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Comment: inventor ?!?!??!?! (Score 3, Insightful) 170

by citizenr (#48873675) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

> [inventor Alex] Kipman ... idea he first pitched to Microsoft, which became Kinect

so he invented Kinect? hmm nope, that would be Primesense cleverly going around earlier patents on structure light (for example Viewpoint Corps US6549288 filled in 1999) by using random instead of striped dot pattern.

maybe Kipman invented original Natal aka Kinect 2 aka time of flight depth camera? hmmm nope, that would be 2 or 3 whole companies M$ bought (3DV, Canesta) spending over 1 Billion dollars before settling on ready to sell Primesense camera in the end.

What exactly did he invent? He is a manager at M$, not engineer.

Comment: Re: One fiber to rule them... (Score 1) 221

by citizenr (#48713985) Attached to: Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

All it takes is a small modification to Netflix client software. Make it upload at 80% uplink capacity of EVERY SINLGE customer - BAM, overnight Netflix traffic stops being one way, all peering problems are over. Do you spot the problem? Peering agreements are stupid and easy to manipulate, its strange no one did it on this scale yet.

Comment: Meanwhile in civilized world (Score 1) 221

by citizenr (#48713963) Attached to: Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

Meanwhile in civilized world (Europe): Poland/Warsaw, Regulatory body prevented UPC Cablecom, European cable giant, from completely taking over local competitor. UPC was forced to sell hardware infrastructure gained in the merge, and obligated to lease it for at least 12 months after the sale.

"In May 2013 Netia acquired from UPC Polska a part of former Aster cable operator’s network, which was classified for resale according to the decision of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) as of September 5, 2011 approving the acquisition of Aster cable operator by UPC Polska. Netia purchased from UPC Polska and UPC Poland Holding BV 100% of shares in Centrina Sp. z o.o. and Dianthus Sp. z o.o., which own cable networks in Warsaw and Krakow reaching a total of 446,000 homes passed. The transaction has been treated as a purchase of network assets and related liabilities with a net valuation of PLN 5.8m. Simultaneously, UPC Polska concluded with Centrina and Dianthus a 12-month network rental agreement in order to ensure service continuity to its customers during a transition period. Total consideration payable to Netia Group for this network rental amounts to PLN 4.5m. Moreover, Netia will receive discounts on certain ongoing commercial agreements between the Netia Group and UPC Polska. These discounts are estimated to amount to PLN 16.4m and will be recognized as they are received."

Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) - sounds pretty alien to all USians, doesnt it? :)

Result: 300Mbit/s internet is $17/month. 300Mbit internet + A la carte TV (YES, about $1.5 per 1-17 channel bundles you can freely pick from, 170 channels in total) starts at $20/month.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.