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Comment Just start syndication (Score 1) 174

Krebs just needs to change his distribution model. Instead of limiting this info to his own website, just start publishing the content on any interested website. Why hasn't slashdot already contacted him and offered to host his content? Even if they can DDoS a single major site into submission, they won't stand a chance of taking several offline.

For that matter, why wasn't Akamai sending out tons of abuse@ emails during this mess, telling ISPs to stop the flood coming from their side, or face financial liability for any continuing traffic? That would actually SOLVE the DDoS problem, quickly and permanently diminishing the ranks of their botnets, and eliminating the attackers resources, costing them money.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 275

None of those things allow information to move faster than the speed of light,

No they don't, as far as we know right now. But they're observed phenomenon that are themselves capable of FTL, completely shattering your oversimplified claim that the limit of c is invariable. They prove there is room for something else...

Comment Re:It's a good idea, even if he's lying. (Score 1) 218

People who use more than 10GB will move to Sprint because it is cheaper.

No, they won't, and the numbers show that they don't, because Sprint's coverage is lousy. If anything, most Verizon users could be convinced to move to AT&T if the price difference was significant.

People also like certainty in billing. People hate the idea that changes in usage from month to month will affect their bill.

Nonsense. Nobody has a problem with metered water bills. What they dislike is huge ballooning overage charges, and overly high bills to begin with, which my idea would eliminate.

Telcos are trying to get you both ways, charging a big monthly fee for much more service than you would normally use, then big balloon overage fees for the occasion you do go over.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 275

the fact that there exist things that are poorly understood doesn't mean that you can just make up whatever you want

No, indeed, but it makes it foolish to clutch on to the current theory as an infallible cornerstone.

All evidence that humans have encountered, from all fields, from the tiniest of scales to the most distant of astronomical observations,

Humans have encountered a trivially tiny amount of evidence about the universe, and are prone to misinterpreting or rationalizing what little we do see.

shows that nothing moves faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

Except for, you know, numerous things in Quantum Mechanics, like quantum entanglement, virtual particles, etc... Which is why folks like Einstein worked so hard to find alternative theories and disprove quantum theory.

Comment It's a good idea, even if he's lying. (Score 1) 218

I'm with Shamu, here. Pay for what you use, instead of trying to squeeze an "unlimited" square peg into a finite round hole.

So Verizon just needs to bill $0.001 for every MB used, and everyone would be happy. No bullshit about tiers, overages, etc. If you're on WiFi all month, your cell bill would be $0. After all... "At the end of the day, carriers don't need tiered plans." Tiered data just "doesn't work in an LTE environment."

That leaves some paperwork/billing issues, but they're easily solved by only sending out a bill after a subscriber has accumulated at least $5 in charges, however many months that happens to take... Telna is a cheap wireline long-distance service that bills customers just like that, so it works.

And don't worry about voice minutes, as they're just small streams of data, themselves, and can go over WiFi as easily as it can cellular, leaving you again with a $0/mo bill when you're staying on WiFi all the time.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 275

Uh, FTL travel is not possible. Ever.

Except when it is possible... Hawking believes worm-holes are likely, which would make both FTL and even backwards time-travel possible, at least in theory.

For the record I'm a complete skeptic of backwards time-travel.

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Current physics is just one theory, based on observed evidence, and we already know there are big, gaping holes in it (dark matter, dark energy to name but two). It's more than just possible that a better theory will come along, which might leave open the possibility of FTL travel with some method. The only thing we really KNOW about the subject (from actual experimentation), is that just putting more energy into propulsion won't ever get you there. That doesn't mean there's no possible alternative way to do FTL.

Comment Re:Need to stop exporting recycling goods (Score 1) 166

I found out that WM who said that they recycled local, does not. They send it all to China.

Nothing you've said support- your previous claims at all. You're still completely fabricating what you imagine happens on the other end.

The reality, meanwhile is that entire industries are built around salvaging working equipment out of the e-waste stream.

Godson, one of the e-waste dealers who have set up shop close to the port, shows the contents of the container he has bought.

He sorts through them looking for working electronics that can be sold. He says that maybe 50 percent of the shipment is junk and the rest he will be able to salvage in some way.

Hard drives that can be salvaged are displayed at open-air markets.
The drives are purchased for the equivalent of US$35.

Comment Re:Why your "donated" computer is probably worthle (Score 1) 166

If they have that sort of network chances are 100% they already have equipment available to use it. The probably do not need your beat up old second hand equipment. After all there IS a reason you are getting rid of it.

The reason people are getting rid of their WiMax equipment, is because the network is being shutdown here. How does that translate to other countries that still have active networks? Your logic there... needs some work.

