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Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 890

A reputation is not proof. There are more than a few "great" men who've gotten by on their reputation for past deeds while they talk impressionable young devotees into doing the bulk of the actual work for them, which they then take credit for.

Isn't that pretty much what management does? A good manager will take the credit for the work his team does then hand out credit within the team in for form of evaluations. If said manager is taking personal credit for the work of the team, or any member, or said "manager" isn't the manager and just taking credit for the work of others on his team, then, yeah, that dude needs to be booted out the door.

Comment: Great (Score 4, Insightful) 105

by bjwest (#49435571) Attached to: Bell Labs Fighting To Get More Bandwidth Out of Copper
This is actually a good thing. There are millions of homes in the rural U.S. that have copper phone lines to them that will NEVER get fiber. Anything to get even old timey DSL out to them will be a good thing. I myself would love to move a couple of miles outside of town on a couple of acres.

Comment: Re:Remote access?! (Score 1) 37

by bjwest (#49398697) Attached to: DHS: Drug Infusion Pumps Vulnerable To Trivial Hacks

IOT. IOT! Every fucking thing including each led segment in my ovens digital display HAS TO FUCKING HAVE it's own IP address and access to the internet.

Christ, dude. You want the world to end or something? Without every cell in our body connected to every other cell on the planet via the internet, we're all doomed!

Comment: TIOT is going to be the end of us all... (Score 2) 37

by bjwest (#49238215) Attached to: Google Nest Rumored To Be Moving Into Audio

I'll say this again... Fuck The Internet of Things. Thermostats, smoke detectors, ovens, refrigerators, LED light bulbs and now audio? How much of our privacy and control are we going to give away? Networked devices are fine - if I retain full control and keep usage stats inhouse, but I'll be damed if I'll give control and monitoring over to any corporation in the name of "convenience". Why in hell does my temperature adjustment or light turning on or off or dimming need to go into the cloud, frigging before it even happens? There's enough processing power in a Raspbery Pi to handle the needs of the majority of homes, fuck your cloud spy devices.

Todays iCrap outage should be a wake up call, but I fear it won't. They'll patch (not fix, patch) whatever caused that, blame the problem on some terrorist group, and say it's all good. It'll happen again, and it'll be the same same again.

I'm glad I'm a do it yourselfer who can hack my house to do what I want it to do, because believe me, I will never give that much control and info of my life over to anyone. The rest of you... Well, if you handen't've (yes, that's a word) been such dicks to the nerds in high school/college, maybe you'd have someone to help you out.

Comment: Re:And so... (Score 1) 148

by bjwest (#49221077) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

Welcome to the reading world. You must have just learned to read, or been on an African safari for the past few years if you think this has just started. MS makes a significant portion of their bottom line on Android licensing, and if it weren't for the Chinese government, we still wouldn't know what the hell they claim to control.

I just hope Kyocera has the balls to fight this shit and win.

Comment: Re:Well done FCC (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by bjwest (#49157277) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

If we can get the content providers and ISPs separated, like it should be, maybe we'll see competition like we had in the days of dial-in. Oh to have the option to choose my ISP based on MY needs and desires, rather than either DSL or Cable, or only one of them and no other choice.

That should be our next goal. Split the content providers and ISPs into two separate entities.

Comment: Re: Note that this is a little different from sof (Score 2) 207

by bjwest (#49102045) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

Mickey Mouse is 85 and that little shit is still under copyright. Most likely will be for the rest of time, too.

I do get the point though. I see nothing wrong with making a copy of a physical object and selling it, if he value of the object is it's originality. Making copies of physical consumer items and selling them is, and should remain, illegal.

Comment: Re:While the idea it good. Impractical (Score 1) 38

by bjwest (#49060185) Attached to: Li-Fi-like System Pushes 100Gbps Within a Small Room

I'm positive about it. I had to cut into a wall to reroute my toilet fill line (old one filled from the top of the reservoir, new ones fill from the bottom). Definitely drywall and tongue and groove boards. There's still tatters of the original fabric wall coverings nailed to the boards.

Butifull wood, too. Very tight growth rings and zero knots in the couple of square foot section I opened up.

Comment: Re:While the idea it good. Impractical (Score 1) 38

by bjwest (#49057957) Attached to: Li-Fi-like System Pushes 100Gbps Within a Small Room

...Tell that to anyone with a house that is more than 400 sqft.... Wifi has a range of about 100 ft indoors

Which means the range covers over 30,000 sqft. Now of course your house is not perfectly round, and your access point won't be in the exact center. But there's still plenty of margin to cover a decent-sized house.

Yeah, right. My house was build in the 1940's. My router is about 40 feet straight line to my bedroom. We're talking three walls between it and me, and I get piss-poor wifi in the bedroom.

Now granted those three walls do have quite a bit of lumber in them, being 1/2" tongue and grove boards covered in drywall. I'd be willing to bet you could get close to completing two of todays "normal sized" 2400 sq. ft. homes with what's in my 1800 sq. ft. home.

Comment: EMI and computers.... (Score 1) 192

by bjwest (#49022931) Attached to: Xenon Flashes Can Make New Raspberry Pi 2 Freeze and Reboot
Maybe this will bring some sanity back into the computer world and put an end to all these windowed cases and caseless computers spewing radiation all over the place. People really have no idea that radiation is detectable and can be deciphered.

Wondering how your neighbor got your banking info? Well, you transmitted it to him...

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