Last year there were many articles (here is one of them: TorrentFreak – Netflix Says It’s Killing BitTorrent Traffic) coming out with statistics showing that Netflix is lowering the amount of pirated materials as more and more content that users would normally pirate becomes available to watch on the Netflix service. However now that the big ISPs got the FCC regulation lifted that was basically keeping net neutrality in place they are now “throttling”, simply limiting the speed, of the Netflix traffic down to a speed that makes the Netflix service almost unusable. In addition to Netflix being affected any other services that are run on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers will be throttled as Netflix leverages the AWS to deliver their content.
How do you know if Netflix is being throttled? It’s quite simple. If you were previously able to view HD grade streams (aka very clear) on Netflix and you are now getting low quality picture and/or audio when watching Netflix you are likely being throttled. I am sure there are ways to see exactly how limited it is but I am not aware of them, so if you know how drop me a line and I will update this post with it.
Now how does this promote piracy? Let me explain. Let’s say I am on Netflix and I want to sit down and watch a movie on there. I login, click the movie, and it begins playing. However even though my internet connection is showing great speeds and there are no other issues at play my video quality is horrid and stops to buffer (load) all the time. Now I can just deal with it or I can download uTorrent then head over to ThePirateBay and download the movie at full speed. I will then have a full HD copy of the movie saved on my PC that I can now watch without any quality or loading issues.
The whole reason people like Netflix is the convenience and the quality of the service. Now that Comcast and Verizon are throttling (reports are showing down to 2mbps) the traffic for Netflix people may look elsewhere to get their files. I am not advocating piracy here but I am just saying that if this convenient method for legally watching copyrighted content suddenly isn’t as easy or doesn’t work as well people will go elsewhere and pirating themedia is really the only other alternative that is not overpriced. I don;t know about you but if I had the choice of paying $8+ a month for choppy, low quality video playback or a 5 minute download of a free HD video the choice would be clear.
In closing these carriers are greedy corporations and we have no other real alternatives at this point. We need to lobby against these practices and take back our internet. Do you know that the US pays the most for internet access yet most of us have speeds that are slower than ISPs in 3rd world countries? And that is still not enough for these big corporations that keep nickel and diming us and other companies. Why? Because they can. They own all the cabling, equipment, and other parts that deliver the network. They keep other small ISPs out of the market that try to come to the market and this hinders competition. I don’t know about you but where I live but I can pay Comcast $80 a month for a 50Mbit unmetered connection or AT&T $150 a month for a 25Mbit 250GB capped connection. Either options are horrible but Comcast in my case is the lesser of 2 evils. Think about that and let that sink it.
As you recall in previous posts I was having random connectivity issues with my Archer C7 router. I found another firmware that was sent over to me from a contact I have. This firmware is 100% stable and has not shown any of the connectivity issues I had in the past. Download link is below. Flash it and let me know if you have an improvement too!
UPDATE: As of 12 days of running this I am getting drops yet again. I am going to RMA my router and get some other brand. I am done with this sub-par router.
There was this guy that came into the IRC channel last night and started saying how he can manipulate the price of the coin. We all didn’t believe him until it started happening. He claims to have over $10 Million USD to invest from his investors into DOGE. I have been watching it and I feel like it may pop or shoot up. TO be safe I have invested about 50/50 DOGE and BTC. But here is the chat from last night. Hes definitely playing games. Sit tight fellow shibes. Lets ride this out and see what happens.
[-wolong-]: More common in china lol
poordoge: psychological warfare
[-wolong-]: ok putting it simple
[-wolong-]: let’s say price is at 80 now
[-wolong-]: 50 BTC sell walled up
[-wolong-]: what i do is simple
[-wolong-]: that 50 BTC is mine
[-wolong-]: i clear that shit up
[-wolong-]: 50 btc, that will trigger massive buy ins
dubaiss: > so easy
[-wolong-]: and then people will buy at 81 BTC 82 83
Tuxedage: Incredibly so.
Tuxedage: One would think you would put a 50 BTC buy wall instead.
[-wolong-]: i will have some small orders up there
TheDoctor: hopefully thas all they got
ReservoirDoges: [-wolong-] so you remove the 50 btc sell wall? or you buy your own wall?
[-wolong-]: that is where my orders get bought
Tuxedage: But you’re actually doing the opposite
TheDoctor: b/c they could feed the wall
[-wolong-]: and then I will place high bids at 81 again
[-wolong-]: or 80
[-wolong-]: and act as a new form of support
[-wolong-]: This is how i substain prices
[-wolong-]: and move prices
[-wolong-]: and also benefit from a few spread
coj_satoshibe: Tuxedage: he probably as a buy wall as well
[-wolong-]: ReservoirDoges: i have to buy the wall
Tuxedage: [-wolong-], were you ever trained in TA or market pricing?
[-wolong-]: to create the delusional effect
[-wolong-]: sopmeone is BUYING HUGE on 50
Tuxedage: Or is this all based on your own research?
