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Comment Re:Who needs smartphones (Score 1) 396

You can get smartphones from Net10 and Straight Talk at $45 to $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data. If you don't like their selection of phones, you can simply buy a SIM from them ($14.95) and put it in your own AT&T, T-Mobile or unlocked GSM phone. No contracts.

Comment Re:ATT Uverse / DSL vs Charter cable (Score 1) 201

I agree. I have a load balanced connection using two 3m / 384k AT&T DSL lines at work, and a 12m / 1m Charter cable connection at home. The Charter stuff works pretty good for streaming Netflix or Hulu depending on the time of day, but for general purpose web browsing, pages load several times faster on the "slower" DSL. I usually have 100% uptime in 30 days on the DSL. I can't get through a full day without some kind of issue on the cable. I'd have the DSL at home but the Charter cable is the only thing available to me other than 3G, ISDN or satellite. And yes I know the load balance has the advantage of being threaded, but if I unplug one circuit it is still faster.

Submission + - Steve Jobs hasDied (yahoo.com)

chaos579 writes: "CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. said the company's co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday. He was 56. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.""

Comment Use different gear (Score 1) 251

Linksys, Netgear and D-Link are generally consumer grade equipment (crap)

Try a higher end product like an Engenius ECB-3500 if you desire omnidirectional coverage, or the EOC-2611P for coverage from the sidelines or in a particular direction.

Both models have excellent receivers, and they have up to 600mW of output power. That will punch through a noisy environment. 600mW is 10 times the power that most "consumer" stuff offers, and their receivers are far better.

The ECB-3500 is an indoor model which has two 5dBi antennas with diversity, and the EOC-2611P is an indoor/outdoor model and has a 10dBi panel antenna that is configurable for horizontal or vertical polarization, or diversity between the two.

Either one can be had for under $100.00. I've been using Engenius/Senao gear for a long time and I will say that it is worth three times the money.


Geomagnetic Storm In Progress 110

shogun writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a strong geomagnetic storm is in progress. The shuttle, ISS and GPS systems may be affected." They think this storm was caused by a weak solar flare on April 3rd. As you may expect, this has caused some unusually impressive northern lights since it started. What you may not expect is a photograph from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the International Space Station showing the aurora from orbit. He apparently tweets a lot of pictures from space. He and his crewmates have taken over 100,000 pictures since coming aboard the ISS.

Man Sues Neighbor Claiming Wi-Fi Made Him Sick 574

OrangeMonkey11 writes "A Santa Fe man who claims to suffer from 'electromagnetic sensitivities' has sued his neighbor after she refused to stop using wireless devices. 59-year-old Arthur Firstenberg claims his sensitivity can be set off by cellphones, routers and other electronic devices. From the article: 'Firstenberg, 59, wanted Raphaela Monribot to limit her use of the devices. "I asked her to work with me," he said. "Basically, she refused." So he sued Monribot in state district court, seeking $530,000 in damages and an injunction to force her to turn off the electronics. "Being the target of this lawsuit has affected me very adversely," Monribot said Friday in response to e-mailed questions. "I feel as if my life and liberty are under attack for no valid reason, and it has forced me to have to defend my very basic human rights."'"

Comment Different wireless hardware? (Score 1) 608

Other than biting the bullet and pulling some Cat5, you might consider some different wireless hardware. I've used the WRT54G and found the performance to be dismal compared to high power Engenius stuff that costs about the same. I manage a real 20-24 Mb in A or G mode / WPA2 around the office with ours. Pair that with some sort of traffic shaping to prioritize what's going on (higher priority to media and lowest priority to backups, etc) IPCop maybe?

Comment Laserdisc forever! (Score 1) 292

Pirates will pirate your warez no matter what you do to try to stop them. All these battles do is hurt the consumer by increasing the cost of media and hardware, and piss them off by making them jump through hoops just to watch some shitty movie. Only the lawyers win in the end.

I'll keep watching my old laserdisc collection until these clowns figure it all out.

