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Comment: Re:Political Absurdism (Score 1) 69

The problem with your position is that L3's own data shows the port at over 100% utilization. They're not being throttled, they're trying to shove ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag.

Like I said, you can point fingers at whoever the peer is for letting the situation fester, but L3's own data suggests this was passive aggressive rather than active malice.

Comment: Re:Political Absurdism (Score 1) 69

Then how do you explain the Level 3 data? The major ISPs got caught red-handed throttling Netflix traffic until the extortion was paid (Comcast in this case). Days later everything was running smooth as a baby's ass. So how can you seriously make an argument that all the blame lies on Netflix' shoulders when the ISP's customers are paying for the bandwidth to receive the content?

Let's say there was a burden. If the ISPs aren't willing to upgrade their networks then their business model is the problem, not how the internet works. And according to the data it looks like the ISPs infrastructure isn't that bad off anyway, they were simple messing with the traffic to extort payments from content providers.

TL;DR: WTF are you talking about?

Are you seriously suggesting that congested ports -> Netflix pays for their own direct interconnects -> uncongested ports somehow proves that Netflix was being throttled? Because, frankly, it suggests the opposite to me (i.e. moving lots of traffic to a different interconnect freed up capacity on the original). Your own link shows the general congestion: see this graph.

You can, quite easily, make the argument that Comcast (or Verizon, or whoever the peer in question is) let that situation fester until it resulted in their "winning" a new customer (Netflix) from level3, but certainly not that their traffic was being treated differently from anyone else's.

Comment: Re:There is no divorce in Catholicism (Score 4, Interesting) 304

by Zak3056 (#47102823) Attached to: Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

There's a pretty short list of what is considered acceptable grounds for annulment.

You might believe that, but practice is a bit different. My parents were married for six years, then (civilly) divorced. Two years later, they remarried each other (I have no comment on how smart my parents are) or, in the Catholic view, "renewed their vows." This marriage lasted another two years or so before they separated for good (the divorce followed along a couple of years later).

Fast forward a decade and a half, and my father (who in the interim married a second wife and had a second divorce) wants to marry a devout Catholic who refuses to marry outside of the Church. My father was able to obtain an annulment despite the opposition of my mother, her family, and my father's entire family (my grandmother (dad's mom) felt strongly enough about it to write letters to an archbishop and a cardinal). The archdiocese of Oakland saw no reason not to grant the annulment, and did so.

While I do wish my father domestic happiness, the result here is completely absurd, and goes to show that if you send enough money the church's way, morality is flexible.

Comment: misleading (Score 1) 462

by Elwood P Dowd (#47079785) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The issue is that in California they have to sell a certain portion of their fleet with zero and low emissions. He is saying that in order to convince people to buy the zero or low emission vehicles in adequate proportion, they have had to subsidize the price by $14,000. He does not expect that they will "sell too many" â" they picked this price because it's the number they expect will sell exactly the right amount.

Comment: 2nd SOMALGET country leaked by contractor resume (Score 1) 241

by Elwood P Dowd (#47079741) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

The 2nd SOMALGET country was first leaked by defense contractor resume. Hinted at, in any case. Defense Contractors put all the illegal shit they do in their resumes to get more jobs doing those things.

Christopher Soghoian's tweet on the subject.

Erica A's resume

Erica A spent December 2012 to October 2013 in Afghanistan, is an expert in "Somalget Retro GUI" and is available for hire immediately.

Comment: Re:Hackers (Score 2) 89

by Zak3056 (#46829785) Attached to: The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

I've never heard Samuel L. Jackson say that, although I have heard him say, "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?"

You know, I noticed the missing comma the second after I hit submit, and, this being slashdot, I was absolutely sure someone would call me on it. Punctuation is the difference between saying, "Let's eat, grandma," and "Let's eat grandma!" just like capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2) 1633

by Zak3056 (#46773681) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

You're essentially claiming that both you and your AR-15 are at least as accurate as the gold medalist in the 50m rifle at the 2012 summer games was while firing whatever piece of art was crafted for him by Anschutz. You can imagine how one might be incredulous in the face of this claim. "You don't know what you're talking about" is not a valid response.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

Comment: Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 1) 1482

by Zak3056 (#46634123) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

He should not be prosecuted for giving his funds, but for spreading his hate speech in public against gays.
And the proper punishment would be: banning him to repeat that or face a heavy fine (yeah yeah free speech lala I hear you, idiot!)

