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Comment: Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1) 181

Let me repeat that: It is absolutely technically possible to filter based on source IP address country.

Yes, you can also do various trickery to cloak your real source behind another source. That doesn't invalidate the point.

No, it just invalidates the suggestion as an effective method of geographically constraining data away from users in a particular region, which is what you are trying to do by using the IP address as some sort of magic geotag.

Comment: SDK available here: (Score 2) 161

SDK available here:

http://gl.access-company.com/p...

Perhaps next time you will read the acquisition history for the software you are trying to find in the Wikipedia article, and then go to the OpenSource/Downloads section of the company website for the current owner of the technology yourself?

Comment: Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1) 181

If Google is censoring their results, they could do so no just on the basis of which version of Google receives the request, but on the basis of the requesting IP address.

Google blocks it by domain. Domain is specific to country by registrar. If someone in the UK goes to google.com instead of google.co.uk, it's up to the UK to dick with their ISP and DNS results to force redirect them into the UK legal sandbox where the content is controlled.

You know, just like China.

Legally forcing a commercial entity to act as part of your own implementation of "The Great Firewall of China" is not the same thing as not being censorious dicks yourself. An unfunded mandate to force someone to do your dirty work for you does not make it any less your dirty work.

Comment: Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (Score 1) 261

by tlambert (#47544473) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

"why haven't cellular data providers figured out a way to offer more than 5 GB per month at a reasonable price in the past decade".

They have. The FCC has. They need much more of the spectrum to do it which means shutting off broadcast TV which no one uses.

Funny. The way NTT solved the problem a quarter of a century ago was to increase cell density to decrease per cell load. They don't need more spectrum.

Comment: Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (Score 1) 261

by tlambert (#47544463) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

With cell towers your individual bandwidth is a function of how many people are using that tower. If you aren't getting enough you add towers, simple as that. It just costs money and the cell companies find it's more profitable to throttle than upgrade their network. Throttling your internet/cellphone is free, so long as everyone does it to prevent competition.

This.

Comment: Re:This is about wireless phones (Score 1) 261

by tlambert (#47544439) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Your gigabit network is nice and all, but this conversation is about phones.

The only imitation on phone is data rate.

Bandwidth is trivially addressed by cell density. NTT happily addressed this in Japan Circa 1998 or so by increasing cell density. For each increase in cell density, the radius containing devices an existing cell has to service is reduced. For something lice a femto-cell, or business femto cells, such as those on they ceilings of the conference rooms, offices, and hallways at Google and Apple, the effective load for a given cell is a couple of devices each, at most.

Comment: Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (Score 1) 261

by tlambert (#47540361) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

that takes 5 GB per month?

do you HAVE to stream entire movies and music to it?

why not copy stuff to its storage and maybe save some wireless bandwidth?

Maybe Verizon FIOS is his hem provider, and either way, he hits a dumb ass Verizon data cap because they've gotten state laws passed to prevent cities from building their own infrastructure?

Comment: So we should pay $250,000 every February? (Score 1) 261

by tlambert (#47540345) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

I think $10/GB would be reasonable considering that they charge $30 for 3GB.

I think $10/GB is ridiculous; in South Korea, you can buy 1Gbit/s for $20/month - which would take you about 10 seconds to hit $10.

Given that there are 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour, that's about $360/hour, or $8,460/day, or to put it another way, a quarter of a million dollars for February, and more than that for other months with more days in them.

Tell me again why they are selling other people's packets as if they were metering water, as opposed to renting us pipes for those packets based on pipe diameter, and getting the hell out of the way otherwise?

Comment: Re:Netflix is ruthless. (Score 1) 199

by tlambert (#47536831) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Netflix is perhaps the most ruthless corporation to have ever existed. They will stop at absolutely nothing to dominate the economy. In a year or two stopping them will be impossible. We must act now, otherwise it will be too late.

Why? Does their player mine Bitcoins for the Winklevii in the background while playing movies?

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