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Comment: Re:Both movie trilogies were just visualization ai (Score 1) 336

by Zebai (#48664111) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I don't see how you can claim the Lotro movie was faithful. I love the movies but is missing far to much to be faithful. They failed to mention there was a 20-30 year gap between Gandalf telling Frodo to keep the ring secret and his return during which he searched for gollum and he had people protecting the shire and that Frodo was ~60 yrs old when he left the shire. They skipped the entire section of the book for when they left the shire and went into the forest/graveyard. They changed the story on the reforging of the sword. They killed Sarumon before the final battle and completely cut out the battle of the shire. There were quite a few other differences as well but I last read the book 10 years ago so some details are faded.

Comment: Re:Not impressed (Score 1) 160

by Zebai (#48598699) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

I'm unique as well, however the it gave a list of what items I was unique in Namely the only thing that I did not share with the vast majority of others was the exact nature of my plugin list. The exact version and names of all enabled plugins apparently had a unique configuration..Personally I don't see a need to broadcast my plugin list is there anyway to prevent it?

Comment: Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (Score 1) 291

by Zebai (#48562057) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

I'm not a huge fan of many of Comcast policy's but in this case... They don't need your consent, it is their property, under a lease agreement, and they are allowed to modify that agreement at will with notice (and they DO print notices about pending hotspot activations on the statements). I haven't read the service agreement myself but I'm pretty sure that cost to power leased devices is mentioned somehow. In any case you can disable the feature yourself without talking to anyone by logging into your account online. If your that much concerned about it beyond this you should be using your own modem anyway as the gateway is a POS.

The home hotspots also require login prior to use, they can't be used anonymous by non comcast customers

Comment: Re:Only a kilometer high? (Score 1) 24

by Zebai (#48483043) Attached to: Volcanic Eruption In Japan Disrupts Flights

It's not the cloud that's a danger, as that's easily seen and avoided but what the cloud represents.. Tons of earth thrown into the air at high speed in random directions. The cloud is where it is most dense but there are likely rocks being thrown around in smaller quantities every which way that could easily hit a plane and destroy it.

Comment: Re:Healthcare? (Score 1) 291

by Zebai (#48210457) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Was just about to mention he has numbers off when i saw your post. Also would like to point out they aren't avoiding fiber to the home in all areas, I am aware of a few communities that have negotiated for fiber the home for comcast so its not like such an event is not impossible if there's strong enough community demand for it. I personally don't see the need for the cost of it, I'm personally satisfied with my 50mbps as most places I connect to do not saturate what I already have and likely will not for many years. Higher speeds do exist in my area (Comcast offers 505mbps here) but I doubt I would upgrade even if the cost wasn't the massive $300/mo

Comment: Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (Score 2) 368

by Zebai (#47657363) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

It depends heavily on what your calling in for, for example if you call in for internet issues chances are your going to get outsourced ( and i don't blame them for this a lot of internet calls tend to be PC/router issues). It also depends on where you live, some areas by contract require certain considerations such as hold time, outage response times..those areas are routed domestically to certain areas that are aware of those requirements. There is also some quality control, if it detects you have spoken to a large number of reps over a short period it has a higher priority to be routed domestically as well as it is obvious your problem is not getting solved.

I think the biggest problem with comcast is that the upper management ignores the lack of quality control and accountability for outsourced support that local agents are subject to. Even if every mistake or bad behavior is reported (which it is not simply because you just don't have the time and have to fix it and move on) the difficulty of reporting that behavior to out of country management team and ensuring that they correct it is alot higher than sending msg to an internal manager/sup.

Comment: Re:+1 for this Post (Score 4, Interesting) 427

by Zebai (#47635343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I'm using a netgear WNDR3800 with gargoyle branded vs of openwrt. Works absolutely perfect, its an older model now but I don't need AC support and it's above average cpu and memory for a router even under heavy usage its barely peaks over 20% capacity and I've never noticed a single time where it has dropped my connection or need to be reset at all in the past 4 years

Memory Usage:17.7MB / 123.7MB (14.3%)
Connections:337/4096
CPU Load Averages:0.07 / 0.03 / 0.05 (1/5/15 minutes)

Comment: Is this an achievement? (Score 4, Insightful) 47

by Zebai (#47516769) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

Am I only one who doesn't think this is all that impressive? A manned ship surviving, yes, a stationary building surviving yes, but a unmanned sealed drone that has no problem being submerged in the water with nothing to collide against it without need to stay upright? I could achieve similar results as this drone by putting some gear in a steel container and letting throwing it out to sea. Its other purposes aside "shrugging" off a storm of any size should be trivial for such an object.

Comment: Re:Obsolete before it was released. (Score 1) 56

by Zebai (#47513313) Attached to: EFF Releases Wireless Router Firmware For Open Access Points

Other than reduced availability for sale I don't think being end of life should really matter you would not get support from netgear on a custom firmware.

I just feels to me like the EFF wants to reinvent the wheel here. There are already routers/firmwares out there that support multiple wifi ssid's just make one of them a guest id public or not.

Comment: Re:Liability (Score 1) 474

The hotspot is only broadcast from the rented wireless gateway router/modem combo devices and it supports multiple IP addresses so the public hotspot is off a 2nd, isolated IP to prevent any problem with copyright etc.. It also doesn't count against your bandwidth or usage so you can still use your full speed your signed up for. Personally though I'd rather not have it my home either but I went out of my way to get a regular EMTA modem instead of the gateway for other reasons (the device itself is rather crappy)

Comment: Re:more money - less quality (Score 1) 286

by Zebai (#47023581) Attached to: Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

Comcast trialed this is the Charleston, NC area, or did for many years. You buy a core package for basic service and then you can addon additional packs by category, sports, news, family, movies etc.. Last I heard of it it wasn't popular enough to keep maintaining and is being phased out. Most people were in the category that they didn't pay enough attention or make the effort to save money or chose to save money by discount hopping.

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