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Posted on 18-12-18, 14:50 (revision 3)
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...aaaand the outage seems to be city wide indeed, as there are quite a lot of closed businesses (including banks) due to no phone/DSL service available.

Borrowed a Movilnet 3G stick (Movilnet is CANTV's mobile arm), and while it was unusable two hours ago (2G was completely dead, 3G was almost gone), it's surprisingly useable now.

UPDATE: CANTV is back to its usual suckitude, yay?

UPDATE2: ...and on a new IP range, previously used on their dial-up connections. WTF...

UPDATE3:

...so far they haven't fucked with my service specs (it has already happened in the past to countless people)

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Posted on 18-12-19, 05:00
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Welcome back to the internet.

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Posted on 18-12-22, 20:15 (revision 2)
Not from my cellphone

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Here is your Xmas present from CANTV: another city-wide outage, for the second time in this week.

Back to ye olde shite Telefonica Movistar "3"G (for values of 3 < 2), but this time with a 2-day 120MB data pack, so I can actually browse ONE modern-Internet website.

UPDATE (16:15 VET): DSL is back, voice is still "mostly dead" (can get dialtone, but can't place nor receive calls). COMMUNISM HO~!
At least I took the chance to finetune my 3G modem PPP scripts (Huawei sticks work flawlessly with NetworkManager/ModemManager, but they still involve arcane voodoo with good ol' pppd! Oh, and nobody gives a damn anymore about 3G featurephones: I'm still unable to connect with my V9x from NM because MM still crashes when trying to read the APNs from the phone!)

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Posted on 18-12-24, 08:36

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Meanwhile, in a small country where fibre coverage is over 90%...


I still remember the times where my old DSL connection (12 Mbit down, 640 kbit up) was faster than 80% of Luxembourg, but with fibre coming as fast as a high-speed train, it pretty quickly became slower than 50% of Luxembourg.
Posted on 18-12-31, 06:15

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Addendum to Japanese thingy: Was fixing PCs at a friend's house recently and was getting 50 Mbps download, so was quite jealous.
Posted on 19-01-06, 17:00

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Posted on 19-01-06, 19:39

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Your upload rate is almost my download rate...

My current setup: Super Famicom ("2/1/3" SNS-CPU-1CHIP-02) → SCART → OSSC → StarTech USB3HDCAP → AmaRecTV 3.10
Posted on 19-02-12, 15:00 (revision 7)
Not from my cellphone

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You know your Internet connection is down the shitter when you can't even run Speedtest anymore.

Yes, once again I'm blessed upon the eternal joys of being a CANTV "customer":
Phone has been dead since yesterday (after coming up from a 8-hour blackout, but that's another -and hopefully unrelated- story!), and DSL is barely working... sometimes minutes at a time, after that modem loses sync and gives up for the next 2-3 hours. Even when it manages to connect, packetloss shots straight up to North Pole!

This only days after joining a certain private torrent tracker with a "seed your shit for 168 hours to avoid a hit-and-run infraction". Fun.

Speaking about modems: those Chinese do know how to build nice things once in a while. My Broadcom/Linux-powered, GPL-infringing ZTE H831A kicks the living ass out of pretty much every other modem ever sold here, except maybe for the legendary Starbridge 305EU -which coincidentally was my very first DSL modem-. Ugly as sin, but hey, it's a MODEM, not a fashion accessory an Apple device! As long as it excels at doing its job, who cares if it's an egg white squareish thing about to go kaboom?! This thing will try its hardest to not lose its way and keep you connected to the world, at any cost, so when you see it losing all hopes for even a shittyass G.dmt link, you know you're in deep trouble :/

EDIT: Repair times are no longer measured in time units, but in hard currency, that is, "how many USD/EUR do you have for that?". Hope all CANTV technicians choke and die on a bag of dicks impregnated in rat poison.

