Stupid laws about the internet have no partisan bias.
South Park said it best, "Won't someone think of the children?" Every bad law usually has someone, somewhere, saying this to get it passed. I remember at the time, that some of the major ISPs viewed 230 as being a godsend, while others saw it as the end of the world. I wonder how many of those who thought it was the end of the world still think that (although it probably was, since CompuServe and Prodigy don't really exist any more.)
Dogs have been the best security system since the dawn of man, and they're in no danger of becoming obsolete.
Unfortunately, dogs have a fatal design flaw in that they are alive and like to eat. A zombie dog would be a safer bet, since they wouldn't be interested in the steak laced with strychnine. An added benefit is their love of human brains.
In all seriousness though, dogs are far more expensive than a cheap doorbell, which is why they tend to not have as much of an acceptance rate, plus attackers can easily trap the dog in a closet with a steak and go about their nefarious activities.
(They do it to other folks who haven't even been charged with a crime, why not this case?)
Probably because other folks don't have the honorary "INC", "LLC" or "Corporation" at then end of their name. This is, after all, not someone transporting a "large" amount of money in their personal vehicle or in their carry on or checked luggage.
We live in a semi-rural area, with 80 year old copper lines, as our only option. The DSL coverage is spotty, particularly when it rains, the phone just goes away when it rains,
I live in an urban area, and my option is cable (capped, though far less restrictive, but which keeps getting more and more expensive,) DSL (which isn't broadband,) or expensive and capped cell coverage. Sure wish there was a little competition.
Please, enlighten us all as to Comcast runs their network so that we can discuss this correctly in future instances.
What NAC do they use? Do they use a commercial provisioning system or a roll-your-own? Who supplies their DHCP, TFTP, and CMTS hardware/software?
This is the internet. People spouting off stuff they know nothing about is about as common as other people showing up and saying that someone else doesn't know what they are talking about without providing anything of substance to the discussion.
This may be, but comparing my standard license to the sample enhanced ID on the states website there are few differences. From what I see it adds the word 'Enhanced' to the title and adds a small US flag, otherwise it looks the same from what I can tell.
The problem, at least from what I read, was that it was thicker than the normal license (since it had a RFID chip,) and less flimsy. And while it looked on the face like a Minnesota DL, it didn't feel like one. One article I read said that someone with an enhanced DL had six security guards at a casino detain him and question him, only to be released when a police officer showed up and verified that it was a real DL.
I have the option of getting an 'enhanced' DL or ID card that meets the Real ID requirements
From what I understand, the enhanced DL looks different from the standard DL in Minnesota, and people have been accused of having a fake DL because they had an enhanced one. That has to have been fixed by now, but I am still seeing people complain about it.
Because given the first paragraph of the article, I'm guessing the previous options all make $100 a month for that speed look like an amazing deal.
If we are talking about true costs, including all the taxes, how much money has been spent on the Information Superhighway, or Broadband America, or Wiring America or Universal Access that we've been paying over the years to the telcos and the cable industry, in which the money was collected and then "lost" without actually doing the work. We've been paying for broadband improvements since 1995, and telephone improvements even longer and we've got very little to show for it (at least until Google showed up and scared the industry and government into actually improving their networks and regulating those who didn't.)
I'd love to see an accounting of the money spent there, to include in the costs of the legacy telecom and cable industry, but quite frankly I don't think we'll ever get those numbers.
After nearly ten years of technician tag, they FINALLY showed up (by accident) one time when it was raining and actually found the problem.
When I ran a BBS, I had the same problem, but what was funny was the technician was the one who suggested that it may have been the rain, and that he moved me to a higher place in the telephone cabinet. My phone line after he moved my connection had never been cleaner, and I was easily pushing 48-56kbps on that line. At least until AT&T started calling me with offers for a special "digital" phone line that they were offering for folks running BBSs, modems, etc., on their networks, and I all-the-sudden ended up back at the bottom of the rack (I asked the technician where I was and he told me I was at the bottom, even though the previous technician had moved me up.)
My issues with AT&T and their digital line scam have been discussed here before. I only got relief when I switched from their service to cable telephone (shortly before abandoning my BBS in the mid to late 90s due to nobody calling any more.)
