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    I broke 10 posts and all I got was this lousy title!
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  1. I agree with you along philosophical grounds. I am a subscriber. I'be bought both their books, Best of and Letters, as well as downloaded their kindle version. I do it to support the community despite it not being very helpful along technical grounds. In fact, the Letters are the most interesting part for me, followed by the editorial. But, I consider myself for the most part an unrepentant pirate. Without getting into the justifications, piracy is waging war against the companies that profit more from an artist's work than the artist, and not an assault against the artist. That being said I know the community and many have lower ideals than we do as I and it seems you will gladly support the people we believe in with our loot. But from a realistic business perspective once you go DRM free PDF it is over. In fact the damage grows exponentially as you become more popular just like with music. Most of your new followers will get into the habit of downloading it rather than following the 'traditional' habit of purchasing a subscription. That's why Kindle is so massively popular it just satiates enough of our desire for more, more, more enough so that we don't seek alternate means. It does so by making the product cheaper. But you know what? 2600 is asking for suggestions. They want people to email them about the new digital experience. It says so at the end of the kindle version. A great suggestion would be for them to eventually experiment with the DRM-free PDF version while still having the print and kindle versions and see if it really does cut into sales. Each community is different and so maybe the hacker community would out of a sense of nerd honor not pirate or cannibalize 2600 for their immediate gratification. But I tell you, if you haven't checked out Kindle maybe you might want to check it out. It has a PC version. I use it on my Android. Not only are the warez cheaper than normal, usually 50% cheaper they "store" it for you in perpetuity. So if you ever lose your kindle, or computing device that has it you can still gain access to what you bought. That is an added service. Like I said as a pirate, the Kindle paradigm really appeals to me.
  2. if you are having such problems with the terms for the subscription model of kindle/amazon - why not release it as a PDF file for purchase - this will cut kindle/amazon out of the loop for your profits, and will open up the digital files to other readers, something else that you are interested in doing, but not currently capable of... DRM free PDF files are the way to go... i would recommend doing a test with this - sure it is a risk that people will just pass along the files with out paying for it... but i am sure that there are plenty of people in the community that are fans of 2600 that would pay for DRM free PDF files.. wouldn't that be more in the spirit of 2600 and the community that it serves? If you give out PDF's, especially in this community, it will severely cut into sales. If you look even now on TPB you won't find too many 2600 mags. Why? Scanning is work. Most of the ebooks and such that you see that you can download are in chm or PDF format, especially PDF as publishers use this format themselves. You rarely see scanned in copies, except with the elite of the elite of the pirate community...the comic book crews...who spend time scanning in their comics and aggregating them. These guys absolutely love comics and do it for preservation and the belief that no comic arc should never be unavailable to anyone. You don't see that so much with 2600. So by going with kindle, they do jump into the e-book world which if you think about it is kinda late for a avant-guard hacking magazine while preserving their current subscribers and market with the ability to Increase their viewership by pulling in new viewers. I that if you do go digital this is the way to go. Kindle system is pretty sweet and is available on (I think now) every handheld platform. I downloaded mine to my Android Kindle app. It is cheap which makes it less worthwhile for a pirate, but increases the margin of the product vis a vis traditional works so that profit is still in-line with industry standards. Win-Win for everyone which is how technology is suppose to be utilized.
  3. Anyone going to Pacificon 2010, the big ham convention out West?
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    Oh, another thing for this discussion in general. Priority. Is it me or is it the local loop that is the bottleneck in the system no matter which switching technology you use. Maybe they should be working on upgrading the local copper so that the phone network can really compete with the cable and wireless infrastructure. Most telcos are fiber internally, right, so there is a big mismatch in potential. I know it would be expensive but if they are to thrive they need to start thinking in this direction.
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    Almost ditto...I use my Xbox for that...I can give up cable but not Gaming!! The xbox if connected to a network that also has a Windows 7 machine with the media client installed can link up with it. So through the same router that I download about 3TB a year I can also link up with my 10 external usb 2.0 hard watch it on my HD t.v. Love technology. Edit. BTW, on your browser (doesn't matter which) do you see the text in the dialog boxes? They are all whited out for me.
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    To each his own...but I am an internet hog. I have terrabytes worth of data downloaded off the web. I've been doing this for years so my experience I guess comes from that. I go to work and suck the internet dry with a consistent speed and I'm never throttled. I have a 6 Mb service for about 40 bucks a month. When I used to behave this way with cable, everything was always throttled. Whether torrent traffic, Netflix, or Hulu. Maybe things have changed. I also don't have to bundle it with another 100 bucks cable charge. I don't have cable service because I get everything I watch off the Web. Trunk jam was always a spotty issue, some areas better than others and so if you are in a great area you have it sweet. I agree with what you are saying about some of the DSL technology. But I'm not up on some of the standards that you mentioned to talk about it any better. I used to be very pro cable modem in the early days...late 90's early aughts, but my above experiences ruined me and perhaps rightfully so since my behavior is not very saintly.
