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Comment: L3, Cogent and Others Crying Wolf (Score 2) 210

Peering agreements are established between different networks to further the common interests of both network providers.

For example - Cogent and Verizon reach a peering agreement of 100 megabit. This is a dedicated symmetrical connection between the two companies. They do this because in theory it is cheaper to swap data directly rather then pay a 3rd party to transmit the data between the two networks.

Now what happens when Cogent goes and sells a bunch of cheap bandwidth to various providers like Netflix and begins flooding relatively one way traffic onto Verizon's network? Well they saturated the 100 megabit connection in one direction. Verizon who isn't anywhere close to the saturation point on their side says hey if you want more bandwidth you have to pay for it because we're not using anywhere near what you are and these agreements are supposed to be fairly equal with respect to traffic flows.

Level 3 and Cogent are both guilty of selling cheap bandwidth to internet companies who mostly only send traffic one way. Video, Music, etc... You can't expect the other side of the peer to just keep expanding the circuit to accommodate your horrible business model.

I'm not a huge fan of any of these companies Verizon, Comcast, Level 3 or Cogent but Level 3 and Cogent are both in the wrong given their current agreements and since they can't reach a deal in private they are parading this out in public and trying to make a spectacle.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 202

by jchawk (#46815313) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

You're close but there is some additional details you missed.

Normally large providers of bandwidth will peer with one another. Meaning I'll give you 1 gigabit of bandwidth and you do the same for me. The assumption is that traffic will be flowing at a near equal rate between both providers. As usage goes up you continue to increase the peer.

The problem is Cogent is notorious for being a low cost bandwidth provider so they end up being a bigger sender then receiver of data. Cogent tried to throw a hissy fit demanding that Comcast, Verizon and others increase the peering agreement even though Cogent was lopsided. Comcast and others said no -- pay for the bandwidth you are using with us because you're lopsided. This is an industry standard practice.

Cogent's CEO and Upper management decided they would blame everyone else, drag in the public and try to make this a PR nightmare in order to get these companies to cave to their unreasonable demands.

Good on Netflix and the rest of the industry for standing up and saying no to Cogent's bullshit.

Comment: Re:Apple has JUMPED THE SHARK (Score 2) 172

by jchawk (#45472555) Attached to: Cupertino Approves New Apple Spaceship HQ

If it's mostly glass and steel it's probably not as expensive as you think it is. I work for a fortune 200 company and we just completed a new HQ campus. It looks dramatically more expensive then it really cost to build and makes perfect financial sense given trying to lease the amount of space we needed house all the employees.

Comment: Issue Is... (Score 3, Interesting) 473

by jchawk (#43995871) Attached to: The $200,000 Software Developer

I work in IT for a large multinational company and the issue I see with our approach to developers is better, faster, cheaper. In reality what this boils down to is cheaper and good enough. Projects tend to drag on for longer then they should but the development expense from a salary perspective is fairly minimal because the bulk of it is being done offshore.

I think if you want to earn the big dollars as a programmer either need to be the best in the field working for one of the big tech guys like Apple, Google, Etc... Or you need to go work for a start-up for bad starting wages but a percentage ownership in the company.

The only other option I see is going out on your own and starting your own development company but then if you earn big dollars it's because your business is doing well not because you are programming most of the time.

Comment: Re:Ok..So verizon has shown they cant be trusted.. (Score 3, Insightful) 168

by jchawk (#43403785) Attached to: FBI's Smartphone Surveillance Tool Explained In Court Battle

While I really agree with what you are saying... The market has not demonstrated that it cares about this type of behavior. Joe Six Pack continues to pile on more and more devices onto the Verizon network without a second thought to privacy. If you think I'm wrong look at the 6-strike rule in their Internet business... This hasn't hurt them one bit.

The average person simply doesn't understand the behinds the scenes technology well enough to care.

Comment: Analytics Won't Help you Buffalo (Score 2) 94

by jchawk (#42455321) Attached to: Buffalo Bills Going the <em>Moneyball</em> Route With Analytics

Unfortunately it's poor ownership and overall lack of leadership that is forcing you to suffer season after season after season of terrible records.

This team is hopelessly lost. They have not made the playoffs since 1998 and haven't had a winning record since 2003.

Invest in proper coaches and support staff. Commit to building a franchise instead of quick picks that you think will instantly win you a super bowl. Teams don't win with one or two guys. It takes a good (not great) quarterback, a good running back (not great) and a couple of good receivers. Couple that with a consistent defense and you can win Championships.

Look at Pittsburgh or New England. Year after Year these teams are in the hunt and have won a truck load of trophies.

Comment: Quit and go to a real University (Score 4, Insightful) 309

by jchawk (#41759285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?

It's very likely that it will cost the same or less and will lead to more gainful employeement later.

The point of all the extra non-computer science classes is to teach you how to learn and process new material.

Having a 4 year degree from an accredited and respected school will also serve you well.

Here comes the rub... Most start-ups and even smaller mid-sizes might not care or hold it against you but then if you can impress them now why go to school at all?

Just my two cents from a guy works in the fortune 200. Right or wrong I see good people held back by lack of a 4 year degree all the time.

Comment: My Personal Experience (Score 5, Insightful) 293

by jchawk (#41323941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It a Good Idea To Incorporate?

I've owned and maintained an LLC for about the last 3 years. I own 99% of it and 1% is controlled by my father. I did this so I could continue to maintain the protection that the LLC structure offers. In the event that I would ever get sued my personal assets should be shielded from the lawsuit. (Not that I plan to get sued but you can never be too careful).

I was able to incorporate in the State of Pennsylvania (where I live) for a filing fee of $125. I was also able to to register for an EIN with the IRS for free. From there I opened a bank account and got moving. I do limited consulting from time to time as well as manage a couple of servers for some folks. I keep everything totally separate. At the end of the year I work with a local accountant who charges me $125 to $200 to complete my LLC taxes with the State and the Fed.

There are some inherent benefits to having an LLC. I'm able to purchase business equipment such as laptops, computers, supplies, etc... with pre-tax money which lets my dollars go much further.

Additionally other businesses automatically seem to take me more seriously when I reach out to them for software, equipment, services or as a potential client.

If you are already tracking your spending it's honestly not a lot of work. You just have to keep track of your income and expense for your business. If you are small a spreadsheet and some folders for paperwork will work just fine.

The LLC structure has been extremely easy for me to manage and most months I don't even think about it. The only advice I have is avoid those "we incorporate you" websites. Chances are pretty good if you do a little bit of research you will be more then able to handle this yourself. Also reach out to the state that you are incorporating in, you'll be surprised at how helpful they can be with the process.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, I'm happy to help.

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