Any company that is large enough to have more than one person installing software is large enough to be pushing it out through SCCM or any of a half-dozen other solutions like it. If they aren't, they will be quickly replaced by companies who do employ such solutions. A whole SCCM setup, bare-metal up, is cheaper than even one year of one minimum-wage "next clicker".
Agree about Sprint's rural coverage being sad. But, for 911 purposes, you aren't helping much. Sprint and Verizon are both CDMA. If you call 911 from a Sprint phone (even a deactivated Virgin Mobile), it will use whatever CDMA network it can find (i.e., typically Verizon or Bell Canada). If you wanted an extra backup 911 phone, I'd suggest a deactivated GSM flip-phone, which would cover the rare instance where the only network is AT&T/T-Mobile/Rogers.
It does sometimes feel like either one would work.
Let's just say... I picked up my 3-digit Slashdot ID on the same floor that I work right now (some department re-organizations later). And I still work with several people that predate me.
Sadly, inflation-adjusted, I also still make about what I did in the 1990s.
32-64GB SSDs ($40-60 range) aren't killing me in my desktop, laptop, or HTPC. Your budget may vary. They boot really fast. I don't need any larger than that because all the big files are off in my basement's cloudland.
I hate living with noisy machines. My most powerful computer (running VMs, video-encoding jobs, RAID storage, and the like) is noisy like a Harley convention. It's also in a rack in my basement. Same basic scenario at work. The desktops/laptops/HTPC I actually interact with are all as SSD silent as I can make them.
It's nice to see a lot of people have rediscovered antenna TV. Since the digital changeover (and the recession), I've seen a good number of aerials sprout up in my neighborhood, something basically dead in the 90s.
The question is, how long can that last? The network affiliates are ever more addicted to their retransmission consent money from the pay-providers. Hell, Comcast owns NBC and the other main networks have heavy ties into the paid TV world. Several of the network executives have already threatened to go paid-only in light of the Aereo decision. There will be a lot more temptation to go dark when the FCC lets them reverse-auction 'their' spectrum to internet/mobile providers in a year or two. Besides that... people like me who watch antenna TV instead of paying for cable are either poor or cheapskates. In neither case, anyone's favorite target market demographic.
It will be a slow shutdown, with all the affiliate agreement model, NFL contracts, and the like. But I think that, in a decade, the free OTA world will pretty much be PBS and maybe a couple of infomercial channels.
Seriously... lacking PAE is really, really rare. The only chips released in the even semi-modern era that didn't have PAE it were a handful of Pentium M laptops (and why Intel did that, I'll never know). I do have one laptop that qualifies. It should probably be retired, but when the Ubuntus wouldn't support it, it was an excuse to play with BSD for old-times'-sake.
The problem with Fukushima was that "due to the earthquake/tsunami" is not some unforseeable 'force majure' matter.
The reactors were designed to survive a certain degree of earthquake and even a certain degree of tsunami. They were entirely incapable of surviving the 2011 tsunami (gensets barely above sea level).
But, the 2011 tsunami was *not*, and I repeat *not* unforseeable. It was a smaller tsunami than that exact same coastline experienced in June of 1896. Well within recorded modern history.
If you engineer something to survive everything that's happened in recorded history and stretch your imagination some to encompass possible events marginally greater than that, I'll give you credit for trying. If you engineer something that will fail, in a catastrophic mode, in case of a natural disaster that has actually happened within the last 70 years (from when Fukushima was designed)? You've engineered failure.
DIG THE CABLES DOWN, stop putting up pylons, you morons. Take a frikkin' clue from the model all the European telcos and power companies use.
The advanced Asian countries have faster and cheaper mostly-fiber networks than the Europeans, deal with more natural disasters than they do, and once you get more than a kilometer out of central-business-district Seoul/Tokyo/Osaka, the air is thick with wires everywhichaway.
'That's what they do in Europe' isn't necessarily perfection, either.
As others from the area point out, these guys have a track record of big dream-can't implement. "Lawrence Freenet", "Community Wireless Corp", "Wicked", etc. Spotty customer service record at best. Several different schemes to try to beg money out of city hall.
The reason this rinky-dink stuff keeps working? The town is desperate. Highly educated, highly tech-savvy. But, the local cable provider was owned for years by the local newspaper. They had bandwidth caps in place 15 years ago! And not a 'throttle' if you went over. A 'holy crap $300 bill' if you went over. The cable company got sold a few years back, but it's historically been bad enough to make you wish TWC/Cox/Comcast would take over. AT&T is the incumbent telco, but only pulled U-Verse to a couple neighborhoods before stopping.
I put in my $10, expecting that it's a scam and I won't see anything as a result. Consider it my sign of complaint. But, I used a one-time credit card number to send the $10... that's how little I trust these guys.
Perhaps the problem is that everyone wants experienced engineers at a good price, but nobody wants to train them. They sit through four years of terrible college curriculum that will be lucky to have them design and produce even one project (that might not even be genuinely practical or profitable) and then we all wonder why there just aren't any good X, or Y, or Z left in the field.
Hint... the college curriculum was *always terrible* in that sense. Do you think your typical 1967 ME/EE grad from Oklahoma State was designing or producing something practical or profitable in school? 'Project-based learning' wasn't even a thing.
He got hired anyway by Honeywell or General Dynamics or Bendix or TI or whoever. And, not uncommonly, retired from them (or their successor firms) a few years ago.
This was an inevitable step once we went down the path of allowing OTA broadcasters to start demanding payments for retransmission on cable (originally "Community Antenna TV"). That was a stupid step to begin with... you're sending an unencrypted signal into my house... why do you care how I get it or if I let a middleman bring it to me? It is also inevitable once the broadcasters started getting bought by pay-TV companies (Disney, Comcast, etc).
For FOX, though, I don't think their #1 TV property (a little thing called the NFL) is going to be real happy at all with them becoming 'yet another cable station'.
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What makes me feel old is that I'm working on the same floor of the same building I was in 1998, back when I first saw Slashdot and happiness was a warm DEC Alphastation.
I'll believe the "10 hour battery life and 1 month of standby" line once real independent reviewers have had them in their hands for a couple of weeks/months. I've lived through enough decades of oversold battery promises, from Apple and everyone else, to buy it from the press release.