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Comment: Don't (Score 2) 60

by bmajik (#48185235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

I've had a Verizon 4G LTE hotspot as my sole home internet for the last year. It is the only type of service available where I currently live.

It is expensive and unreliable.

I live in a rural area. I am using an external LTE antenna on the device. I can see that the LTE signal is moderate to good where I am; the problems I am having do not seem to be LTE signal related.

The device itself is about as reliable as other consumer level networking gear -- meaning you need to power cycle it now and then to make it start working again. It has a remote web admin interface, with no way to remotely reboot it. You have to physically touch the thing to power cycle it.

I don't know what's available where you are, but here, Verizon charges me for every byte that goes through that LTE connection, in both directions. I think they're overcharging me, but I have no realistic power to do anything about that, because they are Verizon and I am not. Overages are excessively expensive. My bill for last month was $250. We watch no streaming videos at my house -- not even youtube.

The device stops responding to pings from certain nodes on my internal network, causing all kinds of networking fun. DNS queries randomly fail during logical browsing sessions. I've investigated all of this thoroughly with tcpdump and other tools. This happens on clients of multiple types - OSX, WinRT, Windows, OpenBSD.

So near as I can tell, the box itself is just shit. There have been 2 or 3 firmware updates for it in the year that I've depended on it for my internet. None of them have improved the symptoms I describe.

It's a Pantech MHS291LVW

The entire time I've had it, I've been researching how to replace it with something that isn't Verizon. I'm nearly done with that plan; I'll be backhauling a nearby DSL service back to my site using a 3.5 mile p2p wireless link. I'm paying to upgrade the site infrastructure and wiring at both ends of the link. I am spending thousands of dollars to do this.

My neighbors also have Verizon LTE service. They have the VZN Home Broadband service, where Verizon will mount an antenna at your site and do the install themselves, and the CPE has 4 switched Ethernet ports in addition to WiFi. They haven't complained about the reliability as much, but the price is still too high.

You can only get that hardware from Verizon in my area if you agree to a 3 year contract. I didn't and won't ever agree to any contract with any US mobile operator, so, I couldn't get the VZN home broadband hardware, which may be more reliable than the Hotspot hardware.

They are not power users; they are a young family with ipads for their kids. They recently shared with me that they just had an $800 monthly bill.

If you have any wired broadband choice available to you, take it.

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 352

by bmajik (#48183845) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

I figure that trolling is one of the reasons for the US's 1st amendment.

Speech that upsets somebody for some reason is the only kind that somebody is going to try and restrict.

If you're not upsetting somebody, you're doing life wrong.

The UK is a lost country. It's a shame.

Comment: Re:May I suggest RTFA? (Score 1) 251

by bmajik (#48183427) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Disclaimer: I have no Enfield experience.

It turns out that patent encumberance isn't the only thing that makes something difficult to make.

Many older weapon designs were optimized for low volume manufacturing by skilled machinists, and required hand fitting by gunsmiths and armorers. That made sense when human labor was cheap and skilled.

The Garand and M14 receivers, for instance, are very complicated to build. The 1911 is also a much loved design, but most 1911s are either built to loose tolerances or require custom, per-example fitting.

Comparatively, the AKM receiver is bent sheet metal. Any workshop that can do basic metal work can build an AKM; the barrel is the only specialized part.

The M4/AR15/M16/AR10 family of receivers were designed post-aerospace industry, and are made to be mass produced by machining down aluminum forgings. I know multiple people who have completed their own AR15 receivers on CNC equipment.

The SIG handguns manufactured in the USA are taken from billet to serial number in a single machining center; no operator intervention required.

It turns out that it can be very difficult to re-create old things. Often, the original tooling is missing. The techniques used may no longer be taught nor widely practiced.

Comparatively, building a modern mass produced firearm is a matter of having the right CAD files.

Comment: Re:Out of context... (Score 1) 293

by BronsCon (#48182365) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review
So then, you're implying that I must be spending time manually resolving conflicts within my solution? It's possible that you're implying that I've never encountered two people editing the same file between syncs, let alone the same line, but let me assure you that I have; which leaves the former option. Let me also tell you that I've not had to manually resolve any conflicts, as the solution I built does a fine job of this. For you to tell me that I do not understand data sync when I've built a data sync solution myself; many, in fact, the Git-based solution I'm bringing up here is simply the most recent, is the insult. If you think the problem is so difficult, it is not unreasonable for me to wish to avoid your work, even if you do find it insulting. There's nothing empty about that.

Comment: Re:Out of context... (Score 1) 293

by BronsCon (#48181845) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

What you haven't realised is the difficult part is automatically resolving sync conflicts.

Well, it doesn't seem to be a problem in the solution I'm currently using. Mind you, sarcasm>I probably have no clue how it works, given that I implemented it/sarcasm>. But you go right on ahead and keep telling me it's a hard problem. Difficult for you, perhaps, but not hard; there are a finite number of possible solutions and it should not be difficult for a well-built system to solve. True, Git (which I used as the basis for my solution) doesn't do a very good job of this natively; it took some creative and well thought out commit and merge hooks to accomplish it, a good day's work, for sure.

You are correct, though, that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for what to sync and how to handle merging of whatever does eventually get synched. But, then, I never claimed that there was; my claim was that the transport part of the equation is, and has been for decades, solved. Can you argue that point?

Earlier, you said:

They are file formats. They are not methods of handing off open documents between different devices without first saving them somewhere. Completely different thing.

And I didn't disagree. I did, however, point out that the documents are, in fact, saved somewhere (e.g. a temporary file, at the very least), out of necessity. I also pointed out why this was necessary, e.g. if you at all care about data consistency and preventing work loss in case of loss of power or a software or system failure. Can it be done without a temporary file somewhere local? Sure, and without issue, as long as you never lose connectivity or power while working, and your software and system never crash. If you live in a perfect world, you are correct to say that a temp file provides no benefit; however, neither I, nor anyone else I know, live in such a world. When you're using an all that utilizes cloud storage and the app crashes or you close it while you happen to not have any connectivity, it is able to restore your work only because it stored it in a local temp file somewhere.

What application(s) are you involved in. I would like to avoid them.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 1) 329

by BronsCon (#48181767) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday
So, one iMac base model, the most expensive, renders the other 5 base models that will comprise at least 90% of iMac sales insignificant? The two MacBook Air base models and 13" non-retina MacBook Pro base model which, combined, outsell the 5 retina MacBook Pro retina base models, are insignificant? What of the argument in my other post, to which this was a follow-up and correction?

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 302

That's what I prefer to do. Sometimes I get my facts mixed up, but I tend to admit it when it's pointed out to me, and often even thank whoever corrected me. It's the only reason I still have excellent karma despite being regularly downmodded for posting correct information. :)

Comment: Re: Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 302

What you fail to see is that I addressed the fact that what he claims is only possible on OSX is, in fact, possible in Windows and Linux, as well. You can, in fact, install a second OS on a separate partition and both boot to it and run it in a VM, in both Windows and Linux; you can also do the same installing a second OS on a virtual disk. Bootloader support is there in Windows and most major Linux distros, out of the box. Hell, you can boot 3, 4, or any arbitrary number of operating systems you wish on a Windows or Linux PC; you just can't natively boot OSX on one.

That you can't boot OSX on commodity PC hardware, which hasn't been blessed by Apple, is an artificially enforced a shortcoming of OSX, as Apple does actively work to prevent that. Were apple to remove the "genuine hardware" checks (which Chameleon bypasses) from the kernel, OSX would boot just the same on any PC build with supported (whether blessed or not) hardware. And, before anyone jumps on my for trying to make this a religious issue, I'd like to point out two facts:

A) I'm a Mac user and
B) "Blessed" is Apple's own term.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 1) 329

by BronsCon (#48181545) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday
The new 27" retina 5k iMac ships with a screen that's much higher resolution than retina. It's really the only display they sell, currently, that comes close to possibly cleanly rendering the print font they've co-opted as a display font. It is said (not by me, but I'm sure you can google for your own sources) that print fonts only stop looking like shit at about 600dpi or so; even the 5k @ 27in only provides a 218dpi display. Sure, subpixel rendering allows it to pretend to have a 654ppi horizontal resolution, but, to the eye, the 2-D plane is effectively only roughly 378dpi [( H * V ) ^ .5, or the square root of the horizontal resolution multiplied by the vertical resolution]. Of course, that's only with subpixel rendering, and that's only good when chroma consistency isn't important; without subpixel rendering, it's plain old 218dpi.

As I said in a different post, I don't seen an issue with their font choice, it renders fine, to my eye, on my 17" 1920x1200 display, but a number of other posters have expressed their displeasure; I was simply providing a viable workaround.

And no, the Mac Pro was not designed for video, it was designed as a high-end workstation which, yes, can be used for video; however, let's not limit its use-case to that. It can be used for whatever the displays and other peripherals you attach to it allow it to be used for. I've been eyeballing a Mac Pro since the new ones came out, and video is but one thing I would use it for.

Comment: Re:Yosemite (Score 1) 329

by BronsCon (#48180897) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

The fact that the green button now fullscreens an application is another change I don't like.

Agreed. My workaround is an app called BetterSnapTool. I use the green button now when I want to fullscreen an app, but if I just want to maximize it, so I can still CMD+TAB switch applications, I just drag it to the top of the screen and BST does the rest. BST also lets me snap windows to one side, or corner, of the screen. I started using it when I got an LG UltraWide display, with plenty of room to have 2 windows side by side and retain usability, and have been finding new ways to make the app useful ever since.

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