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3505 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

You shouldn't learn to program by starting with C or C#.

C# is not C. Nor is it even remotely C++. Microsoft calling it "C"-anything was probably more of a marketing decision than anything based in reality. They could have called it "Microsoft Java" and been far more accurate.

Anyway, last time I saw a class split into two, with one half learning C first and the other half learning VB first, the C-firsters took the switch to VB halfway through the course incredibly well. Duck-to-water well in fact. The people who did their first couple of months with VB and then switched to C basically shat bricks.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: obviously using your logic

Bit too late now. A small minority have ruined it for the rest of us.

Given some arseholes the excuse to ruin it. Get it right.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Enforced career changes

See now, fortunately I know how to get up to my elbows in dangerous equipment. On top of previous experience, being on the wrong side of the economic downturn means I've had the lovely opportunity to spend a month doing bonded labour a mandatory work placement for a nearby plastic recycling firm. I already have plenty of that kind of experience anyway, amongst the retail stuff. Even got the little certificate with "Excellent" written across all performance metrics to prove it.

However I have to wonder how some 18 stone, neckbearded, doughnut-munching "admin" would cope with a job where the 25Kg single-man limit is more of a guideline, where 50 hours a week of brutal graveyard shifts dragging crap out of trailers is the norm, where your shins become more bumps, bruises and scrapes than skin, would cope?

I have seen people come into these sorts of jobs and leave the same day. They simply cannot cope with the workload. And people here are are suggesting "just change careers"?

I suggest these people go work in a postal sorting depot, in a recycling firm, in a distribution warehouse, in any number of other crap jobs for a month or two. Let alone 6, 12,18 months or more.

I'm wondering how many of those people would be crying out to be forcibly buggered than deal with it any more? I'm wondering how many of them would just be crying themselves to sleep every night. Or every morning, as the case most likely would be.

I'm pretty sure it would be a non-zero number.

As for me, I'm trying to get out of that crap. I've done my time, thankyou very much. Can I have a job that pays some real money and doesn't have me risking life and limb every single damned shift, please?

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Re: Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

I've heard talk e-cigs can also deliver the "devil's lettuce"

If that's what I'm thinking it is, then not very well by default. E-cigs are designed for evaporating a mix of propylene glycol, glycerine and some water with nicotine dissolved in there. Basically they are small versions of disco smoke machines.

The thing you're interested in vaping is a fat-soluble oil. That has its own requirements, for which standard e-cigs are not well suited. Standard e-cig batteries on the other hand, might well be able to power a re-engineered Magic Flight Launch Box or similar design.

Not that I'd know.

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Re: Don't forget

"Nicotine is one of the most addictive and lethal narcotics going."

Incorrect. That would be alcohol. Not many narcotics out there that will kill you from the withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol very much can though.

...but I suppose I'd better not mention that around here. Beer o'clock already is it?

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Re: prior art?

Oh, Phud. I guess you're one of the smartybrains behind Arriva and Network Rail's recent banning of e-cigs everywhere including open fucking train platforms.

Seriously?

Take your shit and cram it up your arse. If you're going to ban e-cigs, I want a ban on 70 and 80 year old grannies getting on the bus with enough perfume that it gives me an asthma attack. And I don't even have asthma.

Oh what, that's not the same thing is it? You're right. It's far worse.

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Re: Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

"Vaping is 'cool'?"

With Ice Menthol flavour? Incredibly cool actually.

As for the patent, whut? I can go out right now and buy an e-fag that you can plug into the computer and it'll tell you all kinds of stuff about how much you've used it, what the battery health is, various graphs and figures. I just don't fancy spending that much.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: Let there be light!

Uh.

HPS street lamps use significantly more than 35 watts per bulb. Try multiplying that by ten.

As for me, I live where the initial UK trials for LED street lighting were carried out. Going from a HPS section to a LED section is an amazing difference. Yay for white not-piss-yellow street lamps.

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Re: Australian Federal Government - The New NORKS

Following someone and sticking a microphone in their face while asking stupid questions is not journalism. Its thuggery.

Doesn't that kind of depend on who the person is and what the questions are?

Like if the person has "MP" in their title and whether the questions are about "expenses"?

Or perhaps "surveillance", "paranoia", or "psychopathic fuckers."

