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Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

I don't know why this is getting all this attention.

If you want to keep your old, obsolete router, then want you to pay extra.

If you want to get a new, modern, router for no charge, then you pay nothing. You then magically get higher speed data.

Source: I have the new FiOS router. I pay nothing extra for it. I am now getting 50+ megabits for no extra charge. I am also able to get 1 Gigabit service. I am using my existing DD-WRT router with full inbound/outbound access.

Reading comprehension is not a crime.

Comment Re:$2 fee is news nowadays? (Score 2) 180

This is not a problem for anyone and it costs nothing.

You call Verizon and they send you a new FiOS router.

You plug in your existing router (say it's DD-WRT or whatever) into the new FiOS router.

You set your existing router (DD-WRT or whatever) in the DMZ or pass-through setting in the new FiOS router, just like you did before.

Your existing router (DD-WRT or whatever) has full inbound/outbound internet access with no restrictions.

No extra costs apply. Your speeds get faster. You gain the ability to sign up for a 1 Gigabit internet connection.

This article has generated some seriously bad Slashdot knee-jerk coverage here. I have the new FiOS router. I do not pay more money. I am using the same DD-WRT router I have been using for years which still has complete inbound/outbout access.

I also now have 50+ megabit for no extra charge.

Comment Misleading (Score 2) 180

This affects nobody. You can use any router you want, and you do want to use the new FiOS router to get the highest speeds over the MoCa connection.

You merely set the router you want to use to be exposed to the internet using the "DMZ" feature. I have the latest FiOS router and it works perfectly with DD-WRT just fine. I have full inbound/outbound control without restrictions.

Facebook

Facebook Makes Little Progress in Race and Gender Diversity (theguardian.com) 200

An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Facebook has said about one-third of its workers are female, while black employees accounted for 3% of its US senior leadership, both numbers only slightly higher than a year earlier. The data released by the world's largest social network on Thursday reflects the scant progress made by Silicon Valley heavyweights in making their workplaces more diverse in the face of criticism for having mostly white, male workers. Last month, Alphabet's Google released data on diversity, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population. Women represented 33% of Facebook's global workforce, according to data from 30 June, compared with 32% a year earlier. Women held 27% of senior leadership roles, up from last year's 23%.

Comment Null Island, Pacific style (Score 1) 91

A long time ago I was working with GPS applications and their internal representation of longitude meant our Null Island was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 0 north, 180 west.

We figured out the conventions of the mapping application we were using (no Google Maps yet, and the documentation was vague) by trial and error. Our first attempts to plot GPS fixes from a drive along a local freeway showed a blank area with no freeway, nor much of anything else. We found that we were drawing a map centred on 49 degrees north (correct) but 123 degrees east, out in the middle of nowhere near the border between China, Mongolia and Russia. Nearest town Harbin, China...

...laura

Businesses

Third Tesla Crashes Amid Report of SEC Investigation (usatoday.com) 297

An anonymous reader writes: Tesla hasn't had the best month so far as not one, not two, but a total of three crashes have been reported with the car's Autopilot self-driving system engaged at the time -- two of which resulted in fatalities. In addition, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla violated securities law by failing to disclose more quickly a fatal accident in Florida in May involving a Tesla Model S that was in self-driving mode. The SEC didn't comment on the report, and Tesla issued a statement saying it has "not received any communication from the SEC regarding this issue." As for the Autopilot crash that was reported today, the driver said he activated Autopilot mode at the beginning of his trip. Tesla is looking into the crash and has yet to confirm whether or not Autopilot was a factor. Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased a "Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2" via Twitter that he is "Hoping to publish later this week."

Comment What else is new? (Score 3, Insightful) 170

Step 1: Apple introduced the iPad and everybody was desperate to get one because it was the trendy item to have.

Step 2: people started figuring out what they could do with a handy portable computer.

Step 3: everybody who had a use for a tablet had one and the sales dropped off to replacement level.

Any remotely interesting new product is going to grow at unsustainable levels until the market is saturated. Then the growth stops.

...laura

Comment Re:M$ Becoming Like Google (Score 1) 122

Heh, and how many times did Google change how they do SMS in Android / ChromeOS ?

* SMS app
* Buys Grand Central and allows people to use Google Voice for SMS via web and app (I still use this today, mostly)
* Messages app
* Hey, maybe SMS integration in Google+ ? Oh, wait, no one really uses it.
* Hangouts app gets SMS integration on both web and app, and Google kinda starts deprecating all of the above.
* Hangouts app loses SMS integration, now you should use the Messenger app
* Oh, I guess people still use Google Voice, I suppose we might start maintaining it again until we decide to kill it for good.

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