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Comment Re:Big honking black cock (Score 1) 243

Yes you can. I've been using my own router on a business connection for almost 6 years now. For the first year or 2 they forced me to rent the modem from them though, but eventually I got them to let me activate my own modem and return the rented one.

However, I do believe they still require you to use their modem/router combo if you're getting a static IP for some reason... I have a dynamic IP, and at least it doesn't change very often (i use namecheap's DDNS service to keep it updated). With my home connection with Fios, the IP changes literally every time I reboot the router.

Comment Re:Ethernet (Score 3, Informative) 51

They've had an ethernet adapter as an option since the original Chromecast 2 years ago, it was like $20 or $25 though I think. I bought it because I was sick of my 1st gen Chromecast not working well on congested 2.4 ghz wifi. It still works on my 2nd gen / 5 Ghz Chromecast too. Basically the price of the "old" chromecast + price of ethernet adapter = price of the new Chromecast. It's likely the exact same power/ethernet adapter.

Comment Re:Well crap. (Score 1) 21

It's not wireless in the same sense as cell phone carriers. It's just point to point fixed microwave. Webpass used it so they only had to get fiber backhaul to one building, then they could quickly deploy it to nearby buildings with line of sight. From the microwave dish on the building roof, it fed out via cat5 I believe to the individual units.

I almost pulled the trigger and switched to Webpass when my building got it, but that was right when they apparently ran out of IPv4 addresses... each new building seemed to only get a single IPv4 address and used NAT from my understanding (plus IPv6). That was a deal breaker for me, I needed to be able to remotely access my home network. I have a feeling that isn't a problem for them now with Google's IPv4 address space.

Comment I love my Motorola 360 v2 (Score 1) 117

I love my second gen Motorola 360. Having used it daily for a year, I don't think I could go back to not having one. It's just so convenient to have it buzz on your wrist when you have a notification, and to be able to glance down at it and see what it is. Honestly that's mostly what I use it for. I don't use any apps on it or anything, it's really just for notifications. The heart rate monitoring is neat, but I rarely look at the data in Google Fit.

It's also stylish (I have the black one with black metal band,, I've had many people comment on it that they really like it. Or sometimes people ask "Is that an Apple watch?" knowing that it isn't, but more curious what it is since it doesn't look like a traditional smartwatch.

However, because it serves its purpose well, and is still in style, I can understand why they didn't release new ones this year. There's just no reason to upgrade yet. It still performs fast, I get 24 hours on a single charge (with the screen set to be always on, I can double this if I turn off the screen), and it has all the features I need.

Comment Re:SFO no longer requires to take off shoes (Score 1) 260

I wasn't aware that SFO no longer requires you to take your shoes off. I got TSA Precheck a few years ago, best $85 I ever spent (I wanted Global Entry as well, but was denied because someone shipped me an order from Asia misdeclared 7 years ago... somehow that was a Customs violation on my part?). The "interview" process is literally less than 5 minutes, you put your hands on some glass so they can get fingerprints and they ask you if your information was accurate. I had my KTN before I even got home. It's nice to have normal style security, leave everything in your bags and no real lines.

Comment Re:What changes (Score 2) 85

Not necessarily. For example, proper IOMMU isolation for PCH root ports was broken on Skylake Xeon E3 series CPUs on Linux prior to version 4.7. This affects basically every linux distro other than Arch currently. It basically lumped everything together into a single IOMMU, which is a problem if you're trying to do PCI passthrough or SR-IOV for virtual machines. Skylake has a change in the way ACS needs to be enabled. See

I ended up having to backport the patch to the 4.4 kernel in Ubuntu

So basically, yeah, there are things other than microcode support that an OS would need for newer CPUs.

Comment Get Ethernet from the ONT, then a MOCA bridge (Score 3, Informative) 180

That's why you have them run CAT5 from the ONT into your house. The wire is usually there already, since they install it "just in case" you get phone service (apparently it hooks into the CAT5 port on the ONT. If you have home phone service, you have to use coax for internet since ethernet is then used for phone). Then you can use your own router (in my case a VM running Vyos). We have FiOS TV as well, so I have a device acting as a MOCA bridge (on it's own VLAN, I want their stuff isolated from my home network) and their devices connect to that via coax. You just need to make sure you forward the correct ports to the right set top box so you get the TV Guide and other features. If you have a DVR, then that's the device that everything is forwarded to, and it shares the information with any other set top boxes it sees.

Comment Re:I wonder why they resist this (Score 1) 83

Comcast's set top boxes have always been awful and horrendously underpowered. I just moved to an apartment where I could finally get Fios, and the boxes respond instantly, as they should. It's inexcusable in 2016 to have a new set top "platform" and cheap out that much on the processor, yet still charge what they do for the box rental.

Comment Re:Not even close. (Score 1) 172

Then your ISP is likely throttling netflix connections, or there is a bottleneck between your ISP and Netflix. That is the entire point of this site. Some ISPs throttle Netflix connections. This is to find out if yours does. Mine (Comcast, SF Bay area) tests at 170 mbit. is the same. I pay for 150/10.

Comment Re:That is why, but you need not wait (Score 2) 302

Yeah my pre-check "interview" (if you can even call it that) was at most 5 minutes. Walked in, said hi, showed my passport, then placed both hands on the glass fingerprint readers. Done. They said I should have my KTN within 24 hours, and by the time I got home and checked it was already there.

Comment Re:I'm just gonna throw this out here (Score 4, Informative) 653

It's been tried in SF. If my memory is correct, the city spends around $60,000 per homeless person per year trying to help them (the current year's homeless budget is $241 million In many cases, when they were simply given homes they then proceeded to trash them and make them uninhabitable (ie condemned). They were then back on the street again, and more money had to be spent making the home liveable again.

The issue is that the homeless in SF are either mentally ill, addicts, or both. You can give them homes, but if you don't treat the underlying issue you're just throwing the money (and homes) away. But when treatment is a requirement for housing, they walk away and go back to living on the street. So what's the solution?

Many of the people simply don't want help and would rather live on the street. Just the other week, one homeless guy who camps in the doorway of my building drank all day until he passed out. An ambulance was called, he fought them, but they ended up restraining him and taking him to the hospital. Two days later he was back again. The following day he was again passed out and unresponsive in the street, and the ambulance came again. Repeat a few days later. It happens a few times a week with several people, and this is just in front of my building across the bridge in the Oakland/Berkeley area. San Francisco is worse. I can't count the number of times I've seen people shooting up. So do you force these people into rehab? Arrest them? What's the solution? Simply giving them a home won't work.

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