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Post by flyingpylon » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 pm

Many people also use cheap WiFi routers and that will negatively impact the speeds you experience. For example, if you're just using your internet provider's WiFi router, there's a good chance you can do better. Many people are starting to use mesh WiFi systems that are not the absolute fastest but eliminate dead spots and deliver consistently solid connections throughout the house.
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Post by dualstow » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 pm

Xan wrote:
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Having a low latency requires an ISP to have lines that aren't saturated, to have good peering arrangements with many peers, and to be very good at what they do. It's hard to advertise for this because it's multi-dimensional: it isn't just a single number like the data rate.

The other issue is that they only sell the downstream data rate, which is a shame. The promise of the Internet is that everybody can be both producer and consumer. Everybody can host a server. Instead the ISPs sell downstream and give everybody a pittance of upstream data. This isn't just a theoretical problem: the quickest way to absolutely kill your downstream performance is to have your teeny upstream be saturated. In this new world of Zoom calls, upstream is really important, not only because you're sending video as well as receiving it, but because your insufficient upstream can easily be saturated and then you've got nothing.
Do you think I should look into having a server?
or just network attached storage?
I have good speed (at a high price) and I feel like I'm wasting it.

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Post by Smith1776 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:12 pm

Xan wrote:
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Tor would certainly slow things down to a trickle. Just hiding everything from the ISP in some way shape or form would probably be sufficient for me.

I've also considered running a Tor exit node. It's the liability concerns which prevent me from doing so. Anybody have any insights into that?
Can't say I have personal experience running a node, and it's for exactly the reason you mentioned. I've read up plenty on it, and it seems like nothing but a really good way to get the FBI knocking down your door one day on child pornography suspicions.
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Post by sophie » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:37 am

I have plain vanilla Verizon FIOS, which is 50 Mbps for both up and downstreaming. I've never had any reason to need more, and I have no desire to pay extra for faster speeds.

The interesting question is what's going to happen when true 5G phones are introduced. 5G will be even faster than this, so theoretically you could get a generous data plan on your phone, use it as a hotspot whenever you're home, and dispense with cable internet entirely. I wouldn't risk this while still working, but for a retired person on a limited income it could be a great option. Some wireless providers are already advertising 5G home internet at a price that slightly undercuts Verizon FIOS. More competition will surely help drive prices down.

Sadly, the 5G iPhone is delayed, so I guess experimenting with 5G will have to wait a bit longer.
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I have plain vanilla Verizon FIOS, which is 50 Mbps for both up and downstreaming. I've never had any reason to need more, and I have no desire to pay extra for faster speeds.

The interesting question is what's going to happen when true 5G phones are introduced. 5G will be even faster than this, so theoretically you could get a generous data plan on your phone, use it as a hotspot whenever you're home, and dispense with cable internet entirely. I wouldn't risk this while still working, but for a retired person on a limited income it could be a great option. Some wireless providers are already advertising 5G home internet at a price that slightly undercuts Verizon FIOS. More competition will surely help drive prices down.

Sadly, the 5G iPhone is delayed, so I guess experimenting with 5G will have to wait a bit longer.
I'd most recently read that actual implementation is FAR away. But from what I read what you have above, it is already being advertised, which means it is available?

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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Xan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:46 am

flyingpylon wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 pm
Many people also use cheap WiFi routers and that will negatively impact the speeds you experience. For example, if you're just using your internet provider's WiFi router, there's a good chance you can do better. Many people are starting to use mesh WiFi systems that are not the absolute fastest but eliminate dead spots and deliver consistently solid connections throughout the house.
I'm a wire guy, myself. WiFi is for devices and places where there's no other option. You're definitely right that WiFi performance is likely to be a bottleneck these days.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Xan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:47 am

dualstow wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 pm
Do you think I should look into having a server?
or just network attached storage?
I have good speed (at a high price) and I feel like I'm wasting it.

{ FYI: I'm traveling tomorrow, so if I don't respond right away, it just means....I'm traveling }
Renting a VPS or some other "cloud" storage solution might not be a bad idea, mostly in order to get off-site backups in case of a fire or other local disaster.

I would think long and hard before delivering all your data to some third party, though. You may want to recommend encrypt it before uploading (that is, don't trust their encryption, if they have any).
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Xan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:49 am

sophie wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:37 am
I have plain vanilla Verizon FIOS, which is 50 Mbps for both up and downstreaming. I've never had any reason to need more, and I have no desire to pay extra for faster speeds.

The interesting question is what's going to happen when true 5G phones are introduced. 5G will be even faster than this, so theoretically you could get a generous data plan on your phone, use it as a hotspot whenever you're home, and dispense with cable internet entirely. I wouldn't risk this while still working, but for a retired person on a limited income it could be a great option. Some wireless providers are already advertising 5G home internet at a price that slightly undercuts Verizon FIOS. More competition will surely help drive prices down.

Sadly, the 5G iPhone is delayed, so I guess experimenting with 5G will have to wait a bit longer.
For performance, consistency, latency, and reliability it's hard to beat a wire. There's going to be (and is) a lot of noise on the spectrum. Maybe I'm just old fashioned. Depending on the pricing it could be a good option as you say for somebody on a fixed income who doesn't need much.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:18 am

I'm getting some serious Sally action in Panama City Beach this morning. I still have power, but the weather is tripping the building fire alarms every few hours. Three times this morning so far. Yeah, with buckets of water flying around in swirls everywhere, I don't think so...

Also, the winds have somehow sucked all of the water out of the toilets. They just sit there like enormous shop vacs now, gobbling up air and whooshing it down into the bowels of Hades. Anything that approaches them will never return from the underworld. Thank Neptune's minions that the shower drain is still approachable.
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Post by dualstow » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:14 am

Stay safe, Mark!
Xan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:47 am
Renting a VPS or some other "cloud" storage solution might not be a bad idea, mostly in order to get off-site backups in case of a fire or other local disaster.

