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Comment: Re:Definition, please (Score 1) 525 525

Is this why my 2011 X11 connection over 2Mb/.5Mb ADSL is worse than my 1997 128K ISDN connection? If so, is the solution to set my downlink speed equal to my uplink speed?

If this is the case, I've been mistakenly placing the blame on my DSL providers...or have I?

Comment: Re:Slashdot Effect? (Score 1) 118 118

I was just logging in to ask the same question. Is there any difference as far as the website owners are concerned? All they can know, unless they're looking for patterns generated by automated scripts, is their site is down (or just very unresponsive.) What would the difference be between a truly evil DDoS of, and someone posting a 'get $100 free from MC' link on As far as the network and servers are concerned, NOTHING, their admins can only know that they're at 100% saturation. Try hitting after 10pm on April 15th. Should everyone trying to do their taxes during the last hour be charged with participating a DDoS attack? So, what IS the difference between the Slashdot effect and a DDoS?

Comment: Re:Reading this just makes me sad... (Score 1) 629 629

I'll just comment on one point. NCLB presumes that all children are the same, with the same inate ability, motivation, etc. They aren't. Since they aren't, NCLB is simply a joke, unless you're an Atlanta teacher, and then it is the headsman's axe.

Comment: Re:Easier to block? (Score 1) 131 131

Actually, your are incorrect on at least one point. If your upstream ISP (or whatever you'd like to call it) stops advertising a route to your /24 (etc) and blocks your outbound traffic, then, you are effectivly off of the net. This takes about 2 minutes for a single peering relationship.

"Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." --Matt Groening