Whatever, despite anonymous troll's statement above as to your character, you might be a troll, but I've always appreciated your comments. We may disagree, but I've always found your discussion to be worthwhile, and I cannot stand people flagging your comments just because they disagree.
Yet, when it comes to counting broadband usage, it's absolutely impossible that anyone could hack his "secured" wifi.
I don't think anyone is actually saying that it is impossible for anyone to have hacked his wifi...I believe what people are saying, which is correct, is that the usage isn't coming from someone hacking his wifi. He says in his video and on his pastebin post that they said maybe his wifi was hacked, but he showed how that is not the issue. Sure, someone may have hacked his wifi while he was on vacation, but he was showing that:
1) Comcast was saying he was using internet when he wasn't even connected to Comcast. (Someone who hacked his wifi wouldn't be able to get to comcast if he wasn't connected.) 2) He connected to his cell-based internet and the cell-phone company said he was using 8gbps during the time that Comcast said he used 66gbps without even being connected to their network. 3) As I said above, according to him, neither his modem or router has wifi built in, so even if they did get access to his wifi, they would have to have broken into his router and deleted just their activity, which isn't likely.
I think it's funny as hell, and points out quite a contradictory situation.
I don't think that is being said, and the only contradiction is in your own head. He (Oleg), not Techdirt, said it was possible someone hacked his wifi, and then went on to prove that it wasn't someone hacking his wifi, and Comcast eventually relented, after they had to be shamed into it.
People tend not to take into account property tax increases since just about anything can affect them. Build a park down the road, property tax goes up. Put in a back deck, property tax goes up.
Schools tend to be the big thing around here...they account for quite a bit of our property tax, and every new bond or property tax increase that seems to get put in place tends to be one of those "its for the children bonds".
I don't have children, can't stand a good majority of them in my neighborhood, but I gladly pay those property taxes each year. I'd much rather pay for your kids to get the best education possible so that they get good jobs and make something of themselves. Keeps my property values up.
So long as everyone in the community has the option to subscribe, just like I have the option to have kids and send them to school, I'll gladly subsidize it so long as it has positive benefits to the community. What I have a problem with is when some politician somewhere decides that it would be great to build a park nobody in the community can go to except their buddies that elected them or when the money is wasted needlessly on something nobody wants or needs just to make the backers of the politicians happy. If they had a referendum, and a majority of the folks said yes, I'm good with it.
What is sad is that when companies fight the government and each other to buy up their competition, people still parrot the line "bigger company means better support." You know what they say about insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Every time I hear it, I have a Pavlovian response and roll my eyes even before they finish the statement. A friend was talking about how awesome it will be when AT&T owns Direct-TV, and how he will have better support from both AT&T and Direct-TV as a result, and I could just count the minutes between that statement and his overall disgust for the whole thing...he figured once he got AT&T to hook up his house with fiber, he was set...their immediate response...not available in your area, you get 1mbps DSL. Best they could offer him was a capped LTE network.
However, the meters would work fine if the regulators did their job and forced companies to assure that the meters were working and being monitored correctly. If the company running the meter can't be arsed enough to make sure it is running and being monitored/checked properly, than there shouldn't be a requirement for the consumer to pay until the vendor proves that the meter is correct.
The problem here, unlike water/power meters, is that there is no regulation, and no recourse. If my water/power is being read incorrectly, I can complain to the CPUC and get it repaired/reversed. Here, it is my word against the cable company...and that apparently ends poorly for Comcast users unless they involve the media. My statement was solely that, given my limited experiences with errors in water and power metering, I don't think the cable-company meters would be much different, though it would be nice to go to the CPUC and say, "I don't think this is right" and have them go back to the cable company and investigate whether the meter was working properly.
The excuse for piracy is that WiFi is easily hacked. So "secure" or "open" doesn't mean anything by that standard. Clearly, his wifi could have been hacked and used as a seed point for torrents while he was out of the country.
If you had actually read the post or watched the video, you would have seen that his router did not have wifi built in to it, and thus wifi was not an issue. While it was possible that someone could have accessed his wifi, it would have shown up on his router statistics, which it didn't. The nightmare scenario would have to be, after obtaining illicit access to the wifi and seeding their torrents, they somehow broke into the router and deleted only the traffic from their seeds while allowing the rest of the traffic to remain accounted for. In my experience, hackers don't do this. They either break in to the router and delete everything, including their traces, or they don't delete anything. Most "wifi pirates" don't do anything, because it is hard enough to find them anyway.
Even more, if the hacker had broken into the wifi to seed their torrents, he would have seen the results when he disconnected his connection to the cable modem and connected to the cell network, which he didn't.
And another question.. why the heck is comcast TYPING mac addresses into any system?!?!?!? I'm guessing the failure rate on accuracy is pretty high here.
I believe that is part of the provisioning process. They have a bunch of devices that are connected to their network that have not been provisioned, so when the user calls up to add a device, they get the MAC address from the user and then search their database of unprovisioned devices and match the found unprovisioned device to the user's account.
However, if they input the incorrect MAC address, the provisioning process should fail because the wrong modem will be activated. Thus the user doesn't get internet because the wrong device is provisioned. A good programmer would detect that this MAC address doesn't exist in the pool and yell at the tech, but so far Comcast hasn't convinced me that they have good programmers. What would be scary here is if the wrong device is somehow linked to their account, so I could call in, have the wrong MAC address, and have someone else's modem accidentally linked to my account. Maybe after discovering my modem still wasn't working, called the tech and they added the correct MAC address to my account so now I have both modems linked to my account.
That is what I suspect happened here was that, somehow during the process of provisioning the modem, one user's modem was added to another user's account during the provisioning process. I wouldn't be surprised if *that* happened more often than it is reported.
The fact that he even got any internet response - remember that the MAC is embedded into every TCP/IP packet - tells me that Comcast is trying to avoid responsibility.
The MAC address is found in the Ethernet/DOCSIS Frame. It isn't found in the TCP/IP packet. However, you are correct, most head-end routers are configured not to provide an DHCP address to the modem unless the modem's MAC address is provisioned. Theoretically, there shouldn't be two identical MAC addresses on the network, and thus one of the two should be forced offline at any particular time. However, DOCSIS does things a little differently than Ethernet. Its been a while since I've played with DOCSIS, but I guess if two modems had the same MAC address, they could theoretically exist on two separate head-end routers and be given different IP addresses and still have the system work.
In this case, however, it looks like both devices were provisioned properly using their own, non-identical MAC addresses, and then the accounting system was set up incorrectly to add both addresses to a single account, probably by linking the other person's connection to his account via an improperly entered MAC address, which seems to be a horrible primary key for a database (since it changes each time he gets a new modem.)
It would be interesting to see they finally get regulated as utilities. How much does a Gb cost to be transferred. I don't think it's 'fair' though, most of us would agree that we don't want to pay for bw used by advertising, telemetry and other annoyances.
Yeah, this is where they would fail...it costs much less than what they currently charge to transfer data. Though I suspect they'd just increase the "ready to serve" costs to match what they are currently taking as profit, like all the other utilities do.
Does it really cost $60 a month in infrastructure costs to deliver water to me? Maybe. But considering we keep having busted pipes around here, I doubt they are spending $60/month to actually maintain the infrastructure.
As much as I hate it, the Cox.com usage meter is surprisingly accurate, though it isn't current. They seem to update once a day, which means you won't see the current usage until tomorrow (which may be too late.) But they don't charge you extra, and don't cut your connection, just send you a nasty-gram. According to my router, I've used 605.40 GB for the month, and their website says I've used 605.61 GB (that is a difference of 215.04 MB in their favor, maybe traffic that reached the head-end but never got to my router. With a 2TB cap, I rarely get close to it, though back when my cap was 350GB, I'd regularly go over it and would see the emails.)
Still, I've had as much difficulty with folks reading my water and power meters (I caught my power company estimating my bill (which I never asked for, and they only did before installing smart meters because my meter was in a "difficult place to safely get access to" long after they installed "smart-meters" which could give a minute by minute accounting of my power without sending out a meter reader,) so I am not sure that if Cox was held to a higher standard, they would have issues.
Still, being charged for someone elses' traffic seems like something they would have caught quickly if they were regulated properly, if they could get that (I doubt we currently get good regulation with other utilities which often have to get noticed by the media to fix too.)