It is nice to have ownership of my media and have full control over it for about $2.00 per title from Ebay.


Comment I hate em (Score 0, Troll) 839

At intersections that are not brightly lit by street lighting, the LED traffic signals are completely blinding to drivers at night. I actually find myself closing my eyes because of the glare so that my eyes won't have to readjust for the pitch black road on the other side of the light.

I guess it won't be a problem if the sucker is covered by snow and ice.

Just another stupid greenie wacko thing to piss us off and get us killed.

Highs in the 20's F in Nashville, Tennessee in a few days (home of Al Gore). Average high temp: 46F

Eat me, you Global Warming morons.

Comment Wow. That's progress... (Score 1) 392

It goes exactly half as far before "refueling" as my 1995 GMC half ton with 6.5L turbo diesel can go on a single tank of fuel. The GMC has 250K miles on the ODO and I paid $2900.00 for it last year.

I can buy enough diesel fuel to drive another half million miles for the price of the Tesla even before figuring in the cost of its electricity. LOL

That's with a 14-year old pickup truck. Don't even get me started on the total cost of Volkswagen TDI versus these things. You can't beat dead dinosaurs.

Comment Yeah right (Score 1) 1006

I'm sorry, but is no one ready to call "bullshit" on the claims of going 40 miles on 8 kilowatt hours of electricity from the utility?

8 kilowatts is about 27300 btu, or the same energy contained in a LITER of gasoline.

Also, every time there is a peak demand for heating or cooling, the electric utilities are crying to us to conserve so that things don't start blowing up.

Many utilities are banning tankless electric water heaters simply because the infrastructure cannot handle the load. A tankless water heater is a load similar to what an electric car would place on a circuit (realistically). If these got popular (and they will because there is a sucker born every minute), we'll have a power generation crisis on our hands real quick.

Spare us the bullshit. Make my high mileage car a TDI, please. And keep your hippie electric car out of the left lane and out of its way!

Comment Re:Yes, they will (Score 1) 326

Oh, and one more freakin thing... When will Apple bestow the luxury of being able to cut, copy and paste on the iPhone?

Pretty please, with sugar on top.

Try logging an iPhone or Touch on to a WPA-PSK network with a 63-character random ASCII key without a QWERTY or the ability to copy and paste. It is impossible!

If we could copy and paste, it could be put on a MicroSD card and inserted in the the side of it and voila... Oh, wait a minute... no freakin card reader either. Thanks, guys!

I guess we'll all get that those features when Apple starts putting a second mouse button on its computers, huh?

These are all more reasons why I chose a Blackberry Bold.

Comment Yes, they will (Score 1) 326

Tethering and MMS cost extra on every other device that AT&T provides service for. What makes this one any different?

Like some other posters on this thread, I find it sad that the iPhone is just now getting around to supporting these features.

I recently purchased a Blackberry 9000 (Bold) through AT&T and it does both. I can share my phone's data plan with other devices via USB or Bluetooth. Piece of cake. It does, however, cost an extra $30/mo for the ability to tether it. Sucks, but that is half the cost of a standalone data card.

Also, the author of the story missed the reason that Verizon and the iPhone didn't happen. Verizon is a CDMA carrier, whereas AT&T is GSM. There is no such thing as a CDMA iPhone. Everyone may bitch about AT&T, but they are the only carrier other than T-Mobile in the United States that CAN support the iPhone. AT&T's 3G coverage leaves much to be desired, but it is a hell of a lot better than T-Mobile's. To make things worse, T-Mobile also has no plan that allows tethering of its devices. It is prohibited in the TOS.

Don't get your hopes up for a CDMA version any time soon. The problem with CDMA and the iPhone is that CDMA radios are larger and consume far more power than GSM radios. Think of the battery life that you have with your current iPhone, and cut it in half.

The Motorola RAZR is a prime example of a device that was nice on GSM, but the CDMA versions should have never made it out the door. Once I asked a friend how long the battery lasted in her Verizon RAZR v3. She said "Oh, usually till lunch time". haha!

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