Block them at the router level like I will. Problem solved.
I'd like to discuss your assertion of Canadians "stealing" Netflix. Since the common language of us peasant folk isn't something you can decipher, I'd like to explain these events in a language you can understand. Please do bear with me as CEO speak isn't my native language;
What we actually have here is just an instance of your consumer associates controlling costs by outsourcing entertainment laden data packets to "friendlier" regions. I'm sure this is a business practice you are familiar with as your parent company, BCE, utilizes this same strategy to control non-profit generating business expenditures. By outsourcing these entertainment laden IP packets, your consumer associates have significantly improved their cost efficiency, freeing up additional resources that can be used to improve other areas of their business. To maintain your status as a premier content provider, it would be wise to observe and adapt to recent market trends in the "over-the-top" entertainment industry.
I hope that my rudimentary command of CEO speak has helped you gain a better understanding of the situation at hand.
Joe what-goes-around-comes-around Consumer
Fair enough, that is your choice...
Many people running XP said the same thing, but frankly XP was WAY out of date in 2014 when it EOLed.
7 was worth the upgrade, Vista was easily skipped. 8.0 was easily skipped, 8.1 is worth the upgrade in some situations.
10 will be worth it. 7 is getting long in the tooth.
If you honestly run 7 until 2020, it is going to be just as bad as XP was last year.
I use windows Media Center daily with a HD-Homerun Prime. Let's see, I can pay my cable company $20/month for 2 boxes plus another $10/month for a DVR "service fee" (as if the box I'm renting that has a HD already in it requires a special "service"), for a total of $30/month -or- I can use my existing HTPC/Xbox360 extender and pay $1.50/month for a cable card, saving me $28.50 (plus tax) a month. I've had the setup for about 3.5 years, saving me about $1150 in fees, so even taking into consideration the cost of the computer, HD Homerun, and network equipment I'm ahead a lot of money - plus I also OWN another computer which also does have value. That's not even taking into consideration additional benefits like recording capacity (2TB in HTPC vs 500GB DVR), the ability to watch TV on *any* PC, plus use a $50 secondhand Xbox 360 as a media extender to replace the need for a second cable box, and the much faster/easier interface of Media Center compared to the TV providers dreadful interface. Yeah, sorry - I'm not looking to lose media center any time soon. If media center or another similarly functioning program is not available I'm simply not going to upgrade. End of story.
Here is 17 days (just took a screencap now): http://i.imgur.com/nwHroqS.png
Maybe this is a harbinger of things to come where IoT devices in general would need firewalled due to privacy and security concerns.
I've been doing this for years. I run my own camera system as a VM using zone minder. My firewall rules are set to drop all packets originating from any of the cameras or the zoneminder server. My "Smart TV" only has selected hosts permitted outbound through the firewall, everything else is dropped. For remote access I VPN into my network and have access to resources once I'm in, everything else is dropped. Whitelisting is far superior to blacklisting.
IMO is especially troubling as Ebola is an RNA virus. RNA viruses have short generation times and relatively high mutation rates (on the order of one point mutation or more per genome per round of replication for RNA viruses). This elevated mutation rate, when combined with natural selection, allows viruses to quickly adapt to changes in their host environment. Notable human diseases caused by RNA viruses also include SARS, influenza, and polio.
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