* Posts by Fatman

1531 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008

Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Are you missing a tag?

What does the speed of your internal network have to do with the speed of your external connection?

I was wondering, did you forget the <sarcasm> tag???

The other alternative is that you have a limited experience with networking, and you have failed to realize that if one is streaming video from an external connection, if it has less throughput than your internal network, it WILL be a limiting factor.

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Re: Fixed networks are harder to mess with....

... the more traffic I can keep in a cable, the better.

I feel the same way, but, I have constant battles with the manglement types who want mobility (often that means not having to plug an Ethernet cable into the conference room switch).

One of these days, one of them will completely piss me off, and I will break into his laptop and royally fuck it up just to prove the point

They just cannot understand that wireless is another way of saying RADIO.

Fucking IDIOTS!!!

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: Orange Alert!

NOOOOOOO!!!!!

It is BROWN STUFF alert (as in the substance hitting the fan).

This incident only makes it clear that any IT department worth its salt would:

1) wipe the OEM preload with their own image, or

2) nuke the goddamn thing from orbit and put Linux on it - a better (IMHO) solution, assuming that one isn't LOCKED into the WindblowZE platform.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: they are an IT company

The trick for me, was to point out that BCP and DR plans invariably relied on restoring the IT infrastructure, and to ask what plans we had for working indefinitely without IT support.

Any company that can't function without it's IT base needs to bear that in mind.

Of course this will run counter to the shareholders pressure to offshore, outsource, and diminish. But the sudden realisation that IT is a critical infrastructure should give you scope to include such things in your risk register. With reference to the spectacular consequences (RBS et all) of failing.

But you can't do that as it does not increase shareholder value.

Secondly, manglement would not care one bit about DR and business continuity because they are quite likely to be gone before the shit hits the fan. it is the girls and boys in the trenches that have to worry about such things. They are going to be the ones that will have to clean up the mess left by the `Seagulls`.

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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Re: They use Windows

And if they wipe every piece, the replacements new from the factory will come with exploits preinstalled and the first one will propagate through the network contaminating everything again within seconds of being switched on. It is hopeless.

Sony has the same problem. Actually, everybody who uses Windows does.

I couldn't agree more!!!!

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Received surprise new Redmond licenses? You might be pwned

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"Surprise" Redmond licenses...

What difference does it make?

IF you use the operating system that comes from that global operating system monopoly, you are already infected with malware!!!!!!

</snark!>

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Speed of electrons

I can just imagine audiophools listening to their music with vacuum spaced ethernet cables while a pump chugs away to maintain the vacuum while connected to their vacuum tube (i.e. 'valve' for you Brits) amplifier.

FOOLS and their money are quickly parted!!!

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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Re: I miss the old days

What next? I'm hoping for

4.x ... Microsoft abandons its own OS kernel, adopts Linux.

Choose any common expression of something that has a probability of less than 1 in 100 billion, and you have the chance of that happening. Just being realistic, here.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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Re: Mechanoids

No, how about a Cherry 2000???

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092746/

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Siemens sighs: SCADA bugs abound

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Re: SCADA is only an issue when manglement runs[1] the network, instead of network engineers..

You have left out an important letter in this statement:

SCADA is only an issue when manglement runs[1] the network, instead of network engineers..

The corrected version (missing letter included) is:

SCADA is only an issue when manglement ruIns[1] the network, instead of network engineers..

There! better!

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Re: Yes, but that's not the point to learn from this

Before SCADA hardware was controlled over its own dedicated network which afforded some level of security (through obscurity) then some bright spark brain dead MBA looking to "Increase Shareholder Value" decided it would be a good idea to just to stick it all on TCP/IP connect this shit to the internet without a complete understanding of the ramifictions of such OPEN and UNSECURED ACCESS.

FTFY!!!

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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Re: Blah, blah, fscking blah!

Hey man, I like your style!!!!!

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Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

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Re: What I want to know is...

...why the U.S. government consumer protection agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the state attorneys general, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Consumer Credit Reporting authority have not prosecuted Comcast for the litany of documented violations of law?

