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Comment Re:This topic is relevant to my interests... (Score 1) 91

Anybody else overcome by Alpha Centauri nostaliga at the notion of large, initially hidden, fungus-based communications networks?

If by "overcome" you mean induced to play it until it crashes, no. But I was reminded of it as well.

Ping would probably suck; but there is a lot of (fungal) fiber in the ground.

At least they seem to have working multicast.

Comment Re:And I bet all of it is on Android! (Score 1) 50

Sometimes I do sideload some apps. F-droid installed ad-blocking software come to mind (because Google banned most of it.)

Ad-Away and NoScript Anywhere cover all my needs. Aside from Ti Backup, Ad-Away is about the only thing I actually need to install from anywhere but Google any more. If I want XBMC to work worth a crap, though, I have to sideload that too.

It is a price to pay. Yes, Apple's store has never has had a malware issue, but access to Cydia on newer devices is getting harder and harder to get (due to jailbreaks being rarer and rarer), so I'll take using multiple secure repos and the danger of that over just one store.

Not to mention that nothing is forcing you to use unauthorized markets. You can treat Google just like Apple if you want to.

Comment Re:Borders induced problem? (Score 1) 50

I don'k know a single person that installs apps from some random dodgy website. Or perhaps they do, but just don't admit it. Maybe its much more common with kids who don't have credit cards.

You can find Android warez on sites in Russia easily with Google. It is safe to assume that a percentage of these warez include trojans.

Comment Re:Pity it doesn't work as a peripheral... (Score 1) 341

At that price, the Surface Pro is more or less even with the Wacom stylus-input displays (of similar size, larger ones are substantially more expensive) that don't have a computer attached to them...

No, no it isn't, because it only supports pressure sensitivity. Get back to use when they have angle and rotation support.

A refurb'd Fujitsu T900 is $900 with an i7. That has actual wacom.

Comment Re:Lemme get this straight (Score 1) 186

Tell them how the FED creating $80+ billion per month doesnt make the value of their savings disappear.

Considering that inflation is still staying well below the usual 3%, I'd have to say it doesn't have much if any impact.

Artificially keeping interest rates ridiculously low is having more of an effect on most people, including myself, as the 0.1% interest I'm earning on my cash doesn't keep up with ANY amount of inflation.

Comment Re:Tenuous relationships with animals (Score 1) 395

I've always been fascinated by people who keep dangerous pets or work with them.

Nearly ALL pets are dangerous. Birds, cats dogs, ALL can maim or kill you if they are sufficiently motivated.

But you only have to piss off a grizzly bear one time

The same is true of a medium to large dog. Bears are at least smart enough (like dogs) to know better. There are locations in Canada where people feed polar bears quite well, in exchange for them not eating their dogs, and they behave quite well. Watching polar bears and dogs playfully wrestling with one-another is a sight to see.

Big cats are far more instinctive. Siegfried and Roy deserve lots of credit for going so long before a maiming, but they're also the exceptions. Buddhist monks seem to be the only ones with the proper temperament to keep large cats. Contrast this with dogs, where the majority of people will do fine and not get themselves killed.

Comment Re:Why are critical systems on the 'net? (Score 1) 214

So let's try again. I said: A packet lost is an interruption in voice.
The link says: Packet loss causes interrupts.

No, you're just misquoting them. They're saying *significant* packet loss will be a problem. You said *any* packet loss will be audible. Their statement is true, if simplistic. Your statement is completely incorrect, and no amount of back-peddling will change it.

tell me all about the ACKs used during the transmission of UDP RTP stream

You're suggesting that someone will "download a large file" using RTP? (those are precisely your words)

everyone would just set THEIR traffic to the highest priority.

You've still utterly failed to explain why this same thing supposedly can't happen on MPLS.

you cannot control the output queue on your ISPs router

Indirectly, you can. Throttling, queuing, prioritizing ACKs, RED, etc. If you handle queuing properly, you'll prevent your ISP's router queue from filling, and therefore eliminate delays and bursts. Any entry-level network engineer should know that extremely well.

Take your router, tag your VoIP traffic and then download a Linux ISO via bittorrent. Watch what happens.

The fact that you don't know how to do it doesn't make it impossible, or even difficult for a beginner to do. Go look-up a few Cisco papers on fair queuing before further demonstrating your ignorance. This is stuff you'll need to know before you can hope to get a job in the field, so it'll be time well-spent.

Comment Re:Not enough (Score 2) 341

This thing doesn't compete against a puny ARM tablet or even a puny $450 laptop. It competes against ultrabooks and especially ultrabook-tablet hybrids

Nope. It competes against iPads, as per Microsoft's own advertising. To repeat: Microsoft just spent a metric assload of money to tell the world that the Surface is a better iPad. Some units in the company might think that they're competing against ultrabooks and hybrids, but their marketing department has said clearly that it's competing against Apple tablets.

Comment Re:Why are critical systems on the 'net? (Score 1) 214

Some frothing-at-the-mouth cave dweller mad because someone somewhere might be better at what he does than he is. Yes, good bye is probably the best choice for you, you are in over your head at your job, and here.

I don't think so. With all the factually incorrect comments jon3k has made in a tangential thread, I don't believe he has any VoIP knowledge, but worse, I don't see that he has more than entry-level knowledge of networking at all (incorrect statements on queuing and whatnot).

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4046997&cid=44472765

My guess is he is either some new college graduate who has a lot of time to read about this stuff but has never played with any of it. Or some Junior Network Admin who does mindless grunt work on someone else's large corporate network, but doesn't actually engineer or really understand any of it. Then again, it could be some combination of the two.

Comment Re:Why are critical systems on the 'net? (Score 1) 214

You don't seem to understand how sensitive voice traffic is, so I'd suggest you do a little reading.

You said: "A packet lost is an interruption in voice."
Your link says: "Some degree of packet loss won't be noticeable"

ie. You're not a VoIP engineer.

The large file traffic now completely stomps on the VoIP traffic, causing packet loss and delivery delays.

Except it doesn't, because none of the internet protocols are one-way broadcasts. Controlling the ACKs sent out directly controls the speed of incoming traffic. NO network admins responsible for a network larger than 10 people would make a stupid ignorant mistakes like this. Weighted fair queuing is CCNA-level network bare-bones network admin basics. A network won't even be USABLE for two people at the same time if proper queuing isn't enabled.

ie. You're not even a network engineer.

If QoS worked on the Internet, we'd all mark our traffic with the highest priority AND THEN QOS WOULDNT WORK ON THE INTERNET.

This isn't even a coherent thought. Replace "internet" with "MPLS" and it would still work just fine.

Tagging isn't QoS. You don't NEED QoS "on the internet" as the backbone is fast. You need QoS on the bottleneck, which is always your uplink, and your network admin (which you are not) controls the queues and hence QoS on those.

2) Doesn't understand the need for inbound QoS

You've made it clear you don't even understand what QoS or queuing IS or DOES. Having my knowledge insulted by you is practically a compliment at this point.

Your comments in this thread are one of the best examples I've even seen of the old adage:

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."

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