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Comment USB air-relocation device (Score 1) 133

I'm a big fan (pun fully intended) of having air circulating, and since I live in Hurricane Central, which also experiences frequent power black-outs from thunderstorms (Florida Plunder & Loot isn't the most efficient or reliable power company on this rock). I use my USB battery pack, to operate my USB-powered fan. I'd rather sit in the dark and be cool, than sit in the dark and sweat.

Comment Agreed - 3rd party crap. (Score 1) 484

I've had an LG F3, for 18mos now - no intention of upgrading, because it does what I need it to, it's damn near indestructible, and I have had to "reboot" it no more than four times in ALL that time (not counting the times I had to reboot to recover past backups, to retrieve records for legal reasons). My LG flip-phone crashed more frequently. I only use ~6 3rd party apps, ISS Tracker, [shush], Speedtest, Facebook, and, well, a couple others... While I'm no fan of Apple, I respect them, they have a fine product. The crashes and all are mostly 3rd party software, and the vendor mods and additions to the OS. (ok, I kid, I am thinking about upgrading, but only because I want something with IR).

Comment Hotel WiFi (Score 2) 72

I'm the GM of a large, non-brand, hotel south of Miami. But guess what, by trade, I'm a network engineer (I burned out, and I like the hotel business). But I had a hand in designing our new WiFi network. It's free to guests, just requires a 'token'/password for the guests to access, that everyone gets when they check in. I have the routers configured to limit each device to 5Mb, and even though I only have 100Mb bandwidth to the gateway, guests are always commenting on how we have the fastest WiFi in any hotel they've stayed at, even when we're full (160 rooms).

OK, I'm waiting to see how it works for the NASCAR championship in November, when there's going to be a couple hundred people watching streaming race clips all weekend... Might need to keep a fire-extinguisher next to the router...

Comment Under $200 now... (Score 1) 234

Got my LG Optimus F3 for $150, no contract... Everything I need and fast enough to play some multiplayer games on (as if I have the time, but I tried). 32gb expandable (second thing I bought for it after the case), GorillaGlass©, 5mp camera/vga-front-facing... Only thing that differs it from the F6 (for $75 more) is NFC and Infrared, neither of which I had a use for...

It's a sweet phone that a Macophile friend of mine said "It's a little slower than my 4S, but it seems easier to use..."

Comment Re:IMHO (Score 1) 203

On the contrary, reading older science fiction and writing a report through a lens of 50 years in the future can be quite useful.

I am unable to recall even a single iota of actual science in the book.

What about when Ender (read "a pilot") controls a Starship (read "a drone") from billions of (read "thousands of") miles away, to smite the enemy (read "the enemy")... Real-world science/technology as used in Ender's game (albeit on a much smaller scale).

Comment Mostly a scam... (Score 1) 53

One of the companies, in Florida anyway, that runs a chain of these (Gambling) Internet Cafes, was doing so supposedly to support American veterans. After a thorough audit of their business (which is partly responsible for this bill being drafted in the first place), it was found that out of the (10's of millions of) money the "organization" made that year, only 2% went to their charity, and a larger percentage going to political donations (which, apparently didn't help them much in the long run :> ).

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