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Comment: Re:humans are able to perceive audio up to 20 kHz. (Score 1) 99

by POTSandPANS (#39160587) Attached to: Fraunhofer IIS Demos Full-HD Voice Over LTE On Android

HD voice is of limited use, but I find it works good for when you need to spell something or read a serial number, part number, etc. over the phone. It's much easier to tell apart letters like S and F over the phone when you're using a wideband codec.

Of course, text or email is much better for things like that.

Comment: Re:OK, now they're doing it right. (Score 1) 118

by POTSandPANS (#38945041) Attached to: Google Starts Running Fiber In Kansas City

I believe they were going to do it that way all along. As I understand, Google was trying to get out of paying the owner of the pole for use of the space. Unless Google is going to come out and replace the pole when someone hits it with their car, they should be required to pay for the space.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem, enlighten me? (Score 1) 164

by POTSandPANS (#38791945) Attached to: CEOs of RIM Step Down

I totally agree that central management through BES is nice, but for a small business with just a few devices, it's just a pain in the ass. Maybe big business is the niche market for RIM, but then if all you're selling to is big business and government, then you better be prepared to charge a lot more per device since your're not going to have the same volume as when you were selling to everybody.

You can buy an case for the iPhone with a built in battery if you prefer longer runtime over a thin device. As for a flashlight, there's an app for that.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 377

by POTSandPANS (#38106984) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

Your sister will ask you to reimburse her for "crashing" her computer after her 5 year old found the drive, plugged it into the computer, and inadvertently installed Ubuntu over Windows. And she's going to be forever mad that the only copy of her wedding video went with it.

Too bad the USB stick she got for christmas had a bunch of stuff on it. She could have backed that video up or something..

Comment: Re:Monthly graph (Score 1) 434

by POTSandPANS (#34546524) Attached to: Comcast Accused of Congestion By Choice

Exactly. we only have a month of data, but I would hope they already had a plan in place to get some more capacity since it was already a little close for comfort. From the way the traffic increased, its possible that another link is in a failed or unusable state and we're just seeing this one temporarily take the load.

Comment: Re:Go 2nd Hand Cisco (Score 2, Informative) 268

by POTSandPANS (#30773482) Attached to: Powerful Linux ISP Router Distribution?

If you are just starting up, I'd suggest a couple of Cisco 3550 layer 3 switches with the IP Services image. They don't have all the features of the big routers, but they can handle a huge amount of traffic. I doubt you could build a linux router that would handle as much traffic for the same price as a 3550.

Comment: Re:The tag says it all (Score 2, Informative) 164

by POTSandPANS (#30548528) Attached to: Testing Network Changes When No Test Labs Exist?

On a cisco, you can just do "reload in 10" and "reload cancel". If you don't know about those commands, you really shouldn't be working on a production network unsupervised.

As for the original question: Either use similar low end equipment, or use your spares. (please say you keep spare parts around)

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.