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Comment: Das Keyboard Professional 4 (Score 1) 452

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49274317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I just picked up one of these and I must say I've been incredibly happy with it. The construction is top notch (Germans know a thing or two about how to build stuff), the key action is amazing, and it looks incredible. Pricey? Yes. But so is a finely-crafted automobile. Both will probably outlast you.

Comment: Re:The Rules (Score 1) 347

by thule (#49244657) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order
It doesn't. The Netflix issues were never about Net Neutrality. I have tried to explain that countless times. The problem is that people are so blinded by their hate of cable companies and their ignorance of how peering works that it doesn't sink in. Peering is a good thing. The Netflix deal actually helps the little guy that can't afford peering to have more bandwidth over the backbones and cable company transit connections. Netflix played people. I suspect they used threats of Net Neutrality in negotiations. It never had to benefit them. It never had to really be all that bad, just the threat was good enough. Now the FCC had a foot in the door, we should all be scared. It seems to me that governments have a worse track record of stifling free speech than companies do.

Comment: Beating fossil? (Score 1) 356

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49241031) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

The headline is pretty misleading, and the illogical nature of it is revealed in the opening sentences of the "article." How in the world can you say solar "beats coal and wind" when it is responsible for roughly 1% of overall generation? Sure, it *added* more capacity by percentage this year than other power generation types, but so what? If I generated zero watts last year via hamster wheel generation and added one watt this year, my percentage increase is...well...infinity! Haha! I beat everything on the planet! But my actual generation is laughable.

I'm not trying to talk down solar, or wind, or anything. I'm just sick of the sensational headlines full of hyperbole picking relatively useless metrics to claim something like this is really amazing when, in fact, it's quite pedestrian.

Comment: Wow! A thousand??? (Score 2) 192

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49234059) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

Now there's more games than gamers!

Seriously, yes, I know -- or at least suspect -- there are more than a thousand Linux gamers on Steam out there, but really...when you've got barely 1% of the gaming market, it's a little silly to say 2015 could be the "Year of Linux Gaming." At some point you have to disconnect yourself from wishful thinking and hyperbole and just say "yeah, it's getting better, but it still has a very long way to go."

Comment: Re:Clear to me (Score 1) 609

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49233575) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

I can't imagine the State Department not adhering to the same standard of security when doing the people's business.

You can't? Try instead to imagine what would happen to a Clinton staffer who told her she can't do something, especially when Hillary has very concrete and politically-motivated reasons for violating policy (i.e. hiding potential corruption, illegal dealings, etc. from FOIA requests and Congressional inquiry). Hillary doesn't exactly have a reputation for dealing kindly with people like that, you know.

Comment: Re:Its Not the Server (Score 1) 609

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49233515) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

I did check the law. There's nothing preventing her from using a private email or private server...so long as everything is recorded, archived, and available for government inspection if needed. The problem here is there is no way to guarantee this. Clinton can say she's turned over everything "relevant" to government business, but she can't prove she didn't withhold unflattering or potentially illegal emails. Further, the government cannot prove what is or isn't relevant because it hasn't had control of the server/email since inception. This kind of stuff is precisely why the law was amended (admittedly after Clinton's tenure as SecState) to prevent Federal employees from using personal stuff for official business.

But to say she didn't break the law is being disingenuous. If she's unable or unwilling to turn over everything, she's not complying with the law.

Comment: Look at Panasonic's tablet (Score 1) 450

by Ed Avis (#49231947) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch
The real competition (in features, that is, not price) for an Apple tablet would be the Panasonic Toughpad 4k, a monster 20-inch tablet with 3840x2560 resolution (that is, 4:3 aspect ratio). It's a beautiful piece of kit but hugely expensive. Apple could put the same panel in a 20 inch "iPad Pro" or "MacPad" and if priced more keenly it could sell well among those doing graphics work who want something more portable than a desktop.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

Wrong? Rearlly? Netflix has peering with the ISP's right now! It is working! Netflix even said they liked the outcome in their stockholder's meeting. The host inside the network still requires a connection that is over 1Gb/s. Sometimes it makes more sense to peer. Netflix got in trouble because they tried to use the government to negotiate peering. Netflix is not pure and clean. Yeah, the outcome worked out for them, but at the risk of the FCC stepping in and changing everything. Now Netflix isn't too sure it likes Title II regulation. I know everyone hates the cable companies, but they were not treating Netflix any different from any other peer, once Netflix decided to peer directly instead of using a 3rd party.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

It is *completely* logical. The reason VPN works is because your are reaching your VPN endpoint via the transit connection. The VPN endpoint node was on a network that either had no peering with Netflix or the peering point was not overloaded.

Peering exchanges traffic between two networks. Your VPN host would have to be inside the Netflix network to experience the same issues as raw streaming.,

Comcast was NOT throttling. Cogent didn't not purchase enough bandwidth from Comcast via the peering port to handle all the traffic. Not only that, but Cogent didn't want to purchase more bandwidth because Cogent enjoys mainly settlement-free peering. Cogent *admitted* that *they* were throttling. They probably wished they had never taken on Netflix as a customer.

People, please learn how peering and the peering fee structure works before asking the FCC to stomp around and change the Internet!

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