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Comment: Re:How much is due to Congestion (Score 2) 72

by flappinbooger (#47628961) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

My Japan wifi experience was: amazing speeds, 20 hours a day, completely unusable for 4 hours a day. Fortunately there was an ethernet port - far more valuable to me than wifi.

Yeah, before I went to Japan my "assumption" was that every square inch of the place was wired. Internet everywhere. All I'd ever seen was pictures of that one busy street in Tokyo with all the lights and glitz.

This was in Onoda, and we were staying in what I heard was "the only" western style hotel. If I recall it was a wired connection only, and the entire service would go down periodically, pretty much daily. I'd have to go to the front desk and say "internet down. no internet. can please fix?" or something of that nature and hope they would understand and go back into the back and reset it.

It was funny because they would recognize every westerner on the trip by face and hand each of us our correct room key when we came back to the hotel without a word, just a smile and a nod.

Sigh. That was a good trip, I hope to go back sometime. Very nice people and a beautiful country. Very memorable, especially the visit to Hiroshima and the museum there. I'd never felt quite that awkward before, as a US citizen in the Hiroshima museum.

Comment: Re:How much is due to Congestion (Score 1) 72

by flappinbooger (#47625485) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

I've never had good internet service, really good, on hotel wifi - with one exception.

The worst was in Japan, go figure. It was down half the time, and no-one at the front desk spoke english. Fun fun fun. I was probably in the Japanese equivalent of Gary - in the ONLY Western style hotel in the city. Any more native and I'm pooping in a hole in the floor.

My one memorable good connection - I was at a UTM appliance training session and the wifi in the room connected me to lousy service, however the training company got the hotel to hook the training room up to the GOOD STUFF. We were connected to rock solid service with sustained upload and download both in the 47 megabit range.

So, congestion - yes. My guess is that they put the rooms to a ganged up and metered port whereas the admin connection is free and clear.

Comment: Re:20 megawatts (Score 1) 195

by flappinbooger (#47586815) Attached to: Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Modded down for telling the truth. These guys are wasting a small town's worth of power to do worthless calculations.

On more than one occasion I have used bitcoin - that I mined myself - to buy something useful.

I created real money out of thin air using "worthless calculations" and then purchased a good or service with that money directly.

Crypto mining is NOT worthless.

Crypto is NOT going away.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 1) 346

by flappinbooger (#47459777) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

" And Windows 8 as is is ONLY oriented towards tablets"


I recently fixed a Surface Pro 2 tablet for a client of mine. He had a VPN client installed which blew up the wifi when the recent MS update went through which updated ***EVERYTHING*** on the tablet.

It isn't TOTALLY bad. It isn't good either. It's way too thick, too heavy, too hot. The screen is very nice I'll give it that.

The OS is annoying and frustrating and - for the life of me - purposely and consistently inconsistent. Follow me there? It's like it just does things differently for no reason. Bring up the "jewels" menu and then "settings" while in the tile desktop and stuff is one way, bring up the same menu while in the old school desktop and it is another way.

I've worked on a few desktop and laptops with windows 8 and the VERY first thing I do on FIRST BOOT is install the 3rd party taskbar hack. Working on this surface is the first time I've taken the time to figure out how to get around on 8. Because it's actually a tablet.

Windows 8 IS geared only towards tablets, for some reason it mistakenly gets installed on laptops and desktops without touch screens.

If someone gave me a surface pro I would sell it and buy an ASUS transformer or just a 10" galaxy note with a keyboard cover.

Comment: Re:Silly season much (Score 1) 131

It depends on who you are and where you are. Ethnic minorities can have more than one child, so their ethnic group and culture do not become diminished. Rural villagers can also have more than one child sometimes, especially if their first child is not a boy. In some cases, they can keep having children until they get a boy. That is thought to reduce the incentive to engage in infanticide of female babies. Doctors are also not allowed to tell prospective parents whether their child will be a boy or a girl -- that is forbidden because it could also lead to infanticide. Finally, if the parents are wealthy, then they can simply pay the fine for extra children, and then it doesn't matter.

What? Infanticide is discouraged?

Those savages! Don't they know it's a woman's choice? Gasp! China is a such primitive backward society!

Comment: Re:Amazoing (Score 1) 415

by flappinbooger (#47400107) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

I had no idea the contents of a physical drive changed its smell!

This is very intriguing!

Well, I would assume that the dog is trained to indicate on the scent of the various parts of the computer components such as printed circuit boards, solder resin, various typical packaging materials such as integrated circuit housing polymers, and so on.

Oh, wait, whoosh! almost missed it there.

Comment: Re:And this surprises... who? (Score 1) 191

I mean, really. We *know* that (most) grandmas ain't exactly surfin' like crazy. They're terrified of viruses, and all the other associated buzzwords, and were uncomfortable around new technology before that. Certainly there are exceptions -- but I'm not at all surprised to hear that the demographic mentioned isn't exactly spearheading the digital revolution.

This 30% number is going to go down over time -- as these people die.

Comment: Re:RAND totally misses it (Score 1) 97

1. Good cyber people won't put up with the insane government clearance bullshit. They'll go to work for Google or Microsoft.
2. Good cyber people don't want to live in places like Jessup, Maryland or Barksdale, Louisiana.
3. Lots of good cyber people are autodidacts; the report says no more autodidacts should be hired because Ed Snowden was an autodidact. Puh-leeze.

I'd be happy to be a government cyber warrior as long as I can do it in my mom's basement and get paid in hot pockets and star trek dvds.

Comment: Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (Score 1) 281

by flappinbooger (#47280529) Attached to: Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

you trusted your BC to some yahoo that ran a fricking Magic:The Gathering trading club...really?

What? You don't do all your banking at the comic book shop?

might be safer to put your money into comic books rather than bitcoin, ha ha.

the thing is, the coins have fluctuated in dollar value but actually haven't crashed or disappeared.

MTGOX was just one exchange, and a goofy one at that IMO, there are many others and more will come.

BTC isn't going anywhere. Both as an idea and a currency.

Comment: Re:I'm surprised (Score 1) 14

by flappinbooger (#47261399) Attached to: Researchers Outline Spammers' Business Ecosystem

The problem is that spam is inexpensive to send. Especially if you are using a bot net of infected computers so you utilize someone else's bandwidth. If you spend $100 to send out 1 million e-mails and get a 0.1% return rate at $1 per user, you make $900 per campaign.

The math to show why spam still exists is really just that simple. Statistically it does pay.

The emails can be purchased cheaply, botnet space is cheap, VPNs to hide your identity are cheap and effective, and the payoff is good.

And since it is a relatively "harmless" thing to do, most spammers can probably sleep well at night.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada