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Comment Re:Live with it (Score 5, Informative) 345

I too used to work for Speakeasy, roughly 1.5 years ago before they were bought out. If your connection drops down to 0.1 or 0.2 at night then I would call your ISP when you're having the issue and request that they run a loop length test (aka plugged/unplugged test. This is the test where they have you unplug your modem for a couple of minutes, then plug it back in but with the power unplugged on the modem). Have them compare the results to when you first signed up for service. Theoretically they should know what to do from here, based on the results of the test, but if they don't then I would ask them what the results were and whether it's reporting any issues like metallic noise on the line, tip to ring, tip to ground, etc. I'd also ask them if they've installed any bridgetaps on the line, and if so, if they can remove them as this can impact service. If they don't find an issue on the line than I would ask them if their backhaul is currently over-saturated, and if it is, to be switched to another backhaul. They can often view this information by logging into Cacti or some other bandwidth monitoring program they use to see the current usage. Anywho, I glanced at this article and this guy does a pretty good job at explaining how DSL works and what some of the common issues are: Hope this helps!

Comment Really? (Score 1) 370

""The second is to reform the corporate structure of larger companies to include some directors elected by consumers, rather than just shareholders. Not all the directors, like in the Cooperative Group, and not even a majority, but just a small portion of the board — say one third."" Why is this crap hitting the front page? Can we please just move articles like these over to
The Internet

Submission + - 1.8M websites to disappear. ( 1

FAT-BOY88 writes: "The following has appeared on home page.
"After careful consideration, Yahoo! has decided to close GeoCities later this year. You can continue enjoying your GeoCities service until then — we just wanted you to let you know about the closure as soon as possible. We'll share more details this summer. For now, please visit the help center for more information."
No new accounts are accepted. Geocities has about 1.8 million users. It usually ranks between 100-110 on traffic. There are over 20,000,000 links to it according to several search engines."


Submission + - iPhone Contains Secret Keylogger (

An anonymous reader writes: Not quite a keylogger, but still disturbing. It's been discovered that a file on the iPhone automatically stores new words that are typed on the phone for its auto correction feature. So far, so good, but unfortunately it also appears to store passwords in plain text within the file. With all the methods of accessing the iPhone filesystem, this is bad news for people who lose their iPhones or sell them without a full wipe.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Black Monday: Twenty Years Ago Today (

The Living Fractal writes: "On October 19th, 1987, the world stock markets endured a drop so large that it would eventually be known as Black Monday. Today is not Monday, though there is certainly a similarity between what happened today in the US stock markets and what happened on the Friday before Black Monday back in 1987. Can we expect that the same thing that happened twenty years ago happens again at the open of the markets on Monday? What are the causes of this potential recession, and what, if any, is the light at the end of the tunnel?"

Submission + - Use a surge protector, Void your PS3 Warranty

Direwolf20 writes: A friend of mine called Sony Customer Support when his 4 month old Playstation 3 bricked one night (while sitting idle). Customer support tried to tell him that it probably got hit by an electrical surge. When he told the CSR that the PS3 was connected to a surge protector, the CSR informed him that connecting his PS3 to a surge protector voids the warranty, and therefore he'll have to shell out $150 to get it fixed.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Japanese Wikipedia 'editors' rapped by employer ( 1

sufijazz writes: "JAPAN'S agriculture ministry has reprimanded six bureaucrats for shirking their duties after an internal inquiry found that they had spent many work hours contributing to the Wiki-pedia website — including 260 entries about cartoon robots.
The ministry verbally reprimanded each of the six officials, and slapped a ministry-wide order to prohibit access to Wikipedia at work, while disabling access to the site from the ministry."


Submission + - MediaDefender gets source code cracked!

DragonTHC writes: "Slyck news is reporting that MediaDefender has been cracked again and this time, their source code for anti-freedom efforts against p2p and bit torrent. The fifty megabyte download is by the same group that brought you the MediaDefender emails, MediaDefender-Defender."
The Courts

Submission + - Coop Discourages Notetaking in Bookstore ( 1

mikesd81 writes: "The Harvard Crimson reports that the Harvard Coop asked Jarret A. Zafran to leave the Coop after writing down the prices of six books required for a junior Social Studies tutorial he hopes to take. The apparent new policy could be a response to efforts by — an online database that allows students to find the books they need for each course at discounted prices from several online booksellers — from writing down the ISBN identification numbers for books at the Coop and then using that information for their Web site. The coop claims the prices are their intellectual property. Crimson Reading disagrees. "We don't think the Coop owns copyright on this information that should be available to students," said Tom D. Hadfield, co-creator of the site. According to UC President Ryan A. Petersen, discussions with an intellectual property lawyer have confirmed Crimson Reading's position."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Order a burger at McDonalds using your cell phone

Matt writes: "McDonald's and SK Telecom Korea showed a new ordering system using mobile phones and infra-red sensors which let customers make orders from their table and sends them a phone message when the meal is ready. The "Touch Order" menu is the first in the world to utilize the radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology in a self-ordering system at a restaurant."

Submission + - 700mb of Media Defender e-mails leaked (

Lonin writes: "It appears Media Defender, the company behind the supposed honeypot trap video sharing website, and friend to the MPAA, is going to have a very bad week. Some 700mb of e-mails, some as recent as September '07, were leaked onto the net and are being uploaded to various torrent sites as we speak. The e-mails have only been skimmed so far, but it appears to show the inner workings of a company dedicated to lying and entrapping people in the name of copyright. This should be interesting."

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