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Comment Re:Fools who mess with firmware (Score 1) 298

No one manufacturer dares ship a product with the wireless at anything other than the legal maximum strength. Doing so would put them at a severe competitive disadvantage as clueless users return their product and exchange it for the competitor's one that has longer range.

So while a great idea, it simply won't happen.

What we really need is a combination of a few things.
1) more available wireless channels
2) device manufacturers who actually support all the existing channels.
3) router manufacturers making it harder to use channels that overlap with other channels

Right now there are many brand new devices which don't support the 5GHz band, making people resort to only using the 2.4 GHz band. 2.4 GHz only has 3 channels which don't overlap each other (1, 6, 11) (talking north america here) but people frequently place their routers on other channels. When someone puts a router on channel 3, it interferes with both channel 1, and channel 6, and worse than if they had chosen either of those channels specifically (as routers are designed to work with co-channel interference)
Then you get in to the 5GHz band and find out that many manufacturers don't support the DFS channels (anything below 144) which further limits the options.

Then you put your router in an apartment complex with 500 other routers and wonder why you can't get 1 Gbps through it...

Comment Doesn't need to be a big email service (Score 1) 547

I have my own domain name. It's not even a .com/.net/.org, it's under my county's tld.
My personal email address at that domain is green1, which, while not unique, is rare enough I'd think, and there are a grand total of 4 people with accounts in that domain, none similar to mine.

I recently signed up for an Uber account and found my email address already in use, by someone in a different country. Someone signed up as a driver. I thought about taking over the account, but there are many fields in the settings that they don't let you change. I ended up contacting Uber and having them delete the account so I could sign up properly.

I was shocked that a company like Uber wouldn't check your email address when you sign up, but I confirmed when I created my be account that no confirmation is sent.

Comment Re:All writs act: NSLs (Score 1) 130

And this is why so many governments are passing laws requiring logs to be created and retained for long periods of time.

Unfortunately the solution to corrupt and overreaching government isn't to find loopholes in their rules, those will be closed once enough of the common people find them, the only real solution is to change that government. Ideally that would be done by voting in rational people, but it seems that Americans are reluctant to vote for anyone who isn't already part of the establishment which they seem to despise. It really is baffling to an outsider to watch.

Comment Re:Teach your children (Score 1) 130

That's the fun part here, they aren't even alleging that these people did anything wrong, they're alleging that they witnessed wrongdoing and that should be enough to unmask them.

But then most of the world already realizes that the USA is a totalitarian regime. Screaming "land of the free, home of the brave" at the top of their lungs doesn't really convince anyone that they are either.

Comment Re:Anonymity is hard... (Score 1) 62

I too have a second "private" identity I use in a very small handful of places. It's hard to maintain, and I have no illusion that it would protect me from a government entity, only from random person who wants to link it to me.

A true private identity that could not be linked to me by a government agency? I think it would be possible, but it would be very difficult to both set up, and maintain long term. I do have an idea how to do it, but it's just too much effort to be practical.

Comment Re:Adjustment needed (Score 1) 160

All I was pointing out is that the Spanish don't in fact eat as late in the evening as they appear to.

Maybe not compared to a neighbouring country, but in comparison to the time they got up in the morning they sure do, and that's really the only important metric.
The time on the clock *is* relevant if it's consistent from one end of the day to the other.

Comment Re:Restaurant hours (Score 1) 160

Not just Spain, the same was true in Greece. It was actually kind of funny for us as tourists. When we arrived in Athens at 7pm nothing was open, we were worried we wouldn't be able to find anything to eat. Turned out that by 9pm the restaurants were just starting to open again.

Then we went in to a more touristy area, and everywhere we went the restaurants had someone on the sidewalk very aggressively trying to get our business. The only sure-fire way we found to turn them down without them chasing us down the street was to say that it was too early to eat, they always understood that, even if it was 10pm. (Any other excuse resulted in them still trying, but nobody ever continued to pursue us if we said it was too early)

Comment Re:We need to go back to simplicity. (Score 1) 305

It probably also sent you several hundred times as much data as would have been needed to just do it in raw HTML.

This is the way the web has become though. Any "professional" site is cursed with garbage like that, and there's zero excuse for it. It works on only one or two specific browsers of specific version numbers, it usually doesn't flow properly if your window isn't the exact same size as the one used by the developer, and it breaks if you look at it funny.

I guess nobody has heard of "KISS" anymore? (Keep It Simple Stupid!)

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