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Comment Often deliberately (Score 1) 141

I switched off Comcast a few months ago to a regional ISP that's deploying fiber-to-the-premises all over the place. Their current offering in my neighborhood is FTTN, which is basically fiber to a box near my house, then DSL from that box to my living room. I have two DSL lines bonded for a 50Mbps down, ~8Mbps up connection (that is, faster than Comcast in uploads) for about a third what I was paying Comcast. That's to tide us over until the ISP gets around to replacing that last mile, which they've actually been doing and not continually deferring to some distant future.

Don't cry for me and my DSL connection. Our download speed is theoretically slower, but in practice it's just as fast, utterly uncapped, and far cheaper. I somehow think we'll scrape by.

Comment Re:In before... (Score 1) 148

Also, as a server admin, having IPv6 open increases your traffic, not because more people are visiting but because a lot of bot nets are scanning IPv6 looking for vulnerabilities.

I'm very skeptical of this. What's the Venn diagram of "people who know what IPv6 is" and "people who think you can scan IPv6 space before the heat death of the universe"?

Comment I had fun with this (Score 5, Interesting) 105

I answered one of those calls that was spoofing an area code where I still have lots of friends. When I realized what it was about, I started asking questions about how it worked, what they did, etc. The guy said they had arrangements with Google to promote pages and it was guaranteed.

He asked what kind of business I have. "Oh, I work for Google. By the way, we both know this is bullshit, right?" "Oh, no no no sir! It is not bullshit! It is real!" "Well, thanks for all your company information. I'll give it to my boss this morning and you'll be out of work." "Oh, no no no! There is no need to be doing that!" You could hear his butt pucker from over the phone.

I don't work for Google, but he didn't either so I don't feel bad.

Comment Re:Is this so hard (Score 1) 110

This can be ended quite easily, blacklist numbers that receive a large ratio of complaints to calls.

First, numbers are trivially spoofed so that may not help. Second, that requires a certain percentage of users to still receive (and spam-flag) those calls. No thanks.

Wow this plan didn't take me 30 days to come up with, it took me 30 seconds.

Like most such plans forged in a moment...

Comment Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 189

If you read the article (yeah, I know), table 2 shows "Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 2Q16". Last year in that quarter, Blackberry delivered 1.15M phones to end users. Same quarter this year, they delivered 400K.

Blackberry's market share has gone down enormously since the switch, but I don't know if that's causal or coincidental. Maybe Blackberry fans are allergic to Android and refuse to switch, or maybe they love it but their sales were trending down faster than the switch could bring them back up.

Comment Sure, if you hate efficiency and the deaf (Score 1) 290

There's no decent voicemail search: "which one of these 10,000 voice messages had that information I needed?"

It's a non-starter for the hearing impaired, although the reverse text-to-speech is readily available for visually impaired people who want to hear their messages.

It's a death knell for anyone with the slightest tinge of ADHD, like most engineers (remember: hyperfocus on interesting tasks is the payoff for being unable to pay attention in long meetings).

What you have hear is an audio learner - which it is 100% perfectly OK to be! - having no empathy for others with different learning and communication styles. Again, it's far easier to convert text to speech for those who need it than speech to text for the rest of us.

Comment Re:Here's the real reason for Nvidia's complaints (Score 4, Insightful) 58

Yeah, but their beef isn't about the cost, it is about the speed comparisons. Intel never has tried to compete in the GPU performance space - they are happy with being in the low cost space. If you just compare what you get for a certain cost I have no idea, but I'm guessing having so many more Intel chips in your cluster will add significant power and space requirements at the very least. You may actually be better off with the nVidia solution in the long run.

Comment Re:Why is it hype? (Score 1) 90

I'm still waiting for 4G, so I'm not sure what they're comparing to. Current "4G LTE" is actually 3G technology with some 4G stuff bolted on and doesn't actually meet the requirements for 4G. When LTE advanced is formally implemented, it will be marketed as "True 4G" (it may be in some areas, I know I don't have that option). If it is 100x faster than True 4G, a stationary modem would send and receive at up to 100Gbits/second and a mobile one I think 10Gbits (fairly sure the 4G spec says 1Gbit for stationary and 100Mbit for mobile - LTE fails this miserably). If it is 100x faster than 4G LTE, it could be barely faster than True 4G.

Comment Re:Widely Used!!!! (Score 1) 446

Because sometimes "buying milk" is pillow talk between spouses and that's no one's damn business except for me and my wife. There's not a convenient "keep this private" vs "OH SURE GO AHEAD AND READ THIS ONE" toggle, so I opt for keeping all my interactions private.

I value messaging privacy for the same reason I have a door on my bathroom. I'm not doing anything illegal in either case, but damned if I want someone observing me while I use them.

Comment Re:Because terrorists, right? (Score 1) 446

This is why the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States actually exists. The government was supposed to have no standing army and depend on a militia so that the government would fear the people. The Constitution literally restricts having a standing army to 2 years for this reason. Having a standing army for more than 2 years is Unconstitutional.

Comment Re:Toll please, consumer (Score 1) 136

To be fair, in 1991 there was no commercial web. Some commercial entities were allowed to connect to the internet as early as 1989, but full commercial internet didn't start until 1995.

  I remember using the WWW in 1991 or 1992 before dropping out of school for a while and thinking how inferior the technology was to gopher (everything was text like in the example page). The browser I used was something cobbled together by some students and was more like a shitty version of lynx (all text based because the entire university was terminal based UNIX and some non-UNIX VAX computing back then). I had some internet access while out of school through the library dial up (certainly not legal - some friends hacked it), so I discovered Mosiac in 1993 and really liked it - a huge improvement over my first experience. That server was newer and running an XServer, so connecting to it through Slackware I could see graphics, but it was very slow (my modem was shit - 14.4 probably). When I returned to school in 1994 they even gave me space to create a web page. Netscape changed everything not long after that (which I beta tested and may have gotten an alpha release).

Comment Re:"treason" "terrorism" (Score 4, Insightful) 236

The current government only prosecutes peons and gives themselves exception, so they will never face trial. Hell when the White House itself committed treason a few years back for violating the same law as Snowden (the Espionage Act of 1917) by releasing a CIA agent's name and it was pretty much laughed off as a mistake. Pretty much the same thing happened in Plamegate.

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