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Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 38

by mcgrew (#47935755) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

You can get your old account back if you can remember what your email address was. Send a note to

I'd lost my account and they were very helpful about it.

As to your surgery, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR!!! Helping that one person could prevent you from helping others in the future. Oh, and I empathize; I had a vitrectomy in 2008. Not the least bit fun.

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 170

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47935251) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
NFC implementations (should) be interoperable unless somebody screwed up implementation to spec; but that promises nothing about compatibility for anything built on top of NFC.

Right now, ISO 7813 mag-stripe cards are nice and standardized; but that only gets you as far as having the reader hardware work. Whether your card will be accepted by a given vendor is an entirely separate matter governed by some ghastly pile of contractual arrangements.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 137

by Opportunist (#47934305) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Bull. The only reason anyone pays minimum is because they get away with it. Why the heck should I pay more than minimum wage if I can get what I want for that? Do you honestly think anyone would go "gee, that guy is good, I needn't pay him more 'cause there's nothing he can do, but 'cause I'm so impressed with his great work, here's five bucks more per hour!"?

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 137

by Opportunist (#47934289) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

So socialism doesn't give you a choice, you're a slave or if you refuse, you get paid by the state by wellfare.

Capitalism gives you the choice to be a slave or to starve.

I dunno. Most people would probably prefer socialism. But hey, what do I know about socialism, being in Europe. That's something I should leave to the experts across the big pond who have loads and loads of first hand experience with socialist systems...

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 2) 137

by Opportunist (#47934279) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Valuable experience in how to bullshit customers, invent colorful descriptions of events and places she's never seen or experienced and finding visual proof of those aforementioned stories.

Great resume for a political career, everything you need to convince your people to go to war with some country is right there.

Comment: Re:You want a ChromeBook (Score 4, Informative) 270

by steveha (#47933371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Agreed on the ChromeBook.

I'm not sure about making a ChromeBook use dial-up, so the solution is to somehow get a WiFi router on dialup.

I think there used to be WiFi routers that could manage a modem directly, but there isn't much call for them these days so I doubt you can find one.

You could set up a computer with Linux just to manage the dialup, and plug that into the router's WAN port. But maybe you can just customize a router to do what you need:

Buy a router that is well supported by open firmware and has USB ports. Install the open firmware, login as root, then customize the router to do the dialup with a USB modem.

In the past, I have used TomatoUSB with an Asus RT-N16 router (costs about $80 new). It was a pleasure to work with. The router gives you about 24 MB of usable storage using onboard flash memory, but you can trivially plug in a USB flash drive and have gigabytes of storage if you need it. But you can probably set up the needed scripts to manage the modem in the 24 MB space.

There are newer routers with bigger onboard flash if you prefer. I only mention the Asus RT-N16 because I have actually worked with one, and it's very inexpensive. And it has plenty of CPU speed and RAM for this application.

The above solution is cheaper than using a computer to manage the dialup, and should be bulletproof. Also your relatives are unlikely to mess with it.

P.S. Hmm, I did a quick Google search and there are still routers with dialup support. Here's one for about $150... I've never used one so I don't know how well it works.

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