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Comment: Get a better router? (Score 3, Informative) 234

by goldcd (#47890765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
I picked up an Asus ac66u last year (there are later models and I suspect cheaper ones in the range that are similar) - and it supports VPN (amongst all manner of other stuff).
Just have an extra page on the GUI to allow you to generate an openVPN cert and account privs. Pretty useful as means when I'm travelling I can just seamlessly add my phone to the home network.
I'd thought about buying something dedicated (well was more a NAS project, I thought I could add this to) - but unless you've got some complex needs or high volume - I strongly suspect I'd make more of a mess (both function and security) trying to set it up myself.

Comment: The issue isn't really net neutrality. (Score 4, Interesting) 81

by goldcd (#47888079) Attached to: Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC
It's lack of competition in the US markets.
In deregulated markets when you have competition, if your Netflix doesn't work, you shout at your ISP who either loses you as a customer, or sorts their peering out.
Problem in the states would seem to be that if your Netflix doesn't work, you don't appear to usually have an alternate/comparable ISP you can switch to that will give you working Netflix.They've got you over a barrel, and see an opportunity to make money. Asking you for extra cash to make your netflix work is what they'd really love to do, but as they can't, they'll ask Netflix for it (who'll then ultimately have to pass this onto you).
Looking at it another way - if you had a 'net neutral' google connection available to you, you wouldn't care what other ISPs you didn't use were doing.
US ISPs are currently trying to have their cake and eating it - they want the regulation that prevents the competition, but don't want regulation that makes the connection 'neutral' (whatever exactly you think that means).

Comment: Maybe it's the lack of choice. (Score 1) 811

by goldcd (#47875415) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
If I buy a car, or a pair of trousers, I make a decision as to what I will and won't accept.
If I buy a plane ticket, I can see the airports, the times, the meal I don't want, the films I can watch, religious meal-types available etc - there's never an absolute statement saying you'll have x many inches of space between your back and the seat infront.
If there was, I could appeal to corporate travel to black-list some options. As it stands you're already on the plane, before you realize what you're in for.

Comment: Indeed (Score 1) 811

by goldcd (#47875389) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
The *single* time I've ever argued on a plane (I'm British and we're big on silent compliance), was then I could only fit by putting by twisting (really not good for your back), my legs ended up in the aisle and was woken and chastised by stewardess unable to get her trolley past (after slamming it into my legs a few times).
Ended up having to stand up to let the duty-free go by.
To return to the point above. I'm not asking for luxury, I'm just wanting it not to physically hurt. I don't have a choice of airline as I have a cheap-arse employer - I can maybe choose a flight time that I think will be less popular, but that's all the say I have. Yes - maybe I should change jobs - but just seems bizarre that in my corporate world of IT, decisions have been made as to whether I should feel pain or not.

Comment: Agreed. (Score 1) 811

by goldcd (#47875327) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
I quite liked my Hertz Bug - I think they thought we were a gay couple though, when we were offered it, but I digress - loads of space.
Next time we got a Mini (the fuggly big one) and I loathed it.
I know you're taller than me, so don't wish to tell you what's comfortable - but for me at least: Huge cars always have space. Anything beneath that appears to be completely random whether it's comfortable or not. Some are designed for tall people, some aren't - there just doesn't seem to be any particular reasoning/pricing around it.

Comment: I disagree (Score 1) 811

by goldcd (#47875275) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
I'm not 'very' tall - I don't have to shop in different shops. The regular shops I go to don't charge me extra for the material required to make my clothes etc. They've determined the cost of fabric isn't economically justifiable in maintaining different price points for the clothing - we all pay the same, we all get something that fits.
What's wasteful on planes is the handing out of 'excess' legroom. If you don't need 1 inch of space, you certainly don't need 3" of space. That's a waste. An empty seat that nobody is using is an AWFUL lot of waste that could be allocated, for nothing, to other passengers.

The seats are already on tracks, how about simply just allowing them to crawl up and down the plane according to need? Sure it's not simple - but planes are reasonably complex already. Simply pitch would be - all passengers get the most legroom we can possibly provide them with.
Airlines are already trying to shift us off the peak-hour flights on cost - but I'd happily shift, for nothing (as my employer is paying), if I was actually comfortable.

Comment: Hmm (Score 1) 811

by goldcd (#47875189) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
There are all manner of double standards already though - as a 37 year old I'd get kicked off a plane if I made as much noise as some children.
I've been (OK, willingly) booted from a bulkhead (more leg-room) so a parent could have a clip on tray-thing to put their child on.

Long-haul holiday, I cash in my air-miles for something with leg-room. I unfortunately happen to have a scummy-cheap-employer, who'll pay for nothing other than economy on my enforced trips.

Most of the time it's fine, there's enough legroom, the flight's not full, blah blah. It's just those occasions where this isn't the case. You sit down and know for the next 8 hours you're going to be in pain. Actual pain. AND then somebody slams a seat into you. Strike that, most of the time they notice 'the resistance' - but when they don't..
Ideally it should just be treated in the same way as a kosher meal. x inches of leg-room is a requirement for my travel. Can't supply that, you lose my business. I really don't care about the rest of it. Air-travel is not something I wish to 'enjoy' - simply be as unaware of as possible.

Comment: Yup (Score 2) 811

by goldcd (#47845573) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
I'm tall 6'3", which isn't ridiculously tall
Plenty of planes I get on and just sitting my knee is touching the back of the seat in front of me - usually get some space by dumping the catalogues from the seat pocket - but I'm not a fan of reclining seats.
Because my knee's on the seat, I can't even slouch to get my legs under the seat in-front (and then the stupid tray won't go flat as it rests of my knees.
I am not a fan of flying on some airlines.
Only really takes an extra inch of leg room to allow me to move a bit, and make all the above go away.
On the plus side, now these same scummy airlines seem to be charging for emergency exit rows, I do at least stand a chance of being able to get some legroom for a vaguely affordable price.

Comment: I quite like his videos (Score 1) 54

by goldcd (#47790169) Attached to: Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit
but that's not a particularly great one - have a look at the rest of the stuff on his channel.

Oh, and for the people pointing out a conductive suit might not be the best type of protection - it's entirely likely you're right. He's not really into 'safety' -

Comment: I thought they were different tech (Score 1) 127

by goldcd (#47609943) Attached to: T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models
AT&T & T-mobile were GSM in the states, and the rest were CDMA... but could be wrong. You're at least partially right about the bands though. As a visitor to the US, I pretty much stick to AT&T as they use the same bands as most of the world (i.e. ones my phone can do). T-Mobile I think uses one regular band, but also a rare non-standardish one.

Comment: No (Score 3, Interesting) 502

I was once horrifically stung (what I realize was a very long time ago) with an Abit "audiomax" soundcard that came with my motherboard. Quite horrific interference amongst the many problems. In a fit of pique I bought an Asus Xonar that solved all my problems immediately.

Since then, I've been through a few motherboards, but plugged that Xonar in, and it's definitely 'better'

Now if I didn't have that Xonar, then I'd be as happy as the proverbial Larry with my on-board sound I can get today. On-board sound is quite definitely 'good enough' now, but seems a shame for people not to realize (if they care) they can make it a great deal better for a pretty low price.

And, I've carried this card with me for quite a while as my GPUs have come and gone. The price I've paid for my slightly better sound is now practically nothing per year.

I think people still care about sound, but it's just another check-box on your slightly more pimped mobo - in much the same way as a I got a deluxe board with an Intel network adaptor in addition to the Realtek.

It doesn't really matter that much, I don't expect most people to care, but to say that on-board is good enough for all simply isn't true.

My current on-board is wired to my desk speakers for the day to day stuff I want to listen to, and the Xonar is connected to my silly-number-of-speakers gaming headset.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas