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Comment: Re: Possible solution (Score 1) 204

by ERJ (#48143011) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal
The VPN thing in and of itself doesn't mean anything unless you can prove that the route it takes is the same. Internet routing, in general, is handled as best route not least congested route. If your direct route to Netflix goes through a congested peering point while the VPN connection has clean routes to you and netflix then the quality could certainly be better.

Comment: Re:Possible solution (Score 1) 204

by ERJ (#48142719) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal
Except that your analogy does not at all describe the situation...

To put it in your terms, it is more like your sub shop has a bike delivery person and I have a delivery person. For no additional cost my delivery person will meet your delivery person half way. Occasionally this means that extra time will be taken in order to facilitate the hand off. Now, my delivery person goes to the sub shop and offers, for a fee, to guarantee that they will always deliver the sandwich the whole way in a timely manner.

I am not ignorant. I know there is dirty dealings going on here. But the ISPs do have some valid arguments in this...it is not a one sided argument. Net neutrality does not mean that everyone gets as much bandwidth as they want. It just means that packets and not treated unequally and are subject to the same congestion regardless of type or content. Like I said in my initial post, if they are treating the packets differently that is something I do not agree with but if we are simply talking a peering argument than the ISPs just need to work it out.

Comment: Re:Possible solution (Score 1) 204

by ERJ (#48139433) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal
You seem to be under the impression that the bandwidth that is used to provide you with Netflix streaming is free. All this does is remove the peering bandwidth needed between the normal Netflix provider (Cogent I think) and Verizon.

This is not a black and white issue...there is some definite grey area here. Should Netflix be able to choose an ISP and expect to be able to provide service to their customers? Yes. Should Verizon provide unlimited asymetric bandwidth to that ISP without receiving compensation from the selected ISP? No. Should the selected ISP be charging that additional cost back to Netflix? I would think so.

The only thing that would change my mind here is whether the big ISPs were specifically limiting Netflix traffic, treating it differently than other traffic across the peering relationship. Otherwise this just becomes an issue of asymmetric peering arguments which happen all the time but have just entered the publics view because of the popularity of Netflix.

Comment: To clear up confusion... (Score 2) 174

by ERJ (#48120583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?
So, just to clarify I believe what the poster wants to do is this:

|||| Gaming Client PC ||||
|||| Local Windows Box ||||
|||| Internet 1 |||| Internet 2 ||||
|||| Hosted Linux Server ||||
|||| Gaming Server ||||

Local Windows Box acts as a router and duplicates all inbound traffic sending it out box Internet 1 and Internet 2. Hosted Linux Box receives traffic, picks whatever packet arrives first and forwards it and throws away the slower duplicate when it comes it.

It is an interesting idea. As far as I am aware routing protocols only do best route and fail over but I am not aware of any that always sends both routes.

Comment: Re:Not sure how well this will stop cheating (Score 5, Informative) 122

by ERJ (#47565373) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating
They had a story on the radio last night about this. The issue is that everyone (well, most everyone) was getting a passing grade. When they came in and gave an unexpected test the average score was 95%. The problem is that promotions were based on the grades. So, people were not cheating to pass but instead to be "perfect" in order to look better for promotion.

Comment: Re:I will invest in that. (Score 1) 168

by ERJ (#47530905) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
I don't disagree with your premise. Long term strategic planning is something that is very lacking these days. That being said, you can't just say "it will work out" which is kinda what Amazon seems to be doing. Retail is a hard game. Sure Amazon has other things brewing but their bread and butter is retail. Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Google, they can get away with doing heavy R&D and having some bad quarters but in retail you really kinda need to stay at least a bit profitable.

Comment: Unlikely to last (Score 5, Insightful) 118

by ERJ (#45894375) Attached to: Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings
Although I do think it is a good thing in that it helps strengthen the community support and trust of the police department I have a feeling that it will end at some point in the near future with a lawsuit....maybe I am just jaded but there is a reason that corporations tend to keep these details silent and have created the (poor in my opinion) rules around providing only the minimal amount of employment information after an employee is let go.

Comment: Re:There is Oracle, and Oracle consultants (Score 1) 275

by ERJ (#45585657) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?
Baloney...well, mostly baloney. There are times when it makes sense to do things in house and there are times where it very much does not make sense. Why hire full time employees for project management, development, QA, etc for an 12 month project? Does you organization have the expertise to run such an effort? What do you do with everyone once the project is over? Yes, you will want your own technical staff to be part of the process. Yes, it may make sense to do the maintenance / support in house. Yes, you should never do time and materials but instead fixed bid with penalties (this does mean you will need to have a very good spec up front). Yes, you should get several bids and do your homework on the companies providing the bids. However, none of this precludes using an outside contractor.

Comment: Re:Fix HD First (Score 1) 559

by ERJ (#45223583) Attached to: 4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television
Sorry, you have things very wrong. 18Mbps MPEG2 is not very much bandwidth for 1080i60 or 720p60. It is quite compressed. I work in the video broadcast industry and the providers, if they are using MPEG2 video, typically push the HD video around at 100Mbps or higher for the core feeds. Not that 18Mbps HD video is bad...with the right equipment it actually can look quite good. But it is lossy. Bluray usually uses H.264 at 40Mbps, i.e. a significantly better algorithm for bandwidth / quality, at twice the data rate and even that is somewhat lossy.

Comment: Go to your ISP (Score 4, Informative) 319

by ERJ (#45109241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?
The nature of a DOS attack (overwhelming your bandwidth / router with traffic) means it pretty much has to be handled upstream. Your ISP should be able to filter the traffic at their routers where they have the bandwidth / processing power to do so. Even if you get a super router it doesn't change the fact that they are using up your bandwidth with dud requests.

Comment: Hard hack? (Score 1) 390

by ERJ (#44384889) Attached to: Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks
I appreciate that what they are doing is scary but the video doesn't seem to indicate what they had to do in order to get that level of power. It seems that they have wires hooked up between the laptop and dash so, for all we know, they could be feeding bad sensor data into the computers. Is there things that could be done to mitigate the risk....sure. But if that is really how they are messing with things (by tearing apart the dash and rewiring everything) it would seem cutting the break lines would be nearly as dangerous and a lot easier.

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