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Comment Mossberg Doesn't Get It (Score 1) 209

I haven't logged in or posted a comment in years... What Mossberg and the vast majority of people bitching about cable tv don't understand is the content providers (the channels) are the ones that require bundling and the "linear style" video services. The Viacom and Disney owned channels are perfect examples. For those of you that don't have kids - why are you required to have Nickelodeon and Disney? Do you really thing the cable provider cares what channels subscribed to? For a long time competition was driven by the number of channels that were available to watch. Now, as those channels continue to charge the cable companies more and more every damn year, the market is pushing back a cost of service is more important. But large conglomerates (including Comcast and Time Warner / AT&T / DirecTV) hold the keys to access to a huge portion of the content that people want to watch. It will still be a long time before those entities change, if at all.

Comment This is normal (Score 2) 153

As someone that has designed, engineered, constructed, and operated FTTH deployments I am not surprised by this development at all. Just from reading the press releases and the associated documents it was clear that Google was not employing people with the necessary experience to pull it off. The time-frames that were in those releases were not fiscally feasible.

This particular issue is almost laughable in its incompetence. The only companies that are putting fiber optics in the power space of aerial power lines are power companies for a reason. It is prohibitively expensive labor wise and it is extremely difficult to get a power company to allow ANYONE that is not employed by them to work in this space. The liability issues alone are enough to cause this idea to be a non-starter.

It really isn't hard to do this properly, but the first step is to get yourself a copy of the NESC and actually read it.

Comment Re:What is the purpose of Mozilla? (Score 3, Insightful) 599

At Mozilla, all I see is mismanagement. They can't control their code. They can't control their staff. And they are continually lagging behind all competition, which is especially sad given their rock star performance not too long ago, with social buzz propelling a large install base.

I agree with your observations whole heartily and it feels like a giant fuck you to me and I would assume to a lot of people that have been praising and endorsing Firefox for years.

Oh well; on to something else.

Comment Re:Router Capable of 105Mbps??? (Score 1) 372

Your example is LAN to LAN and is typically significantly better than LAN to WAN on consumer routers and it's bullshit anyway as that would equate to 400Mbps for your transfer rate to the NFS and would only be capable with GigE to GigE over a wireline switch that eliminates the Layer3 capabilities of the consumer router. You completely missed the point and failed to grasp what is involved with LAN to WAN throughput on a consumer router...

There's a link to SmallNetBuilder's router charts in a reply to my parent post that shows there are consumer routers that can do it. But, that missed my point because I didn't state it clearly enough. Most people, including a significant number of people that consider themselves competent in this area, do not know that the current typical consumer router can only get about 30Mbps throughput. These routers also do not include the throughput in their specs on the boxes or on the site selling the device. As I stated in another reply; the new Linksys E1500 does NOT have 105 Mbps throughput in the lab on the wired LAN interface to the WAN interface. For comparison sakes; the Cisco ASA 5505 has a max firewall throughput of 150Mbps which is where I would start looking for comparable devices if I'm routing for a 105Mbps Internet connection.

You can't rely on any single factor for router throughput... that is significanly impacted by chipset, RAM, and the processor inside the device and the quality of the code running on it. Maybe this will bring about a change and we'll see WallyWorld carrying only routers that can handle this but that is a long way off.

And for the consumer OS... XP home could only do approx 25Mbps for layer3 throughput; I don't know what Vista Home Premium or Windows 7 Home Premium can do but I doubt it's 105 Mbps.

Comment Re:Router Capable of 105Mbps??? (Score 1) 372

I'm assuming that you then have a lab similar to smallnetbuilder and have tested these in a real world scenario? When I talk consumer grade I mean sub $100 price range for these routers. Not upper consumer devices that have started coming out. I also mean consumer WalMart special computers... Or do you have some extensive experience with routing in these conditions with average Joe Sixpack?

Look at smallnetbuilder's router throughput tests... do those come any where close to real world conditions for the average person? And those are the best case scenario numbers for devices... show me the specs for those devices that show the throughput out of the box. Does a test of a computer running IxChariot on a LAN port to a computer running IxChariot on the WAN port really simulate the consumer with their virus riddled Windows 7 starter edition connected to a wireless router that has no clue on what other devices in their house is interfering with the signal and the effect that this interference has on their throughput.

In case you're wondering the new Linksys E1500 is sub 100Mbps for LAN to WAN throughput in these tests... So I say again where is the dearth of consumer grade routers that can handle this? Are there devices that can route this speed... yes and I didn't say there weren't.

But you clearly are a consumer product god so this will just be another "silliest comment on slashdot"

Comment Re:My PS3 - I can do what I want with it (Score 1) 448

That's just robber baron justification and is not a statement of "fact"... Companies exist to provide a product or service with the *goal* of making as much as possible on that product or service. The pursuit of additional revenue does not justify unethical or unscrupulous behavior to reach that goal.

Comment Re:Another smart move from the movers and shakers. (Score 1) 453

People will subscribe to the Journal or the Times when they live nowhere near NYC and never have.

It's a publication with a reputation.

Murdoch doesn't own anything like that.

um, Murdoch owns the Wall Street Journal. News Corp is not just Fox and Fox News.

Here's the list of Newspaper and Informational holdings of News Corp from their own website: http://www.newscorp.com/operations/newspapers.html

Comment Content Provider's are the problem (Score 1) 334

"As the sour economy and the Web start putting more pressure on the cable companies, they may be forced to consider breaking up the big bundles of channels they now insist that consumers buy and instead offer individual channels or smaller groups of channels on an à la carte basis."

Until the people that write these articles get the facts straight and discover that it's the content providers like ESPN/Disney, Scripps, Discovery, MTV Networks, Fox, NBC, and others that REQUIRE the carriage of so many channels in basic and DO NOT ALLOW a la carte channel purchasing the sooner there will be an actual change.

Submission + - Italian scientist forecasts earthquake, is sued (yahoo.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: On 31/3, Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani forecasted that a big earthquake was expected in the zone between L'Aquila and Sulmona (central Italy) and warned Italian authorities on that. The prevision was based on a network of radon sensors; Giuliani (who is not a geologist, but instead works for the "Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica dei Laboratori nazionali del Gran Sasso") observed in the past that an increase of radon gas emission from the ground means that the soil is fracturing and an earthquake is going to happen (some news pages, in Italian language). The head of the "Protezione Civile" (disaster handling agency) Guido Bertolaso promptly declared that "there are idiots raising panic, we all know earthquakes are unpredictable" and Giuliani has so been sued for "procurato allarme" (intent to cause panic).
On 6/4, 3:32 CEST an earthquake of 6.3 Richter magnitude happened near the city of L'Aquila: dozens of victims are currently reported. The media now talk about the prevision (Il Giornale, Corriere della Sera, sometimes mentioning the "randon" (sigh) gas), but no sign of apologies has come from Italian authorities, which often declare the intention to avoid the "fuga di cervelli" phenomenon (brain emigration, i.e. smart scientists moving abroad), without apparently realizing what could be causing that.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 201

No people themselves have to choose to become better people / genetic engineering (anti-dysgenics)

If you're going advocate for genetic engineering to impose social beliefs then use the proper term of eugenics or at least inform us how "anti-dysgenics" is any less immoral than state enforced eugenics.


Submission + - Anti-piracy tactics futile (canoe.ca)

Samalie writes: Canadian newspaper "The Sun" columnist Darryl Sterdan has written a blazing piece on how anti-piracy tactics are hurting the music reviewer. FTA:

This isn't one of those stories about how gangster-rap lyrics or Satanic metal make me want to kill. This is the story of something more ridiculous: How the music industry's anti-piracy tactics are so absurdly counterproductive, they practically encourage me to steal music to do my job.

Read the full story here.


Submission + - Another challenge to the DCMA subpoena clause 1

tom_gram writes: A lawyer for a "a Jane/John Doe" recently filed a challenge to the RIAA's right to demand that a University provide the names of students associated with IP adresses that the RIAA suspects of sharing music files.

An article in the Columbus Dispatch describes the lawyers legal position: ""Here, we have the well-oiled and ready legal machine of the music industry poised against ... unemployed college students who depend on their parents, the government or benevolent institutions for their very sustenance," Kafantaris said. "It's an abuse of the legal system, and it is unconscionable."

The article describes the general approach of the RIAA, which has the college forward letters to students "that say they can settle the complaint at a "discount" (typically between $3,000 and $4,500)" but in this case are now demanding names of students who did not comply.

Submission + - Major League Baseball wipes out DRM licenses 1

cuban321 writes:
Major League Baseball has switched DRM providers, forcing customers who bought videos from their old system to buy them again if they want to continue watching them. From one of its victims, sportswriter Allan Wood: "MLB no longer supports the DDS system that it once used and so any CDs with downloaded games on them 'are no good. They will not work with the current system.' ...I was told there is absolutely nothing MLB can do about these lost games. Plus, they said my purchases were all 'one-time sale' and thus 'there are no refunds.'"

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