I'm sure they "have equipment". Just as they have cars to drive on their roads. Does that mean they're full-up and don't want any more? Do you really think nobody would buy working used equipment for pennies?

I've been to more than a few "third world" countries over the years and most people here have a hugely mistaken idea about what life there is actually like.

More often, people with a trivial amount of experience mistakenly think their own personal anecdotes are actually significant. There's a LOT of 3rd world country out there, I'm sure you haven't been to much of it. I've seen the shops where they salvage working systems out of scrap and sell them to locals, precisely because new equipment is orders of magnitude more expensive.

Comment Re: No reason to celebrate for me (Score 1) 43

how do you get the coaxial in from your balcony in a non destructive way?

Most weather stripping around doors will compress quite nicely and makes more than enough room for a coaxial cable. It works best in a corner.

You probably also have a window available, and there are lots of nice flat coax adapter cables available:

Comment Re:Need to stop exporting recycling goods (Score 1) 166

Seriously, the ONLY way to solve this, is for us to stop allowing ANY garbage to be exported.

That sounds like a HORRIBLE idea. Nobody in this country wants to keep using my old Pentium 4, which is why I threw it out. But in 3rd world countries, for free, that's a hell of a useful item. I know all those older WiMax cell phones are considered trash in the US, but other countries still have WiMax networks, so why disallow exports to where they can keep being used?

Export of used vehicles to 3rd world countries seems to work wonderfully... They're repaired by low-cost local labor, modified to local standards if needed, and sold to locals at dirt-cheap prices. , Or else scrapped and used for parts when those other vehicles need them. Why can't that work for electronics, too, with just a little bit of regulation and oversight?

Then capitalism will find solutions rather quickly.

Sounds to me like capitalism already found its solution...

Comment Re:Wow - What Complete Bullshit (Score 1) 109

If I want to buy a widget and I'm looking for the one rated best or cheapest or whatever, why would that rating be affected by (a) how big Amazon's selection of products is (b) how good Amazon's customer service is (c) Amazon offering free delivery.

If you SORT your search results by "Price: Low to High", you will still see the lowest-priced sellers first, and when you click-through to the item, will be offered the lowest-priced seller. Of course Amazon's site is still crap after all these years, and shipping cost is NOT included with that, but still.

It's only if you DON'T sort by price that Amazon will use numerous metrics to decide which seller to feature for that item listing.

I've absolutely seen Amazon NOT featuring itself, when they have the item available, but other sellers have the item for a non-trivially lower price. When that doesn't happen, it seems to be because the cheaper seller has a poor seller feedback rating, or else is new enough to have little or no feedback.

Your A, B, and C are absolutely relevant, in those cases. Most people don't want to hassle with some unknown merchant who might send them counterfeit crap, might disappear and refuse returns or fail to issue refunds, and it's also usually a benefit to spend a few cents more so that the item adds to your free-shipping total, or else can come with 2-day Prime shipping, if you are a subscriber. Amazon is almost always a better choice in those cases, for those reasons. How much of a price-difference that's worth is debatable, but you can do a couple more clicks and find the lowest-priced seller for that item, instead of accepting Amazon's judgement for you.

Sorry for interrupting. You may now resume your insane and baseless rant against "the man". I'd like to preempt the paranoid ranting by stating I have no connection with Amazon, other than having been a heavy buyer for a few years, and just observing over a long period how their mess of a system works (and doesn't).

Comment Complete stupidity (Score 1) 50

Comcast has precisely ZERO chance to make this work, and I don't say that just because Cox's attempt failed miserably. Have they heard of the cellular price wars? Have they looked at all the prepaid MVNOs out there? There are plans out there for everyone, no matter how little or how much data you use, and their prices are quickly trending towards zero.

People already know they can offload their cellular data usage onto WiFi, and the big ISPs all have some inexpensive way you can gain access to all their WiFi APs. Republic Wireless' most popular plan is the cheaper one with NO CELLULAR DATA included.

The only thing the big wired and WiFi ISPs could do to break-in to the cellular market is get together and offer service across ALL of their respective networks, for one low fee, and preferably after writing an app that automatically connects to any of their available WiFi APs in range. Doing this without interruption might require back-hauling to the cellular co, instead of directly accessing the internet, but that would actually be a value-add improvement over people just connecting to whatever unencrypted AP they can find... Then make a deal with one of the existing cellular companies to preload that feature onto all their phones.

The cell co doesn't need to build out nearly so many cell towers in urban areas to maintain fast internet speeds, the wired ISPs get a small cut of the monthly fees, and users pay less money for their data plan.

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