Short answer: Campaign Contributions

WTF did you expect from a bought and paid for government?

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Hope they win.

... who've bought into their VoIP service have found the cable modem contains a $35 battery which we have to replace ourselves at our cost when it fails in order to continue having phone service during a power outage! Their equiptment they should umaintain!

Which is why I told Verizon to Fuck Off when they tried to foist a FiOS upgrade on me. I had already heard about that one from a business acquaintance who got stung!

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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

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WTF?

Forever 21 sued for pirating

What the hell do you expect????

After all, manglement is out to maximize shareholder value, and fuck companies like Adobe, etc.. who expect to get paid.

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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

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Verizon's "copper thefts"

I find it somewhat incredible that Verizon is complaining about copper theft, since they are so eager to get rid of that copper once they have tricked suckered induced their customers into switching to FiOS. They also lament about 'cord cutters' (like me) who have given up a copper land line, and exclusively use a cell phone.

They must be awash in excess copper pars due to the 'cord cutters', and Verizon would have to pay to remove that old cable. (In my area some of that cable is nearly 70 years old,) I would not doubt that Verizon has in old, established service areas, some of that old paper insulated, lead sheathed cable that requires a bottle of nitrogen gas pressurizing the line in order to keep the water out. The continued use of this old plant requires a periodic visit by a Verizon maintenance technician to replenish the gas bottle.

These copper thieves are doing Verizon a favor in removing old antiquated cable from service, allowing Verizon to increase shareholder value by not having to pay the removal costs.

</snark>

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Re: Why land on a barge?

Because, if things get fucked up, you don't have the risk of the damn rocket landing on a bunch of people which could happen if you attempted a land based 'splashdown' so early on in the 'game'

Remember, they are sailing into 'uncharted territory' WRT landing and re-using the first stage, and accidents are expected. It would be a disaster (metaphorically, as well as literally) if people were killed or severely injured as a result of a catastrophe. SpaceX doesn't have Government Immunity to cover its ass in the event of shitloads of civil lawsuits for 'damages'.

So, a water landing it should be until they get the bugs out.

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Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

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Verizon wanting to ditch the copper land lines

It is no surprise that VZ wants to get rid of the copper, and move people customers wallets to be emptied onto wireless. And for all of the reasons specified by other posters.

I am so glad that 22 months ago, I told Verizon to FOAD, after seeing another price increase.

For me, considering my limited phone use, a cheap PAYG cell made more sense, both in a practical one as well as an economic one.

Good fucking riddance Verizon.

They did install their FiOS lines in our neighborhood, but, considering their tendency to screw people over with their pricing lies; I chose to pass on them.

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You're late, Falcon 9: Look what you've done to NASA’s DSCOVR launch!

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Re: "...this will provide between 15 and 60 minutes warning before the particles reach us..."

Maybe to hit the power "off" switch and shut down the grid... oh wait. That will take down FB and then there will be: "a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

Nope, but office worker productivity might spike for a while!

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Re: What a mess

I installed Linux mint a few months ago, just to see what all the fuss was about. I can now see why the Linux fans here are so keen and smug.

Good for you, now help spread the word. Windows (and, by extension, Microsoft) is slowly slipping into irrelevance.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Sony Pictures "hack"

Sony Pictures seemingly lacked anything approaching an adequate disaster recovery plan or any incident response capability. There was seemingly no plan B to switch operations to another location in extreme situations. And where were the several backups or backup systems of any kind? The studio is sadly destined to be a case study in what can happen in the absence of disaster recovery and incident response for years to come.

Can be summed up in just TWO WORDS: DAMAGEMENT FAILURE

If this were my WROK PALCE1, executive ass would be lined up for a Trebuchet ride2.

1 You must be a reader of CW's Shark Tank to get that reference.

2 The Trebuchet is how our executive management sends off deserving employees on a new career trajectory. Unfortunately, the prime landing spot happens to be a "cactus patch". The workers are readying it for the Year End Separation event (i.e. those employees whose employment contracts will not be renewed, and expire at midnight).

