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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 163

Why would someone pay for a WiFi hotspot that you can't take out of the car when you can have a smartphone that fits in your pocket?

Because kids. And better reception. We're on a shared data plan. Road trips can use a lot. If I can have them use wifi in my truck from an unlimited plan, then I don't have to worry they'll burn through our shared data and we will *all* be on 2G speeds until the bill resets. Also, I've found the hotspot in my Silverado gets better reception in low/spotty reception areas then my phone does.

And also for dashcams with cloud support!!! I had the Onstar LTE trial for the few 3 months I had the truck. My Blackvue dashcam burned through 4Gb in about 2 weeks on a road trip. With this, I can still let my dashcam upload and still have my shared data plan for my phones.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 163

Why would someone pay for a WiFi hotspot that you can't take out of the car when you can have a smartphone that fits in your pocket?

Because kids. And better reception. We're on a shared data plan. Road trips can use a lot. If I can have them use wifi in my truck from an unlimited plan, then I don't have to worry they'll burn through our shared data and we will *all* be on 2G speeds until the bill resets. Also, I've found the hotspot in my Silverado gets better reception in low/spotty reception areas then my phone does.

Comment Truly Unlimited or Unlimited then Throttled (Score 1) 163

I guess we'll have to wait til tomorrow to know for sure, but all the cellular carriers are saying "unlimited" but they really mean xxGB of data then we slow you down to 2G speeds until your bill cycle resets. I've scoured the Onstar, Chevy, and AT&T sites, but there's no details... no * with a link at the bottom stating the terms. Personally, I think the $20 will depend on what you really get. Right now on Onstar.com its 4Gb for $20 a month. So if the new "unlimited" is 4Gb then throttled to 2G speeds for $20 I'm not sure it will be better than adding it to my existing AT&T shared data plan for $10 a month. But if the $20 "unlimited" or more like 10Gb than throttled or not throttled at all, then it might be worth it.

Comment Took my son's graphics card off line (Score 1) 254

A Windows 10 update removed ALL of the graphics drivers for my son's GTX-1080. This despite trying to block them as much as possible.

Fortunately it was a small matter for the tech-savvy kid to reinstall them, and if not, I could have managed, but imaging if we had been clueless consumers spending significant cash on a gaming PC, that Microsoft now "broke".

I think the next time it happens I will send them a bill for our time: I consult at $350 an he at $175 an hour.

Comment Does encryption render this meaningless (Score 1) 104

I know a guy who knows a guy who does the following to help protect his torrenting actions... 1) he uses a blocklist of the known IPs of the MPAA, RIAA, their attorneys, and media content owners (ie: NBC)... 2) has his torrent client configured to be encrypted and only connect to encrypted peers... 3) uses a free VPN service and routes all traffic through the VPN in a foreign country while torrenting. So I'm curious... does the above detection in the patent still have bearing with what is essentially double-encrypted? Is my friend's friend flirting with danger but doens't realize it? And if encryption is the answer... at what point do we start telling all torrent client dev's to default to only talking to encrypted peers?

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