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Comment Re:Dubious Market? (Score 1) 108

Wrong. None of the projects on opencores have something that's anywhere near this far along and feature-complete.
There are LCD controllers, text mode VGA designs, and one or two framebuffer-level VGA adapters. And framebuffer is essentially garbage.

Comment Re:DD-WRT on Buffalo hardware (Score 1) 193

...until the power bill spoils your fun.

Especially 'older' x86 gear is easily in the 130-150 watts range idle, compared to ~10 watts for a typical home router. Another issue is the antenna situation, you don't want long cables to 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz antennas, but at the same time keeping the close to a big steel PC case affects your reception as well. The same goes with the price, while you can get a decent 2.4 GHz wlan card for around 20 EUR, 5 GHz capable ones start around 40 EUR - so the radios alone easily reach the price ranged asked for pretty good mass-produced plastic router (which have no interference/ shielding issues).

In most cases, unless we're counting the number of concurrent users in the medium 2-figure range, a cheap plastic router is a much better choice, which pays off within a few months just through saved electricity. With only a bit of searching you can even find pretty hackable devices as well.

OP said "an old netbook".
I don't know which one he has, but my 2009 Atom N270-based Aspire One netbook ran a little under 20 watts, per Powertop. That's hardly worthy of mention.

If it's a netbook, there's no steel case.

If it supports master mode in all the operating systems named, my guess is he has an Atheros card.
Those can be pretty good, depending on the card; a number of the commercial routers use them, though DD-WRT targets Broadcom cards.

Submission + - What is Tor and why does it matter? (

clairecolex writes: We all live in public, at least as far as the US National Security Agency is concerned. As Internet users and global citizens become more aware of surveillance activities that the US and other countries are doing on the World Wide Web, there are those who seek to ensure that privacy and personal freedoms aren’t trampled upon.

Tor technology aims to help appease privacy advocates and offer a way in which the Internet can be enjoyed without the prying eyes of surveillance programs or other tracking software. This free piece of software has certainly become mainstream in light of recent events, but what is Tor and why does it matter to you, your family, neighbors, co-workers, and the rest of the Internet?

Peeling back the onion layers

It might surprise you that the Tor Project, originally an acronym for The Onion Router Project, was initially funded by the US Naval Research Laboratory and helped launch the development of onion routing (anonymous communication over a computer network) on behalf of DARPA. It had also received the backing from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

When users installed Tor software onto their computers, it would conceal their identity and network activity from anyone spying on their behavior. This was accomplished by separating the identification and routing information. The data is transmitted through multiple computers via a network of relays run by like-minded volunteers — almost like how users installed SETI software to look for extraterrestrial beings.

Tor isn’t the only service that helps you hide in the shadows away from the prying eyes of the federal government, or any other person who would do it for malicious purposes. However, some say that it’s better because it works at the Transmission Control Protocol stream level. Full post:

Submission + - The new CEO of Microsoft is ... Bill Gates? 3

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates

Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.

So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?

Submission + - Obamacare Marketplace: Info Can Be Shared With Law Enforcement (

rotorbudd writes: Maryland's Health Connection has an interesting statement at the end of it's privacy policy.
"Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities. "

Comment Re:This is simple numbers pumping (Score 2) 182

If it's NT kernel vs Linux kernel, I can boot Linux in 4 MB--with 3 login shells.
(I'm serious: I linked busybox statically against musl, configured a pure busybox /, set the login shell to ash, and booted with mem=4096. About 2 MB free once boot was over, IIRC. No swap.)
Android, on the other hand, has a display manager and a VM to fit in there. "free" on a Gingerbread phone just after boot claims ~ 200M used. That probably includes a bit of bloat, but I don't imagine it booting in much under 128 MB.

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