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Comment Paint me a picture... (Score 1) 128

AS IANAL, I've not taken a BAR exam; having difficulty envisioning why this is a problem, or why laptops of any kind were previously allowed. If such a simple feature like this is enough to cheat on such an illustrious exam, then how can any faith be placed in the hands of lawyers that have passed the exam in the last 10 years. Or if this was merely a tool for already intelligent people that deserved their PASS, why do we care? ATM, i am imagining an 80 year old lady with a large ruler walking between aisles of desks and no comprehension of electronics since the Wheelwriter, failing students with their fancy illuminated gizmos

Comment Re:It's official ... (Score 1) 68

Technically, AsusWRT is forked from Tomato. There is, however, openwrt based entware/optware package managers for MIPS and ARM based routers, respectively, when utilizing AsusWRT-Merlin. Asus also runs some additional packages via their own hosted optware repos, but these are generally outdated, with exception to certain core extras.

Personally, I think the AiCloud features are nice in theory, but I also prefer the more standard options. AiCloud has companion android/ios apps for the less technically saavy.

Submission + - Cold fusion reactor verified by third-party researchers 2

Paul Fernhout writes: ExtremeTech reports that "Andrea Rossi's E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy — has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or "far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume." The researchers were also allowed to analyze the fuel before and after the 32-day run, noting that the isotopes in the spent fuel could only have been obtained by "nuclear reactions"..."

Comment cheap dualcore asus ac56u with asuswrt-merlin (Score 1) 238

as the subject line indicates, i use the rt-ac56r (~100usd at walmart) as my primary router and with the asuswrt-merlin fork i have dual simultaneous openvpn servers configurable from the webui. awesome router. and true to asus' reknown for keeping old devices updated, the 'adaptive qos' based on trendmicro's DPI based system is on it's way to this venerable device, which premiered in the latest model, the rt-ac87u

Comment not taking sides here, but... (Score 1) 110

I switched to CenturyLink 10mbit DSL because I suffered a dramatically reduced income, after having been on the 50/10 Comcast tier. I even had to spend some time in a pretty poor town. I had my full 10mbit there. Most of my neighbors there we're on centurylink, many using their IPTV-based PRISM service because it was cheaper than comcast and more reliable than satelite. I even worked with CL Engineers in diagnosing a broken fiber run into town. The way I see it, CL is still mostly an ATM based DSL provider and they ultimately have a lot more work cut out for them and with not nearly the resources Comcast has, in upgrading their entire networks.

Comment Right and wrong (Score 2) 481

While Bill Gates isn't necessarily wrong, this is kind of awkward to see. I'm glad that Bill Gates cares enough to help countries in need of healthcare reform, however i would imagine those same countries would be glad for technologies that would enable them to figure out things like that for themselves. They are both covering relatively immediate needs.

So, I wonder if Bill Gates has considered asking Google's humanitarian projects if they might like to dedicate some resources to helping improving (and reducing cost of) the tech side of healthcare, which would be of the best ways to use a resource like Google, aside from throwing money at the problem.

Regardless, story feels incomplete or Bill needs to communicate.

Comment +1 Environment (Score 1) 405

I am pretty certain that as long as the human population continues to grow and time marches on, the majority of these options will always be in a constant state of reform. However, I believe we have far more time to positively effect changes for all but our impact on the environment. We need better and cleaner energy, faster. We need Hydrogen. Its abundant. Forget improving solarpanel efficiency by a fraction of a percent; this is NOT progress. I don't care about stupid wind turbines. I do not WANT a hybrid car. Hybrid cars are a perfect example of a bandaid solution. They suck. You can't even use the electric motor to oscillate a higher speed after accelerating with gas. STUPID.

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