Web Bandwidth: Net Neutrality Is One Thing, BUT We Need To Address Wonton Bandwidth WASTE Because It Is ‘Free’.

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Related Posts:
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Net Neutrality still leaves inequality — Nov. 11, 2014.
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Net Neutrality should be Obama’s legacy — Jan. 17, 2014.
>> Net Neutrality is dead – Jan. 15, 2014.


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While I appreciate that it is basically un-American I do favor Net Neutrality.

But something that has always bothered me about the whole ‘Free Utility’ model of the Internet is the wanton WASTE of bandwidth — with many not even realizing that they are wasting bandwidth and that there IS ALWAYS a cost to bandwidth THAT IS USED and that it takes REAL ENERGY (i.e., electricity) to send/receive bits.

Today somebody sent me a 9MB video file. It was a fun video. But it took me 10 seconds to find it on YouTube. So rather than sending me a 9MB file, 72 million bits, they could have just sent me the YouTube link which would have taken about 100 bytes (i.e., characters), 800 bits. Big difference between sending 800 bits, across the World, at 72 million bits. When I told him off for wasting ENERGY, this guy, an engineer to boot, claimed that using bandwidth was not the same as wasting energy. Sacre bloody bleu! Why do people believe that bandwidth is FREE. Of course sending bits, whether over copper or fiber, requires energy. Chipsets use more energy when they are working than when they are idling. Plus sending/receiving data generates HEAT — which in the case of computer and networking equipment means spending more energy to cool the equipment.

I have no problem with people using bandwidth. I do, with gusto. But I am acutely aware of the bandwidth I use and try very hard not to use it. Yes, some of you will quite rightly point out that I am ‘wasting’ bandwidth with my LAVISH use of graphics. But a big part of this blog and I is the color. The graphics are very much a part of the tone of this blog. But I try not to waste bandwidth outside of the graphics. I rarely send files to people — especially if I am sending the same file (say a photograph) to multiple people. Instead I upload the file and send a link. Much less bandwidth. Considerably less. If I am dealing with video files I immediately upload it to YouTube. Now I have a link.

I have always argued that people will be much more responsible about bandwidth usage IF they had to pay for it — like we do for electricity or cell minutes. And now that people can talk for FREE over the Internet, VoIP, we get even more waste. It is like heated driveways. I have no problem with consumption. I am into conspicuous consumption. It is just the waste.

Small things. And this one I have been urging upon people for 20 years. E-mail. Something very simple. When REPLYING to an e-mail DELETE some if NOT ALL of the texts that was there to begin with. Keep the subject line and maybe if you have to … a few lines from the original. Don’t send back all the text you received. Think of the bit you are sending back. That is all wasted bandwidth.

Bandwidth usage causes congestion. Bandwidth usage consumes energy. Bandwidth usage generates heat. If that bandwidth usage is for naught you have caused congestion, used up energy and generated heat. That is it.

One last thing. You do KNOW that using your car radio decreases your milage, i.e., mpg, right? It is miniscule BUT a radio requires energy. That energy comes from the alternator. It is not much, but it is not free. You burn a tad more gas when the radio is on. You may never see it in terms of MPG but you can’t deny the physics. I once wrote a White Paper for IBM where I used this car radio example — in the context that everything you do on a CPU has a cost, even if that cost maybe as insignificant as the amount of gas required to power a car radio. But you always have to look at the big picture. If the radios (and other electronics) were turned off in ALL the cars, all over the world, we would see a drop in petrol usage. Physics doesn’t lie.


Alton Central (ACS) School Board: I Am Not Convinced That We Have YET Seen The Back Of YET LLC In Alton.

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Index to latest ACS Board & Lander/Leggett Posts:

See ‘ACS’ Page above in the MENU ‘bar’ ↑↑↑↑ up there to the right → →


This is the official video from ACS as posted on YouTube.

