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Comment: Re:Internet Protocol is stateless (Score 1) 215

by tepples (#48279531) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
If you feel so strongly that I am lying to myself, then please explain what is incorrect in the following three statements: TCP is a connection-oriented protocol in the Internet Protocol Suite. TCP connections have two halves, one in each direction. Traffic is billed based on who sends more data down each half of the connection.

Comment: Lack of SNI prior to April 2014 (Score 1) 55

The monetary barrier hasn't been on the very itself for at least a couple years. It's been in the fact that older TLS stacks (such as those that shipped with Windows XP and Android 2.x) couldn't handle Server Name Indication (more than one certificate per IP address), along with the disappointingly slow uptake of IPv6. So until April of this year, when XP security patches ended, each site owner needed to pay its hosting service for a separate IPv4 address.

Comment: Internet Protocol is stateless (Score 1) 215

by tepples (#48275633) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
You are correct that TCP is stateful. But the fact that TCP is stateful is irrelevant. ISPs are Internet Service Providers, and Internet Protocol is stateless. From the point of view of an ISP's infrastructure, TCP is just an application that runs on Internet Protocol. Otherwise, it'd be possible to manipulate billing through the equivalent of switching between FTP's PORT and PASV commands, which change only who sends the SYN.

Comment: Packets != circuits (Score 1) 215

by tepples (#48275601) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

I make a 'call' from Comcast to Netflix...

And Netflix "calls" you back with the data.

A circuit-switched network such as the PSTN allows sending information in both directions over one "call". A packet-switched network such as the Internet, on the other hand, doesn't see "calls"; it sees "datagrams". Except for last mile customers, each side pays for how many packets it sends. Otherwise, it'd be possible to manipulate billing by doing the equivalent of the difference between PORT and PASV in FTP.

Comment: Ask about a Netflix exclusive show (Score 1) 215

by tepples (#48275583) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

The ISPs are also TV providers and they don't want you to have a good netflix experience.

Then ask about a specific work to which Netflix has the rights and the TV provider division of the ISP does not. "I'm having trouble watching House of Cards at home. It works fine on $different_isp_next_town_over. Might this be a problem with Comcast?"

Comment: Walled garden browsers (Score 1) 55

by tepples (#48275225) Attached to: Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

Every browser in the world allows you to add your own CA

Do you really mean "every browser in the world" that supports TLS or just "every major desktop browser" that supports TLS? I was under the impression that some of the browsers that run on home entertainment hardware lacked UI for adding a certificate. For example, where might I find CA options on, say, "Internet Channel powered by Opera" for the Wii video game console?

Comment: True lack vs. false sense of security (Score 1) 55

by tepples (#48275199) Attached to: Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

Why do I get a serious warning that says my communications are not private when I visit a website with a self-signed SSL certificate, but we get a free pass sending unencrypted information around the internet?

The excuse I've seen trotted out is that a mismatch between the expected security guarantee impled by the URI scheme and the actual security guarantee of a particular connection. The http URI scheme warns the user in advance of a true lack of security, while https with an unknown certificate authority gives the user a false sense of security. StartSSL offers free personal use TLS certificates anyway.

Comment: Re:Copyright takedowns of Let's Play videos (Score 1) 73

by tepples (#48275159) Attached to: A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

In some ways, it is a substitute. However, many times these are games we aren't going to buy since we can't afford to buy every game out there. [...] These play through videos can be powerful commercials for the games.

People who just flat-out pirate a game, movie, or album have made exactly this same excuse on Slashdot.

Comment: Cogent is willing to pay these costs (Score 2) 215

by tepples (#48275123) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

Since when were fibre cables, $20000 optics, Switch ports, and 40-Gigabit port licenses free when the link is turned off?

Not free, but Cogent is willing to pay these costs itself. Verizon and Comcast won't take Cogent's offer; they want to charge Cogent an arguably excessive markup on top of Cogent's costs

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