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Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 276

by Penguinisto (#47943009) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I use an Asus RT-66U as my Wifi router, centrally located on the second floor, antennas rotated horizontally to try to maximize vertical radiation patterns to get more signal downstairs.

Exact same model and rigging here... though the house I live in uses the old plaster-and-lath walls (it's an old beast).

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 2) 276

by Penguinisto (#47942989) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Dude - I live in a 105-year-old house, in a small town just outside Portland (OR), and I still do well even with a big front/back yard.

The trick? Easy:
1) the wifi router is upstairs, away from the chimney but with a clear shot downstairs (and to each bedroom).
2) It's an ASUS router (screw that cheapie one that the ISP gives you; disable that and hard-line to a decent wifi router with a good reputation made for gaming.)
3) Scan the frig out of your neighborhood, and pick a channel no one else is using.

Result? In spite of my laptop, the TV, Dish DVR, my wife's iPad, and two Android phones (albeit I keep wifi off on mine)... (taken off my MacBook Pro just now.)

Comment: Re:what is this even talking about? (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by Penguinisto (#47937077) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

How can open source software die? the source is there! Anyone interested in the software has had ample time to get the source.

This, right here. Even if it goes stagnant for years? If you can get (or already have) the source, you can resurrect it.

By contrast, if you wanted to resurrect, say, WinCE? Well, good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by Penguinisto (#47932481) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Ye Gods... really?

If you're quarantined and you see neighbors dying of Ebola, for fuck sakes - do your rights demand that you escape by any means, carry it with you, and spread it to other areas?

I get individual rights over statism, and would be among the first to take up arms against a tyranny, but damn... think of your fellow human beings for once.

Comment: Re:What good is aid going to do (Score 4, Informative) 221

by Penguinisto (#47932207) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

I see you're still stuck in that Party vs. Party trap. ...need help getting out of that, or do you wish to continue laboring under the delusion that either of the big two political parties actually give a damn about anything beyond the continued acquisition of money and power?

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 2) 221

by Penguinisto (#47932033) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Guns? Yeah, we got 'em in spades. Good luck using one to stop an M1 Abrams, a Hellfire missile, an AC-130, or suchlike.

Yes, we also have rights, but... an extreme and obvious case such as an Ebola outbreak in the US will obviously trump those rights (hell, past presidents have suspended habeas corpus before in the name of extremes...)

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 1) 221

by Penguinisto (#47932011) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

It is impossible to quarantine an area encompassing Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Congo, etc.

Completely? You'd be right. On the other hand, blockading air and maritime travel, and deploying military forces on the borders of these countries would go a hell of a long way towards containing the disease.

The rest, while yes I agree would suck hard, is probably and sadly the only way to be certain that no one outside those areas get infected.

Comment: Re:That's government spending for you.. (Score 4, Insightful) 186

SpaceX has promise, but Boeing has shown it can deliver.

...eventually, and only after the requisite pork has been spread across a multitude of states and subcontractors to keep the requisite congress-critters happy. :(

Not to knock Boeing's technical prowess, but damn - they do know how to play the game (which explains why they're getting a piece of the contract most likely...)

As a very apt comparison, go back to the days when the F-16 first came out: relatively cheap, by some upstart company (General Dynamics), a revolutionary design, the first 9-G capable fighter, and was an all-around workhorse that could do (within reason) damned near anything you demanded of it. It's still in production today (albeit as a division of Lockheed-Martin), with a design that stands to be around for decades to come. Compare and contrast this with, oh, the F-35/6/whatever that's been nothing but a massive money-sink to date.

Comment: Re:And by "monitor this situation" (Score 1) 70

by Penguinisto (#47922283) Attached to: The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

Thinking the same thing. Ostensibly, a government agency would stay the hell out of the way save for basic health/safety concerns... but in the age of bureaucrats who want to puff up their service records, I can see such a commission going straight to hell in an awful hurry.

(OTOH, seeing how ineffectual the FCC is at doing its job viz. the Internet and Network Neutrality, who knows?)

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

by Penguinisto (#47885117) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

One small problem with your statement:

The vast majority of smart phone users don't use iPhones, but Apple's done pretty well.

A very significant portion of the public does use iPhones (here in PDX it's roughly half and half). The only two human beings I've seen who use and *like* Windows Phones were as follows: a gent who wanted something cheap and worked in .NET for a living, and a visiting Microsoft TAM.

Comment: Re: Biggest archaeological event? (Score 1) 80

by Penguinisto (#47872635) Attached to: Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

Did you just suggest an Arctic expedition that vanished ~170 years ago and claimed 128 lives [...]

To be fair, the lives lost weren't due to the sinking, but due to the trek they were forced to make over the ice. IIRC, recovered tin cans from the first campsite, and testing tissue from the excavated remains of three buried crew members showed that lead poisoning was likely a huge factor in the decisions that led to most of their deaths.

Not sure if the ship itself will yield any further clues as to the conditions that lead to the tragedy (aside from knowing precisely where it was stuck in the ice, anyway).

Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.