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Comment: Meaningless without latency numbers (Score 1) 168

by sakti (#41544405) Attached to: The Fastest ISPs In the US

Latency has a greater impact than raw throughput when it comes to anything interactive and they don't necessarily correlate. For example Comcast vs. Centurylink here in OR. Comcast is the fastest and Centurylink the slowest. Yet Comcast routinely has ping times of 80-100+ms where Centurylink gets around 20-30ms ping times (using the same google ip as an example for testing). The difference is noticeable.

Comment: Re:i'll do my own tests (Score 1) 297

by sakti (#38731502) Attached to: Notes On Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption

I dumped FF because they kept breaking all my plugins. I used it primarily for the plugins, yet they broke half of them ever release (versions 4-6). I keep waiting to hear that they created a stable API for plugins to use but have yet to hear about this. Do you know if they've addressed this.

And using Chrome doesn't necessarily mean using the 'official' binary version from Google with all its spy-settings turned on full. You can use Chromium w/ all that off and not worry about it.

Comment: Keep an offsite backup. (Score 1) 346

by sakti (#37370390) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: P2P Liability On a Shared Connection?

Seems to me that the jury is still out on how liable you would be found as the law is still somewhat murky.

Either way though they will come and confiscate every piece of computing equipment in the place if they decide your IP/residence is of interest. So you will definitely want to keep an offsite backup of your data. That way if they take everything you can get another computer and get back to work right away.

Comment: Re:WebM is too "geeky"; too "open/free" (Score 1) 267

by sakti (#35878900) Attached to: YouTube Now Transcoding All New Uploads To WebM

Let's take two examples everyone knows: OGG/Vorbis. What's the penetration of this open and free format out in the music player industry?

Not true. It is easy to find music players that support not only ogg/vorbis but flac as well. The only player I've seen recently that doesn't support them are ipods, which isn't surprising given that it is primarily a vehicle to promote itunes.

Comment: Re:The reason is clear but it isnot the one mentio (Score 1) 113

by sakti (#35864604) Attached to: Open Source Programming Tools On the Rise

Your doubts are misplaced. The #1 reason is access to source code. Not so much to modify or fix bugs, though I've done both at time, but for documentation. The documentation written as such universally sucks and never really matches up with what the software actually does. The only real documentation is the software itself. If you don't have access to the source so you can see what the hell is going on you don't have usable documentation and are just guessing.

Comment: Re:They won't get me (Score 3, Insightful) 158

by sakti (#35810056) Attached to: 'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

IMO it's better to have an easy to find public 'you' online for these people to track. You use that for everything 'safe'. You then use multiple anonymous accounts for anything you don't want tracked.

If you have nothing tracking online I think it might start looking more suspicious than not. Plus having nothing might encourage 'them' to dig in and try to relate you to your anonymous account(s).

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928