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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RE: Basement located fuel tanks

All that was in the basement - as required by building regs - was the fuel tanks and pumps.

IIRC1, reading elsewhere, that one of those such afflicted companies ended up getting a bucket brigade of workers to haul 5 gallon buckets of diesel fuel up 17 flights of stairs.....

1 Now I remember: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2493111/data-center/huge-customer-effort-keeps-flooded-nyc-data-center-running.html

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

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Re: Better than tha last one?

What's the purpose of foil backing anyway?

A quick guess would be heat reflection. When I was a kid, and during an attic remodel of my old house in Chicago, we used foil backed insulation in the rafter bays. I clearly remember the wording of the instructions that was printed on the foil face of the insulation: install this side toward winter heated space.

In my current house (built in 1956), there is foil faced insulation in the walls.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: Traitor to the USA (not America)?

> I'll get back to you whem I can confirm exactly where the free world is

I believe it is under an ice sheet in Antarctica.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: "This won't take us down. You should not be worried about the future of this studio."

It's times like this that I wish "Google Translate" had a "Business Bullshit-to English" or "Marketing PR Spin/Lies-to-English" option.

FTFY!!!!

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Re: Too early to judge

It's quite possible that their IT people tried and tried and tried to get Sony's upper management to invest in proper security, but their business case analyses were rejected and they were told to go away.

You may be right on that one.

IIRC, their CSO (or similar position) recently (i.e. within the last year) left, perhaps because he could not do his job properly because of the executive decision to cut corners.

Only time will tell (assuming he isn't gagged by a NDA).

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Sony manglement

Probably thought the money could be better spent on their bonuses.

Or, IIRC, attempts to placate a loudmouth activist stockholder who has since dumped his stock in SPE.

Thanks Google:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/29/entertainment/la-et-ct-loeb-demands-sony-spinoff-20130729

http://www.cnet.com/news/sony-rebuffs-hedge-funds-plan-to-spin-off-entertainment-unit/

and, as a result of that effort:

http://www.neontommy.com/news/2014/04/culver-city-not-likely-feel-direct-impact-sony-pictures-layoffs

finally, we see his end game:

http://deadline.com/2014/10/sony-daniel-loeb-third-point-stock-sale-857117/

Bastard!!!

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Linux community "support".

They need a cattle prod up their arses.

Does anyone know where the BOFH is today?

A side note, there is quite a bit of hostility toward those who pose questions without taking the time to do the research Google the fucking problem; and expect "hand holding".

I have had my share of issues with GRUB 2 and booting from partitions, with the partition's GRUB install fucked by an update to GRUB. It took some serious Googling, but I finally came to understand what is getting fucked up, and how to prevent future clusterfucks. It turns out, I am using GRUB in a manner that the developers do not recommend, (installing GRUB to a partition), but they do not prevent you from installing GRUB in such a manner..

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

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Another "Patch Tuesday" FUBAR

I thank $DEITY my employer long ago got rid of that unholy mess called Windows WindblowZE.

Icon tells the story -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

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Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment

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Re: Cyber Bullying or a Paradox?

If there is any woman under your table, I hope she has a pair of scissors machete and knows how to use them it.

FTFY!!!

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Re: not very big

Losing BOTH engines in this scenario would be quite an achievement!

IIRC, quite some time back, a 727 lost all three engines, and yet was able to land safely, no doubt in part to a well skilled pilot.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Re: Common sense

It is a different matter altogether for online purchases. You have to ascertain where the customer lives and keep track of 9600 tax codes.

EXACTLY, and, there is the extreme possibility, that due to the way municipal boundaries may arise, two addresses that are adjacent to one another may be in different municipalities.

Or one side of a street is in municipality A and the other side of the street is in municipality B. Then, consider the metropolitan areas, where the county line may run down the middle of a street; or the possibility where a state line runs down the middle of a street.

