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Comment: Re:Statistical Anomaly? (Score 1) 108

by grahamsz (#48319303) Attached to: Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

Well it's actually more like cutting off a pool of buyers.

Just like someone with a physical disability might immediately eliminate all homes with stairs. Someone who works from home will immediately eliminate all home with crappy internet access.

I'd pay 100% less for a home that doesn't have good internet access.

Comment: Re:If you proposed a $5000 hookup-tax for internet (Score 1) 108

by grahamsz (#48319265) Attached to: Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

However those are also the people that many cities want to attract.

One of the satellite cities round here is developing city wide municipal fiber and expects to have everyone connected in a few years time. I'm not looking to move at the moment, but it is a decent factor that will put them in the running for our next home.

Personally I chose my current home, in part, because i could get 50mbit/s from comcast, 40mbit/sec from centurytel, good 4g and two fixed wireless providers. I'm also less than 20' from the city fiber network, although they don't presently let consumers buy access to that.

Comment: Re:NYC Resident Here (Score 3) 149

by grahamsz (#47748793) Attached to: Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

You could always exploit the review system of airbnb to force a change.

Whenever their guests are quiet you can flip the tables and go knock on their door at midnight. Tell them "[landlord's name] said you've have shit ready for me". Once they get a few reviews of "Strange people show up in the middle of the night maybe trying to buy drugs" it should in theory sort itself out :)

Comment: Re:Much ado about nothing (Score 1) 748

by grahamsz (#47703647) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

I believe Reddit has the advantage that small groups run the individual subreddits and few people associate the garbage in a reddit like /theredpill with the site as a whole. Controversial topics are effectively discussed far away from the main page.

Drew (and to a lesser extent me, as primary admin of a fark off-shoot) is faced with a nearly impossible task of keeping a coherent standard of moderation across all topics. Someone who trolls political threads might be a positive contributor when discussing cars or beer - reddit's model facilitates that better.

The other problem is that the user base changes over time. Misogyny in paticular has probably driven away thousands of fark users, but adding the rule now is too little too late - those users are unlikely to return and the users that are left are (on average) going to be far more resistant to the new rule.

Comment: Because narrowly defining (Score 1) 748

by grahamsz (#47703535) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

I think you've hit the nail on the head.

The other problem is that sites like fark (believe me, I know) generate a lot of clique-like behavior. Moderators can and will read a comment like "shut you you trollop" as misogyny when it comes from someone they don't like and consider it funny it other contexts.

I don't really know what the answer is but I'm pretty opposed to drawing rules that aren't clear and unambiguous.

Comment: Re:Insurance rates (Score 4, Interesting) 239

More likely that your insurance company would enforce the settings on your car and require that you pay them extra if you'd like the car to value your life over other lives.

With fast networks it's even possible that the insurance companies could bid on outcomes as the accident was happening. Theoretically my insurer could throw my car into a ditch to avoid damage to a bmw coming the other way.

Comment: Re:Smartphone (or feature phone) (Score 1) 113

by grahamsz (#47560377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

I'm inclined to agree. People rarely forget their smartphones

I've been looking at DuoSecurity. Rather than SMS they send a push notification to your phone before clearing your login. No screwing around typing codes, just a "was that you logging in from 1.2.3.4?" popup on the phone that I can use to authorize the connection.

Anyone actually used them? Is it as good as their demos?

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 398

When have consumer ISPs ever been equal peering partners? Most of them offer asynchronous service and actively discourage the running of servers and peer to peer applications. They've always received far more data than they've sent.

Presumably netflix have a boatload of available inbound bandwidth. Maybe they could set verizon users so they streamed all the data back to them. That'd make verizon happy with their untimely claim about traffic ratios

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 398

But what Verizon aren't really saying is whether the bottleneck on that path is on their side or netflix' side.

I recognize that Neflix hold the power here, they have the popular service, they deliver most of the internet's traffic (in the US at least) and when they say "jump" my ISP should say "how high?". They are the primary reason a lot of us have broadband.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 3, Informative) 928

That annoys me too. I usually pay to check my bag specifically so I can feel entitled putting my camera/laptop bag in the overhead bin and getting a little more legroom for myself. Having to cram stuff at my feet because others are too cheap to check cases (or even gate check them when it's free) is frustrating.

Comment: Re: I want to see where this goes (Score 1) 364

by grahamsz (#47201373) Attached to: Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Netflix could certainly roll out a p2p model like Spotify does. I'd be quite surprised if they haven't already developed a prototype just in case. I'm any event I doubt Verizon will really push the "balanced traffic ratio" argument because there are many ways it could end badly for them

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