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Comment Re:Simple to do (Score 1) 172

Wifi repeaters were only defined for 802.11b. Many non-standard solutions exist for 802.11g and 802.11n, some of them work, some give problems.
Anyway, one of the likely root causes is the Hidden Node problem. Make sure any access points configured to the same channel are well out of reach of each other and only use channel 1, 6 and 11.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_node_problem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels

Comment Re:morons (Score 1) 2288

I'm currently renovating my house in Belgium.

I drew all my plans in metric units and in the building materials shop all sizes are metric as well. (you would greatly confuse them if you order a 50 pounds of cement or a metal bar of 3 yards).
One noticeable exception is the width of sanitary pipes; these are measured in inches and quarter inches. (which greatly confuses me)

Comment Re:Alternatives? (Score 1) 136

I can't speak for the situation in Iran, but here in Beijing it's virtually impossible to get on the Tor network.
All bridges that are published by the Tor team are all unreachable (including those published on social networks). The only way to get on the Tor network is to have a friend set up a private bridge.

If China manages to block Tor, Iran may be able to do the same (now or in the near future)

Comment Re:Didn't they do this once already? (Score 5, Informative) 177

Well, from Beijing:

surfing to http://google.cn/ will show you something that looks like google's homepage, only, it's just an image of the homepage. Clicking on it will lead you to google.com.hk. (the version in simplified Chinese characters)
What changed a couple of weeks back is that they do not redirect you automatically, you just end up on this landing page.

Interesting to note: passing a query directly to google.cn (from the search box in firefox), will just execute the query on google.com.hk

Comment Re:Example of competition gone wrong (Score 3, Interesting) 191

Purely theoretical:

- User boots live-cd
- Some malware gets executed and stays in RAM (by user interaction or not)
- Malware reflashes the EEPROM holding the BIOS with some malicious code
- On next boot BIOS will store some malicious code in memory and does something very clever that makes the OS on the liveCD execute that code

It would be a very targeted attack, but not entirely impossible

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens. -- Bengamin Disraeli

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