[-wolong-]: but the real fact is
[-wolong-]: im just selling to myself
[-wolong-]: Tuxedage: as mentioned earlier, I am a forex and stocks trader
[-wolong-]: 7 years of experience
coj_satoshibe: all that volume you see on cryptmarketcap is just wolong selling to himself lol
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: -wolong-]: and picking everything up in between
ReservoirDoges: Tuxedage, just learning from the experienced haha
poordoge: how much fees has you given to cryptsy doing that lol
[-wolong-]: by doing this, i don’t add up unneccessarily extra amount of doges to my reserve
Deadhand: makes sense wolong
Deadhand: now there’s like 20 BTC on 83
[-wolong-]: or neither do i have to incur buying at higher prices everytime i move price
Deadhand: er, 84
Deadhand: 10 on 83
[-wolong-]: i just need to pay 0.2% fees
coj_satoshibe: 0.2% buying, 0.3% selling
[-wolong-]: what’s safer? pay 0.2% fees or hog up tonnes of doges, gaining more exposure
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: nd I’m still waiting for Cryptsy to release my funds.. as I’m sure everyone else is
TheDoctor: the fees get balanced out with the rise in price
k33k: brb buying cryptsy fee shares lol
[-wolong-]: taking up orders on 81 82 83 might cost me 20 BTC, draining 20 BTC of shit
[-wolong-]: but clearing 50 BTC? left hand to right hand?
[-wolong-]: 0.5% of 50 BTC
[-wolong-]: cost me 0.25 btc
TheDoctor: not too bad
[-wolong-]: that’s the maths
the_mad_crapper: [-wolong-]: thats more money that i have in cryptsy
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fyrstikken: [-wolong-]: I hope I am your cryptsy-referance : cf6aef7e16a812be73366dac7e3a777233a4a7c5
[-wolong-]: so now everyone understand how shit works right?
ReservoirDoges: hmmm… so it wouldn’t work just removing the sell wall and placing a buy wall at that price right afterwards? e.g. removing a 50 btc sell wall at 80, then placing a 50 btc buy wall straight after?
TheDoctor: what happens if someone pops up in the middle and sucks it all up on the way to the other hand?
[-wolong-]: fyrstikken: i have accounts link to one another reference for rebates
poordoge: i didnt know wolong until yesterday
[-wolong-]: TheDoctor, that is known as the battle of the bankers
Tuxedage: ReservoirDoges, I have a lot of theoretical knowledge about market pricing/forex/trading
[-wolong-]: if he takes up my 50
TheDoctor: right right
[-wolong-]: either i cap prices
Tuxedage: but very little practical experience
[-wolong-]: and he buys all i have
Tuxedage: I find this all very fascinating.
[-wolong-]: i don’t move price forcing him to sell out
As you have read I have switched my CryptoCurrency exchanges a bit. I was using Cryptsy until it became slow and deposits took forever to reflect. Then I switched to Coins-E and then they forked and cost me over 130,000 DOGE coins. Then I switched yet again to CoinedUp and today they completely went down and still are having issues. Now I have switched over to CoinEX.pw and I am going to see how they are. Long story short is that Cryptsy is OK but deposits are SLOW. Coins-E is just not on the ball and should not be trusted as they tend to fork. CoinedUp is good and free but it’s continually SLOW and down when there is a high demand. CoinEX.pw seems solid so far and I will update you if there are any issues. I also tried Vircurex but their site is horrible and not very intuitive.
In regards to my update on upcoming posts Coins-E still has never responded to any of my support emails (all 15 of them) or my tweets (all 20 of them). They cost me over 130,000 DOGE coins because of their neglegance. I will NEVER trust them again with my crypto coins.
As for CoinedUp they were doing OK until today when their site has been intermittent and caused me to miss out on trading during a peak of the DOGE trading. I cannot in good faith recommend them until they get things straightened out. In the mean time I am trying out CoinEX.pw and seeing how they go.
I originally wanted to do 2 separate posts but due to my work schedule I ended up missing yesterdays post on the re-pasting the R9 290X. Lets get started.
Re-Pasting the R9 290X
After getting this beast of a card I came to the conclusion that all R9 290(x) owners come to, its loud and hot. Seeing as the stock thermalpaste that OEMs use is usually not the best I decided to pick up some Gelid GC-Extreme Thermal paste and take apart the card to replace the paste. This is also the same process for R9 290 owners as the PCB is very similar, if not identical.
Disassembly & Reassembly of the R9 290X
The process was relatively simple. Unscrew the 2 screws on the backplate by the DisplayPort connector. Then remove all the misc screws on the back of the card followed by removing the GPU plate (silver X thing with 4 small screws). Carefully wiggle the PCB slightly to loosen the paste, BE PATIENT! Once this is off clean the GPU with 90+% isopropyl alcohol and a q-tip. Make sure it is 100% dry and apply a small amount of the paste and re-assemble. Make sure all the thermal pads and still in place (16 ram pads, 1 large VRM strip, 1 small VRM strip. Put the card back in and power up. There are pictures at the end of this post that I took during the process.
Before and After
Before I re-pasted the GPU core it would sit at about 90C with a 75% fan speed and being fully loaded. After the re-paste at the same fan speed and load it was sitting around 78-80C. This allowed me to run the fan speed lower (less noise) for the same target temp of 90C. I would recommend that anyone who is fairly technical to do this to get better temps. Also my wattage dropped by about 15-20 watts. Be aware that this may void your warranty. However I have never had issues RMA’ing cards that I have changed cooling on, but your mileage may vary.
Removal of backplate screws
All screws removed
Heatsink removed from PCB
Stock thermalpaste – Note the excess
Stock Hynix RAM
“Uber” Mode Switch
Clean GPU core ready for new paste
Clean HSF ready for new paste
Tuning for better khashes
If you do not mine coins then this part can be ignored. The settings here may not give the best gaming results but for mining they yield about 930-970/khashes/s for me. I use the latest beta of the MSI Afterburner program. This works for 24/7 on my card. However when re-starting the miner it does sometimes crash, rebooting before restarting the miner fixes this.
Fan Speed – 80%
GPU Core – 1000mhz
GPU Memory – 1500mhz
Power Limit – 35%+
AMD PowerTune Disabled (keeps GPU at full speed all the time, may not be stable without this)