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Comment It Depends On... (Score 1) 403

Whether you're outsourcing development central to your line of business, or whether you're outsourcing route work that is not a core competency.

Organizations that outsource core competencies dissolve rather quickly, because essentially the only value they provide is as a virtual organization that resells a service some other firm provides. One of the primary things I learned in B-school is: you never, ever outsource core competencies. But, you're crazy not to look at outsourcing the rest of the work.

Comment As boring as... (Score 1) 186

Is it just me, but the continuous, crushing global regulation of the Internet both in what content is legal, what our allowed "bandwidths and data caps are", what behaviors or opinions can be freely expressed, and a constant barrage of advertisements are making it as boring as television?

I don't pay for television. I won't pay for the public Internet if this trend doesn't stop.

There's plenty of private alternatives. Grandma can enjoy her walled gardens of Facebook and have her viewing habits sold off ten times over. I'll pass.

Comment Re:There's no difference. (Score 1) 204

Despite the egregious lack of corporate responsibility, perhaps there could be some useful application of the data for traffic safety and road engineering.. for instance, if traffic engineers can see what roads are congested which have too low of a speed limit imposed, they could propose raising them? A pipe dream, but I have to believe someone looking to optimize traffic flows would consider the design upside as well as the police simply considering how to generate revenue.

Comment Re:Route their traffic through Tor (Score 1) 520

Wow... this is a great idea! Providing a Tor or I2P channel for free is an awesome way to contribute to onion routing networks and provide a more "secure" way to run an insecure public setup. I'm curious what would have to be done to expose a Freenet node in this way... such that the interfaces for managing the node were blocked, but regular traffic wasn't impeded.

Comment DD-WRT + QoS (Score 5, Informative) 520

It's absolutely possible and fairly easy these days with out of the box router firmwares, or if yours doesn't support QoS (Quality of Service), then you can potentially put on an open-source firmware -- DD-WRT to provide that ability and much more. QoS lets you designate classes of traffic, such as streaming, gaming, and other protocols, or particular devices on a WAN or plugged into the router itself and set priorities for them. Doing this, you can share your WiFi AP (good for you!), but also get the lions' share of your bandwidth when you are wanting to use it.

Comment "Would you trust your government?" (Score 4, Insightful) 189

The question "Would you trust your government to be your mail provider?" is pretty irrelevant: if they government can subpoena your mail account for any reason, without notification, you know, to prevent any sort of "terrorism" (against the state, content providers, the prevailing political ideology)... then they already are your de facto mail provider.

The Internet

Submission + - UK ISPs to Make Voluntary NetNeutrality Commitment (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: "A UK government advisory body, the Broadband Stakeholders Group, has confirmed that most of the major fixed line internet providers in the country will next week sign-up to a new Voluntary Code of Practice on Traffic Management Transparency. Recently everybody from the European Commission to the UK government has called upon ISPs to be more "transparent" with their traffic management policies, which until now have been too vague and often fail to inform customers about any background restrictions that might be being imposed upon their services.

The new code is likely to surface as a result of last year's Net Neutrality consultation — the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal — by the country's communications regulator. Ofcom is not expected to enforce any tough new rules, largely due to a lack of evidence for market harm, but will recommend greater transparency from ISPs. However, to most providers, transparency usually means yet more unreadable small print."


Submission + - Brown Dwarf Hits Record Low (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "The Keck II infrared telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, has spotted what appears to be the coldest brown dwarf ever detected. Astronomers from the University of Hawaii have managed to constrain its temperature to just shy of 100 degrees Celsius. The object is part of a brown dwarf binary system and is estimated to be 6-15 times the mass of Jupiter. This is an exciting object as it could belong to a so-far theoretical "Y" class of brown dwarf, a classification that makes objects like this cool example more planet-like than star-like."

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