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Comment Regular Use of VPN (Score 1) 141

Using a self setup vpn in a data server that does not gather you data is what I am doing. Its not that I care that the government gets it, its I don't need Comcast, Verizon, Tmobile or other service provider that I am SURE will sell my browser data. I do quite a bit of research on our products, and even at work they use comcast! I do not know if management realizes the trove of data that comes from this. Maybe someday they will wake up.

I also use my server for transferring large files to my customers using opencloud. Do not want dropbox getting access to things they have no business seeing. But sales uses Dropbox on a regular basis. Sigh...

Am I just getting old and err.. paranoid?

Comment Re: And if you tried this in America (Score 1) 157

Typical oversubscription ratios pre Netflix and YouTube era was around 20 to 1 now your lucky to do 7 to 1 in the wireless isp world. So ya fiber to POP will be necessary in the very near future. I would like to see some improvements in the regulation area for smaller players to be able to enter. This would help in the last mile approach and allow more bandwidth per user

Comment Re: How did she do it? i.e. inet source and fundin (Score 1) 157

I have very recently looked at becoming a isp. Cogent will work with Small ISPs, hundred megabit connection is around $325 per month and a one gigabit connection is around $1200 per month. My intention was to bring it out via wireless and that Equipment is easy to figure out and do the problem is that it ended up being around $1500 a month to get roof rights to get the darn data out from a carrier center which was only 100 yards from my first POP.

The capex "capital expenditures" you can expect to be around 7 to 30K depending on number of initial customers. But in this case my opex " "operational expenses" were to great. You will see in my case I would have to have around 50 customers to break even, and that's just offering 20 meg service. To get where you could start making a real wage and take a day off you have to reach 500 customers. So if your ever really thinking about doing this stuff do some real research.

Comment Re: Sleeper hit? (Score 2) 100

I will chirp in, pun intended. I use the grocery list the most while having hands full taking things from the fridge. Second setting timers for what I am cooking and alarm clocks. Third is my drive times then weather and music. Looking up fun facts during arguments is fun too. Way more useful around the house than that smart watch would ever be. Voice recognition is superior to Siri . I find the smart interface to to my AnyMote to clumsy at the moment and use the direct connect from my pad or phone more to control my IR devices. But hay that's just software and it can get better. No smart light yet. I am building my own.

Comment Raspberry Pi in general (Score 4, Informative) 99

Have not played with one of these but I have several A and B+ being used daily.

  One is my voip system using Nerd Vittles PIAF http://nerdvittles.com/?p=1015...

The other does my weather station
http://weewx.com/

The other does my BBQ controller
https://github.com/CapnBry/Hea...

Sure there are many more uses.
The new board may save a bit in my new builds will see...

All running quite fine...

So yes they have their place, low power, and reliable, no fan.

Comment Re:If your critical stuff is IOT.... (Score 1) 68

Even with this security problems, in a "real" wind farm and not the item in this discussion (which is smaller intended for a home type) you would network all these together and have access only via vpn per farm area.

Still does not excuse the problem of inadequate security, but direct access to internet from a large wind turbine would be a no-no for sure.

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