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Comment: Re:5GHz ? (Score 1) 112

by poptix (#47378729) Attached to: FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

Rain and snow definitely cause a fade in signal strength but if you've properly engineered the link you'll stay within acceptable signal levels. The WISP I worked for in Minnesota had to deal with plenty of rain and snow..

Anyone setting up commercial wireless links should know that they have to engineer for worst possible scenarios.

Comment: This is worthless. (Score 1) 323

by poptix (#47201221) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Unless your device is beaconing for networks in your saved networks list (WHICH ONLY HAPPENS for networks that do not transmit their SSID) a client *never* sends out probes, so there is no opportunity to randomize the MAC address.

If your device is listening for WiFi beacons and finds one in your saved network list, it *must* associate with your actual MAC address.

In other words, the teeny tiny percentage of the population with hidden SSIDs in their WiFi network list will benefit from this, nobody else. It would have been a lot better if they had done this with bluetooth.

Comment: Re: He also forgot to mention... (Score 5, Insightful) 343

by poptix (#47138975) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

You're missing the fact that Netflix is in all of those data centers. The problem is that Comcast is intentionally degrading their peering in those data centers meet-me rooms in an attempt to get more direct customers.

Furthermore, if you're large enough Netflix will actually supply servers that you can plug into your network to provide the top x percentile of content -- for free.

This is purely a Comcast wants more money and hates video competition issue.

Comment: Re:Shannon (Score 1) 116

by poptix (#47136931) Attached to: Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

The not-so-nice thing about the higher frequencies is that they tend to attenuate rapidly when the signal is going through something thicker than air.

Not necessarily a bad thing, since it means that you can have your strong local signals but don't pollute the spectrum in an entire neighborhood. We would have all been a lot better off if baby monitors, cordless phones, etc had all started in the mid GHz range.

Comment: "No mobile ecosystem" (Score 5, Informative) 272

by poptix (#46771667) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Bull. Palm/Handspring devices had a ton of apps around then, I had a Handspring Prism w/ GSM module that I could IRC, SSH, browse the web and whatever else from in 2000.

My Symbian phone not-too-long-after (Nokia 6600) had all the same apps in a more compact package. The whole 'mobile ecosystem' did NOT begin with Apple or Android.

Comment: Re:What are they going to ban next? (Score 1) 366

by poptix (#46289649) Attached to: House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

The problem isn't the people having a conversation at a sensible level. The problem is the asshole that turns on speakerphone at full blast and yells at his phone as he's waving it around in the air just because he doesn't want to hold it up to his ear.

Think of every annoying thing you've ever seen people do on a call, then imagine being stuck sitting next to those people for a 3 hour flight.

Comment: Drupal sucks. (Score 2) 38

by poptix (#44922035) Attached to: Crowdfunding Platform For Drupal Development Launches

I work for a hosting company, Drupal is the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen, along with all the other CMS/"frameworks".

These people hire some cheap agency (usually outsourced), they throw something together with Drupal, then the customer screams and yells when it completely fails at actual high traffic loads.

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...