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Submission + - Landlords, ISPs Team Up To Rip Off Tenants On Broadband (backchannel.com)

itwbennett writes: Eight years ago, the FCC issued an order banning exclusive agreements between landlords and ISPs, but a loophole is being exploited, leaving many tenants in apartment buildings with only one choice of broadband service provider. The loophole works like this: Instead of having an exclusive agreement with one provider, the landlords refuse to let any other companies than their chosen providers access their properties, according to Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford, who wrote an article about the issue.

Comment Re:Things Mature (Score 1) 646

In regards to point 3, one can still be responsible while staying up with the latest hardware. When I decide it's time to build a new PC my current one either goes to server or media duty, whatever gets replaced goes to my parents as it's still a decent upgrade for them and will last awhile for what they're going to use it for. Whichever PC they replace either goes to some of their friends or they donate it to a local charity that will make use of it.

Comment Re:Define "massive" (Score 2, Insightful) 609

Actually NTFS is pretty good at keeping files unfragmented.

If a program opens a new file and them immediately seeks to the end of it to fix it's size then NTFS will look for a continuous block of free space to save it in. NTFS caches all writes so it can wait to see what the program actually does with a file before committing it to disk.

It also has a system designed to reduce the fragmenting effects of small files by being able to store their data in the same block as their metadata.

The only major fragmentation problem Windows XP has is when a machine has very little RAM and it allocates a rather small page file. It then ends up needing to expand the page file repeatedly and it gets highly fragmented causing severe slow down. I think they fixed it in Vista/7 by simply specifying a sensible minimum size and expanding it in larger chunks.

Comment Re:Hydrogen Sulfide (Score 3, Informative) 97

Along with research done by Mark Roth with H2S, this could save lots of people.

What's with the mods today? What exactly is redundant about this? Mark Roth is working about suspended animation using controlled oxygen depletion with H2S and CO, work which has shown quite some promise in various animal models. Interesting stuff that is completely on topic. The main problem with suspended animation, be it of whole organisms or of tissues, is oxygen damage. Mark Roth depletes the oxygen in a controlled manner, the work cited in TFA is based on adding dichloroacetate, which has been shown to prevent ischemic damage in tissue. Not sure how the two would complement each other, as I am not much of a metabolism guy. Anyway, someone mod up the parent, that downmod is undeserved.

Comment Re:End of the 3.5-inch Floppy Continues on Sunday (Score 1) 472

USB Floppies work, if the server BIOS supports them - the installer leans on the BIOS for device access during the early steps in the install process, so the issue is the BIOS, not the software.

I was assembling parts to build two "identical" machines for use in teaching myself about Windows Clusters under Hyper-V, and I paused when I saw $4.99 floppy drives at the retailer... I thought about it, but in the end, I choose not to because the chassis I am planning on using doesn't have an external 3 1/2" drive bay to hold the floppy drive.

Yes, the MB has a floppy controller, though that is becoming less common these days as well.

At work I keep a stash of new, unused, 3 1/2" floppies for use when there is no other option (we use a lot of older servers and desktops - older means 5-8 years old), and maybe twice a year it is just easier to use a floppy for some thing (like random BIOS update, server firmware update, etc.)... Typically there are other options, but sometimes the floppy drive option is easiest.

Comment Re:NO gig-e low # ports and pci bus for most of th (Score 1) 344

A standard ethernet frame 18 bytes of headers etc plus a bit of preamble (according to one website I just looked at this is 8 bytes but I think it varies with the type of ethernet being considered). TCP/IP is another 40 bytes (or a little more if there are special options) so the overhead is going to be arround 68 bytes per packet.

For a full sized packet (1500 bytes including the IP headers but excluding the ethernet headers) that's arround 5% overhead. For small packets it's much higher.

If the line is half duplex there is further overheads from the access control stuff and from sending the acks.

