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Comment Re:Good advice - Always use your ISP for DNS (Score 1) 348

Why use your ISP for DNS? Chances are their servers suck

I'd really consider seeing if you can find a better ISP (if it's possible in your area).

IMVHO, It's not too much to ask of an ISP that they have reliable and uninfested DNS.

(Disclaimer: I am in the sysops team that maintains resolvers at an ISP in .au)


Submission + - Thief steals Game Boy from coffin (

dotarray writes: This time of year is a pretty emotional one, so spare a thought for the family of Bradley McCombs Jr, a 17 year old boy killed in a car accident on Christmas Day. Brad was an avid gamer, so family and friends tucked a few key items into his casket – including a Game Boy, a Game Boy Light and three games – so that he’d have something to pass the time with in the afterlife.

But they never made it to their destination, as a family friend brazenly stole the handhelds and gaming cartridges from the open casket.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 124

But that already happens in numerous situations - governments run large NAT gateways / proxies, some 3G carriers use and NAT/proxy, etc.

It's a perfectly valid issue *today*, not just in the future. Sure, it'll get worse, but at least there's now a solution in sight (ie., move to IPv6 to get better service).

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 124

More to the point, SMTP hosts will be pretty much forced to do something more productive than blocking via IP, which amounts to group punishment. (Something apparently only tolerated on the internet).

Not really. By the time you're talking about LSN/CGN, you're talking about customers that send mail via their ISP's mailserver, not directly. Business customers wanting to send mail direct to the Internet without worrying about NAT making "their" IP look worse, will undoubtedly be able to buy a non-NATted IP.

(Disclaimer: I work for an ISP but am not speaking for them).

Comment Re:Solution is Deal With Advertisers Directly. (Score 1) 393

It's a very niche audience

The bulk of impressions I had, came from a forum about CG & VFX & digital art "stuff".

That tells me you have a site that people want to advertise on

Sure - and I'm sure that TVTropes could find advertisers willing to go directly with them.

It's also not an all-or-nothing necessarily; they could serve ads via a proxy (eg. an OpenX install) that picks either a direct advertiser ad or an AdWord ad, depending on impression levels.

Comment Re:Solution is Deal With Advertisers Directly. (Score 1) 393

tvtropes is very likely large enough to make it worthwhile.

I previously worked with a company that sold ~10-20M banner impressions per month (so, under that in raw pageviews) and it was more than worth our while dealing directly instead of via Google. Google AdWords paid very poorly in comparison to what our (energetic and talented :) ad salesman got us.

Comment Re:This is the future. (Score 1) 90

Do you really expect people to pay $830 for a 24 station analog card along with the computer and other crap they'll need to run Asterisk?

Do you really expect the future of telephony ends with PSTN?

Asterisk quite happily talks to my home phone handset (which talks DECT on one side and SIP on the other) and my VoIP provider that I already had. I'm running it in the ample spare capacity on my Atom-based home server that I already had (which is my router, MythTV backend, web server, database server, NAS, ...).

I paid nothing to run Asterisk, and it's not a stretch to imagine home phones in a few years having enough compute capacity to run a two-channel Asterisk install without any drama.


Submission + - Mobile game trojan calls the South Pole ( 1

UgLyPuNk writes: Freeware games can actually cost you more money than their pay-to-play cousins, as mobile gamers in the UK have learned. A “booby-trapped” version of a popular Windows Mobile game has been sneakily spending their money while they sleep – by dialling phone numbers in the Antarctic behind their backs.

Comment Re:The Number of Times You Must License (Score 1) 753

Is it the same music, really though?

If I buy a VHS copy of a movie, is it OK to download an HD Bluray rip? Despite being "the same movie", they're really quite different content.

It's not like you've got a DVD which is scratched and are downloading a DVD-rip, which (had your kids not just scribbled on the DVD with scissors) you could have reasonably generated yourself with your own ripping software.

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Submission + - Blizzard issues takedown on WoW:Cataclysm leak (

UgLyPuNk writes: lever-type people have been hard at work datamining the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm family and friends alpha client (which recently went live). Now that the client is in the wild, it doesn’t take long to uncover character models, new maps, skill trees, images and other bits and pieces that Blizzard would have preferred to keep under wraps.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Announced 110

UgLyPuNk writes "In amongst all the lawsuits and signings, Activision and Treyarch have found the time to announce the latest in one of the world's best-selling video game franchises: Call of Duty: Black Ops is due to hit shelves November 9." The official site has a trailer, which has been dissected for details by the folks at GameTrailers.

Comment Re:Mark Shuttleworth (Score 3, Insightful) 363

People often forget too that downloading at that speed is dependant on hard disk throughput

Only if you're intending to save it to disk. Streaming multiple HD video streams (one for you, one or two for your kids) etc. etc. will use gobs of bandwidth with zero disk activity - and is only going to get larger (3D, 4K-resolution, etc).

Granted, you'd still have plenty of room left over in your gigabit, but I'm sure we'll find something useful to use it for. (Astronomers working from home? :)

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