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Comment: Re:You can make a secure VPN but it doesn't help (Score 1) 75

by Guspaz (#48943633) Attached to: Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

Because you should trust your server provider not to mess with your traffic more than you should trust Verizon? Who cares about the NSA, if they want to get your data they're going to get it. Meanwhile, Verizon is actively MODIFYING your traffic...

Key exchange is also really not a problem, the entire point of a secure key exchange is that the keys are never transmitted in the clear. You don't need physical media.

Comment: Re: Does It Matter? (Score 1) 205

by Guspaz (#48943549) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

KVM has poor host platform support (it runs on Linux and nothing else). KVM has poor compatibility with host hardware, requiring CPUs with certain features. KVM has a somewhat involved installation process. KVM has limited graphical support, relying on SPICE remoting which (at least currently) lacks any real hardware acceleration support for either 2D or 3D graphics.

KVM is fine for a server environment, but it's extremely limited when compared to even the free version of VMWare.

Comment: Yup. (Score 0) 70

by Guspaz (#48941591) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

I've got a 2012 Macbook Air running Yosemite. Wireless has been giving me problems on wake. Once it gets connected, it's fine. But just the other day, I woke the laptop up, and no matter what I did it could not see my 5GHz network, despite the fact that a bunch of my other devices could see/connect to it just fine.

I rebooted the Mac and it worked fine... but I shouldn't have to.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 4, Informative) 98

by Guspaz (#48932905) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

The CRTC isn't corrupt, although they can sometimes get a skewed view of reality. They sometimes give too much weight to incumbent filings or taking on faith that the cost studies submitted by incumbents are accurate.

It's difficult to examine the cost studies, because they're filed under seal, so when Bell files a cost study that defines the tariff rates that independent ISPs have to pay, nobody can challenge the cost study.

Ironically, in one of the rare instances where Bell did expose a small part of one of their cost studies, it was found that they were costing out huge routers and then assuming a tiny usage of them. I think the specific case was Bell would include a 48 Gbps router in their cost study, and then claim that they only used 1Gbps of capacity on it. This meant 48x the cost for that part of the study, letting Bell charge more.

The CRTC did correct Bell's costs for that instance, but that is just the rare public thing we know about. How many other instances of fudging is there in cost studies that nobody ever gets the opportunity to challenge because they're filed in secret?

The independent ISPs have been asking for years to get the right to examine incumbent cost studies and other things that are filed under seal. The indies have proposed restrictions that would protect incumbent privacy, such as nominating a tiny number of people to see the data (such as a lawyer for the indie ISP), and to be under a nondisclosure agreement... the CRTC still hasn't done anything about it though. As a result, incumbent ISPs charge absurdly inflated costs for capacity to indie ISPs. I think Videotron is charging $23 per megabit for capacity on their last-mile network, and that's on top of all the other fees they charge like the cost of the DSL or cable line itself.

Comment: Re:That thing is enormous (Score 1) 33

by Guspaz (#48915415) Attached to: Getting Charged Up Over Chargers at CES (Video)

The difference is minor. You're talking about 10W per port on the Anker product, and 12W per port on the Octofire. This does not explain the enormous size of the Octofire product.

You could practically take half a dozen Anker charges, consuming less space, and get 360W of charging... not that there'd be much value in that.

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