Hello nightmare!!!! You might have to have an address database that contains all of the 'exceptions' to the rules.

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Re: Oh, the republicans think, AC ...

It's supposed to be "government of the people, by the people, for the people"

s/people/corporations/

and you will have it correct.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Re: Well, I've had it with Firefox

I've merely ditched the latest and gone back to Ver 27, when things were much saner.

I installed v 29, and got stung by that Australis crap, and re-install v 28, and plan to stay there.

If FF continues to 'decline' in usability, then it is something else.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Linux future

Dunno, but the thought of it is making me want to go learn how to drive a bus

But, LT would be the wrong target; now, if you were aiming at the authors of systemd, then.......

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Vendor lock-in is truly a TERRIBLE idea ... says, er, Microsoft

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Re: Pull the other one!...Let's deconstruct that a bit.

Let's deconstruct that a bit. "If you don't buy my product, then you should be fired".

I believe that there is an extraneous word in that quote, and I will leave it to the reader to determine which word I am referring to.

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RE: "Nuances"

A good command and understanding of the English language and the ability to detect the subtle nuances of (double) speak the aroma of bullshit is still required by readers of Microsoft propaganda.

FTFY!!!

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Computer stupidities...

Sometimes I just can not fathom the level of stupidity that supposedly educated people exhibit when it comes to computers.

I have had my share of urgent calls for help that, upon reflection were easily solved/understood; but the fact that a computer is involved, the caller has a dramatic leave of their senses.

A recent one involved a frantic call on a Saturday morning. Ms. (L)user calls me from her cell phone demanding to know when am I going to fix her computer - it doesn't work, and the office lights are out. I remote into the building's management system, and see that the power is completely out, and only essential systems are operating on a backup generator. I call the power company, and find out, that due to a semi hitting a pole, the feeder line to the entire area is down, and it will be at least 2 more hours before power will be restored.

I call Ms. (L)user back, and tell her to 'go home' as she will be sitting there doing nothing for at least 2 hours while the downed line is repaired.

THAT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH!! and she called my boss (the CIO) and screamed and yelled at her. My boss (I later found out) did exactly the same thing I did, and got the same answer, and told Ms. (L)user exactly the same.

THAT STILL WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH!!, so she called up the CEO (who also happens to be a part owner of the company), and bitched at her: We (me and my boss) were not helping her with her computer problems.

BIG mistake! I happen to work for a company where the CEO does have some tech smarts; she remoted into the management system, and saw exactly what we saw: all three phases dead on the line side of the main circuit breaker. She too called the power company, and got the same response from them. She (the CEO) called Ms. (L)user back, and told her that repairs was going to take all day, and that she should go home. and that she (the CEO) wanted to discuss the manner in which IT provided its "services" to her first thing Monday morning.

Monday morning came, and Ms. (L)user, my boss and I were summoned to the CEO's office. Ms. (L)user was invited to "express" her issues with the way we had provided our services.

Ms. (L)user narrated her interactions with me to the CEO. I was asked a simple question: "Is this a correct recitation of the events?" Since it was, I answered in the affirmative. Ms. (L)user then did the same for my boss, who also indicated that the recitation was accurate. Of course, the CEO knew exactly what was said between herself and Ms. (L)user. What happened next was absolutely beautiful (from a 'getting satisfaction' perspective).

The CEO stood up, and looked Ms. (L)user straight in the face and screamed at the top of her lungs: "What part of `there has been a major area wide power failure, and repairs will take some time DO YOU NOT FUCKING UNDERSTAND???`

Ms. (L)user sat there with a 'deer in the headlights expression' on her face.

"I think your 'talents' are better suited for a job where the only knowledge you are required to possess is the ability to ask the person on the other side of the counter: `Do you want fries with that?` Clear out your desk, you don't work here anymore."

My CEO is of the opinion that in order to work for our company, you need to possess some basic skills, and Ms. (L)user seems to be deficient in that area, and the manner in which she handled the situation strongly suggested that she was not capable of `being educated`. Good riddance!

