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Comment Re:Why Sprint with T-Mobile? (Score 2) 89

They're not that "out of sync". T-Mobile has a decent amount of Band 2 (PCS) spectrum thanks to their MetroPCS acquisiion, and in many markets they have either 10x10, 15x15, or 20x20 band 2 LTE deployed. Sprint's primary / base LTE band is also PCS, and is band 25, where they have at minimum 5x5 deployed (some markets have a 10x10, some have 2 5x5s, and others have both a 5x5 and 10x10. Band 25 is a superset of band 2.

So for current Sprint customers, nothing would be needed to start using T-Mobile's band 2 LTE. I think a decent number of Sprint devices also support band 4.

Going the other way, it might be more difficult for T-mobile customers to use Sprint's infrastructure without new handsets. Some will be able to use band 25. At the very least, they could likely move the CDMA carriers within their combined PCS spectrum and expand B2 bandwidth.

Devices like Nexus / Pixels and iPhones (excluding the T-mobile variant of the iPhone 7, Sprint's version is fine) will work with either carrier. Google has been working on a "hybrid" network called Fi for a while.

The problem devices will likely be Samsung devices, since they remove support for a lot of bands and have very carrier specific versions.

Comment Re:How to they block hotspot? (Score 3, Interesting) 71

Android and iOS have a tethering API. There is a separate APN entry for DUN (tethering). On Android at least, there are hacks with root that you can do to force the phone to not report this as tethering usage to the carrier, but ultimately if they wanted to they could figure it out.

Comment Re:Don't live in NY, but... (Score 1) 69

Can you get Verizon FIOS? Other than the lack of IPv6, I haven't had any issues with them. I consistently get the 150/150 that I pay for. In fact it's seemingly provisioned to about 152/165 or so. Comcast came knocking asking if we'd switch.... I asked if they could match the upload speed, and that was the end of the conversation. I run a lot of personal servers out of my home (via VPN), so the symmetrical connection is great, even if I just need a VPN to route my traffic through on insecure networks. I haven't yet found a VPS that can sustain that level of bandwidth both up and down (I've tried Linode, Digital Ocean, and Prgmr. Prgmr has the highest consistent bandwidth of the 3).

Comment Re:What happened to consumer choice? (Score 1) 63

That basically already exists in the HDMI spec. It's called CEC and it's pretty well supported in my experience. It's how a Chromecast can turn on your TV and change inputs when you connect to it. Usually the play and pause buttons on your TV or amplifier remote will pause and resume whatever is playing on the chromecast. Same with Kodi on a raspberry pi or similar device.

Comment Re:MS released Skylake last year (Score 1) 136

Skylake STILL isn't ready on most Linux distributions. On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the kernel is missing Skylake support for several features that cause issues, from a black screen upon boot for 10+ minutes (monitor shows no signal shortly after the boot log messages stop (ie when it gets to the console login screen), and stays that way for 10+ minutes. The IPMI KVM console also shows no signal, but the IPMI serial console works), to IOMMU isolation issues. Don't plan to use the stock kernel if you intend to use IOMMU isolation on a Skylake Xeon for PCI passthrough or SR-IOV, everything gets lumped together in the same IOMMU group making it impossible. It doesn't have the Skylake patches yet, which only recently came out.

I have to manually add in a set of Skylake patches from newer kernels and recompile to get it to work each time there's a kernel update. Hopefully that'll be fixed when the 16.10 kernel is backported to 16.04, and I can switch to that. But if Skylake support is still iffy on current LTS Linux distributions, then forget about Kaby Lake. It's just not ready yet and will frustrate end users.

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.

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