I would think long and hard before delivering all your data to some third party, though. You may want to recommend encrypt it before uploading (that is, don't trust their encryption, if they have any).

Many thanks, Xan.
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Post by Smith1776 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:45 pm

Hey guys. I know some of you are religious on this forum. I could use your thoughts and prayers. Going through (again) some trying times. Thanks all.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:00 pm

Dude. I'm not religious, but best wishes. You have a lot of good still to do. You make the world a better place.
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Post by Smith1776 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:09 pm

Mark Leavy wrote:
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Dude. I'm not religious, but best wishes. You have a lot of good still to do. You make the world a better place.
Thank you, Mark. The challenges in life don't stop, but I am doing my best to meet them.

On a side note, every painful experience usually has a stand-up comedy bit somewhere in there.
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:03 pm

How bad is it? Should I sacrifice a dove or a feral cat?

Trick question; it will be a feral cat.
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Post by pugchief » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:36 pm

Smith1776 wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:45 pm
Hey guys. I know some of you are religious on this forum. I could use your thoughts and prayers. Going through (again) some trying times. Thanks all.
We've always got your back. Happy to help in any way we can.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:14 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:03 pm
How bad is it? Should I sacrifice a dove or a feral cat?

Trick question; it will be a feral cat.
Good call, Kriegs. Doves are the wrong animal in this situation. If I'm reading the room correctly, we may need a horse head.
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Post by Hal » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:53 pm

Mark Leavy wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:14 pm
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:03 pm
How bad is it? Should I sacrifice a dove or a feral cat?

Trick question; it will be a feral cat.
Good call, Kriegs. Doves are the wrong animal in this situation. If I'm reading the room correctly, we may need a horse head.
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Post by Mountaineer » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:11 am

Smith1776 wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:45 pm
Hey guys. I know some of you are religious on this forum. I could use your thoughts and prayers. Going through (again) some trying times. Thanks all.
Smith, I'm sorry you are going through trying times. Just remember that God loves you, all the time, no matter what. You might like to read Psalm 136 (first few verses shown below); I find it comforting. Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Psalm 136 (from ESV translation):

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
4 to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever; ........
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Post by Hal » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:38 am

Thats a good set of verses Mountaineer,

Maybe not as good as the bible, but perhaps these Stoic quotes may help as well....
https://daringtolivefully.com/marcus-aurelius-quotes

Hope everything sorts itself out Smith....
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Post by Mountaineer » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:57 am

Hal wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:38 am
Thats a good set of verses Mountaineer,

Maybe not as good as the bible, but perhaps these Stoic quotes may help as well....
https://daringtolivefully.com/marcus-aurelius-quotes

Hope everything sorts itself out Smith....
Those are great quotes Hal.

Another thought came to mind: Whenever I'm feeling sorry for myself or my situation, I try to focus on helping someone who is worse off than me (and there are lots of those people out there); a shift from me to thee. Inevitably, that somehow improves my situation, and hopefully the situation of the one I'm helping. A win-win! ;)

It is helpful for me to keep my eyes on Jesus, the steady, unchanging, always solid stake in the ground who paid the price all our mistakes versus keeping my eyes on me and my feelings which are not so steady, not so reliable, can be dependent on what others are thinking of me, and subject to changing with current circumstances. I think of Jesus as a mountain (steady and long lasting) and myself as an iceberg (subject to changing with the winds and currents of life as I slowly melt away).
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Post by Mountaineer » Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:37 am

Another great Psalm for comfort in trying times is 27.
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Post by dualstow » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:38 am

Mark Leavy wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:14 pm
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:03 pm
How bad is it? Should I sacrifice a dove or a feral cat?

Trick question; it will be a feral cat.
Good call, Kriegs. Doves are the wrong animal in this situation. If I'm reading the room correctly, we may need a horse head.
I thought the Canadian mafia just gently slapped people with soft pillows. Should be fine.
In any case, it sounds like it's not health related, which is a relief. I was sitting here feeling somewhat sorry for myself because I have a bullseye rash that looks like the Lyme disease rashes online (don't look), but which is probably just a bandaid rash. Then I read your post and thought uh-oh. What's up with Smithers that he needs prayers?
In any case, sending out positive energy.
EDIT: I just noticed that Mark, not Smithers, wrote "horse head." So I guess it could be anything. Darn.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:51 pm

Smith1776 wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:09 pm
Mark Leavy wrote:
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Dude. I'm not religious, but best wishes. You have a lot of good still to do. You make the world a better place.
Thank you, Mark. The challenges in life don't stop, but I am doing my best to meet them.

On a side note, every painful experience usually has a stand-up comedy bit somewhere in there.
Hey Smith! Just checking back in with you. Remember to play your Country Music CD's backwards.

Seriously, though, hope things are going well for you. And that you get laid tonight.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:35 pm

Well, Smith1776,

I'm sure that you have read "Wealth of Nations". But Mr. Adam Smith was quite the erudite. And not immune to the problems of post puberty. Have you read "The Theory of Moral Sentiments"?
Smith rejected his teacher's reliance on this special sense. Starting in about 1741, Smith set on the task of using Hume's experimental method (appealing to human experience) to replace the specific moral sense with a pluralistic approach to morality based on a multitude of psychological motives. The Theory of Moral Sentiments begins with the following assertion:

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrows of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original passions of human nature, is by no means confined to the virtuous or the humane, though they perhaps may feel it with the most exquisite sensibility. The greatest ruffian, the most hardened violator of the laws of society, is not altogether without it.
Rooting for you. It is a rough road, becoming a man.

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