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Comment I can already see the Slashdot headlines (Score 3, Insightful) 152

A year from now, I look forward to hearing Comcast whine about how "No legitimate user could seriously expect to pay $30 for 1.5 petabytes per month. Obviously, unlimited didn't mean unlimited - We intended it to give only another 300GB. We need to limit these greedy users out of fairness to our other customers."

Fuck 'em. I don't know who to consider dumber - Comcast, or any of their customers who fall for this again.

Comment 1. Prove it's a globe; 2. Prove it's warming (Score 1) 204

That's my answer to "global warming".

See "Zetetic Astronomy", which contains a number of proofs that it's not a globe.

"They"[1] have their work cut out for them, but of course, they placed one in the first classroom we were ever in, thus indoctrinating us before our critical thinking skills kicked in.

[1] -- They talk a lot, don't they. -- Pulp Fiction

Comment Key word, "home" (Score 1) 155

You need to quantify what you consider "good enough" in order to answer that.

First, in strict terms of bandwidth, no, today's best wireless just can't compete with today's best fiber. But how about tomorrow? No, tomorrow's best wireless still won't beat tomorrow's best fiber; but, with wireless, when 7G hits the scene everyone goes out and buys a new $50 modem and trucks don't need to physically roll to every end point on the network to upgrade their tubes.

Second, in more relaxed terms of bandwidth, when do we reach "enough" so that even revolutionary improvements don't really matter any more? Do I really need the ability to download a full 4k movie in under six seconds? I don't mean that as a "640k should be enough for anyone" argument, but at a point in time, yes, 640k did count as "enough" for most purposes, even though at that same point in time we had supercomputers with a whopping 16MB of main RAM.

Finally, and most importantly (I touched this in my first point), you asked specifically about "to the home". The biggest challenge in getting bits to the vast majority of homes has nothing to do with the throughput of the medium, but whether we can get it to the home in the first place. In the nearest city to me, I could get 1GB connections for a few hundred a month; living half an hour away, I don't even have the slowest of DSL available at any price. Whether or not fiber counts as "better" in that context doesn't mean a damned thing to me, because I won't ever see it.

When you ask about "good enough", keep in mind that the connection that meets all you needs, the connection that you can get, beats the much, much better one that you can't get.

Comment Re:Like the Bible (Score 2) 507

It is not known whether Muhammad was illiterate or not.


Gerhard Boewering (2008) "Recent research on the construction of the Qur'an" in Gabriel Said-Reynolds (ed.), The Qur'an in Its Historical Context, Routledge: p. 70-87.


Sebastian Guenther (2002), "Muhammad, the Illiterate Prophet: An Islamic Creed in the Qur'an and Qur'anic Exegesis" Journal of Qur'anic Studies. Volume 4, Issue 1, Page 1-26

Comment Re:Let's get this straight... Numbers dropping, bu (Score 1) 713

Okay -- but it's still, now, less than "6 million" due to simple math (or, are you arguing that the entire reduction was solely from "non-Jewish deaths"? That'd be a new one to me). They tried to show 6 million died during WWI as well. They have a prophecy in their Talmud saying Israel won't fully be restored to the Jews until 6 million of them die in a fire -- which is why they so needed those delousing showers to be killing ovens. They want to jump the gun on their own prophecy! It's no wonder there are so many anecdotes about them being greedy.

Comment Assembly (Score 2) 421

As languages further abstract away the underlying hardware, it's helpful to understand how it all works. Especially if you've never had to step into an assembly language debugger. The most likely (and probably relevant) architecture would be x86/x86-64, followed closely by some variation of ARM. IA64 isn't relevant, but if you read up on a little bit of it (there was a series of articles on Raymond Chen's blog a few weeks back), you'll learn about an interesting take on a processor architecture (which offloaded much of the optimization work to the compiler; it was also heavily slanted towards parallel processing unlike x86).

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 122

What fucking IP will your modem give you?

Well, I have mine configured to give out leases from the range, which more than adequately serves my LAN for now. What sort of piece of crap modem do you have, that can only deal with a single client connection?

What fucking IP will things on the switch get?

I just answered that, but I'll repeat myself - Since switches work by transparently passing L2 traffic, they will get an address issued by the DHCP server on the modem, just like something directly plugged into the modem would. So something between 100 and 199.

What fucking IP will things on the router connected to the switch get?

They would get whatever range I configure the OnHub's own DHCP server to give out, exactly the same way it would work with any crappy $50 DLink/Linksys. Most likely I would pick, if you want an exact number.

How will traffic to and from these IPs be routed outside of your network?

DHCP leases include a gateway address. These can nest (almost) arbitrarily deep. How do you think your phone, connected to your WAP, in turn connected to your modem, manages to route traffic? Nothing magic here, dude.

Comment Re: Brought about by the internet? (Score 1) 713

The logic behind my words: that AC post has an IP address associated with it in Slashdot's database. If "jcr" decides to sue, his attorney will be able to obtain that IP address. From the IP address they can determine the ISP, and can then legally obtain the customer who had the IP address on 2015-08-29 17:39.

I agree the AC's words are worth little and are dishonest. I disagree that interacting with fools is a useless endeavor, in other words, I won't ignore ACs merely because they refuse to identify themselves. There is no true anonymity, anyway, as I described above.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 2) 122

Incorrect. The Picostation has an omni antenna, but otherwise behaves just like all the rest of Ubiquiti's AirOS devices - It will act as any combination of {bridge / router / SOHO router} x {AP / Station / Client / Repeater}... And yes, a few of those combinations don't even make sense, but it will let you do it (never, ever disable the hard reset button on a Ubiquiti unless you know exactly what you want to do).

I absolutely love my Nanostations - Put one at one corner of an area you want covered, and bam, you will have five bars a quarter mile away in any direction (technically only a 60 degree beam, but it takes quite a distance from the antenna before that starts to matter).

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 122

I hate getting involved in this rapidly degenerating conversation, but...

You plug the switch into the LAN port and you plug your WAN connection into the WAN port. Hell the pictures from the article show two ports and two ethernet cables.

Assuming your modem has only one LAN port, you would do better to plug the modem into your switch, then you plug the OnHub's WAN side into the switch. This gives you full speed through the switch to your ISP for any wired devices you have, while not bogging down the processor on the OnHub dealing with non-wireless traffic. If your modem has two or more LAN ports, just connect one to your switch and one to your OnHub.

You would only want to use the LAN side of the OnHub in two, maybe three situations - You have only a single wired device in the whole house you need connected; you have a wired device that uses this hypothetical new Google spyOnYou protocol; and maybe you might put a second switch off the OnHub's LAN port if you had a strong need for an additional layer of segment isolation (and that assumes it truly isolates the LAN side, rather than merely acting as a two-port switch).

And before anyone points out that what I just proposed amounts to making your wired network a DMZ - Your modem already acts as a fully-functional SOHO router.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."