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Comment: Re:How will this affect peering agreements? (Score 1) 379

by Maltheus (#48982827) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

Yeah, it looks like they didn't exactly allow the netflix's servers in their data centers, but they are establishing a direct connection to those data centers as part of a paid deal.

Since they can't do that with everybody, I'm assuming they'll have to stop doing this for Netflix and we go back to lower quality/slower buffering times.

Comment: Re:Still lacking and buggy (Score 1) 225

by Maltheus (#48919961) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

Or the ability to screencast more than two youtube videos from their android app, without crashing? Or the ability to automatically retry after a buffering error? Or how about getting the setting to always play HD videos working?

There is so much they need to work on over there, but since it's google, I don't expect to ever see anything fixed. They're good at rolling out new stuff, but it's always left to rot.

Comment: Google Mail Needs Random Sigs (Score 1) 385

by Maltheus (#48857533) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

What's needed is for a popular news client to have the option of automatically adding a random .sig to every e-mail like:


Could be random, could be encrypted. The police state types would be overwhelmed in no time.

Comment: Is there a new game coming out? (Score 5, Insightful) 130

by Maltheus (#48807449) Attached to: PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

I think PC gaming went first. So many of the genres I used to play disappeared or got dumbed down. And it was always the latest games that drove my upgrade cycle. Something simple like Minecraft doesn't require this.

If I were in the PC hardware biz, I'd look into owning a game company on the side that focuses on the most beautiful, resource intensive games I could muster.

Comment: Looks Like I Won't Be Using Windows (Score 3, Insightful) 640

by Maltheus (#48804471) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

I just realized that my OEM license won't transfer to my new computer and I couldn't easily find a copy of Windows 7, so for the first time I just decided to go without. I have Windows 8 on a laptop and there's no way I'd ever buy a copy of that, if it didn't come preloaded. It's just awful.

This marks the end of the dual-boot era for me. It's Linux all the way now. Great job Microsoft!

Comment: Re:Of course they did (Score 1) 255

by Maltheus (#48770593) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Right and that cable company has little incentive to expand those pipes if service is good enough (which it is). Netflix was paying more, in order to deliver slightly faster buffering times to their customers. If Netflix isn't paying for the massive amount of bandwidth they're using, then it's the cable company customers who pick up the cost. Why should cable company customers, who don't even have netflix, be forced to subsidize the rest?

And just because the pipes are laid into my house, doesn't mean that the providers aren't constantly upgrading their switches and routers to handle all of this. If what they have is fine enough for non-netflix traffic, then let netflix pay more for what they hog.

Comment: Net Neutrality is Corporate Welfare (Score 1) 255

by Maltheus (#48765581) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

I don't care if Comcast wants to negotiate more money from Google for a fast lane. Net Neutality lets big companies like Google and Facebook off the hook and passes the upgrade costs onto consumers.

The internet has worked just fine without these regulations. Once the FCC starts regulating it, don't be surprised when they start to grow their mandate into regulating trolling as bullying, and other unintended consequences.

C for yourself.