Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for February, 2008

Mozilla Europe / Miro beer night in Paris

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

If you’re in Paris, Holmes Wilson from Miro and Tristan Nitot from
Mozilla Europe will be hosting a meetup on Thursday night. It’s last
minute, but beer’s on us.

We’re getting together at Bar “Le Brazza”, right near the Mozilla
Europe offices.

There will also be free t-shirts, of different sizes and denominations
(that is, Mozilla shirts and Miro shirts). Here’s the location:

Bar “Le Brazza”
86 rue Montmartre
7502 Paris
Phone: 01 45 08 41 13

Metro, starting with the closest station: “Sentier” or “Les Halles” or
“Grands Boulevards”

Map: http://fon.gs/lebrazza/

Comcast Secretly Pays People to Fill Seats at FCC Hearing

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Yesterday’s public FCC hearing on net neutrality was so packed that many activists, concerned citizens, and reporters were turned away at the door. It turns out that Comcast secretly paid people to “hold seats” and cheer for industry execs during the hearing. Paid crowd members were identifiable by the yellow highlighters tucked into their lapels.

Here’s an amazing audio clip of a guy admitting he’s paid to fill a seat:
download mp3

Free Press originally reported the incident , and posted photos and audio.

(Digg this Article!)

Update: Comcast now admits that they paid non-Comcast employees to hold spaces at the hearing.

shill crowd
The shill audience is being organized beforehand with instructions and yellow pens.

shill crowd
Many of them fell asleep during the hearing.

shill crowd
They were identifiable by their yellow highlighters.

Miro at FOSDEM

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Miro’s Holmes Wilson just arrived Saturday at FOSDEM, a free software conference in Brussels. If you’re at FOSDEM, or in Brussels, come by his talk tomorrow in the Mozilla Dev Room on Sunday at 11:15.

Or just look for the guy with the Miro t-shirt, and walk up and ask him for one (he’s giving out t-shirts).

Democracy Now! Saves $1,000 a month with bittorrent

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

In preparing for Monday’s public FCC hearing, I decided to do a bit of research into how much money an organization can save by using bittorrent. It turns out that the savings are pretty amazing!

As you will see Democracy Now! has a fixed cost of roughly $200 per month (the service is donated) for distributing their news program at full resolution. Compare that to a bill for serving direct HTTP downloads using Amazon’s S3 service, which would currently sit at roughly $1200 per month and would increase with viewership.


Arriving at these numbers began with an email to Democracy Now!’s resident hacker, Mike Castleman. Based on the information he sent me, I calculated the following:

Current Traffic of Full-Res Video @ Democracy Now!

  • Viewers/Downloaders per Day: 400-1000
  • Average Video Size: 440 MB
  • Total Bandwidth Transfer per Month: 7-8 Terabytes

As for the cost, they priced out a dedicated server for bittorrent delivery and found that it would be about $200 per month (someone donated the service in the mean time). I decided to compare this to Amazon’s S3 hosting and delivery service, which would be a pretty standard choice for an organization of this size.

Cost: HTTP

  • Total Bandwidth Transfer per Month: 7-8 Terabytes
  • Price per Gigabyte of Transfer (@ < 10 Terabytes): 18 cents
  • Monthly Cost for Amazon S3: $1100 – $1500 (increasing with viewership)

Cost: Bittorrent

  • Total Bandwidth Transfer per Month: irrelevant
  • Monthly Cost for Bittorrent Server: $200 (doesn’t increase with viewership)

Interesting Note: Amazon S3 supports the bittorrent protocol. In the right situation, this can serve as a great solution for saving money on bandwidth.

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