The Lander statement that he has withdrawn the YET LLC
AGREEMENT with ACS starts at the 1:50 minute mark
(shown on the image below).

PLEASE watch it.

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Click to watch YouTube video.


I have listened to Lander’s statement, starting at the 1:50 minute mark on the video, about him retracting the YET LLC AGREEMENT with ACS, at least a dozen times, if not more. The whole ‘agreement’ claim intrigues and puzzles me. I thought we were told at the February 17, 2015 Board meeting that a contract had not been signed. So if there was no contract what exactly was this ‘agreement’? Secret handshake? A knowing nod and a wink? Playing footsie? What was it? Was it binding? Lander makes out that it appeared to be binding? If so when did the Board make that binding agreement and was it, or was it not, a signed contract? Strange.

I am beyond AMAZED that nobody in the audience, when they were given a chance to speak, ask for clarification as to what this AGREEMENT was that Lander was withdrawing.

As I mentioned yesterday we have already requested, per ‘Right to Know‘, from SAU #72, the letter and e-mail Lander talks about. Have not had a response from the SAU as yet.

But I also noticed that Lander did NOT really say he, in the guise of the LLC or otherwise, will NOT be reapplying. So from what I can see he could very easily toss his hat into the ring again when the jobs are advertised — and we can be sure that there will be two Board members who will do their damndest to get Lander back. That is my worry. Lander, from what I can see, has NOT totally walked away. I think he has kept his options open. Look at his M.O. while at Alton. He resigned with an year to go on a contract that he renegotiated. Then he turned around and wanted to be hired, for a year, in the guise as an LLC. Didn’t anybody on the Board see this as STRANGE. He had a year left on his damn contract. He resigns and then wants to be hired back again — and three Board Members, in their infinite wisdom and acumen, thought that that was a great idea, the best thing since bagels with an hole in it?

I can’t see Lander leaving Alton without having another crack at getting employed.

Where else is he going to go right now given all the glowing coverage he has got with YET LLC. I will contend, and I have my means of gauging this stuff, NO OTHER SAU has done any diligence on YET LLC. When they do I will know.

So don’t get complacent. YET LLC is YET a potential future prospect for ACS.

Bear that in mind on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 when you are thinking about voting.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey: Forget Elephant Parades — No Elephants, Period.

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Related posts:
2014
>> Feeding bunny to python
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>> Selling cigarettes at circus …

>> No elephant parade
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$10 tickets for opening night.
>> “Built to Amaze”
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2013
>> Circus elephants have arrived.
>> Circus/elephants in Manchester.

>> Circus will play down elephant parade.
>> ‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013.

++++  Search ‘elephants’ for LOTS of elephant-related posts. >>>>>>

++++  Search ‘circus’ & ‘cirque’ for the numerous circus posts. >>>>>>


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Click to read original AP coverage posted at CNBC.com.


I truly have MIXED feelings about this and I clearly see BOTH sides of the issue. But, in the end, I have to admit, grudgingly and with great sadness, that this is indeed the RIGHT (and probably only) decision that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey could have made.

The elephant ‘issue’, with all the curbside protesters, was getting out of hand. This is why they stopped the WONDERFUL elephant parades in Manchester. That was the beginning of the end. 2012 was the LAST parade. They started trucking the elephants for SAFETY and you can’t blame them. You don’t want to mess around with elephants and safety.

This saddens me. I know elephants. I grew up in a country with lots of wild and domesticated elephants and I have had interactions with both.

Of ALL of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey animal acts the one that bothers me the LEAST is the elephant acts!

Why? Because in these acts the elephants are basically doing things that they are WILLING to do. Domesticated elephants are really just VERY big puppy dogs. Honest. Up till they are about 3 months they really, really are like puppies. They want to play. They want to be stroked. They want their belly tickled and they will roll over, on their back, just like a puppy — their fat, chubby legs waggling in the air. And they have real stiff bristles on them. Yes, many of the acts they are expected to do are NOT natural. Of course. But we make dogs do tricks too. Growing up, in Ceylon, Colombo Zoo at the time, was FAMOUS for its elephant shows. Harmonica playing elephants. And ACTS that would not be permitted in the U.S. due to various safety standards. Elephants putting their feet on a person who is lying down below them.

Yes, I know that the elephants are disciplined while they learn the tricks. Yes, that makes me sad.

However, some of the OTHER Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey acts are INEXCUSABLE. Check out the feeding the bunny to python act. Their BIG CAT acts are disturbing. I can’t watch them. I close my eyes! Maybe Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey should EMULATE the Big Apple Circus (which alas no longer comes to NH) and BAN all animal acts.


Well Thought Out, Animated Google Doodle For Ramen Noodle Guy Momofuku Ando’s 105th Birth Anniversary.

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>> 2015 Chinese New Year.
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Alessandro Volta’s birthday.

∋∋ “12 Online Safety Tips” Google Footnote — Jan. 9, 2015.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (sidebar)vietny2015fga

++++ Search ‘Chinese New Year‘ for LOADS of posts from years past >>>>


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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Never been big into Ramen though a couple of kids love it.

I wasn’t even going to cover this Google Doodle
because these days, due to severe time constraints,
I only cover those that I can related to.

But this is a VERY WELL crafted Doodle.

Keep on REFRESHING page to see all the variations.

Click on the IMAGE go to the Doodle page and read about it.

Check the countries it appears in. Interesting. Australia but NOT the UK?


21st Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The Heads Up.

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Related posts:
>> 20th JTG Memorial bash.
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20th JTG Memorial preview.

>> 19th JTG Memorial was A BLAST!
>> Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza.

++++ Search ‘Giuseppe’ for other posts about this great Meredith eatery >>>>

++++ Check Category ‘Restaurants‘ for other related posts >>>>


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Click to ENLARGE.

Click to access the Giuseppe’s Website.

We have been going to this ‘Extravaganza’ most years for a very long time. It was Teischan’s first outing, within a week of her being born, in 2006! And I go back seven or eight years prior to that. I have known Julie since 1997. This is a great event. Please support it. Tell Julie that ‘Anu’ sent you and you will be all set. Enjoy.


Alton Central (ACS) School Board: Monday, March 2, 2015 Board Meeting (With YET LLC Retraction, Board Dysfunctional etc.)

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Index to latest ACS Board & Lander/Leggett Posts:

See ‘ACS’ Page above in the MENU ‘bar’ ↑↑↑↑ up there to the right → →


This is the official video from ACS as posted on YouTube.

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Click to access YouTube video.


As with the videos of the February 17, 2015 ACS School Board meeting this is definitely worth watching — or at least most of it.

Listen to the first 15 odd minutes (and they are odd indeed). That is where you will see Lander’s retraction of the AGREEMENT he, or to be precise YET LLC, had with the ACS School Board. Pay careful heed to what is been said there. We have already requested, per ‘Right to Know‘, from SAU #72, the letter and e-mail Lander talks about. Very interesting. He claims that he withdrew ‘THE AGREEMENT’. I am sure at the last meeting, i.e., the one on February 17, they KIND of said that a contract had NOT been signed (though the now infamous, ‘not worth the paper and ink it was printed on’ letter to Profile Bank would also indicate that there was some kind of contract).

Lots of other fascinating stuff in here. The Board applauds Linda Willman after she calls them dysfunctional. That is classic. I liked that. Her tirade, which is really a tale of two cities, starts around the 1 hour mark. It was all very cleverly orchestrated.

Sandy Wyatt seems GIDDY. Her behavior, professional or otherwise, at this meeting lacked decorum. She is … watch it … giddy. That is the only way to describe it. If you have a better word let me know. (I will use it instead,) Like she drank too much cough medicine.

Lots I have to say BUT I don’t have time. I will try to get to bits, here and there, over the next few days.  


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