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Posted on 19-02-15, 23:23
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Current state of affairs

Long short story: some shitstain decided he/she couldn't be assed to bring his/her/its trash to the nearest dumpster, so instead decided to burn it in the streets... next to a utility pole and a CANTV cable locker.

The results? Dead phone service for dozens (maybe even hundreds) of customers, in a city with at least SIXTEEN THOUSAND faulty phone lines... including mine (my DSL modem can sync for minutes at a time with HEAVY packetloss, if I'm lucky). And of course, noone inside CANTV gives a flying fuck, unless if generously paid in USD/EUR/BRL (or if you're lucky, a few bricks of high-denomination VES bills). And all of my backup plans are dead: a 3G stick (also provided by CANTV) that refuses to connect because the base stations are crapping its diapers every day, a 3G phone by Movistar with only 25MB (!!!!) for the entire month, and no nearby open WiFis I can leech because MUH PRIVACY/MUH INTERNETS/hate the world.

So yeah, this is most likely the end of the road for me. So long guys, it was a pleasure for me to be a netizen of those message boards for the last 16 years of my life :/

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Posted on 19-02-16, 01:55
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Geez, man.

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Posted on 19-02-16, 11:15

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Good luck,tomman! Hope everything turns out well for you and hopefully things get better for your country one day
Posted on 19-02-22, 16:50
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Posted by tomman
Current state of affairs

Long short story: some shitstain decided he/she couldn't be assed to bring his/her/its trash to the nearest dumpster, so instead decided to burn it in the streets... next to a utility pole and a CANTV cable locker.

The results? Dead phone service for dozens (maybe even hundreds) of customers, in a city with at least SIXTEEN THOUSAND faulty phone lines... including mine (my DSL modem can sync for minutes at a time with HEAVY packetloss, if I'm lucky). And of course, noone inside CANTV gives a flying fuck, unless if generously paid in USD/EUR/BRL (or if you're lucky, a few bricks of high-denomination VES bills). And all of my backup plans are dead: a 3G stick (also provided by CANTV) that refuses to connect because the base stations are crapping its diapers every day, a 3G phone by Movistar with only 25MB (!!!!) for the entire month, and no nearby open WiFis I can leech because MUH PRIVACY/MUH INTERNETS/hate the world.

So yeah, this is most likely the end of the road for me. So long guys, it was a pleasure for me to be a netizen of those message boards for the last 16 years of my life :/

25 MB, that's about 800 KB a day. This specific thread is about 9 KB transferred. A random article from the Washington Post is about 40 KB. If you do your browsing with elinks (or wget, stallman style,) extrapolating from those two, you might be able to get a few dozens of pages a day out of it.

Godspeed, man. Maybe one of the networks around you are poorly secured?

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Posted on 19-02-24, 21:26 (revision 1)
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So, tomman... they actually fix things for once, or are you missing us enough to be using 25 megs of flip-phone data here? Good to see you around either way.

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Posted on 19-02-24, 22:41 (revision 2)
Not from my cellphone

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Posted by CaptainJistuce
So, tomman... they actually fix things for once, or are you missing us enough to be using 25 megs of flip-phone data here? Good to see you around either way.


I can't even use those 25MB: Movistar 3G network has been down for the entire weekend, and the 2G barely works for calls. The Movilnet 3G stick stopped working 2 weeks ago (connection drops before PPP gives me a IP). My EvDO flipphone data stopped working years ago due to mysterious reasons.

Sometimes DSL comes up for minutes at a time, sometimes it becomes mildly stable for hours... but most of the times is a unusability nightmare of endless modem desyncs, fucked up DL/UL speeds, and total instability guaranteed. The best I can do is to load sites as fast as I can while I get a link, then read them when the link dies (forget about uploading large files or seeding torrents with such painful packetloss rates). I'm glad I don't stream videos or play games or any of those so-called Web 3.0 first-world enterprises!

CANTV techs refuse to come to my block and take a look, despite learning that the local head tech actually lives right at my backyard (yes, really!). We gathered signatures among my neighbors (since CANTV now requires that for all blocks with mass faults to bring signatures in batches), but half of the neighbors didn't even bothered signing the document (despite my entire block -about 70 subscribers- being without service for one reason or another). They promised they would come... someday.

But all those telco failures (intentional or not) fit nicely into the commies' agenda to isolate us even further from the world...

In the meanwhile, here we are, still in danger of dropping off the Internets for good :/

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Posted on 19-02-24, 23:29
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Man, how is your service so bad when the head-tech is your friggin' next-door neighbor?

I hope you flipped god off good for that one.

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Posted on 19-02-25, 01:12
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Posted by tomman

Sometimes DSL comes up for minutes at a time, sometimes it becomes mildly stable for hours... but most of the times is a unusability nightmare of endless modem desyncs, fucked up DL/UL speeds, and total instability guaranteed. The best I can do is to load sites as fast as I can while I get a link, then read them when the link dies (forget about uploading large files or seeding torrents with such painful packetloss rates). I'm glad I don't stream videos or play games or any of those so-called Web 3.0 first-world enterprises!

Maybe try browsh? For a news article originally 76 KB transmitted (not including assets), it manages to shrink it into 6 KB (text only, layout preserved), or 14 KB (html and colors, some semblance of images).

It can run over ssh and similar, but it might not be very useful if your connection is not only poor but also intermittent. Maybe mosh and tmux would work, but you'd need a server.

Posted by tomman

CANTV techs refuse to come to my block and take a look, despite learning that the local head tech actually lives right at my backyard (yes, really!). We gathered signatures among my neighbors (since CANTV now requires that for all blocks with mass faults to bring signatures in batches), but half of the neighbors didn't even bothered signing the document (despite my entire block -about 70 subscribers- being without service for one reason or another). They promised they would come... someday.

Aren't there any poorly protected networks in the whole of Caracas? I mean, you obviously know this better than I do, but WiGLE claims about 10% of them are unprotected and another 10% have WEP. You could try building a makeshift antenna and pointing it around, see what you find. It's not optimal, but it's always a good idea to have a backup plan.

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Posted on 19-02-25, 02:46 (revision 2)
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1) Intermitent connection, absolutely. Also, most modern Javascript-based junk wouldn't even render on said simple browsers. I don't really want to live a Stallman lifestyle, as much as the government wants! Also: banks. Unlike the average USAian (which only knows how to use an ATM and bitch and moan because he/she/it now has to dip their fancy new chipcards instead of swiping their Ez-Clone magstripes, and certainly has never heard about using personal computers to move money from Your Account to Other Peoples' Accounts without getting assraped by outrageous bank fees), we rely heavily on bank transfers for pretty much everything (as cash is a scarce commodity nowadays), which require Real Browsers (or heavily watered down cellphone junk, which in some cases forces you to be tied to a PC anyway), and offer next to no compatibility with Troo UNIX® Way™ minimalism.

2) There are countries other than the United States of America. Likewise, Venezuela has cities other than Caracas (and I would never live there, no matter how generously is the pay - Caracas is no place for visiting, much less for staying). And on said cities, WiFi networks are not that common (after all, these cities are sparsely populated, compared with Caracas where the population density was quickly approaching Mexico City un-liveability concentrations... until people started fleeing far away from communism). Everybody and his dog learned how to secure their shit - last time my antennas picked a WEP-protected network were over a decade ago (and mostly useless after cracking the passwords anyway), and the only unprotected network I've seen over here is at the very center of the city, in a public plaza. Not the best place to bring my laptop just to get my daily Slashdot fix. Plus, after living the joys of a router-powered adblock solution, I refuse to use networks other than mine to plug my computers.