You want to get that kind of a job, telling everyone else what to do, treading on toes and sticking daggers into backs in order to squirm and wriggle your way to the top, you'd better damned well be prepared for some hard questions, at any time, day or night, anywhere you go.

And if you're caught with your pants down and your fingers in the till? Well you're the one trying to tell us we should all be saints. If you do anything other than act spotlessly you will be torn several new arseholes without mercy and that's the way it goes.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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Re: Strange...

Though I always thought the DX4/100 was more of a cheap alternative to the Pentium, and could fit in standard 486 boards with a voltage converter, so never really "best thing ever".

...and apparently the "DX4" instead of "DX3" was as the result of litigation with AMD. At least, so sez the Tome O' Jimbo that anyone can edit.

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Where things do matter Google is using the Play Store components to move the laggards along.

Apparently "Google Play Store" used 31.52GB in the last month. I don't let apps auto-update. I know I have unlimited traffic, Google, but stop taking the fucking piss.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Re: You what!??

Dear Richards,

Deal with it.

Yours sincerely,

Adobe.

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Re: Where is the competition

I have heard good things about Paint Tool SAI. How well it performs next to say, Paint Shop Pro or The GIMP, I am unsure.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Re. kill switch

You'd also have to be able to tell the cheap models from the expensive ones quickly by sight.

The size of the big glowing rectangle on the front face is a generally good indicator.

Anyway, even if the thief can only get a tenner out of the parts, that's four bags of smack and maybe worth it to some people. The point about phones being broken down and sold for parts is a very valid one. Cars nearly all have immobilizers these days, and yet, Grand Theft Auto continues to be more than just the name of a computer game.

There's no substitute for a bit of common sense. Not leaving your phone on the dashboard in the middle of a city centre for instance.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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40ft? A van?

That'll be lorry, truck, or if you really insist, "wagon".

And yes, it can make for an interesting night when the algorithms (and some humans in the loop) bugger things up a bit and the sorting warehouse ends up packed to the rafters with crap that's only going out via local deliveries in 6 hours, crap that should have gone out on a trunk 2 hours ago, all mixed in with crap that's supposed to be getting sorted and loaded right now.

Almost as much fun as being in the back of the wagon when the wrong driver is told to pull away and start with the deliveries, but I guess that's a different type of fuck-up.

EDIT: UPS adverts down both sides and all over the page. Har de har.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Re: Don't Be Evil

Remember the days when the googlistas and googlefans were falling over themselves to worship google because of that mantra?

And on which planet did this occur? It certainly wasn't Earth.

Though I do remember Google getting much praise over a no-nonsense search engine that works.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Re: Not renewables...

Well they might not be sane in your opinion, but they are the people who feed and care for others and generally get stuff done.

Because that's the exclusive preserve of hardcore nutters who'd rather we all be living by candle light and see that dangerous elastic trickery stuff as an affront against Mother Nature.

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Re: Not renewables...

any strategic move to more gas, coal or nuclear would be unpopular with the greenies.

And rolling power cuts will be unpopular with the sane.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: What better way to force people to upgrade..

I'm sorry, but this is just too funny. Is www.notruescotsman.com one of those sites? :D

Considering the majority of IIS's rise in the last year has come from one company, and the majority of the sites hosted by that company are apparently link farms and domain holding pages... I dunno, what do you think?

The "No True Scotsman" fallacy would only apply if those sites weren't basically spam and black-hat SEO. Are you suggesting that sites like that matter in any way except perhaps needing to be added to crudware statistics? Don't take my word for it though. Follow the links, and see for yourself.

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Re: What better way to force people to upgrade..

Many is not most.

In any case, the April edition of the Netcraft stats is even more interesting to read. Not only is most of the IIS gain due to a single company, but the vast majority of sites hosted by that company are link farms.

IIS: The choice of web server for spammers and black-hat SEO specialists. Hardly a wonderful accolade.

Also interesting that amongst the statistics that actually matter (million busiest sites, active sites), IIS is now being beaten by not only Apache, but in a narrow margin by the open-source nginx. Like I said, that's the new kid on the block. Certainly one to watch.

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Re: What better way to force people to upgrade..

For instance IIS server is now only 0.15% away from overtaking Apache in market share!

