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Submission + - Virgin Media censors talk of "bufferbloat" on their discussion forums (

mtaht writes: Given that bufferbloat is now fixed by fq_codel and the sqm-scripts for anyone that cares to install openwrt and derivatives on their home routers (or use any random linux box for the job), AND standardization efforts for the relevant algorithms near completion in the IETF, I went and posted a short, helpful message about how to fix it on a bufferbloat-related thread on Virgin Media's cable modems... And they deleted the post, and banned my IP... for "advertising". I know I could post again via another IP, and try to get them to correct their mistake, but it is WAY more fun to try to annoy them into more publically acknowledging their enormous bufferbloat problems and to release a schedule for their fixes. Naturally I figured the members of slashdot could help out Virgin and their customers understand their bufferbloat problems better. My explanations of how they can fix their bufferbloat, are now, here.

Submission + - Best Buy wants to fire employee over iPhone video (

Zalbik writes: In a typical corporate move, Best Buy wants to fire an employee because they won't take down a YouTube video they created which spoofs the iPhone 4. Note that at no point does the video make mention of Best Buy or the employees relationship to them.

I wonder if the Best Buy executive has heard of this little thing called "freedom of speech"?


Submission + - Google forces another redesign on users ( 1

PontifexPrimus writes: Search engine giant Google seems to come into conflict with its userbase more and more often. After "accidentally" setting an unremovable image background for its search page that annoyed many users they now redesigned their News page. Using a single-column design with mouse-over animations that was panned by the test group that had used it since February this step led to an enormous amount of confusion, complaints and an recurring question: How do I get the old design back? (Answer: You don't.)

Submission + - Google News has controversial new look ( 2

dpletche writes: Google News, historically one of the most powerful and versatile news aggregation sources on the internet, has been completely redesigned for customers in the USA. The new site appears to substitute a Facebook-like activity stream for the earlier topic-based sections. It also includes a number of mandatory new sections and comprehensive monitoring of user behavior. Reaction from the user community has been energetic, if not at all positive.

What other alternatives exist for users who aren't satisfied with the new design?

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