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Comment: TEMPEST (Score 1) 358

by SemiSpook (#35817364) Attached to: New Houses Killing Wi-Fi
Google it, if you don't know what it is (and why the hell are you on /. if you don't know).

I agree with someone above: this is a double edged sword. A lot of folks are starting to use lighter, reflective materials in order to handle other forms of radiating heat and insulation (you'll see this more in older construction vice newer). Issue is a lot of these materials rely on metallic foils (much akin to those space blankets we all started seeing back in the mid-80s), and people just don't have a good idea as to how these foils interact with radio waves.

I would say in either case (new or old construction), do your due diligence to do an adequate Wi-Fi survey (I'd recommend using ALL the 802.11 standards (a, b, g, AND n)) as well as determining if the residence is either wired or capable to be wired with Cat5e/Cat6. Personally, I'd go the wired route, as it's more secure and you can combine cabling with coax, phone, HDMI, etc. to multiple points in a room, allowing for maximum flexibility. Sure, costs a little extra, but in the end, it's definitely worth it.
Wii

Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii? 222

Posted by kdawson
from the if-the-wii-fits dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Politicians in the Australian state of Victoria are currently locked in a debate about whether an injured man should be able to claim the cost of a Nintendo Wii for rehabilitation purposes under worker's compensation. The man's doctor apparently recommended he use the Wii Fit exercise device, but both insurance companies and the government itself have blocked the payment and have now ridiculed the idea as paying for video games. But with the Wii Fit increasingly being used for rehabilitation purposes internationally, does the man have a fair case?"

Comment: Re:patches may make Win 7 not genuine (Score 1) 351

by SemiSpook (#30286106) Attached to: Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"
Well, the Win7 install interface is much better than its predecessors, and besides, it's not like I had anything of real value (data wise) on my box to begin with. I've found that with certain Linux distros that reformat/reinstall also tends to work a lot better than getting your hands into the nuts and bolts (a lot of that occurred with Ubuntu). I think part of my issue there was the network interfaces weren't exactly compatible with Linux to begin with (the damned Broadcom 4318 chipset on my Compaq laptop), so that may have been a contributing factor.

Methinks MS had a good start with the Beta and RC testing, now they just need to get their acts together with the patching QC.

Comment: Re:patches may make Win 7 not genuine (Score 1) 351

by SemiSpook (#30285884) Attached to: Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"
Well, took advantage of both 7HP and 7Pro, and I was having the same issue after I went from HP to Pro. Didn't get the "un-" genuine message, but things would slow up and freeze, but I suspect that the Digital River stuff once again is to blame...

Also helps I spent the extra $26 for both DVDs and doing fresh installs with those after getting pooch screwed by the DR download.
Communications

AT&T, Verizon Moving Into Gaming 45

Posted by Soulskill
from the stop-wiretapping-my-railgun dept.
Verizon announced today that they are working on a service to deliver games through their broadband service for a monthly fee. The service will begin this summer in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Along similar lines, IndustryGamers reports that AT&T is "investing millions in gaming." In addition to revamping the games section of their website, they are also working on an IPTV service and trying to find a way to unify the gaming experience across mobile platforms, computers, and consoles. "[AT&T's Executive Director of Gaming, Glenn Broderick, said,] 'What we're doing is trying to incentivize [gaming companies] to take some risks by tethering mobile games to console or PC experiences.' ... He continued, 'We're putting a ton of money into back-end systems for both mobile and the broadband site... We're making serious investments in the games space because it's now seen as a huge strategic initiative for AT&T. And before it just wasn't; it wasn't on the executive agenda.' Broderick also is optimistic that cloud-based gaming services like OnLive that provide games on demand will take off in the next 5-10 years, and he sees AT&T and its network as a big player in that."

Comment: Re:From the site (Score 1) 530

by SemiSpook (#27083691) Attached to: State of Colorado Calls Firefox Insecure, IE6 Safe
Gee, sounds like my old office. You know, the place that didn't let me access webmail, but could get to /. with no issue. Yeah, they were insistent on using IE6 as well as, and I kid you not, Netscape 7.2. When I arrived there, everyone was bitching about the fact the IT folks had recently REMOVED FF from the standard desktop image for whatever reason.

It's a freakin' IC component. You would think that they would have enough smarts to customize FF to ensure that nothing got through the browser. Dolts.

Comment: Re:I'm Confused (Score 1, Redundant) 315

by SemiSpook (#26903973) Attached to: Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades
No, I'm not implying that.

I just don't get why you'd pay more for something OLD that is expected to be there when you take it out of the box.

As I said, those discs didn't magically vanish when Microsoft said they were going to stop support. That's where I'm pointing out the confusion. Then again, the model appears to me to be used as a disincentive to get XP over Vista.

If the people want it, they shouldn't be penalized for it, that's all I'm saying. They'd still be able to get residuals because of the "OMG I can still get XP from this PC company!" reaction it'd generate, along with depleting the excess stock of now obsolete OS discs.

I also said that this is MS we're talking about. It's not supposed to make sense.

Comment: I'm Confused (Score 3, Insightful) 315

by SemiSpook (#26903855) Attached to: Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades
For something that was readily available not less than a year ago (do you really think that all those unsold XP CDs just vanished into thin air), it makes absolutely no sense to me that people should be charged EXTRA to use something that to many people and organizations is still considered a valued piece of software.

Then again, this is Microsoft we're talking about. It's not supposed to make any sense. Carry on.

Comment: Re:Open source has been "looked at" (Score 1) 306

by SemiSpook (#26545831) Attached to: Obama Looking At Open Source?
Unfortunately, with the good efforts put on by the IC Enterprise Services (ICES) group and the big 6 orgs (CIA/DIA/NSA/NRO/NGA/DNI) to push the Intelink suite, a lot of the service organizations are still very reluctant to buy into the idea of a standard DoD Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) suite. A lot of the agencies are still playing the "that's my mission" job, and very reluctant to give users control of what tools/programs they can install on their workstations.

I would venture to guess that until you can get the programs to work completely separate from the OS, that's how it's going to be at most places. Oh, and good luck with that.

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