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Comment: Re:It's official ... (Score 1) 68

by SinShiva (#48776435) Attached to: Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network
Technically, AsusWRT is forked from Tomato. There is, however, openwrt based entware/optware package managers for MIPS and ARM based routers, respectively, when utilizing AsusWRT-Merlin. Asus also runs some additional packages via their own hosted optware repos, but these are generally outdated, with exception to certain core extras.

Personally, I think the AiCloud features are nice in theory, but I also prefer the more standard options. AiCloud has companion android/ios apps for the less technically saavy.

+ - Cold fusion reactor verified by third-party researchers 2

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "ExtremeTech reports that "Andrea Rossi's E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy — has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or "far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume." The researchers were also allowed to analyze the fuel before and after the 32-day run, noting that the isotopes in the spent fuel could only have been obtained by "nuclear reactions"...""

Comment: cheap dualcore asus ac56u with asuswrt-merlin (Score 1) 238

by SinShiva (#47892451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
as the subject line indicates, i use the rt-ac56r (~100usd at walmart) as my primary router and with the asuswrt-merlin fork i have dual simultaneous openvpn servers configurable from the webui. awesome router. and true to asus' reknown for keeping old devices updated, the 'adaptive qos' based on trendmicro's DPI based system is on it's way to this venerable device, which premiered in the latest model, the rt-ac87u

Comment: not taking sides here, but... (Score 1) 110

by SinShiva (#47771349) Attached to: CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories
I switched to CenturyLink 10mbit DSL because I suffered a dramatically reduced income, after having been on the 50/10 Comcast tier. I even had to spend some time in a pretty poor town. I had my full 10mbit there. Most of my neighbors there we're on centurylink, many using their IPTV-based PRISM service because it was cheaper than comcast and more reliable than satelite. I even worked with CL Engineers in diagnosing a broken fiber run into town. The way I see it, CL is still mostly an ATM based DSL provider and they ultimately have a lot more work cut out for them and with not nearly the resources Comcast has, in upgrading their entire networks.

Comment: Re:a bit of a copout (Score 1) 71

by SinShiva (#47602611) Attached to: Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty
Yes, it would be far better they were on the streets rather than in their homes. many a childhood has been wrecked with less than 5mbit. comcast really should be diverting these funds toward boarding schools, eh? if comcast isn't parenting my kids for me, they must be doing it wrong.

Comment: Right and wrong (Score 2) 481

by SinShiva (#44512015) Attached to: Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google
While Bill Gates isn't necessarily wrong, this is kind of awkward to see. I'm glad that Bill Gates cares enough to help countries in need of healthcare reform, however i would imagine those same countries would be glad for technologies that would enable them to figure out things like that for themselves. They are both covering relatively immediate needs.

So, I wonder if Bill Gates has considered asking Google's humanitarian projects if they might like to dedicate some resources to helping improving (and reducing cost of) the tech side of healthcare, which would be of the best ways to use a resource like Google, aside from throwing money at the problem.

Regardless, story feels incomplete or Bill needs to communicate.

Comment: +1 Environment (Score 1) 405

by SinShiva (#43662167) Attached to: The public sector in direst need of reform is ...
I am pretty certain that as long as the human population continues to grow and time marches on, the majority of these options will always be in a constant state of reform. However, I believe we have far more time to positively effect changes for all but our impact on the environment. We need better and cleaner energy, faster. We need Hydrogen. Its abundant. Forget improving solarpanel efficiency by a fraction of a percent; this is NOT progress. I don't care about stupid wind turbines. I do not WANT a hybrid car. Hybrid cars are a perfect example of a bandaid solution. They suck. You can't even use the electric motor to oscillate a higher speed after accelerating with gas. STUPID.

Comment: Re:MS is not even in the game... yet (Score 1) 417

by SinShiva (#41687715) Attached to: Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?
I personally like the idea of integration with my Windows boxes, but the iPad has existed for some years now. I can't believe that MS wants to price their new tablet comparably with the iPad when their customers are essentially going to be beta testing their new OS, on new hardware. MS should have kept hardware costs low for the first attempt, TRIED to price the unit between an android tablet and the iPad, while growing their brand new software garden.

Keep in mind, i'm of the type to think the iPad is still overpriced, despite their proven success.

Comment: testing for speed or failure? (Score 1) 297

by SinShiva (#39564573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?
I see that many comments include utilities that may or may not indicate ACTUAL problems. Some of these test for speed, but how? Personally, i find the most accurate way to test storage media (and network media) is by copying data to and from the storage media in question, to a RAMDISK. For network throughput, i like to copy ramdisk to ramdisk via differing protocols, ie ftp/http/samba, etc. (i run a small ramdisk as a virtual folder in IIS (win7) for hosting small files to give to friends.) Also, installing (cpu/mem/gpu) benchmark utilities to a ramdisk yields interesting results. i don't believe most or all benchmark utilities are ACTUALLY unhindered by storage media when testing other components, like the cpu.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?