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One of the things I was just kind of geeked by this week at HP Discover. One of our SDN partners has built his own demo kit - a set of Raspberry Pi OVS switches and a small OpenStack instances that will fit in a backpack. Nicely done +Stace Hipperson 

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Some thoughts on 'Net Neutrality':

1) Just because your business model doesn't comprehend it doesn't mean you can outlaw it.* 

2) From a networking and service perspective you, the individual, WANT some traffic to be put in a "fast lane" compared to every TYPE of traffic being treated equally. Video is not voice is not text.

3) If this was really about enabling better service for customers, our ISPs would be structuring it as an uplift to the end user's broadband service - not attempting to hold the content hostage.

I've had a number of friends who've asked me my opinion of the latest round of Net Neutrality noise. Unfortunately, like many issues in today's tech-enabled culture, the issue is more complex than most of the suggested regulatory or anti-regulatory approaches comprehend (big surprise). It's much more complex than I have time to fully write out and way more complex than can be adequately covered by the "argument by scorn" which is so popular currently, even if it was generally on target in this instance Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality (warning: language, crass content).

So forgive me if I jump all of the way to my conclusion. If you want the broader discussion, find a whiteboard and some time and we'll have a chat :-D

I think the fundamental flaw in this conversation is that we're thinking of the Internet like a traditional utility. I'll admit, there are some comparisons. The Internet, much like our power grid, is a massively interconnected set of providers who have agreed amongst themselves to deliver 'service' across organizational boundaries and interconnects. 

However, while traditional utilities do so to account for differences in demand and capacity, Internet providers have agreed to do so for purposes of access. Verizon and Comcast aren't interconnected because Comcast has agreed to pay Verizon in order to meet its subscribers' demand for bandwidth. Verizon and Comcast are interconnected in order to meet their subscribers' demand for access - to each other and to services hosted on the other provider's network.

Alternatively, we could attempt to apply a logistics analogy. Consider the last time you purchased something from Amazon. You select your item, proceed to check-out and you are then presented with several delivery options. Applying the analogy:

Your Product = Netflix subscription
Standard Delivery = Standard ISP 'best-effort' subscription
Priority Delivery = Premium ISP 'accelerated' delivery

What's great about the 'logistics' model is that it allows the consumer to determine whether or not the 'accelerated' mechanism, the "Internet fast lane", is a service they're willing to pay for. Those who are interested in a premium service will do so, especially if it improves their experience.

Unfortunately, though, in truth, the Internet is a little of both. Imagine the complexity of guaranteeing overnight delivery before 10am if the seller sent your package to UPS, who had to hand it off to FedEx, who then had to hand it off to DHL for delivery to you, since you, the consumer, were only serviced by DHL.

That's the Internet, and that's the challenge.

What's enlightening is that rather than actually solving the underlying technical challenges which would unlock consumer choice and enable a key set of capabilities on the Internet (which would themeselves unlock an entirely new opportunity space and drive valuable innovation), ISPs are bypassing their actual customers in an attempt at a quick money play by holding the content providers hostage.  

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This is an interesting angle, but it would be interesting to consider what the real impact would be in terms of $. I wonder what an average MS enterprise license runs and how many people would self purchase anyway.

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Something a little different from me today (ok, if I'm honest about my blogging pace, this month...err quarter).

I thought about whether or not I should post this publicly. Was one goofy blog on this topic really worth a response longer than the original article. Then I realized I haven't published a blog in a while, so...

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Yes, yes, it's been a while, but something finally reached the 'just blog it' threshold.

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Had the pleasure of spending some time with +Greg Ferro and +Ethan Banks talking about our view of SDN. Have a listen....if you dare...
The guys at HP talk to +Greg Ferro & +Ethan Banks at about what HP has been doing with SDN & OpenFlow. Somehow, HP hasn't been getting all the press, but they're right in the thick of things when it comes to SDN and have been since the beginning.

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I think this deserves a share. First for someone daring to actually call out and defend their product against a bad review. Second for doing it with actual data rather than pique and whinging. Doesn't happen often enough.
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I've never witnessed such a thorough beatdown.

In his own words in an article published last year, this is how Broder felt about electric cars before even seeing the Model S:

"Yet the state of the electric car is dismal, the victim of hyped expectations, technological flops, high costs and a hostile political climate.”

When the facts didn’t suit his opinion, he simply changed the facts. 

Here is a summary of the key facts:

As the State of Charge log shows, the Model S battery never ran out of energy at any time, including when Broder called the flatbed truck.
The final leg of his trip was 61 miles and yet he disconnected the charge cable when the range display stated 32 miles. He did so expressly against the advice of Tesla personnel and in obvious violation of common sense.

In his article, Broder claims that “the car fell short of its projected range on the final leg.” Then he bizarrely states that the screen showed “Est. remaining range: 32 miles” and the car traveled “51 miles," contradicting his own statement (see images below). The car actually did an admirable job exceeding its projected range. Had he not insisted on doing a nonstop 61-mile trip while staring at a screen that estimated half that range, all would have been well. He constructed a no-win scenario for any vehicle, electric or gasoline.

On that leg, he drove right past a public charge station while the car repeatedly warned him that it was very low on range.

For his first recharge, he charged the car to 90%. During the second Supercharge, despite almost running out of energy on the prior leg, he deliberately stopped charging at 72%. On the third leg, where he claimed the car ran out of energy, he stopped charging at 28%. Despite narrowly making each leg, he charged less and less each time. Why would anyone do that?

The above helps explain a unique peculiarity at the end of the second leg of Broder’s trip. When he first reached our Milford, Connecticut Supercharger, having driven the car hard and after taking an unplanned detour through downtown Manhattan to give his brother a ride, the display said "0 miles remaining." Instead of plugging in the car, he drove in circles for over half a mile in a tiny, 100-space parking lot. When the Model S valiantly refused to die, he eventually plugged it in. On the later legs, it is clear Broder was determined not to be foiled again.

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Yes this is too stinking cool, but if I'm dropping this kind of $$$ on a home theater, the display is going to be so large I'm going to have to wear sunscreen while watching a movie...
Star Wars Death Star Home Theater - Mind Blowing!

Look at this incredible home theater and tell yourself you don't want this. It oozes coolness and #awesomesauce !

No kidding; this theater is in someone’s house! This is NOT your father's Death Star theater... unless, of course, you happen to be Luke Skywalker. They fabricated this custom home theater with automatic doors and twinkling star fields. As Marlon Brando would yell, "Stellar!" 

The owners of this residence commissioned Doug Chiang who produced the original concepts for the theater. Who better than a Star Wars designer to design a theater based on the Death Star? Phenomenal! We were given various illustrations of different views of the room which we translated into shop drawings. 

The Sky(walker)’s the Limit - When we first arrived on the jobsite, this room was a drywall box. We installed all of the surfaces as components pre-built in our shop; including sound panels we designed for the desired acoustical effect. In space, no one can hear you hammer. You might think you were at the hub of the galactic empire, but you’re not. This is a residential theater.

#starwars   #deathstar   #sw   #hometheater   #hometheatersystem  

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So the one problem with statements like this is they ignore the cloud. An interesting response would be how much $$ and or time it would cost that same hacker to break a password which is entered using AWS for computing power rather than the suggested 'desktop PC'.

Oh, and don't actually use your own

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Alternate title: "Semi-Deification of Jobs Makes Envelope #1 a Non-Option; Cook Jumps Right to Envelope #2"

envelope reference: 
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