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Comment: Re:Because it doesn't work? (Score 1) 130

by smallfries (#48600275) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

So you mean that they would need some way to stop people from seeing the reports that the torrent is fake?

Kind of like there would be some good content (accurate comments) and they would need to hide it somehow, maybe using some bad content.

Hmmm...... perhaps this is already a solve (non-)problem. We should get the astroturfers on it right away!

Comment: Re:nearly back to 4:3 with 2 side by side (Score 1) 567

by smallfries (#48573473) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

I did exactly this for two years. In the end it was just too painful, partly in the eyes and partly in the neck. I switch to a T-shape for a while, but now I'm back to 2x landscape. Of course now it is too wide so I've centered one and pushed the other to the side. Eventually I guess I'm destined to go back to a single screen.

Comment: Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (Score 2) 291

by smallfries (#48562869) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Back in the UK we had a situation quite like you describe, we used adsl a lot more than cable but in terms of contention they all worked roughly the same.

Here in Sweden I still find it a bit bizarre but we have no limits at all. Everything has been built either at, or close to, worst case levels of usage. Internet provision seems to be handled on the basis that people will use it. When we had cable I used to leave torrents maxing out the line speed for weeks on end and we never got any complaints. Back then I think our connection was 24mb and I was a relatively light user, only downloading 500-1000gb a month.

Now we are back to really shitty adsl and although there are no bandwidth limits we get have some really crappy copper so the line drops at least five times a day. Can't wait to get fiber. It's sitting un-terminated in our basement and all we need is an engineer to come out and do the final installation. Sadly I kid not when I say it might be another two years. Yay for socialism!

Comment: Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (Score 1) 291

by smallfries (#48562257) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Since the 2nd modem is virtualized, it should not affect your transfer rates or bandwidth quotas.

I'm not familiar with with cable in the states, but does this mean that Comcast are selling a service well below line speed? Where I am the cable company will sell you whatever they can squeeze down the line: this week it is 1000/100, but it tends to go up every month or two as they switch cable boxes.

Comment: Re:I am no economist, but as a geek ... (Score 1) 205

by smallfries (#48556735) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

I'm not sure that I am rebutting a different argument. When you said that hunter/gathers generally have more leisure time I interpreted that as meaning "more than us". Which is exactly what I was disagreeing with.

I don't spend 8 hours a day performing an activity that pays for my food and shelter: my wage is 3x my basic needs. So it takes me about 2.5hrs of work to do that. I do actually have a flexible work environment where I could stop at that point, but instead I stick around for another 5hrs and take home more cash. That is not an excess as you have phrased it - I can operate in other markets than basic needs and I am procuring funds for those.

Also, I did not imply that you had claimed that hunter gatherers have it easy, although you may have been misled by my british turn of phrase. I would claim that 13-20hrs of work a week is having it easy, my question to you was whether or not that was true that hunter/gathers worked less than this? My assumption is that they would need more time than this to acquire food each week.

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