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Comment: Only for internet access (Score 1) 259

by vikingpower (#47740647) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?
This is an old house ( 100 years ) where I simply can't lay ethernet cables everywhere. So my girlfriend, with her laptop, is on WiFi, over a NetGear repeater in a 220V socket in... the bathroom. The rest of the devices which need internet access are on ethernet: the WiFi router is hooked to a 16-port switch ( got it as a gift from the friendly sysadmin when I was kicked out of my last job ), and from there ethernet to my 2 laptops, NAS, workstation and server, all on the patio which is my working place. SSID is actually RunterVonMeinemRasen ( "get off my lawn" in German ) :-)

Comment: Re:municipal broadband is the only solution. (Score 1) 343

by vikingpower (#47139677) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot
Mod parent up. Insightful. The USA suffer from thinking that everything and anything will be solved by "the markets", and hence are an übercapitalist type of hell. One with the infrastructure of a 3rd world country. There clearly is a role for government and local collectivities here.

Comment: A mechanical alarm clock, and a watch (Score 1) 153

by vikingpower (#47134909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

When I was a very young boy, about 5, my parents had been using an old-fashioned mechanical alarm clock for years, complete with two bells on top of it. As they replaced it, I got it - and felt the irresistible urge to take it apart. Just driven by sheer hunger to see the insides, and understand. Same thing with my father's watch.

It is still the same urge that drives me: using a machine whose workings I don't understand drives me mad.

Comment: The difference with the USA (Score 4, Insightful) 80 that Germany is much closer to being a true and functioning democracy. I don't see how this would come through the Bundestag, the German parliament, without being at least watered down, viz. being quietly forced into starvation as soon as a left-leaning government comes into power.

When Dexter's on the Internet, can Hell be far behind?"