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Comment: Re:Not enough information. (Score 1) 90

by msauve (#49179587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
One easy thing which can help with room echo, but not require modifications would be to buy or build stands on which you can drape cloth or hang curtains.

A directional microphone can help, if all the people are at one end of the table, so it can be positioned and pointed at the group. I wouldn't expect miracles, though. What's needed most is a system with good echo cancellation. Polycom's in my experience are pretty good. But, they make models for different size rooms. You might find a model with remote microphones to work better, as they can be distributed to be closer to the speakers.

You may wish to speak with a firm which has experience with conference room systems (either a telcom system provider or pro audio one).

Comment: Not enough information. (Score 2) 90

by msauve (#49175891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
Is your room a natatorium, or a broom closet? How many people? Around a table, or classroom seating? Have you tried a proper conference room phone (not a regular speakerphone)? Is your phone system analog, digital, or IP (for the latter two, the solution may depend on the system in use)?

Comment: Re:Strange (Score 4, Informative) 77

by msauve (#49175411) Attached to: Linux and Multiple Internet Uplinks: a New Tool
Link aggregation works at layer 2 (e.g. Ethernet). Basically, make multiple cables between 2 devices look like a single one.

Multipath routing works at layer 3 (e.g. IP), you can send outbound packets to multiple routers for further forwarding. It works when there are "real" routes between the hosts (i.e. not behind NAT).

This is one step beyond that, since it also does connection tracking and will work with outbound port NAT, so you can have a private network connected to multiple ISPs.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 516

"Many people have multiple email addresses."

Why would mixing them be an issue here? Information, much of it extremely sensitive, related to her government service as SoS shouldn't ever be kept on a private computer, and using a government computer for personal use is improper:

Executive branch employees have a duty to protect and conserve Government property and may not use Government property, or allow its use, for any purpose other than the one that is authorized.

...The term "Government property" includes real or personal property that the Government owns or leases such as:
telecommunications equipment
computers...

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 231

by msauve (#49164515) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC
" it's not $99 for a replacement battery."

OK. "Apple offers a battery service for $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax."

$99 vs. $85.95 doesn't change much.

And, just to make if completely fair, let's compare with the most expensive option - an OEM Samsung battery from Verizon is $40, still less than 1/2 the cost.

And before you argue this - sure, some people have the skill to tear apart their iPhone and replace it themselves. Perhaps even many people on /. But, most people wouldn't even consider it. Plus, the battery itself is still more expensive and then you have to go through the time and effort.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 231

by msauve (#49164139) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC
"You're assuming that I'm conflating counterfeit with legitimate 3rd party... I didn't know Anker (whom is a respectable brand) made cellphone batteries at such a price. "

I assumed nothing. These are your own words:
"You paid for, and trust a counterfeit battery?!... At best, a Samsung S4 battery will use a generic 1500mAh cell with filter material to fake a real one that's rated for 1800mAh."

I purchased the battery from AnkerDirect, fulfilled by Amazon. Not much opportunity for a counterfeit to get into that distribution channel. 2600 mAh (not 1800), just like the original Samsung. Capacity is actually better than the OEM (and more than 2600), as determined by Battery Monitor Widget. Anker's S3/S4/S5 batteries are all basically the same $12 price. The S4 one was about $15 a year ago.

Perhaps your epithet "a colossal glittering jewel of ignorance" should be directed toward a mirror.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 231

by msauve (#49160897) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC
"battery booster packs."

Uh, no. Those things are inefficient. They have to convert the voltage of their own battery to 5V, output to USB, then the phone has to convert that to the battery charging voltage. So, for the same increase in functional capacity, the battery in them has to be much bigger. Plus, they add more than "just a few mm" in thickness, there's even more casing surrounding a separate battery. Then there's the USB plug getting in the way. Plus dealing with disconnecting/removing all that before you can use a proper car dock.

(I assume you're talking about the ones for phones without replaceable batteries, since that's the basis for this thread)

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