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Comment Re:Just give us a damned SATA port! (Score 2) 46

All the Pi's have the same USB IP, so I can't imagine there being any significant improvements between hardware versions. I believe only Pi3 can boot from USB, but the bootrom's USB drivers are not very compatible, especially with devices that are slow to enumerate. I do notice that the linux drivers have improved over the years and I am running with fewer problems from USB. The other big factor is sometimes people draw too much current from USB and instead of shutting down the device becomes unreliable, especially from USB harddrives. A bigger powre supply helps tremendously. And the new firmware updates now throw a little square in the corner of the screen when you are starting to get voltage sags.

Comment Re:Just give us a damned SATA port! (Score 2) 46

eMMC is quick compared to SD, I wish they'd just throw a 4G eMMC on there. I assume it was because they wanted to meet the $35 price point.

adding SATA is more expensive as the SoC they used does not have SATA, so they'd have to get an external controller.

USB boot is possible on RPi, but it's kind of a pain to get working as it is not compatible with every USB storage device.

Comment not limitless (Score 3, Interesting) 170

There is not a limitless amount of bandwidth to broadcast in a small area. Most of these devices are operating in the same spectrum (since they are WiFi, UHF and SHF). The FCC almost certainly has the exclusive legal right to regulate the radio spectrum, but the organizer of an event should be given some way to coordinate and organize access to the limited resource. That the FCC lacks any way for an event to legally do something that I believe they should be doing. I argue that the FCC needs a form and a fee for this sort of thing before organizers are allowed to restrict WiFi access. And that requests are temporary and limited to santioned events and not for a coffee shop or theme park that wants to gouge customers.

Of course I'm ignoring the issue of free speech. Does your right to free speech include running your own WiFi network to circumvent a potentially malicious organization's WiFi?

$200 per head seems about right on price, if I had to hire some consultants to throw together a network for 3 days, then tear it all down, seems like a bargain.

Comment Re:Exposing those who store plaintext passwords (Score 1) 126

I don't think much will happen, considering business executives don't go to prison for knowingly putting tainted water into the pipes or leaking gas into people's homes. Leaking passwords seems like a minor thing, maybe if the banks and credit companies got tired of paying, but I suspect those guys have figured out a way to pass the costs onto customers or the individual account holders.

Comment Re:Exposing those who store plaintext passwords (Score 1) 126

They won't do anything unless something has immediate financial consequences. And even when they are hacked, they cry about being the victim and how hackers cost them millions of dollars. They need to be told: No, not spending a few thousand dollars on regular audits is why you lost millions of dollars.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 330

Why would I sign an NDA just for a job interview?

Because that is how it is done, and I've never been given any alternative.
The NDA is that you cannot disclose, it is not the same as a non-compete agreement. Which I agree you wouldn't sign, but also I live in California where non-competes are usually not valid.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 330

Or replace it with one that is more transparent and perhaps spends less time trying to regulate individual behavior and more time organizing the infrastructure that is beneficial to all. I want a small government that stays out of my day to day life but also gets stuff done. (maybe strong local government and weak federal government, but that is not it exactly because most of my local government is ran by busybodies who worry about how many plastic flamingos I might put out on my lawn)

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 330

It kind of creeps up on you. You sign a bunch of papers, and the deal is done.

If any of us actually read the fine print, we wouldn't sign anything. Not even an NDA to get a job interview. These days you end up having to believe that someone isn't going to totally screw you over even if the document you sign seems indicate that they will. Not signing any documents is not realistic, if you want to go to school or have a job.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 330

Why would anyone with more than 1 brain cell not do some research before visiting a campus?

Some people are intelligent but overly trusting of people who seem nice.

I've been taken in by actual con artists before, not a huge amount, but they did abuse my overly trusting nature. Otherwise I am quite a rational and intelligent person.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 330

Places like ITT give you quite the song and dance when you visit their campus. And "walk you through the process". The simple mistake people make is not getting a second opinion. Are students responsible for their own mistakes? Sure. Is it fair? No. Should we shut down those who exploit other people, that is gain profit without offering something of equivalent value in return? Absolutely.

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