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Comment Iceweasel (Score 1) 381

Because it worked with minimum fuss. Though my favorite is Opera, I can't use it due to a lack of NT authentication and a company that insists on using Websense. (Hi company who is watching as I post this right now!)

Comment Re:Based on my experience (Score 1) 275

Actually the instructions from Oracle are rather incomplete. Shoot over a link to these things that are easily found through Google and I will gladly tell you why they don't work. I tried many things I found on Google. It isn't as simple as it seems on the surface. The error messages give no clear indication of the problem. Albeit a simple fix once you know what is actually wrong, you can't know until you fail for a miserably long amount of time. And lack of proper documentation for an enterprise product is NOT trivial.

Comment Re:Based on my experience (Score 1) 275

I lol'ed in my pants. But then again I have tried to use Oracle connections strings in Perl. That was a sad month of my life I will never get back. I got it working and now it only takes me 15 minutes to configure an install for it. But holy cow was it painful to find any documentation that actually helped me through it.

Comment Re:What percentage will be upgraded? (Score 1) 54

In fact "virtually every" can be considered "virtually incorrect". Seeing you discuss it as a "gross exhaggeration" and not blowing it off as a total troll made me realize that maybe some people have a perspective that only consumer devices connect to the Internet. And for those people I would just like to point out that the majority of the infrastructure that consumer devices are browsing is connected to the Internet over a physical medium (with a great number still on a base to broad setup).

However there are also a good deal of devices I don't think people usually realize are connected to the Internet with some multi-channel comms in there.
-Your cable set top box may be connected. These are ever increasing in popularity, as it is the perfect place to stick a little DOCSIS modem.
-Lots of gamers wouldn't be caught dead running their consoles over WiFi.
-Home security systems frequently traverse broadband over a direct/intermediary DOCSIS modem with cellular backup.
-Traffic signals and street lights in many municipalities are controlled via the MAN and can be accessed directly from / have direct access to the Internet.
-The same goes for red light cameras.
-To a similar effect, in the private sector, there are tons of CCTV systems that have a recorder which provides Internet access.
-Al Gore. (I probably made that up.)
-And to those who don't work in office buildings, let's not forget that there are still thousands of computers sitting under desks.

So while wireless technology has really taken off, we shouldn't write off just how many devices connect to the Internet over a Copper/Fiber interface.

Comment Re:What percentage will be upgraded? (Score 1) 54

If you are referring to ISP meaning the corporation, I see the same. But if you investigate individual markets you will likely find even many of the large corporations have coverage gaps for leasing certain equipment. And for some reason wifi routers seem to be one of those pieces of equipment.

Thanks for the intelligent response though. I definitely agree (assuming you are implying this) that in today's day of age most ISPs should take advantage of that easy money. After all, 5 bucks a month on a $40-60 item with a MTBF of 2 years is insane profit.

(And just so some pedantic person doesn't walk on our kind conversation, yes... ISPs provide routes to all of their customers in good standing. And most have routers built into their CPE gateway devices.)

Comment Re:What percentage will be upgraded? (Score 1) 54

Recently many major ISPs have started to provide them as part of the contract.
I can vouch that Verizon and Comcast both provide wireless routers in at least some of their markets.

But to your point and the dismay of many who seem to know it all, there are still quite a few companies (and one of the above) I can also say the opposite for.
Not all markets are the same and I know in some Comcast markets they do not provide a wireless router without an additional charge.
I know ATT and Brighthouse do not offer a wireless router at all in some of their markets.
As well, Verizon's hardware offerings will vary depending upon market (but I have not found one where the equipment is not offered for at least an additional fee).

So I guess the sweeping statements that almost all major ISPs provide wireless routers is true.
But there is a cavaet that it only applies to specific markets.

(Yes, I know this first hand and not via anecdotes. Full disclosure, I probably work in this industry.)

Comment Re:What RMS has in mind ? (Score 1) 287

Just a quick observation...
But many people who "fight the middle grounds" are so far off from center that they don't see the "middle grounds" as anywhere near the middle.
People seem to be increasingly color blind (in my country, the USA) only able to see black and white/right and wrong.
For science this is a boon, but for politics it seems to be a bane.
And I think that is mainly because science is completely objective, whilst politics is morally subjective depending upon one's master-slave perspective.
But who am I other than another sad soul sorry to see my civil liberties being trampled by criminals and looking for some explanation as to why we can't seem to come up with any common sense measures to combat them.

Comment Re:Umm.... duh. (Score 1) 157

Just because we do something "emotionally unpleasant" does not mean we were not motivated by a self-interest.
Other people's direct interests can be our indirect self-interests.
This is an argument nearly as old as civilization and no matter what people want the situation to be, nobody has ever given a valid example of altruism.
George Price actually gave all he could to prove this wrong, and ended up realizing that just attempting to prove altruism was true concept negated his ability to perform an altruistic act.

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