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Comment Re: They all do this (Score 1) 142

Well, that's not possible too. You see, they regularly sell more bandwidth or connectivity than they have. With Net neutrality when Internet bandwidth becomes overused, all customers' service tends to be degraded equally without failing completely. But if you are implying that they can only sell "fast lanes" if they are forbidden to overselling net capacity, then it's all right I guess. But that will not happen, ever. At least not in the real world.

Comment Re: They all do this (Score 1) 142

Fast lane? Do you know how QoS works? The only way possible is, when you have a congestion, which packets will you drop? If you have "fast lanes", you drop all the other traffic, except the one in classified as " fast lane". Actually, this term is deceptive. The car metaphor doesn't apply. There is no "lanes" in data communication. There are only queues, and space for one packet at a time to flow. If there's space for all packets, no problem! But when there is a congestion (and we have it all the time) priority traffic goes first, the rest goes when priority is not using. Hope I've made myself clear, but you can see in Wikipedia to know more.

Comment Re:Sause for the goose (Score 1) 239

Sauce for the goose? Or is it crow? I wonder how they prepare crow in Brazil?

Well, we don't. The common crow isn't found in Brazil. We have Azure Jays and White-naped Jays (same family, different genus, I believe). But what "sauce for the crow" means? Sorry to ask, but English is my second language.

Comment Do not RTFA (Score 5, Informative) 480

Would you all PLEASE do not RTFA this time? I cannot, for the love of God, read another whiny story about "I'm Matt Honan and I was fucked in the ass (metaforically speaking) by a 15 year old". And if this post get slashdotted, Wired will post another 100 stories about that. So please DNTRFA!

Submission + - Apple's Gatekeeper May Be Beginning of OSX App Restrictions (

Trailrunner7 writes: Context is a funny thing. In most segments of society, Apple is seen as an exemplary company, with an unrivaled record of innovation, much-admired ad campaigns and a stock price that is the envy of every company not named Google. But in the security community, Apple is regarded with some combination of disbelief, confusion and the disdain that once was reserved for Microsoft.

There have been some signs in the last couple of years, however, that Apple is putting more emphasis on security, at least in some areas. The iPhone has been the mobile platform most resistant to attack thus far, thanks to the inclusion of some anti-exploit technologies and a sandbox in iOS. But much of that success can be attributed to Apple's philosophy of only allowing apps from the App Store to run on iPhones and reviewing each of those apps before it's allowed inside the fence. That policy can be seen in one of two ways: as a method for preventing malicious apps showing up on users' phones; or as a method for locking users into the Apple hardware-software ecosystem.

The next step for Apple with the Mac App Store could well be for it to move in this same direction, restricting the software on Macs to only those apps that have come from the app store. Apple has not said anything like this publicly, nor are they likely to, unless and until the decision is finalized. But it's entirely possible that Gatekeeper is the prelude to such a move, and it likely would be a good one for users, in terms of security. Protecting users from themselves is important.

Submission + - Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries (

itwbennett writes: "Don't believe recent claims made by a blogger that non-functioning batteries in the Tesla Roadster cause the electric cars to be bricked, says IDC analyst Sam Jaffe. 'Here's the primary fact that the blogger in question doesn't understand: the Tesla battery pack is not a battery,' says Jaffe. 'It's a collection of more than 8,000 individual batteries. Each of those cells is independently managed. So there's only two ways for the entire battery pack to fail. The first is if all 8,000 cells individually fail (highly unlikely except in the case of something catastrophic like a fire). The second failure mechanism is if the battery management system tells the pack to shut down because it has detected a dangerous situation, such as an extremely low depth of discharge. If that's the case, all that needs to be done is to tow the vehicle to a charger, recharge the batteries and then reboot the battery management system. This is the most likely explanation for the five 'bricks' that the blogger claims to have heard about.'"

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