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02 June 2009 @ 07:00 pm
I recently got Netflix. It's pretty cool, and since there is a warehouse in the city, we get DVD's really fast.

I was pondering one day how much "bandwidth" netflix is using via DVD's sent through the mail. Apparently they deliver about 2 million DVD's a day. Assuming the DVD is at least a full single sided disk (which seems to be a safe assumption), that's 4.7 GB per disk.

Using Google, that works out to: 870 Gbps. To use a useless, but somehow impressive measurement, that's the whole Library of Congress every minute and a half.

That's a pretty impressive amount of bandwidth. Which makes me wonder, could they in fact serve the same number of movies for the same price if they delivered them all over the internet?
Music Apologist
21 February 2009 @ 01:57 pm
This is the most heroic running box I've ever seen!

The Heroic Running box
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07 January 2009 @ 08:02 pm
"A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate."
-Ernesto "Che" Guevara

"Certainly we execute, and we will continue executing as long as is necessary."
-Ernesto "Che" Guevara talking at the U.N. in 1964

"[They are] indolent and fanciful, spending their money on frivolity and drink."
-Ernesto "Che" Guevara on blacks

If any of you watched Sicko, you might have seen the part where Michael Moore goes to Cuba. He paints Cuba as a wonderful utopia, where you even get free health care. It seems that a good number of people seem to think Cuba is just great.

Cuba is so great in fact that, from 1900 to 1950, 1 million people immigrated to Cuba. By 1959, there were around 6 million people living there. This is when Castro along with "Che" took over. By 1990, 2 million people had fled Cuba. Four of those people being my mother, her sister, and her parents.

Just an FYI.
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18 November 2008 @ 05:54 pm
This is sorta old, but it's still amusing.

Minesweeper, the Movie
Current Music: The Flaming Lips - Suddenly, Everything has Changed
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17 November 2008 @ 10:30 pm
A new book in the Ender Series:

Ender in Exile
Current Music: The Flaming Lips - Waitin' For Superman
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04 November 2008 @ 06:18 pm
Amusing, when it works:

2008 Election Map - Google

2008 Election Map - CNN
Current Music: The New Pornographers - Breakin' the Law
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29 October 2008 @ 08:21 pm

Something my computer does.
Current Music: The Music of My Wife's Voice
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26 October 2008 @ 08:53 pm
Does anyone have a AMD Athlon XP 2800+, 3000+ or 3200+ lying around? My computer needs to be faster, but I don't want to get a new one. A part of me cries when I see 100% processor when playing flash movies.
Current Music: Neko Case - Blacklisted
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26 September 2008 @ 07:20 pm
Yes, 37 days. That's how long my computer at work has been running without being rebooted. How is that impressive? Well, it's running Windows XP for one. Two, I use it every (week)day. It's still snappy and as good as the day it was booted. I'm aiming for 60 days. I'll have to reboot around then because of the stupid automatic updates.

I know what you're wondering. And the answer is, "Yes, my job really IS that exciting."
Current Music: Led Zeppelin - Tangerine
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13 September 2008 @ 12:54 pm
I had a "introductory price" for a year of Qwest DSL. It was 36 bucks for 1.5 mbps. Sure, that's not great, but it was cheaper than Comcast (60!) and it worked. Well, now that introductory price is done and they feel it fit to charge 50 for their crappy internet. I called them, told them to drop my price to 36 again, or no more customer. They said, "goodbye".

I decided to try out the new Minneapolis Wireless. It's 35 bucks for 3mbps down and 1mbps up! I've hooked everything up, and here's what I'm currently getting:
Yay Speed!
So, yeah apparently they go with the Comcast model of giving you more bandwidth if it's available.

They give you a big Omni Antenna and a spiffy wireless gateway. Later I may try to set up a Linksys router with a linux firmware to be the router. We'll see about that.
Ruckus ThingyOmni Antenna

By the way, I fail to understand why these communications companies don't try to keep customers. Do they even want to make money? I would have gone with Comcast, but dealing with them always leaves me a bit unsatisfied (they are also not interested in keeping customers).

Speaking of customer service, I ordered the wireless service yesterday, and by 12:30 today I was already on the internet. Try that with Comcast.
Current Music: Cat Power - Metal Heart