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Comment: Re:Already prepared. (Score 2) 232

by Tintivilus (#41786849) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Are You Preparing For Hurricane Sandy?

What fuel stabilizer do you use, how long do you keep the gas, and what do you do when it expires?

Every 6 months, dump the stored gas into your car and refill the can(s) at the station. Even better, get a manual transfer pump so you can refill your gas can from your car's tank in a pinch. My "emergency" generator fuel supply is ~16gals in each of two cars.

It's a good idea to fill up before a major storm anyway in case you need to evacuate.

Comment: Re:Phones? (Score 2) 358

by Tintivilus (#35817512) Attached to: New Houses Killing Wi-Fi

Remember, you can add more APs for wifi, but not for phones.

Not true. Residential users can use broadband backhaul for relatively cheap (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femtocell)

Bigger users can get bigger equipment. Last year, my office installed entire cell stations for major providers in our main equipment rooms and wired them with low-loss coax to little dome antennas scattered around the buildings. Helps coverage immensely :)

Comment: "Alarm Bells"? (Score 2) 358

by Tintivilus (#35817122) Attached to: New Houses Killing Wi-Fi

Author of TFA says he doesn't know if the material he observed has an impact on radio, just quoting the fact that it's "reflective" from a vendor brochure, but according to the same pdf the material is in fact metallic

Protect TF200 Thermo includes a tough non-woven PP core with a durable bright high purity permeable aluminium layer, bonded to the substrate.

Yep, sounds like a radio-eater all right. Interesting stuff, too.

Comment: Re:just stick to being Google (Score 1) 167

by Tintivilus (#35757150) Attached to: Google Ties Employee Bonuses To +1 Success

Ok, what exactly does the word "bonus" mean to you? If it was just a given that you were going to get a bonus, why not just include it in the regular salary?

Bonuses in the US are "incentive pay". They're an aware based on success, and most companies define success as meeting their goals, so it's perfectly logical for a company to say to have a baseline bonus policy in addition to salary, and modify that bonus up or down for exceeding or falling short of the stated goals. It's both the carrot and the stick.

Comment: Re:There's a reason I left AT&T. (Score 1) 367

by Tintivilus (#35564668) Attached to: Why the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Is Bad For Consumers

If I want GSM (so that my phone will work in the rest of the world when I travel (right?)) then I either have to have AT&T, T-Mobile, or one of the MVNOs that operate on their networks. I fear if AT&T dismantles the T-Mobile infrastructure that I'll be back to not getting any signal inside my house. Is my fear justified?

Verizon has several phones with GSM (and even UMTS) for global roaming. Motorola Droid Pro and Droid2 Global come immediately to mind:

WCDMA 850/1900/2100, CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps (Category 9/10), CDMA EV-DO Release A, EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12, HSUPA 1.8 Mbps

There are some HTC and Blackberry options too. Global roaming isn't as big a deal as it used to be for Verizon customers.

Comment: All Android what? (Score 2) 244

by Tintivilus (#34866792) Attached to: Dual-Core Chips Coming To All Smartphones In 2011

All Android phones released in 2010 were capped at 1Ghz with chips from either Qualcomm or Samsung. The Samsung Infuse 4G is the first phone I'm aware of that at stock is greater than 1Ghz (it is 1.2Ghz).

Almost all the Motorola Android phones, and all the high-end ones currently shipping, use TI OMAP processors.

First, Droid (Milestone) in 2009 used a TI OMAP 3430

Later, Droid X in 2010 used a TI OMAP 3630 at 1Ghz

Finally, Droid 2 Global Launched on Nov 9 2001 with a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP processor

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 1) 279

by Tintivilus (#34741478) Attached to: Battle Escalates Between Airlines and Online Agents

I totally understand the quality argument. Midwest Express is supposed to be quite nice in the areas they fly. On the other hand, I remember flying on some airlines in the 90s that aren't around anymore that were just horrible.

I used to fly Midwest exclusively -- they were a bit more expensive, but well worth it for the nicer cabin service and roomy "business class" style 2+2 seating in their DC9's instead of the more common 2+3 arrangement.

Now they're just another carrier squishing in cattle competing for bottom dollar. Between that and the airport hassles I usually just drive anywhere I would have taken Midwest in ~2002

Comment: Re:It's all FUD by a researcher trying to get noti (Score 1) 260

by Tintivilus (#33204746) Attached to: The Shoddy State of Automotive Wireless Security

The ONLY wireless OEM hack I have ever seen is the one where you blast mp3 files to bluetooth devices with the codes set to 0000 or 1234.. and that was to a BMW. Unfortunately it did not allow me to take control and steer the car or control the brakes. It did allow us to play audi adverts to the guy.

Where'd you find a BMW with factory A2DP?

Comment: It's called "renter's insurance" (Score 1) 825

by Tintivilus (#33156160) Attached to: Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

Get renter's insurance. Seriously. I don't think I ever had a policy priced at more than $100/year. If you also have a reasonably late-model car you can usually get a "multi-policy discount" that's greater than the cost of the renter's policy.

Surveillance equipment is just something else to be stolen if there's a breakin.

Comment: Re:Phones which can not make phone calls (Score 1) 274

by Tintivilus (#32871718) Attached to: The Verizon Wireless HTC Eris 'Silent Call Bug'

"dumb"phone defects are sometimes dealt with over-the-air, or the user brings the phone back into the store to re-flash or exchange it for an updated model. Returned phones are re-flashed in a distribution center and sent back to stores for exchange as refurbished models.

It's *very* rare that a phone cannot be reflashed at all - Not only would the hardware is scrap if a software defect is found, but each and every phone would have to be contracted for a specific carrier and market before it's manufactured. When was the last time you saw a model of phone that was 100% identical between two carriers?

Comment: Re:A movie comes to mind. (Score 4, Informative) 274

by Tintivilus (#32871690) Attached to: The Verizon Wireless HTC Eris 'Silent Call Bug'

The reason they could find your location before GPS was a thing called triangulation. They could (and still can on phones without GPS) check your signal strength to various towers to figure out where you are because they know the geographic location of all the towers.

Your description is correct, but that's not triangulation, it's trilateration. From signal strength one can derive a distance but not a direction. The technique is drawing circles of to see where they meet, rather than drawing lines to see where they cross.

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