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Comment Re:Or just use MythTV (Score 1) 49

Tvheadend is pretty good these days. The only thing in your list that I haven't seen any evidence of is commercial skipping.

I've just migrated off mythtv onto tvheadend and kodi and because they didn't have a great legacy of old analog tuners and other crazy, the setup for a bunch of DVB-T and DVB-S tuners makes a ton more sense than the gymnastics you had to do to map different multiplexes to specific tuners.

Comment Re:Slashdot crying wolf again... (Score 1) 215

Check out the IPv4 address space consumption graphs at, there is no new space for you in North America. In fact the only place there is still new space for you is in the African region.

See the 1 /8 remaining red line, that's where most of the RIR's started their run out policy which for APNIC at least this means you can only get space if you are using it to transition to IPv6.

Noone is going to make anyone give up their old /8 IPv4 allocations and if they did it, would delay this date by a couple of months.

  It's all over man.

Comment Dear Slashdot Management (Score 4, Insightful) 40

Please return the user interface to how it was. You are just pissing the long term userbase off.

Pulling out the read more link is like pulling the start button / menu from windows 8. It is a user interface disaster because it's not obvious w\
here you should click for the comments.

Slashdot has always been about the comments, if you minimise them by obfuscating the link to them you are left with the news stories from reddit \
a couple of days late and some obvious paid advertising plants.

Implementing aspects of the failed beta interface piecemeal with no discussion seems a bit underhanded.

If you aren't lucky you might succeed at killing slashdot which would be a shame.

Comment Re:Latency seems too high (Score 1) 107

I get Sydney because that is one of the only places that is approximately 30ms away. The details on what the traceroute's actually had in them are fuzzed away by the reporter, so you can't rely on them to say anything in particular.

Anycast nodes switching about could look a whole lot like the latency just going up to the uninitiated. Most internet providers don't actually have a huge say in which anycast node for a service gets chosen by their network unless they actually have a local node in their own network.

Comment Re:Latency seems too high (Score 1) 107

To address the issue in the article, I expect that if Chorus / Telecom received a request to tap your connection you will never know that they have tapped it. The dark fibre circuits we have through them are provisioned on day one with an optical tap that is configured to direct a small percentage of the light to any gear that they might one day connect to it. The latency would be completely unaffected.

What makes more sense given the story is that Dotcom was on a fast fibre tail using a service that was actually in Sydney somewhere ( ~30ms away ) and for whatever reason this service switched to a node in the middle of the USA which could be 180ms away. Nothing there to do with taps or government conspiracies. They may well have been tapping his circuit as well, but the latency won't be anything to do with it. Even if they did have to divert his connection through some GCSB site, the latency would not be as high as 180ms.

As far as ping times to perth, from the same box in skytower:

[ ~ ]$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=120 time=81.3 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=120 time=80.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=120 time=81.2 ms
--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2002ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 80.181/80.933/81.383/0.628 ms

Comment Re:Latency seems too high (Score 2) 107

I've got my own access card for Level 47 and 48 of Sky tower, I'm aware of exactly what it is and why we decided to buy co-location space up there.

Our connection from skytower has to go a way across town before it hits the southern cross landing station, so the best case latency across southern cross is a bit lower again.

My point earlier on was that you can get anywhere return trip in New Zealand on a fibre circuit in under 35ms. Add the 24ms to get across to Australia or the 120ms to get to San Jose and you still don't get to 180ms unless you are using ADSL2+ or cable. Our POP in Christchurch is 20ms from Skytower in Auckland.

Comment Re:Latency seems too high (Score 1) 107

I get 24ms between a host in our network physically in Skytower in Auckland and a host in a Vocus datacenter in Sydney.

[ ~ ]$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=24.8 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=24.6 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=55 time=24.7 ms
--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2003ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 24.698/24.761/24.872/0.150 ms

200 is totally awful! How much of that is made up by the last mile latency?

Comment Re:Latency seems too high (Score 1) 107

At the place I work, I would accept as a fault any report from a customer of latency of 200ms to anywhere physically in New Zealand ( aside from end customer tail latency ). Most ISP's in New Zealand peer at either WIX or APE or both and we pay extortionate rates for paid peering with Telecom and TelstraClear to handle the two exceptions to that rule.

The worst case for us is that we have an end customer in Christchurch that is talking to an end customer in Christchurch of an ISP that only peers with us in Auckland. Even that only means about 40ms worst case plus the latency of the tail circuits.

Comment Re:Latency seems too high (Score 4, Interesting) 107

If I recall correctly ( cant remember where I read it ) Mr Dotcom had fibre from his place at Coatesville to sky tower. That is something in the order of 35km, which should be like 1 or 2ms. You would have to have a very home user grade circuit like cable or dsl to get exactly 30ms across Auckland.

Comment Latency seems too high (Score 4, Informative) 107

If the latency figures in the article are accurate then the traffic wasn't staying in the country at all. You can get from one end of the country to the other in 35ms round trip, so even the original 30ms seems rubbish unless the circuit was DSL. The way they were making out it was a high end connection that doesn't seem likely. 180ms will easily get you too Australia and all going well will get you to San Jose from New Zealand.

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