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Comment: Phone lines might be cat5e (Score 1) 279

All my phone lines are cat5e. You just need to find where your POTS is wired into your internal lines and put in a switch and rewire the cables/jacks you want as ethernet instead of phone. If you don't have cat5e or better you either need to wire your house depending on the level of difficulty or just use 802.11ac.

Comment: Re:Don't Worry, We Spent All the Energy Already (Score 1) 339

by ChaseTec (#47123451) Attached to: The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

For my house:
The phones/tablets that the kids use take less power than the 2011 laptops.
The lcd tvs take less power than the projection tvs.
The coax line amp takes less power than the cable dvr that is gone in favor of OTA.
My Netgear R6300 uses a max of 38W vs the old WRT54g at 8W max, so that is the only less efficient device.

Comment: Re:Just don't get it (Score 1) 134

A gameklip gives you portable gaming which OUYA can't offer. A better comparison would be a slimport/mhl adapter to add HDMI out to your phone and the SixAxis app to pair a PS3 controller over bluetooth. If you already have a phone then buying these accessories is cheaper than an OUYA and you get a better controller and a larger selection of games.

Comment: Re:There's a difference (Score 1) 118

by ChaseTec (#46259333) Attached to: Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

Well CentOS is effectively a RedHat owned project project now http://www.redhat.com/about/ne.... And RedHat has screwed with their source code in order to cause pain to commercial derivatives: http://linux.slashdot.org/stor... so while there is a difference you can't exactly say either company likes 3rd party derivatives.

Comment: Re:Alleged Apple patents on Android (Score 1) 249

by ChaseTec (#46181273) Attached to: Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

I don't even think licensing is the main issue. Content (and making money off of it) is the big issue. iTunes could probably be modified to support additional phone types so music and movies aren't that big an issue but the real issue is the app store. Apple makes money on all apps sold (and in-app purchases) and none of those apps would work on an android device (without a WINE type API compatibility) so your talking about Apple creating a second Apple app store with zero existing apps. They'd have to encourage android developers to submit their apps to the google play store and the apple android store. That should sound familiar because that is basically what Amazon does. And you know what, their app selection sucks. No way would Apple ever release a phone that supports the google play store.

Maybe Apple should have pushed web apps a little more... If JavaScript was a "native" development language with true phone hardware APIs then we'd have apps that could enable them to swap the underlying platform without making their app store irrelevant.

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