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Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 194

by Kalriath (#46828261) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

I don't think we'll ever see downloads without streaming - that requires a whole new category of rights from the rights-holders (no, seriously) which cost more to get.

In terms of recently aired episodes, you would see them probably a day after the last US state gets to see them; and there's already a service that lets you do that, it's called Hulu Plus. I don't think Netflix is really aiming for the "recent episode catch up" market like Hulu is.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 194

by Kalriath (#46828243) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Actually, an asymmetrical relationship does hold problems for a provider actually - and it's a big one. When a provider is being flooded with traffic by a "nett sender" who isn't paying for it, they face the problem where they are receiving traffic for which they have no adequately prepared and built capacity for, and are receiving no funds with which to increase capacity. Hence, why they then demand that the nett sender make payment to transit that traffic. Where the amounts transiting are roughly symmetrical, the capacity they already built out to handle their traffic is generally sufficient to handle the return traffic from the peer (since it's generally in response to their own traffic).

It's NOT a "bizarre holdover" it's a very real, very reasonable, requirement. In fact, it's also the very same principle applied in global telephone network agreements. When an AT&T customer in the US calls a Vodafone customer in Australia, for example, no payment changes hands between AT&T and Vodafone so long as their traffic remains roughly symmetrical (the so-called "Bill and Keep" arrangement - now try work out why international phone calls cost more than local ones). As soon as that traffic becomes "lop-sided" the nett receiver will start making noises about implementing a termination agreement (or outright blocking communications from the sender - it's why Clickatell and similar low-cost SMS providers find themselves unable to route to some networks so frequently).

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 194

by Kalriath (#46820991) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

You don't understand the industry at all. Customer symmetry is irrelevant - at the peering points, data is meant to be equal and symmetrical. Basically, (example) Comcast and Verizon connect at peering point A. Comcast's customers download X from Verizon's customers, and Verizon's customers download Y from Comcast's customers. It evens out. But, when Cogent routes 90% of their traffic via Asia in order to benefit from cheap transit (which they do) it jeopardises the whole thing. It also means Cogent's traffic is cheap and nasty - there's a reason high grade hosting providers make a big deal of "No Cogent!" as a selling point.

Comment: Re:Theo has been critical? (Score 1) 304

by Kalriath (#46820245) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Are you even aware of the post I was responding to? (Hint: the answer is clearly no. I suggest reading up before shooting off).

Assertion from post I replied to: "Theo has ultimate responsibility for everything that happens with OpenSSL, including Heartbleed"
Response from my post: "OpenBSD has nothing to do with OpenSSL, and [Theo] de Raadt has no responsibility for whatever happens with the OpenSSL base tree"

Comment: Re:Servers are for applications... (Score 1) 293

by Kalriath (#46793979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

You would literally not last 30 minutes where I work - you'd be fired by the end of the day.

The application is the important part of the puzzle, not the OS. The OS is an easily replaceable cog that can be spun up on another VM in 30 seconds flat if there's an issue, the application is a behemoth that requires deployment, configuration, and all manner of babysitting.

Your "update the OS, fuck the application" approach is patently dangerous to business continuity, and is the sort of thing that results in pretty rapid disciplinary action in a real enterprise environment (where it's clear you've never worked).

Comment: Re:Now I Know... (Score 1) 575

by Kalriath (#46775017) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Well in that case it's a good thing they're not giving money to a company founded by Hitler or anything. (Hint: companies are not evil. No company in existence can actually have that moniker applied to them - they are at best amoral, probably even ethically impaired. But evil most definitely is far too hyperbolic).

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch