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Comment: Re:Not Net Neutrality (Score 1) 500

(3) Net Neutrality means: Dropping packets (thereby manipulating congestion control and bandwidth negotiation) based on the source or destination of the packet. If you dropped a Wikipedia packet instead of a Facebook packet due to a policy configuration and nothing else (randomly due to too much load), that's a violation of Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality bears no RESEMBLENCE to what you are describing in your post: it is simply an injunction that customers should get what they are PAYING for - which is unfettered access to the ENTIRE internet. Painting it as anything else is a lie.

The GP phrased it oddly (note that by his description it's clear he missed a "not" before "dropping" in the first sentence), and placed the numbers out of order, but that's exactly what he said: packets should not be dropped due to source or destination. Sometimes packets have to be dropped, but that should be done randomly to allow access to the entire internet for all (truly unfettered being impossible without infinite bandwidth).

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 500

Actually, it's about stifling future innovation. I can easily imagine new technology sometime in the near future which requires blazingly high pings. Perhaps a massively distributed neural net kind of thing, done over the internet. But the traffic for this innovation will be limited to the speeds the derps across the street use for their cat videos.... they will not be able to pay for such speed, even if they want to, no matter what the requirements of their innovation require, they will be limited to the speeds your grandmother gets for her gardening forum.

You realize that net neutrality is exactly what ensures your special traffic for your neural net doesn't get stifled, right? People are complaining because certain high bandwidth protocols are currently being slowed in favor of YouTube cat videos and your grandmother's gardening forum. In fact, some high bandwidth video protocols or sites are being slowed in favor of video protocols or sites for a service a parent or related company provides. Doesn't matter how much you're willing to pay. When the internet starts to become silos, it will all be for high bandwidth cat videos produced by the internet companies themselves, and your neural net traffic might be blocked completely. The cable companies are trying to turn the internet into cable or satellite, where you have to buy service with certain companies to get certain channels; ie not the internet anymore, but discreet intranets that each show different cat videos.

Comment: Re:The problem, as always... (Score 1) 328

by Culture20 (#47745165) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Then girls think, "maybe I don't belong because I don't love them like the boys do."

And they'd be right. Why do they belong at a company passionate about technology if they aren't passionate about technology?

If people only did what they were passionate about, civilization would collapse. If these girls would be good at CS, they shouldn't give up just because of some lack of self-confidence ("I'm not passionate, so I'll fail").

Comment: Re:Don't Ask if you Don't Want (Score 2) 420

by Culture20 (#47738199) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

FTFA (w/emphasis mine): When a South Carolina student was given an assignment by his teacher to create a Facebook-type status report telling something interesting about himself

Huh. Then he was following the rules of the assignment. Facebook statuses are mostly fiction, and some are fantasy.

Comment: Re:Frankly (Score 1) 146

by Culture20 (#47719359) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

I hate to be an advocate for security through obscurity, but I figured these things would be ultra super restricted, and "laboratory tests" would be irrelevant because they had access to a device that attackers do not have access to.

"The system's designers seem to have assumed that attackers would not have access to a Secure 1000 to test and refine their attacks'"said Hovav Shacham, a professor of computer science at UC San Diego.

And yet these machines are in public places. If the attacks involve wifi, they're available for pen testing by bad guys. For the low tech smuggling techniques, they're not just available for testing; they're foisted upon anyone with a ticket. If you have more manpower and money than scruples, you can send tester after tester through with items and figure out the ways to get through.

Comment: Re:Flaws? (Score 2) 198

by Culture20 (#47711825) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released
GURPS strongly suggests a limit on disadvantages, and there are "disadvantages" like truthfulness, sense of duty, code of honor, etc. that restrict actions but are heroic in nature. Of course a friend of mine has a pirate campaign where there is no disad limit and players usually start as physically disfigured outlaws with psychological issues, some who owe allegiance to captains of other ships. But that's pretty normal for pirates.

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