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Comment Re:Double-dipping (Score 3, Informative) 466

Interestingly, as a tier-2/regional operator, these cache devices are hard to get because they fill a certain role. We have worked with Netflix to try and get the caching device, and it just doesn't do any good if you have less than 3-4gbps of pure Netflix traffic. It does not work because the caches have to ... populate the cache! They do this regularly, and the do it overnight -- but it is an absurd amount of data, especially when there are multiple bitrates. I am told that the cache runs > 1.5gbps to populate, almost nightly. So if you don't push significantly more than that, it is not a cost winner.

As a transit provider/local ISP/bandwidth buyer, 3+gbps is a lot of traffic. We found it mildly more attractive to buy a 10gbps wave to a Netflix-available peering point and peer directly with them than to buy 2+gbps of transit from Level3/Cogent/HE, especially factoring in last mile costs.

Also of note, my own traffic engineering testing shows that Netflix *strongly* prefers Hurricane Electric (as of last fall), then Cogent, then Level3.

There is a really horrible hole between 1gbps and 10gbps of consumption that there isn't a good solution for. Netflix knows about it, but it is a very difficult target to hit -- it may be cheaper to buy transit, or it may not be, but hardware isn't the answer. This same situation exists for all CDNs - limelight, edgecast, akamai, L3.

As usual, peering is the answer. Our customers pay us to bring them Netflix ... so we buy a wave and backhaul it hundreds of miles to satisfy them. It'd be ridiculous for me to charge Netflix when my customers are asking for it!

Comment Phone & Notes (Score 3, Insightful) 366

Like most people on /. I carry a phone that has a handy-dandy built-in notes app and a calendar.

I use those tools, and with the aid of categorizing things as (not)?urgent|important (thanks 7 habits!), I do a great job of staying on top of my life -- from learning to play the guitar to today's work deliverables.

Things that are *important* get stuck into my Notes for the day, and added to my to-do-list when I get to a computer. Urgent or time-sensitive things get calendared for a specific time with notes attached immediately.

Another huge thing I do is /routine/. If I water the lawn every morning at 7:00am, I don't ever wonder what I'm doing at that time of day: I'm watering the lawn. Same goes for checking my email -- I do that on a very set schedule so that I can focus on whatever else in the meantime.

I think it was in Memento where it was said that Habits and routine make life livable. Throw in some discipline and you should never forget to buy your girl flowers ever again :D

Comment Re:credit card crunch (Score 1) 688

Do what I did - call them up and give them hell for such a BS practice.

Every single card I have done so gave me a *LOWER* rate than I had before, and 2 of them increased my credit limit at the same time.

I think they're doing it to pad their income by gouging their ignorant/non-informed customers where they can ... but they also -reeally- want to keep their good, paying, happy customers.

Networking

Submission + - Internet growing too large for current hardware?

rkohutek writes: "There has been a very interesting discussion happening on the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) mailling list about the scalability of today's Internet routers. A vast quantity of those routers support only 256,000 unique networks. According to the CIDR-Report, there are ~233,216 routes on the Internet, and at the current rate of 3,500 additional routes per month, we are going to be bumping into those hardware limits very quickly. Not many people are aware of the situation, and even fewer are prepared to perform the expensive upgrades. Has anybody already dealt with this and have solutions?"
Communications

Submission + - Apple Debuts iPhone

freaktheclown writes: Apple introduced the long-rumored iPhone today as a 3-in-1 widescreen iPod, mobile phone and "internet communicator." The iPhone features a 3.5-inch touchscreen (with a "multi-input" input method), up to 8GB in flash memory, the ability to sycn songs and videos with iTunes, WiFi and Bluetooth. It will run on Cingular's GSM network and be available in June of this year.
The Courts

SCO Bankruptcy "Imminent, Inevitable" 234

mattaw writes "From analysis by Groklaw it seems that SCO may owe Novell nearly all the SCOSource licensing fees, and has been hiding the fact for 3 years. Imminent. Inevitable. Bankruptcy. Those are the words from Novell's lawyers. Perhaps the IBM/SCO case could close earlier than planned? Perhaps we can finally be rid of this specter once and for all?"
Unix

Submission + - Scheduling large scale server upgrades/outages

thesandbender writes: I've inherited my companies DST patching project and I have to schedule upgrades for 7000+ servers over the course of the next few weeks. Of course each group inside the company has different SLA's and outage windows. I need to somehow turn the pile of spreadsheets I have into a database and create a schedule that spreads the load over our pool of system administrators. There is no way I can reasonably accomplish this by hand and there will be updates every day I'm sure. Does anyone know of a rule based scheduling system where I provide the available outage windows and a priority ranking for each system and the scheduler will recommend the order in which they should be upgraded? Even software for other industries/applications that could take a few steps out of the process would be appreciated.
Bug

Submission + - Crazy Microsoft telnet bug deletes your data!

havardi writes: "Don't ask me why you'd enable telnet on your Windows XP machine, but if you do be prepared to lose some data. When you logout of your telnet session, virtually everything and anything in Documents & Settings\Username\Local Settings\ is deleted!! Go ahead, give it a ride!"

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