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Comment Bad Example... (Score 2) 312

It's a bit narrow-minded to compare any work being performed today to work that was performed 100 years ago. There were almost no knowledge workers then. Factory work was the norm. We have advanced to using our brains more which requires concentration and less movement distracting us. By all means, get up and move around more, but I think looking to the past is faulty.

Comment DAS (Score 1) 257

Even with wireless APs, you will still probably need a wired DAS (Distributed Antenna System). This is especially common for cell carriers, but works for Wifi as well, especially in steel-framed buildings. Many buildings already have these paid for by the carriers and also carry public safety, so you may have conduit already available. There are software packages out there to help with this design, but you really need to hire someone.

Comment Re:Windows for SCADA? WTF?! (Score 3, Informative) 214

Windows is used all the time for SCADA applications, especially in distributed control systems. SCADA applications aren't just embedded devices, they are typically a Windows server installed on a workstation that is used for the HMI (human-machine interface) used for operators to communicate with the SCADA devices such as PLCs and DCSs. Most operators would not be able to function without Windows so they can check their email on Outlook, surf the web or play solitaire. If you want to use programming and algorithms from major manufacturers, a Windows machine saves money since there are already drivers and plug-ins made for Windows machines.
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Submission Viability of Mobile Broadband for Home Use?

mighty7sd writes: I am about to be released from my contract with Time Warner for my home internet service, and I am evaluating alternatives to my current cable modem setup. I would love to use AT&T U-Verse or Verizon Fios, but they are not available in my area. I have a good idea of what the costs and limitations of Cable and DSL service, so I am considering using mobile broadband for my home internet connection. Most providers seems to cap the connection at 5 GB of data transfer per month. I am a relatively heavy internet user using streaming video and a web server, so I need decent down/upload speeds and a large data transfer cap. Has anyone in the /. community had a good experience using mobile broadband cards at their home, specifically with lots of streaming video or a home server? What has happened if you have gone over your data transfer limit? Cricket Wireless is available in my area for $40 per month with "unlimited" service, but I am skeptical that it is truly reliable and unlimited. I also found products that act as a WiFi router for mobile broadband services, but it seems that this is against most carriers TOS. Can they really detect these, and are they comparable to a wired broadband router?

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