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Comment: Re:Your math sucks and is biased! (Score 1) 3

by agizis (#47329017) Attached to: You're Paying Comcast's Electric Bill
Alex here, and, while that's a good observation, it's not that simple. As I described, this was the business setup. Comcast gave me two cable modems, one for my office and one for the Xfinity hotspot. The power I measure was solely for the hardware that was required to run the Xfinity hotspot. The question is, how different is the setup of consumers? They do share one modem, but in my experience most people are supplying their own wifi router (by linksys or similar) to give themselves a wifi network, in which case the fixed overhead of Comcast's wifi router is entirely there to supply the Xfinity Wifi.

+ - Kickstarter / iFind project is suspended->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As of approximately 9AM PDT, funding for the iFind project at Kickstarter, the one with the bluetooth tags that have no battery and that harvest energy from WiFi and other radio sources, has been suspended. No word yet on how this came about."
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+ - You're Paying Comcast's Electric Bill-> 3

Submitted by agizis
agizis (676060) writes "We know Comcast is rolling out a new WiFi network that they're installing in customer’s homes, but most articles glossed over the routers' power usage. So using a Kill-A-Watt power meter, I actually measured and Comcast is saving tens of millions per year on the backs of their customers. Sign my petition asking Comcast to compensate its customers."
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+ - Comcast is turning your home into a public hotspot. ->

Submitted by agizis
agizis (676060) writes "Comcast has started using customers’ routers to create public wifi hotspots. They claim the "opt-out" hotspots don't leech from your paid bandwidth. But the bandwidth comes from somewhere. So, is it extra or is it what you paid for? The answer matters, because if they’re using your bandwidth, you should opt-out, but if it's extra, then you should start using it."
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+ - Speedify Released: Cloud Service Boosts TCP Performance->

Submitted by agizis
agizis (676060) writes "Connectify launched Speedify, a cloud service to boost TCP performance this week. Speedify lets you channel bond multiple WiFi, 3G, 4G, and wired connections to act as a single, super-fast connection. In tests, Speedify combined DSL and 4G LTE connections with Speedify, with over 90% efficiency across-the-board."
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+ - Lie Like a Lady: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test->

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "Alan Turing never wrote about the Turing Test, that legendary measure of machine intelligence that was supposedly passed last weekend. He proposed something much stranger—a contest between men and machines, to see who was better at pretending to be a woman. The details of the Imitation Game aren't secret, or even hard to find, and yet no one seems to reference it. Here's my analysis for Popular Science about why they should, in part because it's so odd, but also because it might be a better test for "machines that think" than the chatbot-infested, seemingly useless Turing Test."
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+ - VPN Service for personal use 4

Submitted by kaka.mala.vachva
kaka.mala.vachva (1164605) writes "I will be traveling to India, Sri Lanka and other places in the next few months. While I do have VPN service at work, I do not want to use that — can Slashdotters recommend a VPN service for personal use? Since I will pay for this myself, cost is a consideration (though not the be-all, end-all factor). I would prefer to have a US IP address when I connect via VPN from India and Sri Lanka, since some bank services do not work with Indian IP addresses."

+ - Scaling a Cloud Service Without EC2->

Submitted by agizis
agizis (676060) writes "Last May, we began developing a worldwide cloud service where speed and reliability is everything. Like most startups, we started on Amazon Web Services (AWS). We fell in love with the functionality of EC2, but the honeymoon was over fast: the locations and pricing were just too restrictive. It's been a sometimes painful ride, so I wanted to share the story of how we broke the golden EC2 handcuffs and built our scalable service at a fraction of the EC2 price tag."
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+ - Taking a QUIC Test Drive->

Submitted by agizis
agizis (676060) writes "Google presented their new QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) protocol to the IETF yesterday as a future replacement for TCP. It was discussed here when it was originally announced, but now there’s real working code. How fast is it really? We wanted to know, so we dug in and benchmarked QUIC at different bandwidths, latencies and reliability levels (test code included, of course), and ran our results by the QUIC team."
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+ - 3D Printer is being developed to build 2,500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours.

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "A professor is working on technology named as Contour Crafting which can print an entire 2,500 sqft house in 20 hours

He was able to make a printhead that can extrude wet cement in such a way that the cement is able to keep its form as each successive layer is printed.

Using the Contour Crafting (CC) a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.

The professor believes that his technology would make the construction of efficient buildings so cheap and efficient that we could print houses for Millions of poor people living in slums across the world. And, this kind of building process will avoid the killings and injuries related to construction accidents.

Apart from printing Houses, Contour Crafting can be used for building habitats on other planets such as Moon and Mars which are being targeted for human colonization."

Comment: Re:Dude, you got a communication problem. (Score 1) 163

by agizis (#43866319) Attached to: Slashdot Killed My Kickstarter Campaign
Thanks for asking, this was part of a campaign to sign up technically sophisticated beta testers for our new VPN product. I came to slashdot because of the concentration of such networking experts. The casual, ask me anything, tone was set specifically to disarm the frequent, negative posters who frequently post without contributing to the discussion in a meaningful way. At this moment, I have now signed up 249 people for the Switchboard beta (thank you everyone, we won't let you down). Thanks for your post.

Comment: Re:Trust (or a lack thereof). (Score 1) 163

by agizis (#43866119) Attached to: Slashdot Killed My Kickstarter Campaign
Interesting, thank you. In general I think the trust/privacy issues are bigger here on Slashdot than they are in the rest of the Internet (I submit Facebook's success as evidence). I think the subscription part was a bigger deal to more people. That said you clearly have a valid point, and your stories about those other products are clearly nightmarish. I'm going to keep this in mind going forward. And I get that nothing I say here will make you trust me. So are there standards/trusted 3rd parties, whose seal of approval would make you believe in our security/trustworthiness?

Comment: Re:Further Questions (Score 1) 163

by agizis (#43865441) Attached to: Slashdot Killed My Kickstarter Campaign
Thank you for asking. Yes, so in the new form, we're pushing it largely as a personal VPN. It's very easy to setup, and automatically does the same sort of firewall traversal (STUN, TURN, different ports, etc.) that Google Talk or Skype does to get through a firewall. So you can get a VPN server setup without having to deal with port forwarding on your router, or anything like that. We are smart about our channel bonding and protocols. As long as it's possible, we'll use UDP and get much better speeds than you would get with a TCP based solution. It does have the multiple Internet connection stuff going as well. Yes, for that to improve your performance, you have to set up your server somewhere with a very fast Internet connection. There are a lot of situations where this comes up: places where DSL is still common, and where you have a very mobile workforce, a lot of times people have access to both Wi-Fi and 4G or DSL and 4G.

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