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Paul K.

Member since: Nov 23rd, 2007

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Valve details Team Fortess 2 tweaks, 360 update (Joystiq)

Dec 13th 2008 12:14PM I think I must refer you to the reason there is never a time stamped on Valve's shipments:
http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time

Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back (Download Squad)

Jan 3rd 2008 1:39PM If Facebook doesn't allow you to collect your own data, then how come their APIs allow you to do exactly that? It doesn't seem like you could tell the difference between someone legitimately using the APIs under the terms of the EULA or whether someone is *gasp* trying to use their data somewhere else.

That little term in the Facebook EULA, 'Thou shall not use automated means to scrape thine own data,' seems to not allow the use of any of those applications that so many of Facebook's users love to pollute their pages with. Even if the difference is discerning whether the data was collected via the API or a web browser, all you have to do is parse the web page output to spoof collection from a browser. That's not too terribly hard either...

P2P Part 3 (Blog Maverick)

Nov 23rd 2007 12:50PM This is just plain silly. I really don't know why but I couldn't help but chuckle a bit at your proposition. :)

In essence they already do this by making upstream less available than down stream. Say one person gets a 40 kB/s cap on their upstream per month. Simply multiply 40 by the number of seconds in a month and you get how many kB's they can send in a month. It sounds like more effective suggestion would be make the rate smaller. That just means that you get a whole bunch more pissed off consumers because they can't post their frat party photos to Facebook.

An alternative solution means keeping track of all these kB's. So let's look at this... it means keeping a database of some kind of all the subscribers to one ISP. This database is CONSTANTLY being updated. That's a heavy load. Not only this, but the database is very important so you have to hire a nice team of security specialists to keep the troublemakers out. It's sounding pretty costly for the ISP now. Probably more than you'd actually save from these vicious P2P users chipping away at your precious high-speed traffic.

On top of this, what do you make of the consumers who don't know enough about computers to shield themselves from viruses? Many types of viruses send out tons of email from the infected computer. That traffic is upstream. This would cost them a bundle.

This devious little plan wouldn't work unfortunately because the consumer is screwed over royally and the ISP is paying more just to perform this screwing over. It sounds as if you're so vehemently opposed to P2P because all these innocent little people are becoming seeding nodes unbeknownst to them. So you, the great crusader against P2P, are out to free them from their shackles by your silly plans that really accomplish nothing but maybe, just maybe, give you an extra kilobyte per month.

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