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

by LeonPierre (#48424173) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

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

by LeonPierre (#46933273) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

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

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

by LeonPierre (#46132649) Attached to: FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

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

by LeonPierre (#44840931) Attached to: $20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

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

$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


Comment: Re:Great way to cut down on the affiliate link spa (Score 1) 623

by LeonPierre (#36625270) Attached to: Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

Service companies that sell parts to customers have been keeping track of state taxes for decades. Hell, some websites even ask the county you live in if your zip code spans multiple tax jurisdictions.

Not being able to keep track of sales tax rates is not a problem. Computers are great at keeping track of numbers and Amazon has plenty of those.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.