Comment Single Point Of Failure (Score 0) 4

The biggest problem to get past on any mission critical system is to not have any single point of failure. In this setup, what happens if the load balancer fails? To do this right you would need geographically dispersed DNS servers, Web Servers, and Database servers. The DNS servers would have a list of the web servers and only respond with a web server that is working ( it would constantly ping the web server), as well as a very short TTL so that the ip is not cached very long. Then the web servers would need have the files synced up (not a big problem if the only thing that changes is the database like in a CMS). Also you would need the database replicated and load balanced. And so on.... In all there is no simple way of doing this. My suggestion is call Firehost ( http://www.firehost.com/ ) or check out Slice Host. ( http://articles.slicehost.com/2008/10/28/ip-failover-high-availability-explained )

Comment Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (Score 1) 952

I think that highly depends on how used you are to working with one large workspace with multiple documents. Personally I find it's a lot of micromanagement to get windows in their place and mostly work fullscreen. Particularly I hate windowed MDI applications, they're usually full of useful solution browsers and toolboxes and stuff that is supposed to be at the left/right/bottom of screen. So I think my ideal development station would have three screens. The center one being the IDE - I might have many source files open in the IDE but the IDE itself is maximized. To the right I'd have my documentation, either if it's specs I write by, language docs, flow diagrams or documentation I write. To the left I'd be running the application, read application logs and whatnot. That sounds like a good mental workspace to me. To the left I have what is happening, to the right I have what should be happening and in the center I'm making it happen.

Comment Re:sigh, the "quantum" buzzword (Score 1) 69

Well the point is that QKD only extends a now-existing secure key exchange into the future. This means: if you assume a public key scheme is safe for lets say a few hours for breaking the code then the key which you exchanged at that time using this channel is safe also in the future *even if* the classicla key is broken.

But the simple answer to you question is: yes. usually they conveniently forget it.

Comment Re:All these states should be like New Hampshire (Score 1) 272

I lived all my life in CA up until a few years ago and got myself and the wife and kids the hell out mainly for that exact reason. Its amazing how much money states like these collect and still can't figure out how to make things work. It seems like the states with the lowest tax base got it figured out..strange.

Comment Re:I know everyone is against the FCC and all... (Score 2, Informative) 223

Unfortunately, we are stuck with the exact same situation you describe...we just moved into a new apartment building, and everything is almost perfect...except Internet. We have a choice between Comcast Cable, or the local DSL provider. Since my fiancee is a 3rd grade teacher and does a TON of work from home, and I do a lot of online gaming, a DSL line just wouldn't cut it...so, we're stuck with Comcast.

Which blows. Really bad.

Comment Re:Idiocracy... (Score 1) 496

Basically... the sad reality is that if thinking I'm smarter than those people makes me an elitist, I'd rather be an elitist than an idiot. Unfortunately, the reality is that everyone of those elitists probably will have more children than me- on account of I figured out how to use condoms and even more than most of the rest of slashdot on account of actually having sex sometimes.
While the smart people are on slashdot watching porn, we're not exactly the highest reproducing members of the gene-pool anymore...

There is so much wrong with this whole post, I don't even know where to start. First of all, you come off as extremely arrogant. Second of all, you put forth the hypothesis that the smartest people on the planet are all on Slashdot watching porn (except you, who apparently gets to have sex, unlike the rest of us). I hate to burst your bubble, but the IT industry is full of people like you who are basically tech janitors with an overly exaggerated view of their own self-importance.

Trust me, there are plenty of people out there who are smart, happy, capabable, social human beings. They just aren't hanging around with you.

Comment Re:Perhaps now he can admit a few mistakes in Java (Score 1) 396

I have no problem reading either. The only thing I've ever had issues with is PHP which mixes both camel case and underscore usage. Sometimes when you start using methods you don't use much you can end up forgetting if it's camel case or not.

Other than that, I've had no problem writing/reading Java or PHP in Netbeans, notepad++/vim or even Nano.

Perhaps people find it hard when they stick to one way and only step into the other once in awhile and maybe I find neither to be a problem because I use both on a regular basis.

Maybe I don't mind writing it because I maybe use an IDE that does have code completion for big ass Java package names but I don't think anyone should be writing big Java apps in Notepad and I like something that's descriptive because it, along with decent Java docs can mean not having to look up information on wtf the method /class does.

Comment Re:RE : MIT Making Super Efficient Origami Solar P (Score 1) 140

At the risk of potentially melting a server somewhere in Taiwan or somewhere, here's a link to part 1 of a seven-part documentary, "The Private Life of Plants." http://www.megavideo.com/?v=QM24N1FL They actually move quite a lot on longer timescales than our meatbag-brains can usually appreciate.

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