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Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 2) 249

by symbolset (#47541353) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE
In the US about half of Internet traffic in prime time is Netflix. It would behoove a company that sells Internet service to provision sufficient bandwidth to the part of the Internet their customers are paying so much to access. Maybe Netflix should just get into the fiber business and start collecting that $100/month instead of a measly $12 since they are already providing half the service anyway.

Comment: Re: Alternative explanation (Score 1) 387

The Netflix boxes are adapted from Backblaze 4U 45 drive storage pods. It is called the Open Connect Hardware Appliance. They are not insignificant and I hear each one is designed to support up to 50,000 end users.

If you have 50,000 people paying you $80 a month and 50% of what they use it for is Netflix, you can afford the power and rack space for one 4U box.

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 387

The bandwidth is already 10x what it needs to be. Netflix gives free CDN boxes to ISPs that virtually eliminate this backbone traffic. That is the right way to solve this problem technically. It is cheap and eliminates redundant backbone traffic. Google Fiber takes the boxes even though they have ample backbone transit because that is the best solution for their customer, providing higher resolutions and lower latency to the video fan.

+ - Apple Acqui-Hires "Pandora for Books" Booklamp for $15 million->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Apple stunned the tech world Friday night when news broke that the gadget maker had acquired a little known ebook company called Booklamp, a small Idaho-based ebook startup which is best known for the Book Genome Project. First shown off to the world in 2008, this project was conceived by Booklamp founder and CEO Aaron Stanton as a way of analyzing a book's pacing, dialog, perspective, genre, and other details in order to identify a book's unique DNA. Booklamp has been using the tech to sell various services to publishers, tech companies, and the like, but Booklamps's existing contracts were apparently cancelled earlier this year.

According to one industry insider the deal happened in April, but Apple managed to keep the news under wraps until just last night. No one knows for sure how Apple will use booklamp but there is speculation that Apple could launch an ebook subscription service similar to the week-old Kindle Unlimited, or they could just use Booklamp to drive ebook recommendations in what some are speculating is the world's second largest ebookstore."

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+ - Ebola outbreak continues to expand->

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "In the realm of "stuff that matters", the current outbreak of the world's second deadliest disease continues to expand. 63 new cases are reported in the last week, and suspected cases far afield of the hot zone are reported.

Many reports of a lack of personal protective equipment and medical professionals abandoning their posts are in recent reports. The local populace is developing processes to prevent containment.

Ebola remains the second deadliest infection only because rabies victims have only one survivor reported after onset of symptoms, ever."

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