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Posted on 19-02-25, 11:32
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Posted by tomman

1) Intermitent connection, absolutely. Also, most modern Javascript-based junk wouldn't even render on said simple browsers. I don't really want to live a Stallman lifestyle, as much as the government wants! Also: banks. Unlike the average USAian (which only knows how to use an ATM and bitch and moan because he/she/it now has to dip their fancy new chipcards instead of swiping their Ez-Clone magstripes, and certainly has never heard about using personal computers to move money from Your Account to Other Peoples' Accounts without getting assraped by outrageous bank fees), we rely heavily on bank transfers for pretty much everything (as cash is a scarce commodity nowadays), which require Real Browsers (or heavily watered down cellphone junk, which in some cases forces you to be tied to a PC anyway), and offer next to no compatibility with Troo UNIX® Way™ minimalism.

That's the whole point of browsh. It runs Firefox on the server, then renders it into text back again. So JS and everything works, even WebGL and other "technologies". You do need a remote server however if you want to log in to things, since the public demo (understandably) blocks form elements.
Slashdot seems to work fine.

Posted by tomman

2) There are countries other than the United States of America. Likewise, Venezuela has cities other than Caracas (and I would never live there, no matter how generously is the pay - Caracas is no place for visiting, much less for staying). And on said cities, WiFi networks are not that common (after all, these cities are sparsely populated, compared with Caracas where the population density was quickly approaching Mexico City un-liveability concentrations... until people started fleeing far away from communism). Everybody and his dog learned how to secure their shit - last time my antennas picked a WEP-protected network were over a decade ago (and mostly useless after cracking the passwords anyway), and the only unprotected network I've seen over here is at the very center of the city, in a public plaza. Not the best place to bring my laptop just to get my daily Slashdot fix. Plus, after living the joys of a router-powered adblock solution, I refuse to use networks other than mine to plug my computers.

My mistake, I thought you lived in Caracas.
You sure you couldn't pick up the network from the public plaza with a purpose-built directional antenna? If you have a computer with ethernet port and wireless network card, you could feed that into your router (e.g. use it as a repeater) and still be able to use router-powered adblock.

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Posted on 19-02-25, 12:04
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The public plaza is like 10km away from home (a ~20min bus ride with low traffic), so the idea is a total non-starter.

Now that I checked it, the WiFi spectrum is surprisingly clear at this part of the city. I do pick two nearby APs, like 4-5 faint signals of APs far away, a cellphone pretending to be a hotspot that pops up once in a while... and nothing else. Everything is WPA secured, despite those things often being cheap TP-Link stuff (which come unsecured out of the box). I guess people over here really don't like others leeching their (already) scarce bandwidth, so that's good?

In the meanwhile, I still struggle to explain people that WiFi is, indeed, not "the Internet" - your phone/tablet can connect to any AP and show the antenna icons, but if there is no network at the other end, you will not be able to read the news or use WhatsApp or whatever. Apparently it requires a rocket surgeon to understand that there can be wireless computer networks isolated from the world *sigh*

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Posted on 19-02-25, 13:55
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Posted by tomman
The public plaza is like 10km away from home (a ~20min bus ride with low traffic), so the idea is a total non-starter.

Now that I checked it, the WiFi spectrum is surprisingly clear at this part of the city. I do pick two nearby APs, like 4-5 faint signals of APs far away, a cellphone pretending to be a hotspot that pops up once in a while... and nothing else. Everything is WPA secured, despite those things often being cheap TP-Link stuff (which come unsecured out of the box). I guess people over here really don't like others leeching their (already) scarce bandwidth, so that's good?

Is this with a directional antenna?
Posted by tomman

In the meanwhile, I still struggle to explain people that WiFi is, indeed, not "the Internet" - your phone/tablet can connect to any AP and show the antenna icons, but if there is no network at the other end, you will not be able to read the news or use WhatsApp or whatever. Apparently it requires a rocket surgeon to understand that there can be wireless computer networks isolated from the world *sigh*

Recent versions of Windows and Android both add a tiny exclamation mark to the icon to show that it doesn't have Internet access. It doesn't seem to help though. How can the router be broken if there's Internet?

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