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Comment: Re:Does this mean IPv4 addresses will sell like DN (Score 4, Informative) 264

by Ron Atkinson (#35605748) Attached to: Microsoft Buys 666,000 IP Addresses
Sales of IP addresses have been common place since about the late 90's or so. I had a class C block for 15 years and had offers many times, but I turned my block into ARIN about 1.5 years ago (yes, it was assigned to me for personal use before the Internet was commercialized, they used to do this). Microsoft has done nothing different from what many other companies have been doing for years. I bet Google has bought IP addresses from companies and individuals. This story only exists because it's "Microsoft".

Comment: Re:They should have kept the price high (Score 2, Interesting) 104

by Ron Atkinson (#31488582) Attached to: 25 Years of the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.com gTLD
I don't remember it ever being $100, you probably paid for 2 years. When I got my first domain name in the early 90's before the commercialization of the Internet domain name registration was free. I had my name for a couple of years at no charge (also had a class C subnet assigned to me, which I turned back in last year to ARIN). After the InterNIC transferred from SRI over to Network Solutions (think it was 1994 or so), and the Internet became commercial, the government decided to charge $50 for domain names in which $35 went to Network Solutions and $15 to the U.S. Government. After I think 2 years or so it was determined that the $15 could be considered an illegal tax, so that was revoked leaving the standard $35 Network Solutions fee.

I also agree that the downfall of the domain name registration was when it was passed to ICANN. People may have complained about the $35, but we didn't have squatters and people hijacking names just because someone forgot to "pay the bill".
Data Storage

Fusion-io IoXtreme's Consumer-Class PCIe SSD — Impressive Throughput 110

Posted by timothy
from the annoying-use-of-the-word-play dept.
MojoKid writes "When Fusion-io's first ioDrive product hit the market, it was claimed to be a 'disruptive technology' by some industry analysts, with the potential to set the storage industry on its ear. Of course the first version of the ioDrive was an enterprise-class product that showed the significant potential of PCI Express direct-attached SSD storage, but its cost was such that the mainstream market couldn't possibly justify it, no matter what the upside performance looked like. Then we heard of Fusion-io's more consumer-targeted play, the ioXtreme, that was announced this past summer. Fusion-io has only very recently released these new, lower cost cards to market. The first-ever full performance review of the product over at HotHardware shows the half-height PCI Express X4 cards are capable of a robust 800MB/sec read bandwidth and about 300MB/sec of write bandwidth. The cards particularly excel versus a standard SSD at random read/write requests and even perform relatively well with small block transfers."

Comment: Re:Umm (Score 1) 128

by Ron Atkinson (#29493413) Attached to: WiMax In 2010 &mdash; Too Little, Too Late?
The United States is approx 100 times larger in size than Korea and over 6 times the population. This is one of the reasons why smaller countries in Asia and Europe tend to have higher speeds and can roll out a new infrastructure to their entire country faster. We have areas of our country too that have very high speeds, however compared to the rest of the U.S. it's just a drop in a bucket, even if the number of people are the size of a small country elsewhere. Other parts of our country have no Internet access, cell service, etc. Increase your country by 100 times its size and let me know how your WiMax is working then.

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