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Comment re security clearance info (Score 1) 173 173

I worked for the government for 40 years and had a top secret clearance. IMHO security clearances were pretty much worthless. I had people working for me that should have not been cleared however, I had no direct evidence to keep them from obtaining a clearance. They were pretty much a rubber stamp. I expect you could google and find out most of the stuff contained in the clearance (which I never saw).

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

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 86

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 re Loran (Score 3, Interesting) 139 139

I remember loran from my early ham radio days (50's and 60's). It made a hell of a noise on HF. It probably would not bother anyone any more as the hf frequencies are not utilized as they once were. Sounds like an excellent idea as the gps system is very vulnerable.

Comment smartphones (Score 1) 253 253

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 49

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?

Submission + - FCC proposes a $48,000 fine to man jamming cellphones on interstate 4 in Florida->

freddieb writes: An individual who had been jamming cellphone traffic on interstate 4 in Florida was located by FCC agents with the assistance of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputies. The individual had reportedly been jamming cellphone traffic on I-4 for two years.
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Comment re snow (Score 1) 723 723

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) 193 193

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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