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Comment: More context needed (Score 1) 128

by ERJ (#49536179) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990
Without additional context I would say "So what?".

Questions that need answering:
- Can end user change the default password?
- Do installation best practices from manufacturer dictate to change the default password?
- Who performs the installation and maintains the devices?

Without answers to these it is hard to say whether the issue lies with the manufacturer, the reseller or the end user.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 2) 330

by ERJ (#49405601) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think
I don't disagree that gas cars have certain disadvantages but Teslas would meet probably (and I am just throwing this out there) 95% of driving needs. They have a range of 200-270 miles per charge which doesn't cover the cross country trip but is certainly good enough for the daily commute and even a ~4 hour trip to out of state friends house. If the Tesla was $10,000 I bet that 50% of cars on the road would be a Tesla.

There is only two driving trips in the past three years that a Tesla would not worked well for with my family. Maybe we would have one gas car and one electric, although at $10,000 I would just use the money saved to fly us instead.

Comment: Who is this for? (Score 1) 110

by ERJ (#48668961) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis
I am having a hard time coming up with anyone that could take advantage of this. I would love gig coverage in my area. Even then, 80% of my internet activity happens on wireless which will not even come close to using 1Gbps let alone 10Gbps. On my wired connections, I occasionally hit my max of 50Mbps but, in most situations, the far end is still a limiter.

Large / medium business, sure. But a household of 4-6 people? Every one of them could be watching their own 4k content while simultaneously downloading isos and video chatting and still couldn't even come close to saturating the link.

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 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.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.