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Comment They clearly don't understand the Internet (Score 1) 275

From Wikipedia:
The origins of the Internet date back to research commissioned by the United States government in the 1960s to build robust, fault-tolerant communication via computer networks.

The entire idea was to have a decentralized network that couldn't be controlled by one entity and could continue to operate after removal of multiple nodes. At best the US has some control over DNS however you don't need a name to have an Internet site and its probably more preferable NOT to and just access it by IP address directly.

While I certainly am not on the side of terrorists, all that has happened is an arms race to TRY and control the Internet. This is impossible and will be replaced with lower tech solutions while making the everyday use of the Internet less private and secure for ordinary users (which is what most governments want but that's another conversation).

Comment This is why we need caching and offpeak billing (Score 2) 622

True, unlimited data is a myth but there are a lot of things that could be done to help this. By consolidating everything online the carriers have ensured they are in a position to make it as scarce a resource as possible to drive value. By introducing the option to cache content offline through intelligent AI and taking advantage of off-peak times we could make better use of the limited resources. I would have no problem 'DVR'ing my Netflix and YouTube content so that I can save my bandwidth for data that is truly real-time which would average out the usage of networks today. Just like electricity, there is a huge amount of unused capacity during offpeak hours that we could put to good use with the ever declining price of storage.

Comment Only applies to 'Proxied' Cloud DDOS services (Score 4, Informative) 40

This only applies if you are using a proxied service instead of a routed or tunneled service where you can't route around the proxy scrubbers. Most carrier DDOS service offerings allow you to route the traffic either through BGP steering or GRE tunneling such that your traffic must pass through the Cloud DDOS scrubbing center because the 'real' ip is routed that way.

Comment Re:BCP38 (Score 1) 312

If this works like uRPF is implemented in a default free zone this will only help for spoofed traffic which with today's botnets means absolutely nothing as the traffic is from legitimate hosts/addresses. To prevent something like this you would need a system that could collect from all of the major backbone providers that would try to recognize the pattern based on destination addresses (and likely entire subnets) and then distribute filtering back at the ingress nodes while the attack persists. On large networks we often implemented triggered blackhole routers to do something similar but not exactly the same.

I can't see this problem being solved with anything less than analytics and a multi-provider way to block the ingress traffic to the destination. Even then the hosts that have been "botted" will still be effectively denied from using said service and hope that you don't get a lot of false positives. Today's routers while very powerful are basically quick cut-through switching devices and are not meant to do deep inspection. Scaling protection at the destination is expensive and more of a blunt weapon than a scalpel to prune it out and even moving it out to the "cloud" means a lot of expense which for better or worse leads more towards and end like we had after 9/11 of implementing the TSA because of terrorists. It adds expense and leads to potentially less privacy due to the inspection required.

Comment ISP's don't create jobs, Net Neutrality does... (Score 1) 308

The fact that ISP's are taking the holier than thou stance of how they will stop building out and "creating jobs" sickens me. The Telecom industry didn't create the prosperous interconnected world that we live in today, innovators and content creators did. Without content and the interconnected devices we have today, there is no need for the infrastructure.

We have a government that continues to protect old business models because they have been bought to the detriment of we the consumers. The ISP's today are "passively throttling" competing content providers by refusing to participate in the network model that got us to where we are today because they want to milk additional revenue that they frankly are not entitled to. If the ISP's require additional revenue to build out their network so that they can deliver what their customers request from the Internet at large then they need to pass that cost on to the consumers. The idea of requesting or initiating party pays is well established in telecommunications but now ISP's want to disregard the fact that without their customers requesting the data, it would not be sent. The idea of the Internet is that anyone can connect and offer up content without having to become a 3rd Tier ISP themselves just to connect to every network. Many of them partner or create CDN's to make their services better and reduce the impact on ISP's.

There may be 100's of thousands of jobs at ISP's but there are many times more that have been created by Internet enabled innovators and content creators. Those are who are "too big to fail". We should not be trying to protect an oligopolist broadband market and the relatively small number of jobs it represents when 100x as many jobs are possible if we keep the Internet free and open.

Comment Re:Inbound trafic (Score 1) 104

Correct, once the packets are transmitted to you, its too late to apply QoS. The only thing you can control is your outbound requests which as it happens has a directly (although not linear) relationship to the amount of traffic sent back to you. This article outlines it brilliantly and is a must read for anyone using QoS on most consumer grade equipment:

That said, classification of traffic is a much more challenging problem than QoS is and is what really needs to be addressed. This comes from a "Network Guy" on a 4/1Mbps DSL connection who works from home and has to compete with his kids playing XBOX and streaming Netflix so I play with this a lot. At this point in time, it seems like Palo Alto has the best classification engine out there and that with their QoS polcies may be the best solution around but I haven't had a chance to play with it.

(FWIW I too run Tomato Shibby on an Asus N66U)

Comment The continued move away from ownership (Score 1) 174

No company in business today wants you to own anything. They want to own it and give you a limited license to use it. Boxee is the latest to jump on the" I need to have a monthly income stream beyond one time selling hardware" so lets do it by not storing stuff locally but in our cloud where we can charge for it. I was very excited to read about this new box as I was looking for a DVR solution for just regular OTA content that I occasionally want to watch without having to have a monthly fee or a computer based solution. I just moved into the country and I got pissed off while reading about how I need to sign up for 2 years to get Satellite service and at the end I STILL dont own the equipment but they are leasing it to me. This is is for a combination of two reasons, 1) theft of service (having it in multiple locations at once) and 2) To stop the secondary market where people can have contractless service.

Additionally as others have mentioned, not everyone has these huge pipes to the Internet...for $70 a month I get a 2M down / 512k up DSL connection where I had a $40 15M down / 5M up connection in the city...

Comment Re:Guilty until proven innocent (Score 1) 375

I believe even though this is not necessarily out of state travel, we have been granted Freedom of Movement through the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Constitution through Supreme Court rulings. Outside of that, I have a hard time believing that due process wouldn't be required as several times in the article it was mentioned that warrents were requested.

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