"Gay people are evil and should be stoned to death" is hate speech (though given no specific incitement to violence, is protected speech).
"I don't think people of the same sex should be allowed to marry" is a valid political view, and is also protected speech.

For the record, I firmly support gay marriage and don't really understand how anyone who claims to believe in small government, "freedom," etc could oppose it, as it basically comes down to "we don't like how those people live their lives, and it ought to be illegal." However, you're worse, because you're one of those assholes that wants to make talking about things illegal. "Free speech" isn't "it's ok to talk about those things I support."

Comment: Re:Griswold vs Connecticut (Score 4, Informative) 193

Importantly, there's no explicit "right to privacy" in the US Constitution

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" sure sounds a hell of a lot like "privacy" to me. Of course, an "explicit" right to privacy is not required, it's already guaranteed by those pesky 9th and 10th amendments.

Comment: I'll stop glorifying them when they stop crucifyin (Score 1) 479

by TRACK-YOUR-POSITION (#46451627) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers
Maliciously cracking into systems so you can violated the privacy of rich, powerful and/or famous people is, well, still wrong, but not really much more wrong than papparazzi-ism in general. People who resent those higher on the social ladder are gonna have sympathy with--even if not outright endorsing--anyone who makes trouble for those on the top. Those on the top are going to be absolutely enraged by them. Thus you have internet commenters who glorify hackers, and government leaders and the wealthy who absolutely crucify them in response. I don't know what will happen to Guccifer in Romania, but if he were arrested in America he'd probably be looking at decades of time--for a 42-year, probably a life-sentence. What he did was wrong, but he doesn't deserve to lose his freedom for the rest of his life.

Comment: Re:Drift? (Score 1) 683

by Zak3056 (#46072921) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

The summery itself mentioned this. These people are unable to pay rising property taxes....

California's Proposition 13 was designed to keep people from getting priced out of their homes. It's not lawful to reassess a property unless there is a change of ownership, or new construction. With this in mind, I'm not understanding how people can be priced out of a neighborhood they already live in due to rising property values.

Care to enlighten?

Comment: Tried Plex and failed (Score 1) 420

by BenEnglishAtHome (#45973431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Based on this:

If you just want it to put up all of your media as-is without matching against a DB you need to select the "Home Videos" scanner type, which simply walks the filesystem and builds a matching hierarchy in the Plex library.

I installed Plex, pointed it at the directories with video of any type in them (as a "Home Videos" group) and set it loose. It found nothing. There are thousands of videos on the subject drive in various subdirectories and it found exactly zero.

On the chance that it doesn't build the library via a recursive search and thus requires each individual directory to be entered, I went back and did that with a Music group pointing at a directory full of MP3s and FLAC files. I also added another directory to my Home Videos group, said directory being filled with hundreds of videos of all sorts of types. It found zero files.

No idea what I'm doing wrong and there don't seem to be enough controls for me to play with settings until I fix things. I'm looking for something else.

+ - US Customs destroys Virtuoso's Flutes because they were "agricultural items"-> 2

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McGruber (1417641) writes "Flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui performed on a variety of flutes of varying ethnicity, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and modern performance. Razgui has performed with many US ensembles and is a regular guest with the diverse and enterprising Boston Camerata (

Last week, Razgui flew from Morocco to Boston, with stops in Madrid and New York. In New York, he says, a US Customs official opened his luggage and found the 13 flutelike instruments — 11 nays and two kawalas. Razgui says he had made all of the instruments using hard-to-find reeds. “They said this is an agriculture item,” said Razgui, who was not present when his bag was opened. “I fly with them in and out all the time and this is the first time there has been a problem. This is my life.” When his baggage arrived in Boston, the instruments were gone. He was instead given a number to call. “They told me they were destroyed,” he says. “Nobody talked to me. They said I have to write a letter to the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. This is horrible. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never written letters to people.” (

Novelist Norman Lebrecht was the first to report the story. One ensemble director told him that 'I can’t think of an uglier, stupider thing for the U.S. government to do than to deprive this man of the tools of his art and a big piece of his livelihood.’ ("

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