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Comment Re:Fake News? (Score 1) 467

I repeatedly have to remind a select group of friends when they send me sensationalist stories from The Onion that those stories are satire and not real. Their response to them is as funny as the posts themselves but extremely scary at the same time. For stories they send me from other sites I'm not familiar with I do a search for a reputable source with the same information. If I can't find any I tell them not to believe that site either. It's a constant whack-a-mole scenario. The average person just isn't that discerning.

Comment Re:API startups (Score 1) 65

Way back at the dawn of time (hipster time anyway) a little company known as Citrix created WinFrame based on Microsoft's New Technology (NT 3.51) OS. To do this they negotiated the access with Microsoft and all was well with the world. Citrix's product was well received and catapulted them to software star status. Sadly when it came time to negotiate for the NT 4.0 product Microsoft initially refused but later agreed but demanded a tribute in the form of a license to use the WinFrame MultiWin technology. And that, boys and girls, is how the world works.

Comment Re:I still want short distance & long distance (Score 1) 395

A CDN inside your network SAVES you money by allowing you to use bandwidth that would have been spent streaming the content from the source to your customer on other content. In the case of Netflix it would have saved you A LOT of money. So yes I don't think Netflix was unreasonable in thinking "Hey we're asking to do this FOR you and our mutual customers for free and you want to CHARGE us to save you money and give your customers a better experience?" The ISP's in question have an extreme conflict of interest because they want you to buy their inflated VOD services instead of using Netflix. They also oversell their service such that if all their customers were to use the bandwidth they pay for at the same time it would cripple their network and even if it didn't their peering connection to the backbone is already saturated with less than half the traffic they sold. These blogs over at Level 3 are very enlightening.

Comment Re:I still want short distance & long distance (Score 5, Insightful) 395

You mean like a CDN?
ISP's have been playing games with content providers and backbone internet companies for years. Netflix offered to install a FREE CDN on all the ISP's networks that would have decreased their network traffic to the backbone by over 50% but they refused because they wanted Netflix to pay to get to their customers. Ultimately Netflix caved and paid the toll and raised their rates to compensate. Net Neutrality would make this type of extortion illegal. Right now AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, et al own the last mile AND competing VOD services. This is a complete conflict of interest.

Comment Lonovo Yoga 900 (Score 1) 315

The Yoga 900 comes with a Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U. From what I understand if you are doing image or video editing the Kaby Lake outperforms the Skylake (in the new MBP) at the same clock speed. It comes with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. That configuration runs $1,700. It's also a stunning design. Should do anything the MBP can do except empty your bank account.

Comment Imamgine a world without Net Neutrality. (Score 1) 113

This is why ISP's should not be allowed to be content providers. I realize this story concerns cable/satellite but the implications are the same. Disney originally had a special ESPN web site that only subscribers to a certain ISP could access. That is to say you couldn't even load the web site if you weren't connected to the internet from this ISP. This is the world without Net Neutrality and it is a very real possibility. I'm sure Comcast/TWC did in fact jack up the price to astronomical figures to make it unfeasible for DirecTV/Dish to afford the content and then played the victim when they tried to force the issue. I'm also sure AT&T probably did something they shouldn't have to do the forcing in the first place. We're just looking at different sides of the same coin here.

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