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Cuba's Internet Routing Is Messed Up 64

Internet access in Cuba has gotten far better in the last year, thanks in large part to thawing relations between Cuba's government and the U.S. In the case of a censorship-heavy, technology-impaired regime, though, "better" doesn't necessarily mean good. Northwestern engineering professor Fabián E. Bustamante and graduate student Zachary Bischof decided to quantify the performance of Cuban internet connections, and found them "perhaps even worse than they expected," with regards to routing in particular. Reader TheSync writes with this excerpt: During their study, Bustamante and Bischof found that when a person in Havana searched for a topic on Google, for example, the request traveled through the marine cable to Venezuela, then through another marine cable to the United States, and finally landed at a Google server in Dallas, Texas. When the search results traveled back, it went to Miami, Florida, up to the satellite, and then back to Cuba. While the information out of Cuba took 60-70 milliseconds, it took a whopping 270 milliseconds to travel back.

Comment why not private dns? (Score 1) 185

If you are in control of the entire domain name space why wouldn't you just add that domain set to your own private DNS servers and call it a day? There is no need to make it public since a huge chunk of DNS queries are already handled by Google.

Comment Conveniently Glazed Over Usability (Score 1) 30

It's fantastic that you can get that mileage in a car that is inconvenient, small, terrible range. BMW didn't win anything other than an aerodynamics and weight contest. I saw a Tesla Model S competing quite well on the 1/4 mile against Porche, Audi, and.. yeah It smoked a BMW M3 (I am assuming due to driver error). The key was it was quite a capable machine that after a full day of racing drove home and got 75 MPG on the freeway back to the drivers house.

Comment This happened to me (Score 2) 443

I was involved in a similar situation where I had free rentals for life with a purchase of a VCR. They had a pitiful movie selection but it was still a good deal. Eventually, they decided to drop the rental portion of the business and effectively said too bad. A quick lawsuit later I had my full purchase price back in my hands. Not a lawyer but it was about 2 hour total to file in small claims and prove my membership and lifetime certificate.

Comment Device Control (Score 1) 96

It would be nice if devices had the ability to limit the GPS accuracy for all applications. Something that would allow them to return circular (Spherical?) regions that are defined to fall on a LAT/LON boundry so it doesn't place you in the center of the circle. Have the lowest region be exact LAT/LON, then 100 meters, 1km, 10km, 100km and off. This would only be helpful if the device itself did it to prevent companies with no common sense from doing this.

Comment Re:awful, awful awful awful (Score 1) 293

The difference is a person can tell if they are feeling well and will not have a mass failure all at once (occasionally heart attacks or strokes cause driving issues but out of millions of drivers the numbers are low) The question is can the computer handle when it has a sudden reboot because of a overheating device or a short circuit across the main bus. Even if it can't you would have to weigh potential total failure of the computer system with how many drunks and poor drivers (those who cause unintended accidents due to incompetence.) there are on the road and find out which is the net positive. I am guessing the computer will do a better job even if the failure rate was fairly high. It is way to much to ask that everyone takes a precision driving course and actually pays attention and acts responsibly so your theory about the computer doing better sounds accurate.

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