First of all: it's technically impossible to "overwhelm" T1 network. It's not your crappy $50 home router; it's designed to remain functional under near 100% utilization.
Second, 100G is not that match (in such network). There're routers where _every_ _single_ _port_ is 100G.
Yes, you read this correctly: while your home router port is usually 1G, and typically utilized at 30%, in T1 networks, routers designed to be "wire-speed", and can utilize all of 100G ports at almost 100% at once without hanging/stacking/etc.
So no, Internet was not close to be "broken", whatever it means; and yes, Techdirt again publish rubbish about technical subjects. Please stay on patents/copyrights topics next time.
Agree. Those are absolute crapware. Nevermind that BT-2-headphones adapters are already exists, and, what a surprise: most of them also crap.
Surface sound looks cool to you? You can't be _that_ clueless - this idea is not even bad, it's a fairytale.
>> The amount you spend on a coffee every day on the way to work might be insignificant compared to your mortgage or credit card repayments. That doesn't mean you shouldn't reconsider your daily wait in the line at Starbucks if cash is getting tight.
Actually, it does. If that Starbucks makes you feel good, but by cutting you save virtually nothing - don't do it. Start cutting where significant expenses occur.
>> The latest Windows costs around €125 for the basic package
False. This is retail price. OEMs pay something like $10-$50.
>> I'd argue that obtaining a hardware-based open-source router is going to be an interesting challenge
More like science fiction. Everything Cisco/H3C/Broadcom cell is proprietary to the last screw.
>> but even small savings matter in Greece and Spain
Let's see _how_ small we're talking about here. While open source offerings are "open" they all do have price. Someone gonna provide all this. Admin still would like to get paid no matter what OS you choose.
Please check prices @ RedHat before talking about "savings".
Yea, open source is nice, but we're talking about insignificant amount of money anyway.
* laptops are irrelevant here - they always come with software included, be it Windows, Linux or OSX. BTW - Windows code is open for auditing (at least in US).
* routers technically can't be sold without internal firmware (just like any other device with embedded cpu this days).
* server side software can be open source, but that's really depends on what kind of "server" we're talking about. If we're talking about making Outlook work - Exchange is really a must; no open source alternative doesn't come even close.
So, as usually happen here, posts about technical subjects are plagued with factual errors. Next time - try writing about laws/patents/copyright/etc and leave bits and volts aside.
Actually, only 1st one is real myth ("Everyone at the CIA is a spy."). Most likely, most of the people who we call "spy" are not even US citizens. So while they are working for CIA they are not it's employees.
Rest of article is naive at best. Author probably don't understand how this "intelligence info" is collected and what exactly is this "spying" he's talking about.
Talking about "above the law" is little more nuianced - CIA is not above the law, but this law allows pretty match anything. Think about police officer (which is also not-above-the-law), but one can detain/interrogate/etc you.
As for being torture-happy thugs - that's not how such agencies work. The word "intelligence" have 2 meanings - "information" and "being smart". So, basically you have 2 types of people - one who smart and other is torture happy. That's _supposed_ to be that way.
The real problem is not CIA: it's foreighn policy where US make wars instead of diplomatic connections. CIA is just a tool, like gun or tank.
>> It's not. Nor did I suggest it was.
You have problem with basic logic. Since title include word "software", one must assume that this is somehow connected. If you think it's not, why not call article "free stuff is better"?
>> I said that ... and sometimes it made sense to use free.
What does it have to do with "who treats who better"? Yea, variety of business models, I see. And under what "business model" it make sense _not_ to treat better paying customers? Answer is there's no such model. As you often like to point out about DRM screw-up, it makes no sense.
>> And they are amongst the best payed computer services today
False. Probably due to ignorance. They are _worst_ paying customers. Best one are organization who order customized systems ERM,control,engineering,IT and so on.
After those come software for various embedded systems - from stupid Toys-R-Us talking bear to missile control. Those are rarely pirated.
Next good paying are OEM's they all pay for preinstalled OS and other stuff (not trialware, though).
So please, stop spread this insanity about "games are best/biggest/largest customer". They (games) are _entertainment_, similar to (and competing with) movies.
WTF is "objectifying"? Is this a thing?
I thought they sell women's underwear. Since commercials of products usually include use of those products, one must think that commercials of women's underwear will include some women and some underwear.
It's not like Ford put girl in bikini in car expo. Minor difference, you know.
Mike, what kind of idiotic argument is that:
>> ... But that's not true. The company's interests remain to get more money out of you
I don't see how this kind of "logic" is limited to software. Actually, any kind of business is about to "get more money", which does not mean that those money are not incentive to provide a better goods/services. You probably heard about term "market competition", right?
You idea that advertising pays better may be true for can-drop-it-right-now kind of software (Instagram/Facebook/etc), but falls apart with any more serious kind. How do you think custom ERM (for example) is paid? With ads? How about engineering/CAD?
Sometimes I think that term "freetards" is deserved.
How exactly Google should encrypt it? If key will reside on Google side - the whole execrize is pointless. On the other hand, if key is on client - user experience will be awful.
