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Comment: Re:Wi-Fi Is Less Expensive (Score 1) 50

by roc97007 (#47437849) Attached to: FCC Approves Plan To Spend $5B Over Next Five Years On School Wi-Fi

wifi for a large population say 600+ for a high school is going to be far more costly than a structured cabling roll out which is only $25/30$ per port

Depends on the building. Consider that many schools were built long before anyone thought you'd need to run wires for some new purpose that nobody had thought of at the time of construction.

Comment: Re:Wi-Fi Is Less Expensive (Score 1) 50

by roc97007 (#47437829) Attached to: FCC Approves Plan To Spend $5B Over Next Five Years On School Wi-Fi

Not if you're installing the wiring in a school built in the 20's with masonry walls, no dropped ceilings, and flat arch clay tile floors.

Yes, exactly. Case in point, my daughter's arts and communications school (6 through 12) is a very old grade school (still has steam heat) that was repurposed as a charter school, and to wire the school for internet would require tearing so much down that it would have to be rebuilt anyway.

The thing about wifi is that it can be retrofitted with very little construction. In an older building, this matters.

Comment: Re:Wi-Fi Is Less Expensive (Score 2) 50

Actually, Wi-Fi is cheaper at delivering Internet access to teacher and lab computers than wired connections. While slower, there is only a need for one PoE port to cover many computers. For schools with older wiring, this is probably a more cost effective methods of providing that access.

It's been true for hotels. Although this at first seems counterintuitive, for awhile, newer hotels, which had been built with Cat 5 to the room, had wired internet but no wireless, while older hotels, who couldn't retrofit wired but *could* put in access points, had wireless but no wired. Now pretty much everyone has wireless. In the near future, you may be able to guess within a few years when a hotel was built by whether or not there's a RJ45 socket in the wall.

Comment: mislabeled (Score 2) 200

Seems to me this would be more accurately described as a Century-based computer error.

At first I was amazed that we're still running into these things. But I shouldn't be surprised -- often problems like this aren't fixed until they cause some inconvenience for the people responsible for fixing them.

Comment: Re:Um, so.. (Score 1) 309

by roc97007 (#47419735) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

She should at least sue Al Gore, since he invented the damn thing!

Before someone else jumps on this, the actual quote was "I took the initiative in creating the internet".

So, it's "created", not "invented". Pedants will take one to task for getting that wrong.

Yea, about that...

Ok, right. I was excoriated once for using "invented", and it drove me to research the quote and the original context, (and it turns out both sides of the argument are partially correct) the content of which I keep along with references in a file called al_gore_invented_the_internet. When the subject comes up (as it still does periodically) I have actual quotes and references on tap. :-)

Incidentally, I believed at the time that he simply blew his lines in the heat of the moment, and meant to say "I took the initiative in co-authoring legislation that helped create the internet as it is today". Which would have been true and really was a good thing. But Gore has displayed arrogance to such a degree since then that I'm tipping back to "he exaggerated and hoped Blitzer would call him on it".

Comment: Re:Um, so.. (Score 1) 309

by roc97007 (#47418953) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

She should at least sue Al Gore, since he invented the damn thing!

Before someone else jumps on this, the actual quote was "I took the initiative in creating the internet".

So, it's "created", not "invented". Pedants will take one to task for getting that wrong.

But should such a lawsuit ever take place, I'd be in the front row, with popcorn.

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