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Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 247

by marka63 (#47547635) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

So Verizon made a bet that customers wouldn't use the unlimited data that they sold them and they lost. Tough!

It looks like Verizon should start offering plans that reflect the actual cost to supply. Those that use the most pay the most.

Have data caps. Throttle users once they reach those caps. This puts back pressure on the users in terms of cost.

Provide incentive to time shift data transfers to the quieter periods. e.g. Only count 1/2 the data between 02:00 and 06:00 for
example and let the customers know.

Comment: Re:not likely (Score 1) 195

by marka63 (#47537657) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

It costs NetFix $X to supply the cache per month over the lifetime of the cache box. It also costs them $Y to populate the cache as this still has to go over paid transit + the cost of the tail $Z. Against this is the cost of just sending it all via paid transit $T. Remember the "cache" isn't a pure cache. It has movies pushed to it without there being a request for them in multiple forms.

For small nets $X + $Y + $Z > $T. As the size of the net increases the balance switches to $X + $Y + $Z $T.

Do you really think it is fair to demand that Netflix take a cost hit just to provide you with a cache?

Comment: Re:Even better, reflect true cost of cell phones (Score 2) 77

by marka63 (#47535809) Attached to: Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Only because of rip off plans.

In sane countries you have "bring your own phone" plans which are cheaper that ones with phones and contracts where the cost of the phone is itemised and disappears once it is paid off. You can also unlock the phone at anytime for a small fee while in contract and $0 out of contract. The contracts are advertised with minimum spend over X months. This is what the carrier expects to get from you regardless of whether you use the phone or not. It is also what you are expected to pay.

Comment: Re:Advantages? (Score 1) 143

by marka63 (#47531133) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Yes. Applications can do much, much better job of access control than any firewall can do. Additionally the access control can be based on things of other than IP address which are very poor authentication tokens.

Having worked with protocols that uses cryptographically strong authentication it provides a much better solution space than using IP address. This is especially true when the client side is changing IP address all the time.

Comment: Re:Their implementation sucks. (Score 1) 143

by marka63 (#47527737) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

It is so that they can reduce the number of routes they need to manage. This applies to IPv4 and IPv6.

When segments of the network become overloaded then need to split them by installing new equipment. Rather than install a route per customer they get the customer to renumber.

Similarly if they need to increase a address pool because there is too many customers for the configured pool of addressees. They find a bigger address block and have the customers renumber into it. The old block will be marked as free, possible consolidated with other address blocks and reused somewhere else in the network.

Comment: Re:Crap Traffic (Score 1) 143

by marka63 (#47527657) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

You have a IPv4 address allocated to you. You have a IPv6 address block allocated to you. There is no difference from a privacy perspective. The single address (IPv4) or the block (IPv6) identifies the home. With privacy addresses implemented and on turned on by default by the major vendors you don't get to track back to individual computers unless you are running a service which doesn't use them.

Comment: Re:Advantages? (Score 1) 143

by marka63 (#47527451) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Truly, you should be able to connect a box to the Internet without a firewall and it should be fine. If it isn't the manufacture has not done due diligence. That said mistakes happen. Keeping up to date with maintenance releases is the way to address this issue.

Governments could help here by requiring manufactures to supply security fixes indefinitely for any internet connectable software. For consumer electronics this could be 20 years or more. Note the fix may be "upgrade to release X" where X involves a feature jump.

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