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Journal: CEOs assume no incentive to become more efficient if there is no bw price

Journal by keneng

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/managing/ceo-poll/article.jsp?content=20110218_165223_3532
Telecom: The CEO Poll: Communication breakdown. Canadian CEOs vent about the CRTC.

Extracted from the article:
Only 31% agreed that usage-based billing is fair and maintains network efficiency. âoeThis controversy is rooted in the false assumption that bandwidth is free,â wrote one respondent. âoeThere is no incentive to become more efficient if there is no price for consumption â" whether it is water or bandwidth.â

IMHO that's bull-manure. Network hardware providers sell cables, routers, switches, transponders, etc..
Selling this kind of hardware is more similar to either tire pumping machines or water pumping machines.
All the internet consumers continually provide incentive to improve internet bandwidth efficiency when they continually purchase the upgrade network equipment at their discretion as a one-shot deal purchase. Then the internet consumers may pump out/pump in as much as their network hardware is capable of like a tire pumping machine or a water pumping machine. As everyone knows there are different pumping machines available at a variety of prices just like networking hardware.

Everybody understands if neighbourhoods hook themselves in a grassroots style without intervention from Bell/Rogers/CRTC, they would be better served. There are enough networking aficionados out there to make this happen given enough hunger for bandwidth. There will be no revolution if the Canadian Internet Users' appetites for bandwidth are fed well enough. As the Canadian government and the CRTC is observing, Canadian Internet Users are hungry at the moment. How much time will it be before the grassroots NO-BELL/NO-ROGERS/NO-CRTC Canadian Internet materializes itself? I would bet sooner rather than later. Usage Based Billing(UBB) is a less obvious restriction of internet rights, but it does in some ways resemble the restriction of creating content and timely relaying the content in large bandwidth rates to everywhere on the planet as found in other countries reducing/disallowing internet access/tor/vpn's. Everybody understands the synergy to the global village when there are no political/economic borders on the internet.

Don't trust the media articles saying UBB is good because the legacy media providers are protecting their interests by restricting bandwidth to the general consumer. By introducing UBB, BELL/ROGERS/CRTC/Legacy media providers aim to restrict the general internet users' ability to become a high-bandwidth content providers. There is some truth to use the excuse of piracy to justify it and push UBB through, but that's insignificant when compared to stripping away everyone's inherent ability to become a high-bandwidth content provider. As an example of articles not to trust, here's one and do please read it comments blasting the article's credibility away because the article is posted on Macleans and is owned by ROGER(an internet provider) and the article's opinion biases to defend UBB to protect ROGER's business interests:
http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/02/18/the-internet-should-be-fair-not-free-to-everyone/#idc-cover

Digital

Journal: Ubuntu tribe love for MS, Apple, Sony lowers our defenses of digital freedom

Journal by keneng

http://linux.slashdot.org/story/10/07/30/1855203/Tribalism-Is-the-Enemy-Within-S

You mentioned the Shuttleworth comment about tribalism. Oddly enough more comments can't be posted after only a day. THAT'S A BUG! FIX IT!

Shuttleworth's hi-level comment about tribalism is interesting, but describing those people who jumped ship from Windows OS and other OSes as zealots and childish does not help the Ubuntu tribe one bit to flourish. There are solid reasons for people jumping the MICROSOFT ship. The captain of that ship was not worthy of being the commander of a world fleet of digital freedom ships. Thank God not all ships are owned by Microsoft and Apple and other multinationals. I got onto some small ships before. It's a rougher ride at times, but it's pimped to my liking. For the moment, I like the Ubuntu brand of ship I'm riding for now.

I'm surprised to hear Mark Shuttleworth has warm and fuzzy and friendly feelings for Microsoft and Apple as if he is conspiring with them. Be it known if it weren't for the di$$$contentment(and perhaps not, but maybe also the zealotry) people had for MS and Apple in the first place, I'm certain the Linux ships wouldn't have seen the light of day.

As another perspective to take would be this, MICROSOFT AND APPLE showed no sense of respect, compromise and cooperation for Linux in the early days when it was an insignificant speck of a few thousand lines of code. WHY SHOULD UBUNTU'S LEADER SUDDENLY TAKE THE STAND ON THE BEHALF OF ALL LINUX LOVERS AND TELL US TO LOVE MS AND APPLE BACK? PEACE AND LOVE? No smoke and mirrors will distract this Linux user. Microsoft's approach has been the "vendor-lockin, pamper government, earn tax-payer raped profits, embrace, extend, extinguish" motto and they haven't stopped. Apple has their "make it more beautiful, vendor-lockin, pamper government, earn tax-payer raped profits and sell it at a premium" motto. Any strategy or software MS, APPLE and SONY has currently, subtly moves to extinguishing Linux in the long-term. Don't give me speeches about tribalism, peace and love towards MS and APPLE please. There are solid reasons why the zealots are the way they are. Ubuntu's leadership must clearly position itself as a defender of digital freedoms. By attempting to come closer towards MS, APPLE and SONY perspectives simply could be interpreted as lowering the defenses of everyone's digital freedoms.
TAX-PAYER MONEY SHOULD BE DIRECTED TOWARDS OPEN-SOURCE DIGITAL FREEDOM PROJECTS BECAUSE THE WORK PRODUCED IS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE TAXPAYERS. Doesn't anyone else see this?

Government

Journal: Canada Bill C-61 undermines user digital rights

Journal by keneng

For all the Canadian Slashdotters out there,
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080613.wgtcopyrightchat0613/CommentStory/Technology/home/
"send a letter to those responsible for Bill C-61 in Ottawa in less than a minute by completing this letter wizard provided by the Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights:
http://www.ccer.ca/send-a-letter-to-harper-prentice-verner-and-stop-the-canadian-dmca/
"

Here's the template letter:

6/19/2008

To: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
To: The Honourable Jim Prentice
To: The Honourable Josée Verner
CC: The Honourable Scott Brison (Liberal Critic)
CC: Peggy Nash (NDP Critic)

Subject: I am concerned about Canadian Copyright Bill C-61

Dear Ministers,

I have been closely following the recent developments in Canadian copyright law and I am very concerned with the contents of Bill C-61, entitled An Act to Amend the Copyright Act presented by the government on June 12, 2008. Contrary to the media spin and a handful of headline-grabbing provisions, this Bill clearly adopts the American approach to digital copyright law. I find this very troubling. The most worrisome component of Bill C-61 is the anti-circumvention provisions, which undermines each of the new made-in-Canada user rights being used to sell this legislation to the Canadian public.

It is unreasonable to accept legislation that gives consumers rights with one hand and quickly takes them away with the other. By creating a blanket prohibition on circumvention tools and devices for bypassing digital locks or TPMs, Canadians are effectively locked out of their own digital content, even if accessing that content is permitted by the Copyright Act. I feel that it is essential that Canadian copyright laws advance consumer and creator interests by not employing an all-encompassing prohibition on the development and manufacturing of circumvention devices and technologies, commercial trade of circumvention devices and technologies, the possession and/or utilization of any device or technology that can circumvent a TPM or DRM for a non-infringing purpose or otherwise lawful activity such as fair dealing, interoperability, time and format shifting.

Fortunately, there is still time to amend Bill C-61 to ensure that the rights, values and interests of all Canadians are reflected in a truly Canadian-to-the-core approach to copyright reform. In the coming weeks and months, I urge the government to engage in meaningful consultation with Canadian consumers and creators, thereby opening up the development of Canadian copyright policy to more than just the corporate interests which have lobbied for this Bill behind the scenes.

Sincerely,

The Internet

Journal: CN Golden Shield latest observations

Journal by keneng

I found an interesting "behaviour" with China's Golden Shield. I currently reside in Changchun, China. I like to read the latest news from Canada on a daily basis along with my regular perusal of Slashdot of course.

Problem: When go to both Google Canada's News Page:
http://news.google.ca/nwshp?hl=en&tab=wn
and
then dig down to see the details for a particular article for example "Rapid permafrost thaw expected, researchers warn":
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=6bc5682d-558e-4b64-a15e-ff094d226047
The default behaviour in the firefox browser is that the throttling happens zealously and it takes more that a minute to see anything.
I just wasted 2 minutes if not more to see these above 2 URL's.

The girlfriend loves to watch flash tv movies off the net. I'm not a big fan of this, but please read on because it is relevant.
While she was playing the flash from this url:
http://6.cn/plist/183068/40.html
I was monitoring the bandwidth performance and she was getting a fluctuating 600KBytes/second to 800KBytes/second. This was jaw-dropping for me because I never get this when I access google news and slashdot.
My observation was that the Golden Shield handles certain domestic sites exceptionally and provides them with a pass-through throttle-less bandwidth.

The interesting behaviour is when I play the domestic Chinese flash while simultaneously accessing slashdot or google.ca article details, the slashdot/google page downloads become less throttled :)

It seems the upload bandwidth is still throttled no matter what I try while accessing the Chinese flash, but at least I don't have to wait for my slashdot as much wtih this latest little discovery :)

Networking

Journal: advertised ISP upload/download speeds N/A w/CN Golden Shield

Journal by keneng

At Jilin Telecom, they are currently have
advertised download speed: 4Mbps
advertised upload speed: 800kbps
as a subscriber, I am aware the true speed for this when I use dslreports.com is:
China's golden shield download speed is 233kbps
China's golden shield upload speed is 168kbps

They currently have a new offering:
10mbps download speed
900kb-1.28mbps upload speed

When we called, we asked them a few curve ball questions:
what's the golden shield download speed?
what's the golden shield upload speed?
They said it will still be about 233kbps and 168kbps because
they are currently working on this problem.

I ask the slashdot community would you call this a case of false advertising?

Networking

Journal: Internet congestion: smoke and mirrors to protect media biz

Journal by keneng

In my humble opinion, all of this internet congestion is artificial. BELL has partnerships with media-content-distributors as indicated in the article link below. They recently opened an internet video store.
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/05/30/tech-qandabibic.html
"
CBCNews.ca: Last week you introduced a video store, where customers can download movies. Many are wondering how can you say you have network congestion problems and throttle peer-to-peer applications, then introduce a service that is going to add to that problem?

Bibic: The Bell video service, the content that we will be distributing, isn't using peer to peer. Peer to peer is by design a high-bandwidth use application. What we're using here is content-distribution network technology and we think you'll find others, as they enter this space, will likely use this technology as well.
"

The internet congestion is all smoke and mirrors to delay the impact the internet has had on the media-content-distribution business-model for which Bell is a stockholder.
As a result BELL doesn't want to deliver HIGH ISOTROPIC BANDWIDTH SPEEDs, but they maintain the illusory public image "High Speed Internet"(in French:"Internet Haute Vitesse")that they are in order to hold their number one spot as the premier internet provider in CANADA. One only needs to see the commercials on English and French TV to understand they throw a great deal of money into their public image. In my mind it is false advertising, but for some odd reason the CRTC doesn't see it that way yet.

BELL has a conflict of interest here. I hope Government and the general public will pay more attention to the net-neutrality bill.

To clarify the above, Bell have hired the best PR firms imprint the image that it is normal to interpret the internet as only fast in one direction: the download direction. This general impression needs to fixed back to the original isotropic bandwidth speeds. Bell wants us to perceive "Fast internet access" as HIGH DOWNLOAD speed, but SLOW UPLOAD speed. We need to have government intervention to enforce ISP's to provide GUARANTEED ISOTROPIC BANDWIDTH SPEEDS. "Isotropic is uniformity in all directions. The word is made up from Greek iso (equal) and tropos (direction)." Presently, most ISP's offer the typical ADSL profile with a download bandwidth speed at 4 Megabits per second, but the upload bandwidth speed is 800 Kilobits per second. BELL should make these profiles 4 Megabits per second for both the download and upload directions. Most customers really want this because we live in an era of sharing hi-def videos and hi-def photos. All of the ISP's can do much much better and especially BELL.

The CRTC should focus on the following:
-Enforce all ISP's to provide a reasonable isotropic 4 Megabits per second bandwidth as a minimum for everyone.
-Enforce net-neutrality and disallow DPI(Deep Packet Inspection) simply on the fact it is destroying user internet performance and driving up
average user cost.
-create name-branding/association guaranteeing the ISP & Network Hardware you buy is "Net-Neutral INSIDE".
-disallow conflict of interest relationships between the media content owners and the ISP's. Fiber has been around for quite some time. Why is it taking so much time to deliver the isotropic bandwidth to the home? I would venture to say it's because Bell has been dragging their feet in order to please their Media-Content distributor shareholders.
-find some way propose these policies at the United-Nations level because national firewalls like China's Golden Shield are destroying the internet experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read my reflections on this. I find Net-Neutrality of great importance to everyone. I don't want the governments to screw this up.

Earth

Journal: Earthquakes, Solar Flares and Migraines are related IMHO

Journal by keneng

As you may be aware, there was an earthquake in Sichuan, China. I am in China FYI. In my past, I rarely have had headaches and I have never gotten a migraine before this. A week before the earthquake I got a fluctating migraine lasting the entire week for the first time in my life. I thought I was getting brain cancer or something. My migraine finally stopped. A few hours later I heard there was an earthquake in Sichuan.

The next day there were reports of Aurora Borealis lights just above the epicentre of the Sichuan Earthquake.

I must admit spicy beef noodle soup somehow alleviated the migraine, but only
for a while. I'm completely recovered now but last week was scary for
me let me tell you.

As luck would have it I googled "earthquake solar flare migraine" and found scientific research linking seismicity, solar flares and migraines.
http://www.electricquakes.com/
http://www.articlehub.com/Lifestyle/Health/Solar-Flares-And-Migraine-Headaches.html

On the relation between solar activity and seismicity
Gousheva, M.N.; Georgieva, K.Y.; Kirov, B.B.; Antanasov, D.
Recent Advances in Space Technologies, 2003. RAST apos;03. International
Conference on. Proceedings of
Volume , Issue , 20-22 Nov. 2003 Page(s): 236 - 240
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/RAST.2003.1303913
Summary: Much attention is recently paid to the role of extraterrestrial
factors in terrestrial seismicity, and to the possibility to assess the
seismic risk. Seven centuries of records of ancient earthquakes in the
Mediterranean region show that the century-scale variations in the
number of strong earthquakes closely follow the secular cycle of solar
activity. Two well expressed maxima in the global yearly number of
earthquakes are seen in the 11-year sunspot cycle - one coinciding with
sunspot maximum, and the other on the descending phase of solar
activity. A day to day study of the number of earthquakes worldwide
reveals that the arrival to the Earth of high speed solar streams is
related to significantly greater probability of earthquake occurrence.
The possible mechanism includes deposition of solar wind energy into the
polar ionosphere where it drives ionospheric convection and auroral
electrojets, generating in turn atmospheric gravity waves that interact
with neutral winds and deposit their momentum in the neutral atmosphere,
increasing the transfer of air masses and disturbing of the pressure
balance on tectonic plates. The main sources of high speed solar streams
are the solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) which have a maximum in the
sunspot maximum, and the coronal holes with a maximum on the descending
phase of solar activity. Both coronal holes and CMEs are monitored by
satellite-borne and ground-based instruments, which makes it possible to
predict periods of enhanced seismic risk. The geoeffectiveness of solar
wind from a coronal hole only depends on the position of the hole
relative to the Earth, and for the CMEs an additional factor is their
speed. It has been recently found that a useful tool in identifying the
population of geoeffective CMEs is the detection of long-wavelength
(decameter-hectometer) type II solar radio bursts, as the CMEs
associated with them are much faster and wider than average.

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser

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