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Comment: Re:How does this qualify as a slashdot item??? (Score 2) 518

by Chocky2 (#38422536) Attached to: North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

The heir apparent (Kim Jong-un) has a computing degree (though I suspect the odds of him failing any classes at a university named after his grandfather were pretty slim).

Other than that, it's simply a massively important piece of international news that will have substantial and complex consequences throughout Asia, the ripples of which will spread around the world.

Comment: Re:Not enough bandwidth for this to work (Score 1) 78

by Chocky2 (#37828926) Attached to: Netflix Expanding Streaming Service to The UK and Ireland

It'll depend on your exchange - if they've got fibre you should be fine, but several exchanges near Oxford have only been upgraded fairly recently, so if you're in the wrong area (particularly one of the more rural areas) then you may be stuck.

The Cowley, Whitney, and Wallingford exchanges should be upgraded in the next couple of months, Thame and Carteton should be done early next year, and Kiddlington's probably more than six months off.

Summertown, Headington, Abingdon, Oxford and Didcot have all already been upgraded. If you're on one of those exchanges then talk to your provider (or switch to Virgin if they cover your area).

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 220

by Chocky2 (#35416742) Attached to: Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Oh and try to get support from Virgin as a DSL customer - a horrible experience. They clearly regard you as second class customer.

Without wanting to sound too flippant, if you want xDSL don't go with VM -- the reason for going with VM is cable. If you're going xDSL then go with Zen, Sky or BT (depending on the details). From what you say though I guess you were already with VM before the move & wanted to stay with them.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 220

by Chocky2 (#35416582) Attached to: Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Weird, I work with SMEs accros the south-east, Midlands, and south Wales and the concensus is very much that if you can get VM cable broadband then it's both faster & more reliable than the xDSL alternatives. The main problem of course is one of coverage if you can get VM then it's (generally) better. In your case I can only assume it's oversubscription at a local level as I see very few problems with VM elsewhere. Have VM provided an explanation for the problems?

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 220

by Chocky2 (#35416360) Attached to: Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

If it's Fibre, I ask what their coverage is, and then call BS on you using that coverage data.

I believe their cable coverage is around 65-70% of UK households for cable, virtually all of those can currently get up to 50Mbps, and virtually all of those are currently being upgraded to 100 Mbps.

For the other 30-35% it's xDSL the same as BT & everyone else.

+ - Comcast charges Level 3 for streaming video->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Quote from the press release:
"On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. ""

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+ - Google publicly filtering search results re: DCMA-> 1

Submitted by
ieai writes "A first for me, Google appears to now be publicly filtering search results for DCMA violations.
"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at""

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+ - The last stop for space station-bound software->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This Nasa lab contains a recreation of the computer systems found onboard the International Space Station. It is the place where the final bug testing takes place before software is uploaded to the station and where software engineers recreate bugs that occur onboard the station in an attempt to help fix them. has a photo tour of the lab."
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Comment: Re:You forgot one (Score 1) 175

by Chocky2 (#33857950) Attached to: Iran Acknowledges Espionage At Nuclear Facilities

"The KGB had plenty of women that were willing to do anything for "Mother Russia"."
Yep, Anna Chapman even went so far as becoming a realtor, *shudder*.

Many nations intelligence services still use honey-pots, indeed only a couple of weeks ago a Rabbi ruled it was okay for the Israeli intelligence services to do this. Israel & Russia (nee USSR) may have excelled at it for decades, but even the various Western European & North American agencies aren't too averse to a technique that's been proven time & again to work very effectively.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin