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Comment Broadband definition... (Score 3, Informative) 521

...has nothing to do with speed. It has to do with transmitting multiple signals over different frequencies.

"a high-capacity transmission technique using a wide range of frequencies, which enables a large number of messages to be communicated simultaneously."

Call it high speed Internet. Please stop fucking up our language.

Comment Re:There are issues with this... (Score 1) 247

You really do want the wireless card to be treated as a first-class network interface on your router.

I respectfully disagree. I think most people's PoP in their homes isn't necessarily ideal for their only AP (yes, I know some need multiple AP's). It's probably better to have the AP separate so it can be centrally located in the house for best coverage.

My setup has the AP centrally located in the house in a closet with PoE, which is far away from where my service enters the house.

Comment Re:don't connect * to the internet (Score 1) 65

Seriously, you want to solve "old security issues" that are only an issue because you attached some random device to the internet that has no business being attached to the internet.

This new wireless protocol doesn't necessarily have anything to do with being connected to the Internet. But I do agree that there are too many devices and services connected to the Internet that have no business being connected to the Internet.

Comment Sad news (Score 1) 61

I love the BB10 platform and the hardware. It's fast, reliable and secure. Yeah, I know there aren't many BB10 apps, but I can load pretty much any Android app I need on my Z10. The BB Hub is a great feature that I use for all of my accounts.

Plus, using my Z10 with my company's BES12 service is freaking awesome. Work and personal information is completely separate.

Comment Re:Why we need access to the *complete* set of cod (Score 1) 128

Even if Cisco does an audit they won't be able to ensure the complete set of code isn't back-doored.

While this is true, is that as big of a security risk? (yes, I realize that any security breach is a big deal, but I'm looking at the big picture here) If the chipmaker for the 802.11ac chips has a backdoor in it, then what can they gain access to? Can they control the entire device, or just that subset of the device? They might have access to the encrypted network traffic, but can they do anything with it? Also, wouldn't finding the dump of the data out of the network, or into the network be relatively easy to spot?

Since I'm a sysadmin and not a hardware designer I'll wait for some answers here. Should be a good discussion.

Comment Re:I don't like govt providing nonessential servic (Score 2) 352

The internet used to be a non-essential service. That time has long gone. Now the network is the new interstate, and we are behind the rest of the world because we insist that the free market will do a better job of providing universal internet infrastructure. This is demonstrably not true, the free market will provide excessive capacity where there is profit to be made, but no capacity where there is no profit to be made. This uneven coverage actually hurts the country. Just as uneven electrification, interstate system, or health coverage hurt the country.

I disagree. It's not essential. There are still communities in the US without telephone service. Why didn't the government intervene there? Because telephone service isn't essential either. I think you're not understanding the definition of the word essential. It means absolutely necessary.

We should create a government run high performance back bone that runs to every city in the US and town. Corporations could still compete on top of this system paying a rent for the maintenance and upgrades to the system similar to the rents they pay for air spectrum. Corporations would then not have to double build infrastructure so the overall cost would be lower. The reason that companies don't want this is that one of the ways that they keep their monopoly is that it is expensive to build network capability, so they can exclude competition from smaller companies that cannot afford to build infrastructure.

The government does not need to provide more nonessential services. Like I said in the OP, our governments can't even provide essential services properly. We don't need them overextending their incompetence to nonessential services too.

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