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Comment: always bet on greed (Score 1) 530

50,000 people have already answered, but here's my two cents, too..

Even as someone who perfers a slide out keyboard (Droid 4, here. Probably the last of the good slideout keyboards) it probably comes down to manufacturing costs..

it costs less for softkey phones, less moving parts, infinitely remappable keys, et al..

i rely on my hardware keyboard, cuz SSH. I mean, not losing screen real estate just to get a terminal is worth it..

i realize this is a minority reason for a good hardware keyboard, but yea.. i can type without looking, i can type FASTER..

softkeyboards only exist to make all typists equally crappy typers.. but because the problem is money, you can bet hardware keyboards will never come back.

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 394

by thule (#47541271) Attached to: Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Thanks for this! Both you and the previous poster explaining BGP. So many people have misconceptions on how the Internet works. Then there is the added complexity of business.

I really proves nothing that Netflix over a VPN is faster than without a VPN. We already know Verizon-Level3 peering is saturated. Both sides have admitted it. It comes down to how to solve the problem. It is not a technical problem. It is a business problem

So what if Level3 offers to pay for the upgraded link. If the existing agreement is settlement-free upgrading the link will likely push the traffic exchange outside the agreement. So if Level3 starts sending more traffic than it received from Verizon, then they should pay Verizon for transit of that traffic. Verizon has probably told them that. Level3 comes back and says, "But we'll pay for the upgraded equipment." Verizon says, "So what? If the traffic isn't equal, then you pay." And on and on it goes. So, as stated above, the best thing to do is for Netflix to create peering connections with Verizon that have no expectation of equal traffic. They will have to pay Verizon for these connections.

This is NOTHING new people. This is how the Internet has always worked.

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach