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Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in Februrary, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."
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Comment: Re:Down? Or encrypted? (Score 2) 148

by guzzirider (#46649699) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Most likely encrypted.
They, (The Russians) are massing troupes, maybe by historical Russian standards, a small mass.
It would make sense that they would test whatever secure military mode that is built into the system.
12 hours is not an a huge amount of time, but is could be enough to operationally test most of the hardware that is deployed on the 'frontier'.

Comment: Re:$5000 gets you... (Score 2) 196

by guzzirider (#45118383) Attached to: Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S

Too bad the first thing GM did not do, was change the "1.4-liter gasoline-powered range-extending engine" with a state of the art Euro-turbo diesel. Then the thing could be diesel electric, not like a locomotive but more like a submarine. 1.6 liter might do it.
When you are slogging around in traffic it runs on the battery. The power unit could just cut in to fully charge the thing when necessary, and provide direct drive for hi-way speeds just as it does with the petrol unit.
Again this is GM, does anyone else remember the "Cimarron" looks like GM has done it again.
On another note, it is not an electric car like the Tesla it is a serial hybrid that cheats on the serial part a bit. Apparently it will never be elegant like the Tesla ether ...

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 266

by guzzirider (#42874953) Attached to: 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

"International cooperation hasn't proven that valuable"
That has been absolutely true.

However it would be necessary to overcome that to achieve a meaningful mars mission.
Mars is not the moon, you can't go there and hang out for 3 days and go home.
To be cost effective, may need to look to China as a resource.
Again it would not be an easy road to achieve International cooperation
It could become we (the US) pays for the bulk of it, but big pieces are outsourced.

Politically that could prove most difficult.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 4, Interesting) 266

by guzzirider (#42870191) Attached to: 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

I don't believe that a manned mission to mars could ever be achieved from international competition. It would require international cooperation on a massive scale.

Costly, expensive does not even begin to cover it. A program for a manned mission to Mars is at least a magnitude of order more difficult than the Apollo program. A starting guess would be 10x of the cost of the Apollo program in adjusted dollars for inflation. One figure I found was $135-billion in 2005 Dollars (cost of the Apollo program).
Now if it is 10x harder to do mars, are we talking about 1.3 Trillion?

Personally I would like to see this seriously pursued in my lifetime, however ..
We have gotten good at robotic missions and I would like to see more exploration and science missions. I know that a sample return mission would get some level of excitement, but it is likely that placing more science on the surface is of more benefit. Maybe rovers with an ability to find samples to be sent to a surface based robotic lab instead of / in addition to of self contained rovers.
We also must ask if Mars is to use so many resources would we be neglecting other robotic planetary missions?

Comment: In the past Trade mark has been used by automobile (Score 1) 194

by guzzirider (#42462741) Attached to: The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

In the past Trade mark has been used by automobile companies to prevent look a likes ...
In the 1970s There was a fiberglass replacement bonnet for VW type 1 (Bug) that had a Rolls Royce grill. Later in the Early 1980's there was a a fiberglass front end for convertible Mustangs that resembled a Mercedes SL. these products were removed from the marked via ligation.
The RR VW grill was a flagrant violation (had RR marking and symbol on grill work), the SL ford conversion I don't remember the detail, I thought the MB star was changed to a cross, not sure.

Comment: Re:Evidence (Score 1) 592

by guzzirider (#38770738) Attached to: What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

Personally I do not take my hard legitimately earned money, convert it to cash and then keep it under the floorboards at the local crack house.

Maybe it's current status is under investigation and the people in question are / will be under arrest as suspects
  er will I may have known some one who new some one who downloaded obviously unauthorized copyrighted material from megaupload that was blatantly available is mass. There would be no way in hell I would use that as a cloud service for anything important or otherwise critical.

Look you just got to have common sense.

Comment: Re:I use Clear in the Dallas Area (Score 1) 166

by guzzirider (#35457338) Attached to: Clearwire Sued Over WiMAX Throttling

Signal strength has been marginal at my home, when I first got the service it was real bad, there was a promise of adding towers, which were added (3 months late). It got better after that, however it is weaker at home than at work. ( moving around the ‘box’ at home affects speed) and it rarely gets all of the lights on. The person that I work fore has the service in Arlington and has told me it rips at 8mb plus just about 24/7. At home the dongle barley achieves 1mbit.

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