However, amongst sites that actually matter, the story is significantly different. Nginx is the up and coming new kid there, and Apache still enjoys a very strong lead. In fact amongst the top million busiest sites, and amongst sites that are actually active, IIS share is continuing on its long-term decline.

It could be that lots of people start on IIS because it's like building with lego bricks and about as easy. As soon as the admins want to do anything reasonably complex, IIS becomes a pain in the neck, because it's like building with lego bricks.

Try again in a couple of years and we'll see if that one-year rise in IIS share amongst all sites including crappy Geocities-esque personal blogs continues, or if, like every other rise in IIS share, it's been a blip that drops as soon as the newbies discover that IIS isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Probably only suitable for a thumbnail anyway

LOL. Nobody buys a license for their Photoshop

Not these days, anyway. Welcome to the "Creative Cloud", where everything is rented and you own the square root of fuck all.

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DARPA gamifies open-source software testing

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Wasn't this already covered?

Like, several months back?

Aha, looks like last time it was for "commercial software". Well I guess that makes all the difference.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

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Gasp.

Google have just discovered the hard drive.

Well fucking done.

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Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

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Re: Why are you

He's also immortal, and ready to jump back into the pod even before you've finished scraping his remains out of the smouldering crater left by the last pod. I don't feel that our Playmonaut is quite so psychotically happy about a hypersonic splashdown.

Maybe we should set the Playmonaut's BadS flag to true.

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Re: Luckily the story is supported by evidence

What, you don't like bird jokes?

Well this is hawkward.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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What you CAN tell is where the packets are coming from and where they are going to. If you couldn't, then the network would be a notwork.

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Re: Is that a portable access point in your pocket, are you ...

The big blinking LED is a bit of a giveaway.

As for phones, I wouldn't say that a top pocket with a hole in is all that great a length to go to. Somewhat less detectable, too.

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Re: Is that a portable access point in your pocket, are you ...

There's a "simple" solution to 4G Glass. Replace your drywall with metal lath plaster walls. Windows with triple pane, ultra low-e treatment on the inside and outside layer. Unless those windows overlook a tower, no cellular will penetrate that building :)

That would block any and all mobile calls and data, including, I presume, emergency calls. Fair enough. The thing that gets me the most though is the picking on Glass specifically, when any mobile device can do what Glass does. And, as various people have mentioned, it's not like cameras don't have SD cards.

So yeah, "preventing people from recording artworks" is a bloody piss-poor excuse for "nerr herr I block you, Glass user." Even then, he doesn't block jack shit asides a MAC address that, given the supposed hackability of Glass, might well be a simple ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:01:02:03:04:05:06 away from being something entirely different.

I think he wasn't loved enough as a child, myself.

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I wonder what this does...

...about Glass users connected to the portable access point in their pocket?

Or a 4G-enabled Glass?

Well, I expect some people just have to be like that. Question: Why's he not blocking phones with cameras, if it's really about recording artworks?

Personally I don't think it is, and has more to do with "durr hurr aren't I clever I piss dem Glass users right off". Well, fine. I hope he enjoys his exercise in futility.

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

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Protein-foldcoin mining? SETI@coin?

Might give some people an incentive other than a pretty screensaver and turning their computer into a space heater.

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Wot no Vista?

Try using fallocate.

I'm sure Windows would take an age to create a new file if you did it by filling the file with the output of %RANDOM%.

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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Re: interesting fragmentation of the balloon

The powder is actually on quite a few weather-balloon popping vids on Youtube. It tends to continue rising upward along with the helium, while the rest of the fragments follow the laws of gravity.

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Re: Monopoly

Or? Not?

Actually not. You phone up, tell them where you are and where you're going, and ask for the cost.

The price you are quoted will be the price you are charged, regardless of how many times the driver gets lost or what the numbers on the meter say. At least, that's been the case with every private hire I've been in.

Of course, if you ask mid-trip for a ten minute wait at a shop or to nip around to a friend's house en route, then all bets are off.

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EE unleashes birds of prey onto unsuspecting customers

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Buteo Buteo (yes that's really its scientific name) definitely has feathers on its head. There's a few of them that seem to use the fields and woods around here as a buffet bar.

Wood pigeon, mouse or rabbit today? Om nom nom.

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HOW much?

For HOW many gigabytes/month?

