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Comment Old Folks Homes (Score 4, Informative) 540 540

From what I read over at

It looks more like:

120 two- and three-bedroom residences in one four-story cluster

Two other two-story clusters

104 one- and two- bedroom residences for seniors in a four-story cluster

Community center


Terraced gardens


Small farm


Interior roadways with two bridges

Golden Gate Transit District bus stop

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 107 107

That 10 gig (more like a 1 gig from what I've seen) connection goes to a central office where the state Dept of Education may provide a gigabit Internet connection that is limited to 300 megs. 300 megs to share to maybe 70 something schools in a school district.... Add to that any administrative locations...

Comment Screw that (Score 1) 243 243

No matter how cheap or good the smartphone they make, I bet the battery on my feature phone will run circles around it.

Drops to the ground aren't a concern either, it's very well built.

Water? No problem. It'll handle an accidental submersion.

Extreme temperatures? It doesn't complain about it being too hot or too cold for it to work.

Regardless, even if they developed a ruggedized smartphone it would still lack the one feature that makes a feature phone worth carrying around: a battery life that doesn't require the constant worrying of making sure you charge the phone every 16 hours or else.....

Comment Someone call Ben Affleck (Score 0) 165 165

Thank you Tom Clancy, for preparing us for this moment when we realize that we'll steal our own nuclear material and give it to our "allies" so the Israelis will "lose it" so it ends up in the hands of someone in the long list of people who'd love to target us using our own material.

There is no way the Israelis would give away or lose the material you say? Yea, that makes sense as well...

Comment Re:There is (probably) no analog phone network any (Score 1) 218 218

Yep. And to make matters worse, a VoIP network is not capable of delivering the same services that a TDM network can.

Devices using sensitive timing of dtmf signals such as fire alarms and other communication devices, as well as devices such as fax machines and modems do not operate well over VoIP networks.

There are a tons of devices like these out there and if they cannot operate reliably over a VoIP based network then they will either have to be replaced or migrated to either cellular or IP based communication methods.

VoIP is great for voice, but voice isn't the only thing that the telephone system is being used for. The industries that are relying on the "quality" of a TDM based telephone phone will soon have a lot of upgrading to do.

Comment Toys hacking toys (Score 1) 153 153

I can't think of any security systems that are actually listed and labeled as security systems that use infrared technology to operate.

Their "security system" is an eBay purchase for $8 AU is hardly worth calling a "security system"

This is in the same level as if I said I picked a 20 cent "lock" that uses a single tumbler with a 2 cent paperclip. That lock provides no real security in the same manner as their eBay security system.

There is a reason independent labs test, list, and label security systems. And even then, everyone who understand security understand security comes in layers.

Comment What a lousy deal! (Score 1) 156 156

$10 a month just so I don't get to see ads is not a deal. How about for $10 Facebook won't sell my personal information, browsing habits, and connections of everyone I associate with (and also their associations) to every "partner" they have. And while they're at it, perhaps gain some trust from their users by actually growing a backbone and keeping Big Brother out of Big Data.

$10 a month just for no ads is just a cash grab


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