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Comment It's already happening elsewhere. (Score 1) 113

Well, this is happening here in Greece for the last year. OTE the main telecom company owned by Deutsze Telecom has been implementing a similar semi-open wifi to the subscribers by using their 2nd SSID on their latest routers. The architecture is based on a mixed firmware, partly OTE custom depending on router (ZTE, Huawei) and partly on a FON (la fonera) rural network setup. The service itself is free of charge (for the time beeing) as long you opt in and have a valid A/VDSL account. It has a 2Mbps, 1Gb cap by default on each connected account that successfully connects throught the captive portal. Most customes don't even know how to use it.

Comment A question for vanilla installations (Score 2) 96

If i got this straight, microsoft will push the OS upgrade through windows update, and after the installation will check for a valid 7/8/8.1 licence key and activate Win10 with that. So, if i need to do a vanilla installation of Win10, will i be able to download the iso and use my valid 7/8/8.1 licence key without any problems? Or is it a one way path where you need to do a vanilla of 7/8/8.1 and then do an OS upgrade through winupdate?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Mesh Networks, architecture and platforms.

Elusive_Cure writes: Since OpenMesh changed its business model to Cloudtrax selling mesh enabled Routers/APs, for a long time it supported legacy firmware (robin-mesh) on legacy APs such as Ubiquiti bullets etc. Now, as Cloudtrax has decided, on August it ends legacy support leaving networks that have been set up with third party equipment out in the cold. As a small rural network operator, i have been looking to replace Cloudtax's platform to a similar service, but everything i could find was subscription enabled and too expensive to replace equipment. So, slashdot readers, what kind of mesh architecture/platforms would you suggest for a 10 to 15 node network, considering that it has to be opensource (openwrt preferred in order to keep older equipment), low cost and with a mesh controller option?

Submission + - Microsoft to Release Low-Cost Windows 10 with Bing Branding

jones_supa writes: Linux-based Chromebooks have experienced a huge growth in sales during the last couple of years, so much that Microsoft is getting nervous. The company is working with partners to bring cheaper devices to the market, and part of this plan is Windows 10 with Bing, a special version of the new operating system that would only be addressed to original equipment manufacturers. This low-price basic version of Windows comes with hardcoded Bing branding, although the search engine can be changed by the user. Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be installed on as many devices as possible, and the company's roadmap expects 1 billion PCs, tablets, and smartphones to be running it until 2017. The build for Raspberry Pi 2 is still in the works as well.

Comment Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 2) 346

Depends on the laptop.

Clevo P570WM : high-end desktop Core I7, 880M GTX SLI, 3 slots for HDDs/SSDs. More expensive than a desktop, but hey, good luck taking a flight with your desktop...

Lol.... Have you even considered that second grade electronics such as the ones used by clevo and rebranded all over the world (here in Greece by Plaisio - Turbox budget laptops) won't last more than a year and a half TOPS running full throttle on games. I run a small IT business and daily i deal with people beeing fooled by computer super markets into buying Clevo and shit. Never beeing happier (businesswise) when i have one of those on my bench, it's easy money reflowing GPUs. Not that higher grade laptops are better, cheap HPs (G series) are a waste of money due to overheating, Acer has long forgotten how to make a proper laptop and the list goes on.

Comment Could i have that on common hardware... (Score 1) 201

with fries on the top? In other words, i would be happy to give it a try on common intel platforms instead of buying overpriced shiny hardware. But as all things Apple does, this time they think that its easier for them to charge for the privilege to outsource/push beta testing to the early adopters.

Comment Re:Our first age-related failure was a 2008 drive. (Score 1) 267

Well, you're partly right, but as far as I know there is no way you can be 100% sure for the reliability of a regular hdd. I've seen barracudas stuck into oblivion, deathstars clicking the hell out of order, and wd drives with fried boards. I can go on with the box full of failed drives I have in my shop. Anyway, hardware failure is common nowadays with the ever so cheaper components manufacturers use, so another 2 c of advice is backup regularly and hope for the best.

Comment Re:Our first age-related failure was a 2008 drive. (Score 1) 267

I'm writting this on my third OCZ SSD on this machine which i use in a daily basis. The first one died about 6 months from the day of installation while the refurb OCZ sent me as a replacement died on the first two boots. The third (second replacement) is still ok running on the second month of operation. On the other hand i have installed two years ago on my main work machine an Intel SSD which is running 24/7, 365/12. I'm pretty s is. ure that whoever has used a cheap ass SSD such as OCZ will have a similar story to tell. My two cents of advice is if you want reliability do a research first and buy the most reliable drive currently on the market, preferrably Intel.

Submission + - IPhone App Manages Hot Spot Connections (

Glenn Fleishman writes: "Devicescape has released Connect, a program for the iPhone (available via NullRiver AppTap installation) that lets you connect to free and commercial hotspots without re-entering your login information every time you roam. The Connect software ties into the My Devicescape service, where you can register the network keys for the Wi-Fi networks you manage, and enter the login information for commercial or free networks at which you have accounts, including Boingo Wireless (which aggregates 100,000 hotspots worldwide into a single account). Connect makes it possible to use the iPhone with much less frustration when roaming around. It's a single click of the Login button, and Connect (using information tunneled via DNS) handles the Wi-Fi stack and hot spot authentication. Frictionless."

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