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Comment: Re:Such a Waste (Score 2) 74

by bill_mcgonigle (#47563033) Attached to: The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

sold out to the suits at Warner Brothers

That's not going to turn out well for them. After the first steaming pile, the subsequent two aren't even on my list. Even if the next two were great, what were we going to do, show our kids only the last half of the story (well, with other random crap thrown in)? It's not like they were going to go back and fix the first one.

Once the copyright fully expires, somebody will make a great TV miniseries of The Hobbit. The folks doing Pratchet's stories would do a good job, for instance.

Oh, and Jackson has blown his cred with everybody. Hope the contract with WB was airtight on this trilogy because that payment's gonna have to last for quite a while.

Comment: Re:Is it a legitimate collection? (Score 1) 319

by bill_mcgonigle (#47562167) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Yeah, it should be higher. People are so afraid of a credit rating problem these days that they will often pay off a "bad debt" that is fraudulent to get their score "fixed".

Creditors know this and are abusive because of it. I tell them to go suck a big one if they pull that crap. It's better to pay cash anyway, but I've actually had very few try to report bogus charges I refused to pay (90% or so are just bluffing).

Frankly I'd trust somebody with 'very good' credit more than somebody with 'perfect credit'.

Comment: Re:tor exit node (Score 1) 206

Yeah, 10 Meg isn't tremendous, so a Tor exit is probably as good as you can get. It's too small for a mirror host or a torrent seeder.

I'm assuming you're unwilling to incur 95th percentile charges on your burstable. Tor allows easy bandwidth limiting right in the .conf.

Still, that's only one machine - 10 meg is easy to saturate.

Comment: Re: Well, the GSA could start firing the contracto (Score 1) 124

You're right - advocates of privitization have always claimed that no private person will ever screw up. Wait, no. So, better to hire somebody who cannot be fired ... because they'll never screw up? Are you sure this story isn't proving the opposite of what you think if does?

Comment: Re: Alternative explanation (Score 1) 393

If there are many paths to a node their system should be choosing the fastest path.Verizon obviously is not doing that and deliberately allowing congestion.

And Netflix would happily give them OpenConnect appliances too, to avoid _their_ bandwidth costs as well. But Netflix competes with Verizon's VoD services - this isn't hard to figure out.

There are at least three underlying problems for the congestion issue - one is the DMCA and related copyright laws that prevent any sort of sane caching, the general fear of multicast that everybody on the Internet still seems to have (half a million unicast streams of the same show is insane - where are the global warming people on this?), and the grants of monopolies and/or prohibitions on competition that prevent local competition.

Label me shocked if the Netflix app on mobile devices does not have a P2P mode working in the lab right now, as a workaround for us running a sub-par Internet.

Comment: Re:SLS and comparing to spacex (Score 1) 132

by bill_mcgonigle (#47534071) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

The SLS is not a deep space vehicle. It's a vehicle to divert tax payer money into the pocket of private enterprises that give a share to politicians. Assuming it ever takes off, it'll be an outdated overpriced piece of shit.

Understanding this provides predictive capability - that there's basically zero chance that the project will be canceled or defunded, for the reasons you stated.

Comment: So, split DNS then? (Score 1) 90

by bill_mcgonigle (#47534033) Attached to: New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

What a junk article - no explanation of what's actually going on and no link to a standard.

It sounds like what they're inferring is that you need, not server.local or server.somemadeupcrap.

I think most of us cleaned up that cruft when BIND 9 came out with views support.
    This shouldn't impact anybody who hasn't been dragging their heels on fixing their infrastructure for more than a decade.

Comment: Re:Wikipedia Never Bans Vandals? (Score 1) 165

by bill_mcgonigle (#47532143) Attached to: Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Looking into this, this ip address has been vandalising Wikipedia for over 4 years now...

C'mon, we're working hard enough to undo the "an IP address is a person" myth, to keep the government from smashing people who have shared wifi/tor exits/etc., without perpetuating it ourselves.

You'll notice a few helpful edits from staffers too - only most of them on Capitol Hill are psychopaths, not all of them. Probably the good editors already have accounts, though.

Comment: Re:I will invest in that. (Score 2) 168

by bill_mcgonigle (#47531247) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

But amazon has been telling "screw you" to investors ever since it went public in 1998. How long is their long term plan? The only reason investors are tolerating this is because the stock price has gone up as apparently there is no shortage of people who think that huge profits are just around the corner.

It's not quite that simple - there are profits at Amazon - they are just in certain divisions that are then funding the money-losing divisions.

Amazon takes a profitable business (remember when they sold BOOKS?) and makes it profitable, but takes those profits to invest in something crazy (like NOT BOOKS, or Kindle, or Prime) and then those divisions get profitable and the cycle repeats.

If Amazon ever wanted to stop growing as a company it could kill off the non-profitable divisions and show a dividend in short order. This is why the stock has value. Perhaps too much, but the entire market is in a bubble, so it's hard to dice which part of the stock price is which. In some ways stock prices are relative with an absurd floor.

Investors who have no appetite for such companies can - :gasp: - invest in other companies.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw