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Comment: Earthlink over TWC cable here (Score 1) 133

by unitron (#47764575) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Couldn't even ping, so I suspect it was more than just a problem turning URLs into numerical addresses.

It was so weird to have problems and still have all the lights on the modem lit up (except standby).

Unfortunately there's no novelty factor in having problems with it in general.

+ - Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In yet another example of the quality of Comcast's customer service, a story surfaced today of a Comcast customer who was over-charged for a service that was never provided. At first, the consumer seemed to be on the losing end of a customer service conversation, with Comcast insisting that the charges were fair. But then, the consumer whipped out a recording of a previous conversation that he had with another Comcast representative in which not only was the consumer promised that he wouldn't be charged for services not rendered, but the reason why was explained. Suddenly Comcast conceded, and the fees were dropped. But most telling of all, the Comcast rep implied that she only dropped them because he had taped his previous interaction with Comcast customer service."

+ - Techno-Archaeologists Used an Abandoned McDonald's to Hijack a Satellite->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "From an abandoned McDonald's in the backyard of NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, a dozen or so volunteer scientists and engineers have taken control of a decommissioned, still running, 70s-era space satellite, currently some 20,000 kilometers away, by using discarded vintage space computers and a few sweet eBay finds. The so-named "McMoon's" Control Center is some sort of bizarre testament to human ingenuity and what a bunch of very smart people with virtually no budget or proper authorization can pull off. A bit of context: The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) satellite was launched on August 12, 1978, and was originally meant to study the Earth’s magnetosphere from the L1 Lagrangian point between the Sun and the Earth, where the gravity of both bodies cancel each other out."
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Comment: Re:I'm still running a wrt54gl too (Score 1) 427

by unitron (#47636645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I've been running a WRT-54GL for about that long but instead of running Tomato, I run DD-WRT. Runs very well too. My only complaint was that after months and months the Broadcom chip gets hot. So having studied electronics and worked building remote sensing circuit boards for oilfield, I know that heat kills electronics, and I did the only sane thing: put together a nice little heat sink, got some heat sink grease (thermal silicone grease), and stuck the heat sink to the top of the Broadcom chip. The whole thing gets warm, but the chip doesn't get hot, and it will stay running for many more years. As far as performance: yes it only has (802.11)b and g (but not n). Still, 802.11g is good enough for me to wirelessly stream movies (dvd, not blu-ray) to an LG box connected to the tv via an hdmi cable (dlna). If you really want to start your search (and want to run Tomato) start by looking on the Tomato web site and see what routers are supported. I know the dd-wrt site lists supported routers.

It's not that hard to mount an old 486 or Pentium fan in there.

Comment: Re:+1 for this Post (Score 3, Informative) 427

by unitron (#47636551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

If you've got an old 486 or early Pentium cooling fan, mount it inside the 54G.

You can find +12V near the power inlet.

You can use plastic/nylon motherboard standoffs with the little button clipped off to hold the fan up in the air over the big chip.

Use RTV silicon caulking compound to glue them to the 54's motherboard.

This presupposes you have a soldering iron and a voltmeter, or at least a soldering iron and enough knowledge of power supplies to tell where the filter caps are.

I've got a stack of 54s and non-wireless BEFSR41s and putting a fan inside makes a world of difference.

+ - WSJ: Computer Programming Is a Trade; Let's Act Like It->

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An anonymous reader writes "From the story "Fortunately, it turns out that a computer-science degree isn't necessary to get a job in programming. Fourteen percent of the members of some teams at Google don't have a college degree, and 67% of the programming jobs in the U.S. are at nontech companies where other kinds of industry experience are more likely to be valued.

Computer programming, in other words, has become a trade. Like nursing or welding, it's something in which a person can develop at least a basic proficiency within weeks or months. And once budding coders learn enough to get their first jobs, they get onto the same path to upward mobility offered to their in-demand, highly paid peers.""

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