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FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

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Re: What a farce

Does the FCC really believe the public is going to fall for these obvious lies?

It is all about traffic flows, and the path the traffic takes. I have posted a traceroute from my location to netflix:

Hop Hostname IP Time 1

1 toy-box-2.local 192.168.1.4 0.098

1 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.1 0.637

1 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.1 0.645

3 72-31-xxx-xxx.net.bhntampa.com 72.31.xxx.xxx 13.217

4 ten1-0-0.tamp82-cts1.bhn.net 71.44.17.18 21.675

5 ten0-1-0-3-4.tamp20-car1.bhn.net 71.44.3.16 19.709

6 ten0-13-0-0.orld71-CAR1.bhn.net 71.44.1.209 20.106

7 72-31-188-174.net.bhntampa.com 72.31.188.174 18.780

8 10.bu-ether15.orldfljo00w-bcr00.tbone.rr.com 66.109.6.98 22.116

9 bu-ether18.atlngamq47w-bcr01.tbone.rr.com 66.109.1.72 39.166

10 107.14.17.188 107.14.17.188 28.116

11 67.106.215.89.ptr.us.xo.net 67.106.215.89 27.396

12 vb2001.rar3.nyc-ny.us.xo.net 207.88.13.10 88.763

13 te-3-0-0.rar3.dallas-tx.us.xo.net 207.88.12.2 85.409

14 vb12.rar3.la-ca.us.xo.net 207.88.12.46 83.696

15 207.88.14.234.ptr.us.xo.net 207.88.14.234 83.911

16 216.156.84.6.ptr.us.xo.net 216.156.84.6 81.967

17 xe-2-2-0-955.jnrt-edge02.prod1.netflix.com 69.53.225.30 83.618

18 te1-8.csrt-agg02.prod1.netflix.com 69.53.225.10 84.773

19 netflixinc.com 69.53.236.17 83.532

As you can see, and if this were to represent a movie download, traffic flows from Netflix through XO Communications to end up at my ISP (BrightHouse). Also, look how it gets bounced around within XO's network. All of these segments are places for contention, and there are at least 2 instances where transit and peering come into play (Netflix -> XO, and XO -> BrightHouse). Transit costs money, and out of balance peering can lead to disputes (Cogent, anyone?)

Joe Sixpack can't get that because Joe Sixpack has SHIT for brains, and is incapable of dissecting the issue, which, I am sorry to say, is quite muddled; and due to inaccurate and misleading information posted on the web, not as cut and dried as many think.

NOW, if Netflix had a direct connection to BrightHouse, then the traceroute might look like this (it would depend on where the two would interconnect):

Hop Hostname IP Time 1

1 toy-box-2.local 192.168.1.4 0.098

1 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.1 0.637

1 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.1 0.645

3 72-31-xxx-xxx.net.bhntampa.com 72.31.xxx,.xxx 13.217

4 ten1-0-0.tamp82-cts1.bhn.net 71.44.17.18 21.675

5 ten0-1-0-3-4.tamp20-car1.bhn.net 71.44.3.16 19.709

6 ten0-13-0-0.orld71-CAR1.bhn.net 71.44.1.209 20.106

7 72-31-188-174.net.bhntampa.com 72.31.188.174 18.780

8 10.bu-ether15.orldfljo00w-bcr00.tbone.rr.com 66.109.6.98 22.116

9 bu-ether18.atlngamq47w-bcr01.tbone.rr.com 66.109.1.72 39.166

10 xe-2-2-0-955.jnrt-edge02.prod1.netflix.com 69.53.225.30 83.618

11 te1-8.csrt-agg02.prod1.netflix.com 69.53.225.10 84.773

12 netflixinc.com 69.53.236.17 83.532

Which would cut XO out of the loop, and move the traffic flow from Netflix -> BrightHouse. BrightHouse may see relief in its transit/peering arrangements with XO.

Netflix almost certainly pays XO for transit, so Netflix may see a reduction in its transit costs; but the real winners is the rest of the traffic that flows through that path. It would not have to contend with the volume of traffic from Netflix clogging an already crowded lane.

