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Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 115

No, that isn't a realistic way to look at things. When you order a specific amount of bandwidth it is to support a need. What percentage is to cover peaks vs average loads should be disclosed, but it isn't really material. What is material is that an ISP has adequate bandwidth to support its users needs collectively.

So, how does the ISP deal with customers that have a disproportionate usage profile? Options I see are: pass costs on to other customers, drop subscriber, charge subscriber more, or throttle subscriber to be closer to normative usage. Make less profit is not one of the options.

What regulators (or someone) need to ensure is that changing average needs are not treated the same way-- that the ISP does not simply stagnate because they do not wish to invest. That is the obligation of a monopoly/duopoly.

Now, what percentile constitutes abusive customer is a valid question. I would imagine it is something on the order of the top 0.1-0.03%, but I don't have data to justify that.

Comment Re:Control and management (Score 1) 267

You are going to need DPI of the IoT devices to get the granularity needed. You might also want to rate limit both inbound and outbound connections from your IoT vlans.

But, for a home user, you still don't have an easy way to know if your router firmware is compromised by either the factory or a malicious actor.

Comment Re:This is victim blaming. (Score 1) 314

Personally, I find the victim blaming to be neutral. Employers (myself included) have a stigma against these for-profit schools. We also have a stigma against community colleges for the first few years of school, which is borderline illegal and technically baseless.

There has to be a better way, for the students, their eventual employers, and society as a whole.

Comment Re: This is victim blaming. (Score 3, Informative) 314

Companies choose to outsource based on two (often realtors) issues: talent availability and cost. Some jobs have a rational pay ceiling; when you exceed this they are ripe for outsourcing.

Suppressing pay is not a noble goal, but if an employer can reduce the education debt that an employee has then maybe the salaries can be kept closer to the break-even point for outsourcing. Maybe we can increase the talent pool as well...

Comment Re:This is victim blaming. (Score 3, Insightful) 314

Yes, it is victim blaming. People are told to go to university to be successful, so they do. Without a plan. Or, with a plan that they don't realize won't work until it is too late.

I have real sympathy for people in nursing programs that get ripped off: education is required, and it can be a well paying position. People waste their money going to DeVry or ITT to learn CAD and the like; we need to do a better job creating internships for people to learn job skills, and focus university on expanding general knowledge.

Comment Re:Criminal behavior (Score 1) 84

Most of the reason companies avoid the joint-trench projects unless they are forced into it is that they cannot control schedule and funding. There is no means to accelerate or decelerate the project once it is given the go-ahead, unless all parties agree. Unless a single party is responsible for the joint-trench and sells capacity back, it is very hard to make it work.

It worked well in the 00's with metro fiber because you literally had four competitors trying to install conduits and manholes at the same time to many of the exact same places, as quickly as possible, and with investor money that was quickly lost.

Now, you have AT&T reacting to a project by Time Warner reacting to getting lapped by Level 3... and the happy clanking of trenchplate for a generation...

Comment Re:Criminal behavior (Score 1) 84

That is what Google wants us to believe, but it isn't necessarily true. The problem is when something is damaged or incurs latent damage which cannot easily be detected.

Back in the 80's, many cities allowed cable franchises to "clean up" the telephone poles in order to be able to install their cables and amplifiers. Many of them made a mess of it. Best practices are to have consistent leased zones on the poles and clear spacing/buffer requirements. When that isn't your existing condition and service loops are inadequate to easily move things around, you run into problems.

Add to that the fact that there is a lot of 3rd and 4th party cables on poles, and you have problems.

All that said, a competent contractor should be able to move cables around a little while conforming to each company's standards and having all inspections completed without too much pain, where things didn't start off as a jumble.

Comment Re:Which do you want? Control or profit? (Score 1) 125

The music business will be dead again soon enough. They effectively have six (or so) customers now: Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify and a handful of other companies. Half are Giants, and half don't make a profit. How long will the labels really be able to make a profit given the pressure that will naturally crush a commodity product?

Comment Re:Criminal behavior (Score 1) 84

I don't read anything wrong with what was done personally. Council member engages stakeholders not represented by original proposal to draft alternate resolution.

The question really lies in how the two competing resolutions are reconciled.

This is reality. Everyone wants things the easy way, and it is the city's job in this case to mediate these competing interests.

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