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Comment Re:Rogue AP Shunning is not a crime. (Score 1) 278

Hamstrung by my typo, here.

Even though I don't quite agree, you're definitely on the crux of the problem. I say they weren't actually creating interference, just talking idiotically on the channel as was their right on their own property. I'm sure they were staying within their regulated wattage allotment per individual station.

Comment Rogue AP Shunning is not a crime. (Score 1) 278

Marriott's behavior smacks of shadiness and price-gouging, but they ware well within their rights on their own private property. Doing this in a public space might be interfering with common services, but in this context Marriott was simply regulating congestion on their internal network. There's only so many channels of available spectrum, especially at 802.11b/2.4ghz. It's simplex communication; more than a few hosts talking at once will absolutely saturate the pipe. You can throw more access points on different channels at the problem but eventually crosstalk and back-off timers bring things to a halt.

Could the hotel/conference center have 86'd a disruptive patron with their own security and not the police? If so, it's a private space and internal network regulation at ISO Layer 2 and above is a private matter. If they're not interfering with somebody's communication on a Layer 1, laws-of-physics level, I consider it to be outside the FCC's purview. I doubt they were disrupting cell service, so usb-connected MiFis likely worked just fine.

I hate attaching civil rights and civil liberties to corporate persons, but the fact of the matter is that this decision, if upheld, could be misapplied to the use and management of WiFi in many other contexts.

Comment Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (Score 0) 220

Mod parent up. This is not trolling, this is Real Talk. Cruise some gun messageboards or conservative-leaning political forums if you don't believe me. So, mod parent up.

Note: it's not an exclusively racial phenomenon, it's also a good stand-in for hating and fearing the poor folks in general.

Comment Done with HTC (Score 2) 209

For me, HTC's strength was their continued devotion to physical QWERTY siding keyboards. I'm simply not going to be SSH-ing into a server with a touchscreen.

Two things have sunk this affection. First, HTC (like the rest of the industry) is moving away from physical keyboards. Second, the last QWERTY I got from them crapped out in a really disappointing way. I had a MyTouch 4G slide, also known as the HTC Doubleshot. Really nice phone, decent modding community. The thing is, it's got a design flaw. The flex cable between the front and back halves of the phone failed, causing a whole basket of things to go wrong. When I disassembled the unit, I could clearly see how the edge of a metal bracket was rubbing against the cable every time the phone was opened or closed.

If you've got a HTC Doubleshot, it's just a matter of time before it fails. I'm sure the design engineers recognized this problem but they likely had their fix overruled to save production cost or hustle the unit out the door. Worse, it could have been planned obsolescence, given that the problem manifested a month after the warranty expired.

Meanwhile, my HTC Dream is chugging along with new old-stock units available for $90, and HTC has walked away from the one thing they did better than the rest of the industry .


Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve 399

An anonymous reader writes with this bit from the Globe and Mail: "Quebec police are on the hunt for a sticky-fingered thief after millions of dollars of maple syrup vanished from a Quebec warehouse. The theft was discovered during a routine inventory check last week at the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse, where the syrup is being held temporarily. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, which is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve, initially kept the news quiet, hoping it would help police solve the crime quickly."

Comment Nook Simple or other eInk reader (Score 1) 126

It seems to me an eInk display is a good idea here because of its performance under open sunlight.

The Nook is rootable, fits in a cargo pants pocket, and has incredible battery life.

There's waterproof cases to be had on eBay, but I prefer a pleather booklet cover. The Nook's front face seems pretty watertight and I use a drybag for watertight storage.

It's only barely useable for browsing, but it's a beast for ePubs and passable for PDFs.

Comment Cart before the horse? (Score 1) 58

Wouldn't it have been traditional for them to make the SDK available before the OS dropped, to make sure there was a base of current apps in place when devices started shipping?

I can only imagine the SDK was available to certain select developers for months, while the Nexus 7 was in testing and such-like.

Comment Facebook data harvesting tool (Score 5, Interesting) 340

Well, at least we know how they're monetizing this admittedly slick database; they won't allow you to submit a removal request until you provide your facebook credentials. To even reach the text below, you need to unblock Facebook in NoScript:
Removal Request

What’s the matter? You’re brave enough to steal music, movies and programs but only because you thought you weren’t going to get caught? Well whoever told you that was completely wrong and now your information has gone public. Are you afraid of media companies finding out that you’re a pirate or are you afraid of your friends finding out exactly what you’ve been downloading? Whatever your reason may be, the internet is no place for secrets. Even if you use every precaution in the book, there’s always a chance that someone like us will figure out what you’ve been up to. Because, the reality is, if man made will get around it...and man will figure out how to exploit it. It’s just human nature.

Anyway, like we said before, luck is on your side today because we’re actually nicer than we let on. I never said we wouldn’t bust your chops about it, but at least we’re offering you a chance to redeem yourself — The details can be found after logging in to your Facebook account.

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