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Comment: Best thing John Legere has done (Score 1) 237

by freddieb (#49101219) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan
Tmobile is just like anyone else. Trying to succeed in business. I have ATT. I think they give you more for the buck than tmobile. John Legere has done us all a favor though. ATT has given me much better rates to keep up with the competition he has given them and he has done this selling an inferior product (no low band lte coverage in most markets and limited pops.I have almost no tmobile signal at home (Atlanta area). I have a fair but solid ATT signal. Actually Sprint has more signal at my house than Tmobile. I refused to pay $60 plus a month for landline service and went to VOIP. I pay about $4/mo with the service and it meets my needs nicely. I pay ATT about 65/mo after taxes for 3gb data, which is plenty for me. Verizon is my only other choice and they can't match the price. So ATT is it for me unless I go to Cricket and take the capped data rates and roaming limitations.

Comment: computer security (Score 1) 86

by freddieb (#48931173) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap
When I was with the government, we had to have specially shielded computers for classified material viewing (albit maybe not as good as they claimed). My office did not even possess the devices so we were only able to receive classified correspondence by secure phones or packages. This could be a problem like the rf id credit have to know what your doing to protect yourself. Maybe Apple Pay works the same way?

Comment: smartphones (Score 1) 253

by freddieb (#47972673) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?
Battery life and user experience are the goals. My Motorola X has the best user experience I have had. Far better than the iphone 4s and Samsung s4. Both Google and Apple have the cloud integration (not sure about Microsoft as I have not tested). I expect automotive electronics will augment or replace some of the smartphone mobile functions.

Comment: re Apple vs Samsung (Score 1) 49

by freddieb (#46909205) Attached to: Jury Finds Apple and Samsung Infringed Each Other's Patents
I do not like these patent suits. I actually have a patent but made nothing on it as I worked for the government at the time. We patented the device I worked on so someone could not duplicate it and keep us from making it for our own use. Patents should have never been allow to descend to the level (software nuances ) of these disputes. If Samsung didn't actually steal the code, then how is it different than amd/intel disputes of the past?

Comment: re snow (Score 1) 723

by freddieb (#46109197) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
There is no way the gov. authorities could have prevented the problem. Business and schools let out early and created a huge traffic problem and temperatures dropped well into the 20's (F). All most all roads despite traffic became iced over. The city and state did not possess enough sand, salt to cover the affected areas besides by this time there were abandoned cars and trucks. It took my daughter 7 hours to go about 10 miles from work to home mostly due to blocked streets and jammed up traffic.

Comment: Use hostapd and Debian or Ubuntu (Score 1) 193

by freddieb (#45045663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?
I have tried what you suggest using both Ubuntu and Debian. I used one of the AR5212/AR5213 HP pci cards however if your laptop will work in the master mode you should be able to use it. I also have a Mikrotik router as someone else suggested. The hostapd solution is not as good as the Mikrotik even though I both are running high power. In my case it is probably the antenna placement. There are plenty of hostapd howto's on the net. wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Master Tx-Power=27 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management:on

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