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Comment Re:Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142 142

No you don't. It would take you an hour or more to read them all for many flights, maybe more.

Perhaps you need to learn how to select NOTAMs.

This is a list of the current NOTAMs for a simple flight from Dallas to Austin. There is zero chance that you read all that before such a flight.

I do, and you can easily skip 80% of those based on the first few characters. There were only a few relevant ones in your long list, mostly crane obstacles.

For my VFR flight, I don't care about lights being U/S, SID/STAR issues etc, so I skip reading the entire NOTAM as soon as I see the subject. But that does not mean I don't check the NOTAM for relevance to my flight. I know a guy who flew right into a presidential TFR, and shit like that won't happen to me if I can avoid it.

Comment Re:Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142 142

Our club routinely gets 5,000-15,000 foot waivers for medium-to-high-power launches, and it doesn't stop nimrods from flying over the launch area in general aviation aircraft.

That's because you get a waiver, not a TFR. GA is allowed to fly in airspace where there is no restriction and it's up to you to avoid manned aircraft.

Now, if you get a TFR for your hobby and someone still flies in there, you have the right to complain.

Comment Re:Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142 142

Anyone who says they read every single NOTAM every time before flying is lying to you.

Total utter bullshit. I read every notam associated with my anticipated flight. Everyone who doesn't should chop up their pilot's certificate and mail it to the local FSDO.

Submission + - Netflix hoping for free network access from ISPs->

sabri writes: Netflix soared on Wall Street today after their earnings announcement. They also stated that they hope to get more free network access arrangements (aka "free peering"):

Netflix hopes the Charter peering pledge could serve not only its own interests, but establish an industry-wide practice for internet TV. Hastings said he hopes free peering will spare the emerging industry from the sort of battles that continue to plague the cable TV industry industry, in which stations go dark whenever distributor and content owner haggle over a “retransmission” price.

Some may argue Net neutrality, while others would accuse Netflix of freeloading. What's your take?
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Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 4, Insightful) 467 467

Personally I just hope she gets what her positive contribution to society warrants.

Positive contributions? If anything, this woman provides fuel to businesses and corporations that are hesitant to have women climb the corporate ladder.

First she sues her former employer, and loses on all counts.

Then she implements the most stupid HR policy I have ever seen: "we don't negotiate with job candidates because men negotiate better than women".

And the final straw was her not-so-brilliant PR move in upsetting her user base.

Not exactly the strong female CEO that Reddit needs. In fact, Ellen Pao is exactly the opposite of Marissa Mayer. Marissa is, so far, pretty successful in leading Yahoo. I don't work for Yahoo or ever have, but I'm a fan of Marissa Mayer. Silicon Valley needs more women like Marissa, and less like Ellen.

Comment Re:Cheap hardware. Smart Software (Score 1) 86 86

Note that their datacenter disciplines are not actually proven to be the best, but boy do they think so.

They are proven to be the best for their specific type of operations. I'm quite sure that their SOPs won't work for the banking or healthcare industry for example.

If Facebook goes down, a bunch of 30 year olds are going to complain (teens use other social media these days, and grandparents won't care and try again later). If the Sutter Health (norcal hospital chain) network/DC goes down, people's health will be affected.

Different operations and requirements, require different budgets and ways of working. For hyperscalers as FB and Google, RAID makes sense. Where RAID in this case is Redundant Amount of Inexpensive Devices.

Comment Re: It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 307 307

Depending on the features the ISP needs, there may not be a suitable upgrade yet. For example half-duplex vrf isn't available on Cisco ASR9K (Cisco's IPV6-and-RFC-compliance-first platform) and on Cisco ASR1K it doesn't support IPV4. As far as I know, ALU BNG also doesn't support IPV6 in HD VRF.

Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson) supported IPv6 since 2010 on all their SmartEdge series BNGs...

Comment Re:Johnny can't get a job (Score 3, Informative) 133 133

it seems like, since UofP started, a lot more Unis have upped their game for online-classes to get their standard degree.

I hate to spam, but here is something you need to look at if you're looking to get an accredited online degree: Western Governors University is affordable: $3000 per 6 month term, where you can do as many credits as you can. I got my MSc in 18 months, for 9k. Everything was online, except graduation, which was a big party in Utah.

5 Stars, strongly recommend.

Comment Re:Give firefighters shotguns (Score 1) 176 176

The FAA already has that authority.

Yes, you are right.14 CFR specifies that the FAA has authority over everything that is man-made and flies.

People are ignoring the rules, or just aren't aware of them. This not evidence that we need more regulations.

The FAA has authority to create rules, but the current set of rules need to be applied to newer technology. In short, the rules are limited to:

restricting operations to 400 feet above the surface; requiring that the devices give right of way to, and avoid flying near manned aircraft; and using observers to assist in operations;


What we should have is a set of rules which make a clear distinction between a "drone" and a toy aircraft. For example, I have one of those tiny Hubsan x4 quadcopters. The maximum distance it can fly is 300ft according to the spec, but by then I've already lost it as it is so tiny. A friend of mine has a $2000 GPS-equipped quadcopter with a call-home function. That would probably fit in the not-so-toy specification.

At this time, no skill-test is required to fly a heavy drone. All I'm advocating for is that we get people certified in rules and regulations, and make RC pilots aware of the NOTAM and TFR systems.

Comment Re:Give firefighters shotguns (Score 4, Insightful) 176 176

Let them clear the airspace.

No, the FAA should have clear authority in clearing the airspace. The FAA should regulate drones as any other aircraft, and make a clear distinction between a "drone" and an RC toy.

That means that drone operators must comply with FAA rules, check weather briefings and NOTAMs before every flight and stay the F out of a TFR.

Comment Re:Frivolous (Score 1) 88 88

I stand by my record. Better part of a decade as the technical lead of a regional Internet Service Provider. Frequent participant in the North American Network Operators Group. Participant in the Internet Research Task Force's Routing Research Group.

Bill, you should know that peering has nothing to do with CoS (fast lanes). Peering is about two networks agreeing to directly exchange traffic when that makes operational and business sense. When Snake Oil Inc with a /19 and 5000 dsl subs wants to peer with Cogent, I will guarantee you that they will be redirected to the sales department. And justly so.

If you're advocating that unless one peers with everyone who sends a peering request, one is violating "net neutrality", you really need to go back to networking school.

I totally understand your point that refusal to peer can be construed as willingly disrupt the shortest path between two networks, but that is an operational decision left to the owner of the network, and does not imply a lower priority on the network. If the FCC would mandate all networks to have a public and open peering policy, I will guarantee you that they will lose every single lawsuit as the government does not need to dictate how someone routes their traffic.


Comment Re:Frivolous (Score 3, Informative) 88 88

Peering IS an Internet "fast lane," at least in a coarse sense. Your paying customers have the most favorable data rates in to and out of your network. Next come your reciprocal peers. Finally, you keep the connections you have to pay for at the highest congestion levels in order to minimize your cost.

You clearly don't understand the internet.

Peering (as opposed to transit) is two private networks deciding that they exchange enough traffic that it justifies the capex and opex of a dedicated network port or dedicated peering session between the two networks.

If large network A already sees small network B through peering with large network C (in which case usually B is a customer of C), there is little reason for A to peer with B unless bi-directional traffic reaches certain levels. Those levels are part of network A's peering policy.

This has nothing to do with net neutrality.

By refusing peering to a third party, you force them to either pay you or suffer degraded data rates through your paid channel. This is throttling.

Total and utter bullshit, and FUD originating from Netflix etc in their "peering dispute" with Comcast. Network B can purchase enough bandwidth from network C. If there is an issue with bandwidth between network B and network A, they will figure it out and add additional ports.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr