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Comment: Re:Just refuse the new gear (Score 1) 224

by PNutts (#47626883) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Too bad you're getting modded down and I don't have any mod points to give you a boost. What folks don't realize is that their point may be valid but that language and tone will cause their post to be skipped over or dismissed. Without those four words I would have moderated the GP insightful.

Comment: Re: Compared to what?!? (Score 2) 224

by PNutts (#47626849) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

That's a valid opinion, but it's a line of thinking that can get people in over their head. The article mentioned $30 a year. I dumped Comcast's $7 / mo. modem for my own. $7 a month is still kind of a big wup, but that's $84 year. Both together are $114 a year. Still not a bank-breaker for me but I'd rather spend my money stupidly somewhere else then hand it to Comcast and get no benefits in return. My work Aruba router is on a timer. Mostly to keep yet another WiFi network out of my house, but a little cost savings here and there adds up.

Comment: Re:Crapfinity (Score 1) 224

by PNutts (#47626775) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Comcast isn't forcing anyone to buy anything so these comparisons are apples (upper tier of TV / Internet / phone) and oranges (Internet). With Comcast I have fast Internet for around $50 plus their $15 lowest tier cable TV. Their modem was $7 / mo. so I bought my own. I'd cancel the cable TV except by doing that my Internet would be priced $15 more a month. Bottom line I'm paying about $70 for Internet plus some TV.

Comment: Re:Freedom is better than dependency. (Score 0) 231

by PNutts (#46404139) Attached to: Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

So when Apple's proprietary encryption software suffered a problem, Apple users could do nothing but wait for Apple to deliver a fix; there's nobody else that are allowed to fix Apple's proprietary software but Apple. And when that fix ostensibly arrived, Apple users had to hope it wasn't bundled with some malware too (as is often in proprietary software).

I shouldn't feed the troll, but Apple released the patch and simultaneously announced the issue so there was no waiting. IIRC the trusted jailbreak community had a patch the next day. As to the rest of your rant, if you're trying to glamorize non-proprietary software by comparing it's benefits to someone technical vs. my six year old using her iPod then you really don't have much of an argument. And to those people who may have known about this and fixed it without telling anyone (which puzzles me why you made that an example of why non-proprietary software is better): FU you selfish bastards.

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?