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Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 1) 435

MAC addresses have become very fuzzy.

I know it makes me a horrible person, but I have been picking my own MAC addresses since the days of steam powered ethernet, wire-wrap prototypes, and ceramic EPROMS with windows.

In the prototype stage, it is just so damn convenient to have a number of boards with the same address.

When the entire network is within no more than a workbench long, it is not a problem and can speed things up,

With the technical and financial barrier to creating something that can connect to the net dropping all the time, hacking stuff, the rise in the IoT, and things like the Raspberry Pi being a part education at almost every technical level it is no longer that difficult to find a network with 2 devices using the same MAC address. Especially true in an educational environment, amazing but true, some people get bored and intentionally hijack a MAC from a fellow student for amusement.

I do not worry about someone spoofing a MAC address to use my wifi connection, but I also do not trust that any MAC address is really unique. The odds are long, but it is almost trivial to accomplish.

Comment Re:National Geographic magazine lost all credibili (Score 1) 286

Alton Brown tarting up and then reducing things to bites. I see what you did there.

Confusing mythbusters with science makes me crazy. A sample size of 1 is almost useless. For some things: 'Can you X with Y ?' where the answer is Yes, can be acceptable. But it can not be reasoned that the opposite is also true.

But I guess the legal and liability issues involved with answering " Can you kill someone with/by ....", a couple of times a week would be difficult to surmount.

Comment Re:I feel you... (Score 1) 283

There is not evil out to get you (at least with this issue). The goal is not to 'force' you to buy a new one. The manufactures are just making things easy on themselves.

If you do not like a phone/tablet that comes with baggage from a vendor or manufacturer, don't buy one. If you want relatively painless continuity, you want an Apple product. If you want a lean system with good functionality for a great price, you want to root an android device. If you want all the advantages of android, with full functionality for the features of the phone, you will get a manufacture/vendor android variant, that runs as well as it did the day you bought it. It will never perform like one made 3 months later, and it is unrealistic to expect that. What you buy, is what you get.

By now, everyone should understand the lifecycle of an android device. I understand it is not fun to get stuck with a system that is not easily forward compatible. But android is worth what you pay for it. For some it is an amazing value, for others it is a series of frustrations.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan