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Comment: Re:Double-dipping (Score 3, Informative) 466

by rkohutek (#46569809) Attached to: AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Interestingly, as a tier-2/regional operator, these cache devices are hard to get because they fill a certain role. We have worked with Netflix to try and get the caching device, and it just doesn't do any good if you have less than 3-4gbps of pure Netflix traffic. It does not work because the caches have to ... populate the cache! They do this regularly, and the do it overnight -- but it is an absurd amount of data, especially when there are multiple bitrates. I am told that the cache runs > 1.5gbps to populate, almost nightly. So if you don't push significantly more than that, it is not a cost winner.

As a transit provider/local ISP/bandwidth buyer, 3+gbps is a lot of traffic. We found it mildly more attractive to buy a 10gbps wave to a Netflix-available peering point and peer directly with them than to buy 2+gbps of transit from Level3/Cogent/HE, especially factoring in last mile costs.

Also of note, my own traffic engineering testing shows that Netflix *strongly* prefers Hurricane Electric (as of last fall), then Cogent, then Level3.

There is a really horrible hole between 1gbps and 10gbps of consumption that there isn't a good solution for. Netflix knows about it, but it is a very difficult target to hit -- it may be cheaper to buy transit, or it may not be, but hardware isn't the answer. This same situation exists for all CDNs - limelight, edgecast, akamai, L3.

As usual, peering is the answer. Our customers pay us to bring them Netflix ... so we buy a wave and backhaul it hundreds of miles to satisfy them. It'd be ridiculous for me to charge Netflix when my customers are asking for it!

Comment: Re:SEO gaming - no penalty! (Score 2) 220

by TheMidget (#35312402) Attached to: Google's Fight Against 'Low-Quality' Sites Continues
Or maybe, that JCPenney makes most of its money in its brick-and-mortar stores rather than online?

Or most of their online customers go directly to JCPenney's rather than searching for a source of doodads or widgets?

In the end, google might have done JCPenney's a favor by showing them how little business their SEO games actually brought, and that this is an expense they can well do without...

Comment: Re:Same time? (Score 1) 365

by TheMidget (#35281118) Attached to: Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

Would it matter where the data was heading at the time?

Sure it does. We (supposedly) live in a fair country where everyone has right to due process.

The point is that the user was doing data transmission with her phone when her hands should have been on the wheel.

So she connected to facebook while sitting in her car idling in her driveway waiting for it to "warm up". After a while she put the phone on the passenger's seat (or into her pocket), forgot to disconnect from the network, and drove off. All the while one of the myriads of silly javascripts included in facebook kept on chattering with the facebook server without her knowledge.

Or maybe, she did indeed have a fancy client that was buffering her update while she was sitting in an area with poor reception, and automatically sending the buffered data when reception was better (i.e. seconds before the accident).

Comment: Re:always close your browser. (Score 2) 161

by TheMidget (#35279790) Attached to: Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

Which is why I always close my browser after a banking session.

Which is why I always use a secure OS and a secure browser to do my online banking.

If you use Internet Explorer on Windows, "closing" your browser is not enough. Internet Explorer is part of the OS, and keeps on running in the background even if no window of it is showing.

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