Moreover, the whole "why" question left unanswered:
* For Google, it will hurt targeted advertizement.
* Privacy advocates? Who cares about them? I don't. And I do understand what implications are. Most of population don't even know they exists.
What's even more ridiculous, is that if Google whould take every advice techdirt gave, it should just provide service for free, don't look at search history/social profile/etc since that would be "privacy violation", make all software open-source and so on.
Buisness doesn't work like this - you can never please 100% of your customers. If you have 1-5% "privacy advocates", who cry wolf on every attempt to monetize data about users - correct answer is to ignore them.
>> I can't recall the last time I saw a horse that wasn't being used for tourist or leisure purposes
You making yourself to look stupid.
* Horse (or another animal) is primary mode of military transport in rough (rocks,desert) terrain
* Policemen on horse will meet you should you choose to join some "protest X" assembly
>> So, maybe I'm missing use cases here. I just assume that my needs for such a thing are more likely to be the needs of the average consumer - show me I'm wrong if you want, but I don't see it.
As with example with horses, you assuming that "average" means "average in New York".
Try to leave your iPhone for an hour in car during hot summer day. Try to turn it on. Surprise - error message tells you that device is too hot. So you thought you have compass+flashlight+camera+map+whatever else? No - you only have overheated brick. I'll leave rest to your imagination.
Next scene - you're working outside and it's winter (yea, some people need to build/dig/drive stuff). It's snowy weather and you're wearing gloves. So - capacitive touchscreen doesn't work at all and you can't pull you iPhone anyway because snow will destroy connectors.
You can continue list of example forever.
>> all purpose device can replace the need for many items
Talking about "average consumer" in this context is like talking about average temperature in hospital. Average consumer doesn't buy level _and_ compass _and_ flashlight _and_ fax at the same time. It's dedicated items for different uses and people.
iPhone as a flashlight is another reason to buy iPhone, not reason to throw away flashlight.
>> That industries can be disrupted by unexpected outside forces
Yes, but examples are so overstating that one may think that author is clueless about real world, not one seen from his window.
>> ... in claiming that the article was referring to something other than music listening?
Probably that's because article (picture) show icon of app called "Police Scanner". Is this music listening?
>> ... find an alternate light source in case of a power cut.
I wonder what kind of "light source" that could be? Probably flashlight! Or no, wait, I know - a torch!
>> You have a need for an expensive, durable hard wearing flashlight with hours of battery life?
"Expensive" is about $10 where I live. And that is high-end of things. Cheaper will go for $5.
>> and if enough people think my way then flashlight sales will drop
That's pretty big "IF". Do you realize that phones with flashlight exists for about 10 years? How sales so far?
>> Few use it as a primary mode of transportation
You're so cute. This was an example of widely used today "technology" which haven't changed for hundreds of thousand years. And it's still have no replacement in many applications (rough terrain/crowded places being example). It's not "niche market" and not going to be for many years to come. Btw - it was never "primary mode of transportation", because back in a day it was too expensive.
Same thing with "replaces items". Yes, I can use iPhone as calculator. But - it won't be allowed in school exams. Or too expensive for use in rough conditions.
And no, I don't in "disrupted industry" - I design chips for those very gadgets, so I have _some_ understanding here.
>> Stop trying to mock me and try to listen to the point actually being made, because you're missing it.
I'm trying to say that this point is ridiculous one.
>> unless you think that the medium is what's important rather than the application.
Yea, responses like this happens when people don't understand technology. Do you know why police/ambulance/military etc still using RF and not cellphone-like communications? Ah, you seems to think that's because they are stupid. Hint - they are not. Medium _is_ important.
>> You use a flashlight for hours at a time?
Yes. When I have to change tire at night; or when I'm on trip in forest; or when there's power interruption or ...
>> Your phone battery doesn't last for hours?
When flash LED is on, your (iPhone) battery will be dead in about 15min. And you still want a phone, right?
>> You've never had voicemail on your mobile?
Your voicemail is not on your mobile. It's on provider side. Surprise! This mean, that when network is down you won't be able to hear it.
>> This is about as far you need to go to know you're not thinking about what you're saying.
Next time instead of "oh, shiny!" please take a minute and realize that people are still riding horses on this very day. Be sure they will continue to do so even when flying car is invented.
As someone already wrote here, most of the article is nonsense. iPhone is replacement of RF stuff? Unless Apple released new version I'm not aware about - not really.
That's OK, since Mike's understanding of technology is "internet radio==radio".
No, Mike, "radio" is transmitting stuff by invisible waves (really!).
He also probably don't seems to know that compass doesn't require batteries to operate. Same as books, notepad, shopping list.
Other examples are equally stupid. Flashlight - it's supposed to work for _hours_, not minutes. Answering machine - iPhone don't do that at all. Thermometer - no such sensor, not waterproof. And so on.
So, no, iPhone (or Android/whatever) not going to replace camera/compass/whatever. All this stuff have very specific purpose, and not going anywhere.