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    You're right about that. Fax machines and mail machines need a pure Analog line. You might not realize it but mail machines big or small are in virtually every office in America. It is one of those "hidden" items that everyone forgets about. An immediate switch would destroy most mail systems at small and medium size businesses. So yeah a big caveat to this is that if you switch to a packet network, as opposed to a circuit switched network you also by definition turn it into a digital setup since the packets everyone is taking about are TCP/IP based packets. Fax machines, Mail machines, Kiosks, ATMS (depends though on the setup), and other devices that are not in everyones common vision would break. I personally think that the POTS infrastructure is a marvelous piece of engineering and it is far more efficient system than most people realize. I think that the big telcos don't have the appropriate vision to use key advantages of circuit switched networks. Take DSL for instance. Yeah, yeah, it is technically slower than many of the cable based systems, but if you are an internet junkie like me as all of us hackers are then you've definitely experienced, especially if you live around large numbers of people, bandwidth problems with your cable service. That is because as everyone knows large numbers of people are sharing one "trunk." Cable companies do very little to ensure your paid for "best of service" bandwidth. So you are stuck waiting until everyone gets off. With DSL I have consistent speeds with almost no interrupts primarily due to the circuit switching infrastructure that I'm a part of. That is why I prefer DSL over cable...I rather have good speeds that are consistent than miraculous speeds that are inconsistent. Another concern is hacking. Future wars will be like those in Iraq/Afganistan and one country hacking another. If you switch to packet based networks using existing technology like TCP/IP, the hacking vectors increase substantially. Look at the culture of Phreakers. It is very hardware based and physical. To be a good Phreaker requires proximity and localization (such as finding codes for a particular telco, conference, etc.). With packet switched networks, packet injection at foreign locations is will be a major problem. I think too that the slow down in the process is partially because the FCC is getting its ass kicked right now. The major internet providers were able to prevent the FCC from implementing Net neutrality rules like they did with the phone system. They are also experiencing some resistance from the telcos and other big industry players for the switch. I think that the FCC knows that its going to have to really fight it out and so has made the decision to regroup or actually quit on the issue size they may not believe that they have the strength to win.
  8. Thanks for your contribution. You are pretty rude you know. This thread has been open for a little while with a lot of people contributing. I was just adding my thoughts. My original thoughts are correct on some of the possibilities and my conclusion was possibly valid considering that the original poster indicated that the counters never seemed to increment. However, I might remind you that you still didn't answer the original question. I did a cursory check of the code and didn't look into it deep enough, but all you did was look into it just to prove me wrong. You really didn't contribute much...My advice to you would be to learn some people skills so you can dialog with people better.
  9. No. That the counter is fake. That whoever put that site up simply wrote that in, like text, like any old regular sentence. It isn't a counter at all.
  10. What's on my mind? Do you really want to know?

  11. Here's why: <h2><span>About this Story</span></h2> <dl> <dt>Created by </dt> <dd><a href="/user/wilfred2willi8am/profile">wilfred2willi8am</a> on 09/12/2010</dd> <dt>Viewed </dt> <dd>1,347 times </dd> </dl> It is hard coded. BTW, this site seems pretty shady. I might want to stay away. So I was wrong there was a third
  12. Yeah, it's amazing how little hacking there is at an /engineering college/. That's what happens when passion becomes a profession. All the students are too busy playing the game with the teachers, trying to ensure a high grade and internships. Eventually, everything remains theoretical with nobody actually doing things with their own creativity and hands. I have a CompSci degree and it is amazing how little my fellow students really understood computers, especially networks. This is why I work with hardware, professional programmers are the worse...programming isn't a passion but work. Disgusting. True hacking is underground and disruptive, colleges despite the image are places that are advanced conformity may seem like they are "open" but in reality they are only training you in avant-garde conformity.
  13. If everything that you are saying is true, that you cleaned out the cookies, tried proxies, used other networks such as Tor then two more possibilities present themselves. One is that the counter is delayed. Perhaps it only updates once an hour, a day, etc., and two that it tracks you by login. That is, much like this website you must login to access all the features. If you are logging in then despite your IP or network or cookie status, it won't keep counting during a session once one count has already occurred. If this is the case there might be a session timeout that resets, determined by the board. This is different than a standard cookie which only attempts to determine whether it is the same machine. This is why going to proxies wouldn't work...unless it keeps a list of proxies, but now it is becoming convoluted. Why would they do this? Well, oftentimes for small sites an external website, does the counting for a site. You just push some code onto your page and viola it will keep count. These types usually are simple dumb counters and every refresh will cause a new count since you are exercising the code. In a more advanced site like this, and depending on the users a continuous update of counters could slow things down especially if there are many users and especially if it is php. But it does seem odd as unless it was a really busy site this shouldn't effect operation so my bet is that you are being tracked by the website by your login session and in order to ensure a solid unique number count they have implemented so barriers to prevent unscrupulous individuals from enhancing their popularity. Can you provide a link? Did you check out the websites code for hints?