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Comment Re:Stick with what works... (Score 5, Informative) 174

Federal civil service workes haven't had a pension in decades - CSRS was closed to new government workers in 1987, all they get now is FERS which really is no different than any other 401(k). The days of the government pension are pretty much dead (unless you're a congress critter that is).

Comment Re: Pay for it (Score 1) 164

I didn't say illegal - I said violated the TOS/AUP which means they can terminate your account for breach of contract. In theory, BitTorrent, Skype, or hell, even BattleNet could fall under the clause of most residential TOS/AUPs, but you aren't likely to run into issues there... It's all about economics and money for the ISPs, plus you can actually get a real SLA with business service (residential is always best effort)

Comment Re:Pay for it (Score 1) 164

Quite frankly, if you've got a static IP (or buy one for a few bucks a month), you can just run your own from home.

You do realize this violates most residential ISP TOSs/AUPs in the US, right? Just because you have a static IP does NOT mean you can run a 'server' unless you have business-class service (and by 'server', I mean anything that accepts inbound connections offering a service....be it email, a web server, ssh server, etc). Now, will they detect it and do something about it? Likely not in most cases unless there are complaints, but I know a lot of residential ISPs now block SMTP to deal with spam malware (forcing you to use the submission ports instead or webmail, but breaking running a SMTP server). Frankly, I do what you suggest, but I have a business-class line run into my house (have for the past 15+ years) for exactly the reasons above...

Comment Re:other way around?? (Score 1) 216

More ISPs that care about privacy should look into deploying open-source networking equipment.

That is LAUGHABLY funny. No open source router is even close to core-router speeds. Yes, a lot of "core routers" are build on open source technologies, but only so much as using Linux or *BSD as the OS...all have custom/proprietary interfaces to the hardware forwarding engines. Almost all of them have custom routing protocol stacks. Don't get me wrong, you want a small SOHO device, or even something that can handle a corporate LAN, sure....but try doing 100 ports of 10-gig-each in a chassis...just isn't going to happen.

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