhere near their zip code and they go ballistic.

Comment: Mint (Score 1) 451

by ArhcAngel (#46716429) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
Since Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu which is a derivative of Debian I'd stick with that. You have the support of the Debian/Ubuntu lines and the added multimedia functionality of Mint which means you don't have to configure any of it yourself. I wish Ubuntu included the multimedia stuff but I think some of it isn't FOSS. You will want to make sure whatever you choose won't run afoul of any licensing.
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.

Comment: Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (Score 1) 294

by ArhcAngel (#46704165) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch 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.

Comment: Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (Score 1) 294

After SP1 perhaps. I had multiple BSOD experiences just installing it on rigs that ran 3.51 flawlessly. Just to get it to install on them I had to disable cache RAM. With cache RAM disabled it took over 8 hours to install. The only thing 4.0 brought IMO was the Windows 95 Start bar and Pinball. I really liked the Pinball.

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