So, I have to ask the FCC: "How is this a bad dea????"

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Re: We are reaching manglement orbit. Prepare to disembark!

Right idea, but wrong on the exit strategy. It should be:

"Please put away your trays, and return your seats to the upright position. Buckle your seat belts and be prepared to pull the ejector lever in the event of air craft disintegration. Once again, thank you for flying Pwned Airlines."

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

So its OK for someone to get your Phone, and by proxy your gmail / iTunes accounts? Not sure about the latter, but the former can be used to purchase BIG TICKET Items like Phablets or that Google Glass that I've been hearing so much about lately.

Which was the point I was trying to get across to a colleague who is half my age (BTW, I qualify as a `greybeard`).

He thought Apple Pay was a Good Idea and I called him out on it.

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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RE: the idea that you can just trust it blindly is of course foolish.

What the fuck do you expect from beancounters??

All they know is how to save money enlarge the executive bonus pool. They could care squat about such "techy" things like latency, and resiliency, until they hit a slowdown loading Failbook or Twatter.

THEN they are all over your ass!

"The `internet` is slow."

Is it Beer O'Clock yet???

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Re: Can't be dolphins at that depth.

There's lots of other groups that would sink that low.

I can think of two:

ACS in the UK, and

the principles behind Prenda Law in the US of A.

ElRegf has done many articles on both.

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Vendors coalesce around 'MGBase-T' 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet

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RE: This looks like marketing puff.

I very well may be, but there is s shitload of OLD plant that could benefit from increasing speed.

For the beancounters, replacing NICs and speccing better NICs on equipment refresh may be more cost conscious than ripping up plant, especially IF it involves ripping out plant in leased premises.

No beancounter trying to fund executive bonuses is going to authorize a rip and replace on premises that have a short term left on a lease, with no guarantee that their company will be able to obtain favorable lease terms for a renewal.

Typical short term thinking executive behavior - kick the can down the road.

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FOUR, count 'em, FOUR big rockets launching in next seven days

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Chinese sat launch

The launch crew will be crossing fingers and toes that this launch goes to plan. Its predecessor, CBERS 3, failed to reach its assigned altitude and crashed back to Earth just over a year ago and a second failure will see Chinese rocketry experts lose some serious face lined up against the wall.

FTFY!!!

(Because failure is not an option this time!)

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Silver-tongued phish bait lures execs, hooks M&A deals

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Re: Sony, too

This would have been a great way to get to Sony,

RIGHT!!!!!

I had a good laugh at their 'spinning' their incompetence in securing their systems into a hack by the Norks.

Hey Sony, Karma is such a bitch!!

BTW, didn't one of your label's artists have a song titled Karma (Alicia Keys, IIRC Here, take a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUMC_raxpSc ).

No good deed goes unpunished!

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: MS Windows

Never mind the websites. Microsoft use device fingerprinting to enforce their Windows licences.

Is that to become illegal?

DAMN good question.

It is already well publicized that with some versions of Windows WindblowZE, certain changes in hardware configuration causes WGA (or whatever they call that piece of shit these days) to spout warnings about being non-genuine. (hint: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Genuine_Advantage#False_positive_rate )

BUT I would not hold my breath, I am sure that accommodations for software integrity mechanisms will be forthcoming.

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Fatman
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Re: to protect your money!

You loaned it to us, and we grudgingly pay you as little as we can get away with in interest (that's a clue as to what sort of site we are)

FTFY!!!!

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

Fatman
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Re: and Ghostery tells me,

Excellent!!!

ANOTHER satisfied user of AdBlock+'s Element Hider!!!

One fabulous way to make those plastered with crap ads sites usable!

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

Fatman
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Re: Bah!

I can just about guarantee you it was not the design team that made that decision, but someone in the C suite or just below that.

Quite likely!!!

You know the type - they whine about increasing shareholder value, as they cause the "corporate airplane" to crash and burn.

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