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Comment: "Shot across the bow" effect (Score 1) 111

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49531881) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service

I don't want a new phone, so the plan is a non-starter right there.

But the pricing seems more of a shot across the bow of ATT&T and Verizon. TMobile, and other MVNOs can be cheaper at some levels, but this has the weight of Google behind it. For better and for worse Google is flexing it's muscles in the ISP arena. Google Fiber really is causing changes with AT&T and Comcast. I see this as that - you'll never get Google Fiber/Google FI in every home every phone, but it makes people realize there are other things out there.

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 5, Insightful) 355

Google has an agenda. Their agenda may or may not be the same as mine. More and more recently, their agenda certainly doesn't match mine. They can be "right" for Mr Brin, just not for me.

Google Wave? Google Plus? Forcing Google plus on absolutely everyone then abandoning it? Orkut? Not honoring do-not-track in Safari. The list of places where Google was wrong is non-zero.

Google has the "don't be evil" pledge. That's so weak to be a joke. Imagine an unsafe mining company trying to pull that. "We only killed 3 people this week, so we're not so evil." I'd rather they have "don't be corporate". Their governance structure is specially created where they don't have the pressure of the shareholders - all the power is with the founders and super special stock voting rights.

(An aside - Alibaba could NOT pull the same voting structure in Communist China... the government felt it took away too much power from the shareholder... imagine Google's governance structure being not free enough for Communist China)

Because of the immunity from those pesky shareholders and their short term view, above pretty much all other large publicly traded companies, they have the power to "don't be corporate", but instead they pull things here and there that prove they're just a big corporation and not the panacea they'd like you to believe.

Comment: Re:Why the hell ... (Score 1) 119

They probably saw that FreeBSD has been doing it for 15 years [] and thought it might be a good idea.

Though I thought of this too, it's a majorly different level of parsing, and therefore much smaller attack surface.

MS has a full HTTP stack in the kernel. FreeBSD accept filters (including the http_filter) do a minimal check, then pass the full request to userspace - no heavy parsing in the kernel. I think the http_filter just looks for GET/HEAD/WHATEVER_SCHEME and a few other minimal things, and then tells httpd "here ya go"

Comment: Re:HTTP.SYS? (Score 1) 119

1) Literally?

2) This is actually pretty common, witness the TUX Linux kernel web server a few years ago.

Why? the same reason anything is dumped into kernel mode. Speed. Got a few thousand hits per second? Drop your userspace code into kernel space, and now you're eliminating a few thousand user-kernel space swap outs per second. Problems? Yeah, lets have a fairly complicated protocol that is designed to be poked at (and therefore hacked at) remotely dropped into the kernel. That and complicated data structures and kernel memory management don't mix well sometimes.

I agree with you. I thought TUX was a bad idea when it came out. Now imagine a new protocol without all the design bugs sorted out, without all the implementation bugs sorted out (i'm looking at you HTTP/2.0 SPDY) dropped into the kernel.. Oy Vey! the pain!

Comment: Historical Traffic times? (Score 2) 209

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49487289) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

One of the best features of the "old" maps was the historical traffic times. Say I need to be somewhere at 10AM; I can get my route, then some clicketty-click and get what the normal transportation time, with traffic, is. Use that as a guess, with some extra slop and you;ll probably get there on time. I haven't seen this feature in the new maps.

Though hard to bitch about "you get a pretty useful GPS as a (pseudo) freebie*" I hate when Google thinks "yeah, you really want this" when I really don't. Their idea of "you really want this" tends to not be as often as they seem to think. Eg: my distaste for all things Material Design now. Too much wasted space, a big saturated color header with a thin white font inside making it hard to read, too much effort to make that little circle at the bottom right do too many things.

Anyway, rant over.

(*) Free as in "Every google app wants access to your location every second... from Maps (makes sense) Google Now (a bit more sense, but location turned off) to GooglePlus (only google engineers go there anyway) to Google Hangouts (no thanks)"

Comment: Not the only dark side (Score 1) 101

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49478171) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

Electronics are progressing faster then us meat puppets can deal with. We're going to have issues as electronics have the capability to take over more and more of what us humans do.

When you ask someone, what do you do? You generally get an answer of their job. it's part of our internal definition. what happens when you do nothing (and get paid nothing)?

Comment: Re:Oh this is easy .... (Score 2) 394

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49393679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

I've no facebook. I purposely use G+, since no one is on it, and I get some good tech feeds on it. I don't miss social media (and yes, i said I have G+ and say I don't really have social media).

I was on the Internet in pre-web days. FTPspace back then. Sumex-aim anyone? Does anyone else know that Wuarchive is not about the Wu-Tang? Sadly neither responds to pings anymore.....

But even though i saw the web grow, then web 2.0, and now the "everything needs a social network angle" web, I never thought that I'd want to have my personal interactions filtered by and "monetized" by a corporation. If I want to talk to you, we talk, I don't try to get in your newsfeed between the mayonnaise ad and the facebook game.

Comment: Re:When every citizen is a potential terrorist... (Score 1) 161

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49370441) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

"make our jobs easier for us",

This is a fundamental sticking point that I haven't heard any cop talk about.

The US Constitution purposely makes it hard to go after someone. This is not a bug in the system, but a feature. When cops argue (in effect) "you're making it just too hard" realize that they're bashing the Constitution. Maybe they feel times have changed enough the Constitution should be changed, but while it's around, you follow it. Just like us normal folks have to follow laws we may not like.

Comment: How did they ever catch criminals before phones? (Score 1) 161

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49370411) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

I always hear that we can't catch anyone if phones are encrypted, or computers are encrypted. Evidently there were no police techniques available before 1995, and all criminals got off easy. All those police shows where people gathered non-cell-phone based evidence must have been something like science fiction, but for cops.

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