No thanks. Partying like it's 2004 over at EE HQ are they?

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Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

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Re: Could care less / couldn't care less

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Or maybe I could have.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Why the spite and bile at hifi lovers?

£500 vs £30k and you, having never met me, are absolutely sure I couldn't hear the difference? Stop being a muppet.

What I said was don't be surprised if you get it wrong in a double-blind test. You know, where neither you nor the tester know what hi fi is being used? Double-blind, geddit?

I would also suggest you stop being taken for a ride by the same people who sell £500 USB cables. I've known people with £300 midi systems that have half a kilowatt of RMS output, and yet can turn that box up all the way without the subwoofer even nearly starting to fart and rattle. It sounds good, across the whole frequency range, for £200 less than I suggested.

Yes, I have played with B&O gear along with various other overpriced "audiophile" items. Even B&O is bloody cheap compared with some of the stuff that the Golden Ear Cult comes out with, and I still dare you to tell me which is better in a double-blind test.

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Re: Why the spite and bile at hifi lovers?

What I would like to see is a double-blind study where you can tell a £30K rig from a £500 rig.

Just don't be surprised if you get it wrong.

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Re: 20khz

If you can't tell any difference between 44.1/16 and 192/24 then why go to the extra expense?

Assuming there is any extra expense, perhaps for people who want to create their own music? If I'm recording something for later copying and distribution, it's going to be recorded at 48KHz at least, even if it'll be mixed down to 44.1 later. 192KHz/24 bit means you can normalize, time stretch, do whatever it is you want to do to the original signal, while still filling up every spare ounce of bandwidth in a 44.1/16 stream.

So if you have a choice of a sound chipset capable of 44.1KHz/16 bit stereo, or 192KHz 24 bit 7.1 surround, and they both cost the same or are within pence or fractions of a penny of each other, you're going to choose the 44.1/16 option?

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Re: It's not about the music.

He simply said " I like to hear a recording in it's truest form, & you don't really need that stuff in the middle if you design your system well."

True in theory.

In practise, no two speaker sets or headphones have the same response curve, and some people don't know how to master a track.

Though, it does sound like a nice amp stage for a stacking system. Blinkenlights, sliders and buttons everywhere? Pffft. Volume, on and off. Job done. I can definitely appreciate that.

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Re: 20khz

Trouble is, the DACs on your Asus will suck, badly, like most PC audio DACs.

And yet the only not-music noise I get in the headphones when ramped up to full whack is... total silence. Not even the horrific electronic noises coming from within the PC that Yesteryear's shitty onboard sound chips (and some shitty dedicated sound cards) used to make. Not even the hint of a hiss from a cheap PA stage. The CRT whine from my monitor is louder, and that's when I'm wearing the heavily-earmuffed headphones. The line-in might hiss a tiny bit when you turn it up to clip-the-hell-out-of-a-gnat's-fart levels.

I've yet to feed the output of this thing through an oscilloscope to test DAC accuracy but, for an onboard sound chipset, it really is quite good. Again, whether you can or can't tell the difference, if 192Khz/24 bit costs beans to implement, then why the hell not? It's not like you're being charged a hundred quid for a metre of pure silver oxygen-free USB cable.

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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No, it really isn't.

Not unless you can show me how we're going to run out of Megabytes some time in the 2050s and desperately need to turn to green sources of pornography and lolcats.

The only limit to the pipes is how many bytes you can cram down them per second. There is no limit to the number of bytes total. Therefore, pay-as-you-go is a monumentally stupid idea.

Paying per unit of an infinite resource. Really?

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"People who use more should pay more and people who use less should pay less"

Because there's only so many bits you can suck from the Lakes before they run out, and we might have passed Peak Megabyte a few years ago, so they're having to get into desperate measures such as disk-fracking and exploitation of Alaska's hidden porn reserves?

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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I'm waiting for the commentards asking how a site full of techies can find TIFKAM so hard to learn, while conveniently forgetting that the article has little to do with techies.

(And conveniently forgetting how shite TIFKAM is in general, but hey..)

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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Re: I wonder

especially backhaul which is always metered.

I thought that depends on the type of peering agreement that has been negotiated? Pretty sure that a few of those go something along the lines of "you carry our traffic, we'll carry yours."

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